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 November 19, 2018 – The “MTA is On the Edge of a Death Spiral” Edition

Holding affordable housing hostage in Brooklyn, Prospect Park Lake’s “Floating Goat,” plans to privatize the NYCHA’s operations, the best burgers in the city, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The house of the man who designed Central Park and Prospect Park sits in ruin on Staten Island. The New York Landmarks Conservancy is looking to restore Frederick Law Olmsted’s house and launched a Kickstarter to get it started. (Untapped Cities)

Here are the two options for the MTA fare hikes headed our way in 2019 as the entire system sits on the edge of a death spiral. (Second Ave Sagas)

A developer in Crown Heights is holding affordable units hostage if the city does not approve an upzoning their new development. (Bklyner)

In some parts of the city, limits on Community Board term-limits is a cause for concern when board seats already have a difficult time being filled. (Bronx Times)

If you’re questioning just how progressive de Blasio really is based on his support of Amazon’s LIC HQ2, you’re not alone. (The Real Deal)

The 24 best burgers in the city. (Eater)

Does the Sanitation Department’s boss, Kathryn Garcia, have too much on her plate? On top of being responsible for the city’s trash removal and snow-removal, the mayor also named her as the person to combat toxic lead across the city. (NY Post)

Can the private sector save the NYCHA? That’s exactly what is being considered. The plan would hand over management of repairs and renovations, but it will also sell unused air rights to develop new apartments on underused NYCHA land. (Curbed)

Signal work on the 7 train that started in 2010 is finally scheduled to finish at the end of the month. The work will allow extra trips when the L train shuts down in April. (Jackson Heights Post)

Why are some portions of Manhattan devoid of skyscrapers? The reason is less geological and more financial. (Laughing Squid)

1,500 affordable apartments were headed for LIC, but a certain online retailer’s plans for new offices have put that in jeopardy. (6sqft)

Breathe in, watch the mandarin duck in Central Park swimming in the snow, breathe out. (@notfapgod69)

What is “The Floating Goat” in Prospect Park Lake? (amNY)

The 25-year history of the Union Square Holiday Market. (6sqft)

Mayor de Blasio fired the chief of the Department of Investigations, and it’s hard to see that it was anything but a personal vendetta against a former friend. (NY Times)

The North Face’s new prototype store in Williamsburg includes a custom-scent made to remind you of Yosemite National Park. (Bedford + Bowery)

The stories of the stray cats of Red Hood. (Red Hook Star-Revue)

A checklist of restaurants and bars to check out before the L train shuts down, but make sure to check that the L train is actually running before venturing out. (amNY)

The best (and worst) spots to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (amNY)

The city is no longer without an FAO Schwarz. (Untapped Cities)

The chief responsible for the Harvey Weinstein case who led the NYPD’s special victim’s division (not executive produced by Dick Wolf) has been ousted. His replacement will be Deputy Chief Judith Harrison. (NY Times)

Despite the chaos and insane traffic during last week’s snow storm, the subway was… surprisingly functional. (NY Post)

Panna II, one of the city’s worst-reviewed restaurants, is one of the hottest reservations in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for October 25, 2018 – The “Signs of the L-pocalypse” Edition

Expect multiple fare hikes in the coming years from the MTA, the most annoying woman in Crown Heights, inside the collapse of PilotWorks, the Squirrel Census, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Inside the sudden collapse of Pilotworks, the food incubator that housed about 175 small businesses. (The Bridge)

Bike lanes have been painted on 12th and 13th St, one of the first signs of the L-pocalypse. (Chelsea Now)

The MTA’s new station managers are focusing on making the subways look cleaner, but the results aren’t easily seen. Will a visible difference on the platform make more of an impact than noticeably better service? (Gothamist)

“Unless we get a sustainable new source of revenue, we have no other options to balance our budget after 2019.” Expect fare hikes and service cuts in the coming years as the MTA won’t be able to fill their budget gap. Where’s that $37 billion going to come from to fix the subways? (amNY)

11 NYC restaurants made it on to OpenTable’s 50 best vegetarian restaurants list. (amNY)

Meet Kathleen Reilly, the most annoying woman in Crown Heights. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Thousands of new apartments are being built on the Lower East Side, here is a map of all of them. (Curbed)

After his failed Lieutenant Governor Democratic nomination bid, Councilmember Jumaane Williams has his eyes set on NYC’s Public Advocate position. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The thrill of the Central Park Squirrel Census is real, and it goes beyond the pencils and pins given to the volunteers (but they’re pretty cool too). (Atlas Obscura)

The city’s worst landlords are costing us $300 million annually. (Curbed)

Dean Skelos, once one of the most powerful men in Albany, will be going to jail for over four years for abusing his office to benefit his son. Speaking of his son, he’s going to jail for four years too. (NY Post)

TapeScape, at the Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum, looks like an Instagram-bait installation but in a real museum. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The anti-MAGA #KeepNYCTrashFree posters popping up around the city is the work of artist Winston Tseng, who was the man behind the parody “Your Train is Delayed” ad campaign. (Gothamist)

Will Brooklyn’s Watchtower sign be replaced? The Board of Standards and Appeals will make the decision on November 8. (Curbed)

The race between Marty Golden and his Democratic opponent Andrew Gounardes is one of the city’s most interesting. Their debate, covering gender identity, abortion, state-wide health insurance, and more. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The morning after their debate, Golden’s office had the words “Marty Golden defends Nazis” in chalk in front of his district office, a criticism of his refusal to fire a campaign staffer who invited the leader of the Proud Boys to speak at the GOP club on the Upper East Side. (Kings County Politics)

Consent is mandatory. (Bedford and Bowery)

Two women were found dead and duct-taped together under a pier at W 68th and Riverside Park South on Wednesday afternoon. The NYPD are investigating. (NY Post)

Rent is at an all-time high in Manhattan ($3,247!), but the borough’s home sales in saw their largest drop in Q3 since the financial crisis. (StreetEasy)

Fort Greene’s Great Pupkin Dog Halloween Costume Contest was moved from this Saturday to Sunday. Plan accordingly! (Gothamist)


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