The Briefly for September 24, 2019 – The “Better Off Without the City’s Attention” Edition

The MTA’s buses are going slower, the NYPD will handle “emotionally disturbed” New Yorkers differently, a case for Riverside Pak, the best tapas, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Everyone’s got a to-do list for the mayor, here’s another list of eight issues for him to deal with. (Curbed)

Congratulations are in order to Mayor de Blasio. The mayor announced a plan to speed up the city’s buses 25% and buses are running slower than this time last year. Perfection. (Patch)

Philly pizza? Yup, Philly favorite Pizzeria Beddia Will have one night in the big city on October 1. (Grub Street)

The Oculus’s roof is supposed to open on 9/11 annually, but this year it remained shut due to a leak which was caused by last year’s opening and closing. It’ll cost an additional $200,000 to fix the leak. (Curbed)

The Friars Club made the celebrity roast a common occurrence, for better or worse. Here are ten secrets of the Friars Club. (Untapped Cities)

Video: A striking video about artists and advocates’ push to make Hart Island, New York City’s public cemetery, publicly accessible. (Untapped Cities)

The city was barely ready when the new “Raise the Age” law removed 16-year-olds from the normal court system and placed them in Family Court or “Youth Part” (which is a real part of the justice system). On October 1, 17-year-olds will be moved into these parts of the system and there are doubts the courts will be able to handle it. (The City)

National Grid has frozen 2,600 applications for gas hookups in its temper tantrum over Governor Cuomo’s refusal to add a new gas pipeline to Rockaway Beach, leaving 20,000 apartments and businesses without gas. (Gothamist)

Peak fall foliage will hit the city mid-October. (6sqft)

The former Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy will become a ten-story building with residential “co-living,” hotel rooms and community space. (6sqft)

An argument that Riverside Park is the lowkey best park in the city. (Gothamist)

How much do you trust the NYPD on a scale from 1-10? According to polls, it’s at a 6.6 for the month of August. (amNY)

City Hall will reveal a plan this week for how the NYPD will deal with mentally ill New Yorkers. Over the last decade, annual calls to 911 about “emotionally disturbed people” have doubled from 97,000 to over 180,000. (The City)

The NYPD list a state Supreme Court case and after a yearlong battle will have to reveal fare evasion data, which advocates say will reveal the NYPD’s racist policing policies. (Gothamist)

Vegandale is taking over Randall’s Island Park/a> this Saturday with 150 vegan food and drink vendors. (The Villager)

Everyone has the right to be stupid, even the people stockpiling vape juice ahead of an eventual ban. (Gothamist)

If the biggest problem you have with Roberta’s is that you don’t want to go all the way to Bushwick for pizza, you’re in luck. Roberta’s will be opening a Manhattan outpost in the spring. (Eater)

A replica of Josef Albers’s “Manhattan” is back at 200 Park Avenue. The original was iconic but also hid a deadly secret behind its Formica panels, asbestos. IT was removed in 2000. (NY Times)

Watch Greta Thunberg’s address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit. (Gothamist)

Meet Katherine Walsh, who will challenge incumbent Assemblymember Félix Ortiz’s State Assembly seat representing Sunset Park and Red Hook with a focus on the environment. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

When Wayne Algenio became the king of San Gennaro by eating 38 cannoli and 54 zeppoli in six minutes, each a week apart, the last thing he was thinking about was the 10,000 calories he just consumed. Here’s a closer look at what it takes to be a king. (Bedford + Bowery)

15 top-notch tapas restaurants in NYC. (Eater)

The Briefly for September 23, 2019 – The “A Failed Presidential Candidate” Edition

Another cyclist was killed by a driver, this week’s late-night subway disruptions, five major problems waiting for the mayor, the best dive bars and more in today’s daily NYC news update

This week’s late-night subway disruptions are bringing the pain. Make sure to check before you stay out late. (Subway Weekender)

The mayor is no longer a failing presidential candidate, he’s a failed presidential candidate. RIP the de Blasio Campaign 2019 – 2019. (Politico)

Now that the mayor decided to do his job full-time again, here are five major problems waiting for him. (NY Times)

The 21st bicyclist to be killed by a driver on New York’s streets is 14-year-old Mario Valenzuela. Mario was killed by a 33-year-old man who was driving a private sanitation truck making a right turn on Borden Avenue in Queens. (LIC Post)

Shore Parkway is getting a protected bike lane, despite Community Board 11’s protests. Amid a record year for cyclists killed by drivers, neighborhoods who push back against lanes using thinly-veiled excuses are making a clear decision between the lives of their neighbors and the desire to drive a car however they please. (The City)

Are you ready for the MTA to upgrade its signals? Are you ready for extensive disruptions while it does so? We’re talking line shut down on nights and weekends on the 4/5/6, N/W, A/C, G, E, and F lines. There’s always the bus… (amNY)

Here are the first 48 subway stations getting accessibility upgrades as outlined in the 2020 – 2024 capital plan. (Streetsblog)

The Park Slope Food Coop received more media coverage than it deserves, but this story about how the super liberals of the Park Slope Food Coop have fought against unionization of its full-time workers is an eye-opener. (NY Times)

A sneak peek inside the new library in Hunters Point. (Untapped Cities)

Five Gowanus sites are being considered for landmark status this week as preservationists are pushing to protect as much of the neighborhood as possible ahead of a possible rezoning. (Brownstoner)

In the battle between Industry City and City Councilmember Carlow Menchaca over plans for the site’s future, Industry City blinked and will delay their plans for expansion after acquiescing to Menchaca’s concerns. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Whoever is the monster that stole this child’s saxophone, you need to return it. (Gothamist)

One of the hottest 2020 elections in New York will be the retiring Rep. José Serrano’s congressional seat in the South Bronx. (Politico)

Holtermann’s Bakery, in business for over 150 years in Staten Island, gets the Atlas Obscura nod for its timeless desserts, calling out its “real deal” Charlotte Russe. (Atlas Obscura)

Uber is suing the city for its cap on the company’s growth and a law passed in August which restricts the amount of time a driver can drive in Manhattan without a fare, calling the laws “arbitrary and capricious.” (Politico)

Congratulations to Uma Smith of Bed-Stuy, who won a James Dyson award for her invention Cocoon, a pillow that can be placed under someone’s head during a seizure that also contacts bystanders on how they can help. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you’ve ridden the Long Island Rail Road this month, there’s a chance you’ve been exposed to the measles. (Gothamist)

What to eat and do in Greenpoint. (amNY)

Here are the restaurants the Department of Health shut down this week for violations, including Hook’d on the Hudson, leading the pack with a jaw-dropping 141 points. (Patch)

The best gluten-free pizza on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

The Village Halloween parade is returning this year with the theme “Wild Thing!” Let’s try harder with the costume creativity this year, shall we? (Brooklyn Vegan)

An apartment with a pool? Tired. An apartment with an indoor wave pool? Wired! (Viewing NYC)

The Times goes behind the scenes on their 20 photographers/65 block parties magazine feature. (NY Times)

Have you seen the house on the top of a building on the Upper West Side? (I Love the Upper West Side)

There was a minor fire in Terminal 5. The damage was minimal and no one was injured. (Gothamist)

The best dive bars in NYC. (Thrillist)

The Briefly for August 28, 2019 – The “Signs of a Wegmans Grows in Brooklyn” Edition

The growth in the car population is outpacing the growth of the actual population, the best floor in a walk-up, taking a wallaby for a walk, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

All the street closings and timing of the West Indian Day Parade and all the associated events over Labor Day weekend. (Curbed)

An Andy Warhol tour and map of Manhattan from artist Patricia Fernández. (Untapped Cities)

Five takeaways from the plan to scrap the city’s gifted school programs. Will Mayor de Blasio follow the recommendation from the task force he assembled or will he try to run out the clock as he did with Eric Garner’s death? (NY Times)

It’s getting real. Signs are going up at the home of the future Brooklyn Wegmans. (Brownstoner)

Does it seem odd to anyone else that the mayor is supporting restrictions to hotel development after receiving support and campaign contributions from the hotel industry union? (6sqft)

The Mast Brothers are out of Brooklyn, doing the hipster move from Williamsburg to upstate. (Eater)

Every neighborhood has its old-school spots that have been there for decades, and many of them are endangered. Two Toms in Gowanus has been family owned since 1948, but the building the restaurant is in is for sale and the listing says it could be delivered vacant “if necessary.” (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The growth of the number of cars in the city is outpacing the growth of the city’s population. (Streetsblog)

The city is full of hidden history. Sometimes that history is a poster from 2000 for the movie Road Trip. (Gothamist)

In praise of the Manhattan dive bar: Cheap beer and good atmosphere are increasingly hard to find, but it’s out there. (amNY)

A worker was killed and five injured in a partial building collapse in Norwood in the Bronx. (Metro)

A wall in Chinatown with messages of support for the protests in Hong Kong has been vandalized twice in less than a week. Global politics are also local politics. (Gothamist)

What’s the best floor to live on in a six-floor walk-up? (Street Easy)

Jeffrey Epstein’s victims will never have their full day in court, but they have vowed to not stop fighting. (Gothamist)

The family of Eric Garner filed a judicial inquiry of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill to answer questions about their handling of Eric Garner’s death at the hands of the NYPD. (Politico)

Leslie Jones is not returning to SNL. (Gothamist)

Video: Nothing to see here here, just a man walking taking his pet wallaby for a walk. Nope, this was in Bed-Stuy, not Bushwick. (Patch)

The total population in the city’s jails has fallen 23% from 2014, but the population jailed for parole violations increased by 20% in the same period, with the average stay lasting 60 days while they wait for parole court dates. (Gothamist)

Seven acres under the new Kosciuszko Bridge in Greenpoint will be made into a park. There’s no proposed opening date and construction has not begun. The project will be lead by the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Conservative Times Op-Ed columnist and climate change denier Bret Stephens quit Twitter because someone called him a “bedbug.” Poor Bret. (Gothamist)

Video: It’ll take more than It’s Pennywise the clown to rattle New Yorkers riding the L late at night. (Patch)

28 of the best sports bars in the city. (Eater)