The Briefly for June 21, 2019 – The “Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘One Room Shack’ is Available For $4,000” Edition

Pot possession decriminalized under two ounces, jumbo shrimp in a dive bar, the most exclusive NYC beach, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

One week before WorldPride denies any big weekend subway changes, this weekend’s travel options are looking rough. (Subway Weekender)

We’re getting a much-deserved break from the gloom of this week with a pair of sunny days with consistently pleasant temperatures this weekend. (amNY)

The legislature couldn’t find a way to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but they did manage to decriminalize the possession of fewer than two ounces and will expunge the record of low-level pot-related convictions. Instead of a crime, it’ll be treated as a violation with fines as low as $50. (NY Times)

The city sued 13 firms and four people who ran a ring of illegal Airbnbs that duped nearly 60,000 visitors into conditions the city is calling unsanitary and dangerous, including a three family house in Queens that was subdivided into 12 different hotel rooms with 24 beds. (Curbed)

The Notorious B.I.G.’s 972-square-foot “one-room shack” in Clinton Hill, mentioned in his song “Juicy,” at 226 St. James Place is available for rent for $4,000. (6sqft)

If you’ve been dying to live in Trump Tower, you can buy Paul Manafort’s old apartment from the US Marshals Service for a cool $3.6 million. (Curbed)

A Hunter College study found that a quarter of the city’s cyclists don’t stop at red lights, with professional cyclists were more likely to run lights and the study happened between April 8 and May 1. (Patch)

A look at the state’s ambitious climate goals, which would practically remove all carbon-emissions-based energy by 2050. Cars are mostly exempt from the plans. (NY Times)

Today (Friday) is the longest day of the year, which means Make Music New York, with one thousand free concerts across the city. (Brooklyn Based)

The city’s most exclusive beach is a small, hidden beach on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge and will only be open for one day this year in celebration of City of Water Day. (Untapped Cities)

The city will be dragged away from its reliance on cars kicking and screaming if it has to. The Bay Ridge Community Board voted down the Department of Transportation’s bike lanes and the next day the neighborhood’s City Councilmember and State Assemblymembers wrote the DOT, urging them to proceed regardless. (Curbed)

Should you order the jumbo coconut shrimp at a dive bar? Gothamist says yes when it’s the 169 Bar. (Gothamist)

If you’re looking for an apartment for you and your fuzzy friends, here are the Manhattan neighborhoods with the highest proportion of pet-friendly apartments. (Patch)

The state’s legislature passed a package of bills that are targeted as sexual harassment that will make New York’s laws the toughest in the nation. The bills restrict employers’ ability to avoid liability for the behavior of their employees, provide attorney fees and damages in discrimination cases, expand the complaint windows, and ensure training is provided in multiple languages. (NY Times)

Seven new Italian restaurants that demand your attention. (Grub Street)

Stories to keep an eye on: The Paris arthouse movie theater is rumored to be closing before the end of this summer. The NYPD and Department of Education have a memorandum of understanding that will limit the arrests for low-level crimes in city schools.

Video: Sleepless in New York is a mesmerizing series of time-lapse videos looking at Manhattan from multiple angles. (Viewing NYC)

An explanation of how the rent reform package in Albany helps all renters. (NY Times)

Eater thinks it’s found the city’s best bagels. (Eater)

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The Briefly for May 28, 2019 – The “Anatomy of an Everything Bagel” Edition

Not even Mayor de Blasio’s fundraisers want him to be president, the NYC Ferry was a disaster over the weekend, the 2021 election is going to be wild, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway changes are minimal but hit the 1, 2, 4, 6, and A trains. (Subway Weekender)

In exchange for a weekend of pretty killer weather, we’re in for quite a bit of rain this week. (amNY)

An in-depth, detailed analysis of Grand Central Terminal’s architecture and design. (Viewing NYC)

The newest NYC restaurants, including a new restaurant in the West Village from the 2019 James Beard award winner for best NYC chef. (amNY)

The “everything” on an everything bagel: poppy, sesame, caraway, garlic, onion, and sea salt. That and the rest of the bagel recipe. (amNY)

The Bushwick Book Club is pretty much everything you’d imagine a Bushwick acid trip dream of a book club might be. (Bushwick Daily)

All 3,000 NYCHA elevators are out of service, on average, at least once each month and the average outage has doubled in length in recent years. The NYCHA has 10 inspectors to cover 3,000 elevators. (The Real Deal)

Rents have increased near 314 subway stations, with the Classon Ave stop on the G, Simpson St on the 25 and Bergen St on the 2/3 coming out on top. (Patch)

Queen Andrea’s work on the Bowery Mural Wall started over the weekend. her bright colors and typography work is already coming through. (EV Grieve)

A robbery suspect jumped off the FDR off-ramp to evade police but ended up dying from his injuries. (Gothamist)

Will a boozy Taco Bell ruin Chelsea? So far, there have been no complaints. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio counts being irritating to President Trump as a positive quality. The president isn’t the only person that finds him irritating. (Politico)

Delia’s is back, JNCOs are on their way back, Jagged Little Pill is on Broadway, and McMansions haven’t died yet. (the Real Deal)

Who is the genius that didn’t think to expand the NYC Ferry options for Memorial Day weekend, the first big beach weekend of the year? Whoever it was, they should be fired. (Pix 11)

How pervasive has Airbnb become in the city? This visualization showing growth over the last eleven years should be enlightening. (r/dataisbeautiful / Imap14)

Who wants the mayor to be president? We already know about the amazing 76% of New Yorkers polled that said no. His friends said no. What about the people who gave $5,000 to his political action committee? The New York Times asked 35 of those people and only five said yes. (NY Times)

The 2021 city election is going to be a wild one. Most of the city council, the mayor, all borough presidents, and comptroller will be hitting term-limits, and over 500 candidates are expected to step up in the process. (Gotham Gazette)

In order to avoid looking like tourists, we keep our heads down, focusing on the slow walking people in front of us. Occasionally it pays to look up, or else we’ll miss details like the sea-horses above 25 Broadway, part of Steamship Row. (Forgotten New York)

Where to drink when you want to learn about wine. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for May 27, 2019 – The “Emergency Brake Puller was Arrested” Edition

22 of the top 150 bars in the country are in NYC, the NYPD’s RAILS system, Park Slope throws a hissy fit, Airbnb shares data with the city, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Congrats, we’re the second worst city for mosquitoes in the United States for the sixth year. (Patch)

The city’s latest supervillain, the man accused of pulling down the subway’s emergency brakes and also his pants, was arrested. He’s accused of pulling over 40 brakes since February and pulling his pants down to expose himself once on May 16. (NY Times)

A look at RAILS, the “Risk Assessment Information Liability System” the NYPD uses to keep tabs on its officers. This is the system that assigns officers a “credibility score” on every officer. The RAILS system was put in place after a settlement over the NYPD’s stop and frisk program. (amNY)

The city’s cleaner waters don’t just mean lone sharks trolling around, it’s meant a 540% increase in whales too! Last year 272 whales were spotted, compared to the five spotted in 2017, and the numbers are expected to continue to grow. (Patch)

The subway wizard Devin Person, written up by Bedford + Bowery in March, gets the New York Times treatment with a new profile. (NY Times)

Airbnb “shared” 17,000 listings with the city in order to stay on the right side of city law, including names, addresses, bank account details, and reservation histories. (Engadget)

Another interactive map from the city, this time it’s of all the public parks and features like basketball courts or dog runs of each. (Bklyner)
(Patch)

Check out the list of restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health last week, including a part of the brand new TWA Hotel. (Patch)

The best public art installations this season. (Curbed)

The Creek and the Cave asked a podcast to find another venue after discovering that they had booked human waste puddle Milo Yiannapolous on their show. Since publication, the podcast moved the show. (QNS)

Queen Andrea is the Bowery Mural Wall’s next artist. (EV Grieve)

The puppy that jumped onto the tracks at 42nd St on Thursday night was still missing as of the last update. (Gothamist)

The city’s expanded speed camera program is taking effect on July 11, drive carefully. (Curbed)

The DailyMeal is back with a list of the best bars in the nation and NYC has 22 of the top 150 spots. Top of the city’s list at #4 in the nation is The Dead Rabbit. (Patch)

Rockaway Beach is getting 200 pedal-assisted bikes, but as of last weekend, the current dockless bikes were a “goddam travesty,” with two of ten bikes functioning. (Gothamist)

The 35 best things to do in New York City with kids. (Curbed)

What do you call a bike lane with no way to access it? The Bayonne Bridge bike path. Staten Island continues to have precisely zero bike lanes. (Streetsblog)

Barry Kluger, the MTA’s inspector general, stepped down as expected, taking the fall for the recent overtime scandal and announcing his retirement after a 44-year career. (amNY)

Scotch the Dog is the best boy in NYC after opening a window on his own to be saved by the FDNT from a fire. (CBS)

Park Slope, where a studio apartment is worth $1.2 million on average, is up in arms about 253 housing units at a city shelter and put together a change.org petition stating the neighborhood is against the idea. The petition leaves off home prices, which the median home price is up 120% in the last decade. (Brooklyn Paper)

22 enticing rooftop bars around NYC. (Eater)

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