The Briefly for March 11, 2019 – The “We Have A Rabid Trash Panda Problem” Edition

Jumaane Williams is and is not the Public Advocate, Hanksy meets Hanks, the best walk-in restaurants, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The prep-work on the L train tunnel ends this week. Here are the late night subway changes this week. (Subway Changes)

Ida Elionsky, the first woman to swim around the island of Manhattan, will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. (amNY)

What a wild year of the city’s raccoons. Rabid raccoons were discovered in Manhattan for the first time in eight years. Be careful around Inwood Park. (NY Post)

When Hanksy met Tom Hanks. (Bowery Boogie)

No matter how much you are annoyed by a subway conductor telling you to stop holding the doors open, it’s no reason to punch them. (Gothamist)

They were filthy and full of filth flies, roaches, mice, and who knows what else. A look back at the restaurants closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

New York is one of only one of eight states that uses fusion voting, which is the practice of multiple parties having one candidate. Why are the state’s democrats trying to kill it? (Gothamist)

Watch local hero Jeff Seal attempt to clean a subway station. (Gothamist)

After over 30 years, both Sushiden locations appear to be closed. (Eater)

This month marks the 20th “Mr. Lower East Side Pageant,” hosted by Reverend Jen, the curator of the Troll Museum. (Bowery Boogie)

7 city landmarks you didn’t know were designed by women. (Curbed)

Congratulations on five years of Tinder Live, which is as much of a comedy show as Tinder itself. (Bedford + Bowery)

The clock at the center of Grand Central Terminal is worth enough to make a heist movie about trying to steal it. (6sqft)

Conor McGregor completed his court mandated community service for his attack on a UFC van after a press event. The community service included five days of manual labor at two Brooklyn Churches. (NY Post)

Good Records NYC is closing, but that isn’t the end of a record shop at that address. (EV Grieve)

What’s not to love about living in New York City? The slow-walking tourists? The constantly reading small businesses going way to national chains? Or maybe it’s the people who occasionally spray crowds of people with unknown chemicals. (West Side Rag)

Jumaane Williams is the Schrödinger’s Cat of the city’s Public Advocate position. He hasn’t resigned from his position on the city council, which is necessary for him to legally hold his elected office. (Patch)

11 Notorious B.I.G. landmarks in NYC. (StreetEasy)

If you thought the Amazon tax incentives were big, wait til you get a load of the Hudson Yard incentives. (NY Times)

The national Transit Workers Union is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars mocking Mayor Bill de Blasio as a “fauxgressive” as he traipses around the country pretending like he isn’t planning a 2020 presidential bid. (NY Post)

If you don’t have a Girl Scout in your life, or a Girl Scout parent in your office, a Girl Scout cookie pop-up shop is now open. (Time Out)

The city’s dockless bike-sharing program was extended three months for “further evaluation.” Don’t throw these bikes in the river. Don’t do it. (Patch)

This is the reason that West Village denizens are worried about the new owner of the White Horse Tavern. (Gothamist)

The best walk-in only restaurants when you didn’t make a reservation. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for September 28, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, A Pre-Obituary for Governors Island, and More

Fetch is finally a thing, the weekend subway changes, saving NYC could destroy its coastline, new art in Madison Square Park, and more

There is no 5 train this weekend, the D & F trains are messed up, the G is only partially running, it’s the last weekend of L service for the next month, and everything you need to survive the weekend’s subway changes. (6sqft)

A pre-obituary for Governors Island as we know it. (NY Times)

Will the proposed storm surge barrier designed to save New York City destroy the coastline in the process? (NY Times)

Take a subway vacation and try one of the city’s 15 other modes of transportation. (Untapped Cities)

There hasn’t been any enforcement action taken against any landlord in the city for failing to conduct annual lead inspections in the 14 years there has been a law on the books. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Isn’t everyone a bridge and tunnel type?” This question was asked, of course, by someone in Staten Island. (StreetEasy)

Workers at the area’s three airports will have the highest minimum wage of any public agency in the country at $19/hour by 2023. (NY Times)

Fifteen breweries to try in NYC. (Eater)

The Ruth Bader Ginsberg Brooklyn Municipal Building has a nice ring to it. (Curbed)

Cats do not control rat and mouse populations in cities. Sorry to disappoint. (Atlas Obscura)

What’s the history of Gay St? Glad you asked! (6sqft)

Dumbo is getting a new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library35 seconds to learn about the history of Central Park, there’s a video you should see. (Viewing NYC)

Will Dan Donovan’s embrace of Trump cost him a seat in Congress? Donovan’s opponent Max Rose received an endorsement from train enthusiast-turned-Vice President Joe Biden. (NY Times & Brooklyn Eagle)

By Chloe’s new CBD-infused line of vegan treats, reviewed. (Gothamist)

Madison Square Park unveiled 11 sculptures by sculptor Arlene Shechet as part of her “Full Steam Ahead” installation, using forms suggestive of nature. (Town & Village)

One city council member has an wacky idea on how to stop noise pollution from music venues. It’s a radical idea called soundproofing. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Congratulations Gretchen Weiners, you finally made fetch happen. On October 3rd (Mean Girls Day), W. 52nd St is becoming W. Fetch Street. (amNY)

Zagster is pulling out of the Rockaway dockless bike share program earlier than anticipated. Lime bikes will replace the bikes pulled from the program. (Curbed)

This 18-inch cheeseburger pizza weighs 40 pounds, is a foot tall, and costs $2,000. Champion Pizza will donate the profits to Hurricane Florence recovery. (amNY)


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The Briefly for August 6, 2018 – Cuomo vs NRA, Central Park’s Zombie Raccoon Problem Persists, and More

Central Park’s problem with “zombie” raccoons isn’t over, two LIRR deaths this morning, a history of unnecessary noise, legalize basements, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Almost 70 raccoons have died due to the “zombie” virus outbreak in Central Park.

According to the NRA, the Governor Cuomo/NRA feud has cost the group millions of dollars. The state is moving to dismiss a lawsuit against it from the NRA.

The Marriage bureau building in Manhattan might become a jail if Rikers Island closes. If you were a comedian in the Catskills in the 50s, the city is writing the jokes for you.

The city is allowing a pilot program that allows for basement and cellar apartments in Brooklyn’s Community District 5.

The long-time bookseller on the corner on 73rd and Broadway had his books confiscated by the NYPD. Kirk Davidson had recently expanded his bookselling to five tables. The law allows for a table eight feet long and three feet deep and five feet high.

The hottest restaurants in Queens, according to Eater.

Century Waste Services, the company whose truck lost a tire on the Gowanus Expressway and killed a driver last week, is being investigated by the Port Authority for its spotty safety record.

A Bronx public school teacher, Dori Myers, has admitted she performed oral sex on a 14-year-old boy on “multiple occasions and in multiple locations” — but will not have to go to prison or surrender her teaching license.

A map of ICE raids in and around Bushwick.

Attorney General candidate Letitia James said that if elected, she won’t take orders from Governor Cuomo and would push for independence from the office of the governor.

Simcha Felder wants his opponent’s name removed from the ballot because Blake Morris’s legal first name is Lawrence. While Felder argues that nicknames can’t be used on ballots, he should try telling that to former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Speaking of Simcha Felder, two days after the state’s speed cameras were shut down, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run in his district in Brooklyn. Felder’s Cities Committee did not allow the speed camera extension to come up for a vote.

Filming around town: Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at Parsons Blve and Union Tpke in Queens, Happy w/Chris Meloni is at St Marks and 3rd Ave, The Blacklist w/James Spader is on Roosevelt Island all week, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at 67th and Park, FBI w/Jeremy Sisto is around Franklin Square, Law and Order: SVU is around Pine st and Pearl St, New Amsterdam w/Ryan Eggold is at 25th and 1st, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at Court Square, and God Friended Me w/Joe Morton is at Bridge St and Fulton St in Brooklyn.

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam, met with Robert Mueller. It may be for her connections with Roger Stone.

The Bridge asks if the new towers with hundreds of apartments in Coney Island get built near the amusement district, is the carnival over?

The amount of weapons seized in city schools jumped to 2,718, up 28% from last year.

A baby found in the East River has died at the hospital.

The Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise is proof that noise pollution has always been a problem in the city.

Two people were hit and killed by non-passenger Long Island Rail Road trains this morning in different locations.

Who can police a police officer who abuses their parking placards?

Here come the complaints about dockless bikes.