The Briefly for January 3, 2019 – The “Who Are These People Waiting In Hour Long Lines for Pizza” Edition

The Ridgewood serial toilet theif may have been caught, Manhattan apartments dip below $1 million, EGG ROLL SQUIRREL, Times Square on the water and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Six ways that 2019 will change New York City. (Curbed)

The city outlaws the LED billboards that have been seen on barges surrounding Manhattan, but there has ben zero enforcement. Welcome to our waterways, the new Times Square. (Gothamist)

The NYPD has arrested Kwame Johnson, the man who allegedly groped a 4-year-old girl on the subway last week. He was charged with sex abuse, forcible touching, acting in a manner injurious to a child, menacing, and harassment. (NY Post)

After becoming the surprise first New York attorney general in history, Barbara Underwood is going back to her post as solicitor general under newly elected Letitia James. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Finally, someone does the things the rest of us only think about doing. Asking the tourists waiting in line for pizza in DUMBO “WHY?” (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio announced Julie Menin, the head of the city’s film and television office, will add the role of Census Director to oversee the city’s implementation of the 2020 census. (Daily News)

The Wendy’s in Ridgewood can rest easy knowing that Richard Mirabile, their alleged serial toilet thief, was arrested last week. (Bushwick Daily)

The deadly six-car accident in Tribeca last weekend was caused by a car going 100 mph. Sherman Harrison hit Amy Philipson’s car, which flipped and burst into flames, killing Philipson. (NY Post)

Yes, the Brooklyn Borough President took the Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge this year, but also when was the last time any borough had president with visible abs? (Bklyner)

Cancel everything. Watch this squirrel eating an egg roll. (Gothamist)

Webster Hall returns in the spring of this year. Hipsters, prepare your complaints about how much better it was before. (BrooklynVegan)

The new campaign finance laws will get their first test during February’s public advocate election. The public advocate’s office has a budget of $3.5 million and the Board of Elections estimates the cost of the elections at $15 million. (NY Post)

The best bathtub in the city can be yours for the low cost of $7,000 per night. (NY Times)

Step back in time into a 1970’s bar in Murray Hill, just don’t expect 1970’s prices. (Eater)

A Manhattan federal jury cleared NYPD officer James Grant of charges of trading favors for gifts, including cash, diamonds, and sex on an airplane with a prostitute. His co-defendant Jeremy Reichenberg was found guilty of bribery and conspiracy charges. (Gothamist)

The city/state rivalry is bubbling up with the MTA trolling the mayor for not announcing any details about the Fair Fares program. (NY Post)

The median price of an apartment in Manhattan just barely dipped below $1 million for the first time since 2015. (NY Times)

Subway traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge came to a complete stop on Wednesday night because a dog had found its way onto the tracks. The dog was safely rescued. (NY Post)

The NYPD’s crackdown on e-bikes has been anything but fair to restaurant delivery workers. A new directive will shift enforcement of the e-bike ban towards the business and not the individual. From January 2018 through October, the city’ issued 509 citations to individuals and only 204 to businesses. (Gothamist)

Where to eat when you’re trying to not spend money. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for December 17, 2018 – The “Get Ready For Metal Detectors in the Subway” Edition

Late-night subway changes, the most expensive neighborhoods, someone is sealing cats inside buckets, a federal takeover of the NYCHA has a deadline, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Whoever the hell is sealing cats inside five gallon buckets and abandoning them near trash cans on the street, you are the lowest scum on earth. This has all the makings of an urban myth, but each time the cats were saved and are with the Animal Haven shelter. (HuffPost)

21-year-old MD Rajon was the 11th cyclist killed on the road in the city in 2018. (Streetsblog)

Governor Cuomo on the L train shutdown: “New Yorkers are willing to bear the expense and the burden of change.” Right, like we had any choice about this. (NY Post)

The NYPD has found a way to make the subways even worse than the current state of the transit hellhole: metal detectors. (Gothamist)

amNewYork’s 2018 Transit Wish List is the most depressing holiday wish list of all. (amNY)

The #1 reason companies cite when deciding not to expand their offices to New York is the condition of our transportation system. (NY Times)

The 10 most expensive neighborhoods in the city. (The Real Deal)

43% of the fish purchased in the city is mislabeled, according to a new lawsuit from the NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office. (NY Post)

The seemingly infinite construction on the corner of Houston and Bowery is finally coning to an end. The project started in 2004 and was scheduled to be finished by Labor Day of 2017. (Bowery Boogie)

The diary of Philip Hone, a socialite and short-termed mayor, from the 1820’s-1850’s includes the opening of NYU, the great fire of 1835, the stock market crash and shows that New Yorkers have always had some of the same thoughts and concerns. (Ephemeral New York)

A real international affair. An Argentine diplomat’s husband beat up a United Nation Worker at a drunken party at the Cuban embassy, but won’t face charges due to his wife’s diplomatic immunity. (NY Post)

Hoboken’s SantaCon did not disappoint with nearly 500 complaints, 14 arrests and four hospitalized police officers. (NY Post)

Jazmine Headley broke her silence about the December 7 incident where her child was ripped from her hands by police at a social services office in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Leaving a traffic cone behind to keep your parking spot is an illegal but clever way to reserve your parking spot, but Ridgewood’s 104th precinct is starting to catch on. (TimesLedger)

The NYCHA has a January 31, 2019 deadline to make a deal with federal prosecutors before a federal takeover. (Politico)

New York’s flora faces a new threat from a “superbug” that hitched a ride on Christmas trees from out of state. The Spotted Lanternfly is native to Southeast Asia and could be a serious problem to the city’s parks. (NY Post)

This is how The Rockettes’ shoes are made. (Viewing NYC)

Lawmakers from Eastern Queens are arguing against congestion pricing because they say it unfairly targets city residents who live in commuter deserts. (amNY)

Colin Kroll, the CEO of HQ Trivia and co-founder of Vine, was found dead of an apparent cocaine and heroine overdose at 34 in his Manhattan apartment. (NY Times)

There is no 3 train, the F is always local in Queens, the N and Q is express-only in Manhattan and other inconveniences when it comes to the late-night subway service changes. (Subway Changes)

Unagi, a seafood restaurant with a live eel tank, claims it is helping the endangered species of eel that issuing kept in a tank to be killed and served for lunch, by popularizing the fish. Right. (Eater)

The anti-tourist guide to celebrating the holidays in NYC (StreetEasy)

Too cold outside to make it to Bryant Park for ice skating? Watch the webcam instead. (Bryant Park NYC on YouTube)

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The Briefly for November 9, 2018 – The “El Chapo Can’t Hug His Wife” Edition

Weekend subway changes, Industry City looks to expand, changing how private garbage trucks operate, Times Square Trump protests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The 4, 6 and Q trains have decided to take most of the weekend off, the L continues it’s mini-shutdown, and the rest of the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6 soft)

Is rent reform headed our way after the midterm elections? (Curbed)

Speaking of rent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is headed to Washington DC and is worrying about living there for three months before her Congressional salary kicks in. (Vice)

El Chapo requested that he be allowed to hug his wife. Request denied. (NY Post)

In a rare act of someone in public office keeping their word, the acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood will be returning to her job as state solicitor general once Letitia James is sworn in. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

As Industry City in Sunset Park looks to expand to include hotels, new buildings, an academic campus and more, the community is faced with the question of who benefits from allowing the city’s largest private industrial complex to expand. (Curbed)

11 became 12 at the Bowery Mural to remind us that we literally can’t stop shooting each other. (Bowery Boogie)

A man shot at City Point was the fourth person shot in Downtown Brooklyn in the last five months. Bobby Jackson, 44, was arrested for shooting Carlton Spencer, and Gregory Kimble, 26, was arrested for reckless endangerment, according to the NYPD. (Brooklyn Paper, NY Post)

Former AG Eric Schneiderman will not face any charges after four women accused him of assault. (Politico)

JFK’s redevelopment is in the early phase, but it’s expected to be complete by 2021. (Airport Voice)

Someone put up a white supremacist flyer in Woodlawn, declaring a day of “White Strength” in November fighting against “Black thugs” and “radical islam.” Woodlawn is 46.7% white. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Brooklyn’s iconic Watchtower sign will be replaced, but it will be up to the building’s anchor tenant to decide what it will say. (Curbed)

An “affordable” housing lottery in Long Island City is starting at $2,125/month rent. For a studio! Affordable 2 bedrooms start at $2,731. (LIC Post)

Google and Facebook received no state subsidies when creating their NYC campuses. Why should Amazon? (Politico)

A few questions that need answering before Amazon invades Long Island City. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s holiday nostalgia rides return on November 25. (Curbed)

The NYPD arrested two teens accused of knocking the hat off the head of a 14-year-old Jewish boy, pushing a girl to the ground, and hurling a pipe at a Bedford-Stuyvesant synagogue. (Brooklyn Paper)

80% of drivers that get a speeding ticket via a camera never get a second ticket. City Council Member and Public Advocate hopeful Jumaane Williams has received 27 school zone speed camera violations, 10 bus lane violations, 4 failure to display meter receipts, 4 inspection sticker expired or missing, and 2 no parking tickets. (Streetsblog)

The city has a plan for private sanitation companies that will reduce truck traffic 18 million miles on an annual basis and reduce pollution by 63%. Don’t expect it to happen so fast, the transition to the new plan is scheduled to happen between 2021 and 2023. (Gothamist)

Just when you thought Christmas displays couldn’t get more ridiculous, here comes Bloomingdale’s with an ice skating rink in their basement. (Time Out)

Governor Cuomo has flavored e-cigarettes in his crosshairs, vowing to ban the sale of them in New York next year. Vape ’em while you got ’em. (NY Post)

Over 36,000 buildings are considered landmarks in the city, but did you know The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has been declaring people landmarks since 1994? (Atlas Obscura)

Is William Seely of Brooklyn the leader of the nationwide Mad Stone Bloods gang? He was arrested in Manhattan and is being help without bail on a 27-count indictment. (NY Post)

22 savory Asian snacks in the city. (Eater)

This is what Times Square looked like before and during the Trump/Sessions/Mueller protest on Thursday evening. (Reddit)

Uber, the New York chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and District Attorney Michael E. McMahon are bringing free Uber rides to Staten Island on Thanksgiving eve. Everyone can use two rides for up fro $15 each to get to and from your destination. (SILive)

Take a look at the shiny new subway cars on the C line on their maiden voyage. (Dj Hammers)

30 terrific spots for Breakfast in Manhattan. (Eater)

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