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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The Briefly for January 14, 2019 – The “Watch the Skies for the Brown Plague” Edition

Amazon HQ2 is the city’s new ATM, Chinatown Fair gets the NY Times treatment, Cuomo wants to ban plastic bags, roll your eyes at Janeane Garofalo, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s overnight subway changes are minimal, but will still hit hard if you need the 7 between Queens and Manhattan or one of the other 6 lines with changes. (Subway Changes)

Janeane Garofalo: 2019’s Chris Crocker. (BrooklynVegan)

How will Mayor de Blasio pay for his $100 million health care expansion? The city and state’s latest theoretical ATM, Amazon HQ2. (NY Post)

Who is responsible for the L train shutdown fiasco? Anyone and everyone. (NY Times)

If you had to choose a coffin shaped like one NYC landmark, which would you choose? (Untapped Cities)

“You hear ‘splat’ and then you get the brown plague.” Don’t throw your dirty diapers out your apartment windows. (NY Post)

It’s a public art installation and it’s also a depressing statement about our impact on the environment. “Iceberg” is on Broadway between W37th and W 38th. (6sqft)

The 20 best happy hours in the city. (Thrillist)

The 167th St B/D station is open, including the glass mosaic “Beacons,” by artist Rico Gatson, showing off portraits of former residents of the neighborhood like Celia Cruz, Sonia Sotomayor, and Maya Angelou. (MTA)

This $45 million apartment might seem expensive, but that was after $70 million of discounts! (6sqft)

The MTA has no problem with subway ads for boner pills, so what’s the deal with Dame Products’ ad ban? Hard to not see this as sexist garbage. (Bedford + Bowery)

The City Council’s new bill that mandates all city school buses be equipped with GPS devices that will give parents real-time information on where their children are at any given moment via an app. During November’s snow storm, some special education children were stuck on a bus for over 10 hours. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Staten Islanders are upset that MTV’s “Made In Staten Island” makes them look like a “cesspool of gangsters and meatheads.” Draw your own conclusions. (Gothamist)

Not all heroes wear capes. Some, like Taylor Mali and his Snatchelator, are just dads from Carroll Gardens who are fed up with plastic bags in trees. (Pardon Me for Asking)

Forget Oreo Squirrel, long live Water Fountain Pigeon!

The Highline Ballroom will close in February after 12 years. (Time Out)

Crown Height’s fake bullet hole bar, Summerhill BK, is closed and is planning a re-brand. (Eater)

The greatest race made for-idiots/by-idiots, the Idiotarod, is scheduled for January 26. Mark your calendars, idiots. (Gothamist)

It takes seven and a half minutes for emergency responders to arrive if you have a heart attack in Manhattan, thanks to a shortage of FDNY paramedics and EMTs. Jersey City’s mayor has an Uber-style solution to cut that time down dramatically. (NY Post)

What makes New York pizza superior to Detroit pizza, Rhode Island pizza, or Chicago pizza? Is it the water? (StreetEasy)

It’s the responsibility of individuals, and not the city, to shovel the sidewalks. Here’s why that’s wrong. (CityLab)

After nearly 50 years, Souen in Soho is closing. (Eater)

A new study shows that NY schools are not safe for LGBTQ children. The Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network’s study shows that students lack an inclusive curriculum, protective policies and 90% of LGBTQ students face discrimination. (NY Post)

The mayor is not ruling out a run at the presidency. (Politico)

Get ready to kiss plastic bags goodbye. (NY Post)

Chinatown Fair has defied the odds since the 1940s and stands as Manhattan’s last original video arcade. (NY Times)

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The Briefly for September 20, 2018 – Racially Biased Teaching Exam May Cost City $1.7 Billion

The head of the BQX project is quitting, the city’s ferries are going higher capacity for the L train shutdown, a cop accidentally tased another cop in the crotch, and more from your daily NYC news digest.

The city may have to pony up $1.7 billion over a racially biased Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching exam issued between 1993 and 2004.

Mayor de Blasio’s BQX czar Adam Giambrone quit on Monday and his last day on the job will be October 5. The future of the project relies on federal funding, so you may as well kiss it goodbye.

Go inside the abandoned Ellis Island hospital with these photos from an Untapped Cities tour.

The Kings Plaza arsonist says he set fire to the cars in the parking garage because people used them for sex.

Is this man removing a fake “no parking” sign he illegally placed or he illegally removing a “no parking”sign so he doesn’t get caught?

A guide to the restaurants in the Hudson Yards, from Eater.

Reduced fare subway riders now have the option for non-gendered MetroCards.

The West Village’s Cafe Loup was seized by the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance.

Electric Citi Bikes are hard to find, and someone’s built a map to track one down.

A public school teacher, Jonathan Deutsch, was arrested for soliciting naked photos of children as young as ten on Facebook.

A man jumped in front of a train and was killed at the Wall St 2/3 station on Tuesday afternoon.

A Brooklyn cop got his eggs scrambled when a fellow officer accidentally hit with a Taser in his groin. Wow.

The Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade needs your help and donations to avoid going to that farm upstate.

Mayor de Blasio wants to close Rikers Island, but his plan to add jails on four boroughs is being met with local resistance. Brooklynites are unhappy about the proposed 40-story jail in downtown Brooklyn.

More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from Rikers Island as part of a national campaign by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group in an attempt to dismantle the bail system, which they say discriminates against minorities and the poor. Not everyone is thrilled about it.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…for the L train shutdown. Boat capacities are being raised from 149 to 240 riders.

RIP Times Square’s NFL Experience.

The Chinatown Häagen-Dazs is being forced out after 41 years when their $10,000/month rent doubles in December.


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