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 December 7, 2018 – The “Have You Seen the Chipotle Holiday Windows This Year?” Edition

It’s legal to swipe your MetroCard for someone, SantaCon alternatives, the weekends subways, a taste of Austin in NYC, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subways aren’t a complete mess, but there is no M train, the J isn’t running between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the G isn’t running between Queens and Brooklyn and everything else you need to know about getting around this weekend. (6sqft)

The City Council support’s Albany’s “Medicare for All” bill, which would extend coverage to one million uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants. Estimates say the cost of $139 billion would yield a net gain of $19 billion. (NY Post)

It is legal to swipe someone into the subway with your unlimited MetroCard? Yes. Make a habit out of it. (6sqft)

Saks, Bergdorf, Bloomingdale’s, and now… Chipotle? (amNY)

The Housing Rights Initiative won a class-action lawsuit against Kushner Companies for $88k, but they have their goal at over $1 million for a “deceptive, systematic and pervasive pattern of misconduct to skirt rent stabilization laws.” (Curbed)

The American Museum of Natural History is looking into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Neil deGrasse Tyson by four women. (Gothamist)

If you’re still looking to bar hop on Saturday but want to avoid SantaCon, the second annual anti-SantaCon pub crawl kicks off at Brooklyn’s Parklife on Saturday. (Brooklyn Based)

Bagel orders should be made quickly, but don’t be this asshole if they’re not. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be no more. Make way for another Ample Hills. (Eater)

The human dreidel is on the loose. (Gothamist)

56% of New Yorkers approve of Amazon’s HQ2 in Queens, with only 26% disapproving. Which side are you on? (6sqft)

Hill Country Food Park is looking to bring the feel of Austin, TX to Downtown Brooklyn. The real headline here is that it will be the new home to the legendary dive, Hank’s Saloon. (Gothamist)

Mail fishing has become a problem the NYPD is attempting to take on, with the latest fishing spots being on Skillman Ave in Sunnyside. If the check’s in the mail, make sure you trust where you drop it. (Sunnyside Post)

Add “street flooding” and “puddles” to the list of things that are getting worse and it’s not your imagination. (Localize.city)

Can you walk to LaGuardia? Google Maps says no, but there’s a way. (Curbed)

The FDNY’s Chief of Department James Leonard was removed from his post during a probe into alleged mistreatment of the First Deputy Laura Kavanaugh. (NY Post)

A look at how the cashless economy is biased towards the poor and advances segregation in retail environments. (NY Times)

9 subway stations with unexpected masterpieces. (StreetEasy)

Andy Byford, herald of the unfunded $40 billion “Fast-Forward” plan, has brought us Pete Tomlin. Tomlin will be responsible for replacing the century-old signal system that is so fond of taking a shit while you’re trying to commute. (amNY)

How can the NYCHA get worse? Ladies and gentlemen, our mayor has met with Ben Carson. (NY Post)

The hottest new restaurants in Brooklyn. (Eater)

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The Briefly for December 5, 2018 – The “Winter, and SantaCon, is Coming” Edition

The best bagel shops, mapping NYC in Wikipedia, the mayor is on the run (from reporters), Andy Byford asks the city for $40 billion, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A map of NYC’s Wikipedia pages. (Katie Hempenius)

A “modern-day Willy Wonka” bought the Brooklyn food incubator that closed unexpectedly, Pilotworks. Old tenants have been invited back, pending permit approvals. (Eater)

Who owns your building? WhoOwnsWhat.nyc will answer that question and make it easier for tenants facing harassment to cut past LLCs and opaque layers of ownership to hold their landlords accountable. (Curbed)

At this point the mayor is practically running away from reporters and using his security as blockers to avoid answering questions about the firing of the OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito. (@gracerauh)

Madonna, nightmare neighbor, lost a three-year legal fight against her co-op board and won’t be allowed to have guests in her apartment without being physically inside it. (6sqft)

Birdlink is a public art installation that doubles as a stop for birds migrating up and down the East coast. First tested on Governor’s Island, Anina Gerchick’s creation is currently in Williamsburg and will make its way to Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side in 2020. (Hyperallergic)

Got an appetite? Why not give the Mi Noddle Bar’s Supersize Mi challenge a try? It’s six pounds of pho that costs $65 if you can’t finish it within 90 minutes, but if you can you’ll get your photo on the wall, the meal for free, a $100 credit, and a free appetizer for life. (Eater)

Where you should go instead of SantaCon this Saturday. (Curbed)

18 restaurants that decked the halls for the holidays. (Eater)

Where is Andy Byford going to find the $40 billion necessary to save the subways? He’s asking the city to “bite the bullet” when it comes to paying up. (Gothamist)

The New York City Lyftie Awards have been announced. The most visited bar, concert venue, gym, brunch spot, late-night restaurant, and more. Did your favorite make the list? (Viewing NYC)

You can turn your wishes into garbage by writing them on Post-In Notes in Times Square that will be turned into confetti when the ball drops. (Time Out)

Frenchette is Eater’s restaurant of the year. See the rest of the Eater Awards. (Curbed)

A guide for holiday tipping in the city. (StreetEasy)

Not to be outdone by the closed East river train tunnels, the WTC PATH station will close for 45 weekends in 2019 and 2020. (Curbed)

Aby Rosen’s bars inside the Gramercy Park Hotel are accused of forcing the women on staff to share their tips with the men because “you girls make too much money.” (Eater)

Queens residents prefer the new Amazon headquarters by a 2-to-1 margin, despite political opposition. (Politico)

Nick Cave’s Drive-By Remix is takes over Times Square every night this month between 11:57 and midnight. (Gothamist)

The NYPD sent 20 officers to “evict” a one-legged homeless man in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Dr. Robert Hadden’s decades of alleged sexual abuse is at the center of a lawsuit against Columbia University by 17 women. (NY Post)

The 14 best bagel places in the city. (Thrillist)

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