The Briefly for July 16, 2019 – The “No One Knows What Caused the Blackout” Edition

ConEd is not untouchable, the Queens DA race is giving Bush v Gore vibes, the best restaurants in the East Village, the ice cream wars of Dumbo have begun, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Deep below the Flatiron Building, there’s an unused coal-fueled power plant that pre-dates the building’s steam systems. You probably will never get a personal tour of it, so experiencing it through this photo gallery is the closest you’ll get. (Untapped Cities)

The pizza wars of Dumbo continue on, but the ice cream war between Ample Hills and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory are only just beginning. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Want to prepare for the next (inevitable) blackout? Here’s a list of six things you can do to get yourself ready. (Curbed)

Why are so many of the escalators in the new Q train subway stations broken so often? Don’t ask the MTA, because they can’t figure it out. (amNY)

Put ConEd down in the same category as the MTA, because they can’t seem to get their story straight about what caused this blackout. (NY Times)

Governor Cuomo appears to be sick of ConEd’s shit between this outage, the fire in Astoria that lit the sky, and transformer fires in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and he’s open to replacing them. (Gothamist)

How has ConEd responded to this massive outage? By making a public statement that the heat this week could cause more outages. Lovely. (Huff Post)

The cost of the blackout was $3.5 on Broadway alone, with 26 of 30 possible performances being canceled. Saturday in July is Broadway’s most popular night in the most popular month. (NY Times)

A brief history of blackouts in New York City. (amNY)

The NYPD won’t share details about an off-duty Queens cop who was arrested on charges of false imprisonment and assault, calling it a “confidential investigation” while flagrantly showing the NYPD’s “fundamental and pervasive lack of transparency,” as cited in a report earlier this year. (Gothamist)

From romantic to the club to sporty to outdoors: where to go for date night in Astoria. (We Heart Astoria)

Staten Island politicians are urging the governor to start a “microtransit” pilot program to expand transit options throughout the city’s largest borough. Microtransit refers to buses and not alternative modes of transportation, as Staten Island remains a borough without any bike lanes. (Curbed)

With Jeff Bezos buying a Manhattan apartment, protestors of Amazon have a new target to make their voices heard. (Patch)

It seemed the public call for volunteers worked, the Giglio Lift went off without a hitch last weekend, which is the largest of the lifts during Williamsburg’s Giglio Feast. The feast continues through the weekend with more lifts on Wednesday and Sunday nights. (Gothamist)

There is a fight for survival happening all around us, as invasive species are threatening the city’s flora. The problem is only a biodiversity one, but fighting invasive bugs and plants can be costly. The treatment and removal of ash trees due to a beetle infestation will cost the city nearly $10 million over three years. (amNY)

What’s the latest on the Mandarin Duck? He seems to have left the city a few months ago and we should expect him back after the summer. Ducks molt in the summer and while they’re flightless they look for safer and more private bodies of water. (Gothamist)

Residents of the financial district are trying to get the city to pump the brakes before construction begins on the last building in the World Trade Center in an attempt to keep the project selection process fair and to ensure the neighborhood benefits from another massive construction project. (amNY)

Photos from the Queens DA primary recount is giving off major Bush v Gore vibes. (NY Times)

The next expansions of CitiBike’s coverage will be painfully slow. The current roll-out will take until 2023– the service’s decade anniversary– to complete. (Streetsblog)

The statue outside of the Museum of Natural History of Teddy Roosevelt atop a horse, flanked by an African-American and a Native American was one of the monuments the city was reconsidered in 2017. The statue has attracted negative attention for Roosevelt’s racist views and statements about Native Americans and Africans and has been the target of protest multiple times since installation in 1940. The museum is leaning into controversy by highlighting the criticism of the statue and of the museum’s history to complicate and contextualize without glorification. (NY Times)

The best restaurants in the East Village. (The infatuation)

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The Briefly for December 10, 2018 – The “Aftermath of SantaCon” Edition

The subways are getting faster (no seriously), the best dishes in NYC, unvaccinated children are banned from Brooklyn schools, the rent is too dan high, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

No week is complete without scheduled subway changes and outages. (Subway Changes)

Unvaccinated children are banned from all schools in parts of Brooklyn, public or private, until a measles outbreak has been contained. This is regardless of religious or medical exceptions. Patient zero was an orthodox family that took one of their children to Israel and brought the virus back to Brooklyn. There have been 39 confirmed cases in Brooklyn Yeshivas. (U.S. World and News Report)

The subway is going to get faster. (NY Times)

We’ve seen the worst, now here are Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of 2018. (Eater)

If you’re a collector of doomed NYC landmarks, here’s an auction for you. Pieces of the never-was Staten Island wheel are up for sale. (NY Post)

Moishe’s Bake Shop has cried wolf a few times in the past, so it’s hard to say if this is the true end of the near 50-year-old bakery. (Bowery Boogie)

The NYPD officer accused in Eric Garners illegal chokehold death, Daniel Panteleo, is set to have a disciplinary trialthe NYCHA may break itself up into five different agencies. Will they be N, Y, C, H, and A? (The Real Deal)

Ever get so mad you wanted to punch a city bus? You’re not the only one. (Gothamist)

This trash panda would have gotten away with this jewel heist if it wasn’t for the pesky NYPD. (NY Post)

Have we lost sight of what congestion pricing is about on a fundamental level? (Curbed)

If you’re looking to treat yo self to some wine, Amy Poehler’s wine shop in Park Slope is now open. (Eater)

“I like to get drunk and look at Santas and listen to Christmas music” (Gothamist)

How could you hate SantaCon? Easy. (@fuctupmike)

William Hung, the SantaCon of singing, came out of hiding this year. (Blast)

#SaltBae coming soon” sounds more like a threat than an announcement. (Eater)

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg’s quarter billion dollar park on Pier 55 is taking shape. (NY Times)

A state new law will require public, charter, and private schools to report allegations of sex abuse. Amazingly, this wasn’t the law prior to last week. (NY Post)

Handcuffing a woman giving birth is illegal in New York state, but according to a new lawsuit it didn’t stop the NYPD from doing exactly that. (amNY)

If you’re planning on relying on CitiBikes to get you out of Bushwick during the L train shutdown, don’t. a href=”https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2018/12/07/citi-bike-adding-just-five-bushwick-stations-ahead-of-the-l-train-shutdown/”>Only five stations are being added in Bushwick, which is below the 28 station per square mile standard. (Streetsblog)

A rent hike claims another business. This time it’s the 15-year-old Flatiron Lounge, whose rent is set to rise from $22,000 to $30,000 per month. (Eater)

The first CB2 meeting about the Amazon headquarters went about as smooth as you might expect. CB2 has a seat at the negotiating table, but the attendees want “no negotiations, no concessions.” (LIC Post)

Where’s the mayor? Good question. He’s spent 20% of his second term out of town. (NY Post)

A woman broke her spine in an alleged subway attack by a homophobe. The NYPD is still searching for the man and there is a video available. (Gothamist)

Congratulations and happy 12th anniversary to Queens Crap.

What started as an argument over a woman sitting on the floor of a food stamp office ended with the NYPD ripping her one-year-old daughter from her hands and an arrest. (NY Times)

Add the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins to the people criticizing the Robert F. Kennedy mass bailout program and not the bail system itself. (NY Post)

The city’s best beer bars. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for November 30, 2018 – The “Joyless, Arbitrary, Spiritually Empty” Edition

The weekend subway changes, rezoning North Brooklyn, Mrs. Maisel’s Greenwich Village, the snootiest area of the city, the subway station with the most crime, and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

The weekend’s subway nightmares, explained. (SubwayStats)

Take your pick: a dog film festival, a cat film festival, or a horse film festival. They’re all this weekend. (NY Times)

Amazon’s 4 Star store in SoHo: “among my most dismal shopping experiences in recent memory: joyless, arbitrary, spiritually empty.”

The Gowanus Canal is partially clean for the first time in 150 years. Can it ever be truly clean? (Curbed)

Citi Bike will triple the number of bikes in the next five years as a result of the city allowing its parent company, Motivate, to be bought by Lyft for $100 million. (amNY)

Take a tour of Anable Basin, the future home of Amazon’s HQ2. (Curbed)

If you’ve noticed businesses taking down awnings and replacing them with signs, you’re not alone. Is it a conspiracy? The Department of Buildings has started enforcing old laws that placed limits on letter size and awning size with fines that start at $4,000. City Council members have floated a theory that an awning company has called in complaints to drum up business. (Bklyner)

Mic, who occupied two stories of World Trade Center One, laid off most of its staff and is in talks to sell to Bustle. (Gothamist)

10 secrets of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. (Untapped Cities)

Four days of the new “modern” signals on the 7, four days of significant delays, and that was only a small part of what made Thursday’s commute awful. (Gothamist)

While likely not a surprise, Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report that argues the city doesn’t do enough for the city’s neediest families, despite Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing agenda. (Curbed)

Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center has the distinction of having the most reported crimes of any subway stop in the city, with the Port Authority coming in second. Here are the 25 subway stations with the highest numbers of crime. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Hanukkah approaches, plan properly. (amNY)

A tour of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Greenwich Village. (GVSHP)

Life isn’t difficult enough for cyclists in the city before some nut job starts tossing thumbtacks into Sunnyside’s protected bike lanes. (Sunnyside Post)

What’s the snootiest area in the city? Before you click, try to guess. (StreetEasy)

A portion of LaGuardia’s new Terminal B opened on Thursday, including a fool hall, retail, and also some gates for airplanes to come and go from. Amazon Cuomo was there to cut the ribbon. (6sqft)

The NYPD is getting a new handbook on how to treat victims of crime. According to Commissioner James O’Neill, it’s about “simple human interaction.” (NY Post)

Irate Winterfest attendees are receiving refunds after attending the underwhelming first few days of the event in the Brooklyn Museum’s backyard. The Brooklyn Museum has been quick to point out that the event is being run by an outside company. (Bklyner)

Do opponents have any hope of stopping Amazon in Long Island City? (Gothamist)

A 125th St Whole Foods security guard choked a man unconscious. Turns out they take it seriously when you intentionally mislabel bulk goods. (NY Post)

RIP Bleecker Bob, owner of the appropriately titled Bleecker Bob’s. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

For 20 years, “Santa’s Corner” in Whitestone has been the epitome of “there’s no such thing as too many Christmas light on one house.” (TimesLedger)

The New York State Pavilion in Queens is receiving a $16 million federal grant from FEMA to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. (TimesLedger)

Can a rezoning of parts of Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg save North Brooklyn from itself? (Brooklyn Paper)

Unsolicited dick pics being sent over AirDrop on iPhones is a problem and a new City Council bill could make it punishable by a $1,000 and a year in jail. (NY Times)

Kyle Borello, 31, was arrested for riot and attempted assault charges for last month’s Upper East Side fight involving The Proud Boys, a SPLC designated hate group and FBI classified extremist group with white nationalist ties. (NY Post)

13 of the hottest new cocktail bars. (Eater)

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