The Briefly for April 17, 2019 – The “L Project Will Take Train Service From Suck to Blow” Edition

Amazon passed over Industry City before leaving Long Island City, the best bars in Nolita and Soho, Rosé Mansion returns this summer, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Long before Amazon decided not to build a headquarters in Long Island City, they decided not to build at Industry City. The details came out thanks to a Freedom of Information Law request and shows just how far the developers were willing to go to become Amazon City ahead of their billion dollar rezoning request. (Gothamist)

Here’s what you need to know about what’s open and what’s closed on Good Friday, Passover and Easter across the city. (Patch)

Here is the subway map and schedule for the L Project, which starts on April 26 and will take the trains service from suck to blow for the foreseeable future. (Gothamist)

Congratulations to the Bed-Stuy chess team for winning second place in the All-Girls National Chess Championship in Chicago last weekend. (Patch)

Squibb Bridge, the pedestrian bridge connecting Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights will be demolished and rebuilt after opening in only 2013. The BQE Rehab won’t interfere with the bridge, meaning work can get started faster. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If Skynet ever becomes a reality, you can rest assured that the city’s government won’t play a hand in its creation. The mayor’s artificial intelligence task force has met 20 times in the last year and has accomplished, as far as reporting has shown, absolutely nothing but infighting and typical government inefficiencies. Like many of the mayor’s projects, there was no explicitly stated goals or scope to the work they are expected to achieve. (Curbed)

Close your eyes and picture a variety show in Bushwick. Good. Now turn up the saturation and volume past the point of being polite. If you’ve got a wild enough imagination, you’ve pictured something close to Eric Schmalenberger’s Blunderland Variety Show in its seventh year. (Bushwick Daily)

Hold on to your Instagram accounts, Rosé Mansion is returning this summer. (amNY)

In “nowhere is safe” news, the Fifth Avenue Apple Store has had a supposed month-long bed bug infestation. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s revamped plans for a completely new system of bus routes is still coming, but much like a city bus, it’s going to arrive later than you want it to. NYC Transit plans to finalize a plan by April 2020. (QNS)

The Lyrid meteor shower will hit its peak on April 22 and 23 and will happen from the 16th to 25th. Take a look upwards at night, you may see some shooting stars. (Patch)

New Jersey politicians think congestion pricing unfairly targets New Jerseyians. Maybe they’ve forgotten the point of congestion pricing is first and foremost to reduce the number of cars driving into Manhattan. (NY Times)

Buckets Of Xanax, no really we’re talking about literal hundreds of thousands of pills in buckets, were seized in a dark web raid that was using Manhattan businesses as return addresses. (Patch)

SPIN’s new ping pong lounge launches next week. The ping pong is free, but how’s the food? (Time Out)

The mayor, unlike some other politicians, has already released his 2018 taxes. Nothing terribly exciting, but he gets credit for doing it. (Politico)

Jumaane Williams, who is both the city’s public advocate and also captain obvious, said that the Hudson Yards is “not for a majority of this city.” (amNY)

The state’s legislature is pushing forward with a bill that would ban religious exemptions for the measles-vaccine for any child attending schools in New York state. Rockland County’s outbreak has infected 186 and Brooklyn’s has infected 259. The World Health Organization labeled measles as one of the 10 largest threats to global health in 2019. (Downtown Express)

An interview with Dr. Jan Kaminsky, Director of Education at Rainbow Health Consulting, and is also developing a National LGBTQ+ Nurses Association. (Gothamist)

The best bars in Soho and Nolita. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 26, 2019 – The “Hey Chicago, Do You Have Any Ideas?” Edition

Bed bugs on Broadway, the MTA asks Chicago for help, subway ridership continues to decline, the history of the best $1 pizza, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Governors Island is getting a new arts center in an old munitions warehouse. If you’ve been to the island before, it’s the building near the Manhattan ferry landing with public bathrooms. (Curbed)

An investigation has found credible allegations of sexual misconduct at Saint Ann’s School, the Brooklyn private school known for an experimental approach to education, including male teachers having sex with students. (NY Times)

The MTA, out of ideas on how to stop the 7 train from literally falling apart, is asking Chicago if they have any ideas. (NY Post)

The origin story of the city’s best $1 pizza chain. Isn’t the best $1 pizza akin to the sexiest magician? (Viewing NYC)

New York has fond feelings for a mayor’s 2020 presidential run, and it ain’t de Blasio. (NY Times)

The MTA claims subway performance is increasing, while ridership continues to decline. (NY Post)

A Lyft driver was found unconscious in the back of his vehicle early on Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead of an apparent suicide. This marks the ninth taxi suicide in about 16 months. (Patch)

A preview of Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park spring 2019 lineup. (We Heart Astoria)

The city nurses’ strike has been postponed while negotiations are ongoing. (amNY)

Is installing facial recognition software at the entrance of a rent-stabilized apartment building going too far? (Gothamist)

The city’s proposed pied-à-terre tax could cut the most expensive apartments’ price in the city in half. Don’t worry, they’ll still be unattainable. (6sqft)

It’s like a Lyft, but helicopters between Manhattan and JFK for $195 a seat. (NY Post)

Marijuana legalization has failed in New Jersey. (NY Times)

Thanks to a $600,000 from real estate developer iStar, Coney Island’s free summer concerts will continue through 2025. (BrooklynVegan)

Longtime Bronx congressperson Jose Serrano announced he will not seeking reelection in 2020 because he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. (Politico)

Maybe you heard there was an avocado recall. The brutal berries are in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Not New York. (Grub Street)

Jumaane Williams’s old 45th Council District is headed for a special election on May 14 after Jumaane Williams won the special election for the Public Advocate. There are nine hopefuls who plan to run for the seat. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Are you ready for a LEGO-but-not-actual-LEGO-themed bar? (Time Out)

The city’s proposed “express” bus route once the L train rehab begins is anything but express. (Curbed)

A breakdown of how the $78 million sewage tanks for the Gowanus Canal actually cost over over $1.2 billion. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the state is “ready to go forward” on congestion pricing. (amNY)

More controversial than congestion pricing is the city’s plans to replace Rikers Island with four smaller jails in every borough except Staten Island. The first step of the application process is complete. (Patch)

Did you know the fountain of youth is in the Bronx? (Atlas Obscura)

From the “don’t go anywhere ever again” files, theater goers on Broadway claim to have “eaten alive” by bedbugs during a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The theater denies the claims. (Gothamist)

A fire prevented the Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan from prayers on Friday and the Reform Jewish congregation of Central Synagogue stepped up to provide space for their prayers. (HuffPost)

20 restaurants you can actually get into. Tell your friends you “know a guy who can get you in” and be a hero. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 18, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown is Officially 100% Dead” Edition

This weekend’s threatening weather, the scheduled weekend subway changes and cancellations, Westsider Books might not be closing, the NYPD spied on Black Lives Matter, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A holiday weekend plus a winter storm? What could go wrong with the subways? Here are the subway closures and changes of service scheduled for this weekend. (6sqft)

THE L TRAIN SHUTDOWN IS OFFICIALLY DEAD! (amNY)

Here’s what’s next for the L train non-shutdown. (NY Times)

Here are the street closure’s for Saturday’s Women’s Marches. (6sqft)

Time to watch The Empire Strikes Back, because all your Hoth jokes are going to be relevant this weekend. (Gothamist)

The weather this week may be unbearable outside, but a NYCHA housing development in East Williamsburg is one of many developments without heat or hot water this week. (Bushwick Daily)

Chain store volume saw the first ever year-over-year decline since the number has been tracked. No wonder the Upper West Side was rallying to save a Starbucks. (GVSHP)

Case in point: the Kohl’s in Rego Park will close due to real estate and operational cost. (TimesLedger)

The Right to Disconnect bill, which would have made it illegal to be punished for not responding to after-hours communications, is being blocked by Mayor de Blasio. (NY Post)

Take a peek at the private pool, gym, and views from the first residential tower of the Hudson Yards megaproject. (Curbed)

James Turrell’s “Meeting” at MoMA PS1 is supposed to give an unimpeded view of the sky, something extremely rare in the city. How rare is it? New developments are now impeding the skyspace piece. (Gothamist)

Made in New York allegedly swiped the recipe for Prince Street Pizza’s famous spicy pepperoni slice, but it does not hold up against the original. (Eater)

While rare, the leucistic grackle that has been seen in Central Park isn’t going to be stealing the social media attention away from the Mandarin Duck. Why? Because leucistic grackle sounds like some kind of throat disease. (Gothamist)

Are we the bedbug capital of America? Hardly. New York lands at #6 behind Baltimore, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus. (Gothamist)

The Gowanus Canal EPA cleanup hit a wall and can’t move forward until the federal shutdown comes to a close. (Brooklyn Paper)

New Yorkers stand to lose $500 million a month in benefits if the federal shutdown continues into February, which will turn into a real humanitarian crisis. (Curbed)

Black Lives Matter activists were spied on by the police, who called protestors “idiots” while bragging about all the overtime they were receiving, according to newly released emails from the NYPD. (NY Post)

Westsider Books might not be closing after all. A Go Fund Me sprung up to save the bookstore and owner Dorian Thornley stated if he could raise $50,000 he would consider staying open. After one day, the campaign is close to $37,000. (6sqft)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first floor speech on Thursday. (Welcome2TheBronx)

A bit more about the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, or “goth moon,” this weekend. (Time Out)

Hussain Jawad of Queens was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing his wife to death and slashing his teenage daughter. His motive is unknown and his daughter is in stable condition. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio’s 34,160 affordable homes built or preserved in 2018 is an impressive number, but not to the Coalition for the Homeless. Only 16% of those apartments were designated for the homeless and those making under 30% of median income, $21k. (Gothamist)

Five ways to your hot chocolate on. (amNY)

15 proposals not in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech. (Gotham Gazette)

East River Park will be buried… so it can be saved. (NY Times)

The best spots for ramen in the city. (Thrillist)

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