The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Bird Hipsters Cared About Ducks Before It Was Cool” Edition

The Manhattan Ikea has an address (and Bloomingdale’s has a new neighbor), Joseph Esposito is Schrödinger’s head of OEM, the MTA focuses on fare evaders, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Monday’s awful commute was brought to you by the F and G trains, with support from the N. No word yet on how the new signals on the 7 train functioned. (NY Post)

The couple who lost their engagement ring during a botched engagement in Times Square were reunited with their ring. (Gothamist)

The only place to get your Game of Thrones MetroCards are at Grand Central Terminal starting today. (Gothamist)

The planned Manhattan Ikea has an address. At the corner of E 59th Street and Third Ave, Bloomingdale’s will have a new Swedish neighbor. (6sqft)

Where’s the center of NYC? (Untapped Cities)

The most chronically flooded streets in the city. (Curbed)

NYC’s brand new breed, the Bird Hipster, cared about seeing birds before it became everyone’s Mandarin Crush Monday. (NY Times)

Two Boots has a tax problem. The Hell’s Kitchen location was seized by the state for $175,426 in unpaid taxes. You could really help them out by buying 6,060 large “The Dude” pies. (Eater)

Modern day Santa Claus, who is very real and busy at work making LOL dolls and Nintendo Switches, was created by a group of NYC artists in the early 1800s. (6sqft)

The rats have taken the subways. (Gothamist)

At 1:37pm, Joseph Esposito, the head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, was fired for the city’s handling of the November 15 snow storm. At 2:37pm, Mr. Esposito was still in his office, working, despite being “fired” last Friday. At 12:26am, he was staying in his job until a successor is found. Why is the mayor so bad at firing top officials? (NY Post, NY Times, and NY Post, respectively)

Before 9/11, immigrants could get drivers licenses in New York, regardless of their legal status. Immigrant rights advocates are pushing to get that law back on the books. (Gothamist)

The worst commutes of 2018, in book form, dedicated to Governor Cuomo. (Riders Alliance)

The MTA and NYC Transit President Andy Byford are focused on fare evasion, because that is the real problem with our transit. (NY Post)

More bad news for Brooklyn’s Winterfest. They cut back days, limited the hours, hired a new event manager, issued refunds, and all previously paid attractions are free. (Gothamist)

The NYPD discouraged NYC’s Deputy Human Rights Commissioner from reporting a racist encounter on the 1 train. (Gothamist)

New York is the third worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country, according to The Americans for Tort Reform Foundation. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe has a new home on Montague Street. One of the city’s few places you can get a fresh cup of coffee and a rescue kitten to go. (Brooklyn Paper)

Bleecker Street, 2018 New York City’s version of Stars Hollow. Things really have changed. (NY Times)

If you’ve run out of date ideas for cuffing season, here’s a list for you. (Thrillist)

The 10 best dishes at Chelsea Market. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 21, 2018 – The “Frozen Turkey, Travelers, and Parade Watchers” Edition

$150 cocktails on a rooftop bar inside a converted water tower in Williamsburg, everything you need to know for travel or staying local on Thanksgiving, the “MTA Museum” and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A five gallon bucket of a mysterious green liquid spilled on Atlantic Avenue had to be removed by firefighters. No word on turtles study ninjutsu. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Learn more than you care to about your neighbors, including in-depth health history, income, vaccinations and more. (data2gohealth)

Looking back on the 1980 Ramrod Massacre. Once referred to by The New York Times as “barely remembered,” is eerily prescient 38 years later. (GVSHP)

The Barthman sidewalk clock, which recently went missing, is back on the Northeast corner of Maiden and Broadway. (Untapped Cities)

Restaurant jobs in New York increased, despite an increase in the tipped minimum wage. This could open the door to Governor Cuomo eliminating the tipped minimum wage. (Eater)

RIP Maxine, the Bronx Zoo’s 48-year-old elephant. (amNY)

Amazon’s HQ2 construction will likely start in 2020, as the city and state vow to allow public input. What’s the likelihood they’ll enjoy what they hear? (LIC Post)

Anyone up for $150 cocktails on a Williamsburg roof inside a converted water tower? Yup, peak Brooklyn has arrived. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Despite contacting Democrats in Iowa, Amazon Cuomo claims he isn’t running for president in 2020. (NY Post)

The “MTA Museum” pays tribute to all the “art” that surrounds us, like “Untitled, Butt Pattern” and “Chewing Gum on Concrete.” (Gothamist)

Where to eat at JFK Airport. (Eater)

Can the MTA finish repairs on the J/M/Z lines before the L train shuts down? Expect closures and inconveniences through the end of January. (Curbed)

12 restaurants with stunning views. (Eater)

The Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition has chosen this year’s installation titled Happy. The transparent yellow vinyl on an open-frame structure is… interesting. (Time Out)

The man who allegedly defaced the African Burial Ground Monument, Ivan Nieves, was arrested on Tuesday. (NY Times)

Yeshivas and private schools schools could lose state funding if they fail to provide a substantially equivalent education to public schools. A three-year DOE probe showed that at some yeshivas, students were taught basic math and no science, and that was if officials were allowed in at all. Fifteen Brooklyn schools refused to allow their classes to be reviewed.(NY Post)


Traveling on Thanksgiving sucks, but it’s gonna be extra bad this year with freezing temperatures and snow coming in north of the city. (NY Post)

Interested in seeing the balloons being inflated Wednesday night? Here’s all the info you’ll need to satisfy your inner child, and maybe actual children too. (Gothamist)

Here’s where you can still volunteer on Thanksgiving day. (Bklyner)

If you see romaine lettuce in anyone’s hands at your family Thanksgiving, smack that E. coli infested leafy green nightmare out of their hands. Good job, hero. (Gothamist)

Here’s what you need to know about getting around on Thanksgiving. (Curbed)

The Heights and Hills Community Council in Brooklyn Heights is looking for pies to be donated to be served at their Thanksgiving Feast for Seniors. (Brooklyn Heights Blog)


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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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