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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The Briefly for October 19, 2018 – The “Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade is Back!” Edition

The Met and Brooklyn Museum stop accepting Saudi money, Apple makes an announcement in Brooklyn, a measles outbreak in Williamsburg, Central Park but not Central Park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway changes are…complicated.

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade has risen from the dead like a Central Park zombie raccoon! The parade will be hosted by ESPN’s Katie Nolan and held on October 28. (amNY)

What’s your opinion of Marc Molinaro? If you’re a voter, there’s a 48% chance you don’t have one. (Politico)

What would Central Park look like if the proposal by John J. Rink won the design contest? Pretty trippy according to these new renderings of his design. (Viewing NYC)

The Clark Street subway station is a “imminent public safety threat” according to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The three 23-year-old elevators that service the platform are the only way to get up the ten flights to the street. (Gothamist)

If you insist on bringing your tree on the subway, please do so during non-rush hours.

A good reminder about the laws about heat now that it’s cold. From October 1 to May 31 from 6 am to 10 pm, if it’s below 55° F outside, your landlord must keep the building at least 68° F inside. At night, from 10 pm to 6 am, the building must be at least 62° F inside. If you want to file a complaint against your building, you can call 311 or file a complaint online. (Bklyner)

MoviePass is under investigation from the New York Attorney General’s office that it misled investors. This won’t get your unlimited movie tickets back, but it might make you feel better to see them lose a court case. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Will the 2018 “blue wave” overtake Staten Island’s NYC GOP alcove or will it hit a red wall? Republican Dan Donovan hopes to hold back Democrat Max Rose and remain NYC’s sole GOP congressperson. (Gothamist)

Breathe a sigh of release, peak bedbug season is behind us. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio’s Chief Democracy Officer Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune remains in hot water with the Board of Elections over a confusing elections mailer to 400,000 city voters that cost $200,000. Whoops. (NY Post)

There’s a measles outbreak in Williamsburg’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community due to unvaccinated children. An investigation into the outbreak and an attempt to contain it has had a direct cost of almost $400,000. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Mayor denies that he lied about his public comments that underplayed the number of children exposed to lead. The mayor’s current excuse is that “the federal stand’s changed over time,” which is a lot like his story about this issue. (NY Post)

Known jerk and leader of the SPLC designated hate group Gavin McInnes is delinquent on his taxes in New York.

The NYCHA will hire two private companies to help the 41 NYCHA housing complexes maintain heat this winter. Last year more than 80% of apartments (323,000 people) went without heat for an average of 48 hours at a time. This week 4,000 NYCHA tenants are enduring a heat and hot-water outage. (Politico)

A security guard was caught hiding his phone in an NYPD women’s bathroom in Brooklyn. Pedro Rodriguez Sanchez was arrested for unlawful surveillance in the second degree. (NY Post)

Marty Markowitz once dreamed of having an Apple Store in Brooklyn, and that dream was realized in 2016. Two years later Apple is set to announce something new at BAM (probably a new iPad and maybe new computers) on October 30. (Daring Fireball)

The Met and the Brooklyn Museum will no longer use Saudi money for programs on Middle Eastern art that had been supported by groups tied tot he Saudi government. (NY Times)

A Trump “Pee on Me” statue has found its way to Manhattan.


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The Briefly for September 27, 2018 – 4,800 CitiBikes are Missing, Kids Don’t Read English too Good, and More

CitiBikes are on short supply, the city’s supply of low-rent apartments is declining, the MTA refutes claims of bed bug infestations, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

There are 12,000 CitiBikes in the city, but only 7,166 are on the road the shortages are becoming noticeable.

The MTA calls the bed bug reports are false and “irresponsible.” MTA employees say otherwise.

Stop, close your eyes and ask yourself “What area has the highest population of millennials?” What’s your answer? Don’t over think it, because Williamsburg and East Williamsburg have the highest population of millennials in the country.

The city’s 16 top tapas bars, according to Eater.

Nick Cavy the guinea pig, was rescued in Prospect Park and needs a good home, preferably far away from red-tailed hawks.

The NYCLU launched Equality Watch, an online tool for victims and witnesses of discrimination.

The mayor set out to create or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026, but the number of low-rent apartments is declining.

A preview of the new Brooklyn skyline in Prospect Heights as the Pacific Park complex near the Barclays Center enters its next phase.

What’s it gonna cost to live like Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters? Property Shark analyzed the premium you’ll pay to live within one block of Central Park.

The man who attacked two gay men outside a bar in Bushwick is allegedly 25-year-old bigot and homophobe Brandon McNamara from Middle Village, Queens.

Uber will spend $10 million to help develop more efficient transportation policies, reduce congestion, and vehicle emissions, which is a problem partially created by Uber.

Oscar Guevera isn’t a dentist, but that didn’t stop him from putting braces on a 16-year-old girl at his wife’s dental office. He and his wife are being charged with multiple crimes.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Committee on Transportation, announced the second annual 24-hour Riders Respond Transit Tour. Rodriguez and other city officials will ride the subway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4. Totally lame to split it into two days, right?

Williamsburg cafe Sands’ is closed temporarily after owner Guy Sands was tied to racist, white supremacist groups like The Proud Boys in a 2016 Vanity Fair article. Sands denies the claims.

The 80 Flatbush mega development continues to march forward, getting City Council approval. The next step is mayoral approval and construction may begin.

With fall’s arrival it’s time to tell yourself that you’ll get a flu shot next week, or the week after that, or the week after that… There were 45,368 confirmed cases of the flu in NYC last year.

The “Dear Future New York City” challenge is offering a $30,000 to connect youth with local businesses to find jobs. The challenge is open to 18-24 year-olds and is sponsored by Liberty Coca-Cola.

Express bus route changes with the intention of shortening commute times in Staten Island has resulted in longer wait times and crowded buses.

Drones strapped with explosives is the latest worry for the NYPD during the United Nations General Assembly.

Mayor de Blasio met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, seeking to increase relations between the city and Cuba, despite the Trump administration’s decisions.

The results are in. After a recent standardized state exam, 46.7 percent of kids in grades 3 to 8 in public schools were proficient in English and just 42.7 percent were proficient in math. The same results in charter schools were 57.3% and 59.6%. The mayor remains opposed to expanding charter schools saying “I think the answer is to improve the schools we have.”

City Councilman Rory Lancman announced his candidacy for Queens District Attorney in 2019. The mothers of Sean Bell and Cory Garner have both endorsed Lancman. He also targeted over-policing of marijuana and other crimes referred to as victimless offenses.

Electric scooters are gaining support from the City Council, who believes they have the authority to make the legal in New York City, but the de Blasio administration wants to punt on the idea altogether, saying it’s a matter of state law.

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