The Briefly for January 18, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown is Officially 100% Dead” Edition

This weekend’s threatening weather, the scheduled weekend subway changes and cancellations, Westsider Books might not be closing, the NYPD spied on Black Lives Matter, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A holiday weekend plus a winter storm? What could go wrong with the subways? Here are the subway closures and changes of service scheduled for this weekend. (6sqft)

THE L TRAIN SHUTDOWN IS OFFICIALLY DEAD! (amNY)

Here’s what’s next for the L train non-shutdown. (NY Times)

Here are the street closure’s for Saturday’s Women’s Marches. (6sqft)

Time to watch The Empire Strikes Back, because all your Hoth jokes are going to be relevant this weekend. (Gothamist)

The weather this week may be unbearable outside, but a NYCHA housing development in East Williamsburg is one of many developments without heat or hot water this week. (Bushwick Daily)

Chain store volume saw the first ever year-over-year decline since the number has been tracked. No wonder the Upper West Side was rallying to save a Starbucks. (GVSHP)

Case in point: the Kohl’s in Rego Park will close due to real estate and operational cost. (TimesLedger)

The Right to Disconnect bill, which would have made it illegal to be punished for not responding to after-hours communications, is being blocked by Mayor de Blasio. (NY Post)

Take a peek at the private pool, gym, and views from the first residential tower of the Hudson Yards megaproject. (Curbed)

James Turrell’s “Meeting” at MoMA PS1 is supposed to give an unimpeded view of the sky, something extremely rare in the city. How rare is it? New developments are now impeding the skyspace piece. (Gothamist)

Made in New York allegedly swiped the recipe for Prince Street Pizza’s famous spicy pepperoni slice, but it does not hold up against the original. (Eater)

While rare, the leucistic grackle that has been seen in Central Park isn’t going to be stealing the social media attention away from the Mandarin Duck. Why? Because leucistic grackle sounds like some kind of throat disease. (Gothamist)

Are we the bedbug capital of America? Hardly. New York lands at #6 behind Baltimore, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus. (Gothamist)

The Gowanus Canal EPA cleanup hit a wall and can’t move forward until the federal shutdown comes to a close. (Brooklyn Paper)

New Yorkers stand to lose $500 million a month in benefits if the federal shutdown continues into February, which will turn into a real humanitarian crisis. (Curbed)

Black Lives Matter activists were spied on by the police, who called protestors “idiots” while bragging about all the overtime they were receiving, according to newly released emails from the NYPD. (NY Post)

Westsider Books might not be closing after all. A Go Fund Me sprung up to save the bookstore and owner Dorian Thornley stated if he could raise $50,000 he would consider staying open. After one day, the campaign is close to $37,000. (6sqft)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first floor speech on Thursday. (Welcome2TheBronx)

A bit more about the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, or “goth moon,” this weekend. (Time Out)

Hussain Jawad of Queens was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing his wife to death and slashing his teenage daughter. His motive is unknown and his daughter is in stable condition. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio’s 34,160 affordable homes built or preserved in 2018 is an impressive number, but not to the Coalition for the Homeless. Only 16% of those apartments were designated for the homeless and those making under 30% of median income, $21k. (Gothamist)

Five ways to your hot chocolate on. (amNY)

15 proposals not in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech. (Gotham Gazette)

East River Park will be buried… so it can be saved. (NY Times)

The best spots for ramen in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 20, 2018 – The “Elon Musk Does Not Have An Office on the Lower East Side” Edition

The mayor supports legal pot, Amazon can’t save the BQX, WeWork may be headed for a rude awakening, three boozy Taco Bells are headed to Manhattan and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

If you’ve paid for Spectrum internet access, you are owed between $75 and $150. The $62.5 million direct refund is a result of Spectrum’s settlement with the NY Attorney General’s office. (Gothamist)

Plotting the city’s parks in the only universally understandable way: a subway-style map. (6sqft)

WeWork is growing at an alarming rate. Is the boom headed for a bust? (The Real Deal)

That “Boring” company on the Lower East Side isn’t Elon Musk, it’s an art installation that requires an appointment and an NDA. (Gothamist)

The mayor is throwing his weight behind legal marijuana with a 71-page report that also makes recommendations like a NYC sales tax, a minimum age of 21, encouraging diversity in the pot business, and more. (amNY)

If you missed the Nitehawk cinema opening in Park Slope, there are photos. (Brownstoner)

From 0 to 20 in 15 seconds! These new “faster” subways aren’t exactly… fast. (Curbed)

The site of the holy matrimony between Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley will become part of Amazon’s HQ2. (Untapped cities)

Why doesn’t NYC have micro-apartments like other cities? It’s all about the price per square foot. (StreetEasy)

The Frigid Fyre Fest has hit a new low. The WinterFest organizers are now threatening vendors who speak to the press. (Gothamist)

Landlords don’t like legislation that limits their ability to raise commercial rent. (The Real Deal)

The city’s worst landlord isn’t someone named Trump or Kushner, it’s the the city. (Curbed) An example? Meet the Moran family, who has been without heat for nearly 20 years. (NY Post)

Part bar, part retail and part… Taco Bell!? Yup, three boozy Taco Bells are headed for Manhattan so you can Live Más. (Eater)

Two bills are headed for City Council that could reshape safety in bars (and three Taco Bells in Manhattan) by making “harassment free” signage mandatory and mandatory sexual harassment prevention and intervention training for all nightlife security. (Brokelyn)

19 curries to try in NYC. (Eater)

The Brooklyn District Attorney is set to wipe out 1,400 warrants in misdemeanor weed possession cases and 28 convictions in the next 90 days. (NY Post)

The death of a woman found in the trash chute of a luxury building was ruled an accident. Here’s no answer about how it happened, but there is no suspicion of foul play. (NY Post)

The lawsuit preventing the American Museum on Natural History from expanding was appealed and construction is suspended until the case is settled. (Curbed)

Shekema Young, who was arrested for allegedly slashing two women on the bus, says she’s innocent and the two victims were threatening to take Miss Beezy, her shih tzu yorkie mix. (Gothamist)

The NYPD rescued a frightened and freezing kitten from the undercarriage a car. Nothing else, just some good news for your Thursday. (NY Post)

Even Amazon’s money can’t save the mayor’s pricey and ill-advised BQX streetcar plan. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

New York’s rape shield laws are supposed to protect victims, but in most cases it makes it “almost impossible to successfully prosecute rapists, let alone millionaire celebrity rapists” like Harvey Weinstein. (Gothamist)

The president and CEO of New York Public Radio, Laura R. Walker, will be stepping down after 23 years. Walker acknowledged during her time she prioritized growth over people, and the last year of her employ was highlighted with accusations of harassment and discrimination against hosts of popular shows. (NY Times)

The best bars in the city, according to Thrillist.

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The Briefly for December 19, 2018 – The “We Are Second Most Caring City in America?” Edition

Confronted with his own parking abuses, State Senator Kevin Parker tweeted “Kill yourself!”, this Midtown hot dog stand is 🔥, MTV’s Staten Island obsession continues, the best dishes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Two women were slashed in the face because they tried to pet someone’s dog on the bus. The bus rider-slash-slasher is still at-large, the NYPD is looking for tips to find her. (Gothamist)

Gramercy Park is open for one hour every year on Christmas Eve. Us peasants are otherwise never allowed to step foot inside. (6sqft)

Fried chicken, crab boils, and the rest of the year’s best dishes. (Eater)

Real estate is already getting more expensive in Long Island City. (Curbed)

A near-naked body was found inside of a bird sanctuary in Queens over the weekend. The NYPD ruled his death a homicide. (NY Post)

“Soggy fish and chips and an ammonia-tinged tartare.” The worst new restaurant of 2018 has arrived. (Eater)

Get ready to see a lot more of City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. He will start making weekly appearances on Fox 5’s Good Day New York. (NY Post)

The real victim of the Winterfest disaster is the small businesses who paid thousands of dollars to sell, only to be aligned with such a turd of an event. There are still dozens of vendors who are there four days a week who would like to see you there, despite the event organizers. (Bklyner)

Welcome to “Escape from Hell,” the L train shutdown board game. (Bushwick Daily)

The Donald J Trump Foundation will be dissolved and its assets distributed to other nonprofit groups as a part of a deal with the New York Attorney General. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Food hall fever has spread to Washington Heights with the North End Food Hall, which is scheduled to open in the spring. Expected food vendors are Dashi Ramen, Salt and Bone Smokehouse, and Harlem Public. (Eater)

Say hello to Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker, who tweeted “Kill yourself!” to the Deputy Communications Director of the New York Senate Republican Majority after she exposed his abuse of his parking placard. (Gothamist)

Five subway stations on the A and 1 lines in Washington Heights will close so the MTA can replace the elevators. (amNY)

If only to underscore the city’s issues with private trash companies, a man was hit by a K&A Carting truck outside an event held by Mayor de Blasio in Chinatown. The mayor’s security detail assisted the man before seeing him off to Bellevue Hospital. (NY Post)

We’re the second kindest city in America? Turns out only Madison, Wisconsin is more caring than us. (Bedford + Bowery)

The fight over a proposed dog run in Irving Square Park embodies Bushwick’s battle with its changing identity. (Bklyner)

Update on the story about the husband of a UK diplomat: The United Kingdom waived diplomatic immunity and Youseff Amroche was arrested for felony assault, unlawful imprisonment, and reckless endangerment. (NY Post)

Here comes “Made in Staten Island,” MTV’s latest reality show. (amNY)

7 ways to fix the MTA. Anyone have $60 billion lying around? (NY Times)

Seven too little for you? Here are 23 solutions for the MTA, courtesy of the Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup. (amNY)

That’s a hot hot dog! (NY Post)

Through Love Your Local, Small Business Services awarded $1.8 million in grants to 20 businesses with up to $90,000 per business. (Metro)

The number of chain stores in the city decreased for the first time in eleven years. (amNY)

19 restaurants good for group dinners. (Eater)

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