The Briefly for February 28, 2019 – The “Bodega Ham, Now With Extra Plastic” Edition

Subway and bus fare is going up, the mayor punts on controlling the MTA, NYC’s James Beard Award semifinalists, NYCHA promises to find lead, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bus and subway fares are going up on April 21. Single rides are staying put at $2.75 but weekly cards will go from $32 to $33, monthly cards will go from $121 to $127, and the bonus for putting more than $5.50 on your MetroCard is disappearing. (amNY)

You may want to avoid bodega ham for a little while. (Gothamist)

A new bill will clarify the definition of sexual harassment and strengthen the laws against it. Harassment must be “severe or pervasive” to be considered illegal at the moment. (QNS)

The barnacle Citi Bike was cute once, but stop throwing Citi Bikes into the rivers. (West Side Rag)

Ever since dropping the “Trump Soho” branding, the Dominick Hotel has seen a 20% increase in revenue. (The Real Deal)

Do not disturb? Hardly. The city’s worst hotels when it comes to noise complaints. (Localize Labs)

Daiso, the Japanese dollar store, is opening its first East coast store in the Flushing mall on March 8. (Eater)

The 18 best restaurants on the Upper West Side. (Grub Street)

Today is the last day for Raul Candy Store in Alphabet City after over 40 years. As a way to say goodbye, all the remaining candy in the store is free. (NY Post)

Even Mayor de Blasio’s wife isn’t sure he should run for president. (Patch)

The rights of students with disabilities haven’t been upheld in Success Academy, the city’s largest charter school network. (Patch)

Here’s the latest on the EPA’s Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal. (Bklyner)

If you’re on Park Avenue and wondering what those giant stretched yellow rubber things are, it’s “Tension Sculptures” by Brooklyn-based artist Joseph La Piana. (NY Times)

The mayor punted on the idea of the city being in control of the MTA, handing responsibility to the governor’s office. (Streetsblog)

Horticulture at Green-Wood Cemetery is deadly serious business. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here’s what you should now about Jumaane Williams, the city’s new Public Advocate. (amNY)

Where are we with legalizing marijuana? The state budget deadline of April 1 is fast approaching. (amNY)

A guide to the subway’s signal system. (Curbed)

An oral history of the Sidewalk Cafe, the home of antifolk. (Gothamist)

Micaela Diamond is 19 and has become Cher 100 times. (amNY)

NYCHA promises 100 percent confidence in finding lead in its developments. Right. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez is set to announce his support in giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses. (NY Post)

Can you help catch whoever stole Luna, the beloved two-month old bodega cat from Ismael’s Gourmet Deli in the Bronx? (News 12)

NYCs 2019 James Beard Awards semifinalists. (Eater)

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The Briefly for May 16, 2018 – Paid Sick and Safe Leave, Dog Flu, Betsy DeVos Visits, Moving A Shark, Fergie Rides the Rails, and More

There’s a Laurel Ave in Brooklyn, but no Yanny anywhere in the city. Debate settled.

bkskymay18-4 by bslax28 via Flickr

The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law is now the law of the city. It allows victims of domestic violence, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, or human trafficking to go on paid leave. It includes paid leave for a family member to support the victim. This applies to employers with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year. Employers with under five employees must provide unpaid safe and sick leave. You accrue one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 40 hours per year and 40 hours can be carried over from one year to the next.

Have you ever been as happy as Fergie was on the subway during last night’s storm?

There’s a dog flu outbreak in Brooklyn that is fatal for up to 10% of dogs who contract the flu.

A trio of bills aimed at encouraging voter turnout would amend the state’s constitution to allow voting by mail without stating a reason, expand voting hours, align state primaries with federal primaries, maintain complete and accurate voter lists, and establish an early voting system. New York ranked 42 in voter turnout in 2016.

Filming around the city: Sunlit Night (Jenny Slate) at Adams St and Plymouth St, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  (Rachel Brosnahan) at Broadway and Driggs, Brooklyn, The Torture Report (Jon Hamm) at Orange St and Henry St, Brooklyn, The Punisher at Hampton St in Jackson Heights, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) at Greenpoint Ave in Brooklyn.

Spring visit to Central Park and 3 Midtown museums by Terry Ballard via Flickr

Moving a shark isn’t as easy as buying a goldfish. NY Times shows how sharks are being moved to Coney Island ahead of the aquarium’s June 30 shark exhibit opening.

There will be eight new Target stores in the city by the end of next year, the latest opens on July 21 and will be on the corner of 14th and Avenue A.

“Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America.” –local racist Aaron Schlossberg at Fresh Kitchen in Midtown who called ICE on a woman speaking Spanish.

The city’s trash bins haven’t changed in design since the 1930s. Think you have a better design? Prove it!

Frames by Billie Grace Ward

E-bikes continue to remain illegal, but the city is moving forward to exempt the much more expensive than the ones being confiscated from delivery workers ($5,000 vs $1,500) e-Bikes. Jump, a Brooklyn-based e-bike sharing company acquired by Uber, is spending $25k/month lobbying for the change.

Say hello to Velina Mitchel, the new voice of the MTA.

Betsy DeVos was in the city yesterday to visit exactly none of the 1,800 schools in the city, choosing to visit a yeshiva instead and not speak to the press. Last week the NY Post published an interview with former yeshiva students who claimed they were being denied an education that includes science, math and English books.

What would you do if you found $52,000 in buried treasure in your backyard?