The Briefly for February 8, 2019 – The “MTA Is A Disgrace For This State, We All Know It” Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, the Grand Hyatt on 42nd will be torn down, an NYPD captain attacked a cyclist, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you normally ride the 4, 5, D, N, and Q trains, get ready for a rough weekend. If you’re along the L, you already know what to expect. The weekend is only a few hours away, make sure to check the trains for closures and diversions before you head out. (6sqft)

The city will have to cut $750 million from its 2020 fiscal budget to make up for a near billion dollar shortfall of tax revenues. (amNY)

Andres Lopez Elorez was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in smuggling liquid heroin stuffed inside puppies. (NY Times)

“The MTA is a disgrace for this state, we all know it,” said the man who has so much control over the MTA that he was able to cancel the entire L train shutdown. (Curbed)

Why did an NYPD captain apparently tackle a man riding a bike in Midtown? (Streetsblog)

This is pretty cool. The city’s budget includes money to install technology at 300 intersections that will hold green lights and shorten red lights for keep city buses moving faster. (Streetsblog)

How’s the rezoning going in Gowanus? The community’s not thrilled. (Bklyner)

Did MTV cancel “Made in Staten Island?” Maybe those 9,300 signatures on change.org made a difference. (amNY)

If you don’t love the Mandarin Duck while he molts, you don’t deserve him at his best. (Gothamist)

Happy national pizza day on Saturday. Never forget John Stewart’s epic anti-Chicago deep-dish “pizza” rant.

Margaret Cho, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and more join Red Room Orchestra for two back-to-back evenings of live music from Twin Peaks and the films of Wes Anderson at Symphony Space on February 15 & 16. (Sponsored by Symphony Space)

Metropolitan Republican Club, the epicenter of the Proud Boys fights last year, has a new president. Ian Reilly formerly advised a group that endorsed shooting migrants, forgetting the Holocaust, and marched with neo-Nazis. (Gothamist)

The oil smell in the L train tunnels has lingered all week. The smells have made at least three MTA workers sick and caused the train to stop service for a period of time on Wednesday. (Brokelyn)

The 10 most charming spots in the Greenwich Village Historic District. (6sqft)

“Statues for Equality” will bring 10 bronze sculptures of women to the city. The 10 will raise the number of statues of women in the city by 200%. (6sqft)

The 25 most expensive homes for sale, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. (Curbed)

Whoops! Public Advocate candidate Ron Kim forgot to mention his ownership of multiple luxury properties to a state ethics agency. (The Real Deal)

The 10 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time. (Viewing NYC)

Say farewell to the Grand Hyatt on 42nd. Donald Trump’s first major Manhattan project is being torn down and replaced. (NY Post)

Etna Tool & Die was a staple of Bond Street for a century in a neighborhood with apartments selling for over ten million dollars. The building’s new owner has no intentions of giving in to the neighborhood’s pressures. (NY Times)

The most romantic restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 19, 2018 – The “We Are Second Most Caring City in America?” Edition

Confronted with his own parking abuses, State Senator Kevin Parker tweeted “Kill yourself!”, this Midtown hot dog stand is 🔥, MTV’s Staten Island obsession continues, the best dishes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Two women were slashed in the face because they tried to pet someone’s dog on the bus. The bus rider-slash-slasher is still at-large, the NYPD is looking for tips to find her. (Gothamist)

Gramercy Park is open for one hour every year on Christmas Eve. Us peasants are otherwise never allowed to step foot inside. (6sqft)

Fried chicken, crab boils, and the rest of the year’s best dishes. (Eater)

Real estate is already getting more expensive in Long Island City. (Curbed)

A near-naked body was found inside of a bird sanctuary in Queens over the weekend. The NYPD ruled his death a homicide. (NY Post)

“Soggy fish and chips and an ammonia-tinged tartare.” The worst new restaurant of 2018 has arrived. (Eater)

Get ready to see a lot more of City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. He will start making weekly appearances on Fox 5’s Good Day New York. (NY Post)

The real victim of the Winterfest disaster is the small businesses who paid thousands of dollars to sell, only to be aligned with such a turd of an event. There are still dozens of vendors who are there four days a week who would like to see you there, despite the event organizers. (Bklyner)

Welcome to “Escape from Hell,” the L train shutdown board game. (Bushwick Daily)

The Donald J Trump Foundation will be dissolved and its assets distributed to other nonprofit groups as a part of a deal with the New York Attorney General. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Food hall fever has spread to Washington Heights with the North End Food Hall, which is scheduled to open in the spring. Expected food vendors are Dashi Ramen, Salt and Bone Smokehouse, and Harlem Public. (Eater)

Say hello to Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker, who tweeted “Kill yourself!” to the Deputy Communications Director of the New York Senate Republican Majority after she exposed his abuse of his parking placard. (Gothamist)

Five subway stations on the A and 1 lines in Washington Heights will close so the MTA can replace the elevators. (amNY)

If only to underscore the city’s issues with private trash companies, a man was hit by a K&A Carting truck outside an event held by Mayor de Blasio in Chinatown. The mayor’s security detail assisted the man before seeing him off to Bellevue Hospital. (NY Post)

We’re the second kindest city in America? Turns out only Madison, Wisconsin is more caring than us. (Bedford + Bowery)

The fight over a proposed dog run in Irving Square Park embodies Bushwick’s battle with its changing identity. (Bklyner)

Update on the story about the husband of a UK diplomat: The United Kingdom waived diplomatic immunity and Youseff Amroche was arrested for felony assault, unlawful imprisonment, and reckless endangerment. (NY Post)

Here comes “Made in Staten Island,” MTV’s latest reality show. (amNY)

7 ways to fix the MTA. Anyone have $60 billion lying around? (NY Times)

Seven too little for you? Here are 23 solutions for the MTA, courtesy of the Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup. (amNY)

That’s a hot hot dog! (NY Post)

Through Love Your Local, Small Business Services awarded $1.8 million in grants to 20 businesses with up to $90,000 per business. (Metro)

The number of chain stores in the city decreased for the first time in eleven years. (amNY)

19 restaurants good for group dinners. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 29, 2018 – The “Your Delivered Packages Are Becoming A Problem” Edition

A closer look at the Amazon HQ2 tax breaks, the Fearless Girl is no longer staring down the Charing Bull, the best splurge meals in the city, Central Park destroyed, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Have you RSVP’d to break 6ix9ine out of federal prison?

Amazon Cuomo makes a plea to the president to fund The Gateway Program, a new train tunnel for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit under the Hudson. (NY Times) Cuomo claimed the meetings were positive, but with no actual progress. (Politico)

Central Park, destroyed by a (theoretical) eco-terrorist attack. (6sqft)

Have you been noticing the amount of packages sitting in the lobby of your building piling up? You’re not alone and it’s becoming a problem. (The Real Deal)

The 20 best splurge meals in the city. (Eater)

Fearless Girl, who stared down Wall St’s Charging Bull since March 2017, is gone. (amNY)

More anti-Semitic vandalism, this time at Columbia University. (Gothamist)

The incoming investigation commissioner isn’t planning to take any shit from Mayor de Blasio. (NY Times)

Roman’s, Diner, and Marlow & Sons Are giving up on their “no tips” policy starting December 17. (Eater)

Inwood’s Carrot Top Pastries is closing in January after 40 years. The building the bakery is in has been without gas since December 2017 and business has suffered tremendously as a result. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio’s “replace Rikers” plan has started to fall apart. The Manhattan location has been scrapped. Will the mayor fulfill his dream of breaking ground before he exits office? (Curbed)

The guide to dining in the Theater District. (Eater)

An Uber driver is accused of dragging a man with his car after allegedly verbally berating the passenger and his husband with homophobic slurs. The man who was dragged was refunded, the driver’s Uber account was suspended, and the NYPD is investigating. (NY Post)

A closer look at Amazon’s HQ2 tax breaks. (Gotham Gazette)

Photos from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. (Untapped Cities)

This is the happiest news you’ll read all day. Hooray for Pickles and Violet, reunited with their humans after both going lost. (Bklyner) A close second? Mark Ruffalo lost his backpack in a cab, and it was returned to him after a public call to assemble for the Avenger. (@MarkRuffalo)

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