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 11, 2018 – Does the Penn Station Problem Have a Solution?

The MTA is ready to give up on new ideas, an alpaca roamed around Brooklyn, the Papaya King expands his kingdom, NYCHA is out of money, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

“This is really our last, best shot at getting this right.” Will this be the time for Penn Station’s renaissance or will it continue to be the crowded hellhole that we all know and loathe?

If you don’t vote, you are doubling the value of someone else’s vote. (kottke.org) Did you know you can register to vote at a LinkNYC kiosk? (The Brooklyn Reader) Voter registration closes on Friday for the November 6 election.

Remember Pastagram, the restaurant specifically made to look good in photos? Turns out the food isn’t terribly photogenic. (NY Post)

He’s the Papaya King, we just live in his kingdom. (Eater)

The Morgan is celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein (and his monster) with “It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200,” with parts of the original manuscript, movie memorabilia, the original Fuseli painting that inspired the story and more. (amNY)

The NYPD arrested Nigel Kennedy, a self-proclaimed spiritual leader, on several charges of rape and sexual misconduct after who women accused him of drugging then during a “religious ceremony.” (BKLYNER)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s original copper eagle found a new home in the Brooklyn Public Library. The library is having a naming contest for the eagle. Is Eagle McEagleface an option? (amNY)

Watching a loose alpaca in Borough Park is precisely what you need right now. (@jacobkornbluh)

The resources are not there to do the job” -Stanley Brezenoff, interim chairman of the NYCHA. Repairs are desperately needed and the funding isn’t available, leaving tens of thousands of New Yorkers in deteriorating conditions. (NY Post)

New York has a rich history of throwing on headphones and ignoring the world. (Gothamist)

18 iconic locations in 18 iconic films. (StreetEasy)

15 standout fast-casual restaurants in Midtown for your lunchtime chow downs. (Eater)

The MTA is opening a “transit tech lab,” because it seems that they’re ready to admit that they can’t our transit woes themselves. (6sqft)

Cellino & Barnes are having a “record year” despite their public feud and breakup. (NY Post)

“Candy Nation,” a series of 20 9-foot tall candy sculptures by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell, has landed in the Garment District as part of the 15th Annual Arts Festival. (Untapped Cities)

The DOT announced plans to redesign Northern Blvd after six traffic deaths in 2017 and four so far in 2018. (Curbed)

The MTA promises that during the L train shutdown, they will not shut down the subways below 14th St on the weekends. Let’s see if they stick to that. (Gothamist)

The restoration of the Truman Capote House in Brooklyn Heights is complete. (Brownstoner)

The 10 best places to see foliage in Central Park. (Untapped Cities)


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The Briefly for July 11, 2018 – Changes to the Brooklyn Bridge, New Yorkers Don’t Get Enough Sleep, and more

It’s free Slurpee day, how to survive and thrive in the city’s pools, don’t eat the Gowanus Canal crabs, did the mayor illegally cross the US/Mexico border, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

It’s free Slurpee day, don’t forget.

PTSD in civilian 9/11 rescue and recovery workers is linked to heart attack and stroke risks, according to an American Heart Association study. This is the first link discovered between PTSD and heart disease.

Generation Q, a new LGBTQ youth center, opened in Forest Hills.

Mayor de Blasio claims his administration will “eradicate this problem once and for all,” which is difficult to believe, because this wasn’t a priority until it came under scrutiny by local media. NYC Transit president Andy Byford finally had a 90-minute meeting with the Mayor on Monday after six months on the job. It was during a NY Times profile of Byford that it had come up that he was unable to get time with the mayor. More media coverage which jolted the mayor into action.

Did the mayor cross the US/Mexico border illegally?

Will Governor Cuomo sign a bill that would prevent him from using MTA funding as a state slush fund? The Governor has diverted half a billion dollars away from the MTA and it’s hard to ignore the current state of the system. The bill passed with bipartisan support and now it’s up to the Governor to do the right thing.

Throggs Neck has a new farmer’s market every Tuesday through November 13th.

Will rezoning Inwood push out small businesses and lead to gentrification?

Angry Bob Holden is finding out being a city councilperson is more nuanced than he imagined. Holden represents the NIMBY neighborhoods of Middle Village, Maspeth, and Glendale. The Village Voice profiled him and his struggles to transition from civic leader to politician.

The DOT submitted design alterations to the Brooklyn Bridge to the Landmarks Preservations Commission, which will revamp the bridge’s towers and fix up the arch blocks on the Brooklyn side of the bridge and badly need repair. No timetable has been announced, but expect this to take many years.

Untapped Cities was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hudson Yards as construction heads towards a finish in 2019.

It’s hard to believe that people will still fish in the Gowanus Canal while it’s being dredged, but this is the world we live in.

Filming around town: The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG is still around 86th St and Ridge Blvd in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at 33rd St and 36th Ave in Queens, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Duane and W. Broadway, and Otherhood is at Grand and Allen.

Disney is selling their buildings on the Upper West Side for a massive amount of money and moving to Four Hudson Square in Greenwich Village with a 99 year lease.

Take a tour of the brand new portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 3, courtesy of Curbed.

42 percent of New Yorkers have reported sleep problems and it would be less if those kids next door ever stopped screaming and stomping around!

What happened when Feminist Apparel’s staffed discovered CEO Alan Martofel’s history of sexually abusing women? He fired everyone on his staff who asked for his resignation.

A guide to survive and thrive in the city’s pools.

One fifth of licensed food trucks in the city go un-inspected because they can’t be found, and that’s why the city wants to add GPS devices to trucks to better track their locations. Opponents of the plan worry it would be used by the federal government against immigrant vendors.

If you’re looking for an eternal home, there’s a vault deep within St. Patrick’s’ catacombs that can be yours for only $7 million.


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