The Briefly for March 29, 2019 – The “The Final Year of Plastic Bags in New York” Edition

Mayor de Blasio is afraid to say “bike lane,” a protest in support of Kalman Yeger’s Palestine comments, the best pancakes, where to eat in the LES, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It’s the tail end of the month and no one can escape the weekend subway closures and diversions. (6sqft)

“We’re allowed our opinions… There is no such thing as Palestine… He tweeted the truth and we came here to stand up for him.” Welcome to the protest in support of Kalman Yeger’s “Palestine doesn’t exist” comment. Kalman Yeger is on the city’s immigration committee, and that is jeopardy now. (Bklyner)

Say farewell to single-use plastic bags at retail stores. (NY Times)

Barneys is going to give up more than half of its space on Madison Ave to cut back on its $30 million annual rent. This follows Lord & Taylor jettisoning their Fifth Ave store and the complete closure of Henri Bendel. (The Real Deal)

The state’s budget is due by midnight on Sunday, can the Governor and the legislature get their priorities in order to pass it? (Gotham Gazette)

Inside Whole Foods’ new convenience store in Chelsea. (Gothamist)

Want to live a long life? Move to Queens. Queens is in the top 20 counties in the country for life expectancy. (QNS)

Brooklyn’s most endangered buildings. (Curbed)

The Upper West Side’s best pancakes. KofiMania is running wild. (I Love The Upper West Side)

Kudos to the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for raising $60,000 during their New Year’s Day swim. The money will do towards half a dozen charities in and around Coney Island. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Some people argue at work and some Amtrak employees shoot their co-worker in the leg. (Gothamist)

Can the Knicks be freed from the tyranny of James Dolan? Can we ever be free from the awfulness of his band? (Gothamist)

New York is expanding its lawsuit the Sackler family, the billionaires behind OxyContin. (NY Times)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson added his voice to those calling for the abolition of the Specialized High Schools Admission Test, in addition to expanding the number of city-designated elite high schools. (Chalkbeat)

The mayor’s claim of “fewer vehicles” is hard to believe when he makes a promise to reduce the city’s fleet by 1,000 when he added over 5,000 since being elected. (NY Post)

The proposed rezoning of Gowanus will add 8,200 new apartments to the neighborhood by 2035, including 3,000 that will be below market rate. The city published a draft scope of work, a step towards a land use review. (Curbed)

How the city influenced its baseball teams. (Streeteasy)

A ride on an NYC Ferry will cost you $2.75, but it could be costing the city an additional $24.75. (amNY)

Grub Street just couldn’t help themselves. They went around and tried to order the “St. Louis Style” bagel at a number of bagel places. (Grub Street)

Why is Mayor de Blasio afraid of saying “bike lanes” when it comes to Queens Blvd? (Streetsblog)

Something else the mayor can’t seem to do is pick a new head of NYCHA by the April 6 deadline. (NY Post)

Tracy Morgan has not forgotten his Brooklyn roots and paid for a makeover to the Bed-Stuy Marcy Houses where he grew up and partnered with GrowNYC, Feeding America, and City Harvest to improve the Harrie Carthan Community Garden. (amNY)

Parents can now remove a doctor’s name from a birth certificate if their license was suspended for misconduct or abuse. (NY Post)

If you love being creeped out, you can now book an overnight stay at Madame Tussauds in Times Square. (Time Out)

Where to eat on the Lower East Side. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 25, 2019 – The “Next Neighborhood to be Gentrified” Edition

Central Park has a new hot bird, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, the Gandalf of Greenpoint, the man caught kicking a woman in the head arrested, and more in today’s daily NYC news brief.

Bad news for you if you’re on one of the seven subway lines with late night closures and service changes this week. (Subway Changes)

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was 108 years ago today. (The Forward)

A look at 100 years of progress for women in New York’s political positions of power. (NY Times)

Eight monuments dedicated to real women. (Untapped Cities)

Is Brownsville going to be the next target for gentrification? The National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s “Shifting Neighborhood” report says it’s already begun. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Turns out Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick aren’t great as neighbors. (NY Post)

DUMBO’s cobblestone streets are disappearing. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Forget the hot Mandarin Duck, this season’s new hot bird is the Central Park Great Blue Heron. (Gothamist)

Yeah, birds are cool but how about the rise in the population of seals? (Viewing NYC)

The Gandalf of Greenpoint is the subway wizard we need. (Bedford + Bowery)

What constitutes a museum? Does a collection of 100 mugshots displayed in a Prospect Heights apartment count? (Gothamist)

Eat in Greenpoint like you’re Polish. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city’s Sacred Sites Open House weekend is on May 18 and 19 if you’ve been looking to get a look behind the scenes of the city’s houses of worship. (amNY)

The man who was allegedly shown kicking an elderly woman in the head on the subway was arrested. He claims the old woman threatened to stab him, his wife, and his daughter and that’s why he kicked her in the face. (NY Post)

The prosecutor supervising Michael Cohen’s case is leaving his job in April. (Politico)

Remember last week’s proposal to put a bike lane on the Verrazzano Bridge? It’s dead. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A bunch of buzzkill doctors issued a joint statement opposing marijuana legalization in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware. (NY Post)

MTA Unveils New Designated Seating For Commuters Who Look Like They’re About To Snap” (The Onion)

People in East Flatbush are so comfortable with the low crime rates in their neighborhood they are leaving their cars unlocked, causing an uptick in crime. *shakes head* (Bklyner)

The house belonging to Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather’ is for sale. Perhaps you’d like to make them an offer they can’t refure? (NY Post)

Better get your Zyrtec, Claritin, and whatever else you can think of now. This year’s allergy season is going to be hell. (Patch)

The city’s trash panda population are getting more and more brazen with every passing day. This time they claimed ownership of the A train tracks in Queens. (Patch)

Despite saying the death of the Amazon deal has been “talked to death,” the governor couldn’t help but talk about it even more, saying the opposing politicians engaged in a “form of corruption.” (28.2% of our readers said they blame Cuomo and de Blasio for the collapse of the deal) (NY Post)

The Guggenheim will no longer accept money from the Sackler family, the family who profited heavily from the opioid crisis. It follows the Tate and the British National Portrait Gallery. (NY Times)

Don’t call for robocall scams this tax season. Actually, don’t answer your phone until the fall. (Viewing NYC)

HUD Administrator Lynne Patton continued her tour of NYCHA facilities, finally hitting Staten Island, where she said the development was “inhumane” and a “humanitarian crisis.” (NY Post)

If you rent an apartment, do you have a right to a key? As keyless systems are on the rise, some tenants don’t have keys to their homes. (NY Times)

How bad is Amtrak service at Penn Station? How about a maintenance train derailed over the weekend. (NY Post)

A man wearing only a shirt (the full Donald Duck”) was shot by the NYPD in Queens after setting a car on fire outside a police precint. He was arrested and is expected to survive. (NY Times)

A goat escaped a slaughterhouse in the Bronx. Seeking asylum, the goat found sanctuary at a farm upstate, and that’s not a euphemism. (NY Post)

Say hello to four of the city’s newest restaurants. (amNY)

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The Briefly for January 23, 2019 – The “Cuomo Humiliates the MTA into Submission… Again” Edition

A car-less subway train design is coming, NY codifies abortion rights, the Queens DA election becomes competitive, the latest in subway perverts, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The subways will have a newly designed train in 2020 with new colors and an open gangway design so you can walk from the head of the train to the back. When there are no cars, every car is the fart car. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo’s campaign to humiliate the MTA is working. This time, he’s told the agency that he wants to see alternatives to a fare increase that would come in March. (NY Times)

The latest in subway perverts. (Daily News)

The Bryant Park fountain is frozen, welcome to real winter hours. (Time Out)

Queens will have its first competitive race for District Attorney in almost thirty years with the retirement of Richard Brown. (The Independent)

Governor Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act, codifying and expanding abortion rights like dropping most restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks, allowing midwives and nurse practitioners to perform abortions and ending criminal charges for harming children in the womb. (Politico)

The 10 healthiest neighborhoods in the city. (StreetEasy)

Does AOC give ‘zero fucks?’ “I actually didn’t say this, so while I know ‘brown women cursing’ drives clicks, maybe you accurately quote the whole exchange instead of manipulating people into thinking I said this sentence instead of just the word ‘zero.'” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)

Three people have dropped out of the Public Advocate’s race due to technicalities, which leaves us with a pool of twenty candidates. (Bklyner)

Manhattan is getting two new food halls in the Financial District and Midtown West. (Eater)

The ACLU and NYCLU is suing the NYPD over the mistreatment of Linda Dominguez, a transgender woman, who they say was purposefully misgendered and mocked. The NYPD arrested her in non-standard pink handcuffs and left them on her overnight. (Advocate)

20 restaurants for a casual dinner with your parents. (The Infatuation)

The MTA and Amtrak have reached an agreement to add four newly proposed stations in the Bronx for Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-op City. The stations would connect to Penn Station along the “Hell Gate Line.” (Welcome2TheBronx)

Four districts in Sunset Park are getting landmark consideration from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Landmark status protects historic sites and buildings from being demolished or altered in a way that fundamentally changes their character. (6sqft)

A time-lapse showing the heartbeat of the city. (Myles Zhang)

The history, near destruction, and salvation of the cast-iron clock that stands over Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. (Greenpointers)

There are 370 participating restaurants in NYC Restaurant week, but only 11 have the distinction of earning a Michelin star. (Viewing NYC)

Two subway cars collided on the Williamsburg Bridge that killed one and injured fifty. It was the fourth collision in less than two years. This was the collision in June of 1995 that was the catalyst for the MTA to lower the speeds of subway trains until recently. (NY Times)

The Administration for Children’s Services is giving out free wearable baby blankets to help families keep infants warm and safe this winter. (amNY)

Coney Island is petitioning for a Trader Joe’s. Will Joe listen? After the L train shutdown was called off, anything is possible in 2019. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Skittles Commercial: The Musical” is a real thing at Town Hall written by Brian Eno and starring Michael C. Hall for a live Super Bowl musical commercial. Tickets (yes there are tickets) are $200 and the money raised is going towards Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (Gothamist)

For $15 you can name a roach after your ex, or maybe a sweetheart who loves roaches, in time for Valentine’s Day at the Bronx Zoo. (Viewing NYC)

The mayor only signed 20% of the laws passed by city council. The remaining 80% became law when de Blasio didn’t sign or veto them within 30 days. His office claims that his schedule prevented him from signing the bills and we should not conflate his lack of time to sign a piece of paper with his lack of caring about doing his job. (amNY)

Could you live in a 200 square foot apartment? Take a tour of what has to be one of the city’s smallest homes. (Apartment Therapy)

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