The Briefly for November 8, 2018 – The “No One Wants to Be On El Chapo’s Jury” Edition

Albany’s new faces, an investigation into Eric Garner’s death starts today, the elections aren’t over yet, a jury has been chosen for El Chapo’s trial, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Meet the five new faces headed to Albany to represent the city in the State Senate. (amNY)

The jury has been selected for the El Chapo trial, despite an “open rebellion” against the idea of being on the jury. (amNY)

Low-level marijuana enforcement is down 58% and arrests are down by 90% in one year’s time, thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s policy change in the spring. While the overall numbers decreased, it did not change the racial disparities of who is being policed. (Politico)

This is a different type of defense. A Columbia University student is claiming that he couldn’t have raped another student because he was “too drunk.” He claims to have drank enough to black out and claim he has a blood ties to Nazis. He sounds like a real winner. (NY Post)

10 memorable art installations at the Brooklyn Bridge, past and present. (Untapped Cities)

Of 142 garbage trucks from private companies inspected during the city’s one week crackdown, only ten were allowed to stay on the streets. During the week the city issued 1,070 summons. (NY Post)

You thought we were done with elections? With Letitia James becoming Attorney General on January 1, the city will schedule an election for Public Advocate. Anyone who can get enough signatures will be on the ballot. (amNY)

Not to be outdone by Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park’s SummerStage will also be getting an upgrade and will be ready for the 2019 season. (6sqft)

Is the Museum of Pizza “fine art”? (NY Post)

It’s time to go to The New York Botanical Garden, we’re almost at peak foliage. (amNY)

A guide to our current elected officials. (Curbed)

WFAN’s Craig Carton from “Boomer and Carton” is guilty of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. He could be going to prison for 45 years. (NY Post)

Rudy Giuliani divorce is shining a light on his peculiar spending habits. (Gothamist)

The NYPD blames the “current atmosphere” for the rise in hate crimes across the city. Don’t forget the NYPD blamed the increase in reported rapes on the #MeToo movement earlier this year. (Gothamist, amNY)

Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014. Four years later, the Civilian Complaint Review Board is beginning an investigation. (NY Times)

7 of the city top chefs share their favorite bodega food. (NY Post)

The average salary in NYC is $68,992. (TitleMax)

The Board of Elections can’t promise that the 2020 election will be better than 2018’s. In 2016, the BOE rejected a city offer of $20 million to find and fix systemic problems. (NY Post)

Not to be outdone by Amazon, Google is planning on hiring thousands of new employees and adding 1.3 million square feet of office space on the West side of Manhattan. (NY Times)

A restaurant where you dine alone and don’t speak to, or see, your waiter. (NBC New York)

All the free museum days across the city. (Time Out)


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The Briefly for November 7, 2018 – The “As Smooth as Your Morning Commute” Edition

The Democrats have control of the State Senate, Assembly, and Governor’s office, someone stole a bodega kitten, NYC’s Michelin stars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here is a complete list of winners from Tuesday’s midterm election. All three ballot proposals were approved, NYC will send all Democrats to the House of Representatives, Marty Golden was voted out of office, and more.

Recreational marijuana? Fix the subways? Expanded rent control? Universal healthcare? What are the Democrats going to do with their control over New York? (NY Times)

Turns out the state is as good at running an election as they are at running the MTA. (Gothamist)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is calling for the director of the Board of Elections, Michael Ryan, to resign. Why was the election a logistical mess? It’s your fault, according to the state Board of Elections boss Michael Ryan. (NY Post)

There’s scum and then there’s the kind of person who would steal a bodega kitten. (Patch)

The subway therapy Post-Its have returned to 14th St in time for the midterm elections. (Gothamist)

Inside the beautiful and ornate Loew’s Valencia Theatre, opened in 1929 in Jamaica. (6sqft)

The MTA’s bus depots are being invaded by trash pandas. (NY Post)

Think you have what it takes to be a Rockette? (amNY)

What you need to know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Curbed)

People are very mad at in the middle of the NYC Marathon. (Gothamist)

The city’s largest street art mural was unveiled in the West Village. (Viewing NYC)

The driver who hit and killed two children in Park Slope on March was found dead in her home due to an apparently suicide. Dorothy Bruns was 44 years old. (Brooklyn Paper)

2019’s NYC Michelin-starred restaurants, mapped. (Eater)

This is the MTA’s plan to accommodate riders during the L train shutdown. Will these 1,000 extra roundtrips per week prevent a complete transit disaster? (Town & Village)

The Times Square bomber, Akayed Ullah, has been found guilty on terrorism charges for the December 11, 2017 explosion. (Gothamist)

El Chapo will be moved between Manhattan and Brooklyn twice a week, shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge in the process, once his trial starts next week. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

What do we have on the subway more than the smell, playing music without headphones or man spreading? People who talk on the phone. (NY Post)


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