The Briefly for November 7, 2018 – The “As Smooth as Your Morning Commute” Edition

The Democrats have control of the State Senate, Assembly, and Governor’s office, someone stole a bodega kitten, NYC’s Michelin stars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here is a complete list of winners from Tuesday’s midterm election. All three ballot proposals were approved, NYC will send all Democrats to the House of Representatives, Marty Golden was voted out of office, and more.

Recreational marijuana? Fix the subways? Expanded rent control? Universal healthcare? What are the Democrats going to do with their control over New York? (NY Times)

Turns out the state is as good at running an election as they are at running the MTA. (Gothamist)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is calling for the director of the Board of Elections, Michael Ryan, to resign. Why was the election a logistical mess? It’s your fault, according to the state Board of Elections boss Michael Ryan. (NY Post)

There’s scum and then there’s the kind of person who would steal a bodega kitten. (Patch)

The subway therapy Post-Its have returned to 14th St in time for the midterm elections. (Gothamist)

Inside the beautiful and ornate Loew’s Valencia Theatre, opened in 1929 in Jamaica. (6sqft)

The MTA’s bus depots are being invaded by trash pandas. (NY Post)

Think you have what it takes to be a Rockette? (amNY)

What you need to know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Curbed)

People are very mad at in the middle of the NYC Marathon. (Gothamist)

The city’s largest street art mural was unveiled in the West Village. (Viewing NYC)

The driver who hit and killed two children in Park Slope on March was found dead in her home due to an apparently suicide. Dorothy Bruns was 44 years old. (Brooklyn Paper)

2019’s NYC Michelin-starred restaurants, mapped. (Eater)

This is the MTA’s plan to accommodate riders during the L train shutdown. Will these 1,000 extra roundtrips per week prevent a complete transit disaster? (Town & Village)

The Times Square bomber, Akayed Ullah, has been found guilty on terrorism charges for the December 11, 2017 explosion. (Gothamist)

El Chapo will be moved between Manhattan and Brooklyn twice a week, shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge in the process, once his trial starts next week. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

What do we have on the subway more than the smell, playing music without headphones or man spreading? People who talk on the phone. (NY Post)


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The Briefly for June 13, 2018 – Fair Fares, Placard Reform, Keeping Chickens in Brooklyn, and More

Low-income New Yorkers will finally have a chance to get subsidized MetroCards thanks to the city’s budget, Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivering food to the Fort Hamilton army base, and more

Brownstoner has instructions on how to keep chickens in your Brooklyn backyard. Perhaps there’s a step by step set of instructions on how to not be a stereotype.

Cobble Hill gained a ten-foot-tall statue of Pablo Picasso wearing flip flops mowing grass by Elliott Arkin. The Spanish Gardener was unveiled by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative on the corner of Columbia and Degraw Streets and remains there until July 15.

Fair Fares is finally a reality. Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council speaker Corey Johnson reached an agreement on funding half-priced MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.

“I feel like Brooklyn has been in my DNA since Welcome Back Kotter. I love you all so very much, thank you for giving me such a foundation for my career.” John Travolta day was a hell of a party.

IHOb’s burgers are… decent. Stick to pancakes.

The New York Transit Museum’s annual Parade of Trains is this weekend. Six different lines will sport vintage cars.

CUNY is renaming its journalism school after Craig Newmark. His $20 million donation helped.

Filming Around Town: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Astoria Blvd and 27th St in Astoria, and The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 4th and the Bowery.

It’s been over a year since Mayor de Blasio pledged to “crack down” on parking placard abuse, and there aren’t many signs of change.

Former Brooklyn Assemblymember Pamela Harris plead guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud and witness tampering. Harris represented Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Bath Beach and Dyker Heights and defrauded the city of $45,600 and FEMA of $25,000. She will be sentenced in September and faces up to 30 years.

Brooklyn restaurants are boycotting delivery of food to the army base where Pablo Villavicencio was detained.

Street artist Symbol is using Monopoly cards to highlight the insane prices for commercial rents around the city.

The Briefly for June 5, 2018 – Fixing the Subways, Hipster Racist ID’d, Nutcrackers, Pianos Returns, and More

New York City Transit’s new head, Andy Byford, has an plan that calls for spending $19 billion on improving capacity and accessibility for the subways. “The Fast Forward Plan” is a ten year plan that replaces most of the signals and adding step-free stations and elevators to many stations. Of course, the city’s transit chief doesn’t work for the MTA, so these ideas are just ideas for the moment. Cynthia Nixon has a similar plan for fixing the subway, which include congestion pricing, a millionaire’s tax, and imposing fees on heavy polluters.

It’s summertime, which means Nutcrackers. What are the origins of the Nutcracker? Atlas Obscura traces them back to an Upper West Side restaurant.

A proposal from City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio will allow adults to change their gender to “X” on their birth certificates. This option would become available to adults, but would not apply to newborns. There is currently an “undetermined or unknown” option available. NYC currently recognizes 31 genders.

The New York Post identified local racist Chris Giardina as the 29-year-old man caught on video throwing around the N word and other racist terms outside of Bushwick’s House of Yes. Giardina was fired from his job at MySpace NYC (it’s not THAT MySpace.)

Sanitation Salvage, the trash-hauling company who was responsible for two deaths in the last six monthsand a host of safety violations, is the subject of a ProPublica and Voice of America exposé. The company’s license has not been revoked.

Filming Around Town: John Wick 3 continues shooting at 42nd and Lexington, The Punisher is in Greenpoint, Ray Donovan is at W 133rd and 12th, Michelle Williams’s latest After the Wedding is at 4th and 2nd and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is at Riverside Dr and W 120th.

Long Island City’s development boom is unstoppable, and Curbed has a map.

Woodlawn Cemetery is turning dying and dead trees into works of art.

The mayor’s proposed overhaul of the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools is going to be an enormous fight. His two-part plan aims at making the process more fair, citing that while 70% of the city’s population are black or Latino, they only make up about 10% of students at these high schools. He wants to scrap the SHSAT (Specialize High Schools Admissions Test) and expand the Discovery program. The Discovery program would set aside 20% of seats in these schools for low-income students who just missed the test cut-off.

Sing for Hope’s pianos are returning across the city. This year there are 50 pianos that will live across the city before heading to public schools in the fall.


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