The Briefly for January 25, 2019 – The “25% Faster Than Slow is Still Pretty Slow” Edition

Weekend subway change, Dunkin owns the city, a beer to pair with the L train, the Gowanus Canal flushes its sewage tanks, the 2021 elections, and more.

Here is a complete list of trains with no service changes or disruptions this weekend: G, L and Q. Everyone else? Better check the trains before you go anywhere. (6sqft)

The mayor wants to increase bus speeds by 25%. The average speed of an MTA bus is 8.4 mph. (Metro)

The Gowanus Canal cleanup is changing designs slightly from a pair of tanks to into a tunnel to catch the sewage flowing from Park Slope. Rather than two 6 million gallon tanks, it’ll be a one half mile long tunnel 150 feet underground that will hold 16 million gallons of Poop Slope. (Curbed)

The MTA board met to vote on a fare hike for March and they… opted to delay the vote. A fare hike seemed all but certain until the Governor announced that he is opposed to the fare hike. (NY Times)

311’s technology was put into place in 2003 and it hasn’t been updated since. That all changes this July. (Gotham Gazette)

A tale of two states. New York is split on the plastic bag ban, government sponsored health care and congestion pricing, but are unified in support of giving the police the authority to remove guns from violent people, legalizing marijuana and raising the age to buy cigarettes and tobacco from 18 to 21. (Legislative Gazette)

People are already entering the 2021 race for city comptroller. Early candidates are City Council Members Brad Lander and Helen Rosenthal. (Gotham Gazette)

This is a new reason for a subway delay. (@NYCTSubways)

Visualizing income taxes in NYC in 2018. (r/dataisbeautiful)

You find $90 on the ground on the subway. What do you do? (NY Times)

Take a look at the new Amtrak space in Moynihan Train Hall/the new Penn Station. (6sqft)

The third victim in the Sheepshead Bay Seaport Buffet hammer attack died. The alleged attacker was inspired by a movie about Chinese men mistreating women. (NY Post)

“Nice charter schools you got here. Shame if something happened to them.” The city’s school chancellor has some vague threats for charter schools. (NY Post)

Finally, the perfect beer to pair with trying to figure out the new L train closures. (Bedford + Bowery)

City Councilmember Ydanis A. Rodriguez is calling on the NYPD to put cases of confiscated electric bikes on hold, calling them biased against working people. (Metro)

The city is mobilizing the new NYPD unit aimed specifically at cars in the bus lane. Moving violations are up 612%. (Curbed)

The number of chain stores in Manhattan decreased in 2018, but one neighborhood bused that trend in a major way: The Lower East Side. Also a quick bit of trivia: Dunkin Donuts has the distinction of being the chain with the most locations in the city with 624. (Bowery Boogie)

Noticed the Shen Huen posters everywhere? So has Reddit. (r/NYC)

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The Briefly for January 21, 2019 – The “No Solo Women Allowed at the Bar” Edition

Prep school students’ blackface video goes public, the blind subway magician, the mayor’s broken ebike promises, food carts get health grades, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re trying to get around at night and you live on the 1, 6, 7, A, F, or Q, you might want to avoid the subways. (Subway Changes)

Join the Parks Department for the Martin Luther King Jr Day nationally-observered day of service in parks in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. (NYC Parks)

The restaurant Nello is banning solo women from sitting at the bar thanks to, and this is not a joke, “a crackdown on hookers.” (Eater)

Have you seen Olmedo Renteria, a 78-year-old renowned magician, on the subway? A lifelong performer, he has not let his loss of sight slow him down. (NY Times)

The city’s Housing Preservation and Development agency is being sued as part of a class-action lawsuit for violating the Violence Against Women Act. (Gothamist)

Rezoning in New York City has historically lead to evictions, harassment, and racial segregation. Churches United for Fair Housing is proposing a Racial Impact Study before future rezoning takes place. (Bushwick Daily)

The scientific study that there is built-in white supremacy in Yelp reviews that criticize to “authenticity.” (Eater)

Next time Whoopi Goldberg or anyone opens their mouth about how bike lanes inconvenience drivers, remember Madison Jane Lyden, who would not be dead if Central Park West had a protected bike lane. (NY Post)

That did not stop her. (Streetsblog)

What is in Willets Point’s future? Affordable housing and potentially a soccer stadium. (6sqft)

Stop by the Ace Hotel New York to see a revival of Reverend Jen Miller’s Trolls museum, once referred to as a remnant o the “real Lower East Side.” Yes, Trolls like the dolls. (Untapped Cities)

WeWork’s CEO has ben personally buying properties to lease them to his company. That seems weird, right? (The Real Deal)

11 go-to restaurants and bars near Union Square. (Eater)

Mayor de Blasio broke his promise of how the NYPD would enforce his ban on electric bikes. City law states businesses are liable for the $500 fine that their workers receive. The NYPD seized 910 bikes and issued 669 tickets and 1,383 moving violations. Only 210 businesses were given citations. (Gothamist)

A second person has died as a result of the Sheepshead Bay hammer attack. The third victim remains in critical condition. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you think getting around in a snowstorm in 2019 is tough (not that we’ve had one yet), imagine having to convince a horse to go out into a storm. (NY Times)

All 5,500 food carts in the city will receive health inspections. 24 have been inspected since late December. Only 5,476 to go. (NY Post)

“Don’t look behind the curtain. We’re dead. This is for you.” There was a double suicide at Yotel New York on Friday, and they left a tip for the cleaning crew. (NY Post)

How the federal shutdown affects SNAP benefits. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Scenes from the Women’s March. (Gothamist)

Today in “caught in blackface,” here are freshmen from the $50,000 a year Poly Prep Country Day School in blackface dancing around their home. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for January 17, 2019 – The “The Pizza Wars and Other Famous Food Fights” Edition

Legal marijuana will bring the state an estimated $300 million this year, someone stole an MTA bus again, the best cheap falafel, electric scooters could become legal and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Legal pot is estimated to bring in $300 million in sales tax revenue this year, which seems like a good amount of money until you hear congestion pricing would bring in $13-15 billion. (Gothamist)

George Washington did not have wooden dentures. Don’t believe it? You can see them for yourself at the NY Academy of Medicine. (Untapped Cities)

A history of protests in NYC’s public parks. (6sqft)

The pizza wars, the cupcake rivalries, the seafood bar copycat, the Rockaway Beach taco fight, and the doughnut dispute: The hottest restaurant feuds in the city. (Eater)

The 2-year-old autistic girl who was allegedly abducted by her father and was the subject of an AMBER alert on Wednesday night, was found and is safe. (NY Post)

Is it better to buy or rent? (Curbed)

One person is dead and two are injured after a man entered a buffet in Sheepshead Bay and allegedly started attacking employees with a hammer. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go for lunch when you have jury duty in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Based)

“Roaming Underfoot” is the tile mosaic centerpiece of the newly opened 28th St stop on the 6. The work is meant to capture Madison Square Park’s role as an urban sanctuary. (MTA)

Five takeaways from Tuesday’s emergency L train shutdown meeting. (Curbed)

On set for the new season of High Maintenance. (Gothamist)

A breakdown of the new “mom uniform” of Park Slope. Only the most important stories from the paper of record. (NY Times)

Whoopi Goldberg, sudden transit expert, gave the mayor a piece of her mind and said a bunch of falsehoods about bike lanes and Tenth Avenue on The View. (NY Post)

“If you are mad that bike lanes take away driving lanes or parking, ask yourself why you are more entitled to that public space than a cyclist. The answer can’t be ‘because that’s how it was before.'” (@Jill_Jorgensen)

For the third time in a month, someone stole an MTA bus and took it for a joyride. This time someone drove a bus from Queens to Brooklyn and it went unnoticed for two hours until the bus was found undamaged on the street. (NY Post)

We aren’t getting hit by a winter storm this weekend. We’re getting hit by two. (Gothamist)

23 restaurants and bars to try in Midtown East. (Eater)

Are you ready for a super blood wolf lunar moon this weekend? Watch the skies from 11:30pm-12:30am on Sunday night for the greatest visual effect, but be wary of werewolves. (Gothamist)

The state will let local municipalities decide to make electric scooters or bikes legal. Currently unassisted electric bikes and scooters are both illegal in the city, despite their widespread usage. (Streetsblog)

An NYPD officer, 28-year-old Brian Kessler, was killed in a head-on collision with a garbage truck in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Is this the best cheap falafel in the city? (Viewing NYC)

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