The Briefly for January 15, 2019 – The “8% Rate of Success” Edition

Early voting passes the state legislature, Governor Cuomo thinks the city should foot half the bill for the subway, the best winter brunches, the Amazon-Chrysler building, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

10 short interviews about congestion pricing with state legislators. (Streetsblog)

The annual No Pants Subway Ride happened. There are photos. (Gothamist)

Voting reform passed the state legislature, which adds 10 days of early voting, consolidates state and federal primary dates, and pre-registers 17 and 17-year-olds when they sign up for a driving permit. A constitutional amendment was proposed that will allow same-day voter registration and allow anyone to vote absentee without an excuse.(CBS New York)

Signal problems caused delays during 92% of weekdays in 2018. Since the city enacted the Subway Action Plan, delays have increased. (Daily News)

The state is doubling the amount of speed cameras in the city’s school zones as part of Governor Cuomo’s state budget, increasing from 149 to 290, which matches the number of cameras the state’s legislature was trying to pass last year. (Streetsblog)

The best winter brunch spots. (Thrillist)

This is why we can’t have nice things. The city is suing Metropolitan Property Group for running an illegal Airbnb network in 130 apartments, which housing more than 75,000 guests from 2015 to 2018. (The Real Deal)

Okay, so “Amazon” is the new default answer for any question, but who will be the Chrysler Building’s new tenant? Yup, Amazon. (6sqft)

Here’s what to know about the city’s new, updated and existing ferry routes. (amNY)

Meet Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the the Metropolitan Opera new openly gay conductor. (NY Times)

Say farewell to Westsider Books on Broadway in the Upper West Side. Not every closing bookstore has a Lin-Manuel Miranda. (West Side Rag)

“Being from Staten Island gives you that ability to brush it off.” Being from Staten Island made the cast of MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” immune to criticism that they are tarnishing the pristine public image of Staten Island. (amNY)

The secret economy of diabetes test strips. (NY Times)

Everyone wants to be the one that fixes the subways, but no one wants to pay for it. (NY Post)

Do you have what it takes to drink this $375, 20 pound spiked hot chocolate? (Time Out)

Five things to look for in today’s state budget address today (Tuesday). (amNY)

The Port Authority removed the Saudi Arabia part of the “Candy Nations” art installation due to its proximity to the World Trade Center due to complains that point out the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks. (NY Post)

JFK and Laguardia airports have been providing food to TSA and Federal Aviation Administration workers while they aren’t paid during President Trump’s government shutdown. (Airport Voice)

The government shutdown means no family visiting at Metropolitan Correctional Center, the high-security federal jail in Manhattan that houses terrorists, white-collar criminals, and El Chapo. Prisoners are on a hunger strike after the second week of canceled visits due to staffing shortages. (NY Times)

Turns out a plan similar to governor Cuomo’s new L train non-shutdown was considered and rejected five years ago because of serious safety concerns. (NY Times)

He can decide the L train shutdown isn’t happening and declare emergency meetings of the MTA board, but Governor Cuomo still claims that he’s not in charge of the MTA. (Second Ave. Sagas)

The person handpicked by Mayor de Blasio to head up his BQX streetcar project left the United States for a new job in Saudi Arabia. (Politico)

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The Briefly for November 22, 2018 – The “Something to Be Thankful For” Edition

The most popular dog names in the city, things to be thankful for, where to volunteer year round, a history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade in photos, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The most popular names for dogs in the city aren’t surprising, but you likely won’t guess the top names. (Localize.city)

How to do well this holiday season. (Curbed)

The bail experiment carried out by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is complete. The group paid $1.2 million to bail 105 women and teenagers. Of the 90 who had scheduled court appearances, only two failed to show up to court. (NY Times)

Where to buy vinyl in Brooklyn on Record Store Day. (Brownstoner)

28 things to be thankful for when living in NYC. (StreetEasy)

A look back at the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the photo archives of The New York Times.

Reminder: The MTA’s Holiday Nostalgia Trains start rolling this weekend. (amNY)

The case for why you should not volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving. (Lifehacker)

24 organizations that always need volunteers, year round. (Thrillist)

A guide to NYC’s independent bookstores. (amNY)

50 ways to make NYC a better place. (Curbed)

Photos from the balloon inflation on Wednesday. (Untapped Cities)

The best Chinese food in 32 neighborhoods. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for October 26, 2018 – The “New York’s Vampire King Will See You Now” Edition

All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes, another bookstore announces a closure, the ultimate list of Halloween events, the Right to Know Act, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

New York’s Vampire King has seen a resurgence since the city’s 1990 goth club phase, as the immortal curiosity and the internet have brought New York’s vampire culture back from the dead. (NY Times)

This weekend’s scheduled subway changes includes bad news for the L, Q, and 7 trains.

The ultimate list of 75+ Halloween events for $35 and under. (the skint)

Billboard barges are the new norm. (Bowery Boogie)

All of Terminal 5 at JFK’s bathrooms were completely shut down on Thursday for multiple hours due to a broken water main. Yikes. (Gothamist) Okay, that’s pretty bad, but here’s some good news for travelers. WiFi is now free in JFK, LaGuardia and (if you must) Newark airports! (amNY)

10 secrets from FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. (Untapped Cities)

This is the last outdoor weekend for Smorgasburg and the last weekend for the Queens Night Market. (Eater)

Did someone projectile vomit on you while riding the M train? She would like to apologize. (@anateboteo)

Are all the city’s bookstores closing? After 101 years, The Drama Book Shop on W 40th is set to close in 2019. (Gothamist)

Here’s what you need to know about the Right To Know Act. (Bklyner)

See Broadway, from Bowling Green to 56th St, as it was in 1899 with these pectoral descriptions that pre-date Google Street View by a few years. (NYPL)

They met on OKCupid, went back to his place, and she left with his $10,000 watch. (NY Post)

Halloween Impalement returns to Cobble Hill this year. (Gothamist)

WinterFest, and an ice skating rink, is coming to the Brooklyn Museum. (6sqft)

The Sunnyside Yards project offers the city an amazing opportunity, but even with community involvement, will they find a way to ruin it? (Sunnyside Post)

During the NY Senate debate between sitting Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chele Farley, Gillibrand made it clear she has no intentions of running for president in 2020. (ABC7)

What the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights $5 million Mass Bailout action is all about, from a volunteer’s perspective. (Gothamist)

The coach bus driver who killed a man on a CitiBike will be going to jail for the maximum amount of time allowed by law, 30 days, after being convicted of a misdemeanor and traffic infraction. (NY Post)

How far is too far for the influence national politics has on a local scale? (NY Times)

The best lunch spots in 40 different neighborhoods. (Thrillist)


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