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 November 29, 2018 – The “Your Delivered Packages Are Becoming A Problem” Edition

A closer look at the Amazon HQ2 tax breaks, the Fearless Girl is no longer staring down the Charing Bull, the best splurge meals in the city, Central Park destroyed, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Have you RSVP’d to break 6ix9ine out of federal prison?

Amazon Cuomo makes a plea to the president to fund The Gateway Program, a new train tunnel for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit under the Hudson. (NY Times) Cuomo claimed the meetings were positive, but with no actual progress. (Politico)

Central Park, destroyed by a (theoretical) eco-terrorist attack. (6sqft)

Have you been noticing the amount of packages sitting in the lobby of your building piling up? You’re not alone and it’s becoming a problem. (The Real Deal)

The 20 best splurge meals in the city. (Eater)

Fearless Girl, who stared down Wall St’s Charging Bull since March 2017, is gone. (amNY)

More anti-Semitic vandalism, this time at Columbia University. (Gothamist)

The incoming investigation commissioner isn’t planning to take any shit from Mayor de Blasio. (NY Times)

Roman’s, Diner, and Marlow & Sons Are giving up on their “no tips” policy starting December 17. (Eater)

Inwood’s Carrot Top Pastries is closing in January after 40 years. The building the bakery is in has been without gas since December 2017 and business has suffered tremendously as a result. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio’s “replace Rikers” plan has started to fall apart. The Manhattan location has been scrapped. Will the mayor fulfill his dream of breaking ground before he exits office? (Curbed)

The guide to dining in the Theater District. (Eater)

An Uber driver is accused of dragging a man with his car after allegedly verbally berating the passenger and his husband with homophobic slurs. The man who was dragged was refunded, the driver’s Uber account was suspended, and the NYPD is investigating. (NY Post)

A closer look at Amazon’s HQ2 tax breaks. (Gotham Gazette)

Photos from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. (Untapped Cities)

This is the happiest news you’ll read all day. Hooray for Pickles and Violet, reunited with their humans after both going lost. (Bklyner) A close second? Mark Ruffalo lost his backpack in a cab, and it was returned to him after a public call to assemble for the Avenger. (@MarkRuffalo)

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The Briefly for November 27 2018 – The “Monument to NYC’s UFO Abduction of ’77” Edition

The 7 train has new signals and new delays, the NY Post bullies the NYPD, the G train is getting worse, where people eat in Times Square, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city’s Third Party Transfer program allows the city to foreclose on properties with unpaid water bills, debt and disrepair and sell those to developers for $1 plus $8,750 per unit. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says the program may be tainted with fraud. (The Real Deal)

The 7 train’s brand new signals came online for Monday’s commute. Less than an hour later? Delays. The MTA will never stop being the MTA. (NY Post)

Have you seen the monument to the New York harbor UFO abduction in the summer of 77? (Gothamist)

As bad as the G train might get, it’s gonna get much worse at Greenpoint Ave. (Free Williamsburg)

Shot in the head, and expected to survive. A worker in a Queens Duane Read is the luckiest person in New York City. (NY Post)

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is being lit on Wednesday, which means street closures, slow pedestrians, and thousands of people being miserable in the holiday spirit together. (Curbed)

Winterfest Brooklyn’s organizers are promising a change after the first weekend, before it becomes a frosty Fyre Festival. (Bklyner)

After a string of alleged burglaries, robberies, and break-ins targeted at Jewish institutions, a Dyker Heights man could face decades in prison. (Brooklyn Paper)

Inside Industry City’s new Japan Village food hall. (Eater)

Red Hook is getting a little more pedestrian friendly with new crosswalks along Columbia Street. (Brooklyn Paper)

Tonight is the last night of the Night Mayor’s listing tour. (EV Grieve)

The burned body found at a Staten Island elementary school was 30-year-old Yelena Rabkina, a woman with a history of mental illness who lived 15 miles north of where her body was found. (NY Post)

The five “best” suburbs outside the city. No, these do not include the 18% of New Yorkers who think they live in a suburb. (6sqft)

How was your Thanksgiving?” “You know, got into a fight with my 32-year-old brother, I stabbed him and then set our basement on fire and I was tased.” (NY Post)

Here’s where New Yorkers actually eat in Times Square. (Eater)

Meet the man who is walking every block in the city. (Bedford + Bowery)

Six months after Mayor de Blasio announced a safe-injection site pilot program, progress seems to have stalled. The culprit? The state. (Gothamist)

The Thanksgiving feast where guests ate off naked bodies. Yes, it was in Bushwick. (Bushwick Daily)

How to survive alternate side parking without going all Alec Baldwin on your neighbors. (Bedford + Bowery)

10 secrets from inside the Masonic Hall and Grand Lodge in Chelsea. (Untapped Cities)

The NY Post is boasting about bullying the NYPD into removing a small homeless encampment on 41st St in Times Square.

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