The Briefly for November 12, 2018 – The “Your Shawarma Cart Has A C Rating” Edition

Out compost is trash, Williamsburg is booming, student walk out over a Facebook education, the Rockefeller Tree is here, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

What week is complete without being unable to get around at night? No overnight L or 3 trains, changes to the Q, E, 1, 2, and D lines. (Subway Changes)

Get ready for your favorite street meat cart to have a health department grade. (NY Post)

Live-shooter trainings inside synagogues. Armed guards inside churches. This is what NYC’s religious services look like in 2018. (NY Post)

The 72-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has taken her place at 30 Rock. You can visit Shelby before she gets lit up on November 28th at 7pm. (NY Post)

The RFK Human Rights Foundation’s mass bail out is shining light on the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Department of Corrections. Should a man who was caught on video assaulting a guard have been allowed bail one week after the incident? (NY Post)

Does New York’s blue wave mean that the golden era of charter schools is over? (NY Times)

High school students organized a walkout in protest of a Facebook-backed curriculum. After a week of self-teaching, each student gets somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes of “mentoring.” (NY Post)

How is it possible that Ice-T has never eaten a bagel in his life? (Gothamist)

Having completely fixed the subways and buses, the MTA Chairman Joe Lhota has resigned. (Streetsblog)

The city’s best ice skating rinks. (Curbed)

People struggling to cross the street during the NYC Marathon is exactly what you need on Monday morning. (Gothamist)

Michael J. Ryan, the man in charge of last week’s election, on what went right and what went wrong. (Gothamist)

If Seoul and San Francisco can get it right, why can’t the city’s composting program get off the ground? (NY Times)

Even the L train can’t stop Williamsburg’s development boom. Take a look at the map. (Curbed)

Dr Kurt Salzinger, an 89-year-old scholar who escaped the Nazis in Austria, died after being shoved onto the 3 train’s subway tracks in Penn Station. (NY Times)

The city’s 40 best brunches. (Eater)

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The Briefly for October 12, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Biggie Smalls Way, the NYPD’s Lasso Gun, and More

The MTA is still expecting a half billion dollar plus budget gap by 2022, 13 haunted NYC locations, the city’s teachers have a new contract, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Seriously, today is the deadline for voter registration if you’re going to vote in the November 6 election, and you’re going to vote in the election, right? Right? (amNY)

Plan ahead, because the MTA planned another game of “is my subway running this weekend?” All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

MetroCard Vending Machines will be unable to take credit or debit cards starting tonight at midnight until tomorrow at 5am. Just another headache to add to your weekend transit nightmare.

Community Board 7 requested a two way protected bike lane on Central Park West. This is a direct response t the death of Australian Tourist Madison Jane Lyden. (West Side Rag)

What did the city get for the $4.5 billion spent on the Hudson Yards? (Gothamist)

The MTA is ready to build four new Metro North Stations in the East Bronx, but Amtrak is holding the project hostage, demanding a ransom of “access fees” for the use of their rails. The MTA is already paying $1 billion to upgrade the system. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The secrets of the former Bell Labs Research Facility, now known as the Westbeth Artist Housing. (Untapped Cities)

A garbage truck hit and killed a 37-year-old man on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Thursday morning. The driver, Aaron Gilchrist, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, and failure to exercise due care. (NY Post)

You can’t bike the perimeter of Manhattan because of multiple gaps in the greenway. The city is planning to invest a quarter billion dollars to close that loop and add 15 new acres of open space. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021. (6sqft)

NYPD officer Vincenzo Trabolse was caught on video repeatedly punching and tasing a 24-year-old William Colon, who has severe medical issues and was in handcuffs at the time. An internal affairs investigation has been opened. (Gothamist)

The same artist who got the city to install the “Respect” tributes to Aretha Franklin is trying to get St. James Place between Gates Ave and Fulton Street Christopher Wallace Way after Biggie Smalls. (Brooklyn Paper)

“Despite an infusion of $836 million in state and city funds, there has been little improvement so far in subway service.” -NYC Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Despite fare increases in 2019 and 2021, the MTA is projecting a budget gap that will balloon to over half a billion dollars by 2022, and that doesn’t include the $40 billion needed to enact the fabled 10-year Fast-Forward plan. (NY Post)

How much waste is created by one Manhattan loft renovation? No matter how much you guess, the answer will be more. (Gothamist)

The 13 places in the city you didn’t know were haunted. (Thrillist)

The NYPD is testing a “lasso gun” to use to subdue suspects. (Gothamist)

The city and the United Federation of Teachers reached a preliminary $2.1 billion, 43-month contract that will include more money for hard-to-staff positions, pre-screening of teachers, a $25k innovation fund per school, and more. (Politico)


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The Briefly for September 17, 2018 – The MTA Will Address Your Problems in “5-10 Years”

Did your neighborhood vote Nixon or Cuomo, more people are getting on subway tracks, 17 speakeasys, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The most hated buildings in Brooklyn, from the New York Post.

There has been 621 reported incidents of people on subway tracks or that have been hit by a train, an increase from 2017.

The MTA will be working on your train delays sometime in “the next 5-10 years.”

Another school ride from hell. This time it was a five-year-old girl in Queens whose bus-ride home from school took five hours on Friday. There have been 76,223 complaints abuot late or no-show buses this school year, up from 57,575 last year.

If you’re obsessed with the price of houses on Zillow, you’re not alone.

We Heart Astoria is hiring a Social Media Coordinator and a Junior Writer. Amid firings and consolidations, it’s nice to see a site announce open positions.

If you’re the squeamish type, you might want to avoid the Museum of the City of New York’s “germ city” exhibit.

Eater has a list of 17 hidden bars worth seeking out. Yes, Please Don’t Tell is on the list, but don’t hold it against them.

Who owns the city? Here are the ten largest property owners in New York City.

How former NYPD cop Ludwig Paz became the ringleader of brothels in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

Did your neighborhood vote Cuomo or Nixon? Check the map.

Has the Brooklyn Democratic Party been working to silence new voices? In the wake of a primary election that changed the political makeup of the state, New King’s Democrats is encouraging anyone who can to show up to the next party meeting on September 27 to make new voices heard.

There was only one day in August without subway delays during the morning commute. Mark it down on the calendar, August 23, the citywide day without delays.

If you are worried about local media consolidation, Schneps Communication purchased Community News Group and NYC Community Media last week. This is an incomplete list of the publications and websites now owned by one company: The Brooklyn Paper, Park Slope Courier, Bay News, Mill Basin Marine Park Courier, Brooklyn Graphic, Gay City News, Caribbean Life, TimesLedger, BaysideTimes, FlushingTimes, Bronx Times, Bronx Times Reporter, The Villager, The Villager Express, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now, Manhattan Express, BORO Weekly, Brooklyn Family, Queens Family, Bronx Family, Manhattan Family, Brooklyn Tomorrow, Queens Tomorrow, Brooklyn Uncovered, Airport Voice, Eat Up, NYParenting.com, BrooklynDaily.com, Bxtimes.com, Rivendell School, CNG Radio Podcast, The Queens Courier, The Courier Sun, The Ridgewood Times, The Times Newsweekly, El Correo, Brownstoner.com, Brownstoner Magazine, QNS.com, The North Shore Towers Courier, LIC Magazine, BORO Magazine, LeHavre Courier, Cryder Point Courier, Queens in Your Pocket, Best of Brooklyn, and Best of the Boro


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