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 January 10, 2019 – The “Meet the Anti-Legal Weed Buzzkills of New York” Edition

Paid vacation for all employees, the governor makes a bad “joke,” a Harry Potter coffee shop, the Dutch Reach, “The Awning Act” looks to save small businesses, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Two weeks of paid vacation for all private sector employees. That’s Mayor de Blasio’s latest announcement, leading to his State of the City address today (Thursday). The mayor released no specifics and hadn’t shared the plans with the City Council before making the announcement. (NY Times)

CUNY adjunct professors are considering a strike over low pay for comparable work. (Metro)

They swerved out of the way from hitting a 12-year-old boy, but NYPD officers jumped the sidewalk and his Jamaal Blake and his brother with their car. Jamaal will need surgery to insert metal rods in both his broken legs so he can walk again. He plans to sue the city for $25 million. (Daily News)

You wanna buy a New York City landmark? No, seriously, the Chrysler Building is for sale, which is currently 90% owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. (amNY)

It’s a gateway drug! But think of the babies! Meet the state buzzkills trying to stop the legalization of marijuana in New York. (NY Post)

If you drive in the city, learn the Dutch Reach. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

How to watch today’s State of the City address at 11am.

Coffee shopicus! A Harry Potter-inspired coffee house is coming to the East Village. Hopefully the wizards use the bathroom the modern ways instead of the old-fashioned ways. (Eater & io9)

All this hoopla over the L train. One hundred years ago there wasn’t even an L train to worry about, but measles were still a problem though. (Gothamist)

The city is not ready to take over the MTA according to the mayor. City Council Speaker and current Public Advocate Corey Johnson thinks otherwise. (NY Post)

Nothing like adding even more confusion to the city’s largest transit disruption in modern history. Andy Byford ordered a review of Cuomo’s L train shutdown alternative, saying he refuses to be “steamrolled.” (Curbed)

Where to eat if you’re avoiding gluten. (The Infatuation)

The story behind the viral summer-winter aerial photo of Manhattan. (amNY)

The City Council passed the “Awning Act” to protect small business from whoever has been reporting awnings for having improper font size or including phone numbers. The Bill awaits the mayor’s signature (The Brooklyn Reader)

Can a vacancy tax end the rampant empty storefronts across the city? The mayor says he will lobby Albany to implement the tax in what has turned out to be a busy first half of the week for de Blasio. (NY Post)

I’ll bring you all up on charges under the Me Too movement.” The governor, while asking the press to back up, cracked a “joke.” (@JonCampbellGAN)

The 10 best offbeat and hidden museums in the city. (6sqft)

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The Briefly for September 27, 2018 – 4,800 CitiBikes are Missing, Kids Don’t Read English too Good, and More

CitiBikes are on short supply, the city’s supply of low-rent apartments is declining, the MTA refutes claims of bed bug infestations, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

There are 12,000 CitiBikes in the city, but only 7,166 are on the road the shortages are becoming noticeable.

The MTA calls the bed bug reports are false and “irresponsible.” MTA employees say otherwise.

Stop, close your eyes and ask yourself “What area has the highest population of millennials?” What’s your answer? Don’t over think it, because Williamsburg and East Williamsburg have the highest population of millennials in the country.

The city’s 16 top tapas bars, according to Eater.

Nick Cavy the guinea pig, was rescued in Prospect Park and needs a good home, preferably far away from red-tailed hawks.

The NYCLU launched Equality Watch, an online tool for victims and witnesses of discrimination.

The mayor set out to create or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026, but the number of low-rent apartments is declining.

A preview of the new Brooklyn skyline in Prospect Heights as the Pacific Park complex near the Barclays Center enters its next phase.

What’s it gonna cost to live like Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters? Property Shark analyzed the premium you’ll pay to live within one block of Central Park.

The man who attacked two gay men outside a bar in Bushwick is allegedly 25-year-old bigot and homophobe Brandon McNamara from Middle Village, Queens.

Uber will spend $10 million to help develop more efficient transportation policies, reduce congestion, and vehicle emissions, which is a problem partially created by Uber.

Oscar Guevera isn’t a dentist, but that didn’t stop him from putting braces on a 16-year-old girl at his wife’s dental office. He and his wife are being charged with multiple crimes.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Committee on Transportation, announced the second annual 24-hour Riders Respond Transit Tour. Rodriguez and other city officials will ride the subway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4. Totally lame to split it into two days, right?

Williamsburg cafe Sands’ is closed temporarily after owner Guy Sands was tied to racist, white supremacist groups like The Proud Boys in a 2016 Vanity Fair article. Sands denies the claims.

The 80 Flatbush mega development continues to march forward, getting City Council approval. The next step is mayoral approval and construction may begin.

With fall’s arrival it’s time to tell yourself that you’ll get a flu shot next week, or the week after that, or the week after that… There were 45,368 confirmed cases of the flu in NYC last year.

The “Dear Future New York City” challenge is offering a $30,000 to connect youth with local businesses to find jobs. The challenge is open to 18-24 year-olds and is sponsored by Liberty Coca-Cola.

Express bus route changes with the intention of shortening commute times in Staten Island has resulted in longer wait times and crowded buses.

Drones strapped with explosives is the latest worry for the NYPD during the United Nations General Assembly.

Mayor de Blasio met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, seeking to increase relations between the city and Cuba, despite the Trump administration’s decisions.

The results are in. After a recent standardized state exam, 46.7 percent of kids in grades 3 to 8 in public schools were proficient in English and just 42.7 percent were proficient in math. The same results in charter schools were 57.3% and 59.6%. The mayor remains opposed to expanding charter schools saying “I think the answer is to improve the schools we have.”

City Councilman Rory Lancman announced his candidacy for Queens District Attorney in 2019. The mothers of Sean Bell and Cory Garner have both endorsed Lancman. He also targeted over-policing of marijuana and other crimes referred to as victimless offenses.

Electric scooters are gaining support from the City Council, who believes they have the authority to make the legal in New York City, but the de Blasio administration wants to punt on the idea altogether, saying it’s a matter of state law.

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