The Briefly for June 12, 2019 – The “You’re A Landmark if You Like It or Not” Edition

The state’s legislature agreed to rent reforms, the best restaurants of 2019 so far, Cuomo gets serious about MTA overtime, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The state legislature agreed on a package of bills aimed at strengthening tenants rights and rent laws. The bills also would become permanent, so no more regular lobbying from the real estate industry to let the laws lapse when their expiration dates come. (NY Times)

Some of the rent reforms include ending vacancy decontrol, eliminating the ability of landlords to raise rents on vacancies, it would retain preferential rents for the life of a tenant, and dramatically limit improvement charges. (Politico)

Cool down with a look at the ice creams of Astoria. (Give Me Astoria)

The Strand Bookstore is now a city landmark and as you might expect, despite a long campaign from owner Nancy Wyden against the idea. (Gothamist)

“My friend later told me that most of the businesses in this area dealt in cash only…so guns were pretty much everywhere…in every store.” New York was a different place in the late 70s. (Bowery Boogie)

Your regular reminder that you can check the city’s beaches for too much poop (how much poop is too much?) on the internet. (Gothamist)

If you’ve wanted to live in the Waldorf Astoria (and have more money than you know what to do with), the condos will be hitting the market this fall. (Curbed)

New York is the third most fun state in the country, behind Florida and California. The thing holding it back? It’s not the ratpocalypse or the mountains of trash on the sidewalks, it’s the high costs. (Patch)

Hundreds rallied after the death of Layleen Polanco in Rikers Island last week. She was being held and her bail was set at $500. The city is looking into the case, where she was sent into solitary confinement despite a history of seizures. (Gothamist)

Catch a sneak peek at NYC’s largest rainbow “flag”. (HuffPost)

The helicopter pilot who crashed into a building on Monday was lost in the rain and fog. Investigators are looking into how the craft ended up where it did instead of an airport in New Jersey. (NY Times)

FAA officials said that Timothy McCormack did not have the proper license to be operating the helicopter in low-visibility conditions. (HuffPost)

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney wants to ban all nonessential helicopter flights from Manhattan. The city banned rooftop helicopter landings after a 1977 crash on the roof of the MetLife building. (The Villager)

In the 1977 crash, five people were killed when an idling helicopter tipped over, four were on the roof, one was on the street below. (Gothamist)

The High Line’s final section is open. The Spur is the home of the High Line Plinth, a site dedicated to a rotating series of artists. (6sqft)

Watch the complete debate for Queens DA. (NY1)

During the debate, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was the favored punching bag of the seven candidates. (Politico)

We could be seeing the beginning of the end of the measles epidemic in Brooklyn. Everyone celebrate by making sure you’re vaccinated. (amNY)

New York state is one of three that doesn’t allow paid surrogacy, but even with a progressive legislature, it isn’t certain to be abolished. Abolishment of the prohibition has the governor’s support and a bill passed the state senate, but it is stalled in the assembly, where it has split progressive support. (NY Times)

The “Flower Flashes” by Lewis Miller Design might be the city’s most wholesome vandalism the city has ever seen. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo plans on hiring the former federal prosecutor that convicted former Speaker of the State Assembly, Sheldon Siver, to investigate a former federal prosecutor to look into the overtime issue plaguing the MTA. (Politico)

Remember that T-Mobile/Spring merger? New York is suing to block it from happening. (Patch)

Riverside Park is getting a new skate park at 108th St. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Riverside at W 108th has a history as a skatepark. The Riverside Skate Park was the first “solid” skate park in the city, originally built by NYC skateboarding pioneer Andy Kessler. This piece in the Times from 2013 shows the history of the community’s dedication to maintaining it in honor of Kessler’s vision. (NY Times)

A guide to the pizza ovens of Brooklyn, illustrated by Koren Shadmi. (NY Times)

Jon Stewart, the conscience of New Yorkers, took to Congress on Tuesday to rightfully shame our government for not fully funding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. (Patch)

John Jay College is being sued by students who allege the college botched sexual misconduct allegations against four professors, called “The Swamp.” (Patch)

The best restaurants of 2019 so far, according to Eater critic Robert Sietsema. (Eater)

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The Briefly for February 1, 2019 – The “Live from New York, It’s Saturday And Live” Edition

A 49 square foot apartment, the city signs partial control over the NYCHA to the Trump administration, weekend subway changes, congestion pricing comes to for-hire vehicles, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The good news is the 7 train is back to running between Queens and Manhattan. The bad news is it’s easier to list the subway lines with no scheduled outages or changes this weekend: 2, 3, 6, and Q. Everything else? Check on the trains before you go. (6sqft)

The federal government, Ben Carson, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have new authority over the NYCHA. HUD will have a say in appointing NYCHA’s next CEO and select a monitor to oversee operations. The city will dedicate $2.2 billion in funding, HUD will contribute $1.5 billion this year, and NYCHA will undergo a restructuring. (amNY)

Your taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc rides will soon cost more as congestion pricing is coming to your for-hire cars. (NY Times)

“SNL” stands for Saturday AND Live, right? Donald Trump Jr seems to think so. (@MattBinder)

If you think parking in the city is hard, wait until you try parking without any signage. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Is the closure of St Mark’s Comics the death knell for the Easy Village? Maybe not. The GVSHP is calling for an East Village Special Zoning District to Protect Small Businesses and Discourage Chain Stores to be created with a petition. That’s a mouthful! (GVSHP)

After 20 years, Greenpoint institution Enid’s is closing at the end of March. (Greenpointers)

A fascinating look behind the scenes at Saturday And Live’s cue cards. (Gothamist)

The New York City Economic Development Corporation tries to defend Amazon HQ2 with a 53 second video explaining what the city can do with $13.5 billion in taxes. (Viewing NYC)

Trader Joe’s in Union Square will end home deliveries. Time to go get your own peanut butter filled pretzels. (EV Grieve)

Cheers to the one man show that is the Booze History Museum of Staten Island. (NY Times)

NY Attorney General Letitia James’ office joined five other states to sue the Trump administration for reversing the “good neighbor” provision of the Clean Air Act. (Huff Post)

If you thought the bros at your gym were bad, wait until you see the “exclusive space for a performance-driven lifestyle” built for influencers. A gym whose application requires your Instagram handle. #eyeroll. (Gothamist)

39 Av-Dutch Kills on the N/W in Astoria is now open, and it includes the colorful glass work “Hellion Equilibrium” by Sarah Morris. (MTA/Flickr)

Legal marijuana might not be a part of the state’s budget, which is due April 1. (NY Post)

Every Petland Discounts store, include the 20 throughout the city, will close on April 18. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Manhattan is getting a beach in 2022, designed by the same firm that designed the High Line. (NY Post)

Misconduct suits against the NYPD rose 13% in 2018. (NY Post)

The bodega that Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz was murdered outside of will beomce the Bronx’s first safe bodega. A panic button will be installing among other security upgrades. The bodega has changed ownership and management since Junior’s death. (Bronx Times)

What would you sacrifice for $510/month in rent on the Upper West Side? How about this 49 square foot apartment? Oh yeah, no air conditioners, no kitchen, and a shared bathroom. (6sqft)

12 of the hottest brunch spots in the city. (Eater)

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The Briefly for Halloween, 2018 – The “Apocalypse Is Scheduled For April 27” Spooky/Scary Edition

The city is full of haunted subways, offices, taverns, hotels, and homes, the Attorney General debate, free CitiBikes on Election Day and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The history of the haunted subways of New York. (New York Tour)

Mark April 27, 2019 on your calendar, that’s the day the L train shuts down. (Gothamist)

The 16th Bike Kill was held by the Black Label Bike Club during last weekend’s storms, but that couldn’t but a damper on the fun and destruction of everyone who attended with their weird, mutant bikes. (Bedford + Bowery)

Does the ghost of Peg Leg Pete still haunt the East Village? (The Bowery Boys)

Sunset Park’s Brooklynphono is one of the country’s last vinyl pressing plants in the country. Take a look at how a record is made. (Viewing NYC)

The homes with the scares ghost and murder stories. (NY Post)

Would it be easier to vote if you had a bike to get to your polling place? CitiBikes will be free on election day with the code BIKETOVOTE. (Streesblog)

True stories of haunting experiences on the subway. (Gothamist)

The city’s Long Island City Investment Strategy calls for a $180 million investment into roadways, subway accessibility, arts and culture, sewer upgrades and new schools and school improvements. The plan hopes to encourage developers to include affordable housing in their projects. (LIC Post)

The man accused of ejaculating on a woman on the D train turned himself in to the NYPD. 18-year-old Ibrahim Mehsin was charged with this-degree sexual assault. Why does this stuff always happen on the D train? (Gothamist)

Hours into the NYPD crackdown on private sanitation companies a cyclist was hit and seriously injured by the driver of a Five Star Carting sanitation truck. (Streetsblog)

The 86th St B/C station is open and the renovation includes murals and mosaics inspired by Joyce Kozloff’s “Parkside Portraits,” which highlights the history of Central Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. (6sqft)

17 doughnuts to seek out. (Eater)

Expect protestors at any announced Louis C.K. performance. Is your laughter worth more to you than sexual assaults and the loss of women comic’s careers? (Gothamist)

10 haunted places throughout the city. (StreetEasy)

NYC awarded $1 billion contracts to businesses owned by minorities or women. That sounds good until you find out that it was 5% of $19.3 billion total. (amNY)

At the request of the mayor, NYU has postponed noted bigot Milo Yiannopoulos’ guest lecture. (NYU Lecture)

The GOP withdrew support for Anthony Pappas, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ opponent on November 6, after he admitted his ex-wife accused him of domestic violence and took out a restraining order against him. (NY Post)

Fourteen Jewish activists were arrested outside the Metropolitan Republican Club following a sit-in demanding that the GOP confront and expel white nationalists from its own party. (Gothamist)

There will be interpreters at 100 polling locations in the city in 12 different languages on election day. (Kings County Politics)

A new proposal from the City Council will put the council at odds with Mayor de Blasio when it comes to housing for the homeless. (NY Post)

Five takeaways from the New York Attorney General debate between Letitia James and Keith Wofford. (NY Times)

75+ Halloween events $35 and under. (the skint)

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