The Briefly for November 19, 2019 – The “Is The Rent Finally Too Damn High?” Edition

No one buys Bloomberg’s remorse, the opening of the new Milk Bar, Midtown BINGO, what to do if you find a coyote in Central Park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

A Midtown BINGO card, to make going to Midtown only slightly less terrible. (Gothamist)

There are signs that, to quote Jimmy McMillan, “the rent is too damn high.” The volume of apartments for rent has increased for the fourth month in a row, raising the vacancy rate across the city. (amNewYork)

Got 100 years? That’s all it’ll take the average New Yorker to save up enough money to buy a home here. (Patch)

Chef Amanda Cohen, best known for Dirt Candy on the LES, is unveiling Lekka, a new restaurant. The main event is a new veggie burger. The entire restaurant, including the name, has a South African influence. Lekka opens today. (Grub Street)

The globes on the Manhattan Bridge are coming back as part of a $75.9 million rehabilitation of the bridge. (Untapped New York)

Video: One of the three new Staten Island ferries getting launched into the water. The first is expected in the city in August. (Untapped New York)

The MTA is not known for being gentle, and their work in the 86th Street R station in Bay Ridge is no exception. Renovations have damaged the station’s historic tile work, which dates back over a century. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Martin McDonagh’s dark drama about a British executioner “Hangmen” is coming to Broadway with previews in February. “Hangmen” won the Olivier Award for best new play in 2016 in London. (NY Times)

No one is buying Michael Bloomberg’s “remorse” over stop-and-frisk. (The Root)

Holiday pop-up bar season has come for us all. (Eater)

Here come the holiday markets. (6sqft)

There’s a parent-led concerted effort going on in District 15 to integrate their middle schools and the results are encouraging. District 15 covers Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Sunset Park, Cobble Hill and Windsor Terrace. (Gothamist)

Don’t believe the NY Post when it comes to the city’s supervised release program. Despite the headlines, the city doesn’t give everyone “gift cards, cell phones, and Mets tickets.” The supervised release program is in place to help ensure people make their court dates, and appearances have held steady at 88% when intake has increased over 50%. Pretty good track record. (Gothamist)

The Playboy Club is dead and changing into the Live Nation Theater at Cachet Hotel. Turns out not many people were interested in a $100,000 membership. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The boyhood home of Donald Trump was for sale in an auction and no one bid on it. Maybe if everyone puts in money we can buy it and throw a sledgehammer party to demolish it. (6sqft)

In tribute to the Diamond District, which sits on W 47th between Fifth and Sixth, “one of the last New York blocks left in Manhattan.” (Gothamist)

After being pressured to leave Bed-Stuy, Charlotte Taillor’s BDSM Collective and Domination School Taillor Group has settled into their home in Bushwick to host kink/BDSM workshops, self-defense classes, and private sessions, all of it legal. (Bushwick Daily)

Photos: Opening day at the new flagship Milk Bar, including the “neon hallway.” (Gothamist)

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams told the City Council’s Public Safety Committee Monday that they should pass a bill mandating the public release of NYPD body camera footage. (amNewYork)

Esquire’s list of the best new restaurants in America for 2019 is out and it includes NYC’s Rezdôra, Kawi, Oddo, Wayan, and Red Hook Tavern. (Patch)

The city is making a big push to offer services to the homeless in Outreach NYC, but the program is being met with skepticism. Yes, the outreach is improving, but the shelter system itself still has all of its own problems. (Gothamist)

Photos: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden unveiled its new Robert W. Wilson Overlook, which gives viewers a sweeping view of the Cherry Esplanade. (Curbed)

There have been more and more coyote sightings in Central Park. If you come across one, stay calm and try to avoid it. If it comes up to you, try to make yourself look bigger and make loud noises until it retreats. (Gothamist)

Pot arrests have dropped dramatically in the city, but the people arrested are still predominantly black and Hispanic, making up 90 percent of arrests last quarter. OF the 260 people arrested for possession, less than 20 were white. (Patch)

Ben Kallos, running for Manhattan Borough president, got a cease and desist from Marvel Comics for dressing up like Captain America in a recent political mailer. (Patch)

The death of 25-year-old Brooklynite Ola Salem, found in a wooded area of a Staten Island park, was ruled a homicide. (Gothamist)

The MTA is planning to renovate the 52nd Street, 61st Street, 69th, 82nd, 103st and 111th Street stations along the 7 line with renovations getting started in the second half of next year. (Jackson Heights Post)

The best burgers in the Upper West Side. (I Love The Upper West Side)

The Briefly for September 24, 2019 – The “Better Off Without the City’s Attention” Edition

The MTA’s buses are going slower, the NYPD will handle “emotionally disturbed” New Yorkers differently, a case for Riverside Pak, the best tapas, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Everyone’s got a to-do list for the mayor, here’s another list of eight issues for him to deal with. (Curbed)

Congratulations are in order to Mayor de Blasio. The mayor announced a plan to speed up the city’s buses 25% and buses are running slower than this time last year. Perfection. (Patch)

Philly pizza? Yup, Philly favorite Pizzeria Beddia Will have one night in the big city on October 1. (Grub Street)

The Oculus’s roof is supposed to open on 9/11 annually, but this year it remained shut due to a leak which was caused by last year’s opening and closing. It’ll cost an additional $200,000 to fix the leak. (Curbed)

The Friars Club made the celebrity roast a common occurrence, for better or worse. Here are ten secrets of the Friars Club. (Untapped Cities)

Video: A striking video about artists and advocates’ push to make Hart Island, New York City’s public cemetery, publicly accessible. (Untapped Cities)

The city was barely ready when the new “Raise the Age” law removed 16-year-olds from the normal court system and placed them in Family Court or “Youth Part” (which is a real part of the justice system). On October 1, 17-year-olds will be moved into these parts of the system and there are doubts the courts will be able to handle it. (The City)

National Grid has frozen 2,600 applications for gas hookups in its temper tantrum over Governor Cuomo’s refusal to add a new gas pipeline to Rockaway Beach, leaving 20,000 apartments and businesses without gas. (Gothamist)

Peak fall foliage will hit the city mid-October. (6sqft)

The former Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy will become a ten-story building with residential “co-living,” hotel rooms and community space. (6sqft)

An argument that Riverside Park is the lowkey best park in the city. (Gothamist)

How much do you trust the NYPD on a scale from 1-10? According to polls, it’s at a 6.6 for the month of August. (amNY)

City Hall will reveal a plan this week for how the NYPD will deal with mentally ill New Yorkers. Over the last decade, annual calls to 911 about “emotionally disturbed people” have doubled from 97,000 to over 180,000. (The City)

The NYPD list a state Supreme Court case and after a yearlong battle will have to reveal fare evasion data, which advocates say will reveal the NYPD’s racist policing policies. (Gothamist)

Vegandale is taking over Randall’s Island Park/a> this Saturday with 150 vegan food and drink vendors. (The Villager)

Everyone has the right to be stupid, even the people stockpiling vape juice ahead of an eventual ban. (Gothamist)

If the biggest problem you have with Roberta’s is that you don’t want to go all the way to Bushwick for pizza, you’re in luck. Roberta’s will be opening a Manhattan outpost in the spring. (Eater)

A replica of Josef Albers’s “Manhattan” is back at 200 Park Avenue. The original was iconic but also hid a deadly secret behind its Formica panels, asbestos. IT was removed in 2000. (NY Times)

Watch Greta Thunberg’s address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit. (Gothamist)

Meet Katherine Walsh, who will challenge incumbent Assemblymember Félix Ortiz’s State Assembly seat representing Sunset Park and Red Hook with a focus on the environment. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

When Wayne Algenio became the king of San Gennaro by eating 38 cannoli and 54 zeppoli in six minutes, each a week apart, the last thing he was thinking about was the 10,000 calories he just consumed. Here’s a closer look at what it takes to be a king. (Bedford + Bowery)

15 top-notch tapas restaurants in NYC. (Eater)

The Briefly for September 6, 2019 – The “NYC Rodent Murder Sludge Bucket” Edition

A drag queen runs for City Council, ConEd gets yelled at, city beaches are prematurely closed, don’t trust the free subway wifi, and more in today’s daily NYC news update

This weekend’s subway service changes and disruptions are few in number, but the trains that are hit, are hit hard. Expect problems getting around on the 2, 6, J, N, R and SIR. (Subway Weekender)

Someone set up a makeshift stage for the mayor to drop out of the presidential race outside of the Park Slope YMCA. It’s not a bad strategy to get the mayor’s attention, he spends more time at the YMCA than he does at City Hall. (Brooklyn Paper)

Meet Deborah Lauter, the head of the city’s new Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes. (NY Times)

Is the city ready for its first drag queen on city council? Marti Gould Allen-Cummings thinks so and plans to run in Manhattan District 7. (amNY)

A death box full of sludge and dead rats. Welcome to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’s new “hygienic, humane, and sustainable” mass-murder bucket. (Splinter)

Eric Garner’s family still has a lot of unanswered questions about his death, including why he was charged with a felony cigarette sale charge when it requires 10,000 cigarettes or more to be applicable or why the police report said no force was used. Pantaleo is fired, but the family is pushing forward to seek broader justice. (The Indypendent)

The guitarist of the band Piss Factory settles into his new role: the heir to a tofu dynasty. (NY Times)

Yeah, you love karaoke, but do you love it enough to run a karaoke den out of your home? (Bedford + Bowery)

A look at why subway tile is so classic and how it’s evolving. (StreetEasy)

Do you know about the Pratt Cats and the history behind the cat houses on campus? (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat after a run in Central Park (but also after you take a shower, right?) (The Infatuation)

Neopolitan, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit Sicilian, and more. Where to find regional pizza styles in the city. (amNY)

City beaches are closed Friday and Saturday because of Hurricane Dorian-related conditions, ruining two of the three last days of beach season. Bummer. (Patch)

If you’re already missing summer, this split-screen video showing 100 years of history in Coney Island will have you feeling the sand in your shoes. (The New Yorker)

Photos from inside the 6,000-square-foot Artechouse, the space under Chelsea Market dedicated to new media artwork. (Untapped Cities)

29 fall restaurants openings you need to know about. (Grub Street)

He’s already got ethics charges against him, what’s a few more? The City Council Standards and Ethics Committee found evidence of conflict-of-interest violations and retaliation against staff members by Andy King, a council member from the Bronx. A closed-door hearing will be held September 13 for all charges. (Patch)

2019 has already seen more than twice the number of cyclists killed by drivers as in 2018. Mayor de Blasio’s natural instinct is to consider introducing new regulations for cyclists, not drivers. (Curbed)

Are you someone who finds satisfaction in watching something get clean? Watch the Museum of Natural History clean its 92-foot, 21,000-pound white whale and relax. (American Museum of Natural History)

ConEd sent people to get yelled at by City Council over this summer’s power outages. (Gothamist)

How to spend a day in Bushwick. (amNY)

Norm’s Pizza, a new pizza shop in Downtown Brooklyn, is the unholy marriage of the owners of dollar-slice 2 Bros. and the former Roberta’s pizzaiolo turned pizza consultant Anthony Falco. (Eater)

Must-see theater coming to the city’s stages this fall. (amNY)

Photos: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom: The Art Show’ (Brooklyn Vegan)

At least four former city council members are considering running for their old seats after they were term-limited out. (Politico)

All the ways your information can be stolen while using the free wifi in a subway station. (amNY)

The hottest brunch spots in NYC. (Eater)

Thanks to reader Louisa for today’s featured photo.