The Briefly for May 1, 2019 – The “Wouldn’t We All Love to Ban Tour Guides With Groups” Edition

ApplePay comes to the MTA this summer, Tony Award nominations are in, the Dept of Education is accused of failing to protect students from sexual assault, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The mayor’s “Turning the Tide on the Homeless” program is facing criticism in a new report from the Coalition for the Homeless. The city’s homeless population has grown by 10% for each year Mayor de Blasio has been in office. January was a record-breaking year for the number of men, women, and children spending each night in a shelter at 64,000. (Gothamist)

The list of Tony nominations are in. This year’s big winner is “Hadestown” with 14 nominations. (NY Times)

A new lawsuit filed this week accuses the NYC Department of Education of failing to protect students against sexual assaults, file official complaints, conduct proper investigations, and support survivors dealing with trauma. Legal Services NYC filed the lawsuit on behalf of four girls aged 12 to 18. (Gothamist)

The National Park Service took an action on Liberty Island that most of us wish we could take anywhere we need to go: banned tour guides. (NY Times)

The Essex Market opened in 1940 at the behest of Mayor Fiorello Laguardia. This May the market’s original location closes to move across the street. (Untapped Cities)

“The one that I almost leapt over the counter to get was a quesadilla panino.” Eater’s weekly sandwich column from Robert Sietsema got a bit intense. (Eater)

Coney Island is getting another music venue, located in the center of the Coney Island Art Walls. “Amuse” will have a capacity of 4,000 and have programming between Memorial and Labor Day. (Gothamist)

If you’re looking to make an appreciable change in the city, the charter review process is your opportunity. (Curbed)

Was the body found under the Verrazzano Bridge an NYC Marathon runner? The body under the Verrazzano was one of two bodies found in the city’s waters last weekend. (Gothamist)

An Absolut Ban. An executive order from the mayor put the kibosh on newsstands, bus shelters, and LinkNYC alcohol ads, sponsorship or branding. The city doesn’t expect to lose any revenue as a result of the ban. (Patch)

What’s going on with the hundreds of “unfounded” rape cases in Queens? The 14.2% of reported rapes in Queens being unfounded is significantly higher than the city’s other boroughs. (QNS)

The problem with the city’s plan to divert L train riders to the J and M trains is that the J and M trains are just as reliable as they’ve ever been. Overnight Monday a switch problem brought both train lines to a halt, effectively turning the L train slowdown into a full-on East River shutdown. (Gothamist)

Today is the anniversary of the Empire State Building’s opening in 1931. A piece of trivia to unlease on unsuspecting people in your life. (GVSHP)

Speaking of trivia… tonight’s the night for JOHN TRVIALTA at Parklife:

Amazon is still coming to Queens but in the form of a new distribution center in Woodside. (The City)

Bronx Councilmember Andy King was accused of sexual harassment for the second time in two years. King is refusing to cooperate with the City Council. (Patch)

Billionaires’ Row is missing something significant. Billionaires. Nearly half of the apartments are unsold, including some buildings seven years old that remain half empty. (Curbed)

Take a look, because there are new renderings of Brooklyn’s Wegmans. (6sqft)

The Queens Library got a six-month extension on their Court Square lease to remain in the building through March 31, 2020. (LIC Post)

The NYPD found a new way to make biking or walking over the Brooklyn Bridge a nightmare. (Streetsblog)

What’s that tree outside your building? There’s a map for that. The New York City Street Tree Map is the world’s most accurate and detailed map of a city’s street trees. (Viewing NYC)

The art galleries to see right now. (NY Times)

Nomiki Konst is under fire for questionable practices and payments during her Public Advocate campaign and is accused of being a “plan from the right.” You’d be forgiven if you couldn’t remember her or her campaign, she only garnered 2% of the vote. Konst’s campaign manager came forward about questionable donations, which were publicly matched, and even more questionable invoices. Konst has attempted to distance herself from the potential scandal, but she served as her own treasurer, which makes her legally responsible for her campaign’s financial system. (Politico)

Soon your apartment may be powered by poop! No, we’re not talking about your roommate. (Gothamist)

An appellate court upheld the city’s measles vaccination mandate on Monday, denying a request for a temporary restraining order by a group of anti-vaxxer parents as the number of confirmed cases in New York City rose to 423. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

With all the measles talk going around, you’re not alone if you’re wondering if you should get yourself a booster shot as an adult. (NY Times)

Story update. Remember how the Board of Elections put all the city’s voter rolls online for anyone to look at? Well, that’s over. The BOE realized that maybe posting all of our names, addresses and party affiliations online wasn’t the best idea. (NY Times)

The MTA will begin support for ApplePay in the “early summer,” as the OMNY system is scheduled to go live on some 4, 5, and 6 train stops on May 31. (Engadget)

The latest city landmark debate is over Tin Pan Alley, the birthplace of popular music. The conversation made a surprising turn towards some of the racism expressed in songs created there. (Curbed)

The “NOT GONNA SUCK YOUR DICK” graffiti tag is getting attention. (Bowery Boogie)

Featured walk: The essential Upper West Side. (GoRoam)

Where to go if you want to eat a burger at the bar by yourself. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 21, 2019 – The “Curious Curse of the Lettered Subway Lines” Edition

A Citi BIke valet, the city’s most popular dog breed, the Museum of Natural History gets an update, the robot Instagram influencer, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city’s most popular dog breed is the french bulldog, according to the AKC, but that only counts registered purebred dogs. (amNY)

Five ways to fix the Brooklyn Bridge’s pedestrian problem. (Streetsblog)

One year later, Cynthia Nixon has no regrets about running for governor. (Time)

When it comes to subway lines, the lettered lines are cursed. (NY Times)

“Hello. You can help everyone have a great trip. Please use headphones at a volume only you can hear.” (Patch)

Starting today you can vote on a new logo for POPS (Privately Owned Public Spaces) across the city. (Curbed)

The 17th-century meeting between Dutch settlers and the Lenape tribe portrayed in a diorama in the American Museum of Natural History hasn’t changed, but the museum has added 10 stickers to the glass to correct inaccuracies. (NY Times)

The list of politicians who support a two-strikes ban for serial sex offenders on the subway is growing and now includes Governor Cuomo. (Gothamist)

An exterminator explains where he’d never want to live in the city. (Science Insider)

Central Park’s spring guide is officially available, giving you flora and fauna knowledge of every corner of the 840 acres. (6sqft)

It seems everyone has an idea of how the BQE in Brooklyn Heights can be changed. The latest design buries the BQE and extends Brooklyn Bridge Park to create a tri-line park and promenade. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The latest subway riding dog you need to see today is the backpacked Mad Maxine, Fluffy Road. (@madmax_fluffyroad)

Are Mayor de Blasio’s rezonings segregating the city? Advocates are calling for a racial impact study before the rezonings move forward. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The first self-driving cars in the city are coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They’ll be doing a loop between the ferry dock and the intersection of Flushing Ave and Cumberland St. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

13 perfect NYC springtime strolls. (Curbed)

How The New York Times decides what to investigate. (NY Times)

The latest Instagram influencer is a bot created to score its creator free meals across the city. We’ve lost the John Henry battle on Instagram. (Chris Buetti)

Real casinos in the city? Wanna bet? (NY Times)

34 former students from Yeshiva University are preparing a class action lawsuit alleging sexual abuse that spanned from the ’60s to the ’90s thanks to the state’s temporary lifting of the statute of limitations. (NY Post)

41% of New Yorkers feel like they can’t afford to live in New York state and think they’ll be forced to move in the next five years. (Patch)

The 2020 census, explained. (amNY)

Advocates are calling for a temporary bike lane to be installed on the Verrazzano Bridge on summer weekends. The bridge is owned by the MTA, so it’s not a city decision. (Gothamist)

If a neighborhood was going to get an official Citi Bike valet, of course, it’s the Upper West Side. (West Side Rag)

Forget the peanuts and Cracker Jack. The Yankees have It’s time to sound off. (Patch)

What makes a “real” New Yorker? The founder of Gothamist has some criteria. (Brooklyn Paper Radio)

A look at “the most demonic store on St Marks:” Search & Destroy. (What Should We Do)

What to see right now in the city’s art galleries. (NY Times)

16 new restaurant openings. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 1, 2019 – The “New Year, New York City” Edition

The news doesn’t stop on New Year’s Day. The city and state have new laws, birth certificates have a new gender, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A petition has started collecting names to rename the portion of the street in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.” (6sqft)

The MTA bus that was stolen in the Bronx last week was nabbed by six teens, who may have prior experience in stealing and driving buses around. The NYPD are looking for the teens. (Gothamist)

Seven new movie theaters are scheduled to open in the city in 2019. (Rerelease News)

The Brooklyn Bridge was temporarily closed on Saturday to pedestrians because too many people tried to take advantage of the warmer winter day. Too many people were on the bridge and the NYPD had to shut the promenade down due to crowding. The Department of Transportation is in the process to figure out if the promenade can be safely expanded with an inspection scheduled for 2019. (Gothamist)

Note to self: Do not park anything in front of the Hells Angels’ clubhouse in the East Village. (NY Post)

A look at the new laws of 2019 in New York state. (Metro)

Today begins the city’s ban on styrofoam clamshells, cups, plates, bowls and packing peanuts. (NY Times)

The governor granted clemency to 29 convicts on New Year’s Eve. 22 were pardoned, including immigrants facing deportation, and nine had their sentences commuted, three for armed robbery and four for murder. The people serving sentences for murder had already served between 20 and 33 years. (NY Post)

Seats taken. Simcha Felder will not be invited to join the Democratic conference after caucusing with the Republicans in the State Senate as part of the “Independent Democratic Conference.” (Daily News)

Louis CK, unfortunately, continues to speak. (NY Times)

With the new year comes a new option for NYC birth certificates – X – for non-binary people. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Even with the increase in hate crimes and rapes, New York City was the safest big city in 2018. (NY Times)

Meet Kevin Walker, the man who failed the FDNY’s physical test three times and sued the city in an attempt to make himself a firefighter anyway. (NY Post)

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