The Briefly for April 11, 2019 – The “Not the Best Place to Live, Not Even Close” Edition

A Y2K-like bug brought down some of the city’s GPS systems, Pat Kiernan has a new podcast, MTA workers fight the upcoming L Project, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

New York’s favorite news anchor, Pat Kiernan, has a new podcast. (NY1)

The state senate unanimously passed the Religious Garb Act, which will allow the wearing of “any attire, clothing, or facial hair” protected under the Human Rights Law for religious purposes. (QNS)

US News & World Report released the 2019 best places to live and we’re… not #1. Are you insane? We’re 90 out of 125. If you want #1, go move to Austin. (NY Post)

Maybe traffic cameras should, you know, police traffic regulations. That’s what State Assembly Member Michael DenDekker is proposing by adding bicycle lane violations to what traffic cameras enforce. (Sunnyside Post)

Murderinos, this one has your name written all over it. An 80-year-old Queens man was arrested for a Virginia double murder from 1973. (Gothamist)

Turns out those protective sidewalk covers don’t do much when the whole damn building collapses on top of them. No one was hurt when it happened in Williamsburg, except a few cars and maybe a penny-farthing bicycle or unicycle. It’s Williamsburg after all. (Gothamist)

A pizzeria shakedown straight out of a Jon Stewart comedy routine, but it’s real and the “mobsters” are facing up to 20 years in prison. (Brooklyn Paper)

These marijuana entrepreneurs have HIGH hopes for legalization. Get it? HIGH HOPES! Ugh. (Gothamist)

What to see right now in the city’s art galleries. (NY Times)

A guided dumpling crawl through Queens. (Eater)

After 35 years, bookbook on Bleecker Street will be closing. In order to stay open, the store would need a rent reduction and in 2019, that ain’t happening. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The five best grilled cheeses in the city. (Thrillist)

Foreclosures in the Bronx are up 28% in the first quarter of 2019. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The city’s shortest bike lane has been found. (Brooklyn Paper)

This weekend’s “Blessing of the Rides” in Coney Island is a New York City annual tradition. Here’s what to expect from the egg cream christening to the blessing itself. (amNY)

A group of transit workers is calling the L Project’s (the new and crappy name for the non-shutdown) air quality into question with flyers saying the silica dust in the air is a danger to anyone who breathes it in. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez’ office broke up a gun trafficking ring after an undercover detective purchased three dozen guns, including automatic weapons. (amNY)

The Harlem School of the Arts will undergo a $9.5 million renovation that will begin in August and update the brutalist style exterior of the building with a glass wall, and make other welcome improvements. (NY Times)

There is no law dictating that your apartment be 80% covered with rugs, but most leases include it in a clause. What are the consequences for not complying? Well, that’s a little harder to define. (StreetEasy)

A look inside Manhattan’s first Ikea. It looks a lot like an Ikea, but you’re gonna look anyway. (Curbed)

The inevitable lawsuit over the city’s vaccine mandate has arrived. (Gothamist)

Why is there a 3,000 square foot bounce house in Dumbo? Because art, of course. (Time Out)

NYC is being afflicted by a Y2K-esque bug in some of its GPS systems. This is a once every twenty year GPS reset and city officials are being very tight-lipped about it. (NY Times)

What’s going on with the smoldering anus in Union Square? (Gothamist)

Saturday is Record Store Day, the most important holiday for the vinyl obsessed and for record store owners across the city. (amNY)

A look at City Hall Station, the unused subway station where the 6 train turns around which shows the grandeur of how the subways could have been. (NY Times)

The best neighborhoods for college grads. (Localize Labs)

Is removing stops the right way to make a bus route faster? Consider the case of the M14. (Bowery Boogie)

An interview with Carlo Scissura, the head of the new BQE expert panel. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The best Easter brunch spots.

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The Briefly for August 23, 2018 – L Train Shutdown Delays Will Be Only 10 Minutes If You Trust the Mayor

The mayor took a very rare ride on the subway to talk to reporters about the L train shutdown. City Councilmember Stephen Levin joined in to say it will only add 20 minutes to a commuters day, every day, for 15 months.

Yeah, a working subway system is cool, but have you ever heard of finding it? Despite all the talk about the “Fast Forward” plan to modernize the city’s transit system, it does not have a source of funding. According to New York City Transit chief Andy Byford “Fare bucks absolutely cannot fund this plan.” Byford held a town hall on Tuesday that was criticized for its last minute announcement and said there will be more in the future.

The Mayor took a rare subway ride to tell reporters that when it comes to the L train shutdown “We’re on this.” Remember this number. The Mayor and City Councilmember Stephen Levin said the average delay in a commute should be 10 minutes each way and New Yorkers should take it “in stride.”

Farewell to the IHOP in Jackson Heights on Northern Blvd. You’ll always have a blace in our hearts.

An update on where the Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz case stands now.

Sometimes a list is full of the best, sometimes the places are unique, but this one is 25 dependable restaurants and bars on the Upper East Side, according to Eater.

The city released a new tool that allows you to see information about every construction project in real time. Poke around in the Active Major Construction tool to see what’s being built in your neighborhood.

An unidentified man was found dead in the East River.

Despite their war of words, Andrew Cuomo has not returned the $64,000 donated to his election campaigns over the years by Donald Trump. His opponent on September 6, Cynthia Nixon, pointed this out in a campaign stop on Wednesday.

State Senator Jesse Hamilton is calling for an apology and more arrests to be made after the fight that broke out in a Brooklyn nail salon.

Women have been legally allowed to be nude from the waist up in the city since 1992 and the GoTopless parade this Sunday is a celebration of women expressing that right.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announced that a first-of-its-kind “Freelancer’s Hub” will be coming to DUMBO in two months.

82-year-old pervert Conrado Aleman was arrested on Friday for allegedly groping two women. It’s his sixth arrest in two years. He alleges that the two women were conspiring against him.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. donated over $100k to the HYCHA for new computers and technical assistance. Never jumping on an opportunity to embrace failure, the NYCHA did nothing with that money.

After 14 years, Kwahuru Govan has been convicted of the murder of Sharabia Thomas, a teenager from Bushwick who was killed in 2004.

amNY takes a look at the candidates for the Democratic primary for Attorney General, which takes place on September 13.

State Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan twice accused his opponent, Julia Salazar, of not being eligible to run for office twice and lost both court cases. The mayor endorsed Dilan, but when pressed on it, he claims his reasons for the endorsement were personal and not political.


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The Briefly for June 22, 2018 – Speed Camera Act is Dead, Weekend Subway Changes, A Food Inspector’s Wildest Stories, and More

The state’s legislative session ended with no vote on the expiring Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, get ready for the weekend’s subway changes, Eataly is going plastic strawless and more.

The Bowery Mural on E Houston St blank in black and white - The Briefly
The Blank Bowery Mural

It’s the weekend, so your usual I am Legend rules apply for the subways. 6sqft has all the expected subway service changes.

The Every School Speed Safety Camera Act is dead. The State Senate’s session ended yesterday with nothing done. NYC’s speed cameras are controlled by the state, which accomplished literally nothing when it comes to protecting pedestrians in school zones. Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives held a rally outside of Governor Cuomo’s office in the city Thursday night, laying blame for the bill’s demise at his doorstep for his failure to act.

Don’t pull the emergency brake on the subway unless someone is in mortal danger if the subway continues to move forward. The police can’t easily get to you if your train is stopped between stations and it takes somewhere between five and fifteen minutes to get a train moving after the brake is pulled.

An NYC Parks Department food cart inspector tells the wildest stories from his career.

Breaking Grounds is purchasing a vacant hotel in DUMBO and plans to fill it with below-rate apartments for the formerly homeless to help people rebuild their lives. This is Breaking Grounds’ sixth building in Brooklyn and the sale is expected to go through this summer.

Governor Cuomo took The New York Times inside a child care agency that’s taking care of children separated from their parents at the United State’s southern border. City Council Member Mark Levine is taking donations of children’s clothing, diapers, and toys for the children who were separated from their parents and taken to New York as part of the president’s cruel immigration policy. Donations can be brought to the JCC Harlem.

Photographer Shaun O’Boyle took portraits of Staten Island’s Arthur Kill boat graveyard between 1986 – 2006. The boats were to be broken down and sold for scrap following World War II, but the boats arrived faster than they could be dismantled. The graveyard is still there today, but the boats are mostly submerged.

The Village Apothecary on Bleecker and W 10th is part of a state pilot program to get pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, into the hands of people with a potential recent exposure to HIV. The Village Apothecary was one of the first places to stock the HIV drug AZT in the 80s.

Filming Around Town: High Flying Bird, starring Kyle MacLachlan, is at W 51st and 7th, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at Avenue R and E 31st St in Brooklyn, Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 46th St and Skillman Ave in Queens, Otherhood, starring Patricia Arquette, is at W 12th and 7th, and Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is at Duane and Church.

Eataly is banning single-use plastic straws from its locations in the United States by July 31, ahead of a NYC ban on plastic straws that is currently in committee.

The New York Times asks and answers what is the SHSAT exam and why does it matter.

The Department of Transportation unveiled a new plan to extend the Upper West Side’s bike lanes on Amsterdam Ave from 72nd to 59th, including Columbus Circle. The plan was unanimously approved by CB4.

If you’re into gross smells, the NYBG has a new corpse flower that could bloom this weekend.