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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The Briefly for February 4, 2019 – The “Who Are These Monsters Drinking Iced Coffee?” Edition

Dunkin Donuts runs New York, the teen who was serially stealing MTA buses has been caught, a shooting on a subway platform and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

2018 was a record year for the amount of passengers at the city’s airports. The number of passengers continues to increase and planned renovations to the airports do nothing to increase overall capacity. Sounds like a good plan, right? (amNY)

A look inside C.O. Bigelow Apothecary, the oldest pharmacy in the United States, with Ian Ginsberg, the Indiana Jones of apothecary. (NY Times)

Here’s what would happen if the admissions test for the top high schools in the city were eliminated, according to the Independent Budget Office. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center went without heat, hot water, or essential services during last week’s cold snap. There was an electrical fire at the jail last weekend which may have been the culprit for the ongoing partial power outage. (Gothamist)

A protest at the MDC ended poorly, with an officer pepper spraying the crowd. (NY Post)

Another day, another institution closing. After 29 years, Azuri Cafe in Hell’s Kitchen is suddenly closed and cleaned out. (Eater)

Who are these monsters drinking iced coffee in 5° weather? (Gothamist)

New York doesn’t run on Dunkin. Dunkin Donuts runs New York. Whatever you think of it, Dunkin Donuts is the most popular chain restaurant everywhere but Manhattan, where it’s #2 behind Starbucks. (Very Small Array)

Boerum Hill residents were urged to stay in their homes on Friday while cars in the neighborhood were busy immolating themselves. (Gothamist)

The 15 tallest buildings in Manhattan. (StreetEasy)

Complain all you’d like about the new higher rates in Lyfts and Ubers, but it guarantees the drivers a $17.22 wage after expenses. (Mashable)

Senator Chuck Schumer’s communications director was forced out of his job after the 2018 elections due to inappropriate sexual contact with junior staffers. The senator’s office issued a short statement and that’s the end of it. Maybe Mayor de Blasio should take note. (NY Post)

The Muslim Community Patrol & Services was greeted as warmly as you might expect. The MCPS is similar to the Shomrim, which patrols Hasidic neighborhoods. (NY Times)

If you’ve never been inside a $21 million home, this video will be the closest you’ll come. (Viewing NYC)

Without the L train shutdown, what will happen to the new bike lanes on 12th and 13th? (amNY)

The teen stealing MTA buses was caught, ending the most reliable bus service the city has seen in multiple years. (NY Post)

The city is far from 1990 levels of crime, but transit crimes were up 3.8% last year. (NY Times)

A man was shot dead on the platform at the 90th Street-Elmhurst Av subway station Sunday afternoon. (Jackson Heights Post)

This is a very specific list. Almost too specific. “Where To Go That’s Like Kiki’s But Isn’t Actually Kiki’s.” Is this helpful? (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 22, 2019 – The “23 Flavors of Public Advocate to Choose From” Edition

The subways get another speed boost, the K.G.B. Spy Museum opens, how Veselka became Veselka, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Information on what to do if you are renting and have problems with your heat or hot water. (nyc.gov)

The cartoonish hook pulling performers off the stage? It originated at Miner’s Theater in the Bowery. (Ephemeral New York)

The new K.G.B. Spy Museum is now open. No, it’s not in Trump Tower, it’s on W 14th Street. (NY Times)

The MTA may as well hire the young man who keeps stealing buses and taking them on joyrides. The NYPD is assuming he’s responsible for three “borrowed” buses. (Gothamist)

Welcome to Gowanus, where the cars use the sidewalks more than the pedestrians do. (Pardon Me for Asking)

With 23 candidates, is it possible to profile all the candidates for the city’s public advocate position? The Times gives it their best with a sentence or two on each. (NY Times)

Years ago, former Mayor Ed Koch started a movie review YouTube channel. Enjoy the mayor at the movies. (YouTube)

Students at Poly Prep High School in Dyker Heights organized a walkout in protest of the blackface video which became public last week. Students claim administrators have not done enough to address the incident and this was not an isolated incident. (Gothamist)

How a 24/7 pierogi spot became the legendary Veselka. (Insider)

More than 10,000 people in NYCHA apartments were without heat or hot water on Sunday, Monday, and part of Tuesday this week. (NY Post)

A peace officer is accused of groping a woman in Chinatown. Lindell Blai was off duty at the time. (Gothamist)

The MTA continues to work to increase speeds on the subways, with the R, J, Z, and 1 trains seeing a boost with more to come. Don’t get your hopes too high, of the 320 subway signals discovered to be malfunctioning, the MTA still has 261 to fix. (NY Post)

The history of Manhattan’s defensive wall to keep out foreign invaders and how it didn’t work. Wall Street stands in its place as a reminder. (Metro)

9 things to do in the city during the worst of winter. (New York Cliché)

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