The Briefly for December 14, 2018 – The “A Private Midnight Tour of the L Train Tunnels” Edition

Long Island City’s rent hasn’t been Amazon’d yet, a goat beauty pageant in Central Park, the NYPD targets THC oil for arrests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s something new, there are no major outages planned on the subways this weekend. Station closures and redirections are dotted around, but no line will be completely shut down. All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

Is the NYPD replacing marijuana arrests with THC oil arrests? (TimesLedger)

Everyone can relax! After his private tour of the L train tunnels, which disrupted service of the L train tunnels, Governor Amazon Cuomo has decided the shutdown is “vital and complicated.” The shutdown was announced in January of 2016, the Governor waited nearly three years to being his “investigation.” (NY Post)

Michael Brogan, Brooklyn’s dumbest man, called a senator with his own phone and threatened to shoot her (the senator is not named). He was arrested. (Daily News)

A five-alarm five injured twelve, including seven firefighters, Thursday morning in Sunnyside. The fire was brought under control and damaged multiple buildings, but not before a visually jarring backdraft was caught video. (Gothamist)

A guide to Grand Central Terminal. (Curbed)

Think Long Island City rent is already high? The Amazon effect hasn’t touched it yet. (The Real Deal)

The mysterious L train green goop has not yet been identified. (Town & Village)

The city’s latest noted-racist is Anna Lushchinkaya, who was recoded hitting and yelling racist slurs to a passenger. She was arrested after getting off the train. (NY Post)

The Park Slope Nitehawk Cinema has a opening date: December 19. (Brooklyn Paper)

Remember when Central Park held beauty pageants for goats? Prohibition was weird. (6sqft)

The most expensive neighborhood in the city is Tribeca. (Curbed)

Mystery solved! The person behind the creepy Mister Softee music that was coming from LinkNYC kiosks was Mark Thomas, the creator of the Payphone Project. (Gothamist)

Bystanders saved a woman who was shoved off the platform and onto the subway tracks at Union Square. The NYPD is investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The New York Times has discovered Brighton Beach through photographer Alexey Yurenev’s work. (NY Times)

Does Elon Musk have a secret office on Rivington Street? (Bowery Boogie)

Greenpoint’s Community Board 1 rejected the liquor license for beer and wine of Bury the Hatchet, the neighborhood’s new hatchet throwing bar, due to security concerns. CB votes are recommendations and the state’s liquor authority will make the actual decision. (Greenpoint Post)

State legislators are getting a raise, but are complaining that their new $130,000 salaries won’t be enough. The median salary in New York state is $64,894. (NY Post)

Staten Island and Brooklyn Democratic Congressmember-elect Max Rose is already seeing 2020 challengers pop up. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Recently outed local homophobe Allasheed Allah, the man who allegedly punched a woman in the back of the head on the subway that resulted in a fractured spine, was arrested on Thursday. (amNY)

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum (but not run by the Brooklyn Museum) continues to be a shit show. What do you expect from a company called “Millennial Entertainment”? (Bklyner)

The 1 and 9 in “2019” has arrived in Times Square. (Viewing NYC)

The critics of NYC’s best restaurants of 2018. (Eater)

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The Briefly for December 11, 2018 – The “Don’t Flush the Amazon Toilets in Long Island City” Edition

Avenue Q is closing, Governor Cuomo is going to investigate the L train shutdown, legal pot could come in March, the Fearless Girl has a new home, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling for the NYPD to drop charges against Jazmine Headley, the woman arrested for sitting on the floor in a food assistance center last week whose baby was pulled away from her in the process. (King’s County Politics)

“The Fearless Girl” has been unveiled in her new location at 11 Wall Street, facing the New York Stock Exchange. (amNY)

Amazon’s HQ2 presents a lot of logistical challenges for Long Island City, including flushing the toilet. (NY Times)

After last year’s extensive sexual misconduct allegations against human croc full of cinnamon rolls Mario Batali, his restaurants only lost up to 30% of their business. (Eater)

This city will never have enough good bagel places. Never! (Gothamist)

“White people are the best thing that happened to the world” – Racist idiot and Columbia University student Julian von Abele (NY Post)

Monday’s nightmare commute, brought to you by the 1, 2, 3, E, F, M, J , R, and D trains. Don’t worry, the MTA is “sorry for the extensive delays” and will write you a note explaining why you were late to work. (Gothamist)

The anonymous complaints to 311 about mom-and-pop storefront awnings and signs have continued, with 1,900 complaints in Brooklyn this year alone. (NY Times)

The legendary Pearl River Mart is going to run the gift shop at the Museum of Chinese in America. (Bowery Boogie)

This account of how one NYPD officer accidentally shot his partner reads like a scene from a CBS sitcom, not reality. (NY Post)

The most walkable neighborhood in each borough. (Curbed)

The governor has finally woken up to the fact that he is responsible for the MTA and now, only four months away from the 15-month shutdown, he wants to do a personal review of the L train shutdown plans. (NY Post)

Orthodox rabbis are accused of bullying kosher restaurants if they would allow a Jewish, (Oh golly!), lesbian comedian. Leah Forester has two venues cancel on her because their kosher certification was threatened to be taken away. (Gothamist)

Where to eat Christmas Day, if you’re not going to eat at a kosher deli or get Chinese food. (Eater)

What will New York’s legal pot marketplace look like? No one knows, the Governor is not saying anything about it publicly, even though it could happen as early as late March. (Gothamist)

The video of the woman having her child ripped away form her by the NYPD is “very disturbing,” according to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. No shit. (NY Post)

The most convenient, the best, and the cheapest Christmas trees in the city. (StreetEasy)

The man who allegedly peed on and then smashed a statue at a Williamsburg church, 28-year-old Andrew Oshesky, was arrested. (Gothamist)

Finally, a service for suing your landlord over maintenance issues. (amNY)

Oh boy. A bunch of loose balloons knocked out power to 1,500 people in Queens. Happy Birthday, Timmy. (NY Post)

After 19 years, Avenue Q is closing in April. (NY Times)

Time to obsess over the list of the best beer bars in the city and opine over why your favorite bar didn’t make the cut. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for November 21, 2018 – The “Frozen Turkey, Travelers, and Parade Watchers” Edition

$150 cocktails on a rooftop bar inside a converted water tower in Williamsburg, everything you need to know for travel or staying local on Thanksgiving, the “MTA Museum” and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A five gallon bucket of a mysterious green liquid spilled on Atlantic Avenue had to be removed by firefighters. No word on turtles study ninjutsu. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Learn more than you care to about your neighbors, including in-depth health history, income, vaccinations and more. (data2gohealth)

Looking back on the 1980 Ramrod Massacre. Once referred to by The New York Times as “barely remembered,” is eerily prescient 38 years later. (GVSHP)

The Barthman sidewalk clock, which recently went missing, is back on the Northeast corner of Maiden and Broadway. (Untapped Cities)

Restaurant jobs in New York increased, despite an increase in the tipped minimum wage. This could open the door to Governor Cuomo eliminating the tipped minimum wage. (Eater)

RIP Maxine, the Bronx Zoo’s 48-year-old elephant. (amNY)

Amazon’s HQ2 construction will likely start in 2020, as the city and state vow to allow public input. What’s the likelihood they’ll enjoy what they hear? (LIC Post)

Anyone up for $150 cocktails on a Williamsburg roof inside a converted water tower? Yup, peak Brooklyn has arrived. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Despite contacting Democrats in Iowa, Amazon Cuomo claims he isn’t running for president in 2020. (NY Post)

The “MTA Museum” pays tribute to all the “art” that surrounds us, like “Untitled, Butt Pattern” and “Chewing Gum on Concrete.” (Gothamist)

Where to eat at JFK Airport. (Eater)

Can the MTA finish repairs on the J/M/Z lines before the L train shuts down? Expect closures and inconveniences through the end of January. (Curbed)

12 restaurants with stunning views. (Eater)

The Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition has chosen this year’s installation titled Happy. The transparent yellow vinyl on an open-frame structure is… interesting. (Time Out)

The man who allegedly defaced the African Burial Ground Monument, Ivan Nieves, was arrested on Tuesday. (NY Times)

Yeshivas and private schools schools could lose state funding if they fail to provide a substantially equivalent education to public schools. A three-year DOE probe showed that at some yeshivas, students were taught basic math and no science, and that was if officials were allowed in at all. Fifteen Brooklyn schools refused to allow their classes to be reviewed.(NY Post)


Traveling on Thanksgiving sucks, but it’s gonna be extra bad this year with freezing temperatures and snow coming in north of the city. (NY Post)

Interested in seeing the balloons being inflated Wednesday night? Here’s all the info you’ll need to satisfy your inner child, and maybe actual children too. (Gothamist)

Here’s where you can still volunteer on Thanksgiving day. (Bklyner)

If you see romaine lettuce in anyone’s hands at your family Thanksgiving, smack that E. coli infested leafy green nightmare out of their hands. Good job, hero. (Gothamist)

Here’s what you need to know about getting around on Thanksgiving. (Curbed)

The Heights and Hills Community Council in Brooklyn Heights is looking for pies to be donated to be served at their Thanksgiving Feast for Seniors. (Brooklyn Heights Blog)


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