The Briefly for February 25, 2019 – The “53,269 Tons of Fatberg” Edition

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, Tuesday’s special election for Public Advocate, the East Village’s ongoing changes, parking placards, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here are this week’s late night subway changes. (Subway Changes)

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, but a single ride will remain $2.75. (Daily News)

Tomorrow/Tuesday is the special election for Public Advocate, here is a last minute guide to the 17 candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

The city’s Board of Elections threatened to sue the city to block translators from being inside polling locations in tomorrow’s special election for Public Advocate. (NY Post)

As it stands now there will be translators for Russian, Haitian Creole, Yiddish and Polish 100 feet away from 48 different polling locations. If someone wants translation services, they can escort one of the translators into the polling location with them. (Gothamist)

It seems like the entire city is falling apart. The area under Grand Army Plaza’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch is barricaded off because pieces of the arch have begun falling off. That planned restoration can’t come soon enough. (Brooklyn Paper)

Farewell to St. Marks Comics and the Sidewalk cafe in the East Village. (amNY & The Villager Newspaper)

You know a neighborhood has changed when even the Hell’s Angels are looking to sell their clubhouse. (Curbed)

Drag Queen Story Hour expanded with with a drag-queen beauty workshop teaching young adults to express their gender however they want. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

This is what a “fatberg” looks like. A mass of congealed grease and, uh, “personal hygiene” products. (Gothamist)

What’s the point of all of the city’s Juliet balconies? Also, what is a Juliet balcony? (StreetEasy)

55% of New Yorkers don’t drive a car, but that won’t stop the mayor from framing the parking placard abuse conversation from the point of view of someone who does. Maybe because he is driven from Gracie Mansion to his favorite YMCA in Park Slope so he can work out. (Gothamist)

17 kid-friendly restaurants that adults will also enjoy. (Eater)

The greatest tragedy I have seen since I’ve been in politics.” -Governor Cuomo on the Amazon HQ2 deal collapse. (NY Post)

Remember the people who protested the anti-Amazon HQ2 politicians? They were reportedly paid to protest by Sammy Musovic, a real estate developer who has been renovating apartments in Long Island City. (Curbed)

If you’re the “I HAVE to Instagram my breakfast” type, Grub Street has a new recommendation for you. (Grub Street)

Sunshine Laundromat has a secret, it’s up to you to decide if it’s the secret bar or the pinball. (Atlas Obscura)

A class action lawsuit was filed against the warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center centered around the week the jail was without power or heat in January and February. (Gothamist)

220 Riverside Boulevard’s expulsion of the Trump name is almost complete. Jealous? (NY Times)

Remember the notices the city sent out about hairstyle-based discrimination? An Upper East Side Sally Hershberger salon is under investigation for racial discrimination for telling employees that Afros and box-braids did not reflect the image of the neighborhood. (NY Times)

Commercial vehicles aren’t allowed on the Belt Parkway. Someone should tell the Department of sanitation, who smashed a garbage truck into an overpass and caused a three-car accident. (NY Post)

The Armory Show was moved from Pier 92 to Pier 90 after Pier 92 was deemed structurally unsafe by city investigators, causing the cancelation of the Volta art fair. (NY Times)

The MTA is cutting back on their plans to make more subway stations handicapped accessible. This is a result of cutting Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan from $40 billion to $30 billion. This is a plan that already has no funding and the MTA is already scaling it back. (Daily News)

14th Street won’t be getting a busway, but it likely see a new Select Bus Service that connects 14th St to the East Village and Lower East Side. (Chelsea Now)

If someone you love hates cheese, here are 26 recommended restaurants for the cheese-hater in your life. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 15, 2019 – The “Billion Dollar Breakup with Free Delivery” Edition

Amazon leaves behind a mess by pulling out on Valentine’s Day and five stories that are 100% unrelated to Amazon HQ2 in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway diversions and changes gets a bonus day thanks to Presidents’ Day on Monday. If you’ve gotta get around on Monday, the weekend’s schedule might impact how you do so. (6sqft)


Amazon broke up with New York on Valentine’s Day! (The Indypendent)

Amazon assumed Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo spoke for New York. They miscalculated the power of local politicians. (Politico)

Remember how Amazon was going to rent one million square feet in the Citibank building? That deal is off. Anyone need a million square feet of office space in Long Island City? (The Real Deal)

As late as Wednesday night, Amazon and labor leaders agreed to discuss ground rules for worker unionization. (NY Times)

10 things NYC should do now that the Amazon HQ2 deal is over. (Curbed)

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.” -Amazon

The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.” -Governor Andrew Cuomo

I was flabbergasted” -Mayor Bill de Blasio

“We all want jobs to come to Queens, and Amazon used the promise of job creation to extract major concessions for this project.” -Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

“This process was clearly flawed and did not include the affected community nor their legislative representatives until after the deal was signed.” -State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

“This is another indication proving what I have been saying is correct.” -City Councilmember and Elected Homophobe Ruben Diaz Sr, tripling down on his statement on how the city is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

This is devastating. We just sent a message that New York City is closed for business.” -Eric Benaim, CEO of Modern Spaces

“I hope this is the start of a conversation about vulture capitalism and where our tax dollars are best spent. I know I’d choose mass transit over helipads any day.” -Speaker of the City Council and acting Public Advocate Corey Johnson

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Long Island City will forever be known as the city that let the big one get away, and there are two people overwhelmingly responsible for it.  You own this Mike Gianaris and Jimmy Van Bramer, you own it.” LIC Talk Editorial

“Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves.” -State Senator Michael Gianaris

Why I’m Leaving New York,” by Jeff Bezos -@DaveWeigel, winning the Twitter reaction to today’s news.


St Marks Place, West 4th Street and other misnamed streets. (StreetEasy)

Solo dining is up 80% in the last four years. (Eater)

Speaking of, 13 of the best places to be alone in the city. (Gothamist)

Hate crimes are up 81% from last year, with two thirds of them anti-Semitic incidents. (Patch)

17 restaurants that aren’t “hot” but are still “cool.” That’s the real headline. Blame The Infatuation. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 13, 2019 – The “El Chapo is Guilty On All Counts” Edition

Outback Steakhouse is the hot NYC V-Day date, New York’s Green New Deal, an NYPD sting may have targeted LGBTQ bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A brief history of Rubén Díaz Sr.’s controversial statements. (amNY)

Given Diaz Sr’s previous statements, Corey Johnson was criticized for emboldening him by former Speaker and Public Advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito. (NY Post)

El Chapo is guilty. (NY Times)

Amazon’s HQ2 still has 58% support in the city. (NY Post)

Along Vernon Blvd in Long Island City the percentage of business owners and employees that approve HQ2 is even higher at 86%. (TimesLedger)

The culprit behind the L train stench has been identified as a Shell station with a history of oil leaks. (Greenpointers)

10 things you might not know about Riverside Park. (6sqft)

Aziz Ansari took the stage a the Comedy Cellar a year after sexual misconduct allegations against him. He spent a portion of his set talking about how he hopes it was a step forwarding he hopes he’s become a better person, which is something that can’t be said of Louis CK. (Gothamist)

Nothing in Amazon’s subsidies are new. The city has given away $5 billion in “tax expenditures” for economic development projects to increase employment and reduce office vacancies, but it hasn’t been able to do either effective. The city council has called for the program to be phased out. (Gothamist)

Did you lose all your Nintendo Switch games on the subway? (/r/NYC)

Whole Foods is raising its prices on 550 items, reversing course from their post-purchase by Amazon. (Grubstreet)

Hate winter? Don’t worry, in 60 years New York’s climate will feel more like Arkansas. (Patch)

We have enough problems on the subway before Inside Edition starts shaming fare evaders. (Gothamist)

The Universal Hip Hop Museum will break ground later this year. (Welcome2TheBronx)

There are only three cities in the US with worse traffic than New York. Boston is, of course, the #1 worst with Washington DC and Chicago second and third. (Patch)

The NYPD mobilized a multi-agency response to “community hotspots” in October, but were the coordinated raids disproportionally targeting LGBTQ bars? (Gothamist)

New York isn’t going to wait for AOC’s Green New Deal to pass on a federal level. The state’s legislature introduced a bill to turn the state greenhouse gas neutral by 2030. (amNY)

The NYCHA suspended with the intent to fire Ivo Nikolic, the head of the agency’s elevator division, for allegations he violated anti-discrimination policies. (The Real Deal)

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was fatally shot by friendly fire while responding to a robbery in Queens on Tuesday night. (NY Post)

Red Lobster, Applebee’s, Benihana, and Outback Steakhouse are four of the city’s top ten bars and restaurants for Valentine’s Day according to Lyft. (Bedford + Bowery)

The 13 hottest lunch spots in the city. (Eater)

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