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 7, 2018 – The “Surviving A Fall Onto the Subway Tracks” Edition

Fair Fares launches with little fanfare, Albany’s been pocketing hundreds of millions of cell phone taxes, Amazon’s charm offensive starts, Oreo squirrel, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The No Pants Subway Ride is this weekend, plan accordingly. (Gothamist)

That L train un-shutdown? It still needs the MTA board’s approval. (amNY)

Forget eggroll squirrel, here comes Oreo Squirrel! (West Side Rag)

He fell onto the subway tracks and SURVIVED! An unidentified man fell onto the track and laid underneath the train as it went over him. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but he walked away uninjured. (NY Post)

Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened across from the Barclays Center. Only qualifying patients for now. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Kindergarten impossible. How did this 5-year-old boy escape his school and get on a subway platform without being noticed? (Gothamist)

I Eat from UWS Dumpsters and So Should You” Not me, that’s the headline. (West Side Rag)

The holidays are over, we’ve landed back in full-steam-ahead early January, you know what time it is? Girl Scout cookies. If you don’t have a Girl Scout in your life, here’s how to score some Tagalongs. (amNY)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill continues to think of new reasons to worry about marijuana legalization. Last week it was the retirement of marijuana-sniffing dogs, this week the excuses are underage use (which did not go up in Colorado after weed became legal) and grow house explosions. (NY Post)

The history of NYC style pizza in under eight minutes. (DidYouKnowFood)

The 168th and 181st 1 train stations in Washington Heights will be closing for nearly a year, here’s how to get around during the closure. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio launched the Fair Fares program, as you’d expect from our mayor, with too little information for too little people and late. (Politico)

A portion of Northern Boulevard around 114th Streets collapsed into a construction site on Friday and it is indefinitely closed between 111th and 114th and indefinitely. There were no injuries and no utility disruptions. (Jackson Heights Post)

Apartment owners in the Citylights co-op in Long Island City are protesting the scheduled end of their 20-year real estate tax abatement. Since 1997, the co-op has been paying a discounted tax rate on apartments that originally sold between $10k and $65, which are now worth close to 16x their original value. (LIC Post)

Two firehouses in Queens were closed due to a scabies outbreak. Scabies is… gross and let’s not discuss that it’s caused by bugs that crawl under your skin and lay eggs. (NY Post)

Brooklyn lawyer Rashaun Kelley was arrested in connection to a series of sexual assaults which date back to 2014. He faces sex abuse, burglary and attempted rape charges. (CBS New York)

“Happy New Year from your future neighbors at Amazon.” Amazon has started their charm offensive. (Amazon)

A profile of Figure Skating in Harlem, where young women of color train to compete in a spot dominated by whites. (NY Times)

The First Street Garden Art Park has a new mural to match one of Congress’ new faces: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (@lexibellaart)

RIP to one of NYC’s centenarians, “Big Helen” Sieczkowski, who passed away on January 2nd at 100 years young. (Bklyner)

Unsurprisingly, New York was not on the list of cities where you can buy a home with an annual salary of $60k or less. (The Real Deal)

The head of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission will step down with no successor announced by City Hall. After the sixth suicide by a cab driver in the last 13 months, there have been calls for Meera Joshi to step down from drivers and politicians. (Crain’s New York)

Albany “diverted” hundreds of millions of dollars over the last ten years meant for emergency communication services, according to the FCC. NY uses the money for “non-public safety or unspecified uses.” The governor’s office refutes that claim. (NY Post)

The Bronx Riviera is planning a roaring comeback with a $75 million renovation of the landmarked Orchard Beach pavilion. The project is still in the planning phase, a date has not been set for completion. (amNY)

Our mayor, the cartoon character. (NY Times)

The city spent $4.1 million over three years to give deer vasectomies in Staten Island in hopes of reducing the number of road accidents, but 2018’s 103 accidents with 17 injuries marked an all-time high. (NY Post)

If you don’t know Paul Manship’s name, you’ve seen his work. His sculptures inhabit Central Park like the “Group of Bears” or the gates to the Children’s Zoo, but Prometeus, which looks over the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, is likely his best known work in the city. (Ephemeral New York)

A map of every bagel shop in New York City. (Brooklyn Bagel Blog)

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The Briefly for December 27, 2018 – The “Losing Your Job Over Poppy Seed Bagels” Edition

An NYPD’s accidental shooting victim sues the city, Long Island City primes its real estate, NYC’s immigration courts are a mess because of the government shutdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Let’s explore some NYC ghost stories, from the hellbeasts, to the Staten Island murder mansion, to the hellmouth at Hell’s Gate. (Gothamist)

There’s a ghost subway tunnel that sits above the Broadway stop on the G. The Second System was an abandoned 1929 expansion of the subway system, which would have included an additional tunnel between Williamsburg and Manhattan. That would have been helpful with the impending shutdown of the L. (Greenpointers)

America’s oldest mosque is just around the corner from the Lorimer stop on the L. (Bedford + Bowery)

The FIRST STEP Act, which is aimed at reforming the federal prison system and reducing recidivism, has roots in New York. US Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who represents parts of Queens and Brooklyn, crafted the bill. (Kings County Politics)

IT’s the most wonderful time of the year: Mulchfest! (6sqft)

If you think that you can’t fail a drug test because of poppy seed bagels, you might want to talk to officer Eleazar Paz. Paz was just reinstated to his post on Riker’s Island after being fired over his failed test in January. (NY Post)

Rising rents will claim Chelsea’s The Half King on January 2 after 18 years. (Eater)

Turns out the Queens podiatrist that helped President Bone Spurs dodge the Vietnam War draft did so for preferential treatment from his landlord: Trump’s daddy. (Gothamist)

A tribute to Larry Eisenberg, The New York Times‘ most prolific commenter (whose 13,000 comments were mostly in limerick form), who died on Tuesday at 99-years-old. (NY Times)

Eight minutes of NYC in the 1920’s. (Viewing NYC)

The home of the $18 coffee has closed. Yes, it was in Brooklyn, how did you know? (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

New York is the 15th state to establish a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors. New protections include the right to consult with a victim assistance organization during physical exams and interviews, examinations, preventive HIV treatment and other services at no cost, among others. (amNY)

The federal immigration courts in the city have been thrown into chaos due to the federal shutdown. The Javitz Building’s immigration court, which has a backlog of 105,000 cases, is closed while the Varick Street court remains open. (Gothamist)

The city’s minimum wage increases on December 31. For employers with 11 or more employees, $15 is the new minimum wage. Companies with less than 11 employees will have a $13.50 minimum wage. (amNY)

82% of shots fired by police miss their targets. Irene Ureña Perez was accidentally shot in the abdomen by one of the 27 shots fired plainclothes NYPD officer Juan Gomez while in pursuit of a suspect in early December. Perez is still recovering, has endured multiple surgeries and is suing the city for $10 million. (Gothamist)

Two of the men who were caught on video allegedly assaulted an NYPD officer on a subway platform in Chinatown have been arrested. (NY Post)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s 2018 transit wishlist. (Streetsblog)

As Long Island City girds itself for the delivery of Amazon’s tech bros, prices on prime real estate are going up. (NY Times)

The top restaurant standbys of 2018. (Eater)

30 New Year’s Eve events $35 and under. (the skint)

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