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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The Briefly for November 6, 2018 – The “Amazon is Headed to Long Island City” Edition

Today’s biggest news is the midterm elections, but Amazon’s announcement that Long Island City will be one of two new homes for their new HQ2, along with 25,000 new jobs, can’t be ignored.

Polls are open from 6am through 9pm tonight. If you’re in a line to vote by 9pm, you will be allowed to vote. If you have a complaint, you can file it with the Board of Elections by calling 311.

What you need to know about voting in today’s election. (Gothamist)

Translation services will be available today, but they’ll have to be at least 100 feet away, because the Board of Elections considers them to be electioneering. (WNYC)

Find your voting location.

As voter registration in the city has grown, turnout has declined. (Gothamist)

There are plenty of companies that want you to use their services to get to the polls today. Lyft, Citi Bike, Lime, Getaround, and Zipcar are all offering discounts today. (Curbed)

Feeling jazzed from voting today? Here are 50 additional ways to make NYC a better place. (Curbed)


One of Amazon’s new headquarters will be in Long Island City. What concessions has the state and city made to lure Amazon to Queens? That’s the unanswered question right now. (LICTalk) That $180 million infrastructure investment the city was making in Long Island City makes more sense now. (Times Ledger)

No week is complete without changes to late night service on the subways. (Subway Changes)

720,000 photos from 1939-1941 were digitized and are now available online from the Department of Records & Information Services. (6sqft)

Get ready for chaos at the Brooklyn Bridge. Once El Chapo’s trial begins, the bridge will be shut down to traffic and pedestrians while he’s transported across the bridge to the federal court in Brooklyn. The trial could last four months. (NY Post) If you’re one of the unfortunate souls who may be chosen for El Chapo’s trial, get ready to be there for the long haul. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Rule #1 of unfurling banners on the city’s bridges: Unfurl the banner before you’re arrested. (NY Post)

The 12 hottest lunch spots right now. (Eater)

A holiday gift for the Star Wars fan in your life: Someone is selling a life-sized Jabba the Hutt for $100 in Sunset Park. (Craigslist)

If you lost your inactive grandes when you moved out of your apartment in Bay Ridge, the NYPD’s Bomb Squad has some questions for you. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

A sneak peak at some of the new Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. (CBS New York)

Two teenagers are accused of drawing swastikas on a Brooklyn Heights garage and were charged with three counts of aggravated harassment. (amNY)

An NYCHA repair truck has sat across the street from their Brooklyn repair yard in a No Parking zone for the last two months with a brick through its windshield. A perfect metaphor for the NYCHA. (NY Post)

The 7 best whiskey bars in the city. (Grub Street)


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The Briefly for August 16, 2018 – Removing Garbage Cans, Aretha Franklin Tribute, New Jails, and More

Middle Village is the crappiest neighborhood in Queens in a very literal sense, John Lennon’s killer is up for parole next week, felony sex crime are up 138% in city schools, and more in today’s New York City news digest.

Airbnb is donating $10 million to non-profits in an attempt to woo Albany into passing a law that would act as a runaround the city’s laws that are hostile to Airbnb’s business model.

The Department of Sanitation has a weird idea to increase cleanliness throughout the city: remove garbage cans. The MTA tried a similar idea on subway platforms and it didn’t work.

A woman jumped to hear death on Wednesday morning at the Wolcott Hotel on East 31st Street near Fifth Avenue. The woman is still unidentified.

There’s a fan-made tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin St. subway station in Tribeca.

Ever since the creation of community boards in 1963, their members have been able to serve unlimited two-year terms. A new set of reforms on the November ballot could introduce term-limits for members that would allow the boards to accurately reflect changing neighborhoods.

One of the city’s new ferry lines started operation yesterday and the Soundview line cuts the commute time in half from the South Bronx to the Financial District.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in New York City.

The de Blasio administration launched the environmental review process for four new jails in order to close Riker’s Island. Each borough would have a new jail, except Staten Island (make your own joke).

This just in: Public “squares” throughout the city aren’t square.

Governor Cuomo is ratcheting up the anti-Trump rhetoric, saying America was “never that great.” A few hours later Cuomo decided to back track and released a statement stating that America has always been great.

Former city jail-officers union boss Norman Seabrook was found guilty of bribery and faces up to 40 years in prison. This is the fifth major public-corruption conviction in the last five months.

37 years after killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman’s tenth parole hearing is next week.

This Saturday is the annual “Clear the Shelters” event, where adoption fees are waived at the city’s animal shelters and the ASPCA will offer a name your adoption fee” event at its Manhattan shelter.

Aging sewers have turned Middle Village into the crappiest neighborhood in Queens.

Felony sex crimes rose by 138% year over year in city schools. Misdemeanor forcible-touching is up 76%.

A car on fire stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday night.


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