The Briefly for January 24, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown Alternative Plans are Here” Edition

The MTA board member challenge, the housing violation and asthma connection, LaGuardia Lake, electric scooters may become viable, Alec Baldwin plead guilty, and more in today’s daily NYC news update.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the city’s gun law that limits residents from transporting their guns from their homes. (NY Times)

Your horror of a Wednesday morning commute was brought to you by a water main break that flooded the tracks in Chelsea and someone on the tracks at Bryant Park. (NY Post)

The MTA Board Member Challenge: Can you name a single member of the MTA’s board? (NY Times)

Here are the possible details of the L Train Unshutdown (editor’s note: we need a better name for this), according to a leaked memo. It’s not pretty. (Streetsblog)

Say hello to the Peanut Butter Dream Waffle, the Leslie Knope-worthy Frankenstein’s Monster from Clinton Hall. Nutella, peanut butter cups, waffles, and peanut butter pie all for $25. (Brokelyn)

LaGuardia Airport was once likened to “some third world country” by America’s uncle Joe Biden. It didn’t help when a sprinkler head burst in Terminal B, creating an indoor lake for travelers to walk through. (Gothamist)

Photos from inside Ellis Island’s abandoned hospital complex. Spoiler alert: It’s creepy. (Untapped Cities)

7 dinner suggestions for Valentine’s Day under $75. (amNY)

Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted assault and second-degree harassment when he punched someone over a parking spot. He’ll complete a short anger management class and pay a $120 fine. (amNY)

Housing violations and high asthma rates have a connection, according to a new analysis. (Curbed)

Do New Yorkers prefer Cuomo or Gillibrand for president in 2020? Trick question. We prefer Bloomberg. (Politico)

The DOT has an open call for artists that end on February 15. (DOT)

Watch the construction of the TWA Hotel in the only way to watch construction: time-lapse. (6sqft)

Demolition permits for 80 Flatbush Ave and Katie Merz’ mural (highlighted in The Briefly last week) have been filed. The project is set to complete in 2025. (Bklyner)

Two of the students in the Poly Prep High School blackface video have transferred. Everyone involved, including the parents, have awful excuses for the video. (Gothamist)

The story of Transmitter Park, from the hunting grounds of Native Americans, to WNYC’s A.M. transmitter site, to public park. (Greenpointers)

The three cities in “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “High Maintenance,” and “Broad City” still make one New York. (NY Times)

Here are the details on a supposed “secret” subway and bus fare hike alternate plan. It’s a secret and the New York Times and Gothamist have written about it? (Gothamist)

America’s most expensive home is on Central Park South. A 24,000 square foot apartment on Central Park South sold for $238 million and will serve as a second home for a Chicago billionaire. (Curbed)

From the “Everyone you know on Facebook probably already shared this story” file: Chick-Fil-A is reportedly taking over the Old Blue Water Grill space in Union Square when it closes after more than 20 years. (Gothamist)

The Dream Act was passed by the state’s legislature and will provide financial aid to the 146,000 undocumented minors in New York state. The DREAM Fund will be funded by private contributions and will not be funded by the state. (NY Times)

Has the F train randomly turning express F’ed your commute lately? City Councilmember Brad Lander is created an F train express incident form with a hope of shining a light on the issue. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Is the city ready to allow electric scooters on our streets? (Mashable)

Commissioner James O’Neill says the NYPD is turning to apps, basketball leagues, and virtual reality to help reduce violent crime in six targeted neighborhoods. (NY Post) Watch the full State of the NYPD speech. (CBS News)

Meet Goliath, the hero boxer and very good boy, who saved his human’s life while their home in East New York caught fire. The fire destroyed three homes and aside from a broken arm, everyone is safe. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

RIP Jimmy “Blanco” Becker, Orchard St’s “man in white.” (Bowery Boogie)

Throw an ax, take a dip, play laser tag, and other indoor activities to help beat back the winter blues. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for November 27 2018 – The “Monument to NYC’s UFO Abduction of ’77” Edition

The 7 train has new signals and new delays, the NY Post bullies the NYPD, the G train is getting worse, where people eat in Times Square, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city’s Third Party Transfer program allows the city to foreclose on properties with unpaid water bills, debt and disrepair and sell those to developers for $1 plus $8,750 per unit. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says the program may be tainted with fraud. (The Real Deal)

The 7 train’s brand new signals came online for Monday’s commute. Less than an hour later? Delays. The MTA will never stop being the MTA. (NY Post)

Have you seen the monument to the New York harbor UFO abduction in the summer of 77? (Gothamist)

As bad as the G train might get, it’s gonna get much worse at Greenpoint Ave. (Free Williamsburg)

Shot in the head, and expected to survive. A worker in a Queens Duane Read is the luckiest person in New York City. (NY Post)

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is being lit on Wednesday, which means street closures, slow pedestrians, and thousands of people being miserable in the holiday spirit together. (Curbed)

Winterfest Brooklyn’s organizers are promising a change after the first weekend, before it becomes a frosty Fyre Festival. (Bklyner)

After a string of alleged burglaries, robberies, and break-ins targeted at Jewish institutions, a Dyker Heights man could face decades in prison. (Brooklyn Paper)

Inside Industry City’s new Japan Village food hall. (Eater)

Red Hook is getting a little more pedestrian friendly with new crosswalks along Columbia Street. (Brooklyn Paper)

Tonight is the last night of the Night Mayor’s listing tour. (EV Grieve)

The burned body found at a Staten Island elementary school was 30-year-old Yelena Rabkina, a woman with a history of mental illness who lived 15 miles north of where her body was found. (NY Post)

The five “best” suburbs outside the city. No, these do not include the 18% of New Yorkers who think they live in a suburb. (6sqft)

How was your Thanksgiving?” “You know, got into a fight with my 32-year-old brother, I stabbed him and then set our basement on fire and I was tased.” (NY Post)

Here’s where New Yorkers actually eat in Times Square. (Eater)

Meet the man who is walking every block in the city. (Bedford + Bowery)

Six months after Mayor de Blasio announced a safe-injection site pilot program, progress seems to have stalled. The culprit? The state. (Gothamist)

The Thanksgiving feast where guests ate off naked bodies. Yes, it was in Bushwick. (Bushwick Daily)

How to survive alternate side parking without going all Alec Baldwin on your neighbors. (Bedford + Bowery)

10 secrets from inside the Masonic Hall and Grand Lodge in Chelsea. (Untapped Cities)

The NY Post is boasting about bullying the NYPD into removing a small homeless encampment on 41st St in Times Square.

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The Briefly for November 5, 2018 – The “You Have to Hear About the Election for One More Day” Edition

A focus on the three ballot initiatives on the back of tomorrow’s ballot, 15 years after the “tiger in Harlem” story, smash your pumpkins, and more in your daily NYC news digest.

A Focus on Tomorrow’s Election
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89 polling locations were moved, affecting 200,000 voters in the city. Was yours on the list? (Curbed)

There is a lot of information about nearly every election on your ballot on Tuesday except your votes on judges. Even if you wanted to find more information about the judges on your ballot, you won’t find much. 10/12 judges in Manhattan, 2/18 judges in Brooklyn, 2/11 judges in Queens, 7/20 judges in the Bronx, and 4/6 judges in Staten Island have submitted bios to the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center to educate voters.

Why do we vote for judges?

10 things to watch on election day. (Gotham Gazette)

The Brooklyn Paper highlights the following races:

The ballot proposals:

Proposal 1: Campaign Finance
This proposal would lower the amount that anyone would be able to donate to any candidate for city office and would increase public matching funds from 6:1 to 8:1. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 arguments in favor of the proposal and four against.

Proposal 2: Civic Engagement Commission
This proposal would create a Civic Engagement Commission. The commission will be tasked with implementing a participatory budgeting program, support and encourage civic engagement efforts, and provide language interpreters at city poll sites in 2020. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and eight for no.

Proposal 3: Community Boards
This proposal would impose term limits on community boards to four consecutive two-year terms. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and 16 for no.

A look at the three proposals on the back of Tuesday’s ballot. (NY Times)


There’s no such thing as free parking, right Alec Baldwin? (Gothamist)

“Kill N******” That’s what was spray painted on the African Burial Ground Monument in Manhattan. What the hell is going on? (NY Times) “Gov. Cuomo, your silence is deafening. Mayor de Blasio, your silence is deafening” The mayor and governor have both been silent about the African Burial Ground vandalism, as pointed out by City Assemblyman Charles Barron. De Blasio and Cuomo have both made public comment about the defacement of Jewish temples. (NY Post)

The racist and anti-Semitic graffiti continues to be found across the city, this time on the Upper West Side. (West Side Rag) 26-year-old James Polite was arrested for writing “Kill all Jews” inside a Brooklyn Heights synagogue. (NY Post) A group of teens threw a metal pole through synagogue window in Clinton Hill. (NY Post)

The more we know about the Saudi sisters who were found dead in the Hudson River, the sadder the story gets. (NY Times) The sisters were denied asylum in the United States and had previously said they would rather commit suicide than go back to Saudi Arabia. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is “not happy” with his administration at times. Join the club, buddy. (NY Post)

Meet the city’s clock master, 79 year old Marvin Schneider, who resets the city’s grandest clocks by hand. (NY Times)

The city’s new electric buses won’t be ready for the L train shutdown and weekend work will severely limit L train service leading up to the April’s full-time shutdown. (Town & Village)

The history of why Staten Island has never, and likely will never, be connected to the rest of the city via the subway. (amNY)

Does the city’s fight against climate change mean rising rents? (HuffPost)

Capitol Prep Bronx has someone watching over them. Diddy pledged $1 million to the charter school, which will open in September 2019. (Bronx Times)

16 year’s after Jam Master Jay’s shooting death, a new Run-D.M.C. mural is up on the corner of 12th and Ave A. (Bedford + Bowery)

Does the city have room or patience for The Goods Mart, the upscale Los Angeles convenience store? (Gothamist)

How many times have you said “I’m going to go to the Botanical Garden this year” and never gone? Don’t worry, now there’s a live camera so you can look at the foliage without having to, you know, actually look</em at the foliage. (6sqft)

It’s been fifteen years since the “Tiger in Harlem” story, and it’s still one of the city’s strangest. (NY Post)

Smash those pumpkins! The city has multiple pumpkin smashing events happening across the city, some with catapults! It’s not only fun, but it’s what’s best for the environment. (amNY)


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