The Briefly for January 20, 2020 – The “You Trust the MTA, Right?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Martin Luther King’s address to Queens College, the de Blasio’s aren’t done with NYC, your ConEd bill will increase for years to come, and more

Today – Low: 21˚ High: 43˚
Possible drizzle in the morning.

“I still have faith in the future. However dark the night, however dreary the day, I still believe that we shall overcome.” -Martin Luther King Jr at his address to Queens College in 1965 as part of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Lectures. (Carlotta Mohamed for QNS)

Listen to clips from the May 13, 1965 address. (Queens College Civil Rights Archives)

Martin Luther King Jr, in his own words, on anti-Semitism. (Martin Luther King Jr in the Village Voice, 1967)

The neighborhood with the highest median prices in any neighborhood in the city is in Cobble Hill in Brooklyn. Prices increased 117% in a decade going from $1.15 million to $2.5 million. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

The L train slowdown will finish with a $850 million budget below the initially announced budget by $75 million. If you want proof, you’ll just have to trust the MTA, because there has been no review and no public accounting for the cost savings. You trust the MTA, right? (Stephen Nessen and Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

The Upper West Side and water mains aren’t getting along this month. A water main broke at the corner of 102nd and Central Park West, causing havoc on traffic and the A, C, and D trains. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Our subways continue to fall apart. This time a piece of a wall along the F/G train fell onto the sidewalk below with no reported injuries. According to the MTA the wall is over a century old and they are now conducting inspections in the area. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The history of how Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia fought the mob by banning artichokes. (Mark Hay for Atlas Obscura)

The East Side Coastal Resiliency project may force the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a compost yard in East River Park that takes in eight tons of compost a week, to relocate to an MTA lot in East Harlem by April. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

How will New York defend itself against the horrors of the next Hurricane Sandy? It’s still up for debate, but one of five options being explored is a $119 billion seawall that would take 25 years to build and may not prevent flooding caused by rising sea levels. (Anne Barnard for NY Times)

Is Community Board 2’s wealth and political connections preventing Soho and Soho from being rezoned for the first time since the 70s? (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Renderings: A look at the future look of the Hudson Yards with 3 Hudson Boulevard. Spoiler: it’s another large glass building. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

Papyrus is closing all of its stores, including the dozen plus stores in Manhattan. Looking for cheap cute paper goods? They’re liquidating everything. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

12 hidden gems of Lincoln Square and Lincoln Center. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Will the Gowanus Canal ever be clean? Simple answer: no, and here’s why. (Joseph Alexiou for Brooklyn Eagle)

Mandatory helmet laws do two things: They reduce cycling and increase head injuries. (Jessica Roberts and Caron Whitaker for Streetsblog)

Homeless deaths in New York City are up 40% year over year. (Cindy Rodriguez for Gothamist)

It’s a Broadway musical about emojis, and it’s a Times Critic’s Pick. (Laura Collins-Hughes for NY Times)

The landlord and two contractors in the East Village who installed an illegal gas line which lead to an explosion that killed two men, injured over a dozen, and destroyed two buildings, Maria Hrynenko, was sentenced to 4-12 years for manslaughter for their roles in the explosion. (Aaron Randle for NY Times)

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza refused to answer the father of a teenager who was sexually assaulted at M.S. 158 in Bayside during an education town hall2 and eventually cut the town hall short and left without addressing the issue with the crowd. (Jenna Bagcal for amNewYork Metro)

Want to go out to eat for a good cause? Here are the NYC restaurants raising money for Australia. (Nikita Richardson or Grub Street)

After being called out for turning a “play street” cul-de-sac into a teacher’s parking lot at Park Slope’s M.S. 51, a Department of Education spokesperson said teachers would stop abusing their parking placards and no longer park there. That was a blatant lie. (Streetsblog)

Photos: Take a loo kinsinde The Sill’s first Brooklyn brick-and-mortar store in Cobble Hill. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

New Yorkers pay 35-40% more for electricity than the rest of the country, and expect what you pay to increase by over 4% each year for the next three years. The state approved rate hikes for ConEd. We really held them accountable for their service outages. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The Trump administration is using a rape and murder as a way to condemn New York’s sanctuary city policy. (Annie Correal for NY Times)

A new law in New York City lets parents remove their obstetricians’ names if their medical licenses were revoked for misconduct. (Michael Gold for NY Times)

Evelyn Yang, whose husband is Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang, is one of 18 patients suing obstetrician Dr. Robert A Hadden for sexual abuse. In 2016, Manhattan DA CyVance’s office agreed to a plea deal with Hadden that involved no jail time for his crimes and reduced his sex-offender status to Level 1, keeping his name off online lists of offenders. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

The husband of “Mob Wives” star Drita D’avanzo is facing federal charges after he and his wife were arrested on state weapons charges last month. So guess it’s not just a clever name for a TV show. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

Ready for the next step in the war on cigarettes? The Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Act would ban the sale of single-use cigarette filters, virtually all cigarettes, framed as an anti-pollution measure. The bill was introduced in the state senate with three co-sponsors. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The de Blasio family is not done with New York City. Mayor de Blasio is reportedly pushing Chirlane McCray, his wife, to run for Brooklyn borough president. Supposedly the de Blasio’s would give an endorsement to Eric Adams for mayor in exchange for an endorsement of McCray for borough president. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Here’s what is known about the BQX‘s design. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

What else is there to do at the Brooklyn Navy Yard after you’ve shopped at Brooklyn’s new favorite supermarket? (Meredith Craig de Pietro for Brooklyn Based)

There was once a rumor that John Wilkes Booth’s diary was hidden in an abandoned subway tunnel under Atlantic Avenue. While the diary hasn’t been found, you can find Le Boudoir, a speakeasy partially built inside the tunnel, through a secret door at Chez Moi. (Reina Gattuso for Atlas Obscura)

12 actually quiet restaurants to try. (Beth Landman for Eater)

The Briefly for October 22, 2018 – The “I Can Only Search You If You Consent” Edition

Everyone is willing to debate without Governor Cuomo, September was “encouraging” for the MTA, Brooklyn’s witched hexed Kavanaugh, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway service changes. (Subway Changes)

“I can only search you if you consent.” After a four year fight, The Right to Know Act is in effect as of Friday. The NYPD must inform you of your right to refuse a search and also must give you a business card if you're stopped, frisked, or searched. (Gothamist)

Geoffrey Young and John Kinsman, members of the hate group Proud Boys, were arrested and charged with gang assault, attempted assault, riot, and criminal possession of a weapon as a result of the fight that broke out last week. More arrests are expected. (amNY)

Witches in Brooklyn placed a hex on Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday. Did it take hold or did the dozen Christians praying outside in protest prevent the hex? (NY Post)

Manhattan is #1! The #1 most expensive place in the world per square foot. (Viewing NYC)

Rockefeller University Hospital revealed that Dr. Reginald Archibald, a noted pediatrician, who worked at the hospital had been sexually abused and raping children for for decades. Archibald died in 2007 and the hospital is asking former patients to contact them. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s ‘Haunted Subway’ is as scary to kids as a regular commute is scary to adults. (NY Post)

The median asking rent in Bushwick has hit the all-time high of $2,599, which is 80% higher than $1,433, the average rent paid. (Bushwick Daily)

So what’s the story with the guillotine on a rooftop in Greenpoint? (Gothamist)

There’s a $16 million mansion on the Upper West Side that will accept bitcoin, which won’t necessary after you win the $1.6 billion MegaMillions, right? (6sqft)

Cardi B, hero. (People)

The Bowery’s lighting district lost its biggest store. (Bowery Boogie)

The 16 finest restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. (Eater)

Governor Cuomo (finally) agreed to a gubernatorial debate with Marc Molinaro. (NY Post)

The tickets might be expensive, but it might be worth it to go to a movie theater that’s 21+ after 6pm. (Gothamist)

IUDs will be available at the city’s 11 public hospitals and six ambulatory care centers thanks to a new initiative from the de Blasio administration. (amNY)

A white middle school teacher was fired for making black students in the Bronx re-enact slavery scenes. Patricia Cummings, the teacher in question, denies these claims. (NY Post)

Do you know what the early signs of the measles looks like? It’s ridiculous that we have to have this conversation, but since six children in Williamsburg have the measles, here we are. (Bklyner)

The nanny accused of multiple stabbings inside a day are center, including a 13-day-old baby, is mounting an insanity defense. (NY Post)

September’s subway performance was “very encouraging” according to NYC Transit President Andy Byford. There were only 63,841 delays, the lowest since August 2017. (NY Post)

After an NYPD body camera caught fire, the department is pulling 2,990 from use. (NY Times)

The city’s most endangered buildings. (Curbed)

The Clinton Hill community board just approved a B.I.G. change to St James Place. (Brooklyn Paper)


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The Briefly for September 11, 2018 – Bridgegate vs Bagelgate

9/11, a Bridgegate for Andrew Cuomo to call his own, Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order is disgusting, the mayor won’t make an AG endorsement but his wife will, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The weather calls for clouds, but the Oculus at the World Trade Center is supposed to open at 8:46am, the moment the first plane hit the North tower. At 10:28am, the moment the North tower of the WTC collapsed on 9/11, “The Way of Light” floods the inside of the building with sunlight (when possible).

An interview with “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” exhibition designer Jonathan Alger on how sports healed NYC and the nation after 9/11.

17 years later, what’s the status of World Trade Center construction?


No matter how you feel about her as a candidate, we can all agree that Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order at Zabar’s was a disgusting crime against humanity. Cinnamon raisin bagel with red onions, capers, tomato, cream cheese, and lox. “That’s what I want—a full load,” as she was quoted.

A painter discovered a piece of Manhattan history, neon signs from the 2nd Ave Deli.

A roundup of fall’s new art exhibitions, openings, and events from 6sqft.

NYPD offer outside methadone clinic: “Go shoot your f*cking heroin and die.”

NYC is no longer in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence, the storm turned its direction towards the Carolinas.

Eight City University of New York schools schools rank in the country’s top 50 according to US News & World report.

The mayor isn’t endorsing an attorney general candidate. Chirlane McCray, his wife who isn’t a coward when it comes to making an endorsement, endorsed Zephyr Teachout.

Uh oh, is Andrew Cuomo about to get a Bridgegate of his own?

A look down at the sidewalk mosaics of Little Italy by Ephemeral New York.

Graphing NYC’s immigration from 1970 through 2017.

A behind-the-scenes look at the extremely impressive Kong from the new King Kong production on Broadway from The New York Times.


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