The Briefly for February 20, 2020 – The “A Diner by Any Other Name” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: “The Joy Goddess” of Harlem, the Lowline is dead, the best cocktail bars, Myles makes its NYC app debut, Lyft’s electric bikes are back and more

Today – Low: 22˚ High: 38˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

A look at A’Lelia Walker, daughter of Madam C.J. Walker, who 100 years ago in Harlem was given the nickname of “the Joy Goddess” by Langston Hughes, and whose parties and events provided a central location for the Harlem Renaissance. Part of a series by The Root focusing on little-known or forgotten rebels, celebrating Black History Month. (Anne Branigin for The Root)

Mayor Bloomberg started off his debate night getting ruined by Elizabeth Warren. The rest of the night didn’t go so great for him either. (John F. Harris for Politico)

A timeline of Michael Bloomberg’s support of stop and frisk. (Maggie Astor for NY Times)

The Lowline, once an extremely cool idea of putting a Highline style park in an abandoned trolley terminal in the Lower East Side, is dead. After more than a decade of work, the project is out of money. (Bowery Boogie)

Let’s grapple with an existential question for a moment: Is the Soho Diner really a diner? In Robert Sietsema’s review, he points towards no, with food choices pointing more towards “Top Chef” than “greasy spoon.” The desserts earned a compliment, but those are from Petee’s Pies and not made in house. Is a diner by name still a diner? (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Myles is a new ride-hailing app available this week in NYC. The company claims rides will be 10% cheer than Lyft and Uber on average and they won’t make use of surge pricing. (Igor Bonifacic for Engadget)

Say hello to Eugene Hernandez, the new director of the New York Film Festival. (Sara Aridi for NY Times)

The MTA is betting $15 billion of its $51 billion 2020 – 2024 capital plan on the Trump Administration giving congestion pricing the go ahead and not delaying the 2021 rollout. If there is a delay or a call for an environmental impact study, congestion pricing won’t start on time and the MTA would likely have to borrow money, eventually leading to a transit financial disaster. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Lyft’s pedal-assisted electric bikes are finally back, after being pulled out of commission in April 2019 for malfunctioning brakes and batteries. (Tina Bellon for amNewYork Metro)

Chairnobyl? Chairnobyl. (EV Grieve)

NYC’s best under-the-radar museums, mapped. (Ameena Walker for Curbed)

This ain’t the piercing pagoda kiosk in the mall. A “hole new you” is ht promise of the new piercing studio Studs in Nolita. (Lindsay Tuchman for NY1)

The NYPD arrested a 14-year-old, the third and final suspect in the killing of 18-year-old Barnard College student Tessa Majors on Wednesday. (JB Nicholas for Gothamist)

Apartment Porn: Take a look inside the ex-WeWork CEO’s three-story $27.5 million Gramercy Park apartment. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

John Ciero, a former NYPD officer, is among five people indicted in federal court for dealing meth and a date rape drug called GBL, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York announced on Wednesday. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

New York City’s first weed dummies are arriving in Queens. Of course, you need to have a prescription to get them for the moment. (Jacob Kaye for QNS)

Here are the new protected bike lanes coming to Manhattan this year. From the plan, it looks like you’ll finally be able to bike around the perimeter of Manhattan completely in 2021. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

This story of a parrot who got loose in Manhattan, is frankly amazing. (Emily Flitter for NY Times)

Plush seating and carpets. That sounds like a good idea for the subways, right? (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

Citywide alternate side parking tickets will be increasing from $45 to $65 starting today. I used to live in Park Slope and my upstairs neighbor never moved his car for ASP because if he never moved his car and just paid the tickets once a week, he was still going to pay less than if he put his car in any garage in the neighborhood for the month. At $65, three tickets a month is still cheaper than any garage. (Kristen Torres for Sunnyside Post)

James Dolan has won more legal victories over former-Knicks star Charles Oakley than the actual Knicks have won championships over anyone. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The West Side Story revival has been met with protests, as demonstrators have been calling for Amar Ramasar’s removal from the cast because of his role in a photo-sharing scandal at City Ballet. (Julia Jacobs for NY Times)

Chirlane McCray, Mayor de Blasio’s wife, launched a podcast called “Thrive with Chirlane McCray” on the Brooklyn Free Speech podcast network and we are all paying for it. The podcast is funded by Thrive NYC, which has received $850 million in taxpayer funds. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Do you know about “The Atlantic Ticket?” That’s a LIRR ticket that allows you to go from one of Brooklyn’s three stops to Jamaica, Hollis, Queens Village, Locust Manor, St. Albans, Laurelton or Rosedale for only $5. The success of this ticket is renewing calls that traveling within the city on the LIRR should cost $2.75. (Jose Martinez and Trone Dowd for The City)

Happy the elephant, who resides in the Bronx Zoo, does not have human-like rights and does not have to be transferred to a sanctuary. (NY1)

Believe it or not, there are people that live in the Financial District, and those people showed up in force to show their support against the creators of Sleep No More getting a liquor license at a Manhattan Community Board 1 licensing committee meeting. The new show is looking to set up shop in a mostly residential building. The NIMBYs voted against recommending a liquor license be granted and the proposal goes to a full vote of the community board next week, and the State Liquor Authority only uses community board votes as guidance, so it’s still possible the show moves forward as planned. (Ben Brachfield for Gothamist)

RIP Swamp Trump. We hardly knew ye. (Scott Enman for Brooklyn Eagle)

NYC’s top cocktail bars. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Eater)

thanks to reader Jacqueline for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for December 24, 2019 – The “Your Cheapest Ride to the Airport is a Helicopter” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: What’s happening on Christmas, the perk the super-rich want in their apartment buildings, the 30 best Chinese food restaurants, Melinda Katz’s plans & more

Today – Low: 30˚ High: 46˚
Clear throughout the day.

I’ll be taking Christmas Day off and The Briefly will return with a new edition on the 26th.

What’s it gonna cost to get to the airport? UberX: $126.84. Uber Pool: $102.56. Uber Copter: $101.39. Wait, what? (@nicoleej0hnson)

Gramercy Park opens its gates for one hour tonight, Christmas Eve, from 6-7pm. It’s the only hour the park is open to the public for the entire year. (Ameena Walker for Curbed)

16 restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve and Day. (Claire Lampen for Gothamist)

No trash pickup, public transit on a Sunday schedule, alternate-side parking suspended. What’s open, what’s closed on Christmas day. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Where to celebrate Kwanzaa 2019 in NYC. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

New York City trades killing for reforms like they were both commodities. After six deaths in two days, the city is willing to enforce its traffic laws against drivers of trucks and SUVs. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

There are more than 5,300 open citations for buildings failing to maintain safe exterior walls, but it was the death of Erica Tishman that moved the city to try to figure out how to make building inspections easier and prevent more deaths. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

It was four deaths of homeless men in Chinatown that caused the city commit to spending $21 million to attempt to treat more mentally ill New Yorkers, up to an additional 900 people a year. The city will use Kendra’s Law, which allows courts to mandate treatment for individuals with a history of violence and hospitalizations. (Mirela Iverac for Gothamist)

How New York City celebrated Christmas in 1910. (Ephemeral New York)

A New Nightmare: Streets near Columbus Circle are closed thanks to falling ice. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

How much would you pay to hear something you already know? If you’re the MTA,you paid $900,000. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Female detainees at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan say they’re being forced to endure intolerably frigid conditions, as a creaking HVAC system blasts air conditioning into their cells on one of the coldest days of the year. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The cost of necessary repairs of the NYCHA were estimated to be $32 billion two years ago, one year ago it was $45 billion, and the latest estimate has hit $68.5 billion through 2028. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Two major parole reforms are possible in 2020. The first would give a parole hearing to anyone over 55 who’s served at least fifteen years of their sentence and the other changes the consideration for release based on rehabilitation, not sentence. A look at three advocates with firsthand experience on why the reforms are necessary. (Noah Goldberg for Brooklyn Eagle)

Congrats to Bernadette DeVito, the new Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Kings County Politics. (Kings County Politics)

Photos of the hawks in Tompkins Square Park on the hunt never cease to fascinate and horrify me. (Laura Goggin Photography)

Photos and Videos: In all honesty, the Insane Clown Posse party yacht looks like it was pretty darn fun. (BrooklynVegan)

Jimmy Van Bramer earned Cynthia Nixon’s endorsement for Queens Borough President. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post)

So what’s with all the new restaurants that chose a “diner” theme this year? (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

The city’s open enrollment for Fair Fares program will start Jan. 27, allowing anyone at or below the Federal Poverty line to purchase half-price MetroCards. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Sometime you hear a story the reminds you that New York City truly has everything. The next time you’re in the East Village, stop in at Casey Rubber Stamps on E 11th, a rubber stamp store that also makes custom stamps. (Gabe Herman for The Villager)

Newly elected Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is promising a big shakeup when she takes office on January 1, replacing most of the current executive staff to ensure they support her more progressive policies. (Beth Fertig and George Joseph for Gothamist)

Indoor pools? Marble walls? Movie theaters? Old news. The porte cochère is the perk the mega-rich want. (James Barron for NY Times)

Photos: Le Fournil, the French bakery that opened yesterday in the former Moishe’s space on Second Ave, is open. (EV Grieve)

Looking to climb the Vessel? Here’s how to get tickets. They’re free, but you still need tickets. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

The developer of the Vessel agreed to increase accessibility beyond the three of the 80 platforms currently available by January 31, 2021, thanks to an agreement with the Department of Justice. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The 30 best Chinese food restaurants. (Eater)

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