The Briefly for March 5, 2019 – The “Someday You’ll Find It, The Pizza-Subway Connection” Edition

The City Council demands answers over the CBD ban, the NYPD rolls out a plan to tackle the recent spike in murders, a preview of Corey Johnson’s state of the city, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The NYPD is rolling out a five-point plan to fight the recent surge in murders across the city. Stronger gun protections, expanding the Ceasefire anti-gang initiative, helping parolees, and intensive investigations when guns are used in domestic violence. (amNY)

300,00 cubic yards of sand are headed to fight the erosion that’s been threatening the Rockaways and kept a portion of the beach closed last summer. (amNY)

The pizza principle/pizza-subway connection is the single greatest economic theory in history. Does it still hold up in the age of gourmet pizza while the MTA is holding the cost of a subway ride at $2.75? (6sqft)

Ben’s Cookies from the U.K., Ole & Steen from Denmark, Tim Ho Wan and TTK Fried Chicken from Taiwan, and Pelicana Friend Chicken from South Korea make up only a portion of the international chains that have chosen New York City as their launching pad into the United States. (amNY)

Six spots for pączki to celebrate a belated Tłusty Czwartek. (Gothamist)

What’s the richest neighborhood in the city? (NY Post)

Can you spell “beautiful?” Statistically speaking, we can’t. (Viewing NYC)

All across the city parents woke up and asked themselves “Whose stupid idea was it to close the schools today?” (NY Times)

Talking shit about snow days is a long standing city tradition. (Gothamist)

Remember when the “heat day” was the new “snow day”? (NY Times)

10 places to get your fill of Irish culture ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. (6sqft)

Racist comments and right wing politics aren’t enough to stop Morrisey from descending on New York in May to do a weeklong residency on Broadway. (Gothamist)

Some subway newsstands will be replaced by vending machines. Good thing the subways are so clean. It would be a shame to see what would happen to a vending machine down there. (Curbed)

An MTA Q33 bus fatally struck a pedestrian early Monday in Jackson Heights, dragging him for several feet before the 55-year-old driver realized there was a man caught up in the wheels. The driver was not charged. (NY Post)

National September 11 Memorial & Museum maintenance worker Jerry Mena’s job is to polish and clean the engraved names on the panels above the memorial’s reflecting pools. (amNY)

Is it time to change the city’s sirens? (Gothamist)

The city council is demanding answers why the Department of Health banned CBD in the city. (NY Post)

Should the city takeover the transit system? City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is expected to unveil a roadmap to exactly that during his state of the city address today. (Streetsblog)

22 stellar sit-down pizzerias. (Eater)

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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 8, 2019 – The “MTA Is A Disgrace For This State, We All Know It” Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, the Grand Hyatt on 42nd will be torn down, an NYPD captain attacked a cyclist, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you normally ride the 4, 5, D, N, and Q trains, get ready for a rough weekend. If you’re along the L, you already know what to expect. The weekend is only a few hours away, make sure to check the trains for closures and diversions before you head out. (6sqft)

The city will have to cut $750 million from its 2020 fiscal budget to make up for a near billion dollar shortfall of tax revenues. (amNY)

Andres Lopez Elorez was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in smuggling liquid heroin stuffed inside puppies. (NY Times)

“The MTA is a disgrace for this state, we all know it,” said the man who has so much control over the MTA that he was able to cancel the entire L train shutdown. (Curbed)

Why did an NYPD captain apparently tackle a man riding a bike in Midtown? (Streetsblog)

This is pretty cool. The city’s budget includes money to install technology at 300 intersections that will hold green lights and shorten red lights for keep city buses moving faster. (Streetsblog)

How’s the rezoning going in Gowanus? The community’s not thrilled. (Bklyner)

Did MTV cancel “Made in Staten Island?” Maybe those 9,300 signatures on change.org made a difference. (amNY)

If you don’t love the Mandarin Duck while he molts, you don’t deserve him at his best. (Gothamist)

Happy national pizza day on Saturday. Never forget John Stewart’s epic anti-Chicago deep-dish “pizza” rant.

Margaret Cho, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and more join Red Room Orchestra for two back-to-back evenings of live music from Twin Peaks and the films of Wes Anderson at Symphony Space on February 15 & 16. (Sponsored by Symphony Space)

Metropolitan Republican Club, the epicenter of the Proud Boys fights last year, has a new president. Ian Reilly formerly advised a group that endorsed shooting migrants, forgetting the Holocaust, and marched with neo-Nazis. (Gothamist)

The oil smell in the L train tunnels has lingered all week. The smells have made at least three MTA workers sick and caused the train to stop service for a period of time on Wednesday. (Brokelyn)

The 10 most charming spots in the Greenwich Village Historic District. (6sqft)

“Statues for Equality” will bring 10 bronze sculptures of women to the city. The 10 will raise the number of statues of women in the city by 200%. (6sqft)

The 25 most expensive homes for sale, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. (Curbed)

Whoops! Public Advocate candidate Ron Kim forgot to mention his ownership of multiple luxury properties to a state ethics agency. (The Real Deal)

The 10 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time. (Viewing NYC)

Say farewell to the Grand Hyatt on 42nd. Donald Trump’s first major Manhattan project is being torn down and replaced. (NY Post)

Etna Tool & Die was a staple of Bond Street for a century in a neighborhood with apartments selling for over ten million dollars. The building’s new owner has no intentions of giving in to the neighborhood’s pressures. (NY Times)

The most romantic restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

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