The Briefly for November 6, 2018 – The “Amazon is Headed to Long Island City” Edition

Today’s biggest news is the midterm elections, but Amazon’s announcement that Long Island City will be one of two new homes for their new HQ2, along with 25,000 new jobs, can’t be ignored.

Polls are open from 6am through 9pm tonight. If you’re in a line to vote by 9pm, you will be allowed to vote. If you have a complaint, you can file it with the Board of Elections by calling 311.

What you need to know about voting in today’s election. (Gothamist)

Translation services will be available today, but they’ll have to be at least 100 feet away, because the Board of Elections considers them to be electioneering. (WNYC)

Find your voting location.

As voter registration in the city has grown, turnout has declined. (Gothamist)

There are plenty of companies that want you to use their services to get to the polls today. Lyft, Citi Bike, Lime, Getaround, and Zipcar are all offering discounts today. (Curbed)

Feeling jazzed from voting today? Here are 50 additional ways to make NYC a better place. (Curbed)


One of Amazon’s new headquarters will be in Long Island City. What concessions has the state and city made to lure Amazon to Queens? That’s the unanswered question right now. (LICTalk) That $180 million infrastructure investment the city was making in Long Island City makes more sense now. (Times Ledger)

No week is complete without changes to late night service on the subways. (Subway Changes)

720,000 photos from 1939-1941 were digitized and are now available online from the Department of Records & Information Services. (6sqft)

Get ready for chaos at the Brooklyn Bridge. Once El Chapo’s trial begins, the bridge will be shut down to traffic and pedestrians while he’s transported across the bridge to the federal court in Brooklyn. The trial could last four months. (NY Post) If you’re one of the unfortunate souls who may be chosen for El Chapo’s trial, get ready to be there for the long haul. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Rule #1 of unfurling banners on the city’s bridges: Unfurl the banner before you’re arrested. (NY Post)

The 12 hottest lunch spots right now. (Eater)

A holiday gift for the Star Wars fan in your life: Someone is selling a life-sized Jabba the Hutt for $100 in Sunset Park. (Craigslist)

If you lost your inactive grandes when you moved out of your apartment in Bay Ridge, the NYPD’s Bomb Squad has some questions for you. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

A sneak peak at some of the new Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. (CBS New York)

Two teenagers are accused of drawing swastikas on a Brooklyn Heights garage and were charged with three counts of aggravated harassment. (amNY)

An NYCHA repair truck has sat across the street from their Brooklyn repair yard in a No Parking zone for the last two months with a brick through its windshield. A perfect metaphor for the NYCHA. (NY Post)

The 7 best whiskey bars in the city. (Grub Street)


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The Briefly for November 5, 2018 – The “You Have to Hear About the Election for One More Day” Edition

A focus on the three ballot initiatives on the back of tomorrow’s ballot, 15 years after the “tiger in Harlem” story, smash your pumpkins, and more in your daily NYC news digest.

A Focus on Tomorrow’s Election
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89 polling locations were moved, affecting 200,000 voters in the city. Was yours on the list? (Curbed)

There is a lot of information about nearly every election on your ballot on Tuesday except your votes on judges. Even if you wanted to find more information about the judges on your ballot, you won’t find much. 10/12 judges in Manhattan, 2/18 judges in Brooklyn, 2/11 judges in Queens, 7/20 judges in the Bronx, and 4/6 judges in Staten Island have submitted bios to the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center to educate voters.

Why do we vote for judges?

10 things to watch on election day. (Gotham Gazette)

The Brooklyn Paper highlights the following races:

The ballot proposals:

Proposal 1: Campaign Finance
This proposal would lower the amount that anyone would be able to donate to any candidate for city office and would increase public matching funds from 6:1 to 8:1. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 arguments in favor of the proposal and four against.

Proposal 2: Civic Engagement Commission
This proposal would create a Civic Engagement Commission. The commission will be tasked with implementing a participatory budgeting program, support and encourage civic engagement efforts, and provide language interpreters at city poll sites in 2020. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and eight for no.

Proposal 3: Community Boards
This proposal would impose term limits on community boards to four consecutive two-year terms. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and 16 for no.

A look at the three proposals on the back of Tuesday’s ballot. (NY Times)


There’s no such thing as free parking, right Alec Baldwin? (Gothamist)

“Kill N******” That’s what was spray painted on the African Burial Ground Monument in Manhattan. What the hell is going on? (NY Times) “Gov. Cuomo, your silence is deafening. Mayor de Blasio, your silence is deafening” The mayor and governor have both been silent about the African Burial Ground vandalism, as pointed out by City Assemblyman Charles Barron. De Blasio and Cuomo have both made public comment about the defacement of Jewish temples. (NY Post)

The racist and anti-Semitic graffiti continues to be found across the city, this time on the Upper West Side. (West Side Rag) 26-year-old James Polite was arrested for writing “Kill all Jews” inside a Brooklyn Heights synagogue. (NY Post) A group of teens threw a metal pole through synagogue window in Clinton Hill. (NY Post)

The more we know about the Saudi sisters who were found dead in the Hudson River, the sadder the story gets. (NY Times) The sisters were denied asylum in the United States and had previously said they would rather commit suicide than go back to Saudi Arabia. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is “not happy” with his administration at times. Join the club, buddy. (NY Post)

Meet the city’s clock master, 79 year old Marvin Schneider, who resets the city’s grandest clocks by hand. (NY Times)

The city’s new electric buses won’t be ready for the L train shutdown and weekend work will severely limit L train service leading up to the April’s full-time shutdown. (Town & Village)

The history of why Staten Island has never, and likely will never, be connected to the rest of the city via the subway. (amNY)

Does the city’s fight against climate change mean rising rents? (HuffPost)

Capitol Prep Bronx has someone watching over them. Diddy pledged $1 million to the charter school, which will open in September 2019. (Bronx Times)

16 year’s after Jam Master Jay’s shooting death, a new Run-D.M.C. mural is up on the corner of 12th and Ave A. (Bedford + Bowery)

Does the city have room or patience for The Goods Mart, the upscale Los Angeles convenience store? (Gothamist)

How many times have you said “I’m going to go to the Botanical Garden this year” and never gone? Don’t worry, now there’s a live camera so you can look at the foliage without having to, you know, actually look</em at the foliage. (6sqft)

It’s been fifteen years since the “Tiger in Harlem” story, and it’s still one of the city’s strangest. (NY Post)

Smash those pumpkins! The city has multiple pumpkin smashing events happening across the city, some with catapults! It’s not only fun, but it’s what’s best for the environment. (amNY)


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