The Briefly for October 18, 2018 – The “This Will Make the L Train Shutdown Look Easy” Edition

The MTA has not properly maintained the subways, NYC’s haunted history, the mayor is accused of selective animal-cruelty enforcement, this November’s election is going to be confusing, and more.

The L train is not running between Broadway Junction and 8th 8 Ave, from 10:45 pm until 5 a.m. every weekday until November 30. The MTA is also reducing service to one train every 12 minutes between Myrtyle-Wckoff and Rockaway Parkway from 11am to 3pm. Add that to the L not running at all on the weekends during October. Good lord. (Gothamist)

According to the Department of Transportation commissioner Polly Tottenberg, the challenge the impending BQE construction poses to the city “makes the L train look like a piece of cake.” Oh, cool.

15 ways to celebrate Halloween. (Untapped Cities)

Activists are accusing Mayor de Blasio of refusing to enforce animal-cruelty laws against Orthodox Jews who ritually slaughter tens of thousands of chickens Brooklyn streets ahead of Yom Kippur. The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaproros wants to show in court that the selective enforcement favors a particular class. (NY Post)

November 6’s election ballots will be two pages for the first time which is expected to cause multiple logistics issues at polling locations throughout the city. Uh oh. (Bklyner)

A sample election ballot.

Could one way to reduce the burden on the subway system be lowering the cost of in-city trips on the LIRR and Metro-North to subway fares? (Curbed)

LA chef Ilan Hall is back in NYC with Ramen Hood, a pop-up vegan noodle bar at the Chef’s Club in SoHo. (Gothamist)

Speaking of challenges Tottenberg also said “I’m the first to admit we have a long way to go.” when talking about parking placard abuse. She’s recommending automatic license plate readers, which likely won’t be a hit with civil liberties groups. (NY Post)

Three Crown Heights parks will see their first improvements in 20 to 30 years. It’s a double edged sword, as investments in these parks could result in higher rents and sale prices in the already fragile neighborhood. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Ferry buffs, sorry to see that Hurricane Michael forced a delay in the delivery of new boats for the Staten Island Ferry. The first boat was opting in late 2019 and there is no new delivery date yet. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo is actually praising Mayor de Blasio. Cuomo is joining de Blasio in calling for a boycott of NY1 by any state officials over an ongoing strike by the electrical workers union. (NY Post)

A new audit of the MTA between 2015 and 2017 shows, surprise surprise, the MTA has not properly maintained the system. 76% of inspections are not completed on time and thousands of inspections never happened at all. (NY Post)

Low-level offenders (disorderly conduct, littering, drinking alcohol in public) with outstanding warrants have the opportunity to clear their record in Woodside on Saturday. (Sunnyside Post)

Trump Place at 200 Riverside Blvd will now be known as…200 Riverside Blvd. The building is the latest of many in Manhattan to dump Trump signage due to the actions of our current president. (NY Times)

The former NYPD detective on the Harvey Weinstein case allegedly told one of his victims that she could delete text messages from her phones before turning them over to prosecutors. She didn’t, but that sounds shady to say the least. (Gothamist)

The baby Trump balloon is making its way to the city for the Impeachment Parade on October 27. (amNY)

10 spots that will reveal the city’s haunted history. (6sqft)


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The Briefly for October 15, 2018 – Brooklyn Witches Will Curse Brett Kavanaugh (and the Patriarchy)

The mayor won’t stop talking, WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment, a white woman in sunglasses calls the cops, local blog drama, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn witches are planning to curse Brett Kavanaugh. Bushwick’s Catland promises to curse Brett the Beerman Kavanaugh, all other rapists, and the patriarchy during an October 20 ritual. (NY Post)

The governor ordered the state police to investigate the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys after video shows them attacking protestors and calling them homophobic slurs. The NYPD is also investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The Q at Parkside blog disappeared last week, this week it returned, publishing the letter from Alicia Boyd that demanded the site be shut down. Brooklyn hyperlocal blogging just got weird. (The Q at Parkside)

A guerrilla art installation by artist Aaron Asis popped up at Fort Tilden in Queens. Have A Ball is inside an abandoned structure and is reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden.’ (Untapped Cities)

44% of all New York households are rent burdened (more than 30% of their income goes towards rent). The percentages for very low and extremely low income households are much worse. (Curbed)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A white woman in sunglasses called the cops on a black person for existing. The twist this time is that the black person was a 9-year-old boy, and despite being accused of grabbing Flatbush’s Teresa Klein’s ass, he did not. (NY Post)

You’re no artist! Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the “Trumpet Fight” masterpiece video. October 14th will always be “You’re Talented and Not a Disgrace and You Do Not Suck Day.” (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio, who works out at the Park Slope YMCA on a regular basis, does not think politicians should be bothered by protestors or upset citizens when they are in public. If you disagree, the mayor regularly works out at and can be found at the Park Slope YMCA. (NY Post)

Is NYC pizza better because of our water? (Viewing NYC)

Where to eat and drink near Penn Station (if you must). (Eater)

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Village Halloween Parade. (Curbed)

WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment that enabled sexual misconduct and punished employees for coming forward, according to a lawsuit. (Gothamist)

President Trump’s new green card proposal could deny 75,000 New Yorkers of SNAP benefits, Medicaid, public housing or rent vouchers. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Replacing the Brooklyn Promenade with the BQE during construction is Mayor De Blasio’s favored option when it comes to the rock and hard place decision about how to repaid the crumbling highway. (Brooklyn Paper)

Is the mayor trying to make us tune him out by talking forever? (NY Post)

Over the next three years, 3.5 miles of skyscrapers will be built in NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Our water isn’t what it used to be. If you’ve been wasting wood or dirt in your tap water, you’re not alone. (NY Post)

Don’t settle for crappy bagels. The Brooklyn Bagel Blog is here to point you in the right direction when you need your fix.


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The Briefly for October 3, 2018 – Illness, Microbes, and Epidemics Shaped Our City

It’s legal to take your dog on public transit in an emergency, the Lower East Side Mall expands, the Central Park Squirrel Census, neighborhoods for bookworms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Presidential Alert System will be tested at 2:18pm today. If you have a phone that can receive text messages, you’ll be receiving a message. Three New Yorkers are fighting today’s test in court. (NY Post)

How illness, microbes, and epidemics designed New York City. (Curbed)

A NIMBY lawsuit is aimed at trying to stop the addition of bus priority lanes, bike lanes, sidewalk expansions, and anything else that might be helpful during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The check is no longer in the mail. Vanessa Bandie, Lauren Johnson, Paul Daniels, and James Black were charged in connection with stealing more than $29,000 from checks in the mail (BKLYNER).

Governor Cuomo signed legislation that allows pets to be brought on any public transit during an emergency. (NY Post)

If you left your gun in the Lambs Club bathroom last week, the NYPD has your gun. (Eater)

A 9-year-old girl was sitting on her window-mounted air conditioner when it fell out of the sixth floor and she followed down to the second story roof of a day care next to her building. She survived and suffered a broken ankle. (Daily News)

Rent increases have gone into effect for rent-stabilized apartments, after the Rent Guidelines Board voted to allow rent hikes. One-year leases will increase 1.5% and two-year leases will increase 2.5%. (Curbed)

The city’s 20 premiere pastry shops. (Eater)

After a third daylight shooting in three months near the Fulton Mall, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for a meeting to prevent future violence. (BKLYNER)

The Central Park Squirrel Census needs volunteers! (amNY)

An accident in Brooklyn turned into a wild gunpoint kidnapping and extortion that ended on an eighth-floor fire escape on the Upper West Side. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio created a new position in his administration, a chief democracy officer, whose job it will be to get people registered to vote and civil participation. Critics warn that the $165k/year job is a waste of money, similar to the “night mayor,” who is paid $130k/year. (NY Post)

If you have thoughts on the proposed 40-story jail that Mayor de Blasio wants to put on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, . You can email boroughplan@doc.nyc.gov (Brooklyn Paper)

The Lower East Side Mall is nearly complete. Marshalls is opening next door to Katz’s on Thursday. (Bowery Boogie)

The Trump administration is withholding on over a billion dollars in funding for transit projects and have been fighting against granting any funding for projects. The MTA’s “Fast Forward” plan will cost between $14 and $43 billion and relies heavily on federal funding. (Transit for America)

The best neighborhoods in the city for bookworms in celebration of National Book Month. (StreetEasy)


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