The Briefly for March 15, 2019 – The “Manhattan’s Getting More Junk in the Trunk” Edition

The death of a supposed mob boss, Lou Reed’s archive is now available at the NYPL, a guide to the Hudson Yards, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The NYPD’s hate crime unit is investigating the anti-Semitic graffiti on an ad featuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (NBC New York)

The MTA will stop L train construction at 7pm following months of constructing dragging on for nearby residents until 11pm six days a week. (Town & Village)

Is Bushwick ready for a Chipotle with liquor? (Patch)

Lower Manhattan is going to expand by approximately 500 feet in a $10 billion effort to protect the neighborhood from the next superstorm. (Gothamist)

Francesco Cali, the supposed boss of the Gambino crime family, was shot dead in front of his Staten Island home on Wednesday night. No suspect has been identified. (Patch)

Frank Cali’s neighborhood was, as the Times puts it, “a fitting location for an old-fashioned Mafia hit.” (NY Times)

Things are just peachy along the L train, as service to Manhattan was suspended on Thursday morning after debris fell onto the tracks. Also? No L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn this weekend. (Gothamist)

Watch a visualization of the city’s development from 1609 through today. (Myles Zhang)

30 reliable first date spots in Brooklyn, also 30 places to people-watch first dates. (Eater)

A decomposing body was found in the water near the Brooklyn Army Terminal on Wednesday morning, the man was not identified. (Bklyner)

Okay, is winter over yet? (Patch)

The Department of Health announced five yeshivas who illegally allowed unvaccinated students to attend school and the measles count is now at 158. 137 of those cases are under 18. (Bklyner)

All the restaurant specialty nights worth checking out. (Grubstreet)

A guide to inside Hudson Yards, which officially opens today. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn’s District Attorney is dipping a toe into the sex work decriminalization debate. He doesn’t support decriminalization but has stated is “rethinking” loitering charges. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Long Island City residents asked for a bike lane along Borden Avenue in January, a cyclist was hit and killed on that road three months later. (Gothamist)

A new bill proposed by City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal would create a searchable database to show empty storefronts that have been vacant for over three months, and owners facing a $1,000 fine for each week they fail to register. (Patch)

Lou Reed’s handwritten poems, sketches, photographs, recordings, and other personal items were acquired by the New York Public Library and will be on display starting today. (amNY)

Part of the celebration of Lou Reed is a limited edition library card sporting his image. (BrooklynVegan)

Everything you need to know about Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. (6sqft)

Where to eat out when you really can’t afford to. (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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The Briefly for March 1, 2019 – The “Baby Come Back, You Can Blame It All On Me” Edition

The mayor is growing increasingly oblivious, MetroCards have an expiration date, open letters to Jeff Bezos, Citi Bike adds new electric bikes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re taking the 6 this weekend, you’re in the clear. If you’re taking literally any other subway, you should check the closures and services changes. (6sqft)

Raise a glass to the 19 restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

Luna the bodega cat has been returned! (Gothamist)

We have a population of thousands of people who’ve been forgotten.” Queensbridge residents are grappling with the new reality of an Amazon-less Long Island City. (Patch)

Some people won’t take no for an answer. Long Island City’s John Brown Smokehouse owner Josh Bowen flew himself to Seattle in hopes of saving the Amazon HQ2 deal. (QNS)

He wasn’t alone. Governor Cuomo has been on the phone to Jeff Bezos multiple times in the last two weeks trying to get Amazon to reconsider. (NY Times)

A letter from a recently purchased Long Island City condo to Jeff Bezos. (McSweeney’s)

An open letter to Jeff Bezos from the Partnership for New York City in a full page ad in The New York Times. (NY Times)

The subway token lasted 50 years, the MetroCard took over in 2003 but won’t make it past 2023. (Patch)

The first LGBTQ group to ever march in the 44 years of the Brooklyn’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be the Brooklyn Irish LGBTQ Organization. (Patch)

There are two kinds of people in the city, the people who have been to Winnie’s in Chinatown and then there’s everybody else. Winnie’s has a new home at 58 East Broadway four years after its closing with Winnie and her children Jamie and Teddy at the helm. (Eater)

Are you ready for cat yoga? (Bklyner)

Revenge porn is officially illegal in New York. The state legislature unanimously passed a bill making it illegal to attempt to defame and humiliate someone by illicitly releasing photos or videos. Google and Facebook have lobbied against earlier versions of the bill. (Gothamist)

An interview with the new Public Advocate after two days on the job. (Gothamist)

Here’s how Jumaane Williams won the special election. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The FDNY has to buy “spit hoods” to protect medics from being spit on, but the purchase was delayed because the original hoods made the medics look too much like members of the KKK. (NY Post)

The good news: The city will get 4,000 new pedal-assisted electric bikes. The bad news: They will cost an additional $2 per ride. (amNY)

The de Blasio administration is installing 42% less than Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, while the city has seen a 70% growth in daily bike trips. (amNY)

The city’s official map of legal bike parking locations. (NYC.gov)

Is there any point in staying in NYC if you’re introverted? (r/AskNYC)

The mayor is increasingly oblivious. This week he rode the subway and seemed surprised to discover just how exasperated New Yorkers are with their inability to get to where they are going without delays and hassles and endless anxiety.” Ouch. (NY Times)

No goals, no benchmarks, no accountability, but it costs $250 million a year. It isn’t clear what Chirlane McCrazy’s ThriveNYC initiative has accomplished. (Politico)

City Councilmembers are calling for a parking permit system North of 60th St to defend the neighborhood against the inevitable hordes of drivers trying to circumvent the city’s planned congestion pricing. (Crains)

Where to go on a double date. (The Infatuation)

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