The Briefly for March 22, 2019 – The “Trapped on the Subway with the Mayor” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, Grimaldi’s was sold, another loose farm animal, 17 great non-Chick-Fil_A chicken sandwiches, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re on the 3, 4, 6, or L trains, you’re one of the lucky ones this weekend. This weekend’s subway changes are here, and they ain’t pretty. (6sqft)

Meet Rihanna Jones, the Bed-Stuy woman trying to make the afro hair emoji happen. (Patch)

What do you do if you’re trapped on the Q train for an hour? Sing Jackson 5, of course. (@Empathetics)

What’s worse than being trapped on the subway? Trapped on the subway and having to listen to the mayor talk. (Patch)

How unpopular is Mayor de Blasio? He’s less popular than the president, and Trump’s approval rating in New York is an embarrassing 28%. (Patch)

A seafood lover’s guide to New York’s newest restaurants. (Grub Street)

A sketchy interview with New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg. (Gothamist)

Post-Finding Neverland, New York has decisions to make about how intertwined we want Michael Jackson through our city. (Gothamist)

The artist behind the East Village mural of Michael Jackson says he doesn’t support taking the mural down. (The Villager)

CitiField’s new food has a better chance of being a success than the Mets do this year. The new entrants to the lineup includes a pizza cupcake, dulcinea, dumplings from Destination Dumplings, sliders, hot dog sliders, Emmy Squared’s colony pizza and Le Big Matt. (amNY)

13 places in Greenwich Village that witnessed history. (6sqft)

Macy’s Flower Show opens this Sunday, with a Journey to Paradisios theme. Bring a coat, it’ll be a cool 60 degrees inside all day to preserve the flowers. (amNY)

Vessel’ is a temporary name for the 15-story stair sculpture in the Hudson Yards. The owners are soliciting ideas for a new name. (Gothamist)

The New York City version of the vintage Pace Picante salsa commercial is Grimaldi’s being bought by a company from Arizona. (Eater)

NYPD Sgt. Howard Roth agreed to pay $6,000 after he tried to use his badge to get special treatment from the Taxi and Limousine Commission and then making threats when he didn’t get it. (NY Post)

The racial disparities in Stuyvesant High School’s admissions is only one part of a much bigger problem city-wide. (NY Times)

The Second Ave. Sagas podcast is back and the first episode of the revival is a 45-minute interview with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. (Second Ave Sagas)

The city was recently sued under the Americans for Disabilities Act after 75% of the curbs in Lower Manhattan presented a variety of safety hazards. The city agreed to survey all 162,000 sidewalk curbs to make sure they are all accessible to those who are mobility and vision-impaired. (Gothamist)

12 coffee shops perfect for working. (Eater)

Every blue mailbox in the city will be revamped in hopes of preventing mail fishing. This means the end of sending anything other than letters due to the slot size. (NY Times)

Pot legalization was dropped from the state budget, officially ending hopes of legalization by April 1. Governor Cuomo is hoping there will an agreement about it by June. (CNN)

“Saw an illegal dirtbike doing a wheelie thru the hood aka the official start of Spring” (@desusnice)

A sheep was found tied to a tree in Coney Island Creek Park late Thursday night. This farm animals getting loose situation is baaad. (NY Post)

Real estate agents twist the truth more than a short, insecure guy on OK Cupid. What does “great bones” mean, anyway? (NY Times)

If you’ve got the money (and space), this 8,000+ VHS tape collection of over forty years of boxing matches collected by a classical pianist that lived in a 137th St apartment could be yours. (NY Times)

17 great chicken sandwiches that aren’t from Chick-Fil-A. (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for March 6, 2019 – The “Does NYC Pose a Risk to Our Mental Health?” Edition

Corey Johnson’s State of the City, a dominatrix gets bullied, the worst place to store a dead body, new monuments to women, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Parking is difficult enough in the neighborhood around Columbia University before the NYPD decides to vacate a street just so they have somewhere to park during their flag football game. This is what abuse of power looks like. (NY1)

Manhattan’s 6 1/2 Ave turns 6 1/2 years old this month. (Untapped Cities)

Do we live in a city because we’re crazy or are we crazy because we live in the city? (Scientific American)

A ode to Pacific Standard, the Park Slope Bar slated to close this month after 12 years, and their trivia night. (Grub Street)

84 of the nation’s 607 billionaires live in New York City. The city’s richest resident also happens to be the former mayor. (Patch)

Speaking of Michael Bloomberg, he’s announced that in 2020 he will… not be running for president. (Huffpost)

Fair fares will be expanded to all eligible residents by 2020. (6sqft)

Landlords are always coming up with new ways to harass tenants, with the latest being a Ditmas Park “Ten Commandments” with a three strikes and you’re evicted policy. (Gothamist)

Watch Corey Johnson’s full State of the City address. (CBS New York)

Corey Johnson is ready to break the city’s car culture and is calling on Mayor de Blasio to lead, follow, or get out of the way. (Streetsblog)

Corey Johnson likely wants the mayorship in 2021, but before that he laid out a plan to have the city take control of the MTA. (Patch)

For those brave enough, here is the full 104 page plan from the City Council Speaker. (nyc.gov)

What to see in New York art galleries right now. (NY Times)

Are we ready for BAT? That’s Big Apple Transit, which would control entities previously managed by the MTA. The org chart is frightening. (6sqft)

Just when you thought the special elections were over! The Attorney General’s election caused a need for a special election for the Public Advocate, which is now causing a special election for the City Council for Brooklyn’s district 45. Whew. (amNY)

This is how fatbergs are born. (Gothamist)

The NYPD left a dead man sitting on the Herald Square subway platform partially covered plastic for an hour during the morning commute. (Splinter)

Don’t forget the MTA’s usual way of storing dead bodies – the employee’s break room. (Inquisitr)

Mapping the success of Artists & Fleas from a garage in Williamsburg to SoHo, Chelsea, and Los Angeles. (amNY)

Industry City isn’t big enough for its owners, who are pushing the city to rezone the area. A new rezoning would allow Industry City to more than double in size, including a pair of hotels. Neighborhood groups oppose the expansion, noting that the warehouses are currently supporting blue collar jobs and removing those jobs from the neighborhood would also remove the families that have been there for decades. (Curbed)

What does it take to bully a dominatrix out of a neighborhood? (Patch)

Yeshiva Kehilath Yako on Wilson Street refused to comply with the health department’s order not to send unvaccinated children to class and 21 cases of measles were traced back to the yeshiva. (Patch)

She Built NYC unveiled plans for four new monuments of Billie Holiday, Elizabeth Jennings Graham, Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías, and Katherine Walker. The monuments are expected to be completed by 2022. (amNY)

Where to get a burger at the bar by yourself. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 5, 2019 – The “Someday You’ll Find It, The Pizza-Subway Connection” Edition

The City Council demands answers over the CBD ban, the NYPD rolls out a plan to tackle the recent spike in murders, a preview of Corey Johnson’s state of the city, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The NYPD is rolling out a five-point plan to fight the recent surge in murders across the city. Stronger gun protections, expanding the Ceasefire anti-gang initiative, helping parolees, and intensive investigations when guns are used in domestic violence. (amNY)

300,00 cubic yards of sand are headed to fight the erosion that’s been threatening the Rockaways and kept a portion of the beach closed last summer. (amNY)

The pizza principle/pizza-subway connection is the single greatest economic theory in history. Does it still hold up in the age of gourmet pizza while the MTA is holding the cost of a subway ride at $2.75? (6sqft)

Ben’s Cookies from the U.K., Ole & Steen from Denmark, Tim Ho Wan and TTK Fried Chicken from Taiwan, and Pelicana Friend Chicken from South Korea make up only a portion of the international chains that have chosen New York City as their launching pad into the United States. (amNY)

Six spots for pączki to celebrate a belated Tłusty Czwartek. (Gothamist)

What’s the richest neighborhood in the city? (NY Post)

Can you spell “beautiful?” Statistically speaking, we can’t. (Viewing NYC)

All across the city parents woke up and asked themselves “Whose stupid idea was it to close the schools today?” (NY Times)

Talking shit about snow days is a long standing city tradition. (Gothamist)

Remember when the “heat day” was the new “snow day”? (NY Times)

10 places to get your fill of Irish culture ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. (6sqft)

Racist comments and right wing politics aren’t enough to stop Morrisey from descending on New York in May to do a weeklong residency on Broadway. (Gothamist)

Some subway newsstands will be replaced by vending machines. Good thing the subways are so clean. It would be a shame to see what would happen to a vending machine down there. (Curbed)

An MTA Q33 bus fatally struck a pedestrian early Monday in Jackson Heights, dragging him for several feet before the 55-year-old driver realized there was a man caught up in the wheels. The driver was not charged. (NY Post)

National September 11 Memorial & Museum maintenance worker Jerry Mena’s job is to polish and clean the engraved names on the panels above the memorial’s reflecting pools. (amNY)

Is it time to change the city’s sirens? (Gothamist)

The city council is demanding answers why the Department of Health banned CBD in the city. (NY Post)

Should the city takeover the transit system? City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is expected to unveil a roadmap to exactly that during his state of the city address today. (Streetsblog)

22 stellar sit-down pizzerias. (Eater)

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