The Briefly for March 22, 2019 – The “Trapped on the Subway with the Mayor” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, Grimaldi’s was sold, another loose farm animal, 17 great non-Chick-Fil_A chicken sandwiches, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re on the 3, 4, 6, or L trains, you’re one of the lucky ones this weekend. This weekend’s subway changes are here, and they ain’t pretty. (6sqft)

Meet Rihanna Jones, the Bed-Stuy woman trying to make the afro hair emoji happen. (Patch)

What do you do if you’re trapped on the Q train for an hour? Sing Jackson 5, of course. (@Empathetics)

What’s worse than being trapped on the subway? Trapped on the subway and having to listen to the mayor talk. (Patch)

How unpopular is Mayor de Blasio? He’s less popular than the president, and Trump’s approval rating in New York is an embarrassing 28%. (Patch)

A seafood lover’s guide to New York’s newest restaurants. (Grub Street)

A sketchy interview with New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg. (Gothamist)

Post-Finding Neverland, New York has decisions to make about how intertwined we want Michael Jackson through our city. (Gothamist)

The artist behind the East Village mural of Michael Jackson says he doesn’t support taking the mural down. (The Villager)

CitiField’s new food has a better chance of being a success than the Mets do this year. The new entrants to the lineup includes a pizza cupcake, dulcinea, dumplings from Destination Dumplings, sliders, hot dog sliders, Emmy Squared’s colony pizza and Le Big Matt. (amNY)

13 places in Greenwich Village that witnessed history. (6sqft)

Macy’s Flower Show opens this Sunday, with a Journey to Paradisios theme. Bring a coat, it’ll be a cool 60 degrees inside all day to preserve the flowers. (amNY)

Vessel’ is a temporary name for the 15-story stair sculpture in the Hudson Yards. The owners are soliciting ideas for a new name. (Gothamist)

The New York City version of the vintage Pace Picante salsa commercial is Grimaldi’s being bought by a company from Arizona. (Eater)

NYPD Sgt. Howard Roth agreed to pay $6,000 after he tried to use his badge to get special treatment from the Taxi and Limousine Commission and then making threats when he didn’t get it. (NY Post)

The racial disparities in Stuyvesant High School’s admissions is only one part of a much bigger problem city-wide. (NY Times)

The Second Ave. Sagas podcast is back and the first episode of the revival is a 45-minute interview with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. (Second Ave Sagas)

The city was recently sued under the Americans for Disabilities Act after 75% of the curbs in Lower Manhattan presented a variety of safety hazards. The city agreed to survey all 162,000 sidewalk curbs to make sure they are all accessible to those who are mobility and vision-impaired. (Gothamist)

12 coffee shops perfect for working. (Eater)

Every blue mailbox in the city will be revamped in hopes of preventing mail fishing. This means the end of sending anything other than letters due to the slot size. (NY Times)

Pot legalization was dropped from the state budget, officially ending hopes of legalization by April 1. Governor Cuomo is hoping there will an agreement about it by June. (CNN)

“Saw an illegal dirtbike doing a wheelie thru the hood aka the official start of Spring” (@desusnice)

A sheep was found tied to a tree in Coney Island Creek Park late Thursday night. This farm animals getting loose situation is baaad. (NY Post)

Real estate agents twist the truth more than a short, insecure guy on OK Cupid. What does “great bones” mean, anyway? (NY Times)

If you’ve got the money (and space), this 8,000+ VHS tape collection of over forty years of boxing matches collected by a classical pianist that lived in a 137th St apartment could be yours. (NY Times)

17 great chicken sandwiches that aren’t from Chick-Fil-A. (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for March 13, 2019 – The “Despite All My Rage I Am Still Just a Rat in a MetroCard Machine” Edition

The Hell’s Angels are leaving the East Village, inside Hudson Yards before the Friday opening, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is fighting a rezoning, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Starting tonight you can see a live satellite video of the earth projected on the side of 159 Ludlow on the Lower East Side. The installation, called “blu Marble” is the work of Sebastian Errazuriz. (Bedford + Bowery)

New York has higher taxes than almost every other state, and we still cann’t fix the MTA. (Patch)

The MTA version of a double rainbow is the rat inside a MetroCard machine. (@SMarketingmusic) h/t to @theskint

The measles outbreak in the city’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community can be traced back to a dial-in hotline for moms which spread misinformation. (NY Times)

186 arrests and 64 convictions have come from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office initiative to test backlogged rape kits across the US. 55,000 kits have been tested since the project started in 2015. (NY Post)

The Trump administration is proposed decreasing the HUD budget by 16.4%, which could wind up being a massive hit to NYCHA’s federal funding. (Curbed)

The Trump Administration also balked on funding the Gateway rail project, calling the project a “local responsibility.” (6sqft)

A look inside the abandoned Time Square Theater. (Untapped Cities)

Some very good dogs will lead a blind runner through the NYC Half Marathon this weekend. (amNY)

State Senator Zellnor Myrie introduced a bill in the State Senate to restrict campaign contributions from anyone seeking government contracts and bar prospective vendors from contributing for six months after a contract is granted by the state. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is fighting against a 1,578 apartment development’s rezoning request. If approved, the pair of 39-story towers would cast a problematic shadow over 21 grow spaces and nurseries. The current zoning allows for 75-foot buildings. (6sqft)

A guide to this Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (amNY)

The nutball restaurateur who flew himself to Seattle to try to convince Amazon to reconsider Long Island City isn’t done yet. Now he’s suing Councilperson Jimmy Van Brammer for defamation. (Gothamist)

Trump supporters created their own version of Yelp for MAGA-friendly businesses. While you could use the app to find these places, you can also use it to avoid them.. (The Daily Beast)

Ten-year-old Khadijah Sabir from Bensonhurst needs a new kidney. If you can help, please help. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

The cleanup of the Red Hook ball fields resumed after the federal government shutdown. The EPA will remove six inches of soil and add 12 inches of clean fill and astroturf will cover all the fields. The last phase of the cleanup will be finished by spring 2023. (Bklyner)

A history of the Greenpoint piers. (Greenpointers)

Take a look inside Hudson Yards’ seven-story dining and shopping center ahead of Friday’s opening. (6sqft)

Multiple city burgers made it to this list of 35 burgers you need to eat before you die with Harlem Public’s Peanut Butter Burger topping the list. (Food Insider)

The BQE reconstruction, explained. (Curbed)

Everyone’s getting in on the history of the White Horse Tavern articles this week. Here’s another. (Gothamist)

How do NYC’s graduate schools rank among the top in the country? Hopefully as well as our burgers. (Patch)

No one is allowed to shower or use or drink the water at Brooklyn’s Methodist Hospital in Park Slope four months after a legionella bacteria outbreak in December. Anti-bacterial wipes have replaced hand washing and even showers. (Patch)

13,000 nurses could strike this month if negotiations fail between the New York State Nurses Association and a group of three major hospital systems. (Gotham Gazette)

The Hell’s Angels are vacating their East Village clubhouse, which they purchased in $1,700. The building was transferred for an unknown amount. Did you know the Hell’s Angels is a non-profit religious group in New York State? (Downtown Express)

Where to go when you don’t want to make a big deal about your birthday, but you actually do. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 11, 2019 – The “We Have A Rabid Trash Panda Problem” Edition

Jumaane Williams is and is not the Public Advocate, Hanksy meets Hanks, the best walk-in restaurants, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The prep-work on the L train tunnel ends this week. Here are the late night subway changes this week. (Subway Changes)

Ida Elionsky, the first woman to swim around the island of Manhattan, will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. (amNY)

What a wild year of the city’s raccoons. Rabid raccoons were discovered in Manhattan for the first time in eight years. Be careful around Inwood Park. (NY Post)

When Hanksy met Tom Hanks. (Bowery Boogie)

No matter how much you are annoyed by a subway conductor telling you to stop holding the doors open, it’s no reason to punch them. (Gothamist)

They were filthy and full of filth flies, roaches, mice, and who knows what else. A look back at the restaurants closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

New York is one of only one of eight states that uses fusion voting, which is the practice of multiple parties having one candidate. Why are the state’s democrats trying to kill it? (Gothamist)

Watch local hero Jeff Seal attempt to clean a subway station. (Gothamist)

After over 30 years, both Sushiden locations appear to be closed. (Eater)

This month marks the 20th “Mr. Lower East Side Pageant,” hosted by Reverend Jen, the curator of the Troll Museum. (Bowery Boogie)

7 city landmarks you didn’t know were designed by women. (Curbed)

Congratulations on five years of Tinder Live, which is as much of a comedy show as Tinder itself. (Bedford + Bowery)

The clock at the center of Grand Central Terminal is worth enough to make a heist movie about trying to steal it. (6sqft)

Conor McGregor completed his court mandated community service for his attack on a UFC van after a press event. The community service included five days of manual labor at two Brooklyn Churches. (NY Post)

Good Records NYC is closing, but that isn’t the end of a record shop at that address. (EV Grieve)

What’s not to love about living in New York City? The slow-walking tourists? The constantly reading small businesses going way to national chains? Or maybe it’s the people who occasionally spray crowds of people with unknown chemicals. (West Side Rag)

Jumaane Williams is the Schrödinger’s Cat of the city’s Public Advocate position. He hasn’t resigned from his position on the city council, which is necessary for him to legally hold his elected office. (Patch)

11 Notorious B.I.G. landmarks in NYC. (StreetEasy)

If you thought the Amazon tax incentives were big, wait til you get a load of the Hudson Yard incentives. (NY Times)

The national Transit Workers Union is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars mocking Mayor Bill de Blasio as a “fauxgressive” as he traipses around the country pretending like he isn’t planning a 2020 presidential bid. (NY Post)

If you don’t have a Girl Scout in your life, or a Girl Scout parent in your office, a Girl Scout cookie pop-up shop is now open. (Time Out)

The city’s dockless bike-sharing program was extended three months for “further evaluation.” Don’t throw these bikes in the river. Don’t do it. (Patch)

This is the reason that West Village denizens are worried about the new owner of the White Horse Tavern. (Gothamist)

The best walk-in only restaurants when you didn’t make a reservation. (The Infatuation)

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