The Briefly for March 7, 2019 – The “Mayor de Blasio Unsuccessfully PEGs the City Budget” Edition

The NYPL is getting a makeover, 248 city buses got graded and it wasn’t pretty, Industry City is starting to sound a lot like Amazon, where do the RHONY live, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Control over the MTA has always been central in the political city vs state fight. Governor Cuomo put his chips on the table by clearly stating if the city wants control of the MTA, they’ll lose the $10 billion the state contributes to the MTA. (amNY)

The New York Public Library is getting a $317 million makeover. (Curbed)

New York really tries hard to hide police misconduct records from the public. The Legal Aid Society created a searchable database of 2,300 lawsuits filed against the city since 2015. (NY Times)

Mayor de Blasio instituted a Program to Eliminate the Gap (PEG) for the city’s budget. The PEG is meant to cut $750 million from the city’s budget. The mayor’s budget increases the budget by $3 billion and the City Council isn’t pleased. (Gotham Gazette)

How to avoid the bait and switch encroaching into more and more rent agreements. (Thrillist)

Where do the women of RHONY live? Do they live places? Let’s find out. (StreetEasy)

A one-year-old boy rode the 1 train from 96th to 34th after his caretaker suffered a medical episode and was separated from the infant. The caretaker is a family friend and the family won’t press charges. (Gothamist)

A list of all the best new things to eat in New York.(Grubstreet)

After being open since 1977 and months of speculation, Moishe’s Bake Shop on 2nd Ave has closed. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The city’s restaurants, and all restaurants, are free from Mario Batali. Batali, who has more claims of sexual harassment against him than he has crocs, has dissolved his partnership and his old partners have formed a new company without him. (NY Times)

Maybe he can make himself some pizza dough cinnamon rolls to console his sadness. (Everywhereist)

Buying? Renting? What does your numerologist say? (6sqft)

Every beat cop, sergeant and lieutenant are now equipped with body cameras. (NY Post)

George Washington brewed beer, and you don’t believe that you can see his beer recipe in the New York Public Library. (Atlas Obscura)

Residents are fighting the city’s plan to replace the Elizabeth Street Garden with a housing project. A non-profit fighting the development claims the city’s environmental study wasn’t thorough enough, which seems like a good tactic to buy time. (Curbed)

248 city bus routes received grades. Only 1 got an A. (Patch)

“We haven’t spent $850 million. We’ve only spent, by the end of June, we’ll have spent $560 million.” Chirlane McCray’s Fox 5 interview didn’t go as planned. (NY Post)

If you’re under the 7 train in Sunnyside, the sky is falling. More debris fell from the elevated track and this time it hit a moving car. (Sunnyside Post)

The guy who started the Prince Street Pizza knockoff will soon be running the 140-year-old White Horse Tavern. (Eater)

The City Council passed a bill that would allow the Department of Buildings to issue stop work orders to “reckless” developers. (QNS)

Industry City is using Amazonian-like language in expressing their disappointment about their rezoning requests. City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca is threatening to kill the rezoning unless the process is delayed. (Curbed)

Watch a cop ride a seized bike past a school without wearing a helmet, lose control, crash, and walk away with a limp before abandoning the bike. (Daily News)

Rape charges were dropped against two Brooklyn cops who admittedly had sex with a teen girl while she was under arrest and handcuffed in their police van in 2017. The cops say that the sex was consensual, the woman disagrees. (NY Post)

It was a miracle on the E/F in Kew Gardens. A woman fell onto the tracks and the train couldn’t stop. She survived by lying on her back between the tracks and the train passed right over her. Don’t try this at home. (QNS)

Canarsie is not amused by the 40 ounce water bottle shaped like a 40 of malt liquor. “Get Ounced?” More like “Get Out.” (Brokelyn)

A judge ruled that the MTA must install elevators as it renovates subway stations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, no matter the cost. Unless technically impossible, it is now legally required. (Politico)

The state’s budget is full of Governor Cuomo’s non-fiscal initiatives, like making it illegal to ride in the backseat of a car without a seatbelt and closing three prisons upstate.

Is it time to install LED lights on the sidewalks to prevent pedestrians with their heads in their phones from getting ruined by vehicles? (Bowery Boogie)

The five best pancakes in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for February 28, 2019 – The “Bodega Ham, Now With Extra Plastic” Edition

Subway and bus fare is going up, the mayor punts on controlling the MTA, NYC’s James Beard Award semifinalists, NYCHA promises to find lead, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bus and subway fares are going up on April 21. Single rides are staying put at $2.75 but weekly cards will go from $32 to $33, monthly cards will go from $121 to $127, and the bonus for putting more than $5.50 on your MetroCard is disappearing. (amNY)

You may want to avoid bodega ham for a little while. (Gothamist)

A new bill will clarify the definition of sexual harassment and strengthen the laws against it. Harassment must be “severe or pervasive” to be considered illegal at the moment. (QNS)

The barnacle Citi Bike was cute once, but stop throwing Citi Bikes into the rivers. (West Side Rag)

Ever since dropping the “Trump Soho” branding, the Dominick Hotel has seen a 20% increase in revenue. (The Real Deal)

Do not disturb? Hardly. The city’s worst hotels when it comes to noise complaints. (Localize Labs)

Daiso, the Japanese dollar store, is opening its first East coast store in the Flushing mall on March 8. (Eater)

The 18 best restaurants on the Upper West Side. (Grub Street)

Today is the last day for Raul Candy Store in Alphabet City after over 40 years. As a way to say goodbye, all the remaining candy in the store is free. (NY Post)

Even Mayor de Blasio’s wife isn’t sure he should run for president. (Patch)

The rights of students with disabilities haven’t been upheld in Success Academy, the city’s largest charter school network. (Patch)

Here’s the latest on the EPA’s Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal. (Bklyner)

If you’re on Park Avenue and wondering what those giant stretched yellow rubber things are, it’s “Tension Sculptures” by Brooklyn-based artist Joseph La Piana. (NY Times)

The mayor punted on the idea of the city being in control of the MTA, handing responsibility to the governor’s office. (Streetsblog)

Horticulture at Green-Wood Cemetery is deadly serious business. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here’s what you should now about Jumaane Williams, the city’s new Public Advocate. (amNY)

Where are we with legalizing marijuana? The state budget deadline of April 1 is fast approaching. (amNY)

A guide to the subway’s signal system. (Curbed)

An oral history of the Sidewalk Cafe, the home of antifolk. (Gothamist)

Micaela Diamond is 19 and has become Cher 100 times. (amNY)

NYCHA promises 100 percent confidence in finding lead in its developments. Right. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez is set to announce his support in giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses. (NY Post)

Can you help catch whoever stole Luna, the beloved two-month old bodega cat from Ismael’s Gourmet Deli in the Bronx? (News 12)

NYCs 2019 James Beard Awards semifinalists. (Eater)

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The Briefly for February 27, 2019 – The “Paying For The Subways With Legal Marijuana” Edition

Jumaane Williams is the city’s new Public Advocate, Cuomo and de Blasio are working together on the MTA, NY moves to decriminalizing sex work, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio unveiled a 10-point plan for MTA reform. Reorganize the MTA, congestion pricing, fare hike caps, MTA board appointments that end with a mayor or governor’s term, crack down on fare evaders, an audit, a new Regional Transit Committee, the Columbia and Cornell experts will return, expedite Andy Byford’s subway action plan, and the governor and mayor will actually have to work together. That last part is the most unrealistic. (Second Avenue Sagas)

Once marijuana is legal, a portion of the taxes will go towards funding the MTA under the ten-point plan. (NY Post)

Who doesn’t want another boozy Taco Bell in the city? Brooklyn Heights’ community board. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Jumaane Williams is New York City’s new Public Advocate. (NY Times)

Watch Public Advocate Elect Jumaane Williams’ post-election speech. (@JumaaneWilliams)

The NY Islanders are expecting a new $1.18 billion arena for a 2021 opening, but State Senator Leroy Comrie is a member of the Public Authorities Control Board and won’t allow the project to move forward unless concessions are made. We have ourselves a new Amazon-style showdown. (Gothamist)

Therese “Patricia” Okoumou, the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty last July 4, pulled a similar stunt in Austin, TX. Federal prosecutors asked a judge to revoke her bail. (NY Post)

How much do you need to earn to think about buying a home in NYC? $105,684.33. (Patch)

New York is a baseball state. Soon it may be the law. (amNY)

After $773 million over four years, Mayor de Blasio has pulled the plug on his Renewal turnaround program, which hoped to turn around the city’s 100 lowest performing schools. Unfortunately the new program looks a lot like the old one. (Chalkbeat)

If you love combined sewer overrun, this is the perfect Twitter account for you. (@combinedsewers)

The first eight months of last year, there were 934 schools in the city that had critical health code violations, the kind that would shut a restaurant down. Mice, roaches, flies, mold, and rats. (NY1)

The barnacle Citi Bike likely spent time in the Hudson River, but it’s more fun to believe that the last rider was Aquaman. (Gothamist)

The only good left on the internet is the “Bag Dogs” Instagram account. (Gothamist)

File is under the city’s nightmare file. A man fell down an elevator shaft from the third floor in SoHo and survived. (Gothamist)

Stop feeding the animals in city parks before the City Council makes it illegal. (amNY)

The NYPD still doesn’t know who shot and killed Detective Brian Simonsen in a robbery turned friendly fire in Richmond Hill, Queens. (amNY)

Community Board 3 approved naming the Northeast Corner of 79th Street and 37th Avenue after State Senator Jose Peralta, who died unexpectedly last year. (Jackson Heights Post)

10 historical buildings in Gowanus at risk of demolition. (Untapped Cities)

The city’s compost is potentially worth $22.5 million annually, but we are literally trashing it. (Patch)

State Senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried introduced a series of bills to decriminalize sex work in New York. As Ramos puts it “Ultimately sex work is work.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go after you delete Tinder in frustration. (The Infatuation)

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