The Briefly for November 14, 2018 – The “Can We Talk About Something That’s Not Amazon?” Edition

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for less than some apartments in Manhattan, the roller disco is moving to Industry City, and maybe Amazon did something?

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for $35 million, which is less than 44 apartments currently listed for sale by Compass. The 280-year lease was up and the MTA either had to purchase the building or sign a new 270-year lease. (Bloomberg)

10 of the smallest things in NYC. No, your Upper East Side apartment isn’t on the list. (Untapped Cities)

With Democratic control, is 2019 the year that New York gets single-payer healthcare? (Gotham Gazette)

Get yourself ready for the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar for 2019. (Gothamist)

Momofuku Ko, Superiority Burger, Via Carota, and Xi-an Famous Foods landed on Eater’s annual list of essential restaurants.

Meet Paul Sweet from the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ornithology, who wants you to know that the “hot” duck in Central Park ain’t shit. Who hurt you Paul? (Gothamist)

50 cheap eats destinations in NYC. (Eater)

Lola Star is taking her Dreamland roller rink dance parties to Industry City through the winter. (Time Out)

Would you turn over one year of search history and three years of social media posts in order to buy a gun? That’s what a proposed bill by city officials proposes. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


Just as expected, here comes Amazon. (Amazon)

NYC announces subway just for Amazon employees. (The Onion)

Did the city overpay for HQ2? (NY Times)

The city and state worked on the deal without input form the City Council, who would otherwise have a voice in the land review process. (Politico)

It’s hard to find a single positive response to the mayor defending his support of LIC HQ2. (@NYCMayor)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of many people expressing distrust of LIC HQ2. (NY Post)

Everything Amazon is getting, including a helipad. (Gothamist)

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The Briefly for November 9, 2018 – The “El Chapo Can’t Hug His Wife” Edition

Weekend subway changes, Industry City looks to expand, changing how private garbage trucks operate, Times Square Trump protests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The 4, 6 and Q trains have decided to take most of the weekend off, the L continues it’s mini-shutdown, and the rest of the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6 soft)

Is rent reform headed our way after the midterm elections? (Curbed)

Speaking of rent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is headed to Washington DC and is worrying about living there for three months before her Congressional salary kicks in. (Vice)

El Chapo requested that he be allowed to hug his wife. Request denied. (NY Post)

In a rare act of someone in public office keeping their word, the acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood will be returning to her job as state solicitor general once Letitia James is sworn in. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

As Industry City in Sunset Park looks to expand to include hotels, new buildings, an academic campus and more, the community is faced with the question of who benefits from allowing the city’s largest private industrial complex to expand. (Curbed)

11 became 12 at the Bowery Mural to remind us that we literally can’t stop shooting each other. (Bowery Boogie)

A man shot at City Point was the fourth person shot in Downtown Brooklyn in the last five months. Bobby Jackson, 44, was arrested for shooting Carlton Spencer, and Gregory Kimble, 26, was arrested for reckless endangerment, according to the NYPD. (Brooklyn Paper, NY Post)

Former AG Eric Schneiderman will not face any charges after four women accused him of assault. (Politico)

JFK’s redevelopment is in the early phase, but it’s expected to be complete by 2021. (Airport Voice)

Someone put up a white supremacist flyer in Woodlawn, declaring a day of “White Strength” in November fighting against “Black thugs” and “radical islam.” Woodlawn is 46.7% white. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Brooklyn’s iconic Watchtower sign will be replaced, but it will be up to the building’s anchor tenant to decide what it will say. (Curbed)

An “affordable” housing lottery in Long Island City is starting at $2,125/month rent. For a studio! Affordable 2 bedrooms start at $2,731. (LIC Post)

Google and Facebook received no state subsidies when creating their NYC campuses. Why should Amazon? (Politico)

A few questions that need answering before Amazon invades Long Island City. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s holiday nostalgia rides return on November 25. (Curbed)

The NYPD arrested two teens accused of knocking the hat off the head of a 14-year-old Jewish boy, pushing a girl to the ground, and hurling a pipe at a Bedford-Stuyvesant synagogue. (Brooklyn Paper)

80% of drivers that get a speeding ticket via a camera never get a second ticket. City Council Member and Public Advocate hopeful Jumaane Williams has received 27 school zone speed camera violations, 10 bus lane violations, 4 failure to display meter receipts, 4 inspection sticker expired or missing, and 2 no parking tickets. (Streetsblog)

The city has a plan for private sanitation companies that will reduce truck traffic 18 million miles on an annual basis and reduce pollution by 63%. Don’t expect it to happen so fast, the transition to the new plan is scheduled to happen between 2021 and 2023. (Gothamist)

Just when you thought Christmas displays couldn’t get more ridiculous, here comes Bloomingdale’s with an ice skating rink in their basement. (Time Out)

Governor Cuomo has flavored e-cigarettes in his crosshairs, vowing to ban the sale of them in New York next year. Vape ’em while you got ’em. (NY Post)

Over 36,000 buildings are considered landmarks in the city, but did you know The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has been declaring people landmarks since 1994? (Atlas Obscura)

Is William Seely of Brooklyn the leader of the nationwide Mad Stone Bloods gang? He was arrested in Manhattan and is being help without bail on a 27-count indictment. (NY Post)

22 savory Asian snacks in the city. (Eater)

This is what Times Square looked like before and during the Trump/Sessions/Mueller protest on Thursday evening. (Reddit)

Uber, the New York chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and District Attorney Michael E. McMahon are bringing free Uber rides to Staten Island on Thanksgiving eve. Everyone can use two rides for up fro $15 each to get to and from your destination. (SILive)

Take a look at the shiny new subway cars on the C line on their maiden voyage. (Dj Hammers)

30 terrific spots for Breakfast in Manhattan. (Eater)

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The Briefly for Halloween, 2018 – The “Apocalypse Is Scheduled For April 27” Spooky/Scary Edition

The city is full of haunted subways, offices, taverns, hotels, and homes, the Attorney General debate, free CitiBikes on Election Day and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The history of the haunted subways of New York. (New York Tour)

Mark April 27, 2019 on your calendar, that’s the day the L train shuts down. (Gothamist)

The 16th Bike Kill was held by the Black Label Bike Club during last weekend’s storms, but that couldn’t but a damper on the fun and destruction of everyone who attended with their weird, mutant bikes. (Bedford + Bowery)

Does the ghost of Peg Leg Pete still haunt the East Village? (The Bowery Boys)

Sunset Park’s Brooklynphono is one of the country’s last vinyl pressing plants in the country. Take a look at how a record is made. (Viewing NYC)

The homes with the scares ghost and murder stories. (NY Post)

Would it be easier to vote if you had a bike to get to your polling place? CitiBikes will be free on election day with the code BIKETOVOTE. (Streesblog)

True stories of haunting experiences on the subway. (Gothamist)

The city’s Long Island City Investment Strategy calls for a $180 million investment into roadways, subway accessibility, arts and culture, sewer upgrades and new schools and school improvements. The plan hopes to encourage developers to include affordable housing in their projects. (LIC Post)

The man accused of ejaculating on a woman on the D train turned himself in to the NYPD. 18-year-old Ibrahim Mehsin was charged with this-degree sexual assault. Why does this stuff always happen on the D train? (Gothamist)

Hours into the NYPD crackdown on private sanitation companies a cyclist was hit and seriously injured by the driver of a Five Star Carting sanitation truck. (Streetsblog)

The 86th St B/C station is open and the renovation includes murals and mosaics inspired by Joyce Kozloff’s “Parkside Portraits,” which highlights the history of Central Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. (6sqft)

17 doughnuts to seek out. (Eater)

Expect protestors at any announced Louis C.K. performance. Is your laughter worth more to you than sexual assaults and the loss of women comic’s careers? (Gothamist)

10 haunted places throughout the city. (StreetEasy)

NYC awarded $1 billion contracts to businesses owned by minorities or women. That sounds good until you find out that it was 5% of $19.3 billion total. (amNY)

At the request of the mayor, NYU has postponed noted bigot Milo Yiannopoulos’ guest lecture. (NYU Lecture)

The GOP withdrew support for Anthony Pappas, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ opponent on November 6, after he admitted his ex-wife accused him of domestic violence and took out a restraining order against him. (NY Post)

Fourteen Jewish activists were arrested outside the Metropolitan Republican Club following a sit-in demanding that the GOP confront and expel white nationalists from its own party. (Gothamist)

There will be interpreters at 100 polling locations in the city in 12 different languages on election day. (Kings County Politics)

A new proposal from the City Council will put the council at odds with Mayor de Blasio when it comes to housing for the homeless. (NY Post)

Five takeaways from the New York Attorney General debate between Letitia James and Keith Wofford. (NY Times)

75+ Halloween events $35 and under. (the skint)

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