The Briefly for September 19, 2019 – The “There’s At Least One Serious Idiot in New York City” Edition

Central Park gets a $150 million renovation, the worst neighborhoods for health code violations, Citi Bike expands, a guide to getting sushi delivered, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A list of frank questions about homelessness and how it impacts the subways. (Gothamist)

Photos: Inside the Met Opera’s insane stage weapons armory. (Untapped Cities)

The worst neighborhoods when it comes to restaurant health code violations. (Metro)

Someone in New York City supports the idea of a Bill de Blasio presidency according to a Sienna College poll. (Gothamist)

The governor signed a bill into law that extends the statute of limitations from five years to ten years for claims of third-degree rape or third-degree criminal sexual assault. Second-degree rape, criminal sexual acts, and incest are extended from five to twenty years and the limitations for reporting first-degree rape were eliminated completely. (amNY)

No matter how bad your commute was, it wasn’t “fell between the train and the platform” bad. (Gothamist)

The program that would force drivers with license plates over 10 years old to pay $25 for a newly designed plate is dead. (NY1)

Not everyone in Sunset Park agrees with City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca’s opposition of Industry City’s rezoning. (Gothamist)

HELP WANTED: New Mayor. (r/NYC)

The best vegetarian sandwiches in New York. (Grub Street)

Brian “Q” Quinn from Impractical Jokers and a Staten Island resident is relaunching the long-gone Staten Island beer Rubsam & Horrmann Brewing Company beers, which dates back to 1888. (amNY)

Home prices continue to slide in the city, but rents are at a record high. (StreetEasy)

Get ready for political campaigns about voting systems. (Politico)

Citi Bike’s fall expansion into Ridgewood and Bushwick starts next week with 85 new bike stations. (amNY)

Celebrate the last day of summer this Saturday with a free Citi Bike Day Pass, which will give you 24 hours of unlimited 30-minute rides. (Time Out)

The state’s ban of flavored vape liquid takes effect immediately. (NY1)

The United State’s first taste of Japan’s fluffy pancake chain Flipper’s is coming to West Broadway and Grand St. (Eater)

A guide to getting sushi delivered. (The Infatuation)

What kind of subway creature are you? (Eko – Subway Creatures)

A tour of Greenwich Village through the eyes of a “Friends” fan. (GVSHP)

The mayor has vowed a crackdown on dangerous drivers. Deaths as a result of drivers are up. The NYPD is issuing less moving violations than any year since 2015. (Gothamist)

Check out the $150 million renovation of Central Park North. (6sqft)

In the last three years, 14 people with mental illnesses have been fatally shot by NYPD officers. If you call 911 due to a mental health crisis, should the NYPD respond? (Gothamist)

Okay, the US Open is over, let’s take a look at Flushing. (Localize Labs)

This weekend is the very last Vendy Awards. (6sqft)

The NYPL canceled an upcoming forum organized by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s personal foundation after a public outcry. (Gothamist)

New York state is getting ready to ban single-use plastic toiletries in hotels. The city alone sports 115,530 hotel rooms across 630 hotels. (amNY)

Say hello to Wayne Algenio, crowned the king of eating zeppoles at San Gennaro. (amNY)

Not everyone in Little Italy loves San Gennaro. (Bedford + Bowery)

Is a zero-waste restaurant possible? Henry Moynahan Rich is ready to give it a try in Fort Greene. (Grub Street)

A corn maze? In New York City? Yup. (Untapped Cities)

Gothamist is hiring for four editorial positions. Go create the stories that will end up in The Briefly! (Gothamist)

The best restaurants in the Meatpacking District. (The Infatuation)

The Briefly for September 18, 2019 – The “Is Astoria the Coolest Neighborhood in the City?” Edition

How to make congestion pricing work, National Grid continues to hold customers’ service hostage, everyone hates the new license plates, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Elizabeth Warren hit Washington Square Park on Monday night to give a presidential speech on corruption. (NY Times)

Kopitiam is the only restaurant in the city to be on Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. (Grub Street)

Time Out put together a list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods to visit in the world. On the list? Astoria. Here are three spots in Astoria to visit.(Time Out)

How will congestion pricing pay for the MTA’s 2020-2024 capital plan? A flat fee of $6.62 that could go up to $9.18 during the day and $3.06 at night and with no exceptions. (Gothamist)

Uber and Lyft drivers are showing their true power over the city with a protest against Uber and Lyft’s non-compliance with the state’s minimum wage laws by driving slowly in packs down some of the city’s busiest roads like FDR Drive and the Brooklyn Bridge. (Gothamist)

If you don’t have $11 million on hand, you can still see what an 11-room residence looks like in the Dakota on West 72nd Street. (6sqft)

The Department of Transportation is installing 50 public charging stations for electric vehicles across the city with each station being able to charge two vehicles. (Jackson Heights Post)

Six places to go apple picking near the city without a car. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I am unequivocally against, and will never, ever, allow Industry City to move forward with a rezoning proposal through ULURP in the form that they submitted to the City Planning Commission in February earlier this year.” – City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (Curbed)

Turns out 60% of voters polled are opposed to the new rule to replace license plates over ten years old. 75% of voters polled oppose the $25 fee for the newly designed plates. (Patch)

Donald Trump’s childhood home is up for auction in Queens. You’ve got until November 14 to bid. (Curbed)

National Grid continues to hold customers’ gas service hostage in protest of the state’s rejection of the billion-dollar Williams Pipeline that would terminate in the Rockaways over concerns it could contaminate the New York Harbor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here are the views from the top of the city’s tallest residential building. (Curbed)

Is Sunnyside Yards the next Hudson Yards? (Greenpointers)

A food tour of Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro. (6sqft)

Rates of violence in Rikers Island is up across the board, including violence between inmates, inmates assaults against staff, use of force against prisoners, and use of force against adolescent inmates. (Politico)

The ten oldest and intact cemeteries in the city. (Untapped Cities)

The city has spent $673 million on NYC Ferry but hasn’t spent a dime on Citi Bikes. NYC Ferry averages 17,842 riders per day, Citi Bike recently hit a new record of 91,529 trips on Thursday, September 5. (Streetsblog)

Here’s who over 100 people will be crawling down 1.5 miles on Manhattan’s streets this weekend. (Untapped Cities)

26 of the Upper East Side’s best bars and resaurants. (Eater)

thanks to reader The Unisphere from Lindsey for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for September 9, 2019 – The “Attacked by a Metal Banjo” Edition

New York’s new license plates have been chosen, a new tomato plant grows on the East River, the Port Authority’s new bus depot comes up short, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This week’s late-night subway service change lottery losers are the 3, 4, 6, A, F, N, and Q trains. And always the L train. (Subway Weekender)

This is our new license plate. (Patch)

For the people who loved the tomato plant discovered along the East River, here’s some good news: there is another. (NY Times)

The Charging Bull was attacked with a metal banjo. (NY Times)

It’s a nasty cycle. Bus service degrades to a point where walking will get you where you need to be faster. As a result of the poor service, ridership declines. The MTA doesn’t see the cause, just the effect, and along routes like the B38 and B54, they cut service to match the lowered demand. Now with the degraded service, the buses are still slow, still unreliable and now there are less of them. The MTA can’t fix the problems with the buses because that’s the Department of Transportation’s street designs and the NYPD’s lack of enforcement of what can make traffic flow easily and keep the streets safe for vehicles pedestrians and cyclists. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Friends (The worst show to celebrate in the age of Trump) experience pop-up on Mercer Street is all sold out, so some photos of the inside are all you’ll get unless more tickets become available. (Gothamist)

Bill de Blasio’s campaign for president hopefully ends on October 1st and someone should throw a party in celebration, especially if it means the mayor will stop doing things like show up on Tucker Carlson’s show looking for anyone who will support him. (Gothamist)

277 people leave New York for good every day, making it the #1 city people want to leave in the country. (Bloomberg)

Here comes fall, which means here comes food festivals. (6sqft)

The Apple cube is back on 5th Ave, and it’s trippy as hell. (Gothamist)

The Port Authority presented some of its ideas to replace the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and none of them accommodated services like Megabus, which use the sidewalks of midtown for their pickups and dropoffs, into their plans. There was worry that the Port Authority would eventually screw up replacing the bus terminal, and they are already meeting expectations. (Gothamist)

Digging in on bad ideas is now a hallmark of the mayor’s public statements. (Streetsblog)

Here are this week’s restaurants shut down by the Department of Health, including Tasty Popcorn Chicken in Queens with a whopping 121 violation points. (Patch)

New Yorkers already received over 1.25 billion robocalls this year. (Patch)

The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is an attempt to eat a slice of pizza in every borough in one day, only using public transportation. Think you have what it takes? (6sqft)

Take a look inside Bette Midler’s $50 million penthouse, which is for sale. (Curbed)

New York will soon get more Detroit-style pizza when Michigan chain Jet’s Pizza sets up its first outpost on Ninth Ave between 17th and 18th St. (Eater)

Last Thursday set the record for the most Citi Bike rides in a day with 90,000. (Streetsblog)

The historic boardwalk in Coney Island is landmarked, but still bears scars from Superstorm Sandy. If you walk west on the boardwalk, past the amusement zone, you’ll encounter a section of plywood boards that freeze over in the winter. You’ll see nails sticking up, you’ll see missing boards, plants growing through, and other hazards. Residents are sick of it and are demanding change. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The governor is flirting with the idea of holding the 2020 New York presidential primaries to February, one day after the Iowa caucuses. (NY Times)

Texting while crossing the street is safe, according to a new study by the Department of Transportation. Remember this the next time some old fuddy-duddy tries to argue otherwise. (NY Times)

Joe Namath is selling his (empty) $1.19 Upper West Side duplex. (I Love the Upper West Side)

There are more hate crimes against black people in NYC this year, but there were more arrests in cases with hate crimes against white people, according to numbers released by the NYPD. (Patch)

A look at five new restaurants in the city. (amNY)

A Times Square Elmo was arrested for groping a teenage girl. (Pix 11)

The history of Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden. (Ephemeral New York)

15 places to try when the company is picking up the tab for lunch. (Grub Street)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo!