The Briefly for July 16, 2019 – The “No One Knows What Caused the Blackout” Edition

ConEd is not untouchable, the Queens DA race is giving Bush v Gore vibes, the best restaurants in the East Village, the ice cream wars of Dumbo have begun, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Deep below the Flatiron Building, there’s an unused coal-fueled power plant that pre-dates the building’s steam systems. You probably will never get a personal tour of it, so experiencing it through this photo gallery is the closest you’ll get. (Untapped Cities)

The pizza wars of Dumbo continue on, but the ice cream war between Ample Hills and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory are only just beginning. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Want to prepare for the next (inevitable) blackout? Here’s a list of six things you can do to get yourself ready. (Curbed)

Why are so many of the escalators in the new Q train subway stations broken so often? Don’t ask the MTA, because they can’t figure it out. (amNY)

Put ConEd down in the same category as the MTA, because they can’t seem to get their story straight about what caused this blackout. (NY Times)

Governor Cuomo appears to be sick of ConEd’s shit between this outage, the fire in Astoria that lit the sky, and transformer fires in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and he’s open to replacing them. (Gothamist)

How has ConEd responded to this massive outage? By making a public statement that the heat this week could cause more outages. Lovely. (Huff Post)

The cost of the blackout was $3.5 on Broadway alone, with 26 of 30 possible performances being canceled. Saturday in July is Broadway’s most popular night in the most popular month. (NY Times)

A brief history of blackouts in New York City. (amNY)

The NYPD won’t share details about an off-duty Queens cop who was arrested on charges of false imprisonment and assault, calling it a “confidential investigation” while flagrantly showing the NYPD’s “fundamental and pervasive lack of transparency,” as cited in a report earlier this year. (Gothamist)

From romantic to the club to sporty to outdoors: where to go for date night in Astoria. (We Heart Astoria)

Staten Island politicians are urging the governor to start a “microtransit” pilot program to expand transit options throughout the city’s largest borough. Microtransit refers to buses and not alternative modes of transportation, as Staten Island remains a borough without any bike lanes. (Curbed)

With Jeff Bezos buying a Manhattan apartment, protestors of Amazon have a new target to make their voices heard. (Patch)

It seemed the public call for volunteers worked, the Giglio Lift went off without a hitch last weekend, which is the largest of the lifts during Williamsburg’s Giglio Feast. The feast continues through the weekend with more lifts on Wednesday and Sunday nights. (Gothamist)

There is a fight for survival happening all around us, as invasive species are threatening the city’s flora. The problem is only a biodiversity one, but fighting invasive bugs and plants can be costly. The treatment and removal of ash trees due to a beetle infestation will cost the city nearly $10 million over three years. (amNY)

What’s the latest on the Mandarin Duck? He seems to have left the city a few months ago and we should expect him back after the summer. Ducks molt in the summer and while they’re flightless they look for safer and more private bodies of water. (Gothamist)

Residents of the financial district are trying to get the city to pump the brakes before construction begins on the last building in the World Trade Center in an attempt to keep the project selection process fair and to ensure the neighborhood benefits from another massive construction project. (amNY)

Photos from the Queens DA primary recount is giving off major Bush v Gore vibes. (NY Times)

The next expansions of CitiBike’s coverage will be painfully slow. The current roll-out will take until 2023– the service’s decade anniversary– to complete. (Streetsblog)

The statue outside of the Museum of Natural History of Teddy Roosevelt atop a horse, flanked by an African-American and a Native American was one of the monuments the city was reconsidered in 2017. The statue has attracted negative attention for Roosevelt’s racist views and statements about Native Americans and Africans and has been the target of protest multiple times since installation in 1940. The museum is leaning into controversy by highlighting the criticism of the statue and of the museum’s history to complicate and contextualize without glorification. (NY Times)

The best restaurants in the East Village. (The infatuation)

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The Briefly for July 5, 2019 – The “We’re Headed for a Cabán/Katz Recount” Weekend Edition

The MTA’s weekend subway plans, congrats to Joey Chestnut, our absentee mayor continues to be absentee, Cash Cab is back, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July, regardless if you celebrated or not. July 4th was a cause for celebration for The Briefly as well. It’s the one year anniversary of the first email sent by The Briefly. Thank you for being a reader.

You might think of it as a holiday weekend, but the MTA has other plans. 12 subway lines have planned disruptions this weekend. (Subway Weekender)

Tiffany Cabán was 1,100 votes ahead of Melinda Katz on election night. As of July 4, she was 20 votes behind. Queens is headed for a manual recount. (NY Times)

More than 2,500 affidavit ballots were rejected and the Cabán campaign will be fighting to have them counted. This is the 2000 presidential election all over again. (Politico)

Congrats to Joey Chestnut on winning his 12th hot dog eating championship, with 71 hot dogs in 10 minutes. In Times Square, that would cost roughly $1,500. (amNY)

Despite what you experienced on July 4th, fireworks and sparklers continue to be illegal in New York. (amNY)

After multiple years and nearly a half billion dollars in renovations, full service on the N train has been restored in Brooklyn. (The City)

The panel of experts overseeing the rehab of the BQE hasn’t made any decisions, but have intimated that the plans the city has put forward, which include replacing the Brooklyn Promenade with a temporary highway, have little chance of being approved. (Brooklyn Paper)

Our mayor, who spent July 4th in Iowa, said “I’m a half-glass-full kind of guy” when it comes to his polling numbers, which are in the toilet. His office in New York, which is been full empty, as he pretends he’s not wasting time and money in Iowa. He missed the funeral for 9/11 responder and NYPD detective Lou Alvarez and failed to preside over the weigh-in for Nathan’s hot dog eating competition, something Mayor Bloomberg did 11 of the 12 years he was mayor. (Gothamist)

26 (kind of obvious, but still a solid list) things to do in the city this summer. (Curbed)

The Central Park bomber has been at-large for three years. (Gothamist)

There are 25 horses in the Prospect Park Stable, and each “manufacture” 75 pounds of poop daily, bringing the total to nearly a daily ton of horseshit. The owner of the stable has begun turning the manure into compost and gifting it to the nonprofit Red Hook Farms. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Got a hankering for strawberries? Here’s a list of where to get yourself a strawberry dessert. (Grub Street)

Bushwick’s The Notorious B.I.G. and Alfred Hitchcock mural was vandalized. A video was taken of the vandal, but they haven’t been found (Bushwick Daily)

Community Board 7 voted to approve a bike lane for Central Park West. The neighborhood will lose 400 parking spots in the process, but the board weighed those parking spots vs the life of Madison Lyden, who died after she was forced from the current bike lane by a parked cab and hit by a truck. (Streetsblog)

Eliot Engel, who represents parts of the Bronx, Westchester, and Yonkers in the House of Representatives, is the next New York Democrat to be primaried from the left. His challengers cite is conservative views on Israel, the Middle East, and education among some of the reasons they feel he needs to be challenged. (Politico)

The city’s sheriff arrested Anthony Medina, a debt collector who allegedly scammed on cab drivers by pretending to be a city marshall to harass drivers into giving up their medallions and cabs and occasionally shook them down for cash. (Gothamist)

The East Village’s Mikey Likes It is closed after a tax-related seizure last week. (EV Grieve)

Cash Cab is back and will be filming in NYC this summer. (amNY)

The removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 census is a win for New York, as state Attorney General Letitia James’s office helped lead the charge against it. (Patch)

Four neighborhoods, Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, East New York, and Brownsville account for 23% of the city’s shootings this year. Despite a trend towards less violent crime in the city, shootings and reported rapes citywide have increased this year. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Where to eat and what to do at the South Street Seaport. (amNY)

The principal of LaGuardia High School, Dr. Lisa Mars, has stepped down following a sit-in by the students and years of protests by students, teachers, and faculty. A divergence from the school’s mission is what drive the protests and the vote of “no confidence” in May. (Gothamist)

Serial subway groper Giovanni Verdelli has been arrested 70 times and the NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill is calling for his permanent banning from the subways. (Downtown Express)

The ultimate guide to Penn Station. (Curbed)

The man who tossed piss onto two transit workers in April, Brandon Jobson, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. You’re in trouble, Brandon. (Gothamist)

The entire Brooklyn Congressional delegation called for the firing of Customer and Border Protection officers after posts in a private Facebook group with 9,000 members surfaces with threats to Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and insensitive comments about the ongoing crisis at the United States’ southern border. (Kings County Politics)

Spots for a big group hang outside. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for July 1, 2019 – The “If You’re Going to Use Cocaine, Use It With Someone Else” Edition

Lots of photos from this weekend’s marches, the best hot dogs, the Guggenheim’s staff unionizes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

For the week of July 4, subway service disruptions are reduced, but that doesn’t mean zero. (Subway Weekender)

A look at the weather ahead: There’s a chance of rain later in the week, which potentially isn’t great for firework revelers. (amNY)

A focus on the 14 cyclists who died in crashes in the first half of 2019. The last two, Robyn Hightman, 20, and Ernest Askew 57, died last week. (Patch)

If you’re on the Coney Island Boardwalk in the future and you see “‘Rusty’ Kanokogi Way,” know it’s in honor of the mother of women’s judo. Kanokogi, born Rena Glickman, got her start with a haircut, taped down breasts and winning a championship match while disguised as a man. She was found out to be a woman, but that wouldn’t stop her. The community board voted to honor her by renaming a part of the Boardwalk in her honor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“If you’re going to use cocaine, use it with someone else.” Real advice from the commissioner from the Department of Health. In an effort to fight opioid overdoses, the DOH has is visiting bars to provide Naloxone kits. The worry isn’t that someone can’t handle their cocaine, but that it’s laced with fentanyl. Doing cocaine in pairs is to ensure someone can call 911. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence is in New York this week, on display at the New York Public Library for you Nic Cage types. (6qsft)

The city is rejecting Title X funding as a result of an abortion gag rule put in place by the Trump administration. Under the new rule, any facility that provides abortions is ineligible for funding under the new rule, and the city has no plans on allowing that to happen. (amNY)

Manitoba’s, the East Village punk rock bar, is closed. While the reason is unknown, it seems like the bar simply ran out of money. (@handsomedickmanitoba)

ThriveNYC, in an attempt to justify its continued existence, has decided that measurable outcomes are finally worthwhile. The program, spearheaded by the mayor’s wife, has already spent over half a billion dollars with nearly another billion committed to it and it wasn’t until the city council asked to see results that the ball started rolling on metrics. (Gotham Gazette)

While Tiffany Cabán has been accepted as the de facto winner of the Queens DA election, the results aren’t certified with only 98.58% of the votes counted and thousands of absentee and paper ballots to be checked. Cabán’s lead is 1,090 votes as of Monday morning. (Sunnyside Post)

MAGA hat-wearing jackass Willie Ames was convicted of a hate crime for yelling slurs about Mexicans while pushing a man onto the subway tracks in April. (Gothamist)

Workers at the Guggenheim voted to unionize, joining the same union that represents workers at MoMA PS1. They join workers at BAM and the New Museum in unionizing in a movement across the city focused on cultural organizations. (NY Times)

Is there anything a greater threat to our way of life than a nipple on social media? Eva Mueller was one of 125 nude protesters in Astor Place earlier this month, working towards the liberation of the human body in her art. Banned multiple times from social media, Mueller doesn’t plan on stopping her fight against what she sees as censorship. (Bushwick Daily)

Real estate brokers have, unsurprisingly, protested the city council’s cap on their fees. You’d protest too. (Gothamist)

This week’s high score for health department code violation points is 150. For reference, 28 points will earn you a C. Here’s this week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health. (Patch)

Today’s the start of the 14th St busway, but it’s not. A NY Supreme Court judge blocked the Third-to-Ninth Ave busway as a result of a lawsuit from residents of the West Village, Chelsea, and the Flatiron District. (Curbed)

The city’s schools will allow students to officially change their gender but in the spirit of never completely solving a problem, there will only be two gender options, leaving students who don’t identify as male or female in the cold. (Patch)

Say hello to some real trash designs. Two new prototypes for garbage cans across the city have been revealed as a part of the BetterBin competition. (Gothamist)

Today’s freak shows are similar to the shows of a century ago in name only. Meet the freaks of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. (Patch)

Photos from the Pride March. (NY Times)

No, lots of photos from the Pride March. (BrooklynVegan)

There were an estimated 150k marchers, so “a lot” of photos doesn’t seem to cover it. (amNY)

The Queer Liberation March asked “Justice and change, or corporate pride?” in its presentation as an alternative. There were photos. (NY Times)

Some photo galleries included photos from the Queer Liberation March along with the Pride March. (Patch)

The Dyke March, another less-corporate Pride March alternative also has its own photo galleries. (NY Times)

There are multiple Dyke March galleries too, documenting the March’s 27th year. (Gothamist)

Some Dyke March galleries, like parts of the march itself, are NSFW. (BrooklynVegan)

Pride weekend started off with the Drag March, an event that is 25 years old and has its roots in drag queens and leathermen not being allowed to march in the Pride March for fear of scaring off the corporate sponsors. One of the original organizers of the drag march was Gilbert Baker, designer of the rainbow flag. The march is unpermitted and unsanctioned. There are, of course, photos. (Gothamist)

And even more photos from the Drag March! (EV Grieve)

The firve best hot dogs in the city. (Thrillist)

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