The Briefly for October 11, 2018 – Does the Penn Station Problem Have a Solution?

The MTA is ready to give up on new ideas, an alpaca roamed around Brooklyn, the Papaya King expands his kingdom, NYCHA is out of money, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

“This is really our last, best shot at getting this right.” Will this be the time for Penn Station’s renaissance or will it continue to be the crowded hellhole that we all know and loathe?

If you don’t vote, you are doubling the value of someone else’s vote. (kottke.org) Did you know you can register to vote at a LinkNYC kiosk? (The Brooklyn Reader) Voter registration closes on Friday for the November 6 election.

Remember Pastagram, the restaurant specifically made to look good in photos? Turns out the food isn’t terribly photogenic. (NY Post)

He’s the Papaya King, we just live in his kingdom. (Eater)

The Morgan is celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein (and his monster) with “It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200,” with parts of the original manuscript, movie memorabilia, the original Fuseli painting that inspired the story and more. (amNY)

The NYPD arrested Nigel Kennedy, a self-proclaimed spiritual leader, on several charges of rape and sexual misconduct after who women accused him of drugging then during a “religious ceremony.” (BKLYNER)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s original copper eagle found a new home in the Brooklyn Public Library. The library is having a naming contest for the eagle. Is Eagle McEagleface an option? (amNY)

Watching a loose alpaca in Borough Park is precisely what you need right now. (@jacobkornbluh)

The resources are not there to do the job” -Stanley Brezenoff, interim chairman of the NYCHA. Repairs are desperately needed and the funding isn’t available, leaving tens of thousands of New Yorkers in deteriorating conditions. (NY Post)

New York has a rich history of throwing on headphones and ignoring the world. (Gothamist)

18 iconic locations in 18 iconic films. (StreetEasy)

15 standout fast-casual restaurants in Midtown for your lunchtime chow downs. (Eater)

The MTA is opening a “transit tech lab,” because it seems that they’re ready to admit that they can’t our transit woes themselves. (6sqft)

Cellino & Barnes are having a “record year” despite their public feud and breakup. (NY Post)

“Candy Nation,” a series of 20 9-foot tall candy sculptures by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell, has landed in the Garment District as part of the 15th Annual Arts Festival. (Untapped Cities)

The DOT announced plans to redesign Northern Blvd after six traffic deaths in 2017 and four so far in 2018. (Curbed)

The MTA promises that during the L train shutdown, they will not shut down the subways below 14th St on the weekends. Let’s see if they stick to that. (Gothamist)

The restoration of the Truman Capote House in Brooklyn Heights is complete. (Brownstoner)

The 10 best places to see foliage in Central Park. (Untapped Cities)


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The Briefly for September 28, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, A Pre-Obituary for Governors Island, and More

Fetch is finally a thing, the weekend subway changes, saving NYC could destroy its coastline, new art in Madison Square Park, and more

There is no 5 train this weekend, the D & F trains are messed up, the G is only partially running, it’s the last weekend of L service for the next month, and everything you need to survive the weekend’s subway changes. (6sqft)

A pre-obituary for Governors Island as we know it. (NY Times)

Will the proposed storm surge barrier designed to save New York City destroy the coastline in the process? (NY Times)

Take a subway vacation and try one of the city’s 15 other modes of transportation. (Untapped Cities)

There hasn’t been any enforcement action taken against any landlord in the city for failing to conduct annual lead inspections in the 14 years there has been a law on the books. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Isn’t everyone a bridge and tunnel type?” This question was asked, of course, by someone in Staten Island. (StreetEasy)

Workers at the area’s three airports will have the highest minimum wage of any public agency in the country at $19/hour by 2023. (NY Times)

Fifteen breweries to try in NYC. (Eater)

The Ruth Bader Ginsberg Brooklyn Municipal Building has a nice ring to it. (Curbed)

Cats do not control rat and mouse populations in cities. Sorry to disappoint. (Atlas Obscura)

What’s the history of Gay St? Glad you asked! (6sqft)

Dumbo is getting a new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library35 seconds to learn about the history of Central Park, there’s a video you should see. (Viewing NYC)

Will Dan Donovan’s embrace of Trump cost him a seat in Congress? Donovan’s opponent Max Rose received an endorsement from train enthusiast-turned-Vice President Joe Biden. (NY Times & Brooklyn Eagle)

By Chloe’s new CBD-infused line of vegan treats, reviewed. (Gothamist)

Madison Square Park unveiled 11 sculptures by sculptor Arlene Shechet as part of her “Full Steam Ahead” installation, using forms suggestive of nature. (Town & Village)

One city council member has an wacky idea on how to stop noise pollution from music venues. It’s a radical idea called soundproofing. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Congratulations Gretchen Weiners, you finally made fetch happen. On October 3rd (Mean Girls Day), W. 52nd St is becoming W. Fetch Street. (amNY)

Zagster is pulling out of the Rockaway dockless bike share program earlier than anticipated. Lime bikes will replace the bikes pulled from the program. (Curbed)

This 18-inch cheeseburger pizza weighs 40 pounds, is a foot tall, and costs $2,000. Champion Pizza will donate the profits to Hurricane Florence recovery. (amNY)


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