The Briefly for April 4, 2019 – The “De Blasio Does His Best Cuomo Impression” Edition

New Yorkers are united in their opposition to the mayor’s presidential hopes, Manhattan’s accidental leaning tower, Chinatown’s “Bloody Angle”, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

12 new art installations to check out in Apriln. (Untapped Cities)

Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich is calling on the mayor to fire the Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steve Banks in a change.org petition. Ulrich says Banks’ failure to address chronic homelessness is the base reason for the petition. (QNS)

The mayor announced an “expert panel” to fix the mess that is the BQE construction. The panel will be lead by the CEO of a construction trade lobbying group and include people from a Google/Alphabet subsidiary, the Regional Planning Association, NYU, multiple trade and construction groups, and others. The panel is light on urban planning experts and will be tasked with finding an outcome that is “in the best interests of everyone.” (Gothamist)

It seems Rock & Roll is an acceptable art form now, getting its first exhibition at the Met. (Gothamist)

Donald Trump’s first Manhattan real estate project pioneered the tax incentives whose lineage can be traced all the way to the recent imploded Amazon deal. (Curbed)

Yesterday we learned that we’re paying the highest taxes in the country, and now there’s an indication that the city is over-taxing hundreds of small buildings accidentally, in some cases 4x the appropriate rate. (The Real Deal)

Taking a dip in the East River anytime soon? Here’s a field guide to what you might find in the water. (Gothamist)

If you’re interested in working the 2020 Census, there will be a job fair at Queens Borough Hall on May 1. (QNS)

The list of the world’s best hospitals includes three hospitals in the city. (Patch)

A look in photos of what is left of “Italian Williamsburg.” (NY Times)

Here’s a look at the OMNY subway NFC systems in the wild. If the demo iPhones in Apple stores can always be found to have fecal matter on them, imagine how gross these screens are going to get. (Gothamist)

Something is fishy about the city’s purchase of buildings for $173 million when their first estimate valued them at $50 million. Also, the landlords are represented by a lawyer who is helping the mayor raise money to fly around the country pretending anyone wants to see him run for president. (NY Times)

As a reminder, 76% of New Yorkers don’t want the mayor to run for president. Only 42% approve of the job he’s doing in New York. (amNY)

Why does no one want the mayor to run for president? Maybe it’s a moment like this, where he blamed the federal government for all of the city’s problems. (NY Post)

Manhattan has its own leaning tower. A 58-story condo on Maiden Lane is leaning North by three inches as a result of a faulty foundation, according to a lawsuit. Construction is still continuing, despite complaints. (Gothamist)

638 of the city’s bridges are considered “structurally deficient,” which include the Brooklyn Bridge and the Throgs Neck. (Patch)

In the last four years, Uber spent $2 million lobbying in favor of congestion pricing. (NY Post)

A body of a 53-year-old man was discovered in the water near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Brooklyn Paper)

A look into Chinatown’s “Bloody Angle.” How Doyers Street’s gang violence earned it that nickname. (Streeteasy)

A look at The Shed, Hudson Yards’ cultural center which has more configurations than a transformer. (Engadget)

20 tasty Thai restaurants in the city. (Eater)

The city’s comptroller wants the Department of Transportation to take control of the NYC Ferry system from private company Hornblower after learning how astronomically high the city subsidizes each rider’s trip. (Curbed)

After a 10-year fight with the MTA, Luis Colon was awarded $22 million after needing spinal fusion surgery from a fall from a makeshift platform on the Henry Hudson Bridge. (NY Post)

Take a look at this insane plan from the 1940s to build an airport on top of buildings from 24th to 71st Streets. (Viewing NYC)

The best spring break food and drinks. (amNY)

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The Briefly for March 1, 2019 – The “Baby Come Back, You Can Blame It All On Me” Edition

The mayor is growing increasingly oblivious, MetroCards have an expiration date, open letters to Jeff Bezos, Citi Bike adds new electric bikes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re taking the 6 this weekend, you’re in the clear. If you’re taking literally any other subway, you should check the closures and services changes. (6sqft)

Raise a glass to the 19 restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

Luna the bodega cat has been returned! (Gothamist)

We have a population of thousands of people who’ve been forgotten.” Queensbridge residents are grappling with the new reality of an Amazon-less Long Island City. (Patch)

Some people won’t take no for an answer. Long Island City’s John Brown Smokehouse owner Josh Bowen flew himself to Seattle in hopes of saving the Amazon HQ2 deal. (QNS)

He wasn’t alone. Governor Cuomo has been on the phone to Jeff Bezos multiple times in the last two weeks trying to get Amazon to reconsider. (NY Times)

A letter from a recently purchased Long Island City condo to Jeff Bezos. (McSweeney’s)

An open letter to Jeff Bezos from the Partnership for New York City in a full page ad in The New York Times. (NY Times)

The subway token lasted 50 years, the MetroCard took over in 2003 but won’t make it past 2023. (Patch)

The first LGBTQ group to ever march in the 44 years of the Brooklyn’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be the Brooklyn Irish LGBTQ Organization. (Patch)

There are two kinds of people in the city, the people who have been to Winnie’s in Chinatown and then there’s everybody else. Winnie’s has a new home at 58 East Broadway four years after its closing with Winnie and her children Jamie and Teddy at the helm. (Eater)

Are you ready for cat yoga? (Bklyner)

Revenge porn is officially illegal in New York. The state legislature unanimously passed a bill making it illegal to attempt to defame and humiliate someone by illicitly releasing photos or videos. Google and Facebook have lobbied against earlier versions of the bill. (Gothamist)

An interview with the new Public Advocate after two days on the job. (Gothamist)

Here’s how Jumaane Williams won the special election. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The FDNY has to buy “spit hoods” to protect medics from being spit on, but the purchase was delayed because the original hoods made the medics look too much like members of the KKK. (NY Post)

The good news: The city will get 4,000 new pedal-assisted electric bikes. The bad news: They will cost an additional $2 per ride. (amNY)

The de Blasio administration is installing 42% less than Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, while the city has seen a 70% growth in daily bike trips. (amNY)

The city’s official map of legal bike parking locations. (NYC.gov)

Is there any point in staying in NYC if you’re introverted? (r/AskNYC)

The mayor is increasingly oblivious. This week he rode the subway and seemed surprised to discover just how exasperated New Yorkers are with their inability to get to where they are going without delays and hassles and endless anxiety.” Ouch. (NY Times)

No goals, no benchmarks, no accountability, but it costs $250 million a year. It isn’t clear what Chirlane McCrazy’s ThriveNYC initiative has accomplished. (Politico)

City Councilmembers are calling for a parking permit system North of 60th St to defend the neighborhood against the inevitable hordes of drivers trying to circumvent the city’s planned congestion pricing. (Crains)

Where to go on a double date. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 20, 2019 – The “Corporation Hunting Season Has Officially Begun” Edition

The hero/villain screaming obscenities at pre-K kids, Diddy(‘s wax statue) decapitated, raccoons take over a Canarsie subway station, and more in today’s daily NYC newsletter.

Today’s forecast is snow followed by rain and 50˚ on Thursday. (NY Post)

How to watch tonight’s Public Advocate debate. There are seven candidates in tonight’s debate, but 17 candidates will be on the ballot. Tonight’s debaters are State Assemblyman Michael Blake, City Councilman Rafael Eespinal, State Assemblyman Ron Kim, journalist and activist Nomiki Konst, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Obama staffer Dawn Smalls, and City Councilman Jumaane Williams. (Patch)

Is Uber the city’s next target after beating back Amazon? (NY Times)

They’re the kings of the dollar slice, but at Upside Pizza they’re looking to prove that they can create a respectable pizza. (NY Times)

A look at the Hudson Yards, a “billionaire’s fantasy city.” (New York Magazine)

10 secrets of Fordham University. (Untapped Cities)

All hail the subway bully kitten! (Gothamist)

Someone hates Diddy enough to decapitate his wax statue at Madame Tussauds. (Pitchfork)

How Greenpoint became a dining hot spot. (amNY)

There are 200,000 fire escapes in the city, and each one has to be inspected every five years. (StreetEasy)

The NYPD wants to play Duck Hunt with unauthorized drones over the city’s skies. (Gothamist)

Employers in the city had to be reminded that banning dreadlocks is not only racist, but it’s also illegal. (Patch)

The Staten Island Levee was unveiled by the governor, mayor, Chuck Schumer, and Congressman Max Rose. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build a 5.3 mile and $615 million sea wall that is scheduled to break ground in 2020 and be completed in 2024. (6sqft)

Lynne Patton, President Trump’s regional administrator at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, had to be rescued by the FDNY after being trapped in an elevator in an Upper West Side NYCHA building while she’s in the middle of her four week publicity stunt to live in NYCHA buildings. (Gothamist)

Last night was the first night of a cutoff of late night B and D service for the next three weeks in the Bronx. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Trash pandas have taken over the East 105th Street station on the L. Maybe they’ll take over the late night construction too. (NY Post)

The Strand hit the third stage of grief and has begun openly bargaining with the Landmarks Commission in an attempt to avoid landmark status. (Gothamist)

A state appeals court ruled against the police union that NYPD body cam footage is public and should be readily available to the public. (CNN)

[CORRECTED LINK] The Lams are a Chinese-American family living in a 350 square-foot apartment in Chinatown. Photographer Thomas Holton has been documenting their lives in photographs for the last fifteen years. (Gothamist)

Downtown Manhattan rents hit $3,724, an all-time high for January. (StreetEasy)

Is this Sunnyside woman a hero or villain for screaming at pre-kindergarteners to, and this is the quote, “shut the fuck up” during recess? (Gothamist)

The five weirdest tombs and mausoleums at Green-Wood Cemetery. (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat near Union Square. (The Infatuation)

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