The Briefly for January 3, 2019 – The “Who Are These People Waiting In Hour Long Lines for Pizza” Edition

The Ridgewood serial toilet theif may have been caught, Manhattan apartments dip below $1 million, EGG ROLL SQUIRREL, Times Square on the water and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Six ways that 2019 will change New York City. (Curbed)

The city outlaws the LED billboards that have been seen on barges surrounding Manhattan, but there has ben zero enforcement. Welcome to our waterways, the new Times Square. (Gothamist)

The NYPD has arrested Kwame Johnson, the man who allegedly groped a 4-year-old girl on the subway last week. He was charged with sex abuse, forcible touching, acting in a manner injurious to a child, menacing, and harassment. (NY Post)

After becoming the surprise first New York attorney general in history, Barbara Underwood is going back to her post as solicitor general under newly elected Letitia James. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Finally, someone does the things the rest of us only think about doing. Asking the tourists waiting in line for pizza in DUMBO “WHY?” (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio announced Julie Menin, the head of the city’s film and television office, will add the role of Census Director to oversee the city’s implementation of the 2020 census. (Daily News)

The Wendy’s in Ridgewood can rest easy knowing that Richard Mirabile, their alleged serial toilet thief, was arrested last week. (Bushwick Daily)

The deadly six-car accident in Tribeca last weekend was caused by a car going 100 mph. Sherman Harrison hit Amy Philipson’s car, which flipped and burst into flames, killing Philipson. (NY Post)

Yes, the Brooklyn Borough President took the Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge this year, but also when was the last time any borough had president with visible abs? (Bklyner)

Cancel everything. Watch this squirrel eating an egg roll. (Gothamist)

Webster Hall returns in the spring of this year. Hipsters, prepare your complaints about how much better it was before. (BrooklynVegan)

The new campaign finance laws will get their first test during February’s public advocate election. The public advocate’s office has a budget of $3.5 million and the Board of Elections estimates the cost of the elections at $15 million. (NY Post)

The best bathtub in the city can be yours for the low cost of $7,000 per night. (NY Times)

Step back in time into a 1970’s bar in Murray Hill, just don’t expect 1970’s prices. (Eater)

A Manhattan federal jury cleared NYPD officer James Grant of charges of trading favors for gifts, including cash, diamonds, and sex on an airplane with a prostitute. His co-defendant Jeremy Reichenberg was found guilty of bribery and conspiracy charges. (Gothamist)

The city/state rivalry is bubbling up with the MTA trolling the mayor for not announcing any details about the Fair Fares program. (NY Post)

The median price of an apartment in Manhattan just barely dipped below $1 million for the first time since 2015. (NY Times)

Subway traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge came to a complete stop on Wednesday night because a dog had found its way onto the tracks. The dog was safely rescued. (NY Post)

The NYPD’s crackdown on e-bikes has been anything but fair to restaurant delivery workers. A new directive will shift enforcement of the e-bike ban towards the business and not the individual. From January 2018 through October, the city’ issued 509 citations to individuals and only 204 to businesses. (Gothamist)

Where to eat when you’re trying to not spend money. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for New Year’s Eve, 2018 – The “One Million Soaking Wet People in Diapers Looking Up” Edition

Happy New Year from The Briefly! Corey Johnson will become acting NYC public advocate, no umbrellas in Times Square, the best New Year’s brunch, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

You can’t leave to go to the bathroom and other things you need to know about Times Square tonight. (You’ll need diapers.) (amNY)

The NYPD will have 1,225 cameras in Times Square, including the first time use of drones at a large-scale event. (NY Post)

Today’s forecast calls for rain starting in the afternoon and going past the ball drop at midnight, which adds a hurdle for the masses in Times Square who are not allowed to bring umbrellas into the heavily policed area. (NYC.gov)

Hush hush, Mayor de Blasio wants to reduce city noise. (NY Post)

It started as investigating a gas leak and ended with the discovery of two grow houses in the Bronx. (Gothamist)

Everyone wants a piece of legal weed, including unions. The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union has hopes to unionize the thousands of workers who will handle or sell cannabis once it’s legal. (NY Post)

Add another entry to the “do not do this on the subway” list. This one’s for everyone, not just the perverts, weirdos, or man-spreaders. (Gothamist)

Everything you need to know about getting around tonight. (Curbed)

The Fair Fares program, which will provide reduced transit fares for low-income New Yorkers, is scheduled to launch in January, but the are no details about the program released by the mayor’s office. (NY Post)

The 12 hottest brunch spots in the city. (Eater)

Take a front row seat to last week’s Astoria Borealis with these videos. (Gothamist)

The East Side Access project connecting the LIRR and MetroNorth has hit a crippling obstacle: bureaucracy. (NY Post)

Could Letitia James’ focus on President Trump backfire with judges that may see a political vendetta instead of a pursuit of justice? (NY Times)

The special election for Public Advocate will be held on February 26, 2019. (NY Post)

Until a new public advocate is elected, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will pull double duty, taking on on the role of acting public advocate. (NY Times)

A retired Internal Affairs detective, Staten Island’s William Nolan, was arrested for allegedly sending threatening emails to former colleagues in the NYPD. A cache of weapons was also seized. He was described as a “ticking time bomb” and is out on bail. (NY Post)

“This isn’t Rikers. … We do what we want here.” A lawsuit alleges that Rikers inmates are sent upstate to skirt NYC laws where they are beaten, put in solitary confinement, and forced to undergo rectal searches. (Yahoo)

City employees have over $650,000 of unpaid parking tickets and violations. Of all of the employees to have received tickets or summonses, one person has had their driving privileges revoked. (NY Post)

The Gowanus Canal seems like an odd inspiration for Calvin Klein, but you can buy a Foundation Trucker Jacket in the color”Gowanus Black.” (Brooklyn Paper)

The NYPD busted the Fausto Stillo barber shop in Sunset Park for running an illegal cockfighting operation. (NY Post)

16 hangover-busting dishes for New Years Day brunch. (Eater)

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The Briefly for December 14, 2018 – The “A Private Midnight Tour of the L Train Tunnels” Edition

Long Island City’s rent hasn’t been Amazon’d yet, a goat beauty pageant in Central Park, the NYPD targets THC oil for arrests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s something new, there are no major outages planned on the subways this weekend. Station closures and redirections are dotted around, but no line will be completely shut down. All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

Is the NYPD replacing marijuana arrests with THC oil arrests? (TimesLedger)

Everyone can relax! After his private tour of the L train tunnels, which disrupted service of the L train tunnels, Governor Amazon Cuomo has decided the shutdown is “vital and complicated.” The shutdown was announced in January of 2016, the Governor waited nearly three years to being his “investigation.” (NY Post)

Michael Brogan, Brooklyn’s dumbest man, called a senator with his own phone and threatened to shoot her (the senator is not named). He was arrested. (Daily News)

A five-alarm five injured twelve, including seven firefighters, Thursday morning in Sunnyside. The fire was brought under control and damaged multiple buildings, but not before a visually jarring backdraft was caught video. (Gothamist)

A guide to Grand Central Terminal. (Curbed)

Think Long Island City rent is already high? The Amazon effect hasn’t touched it yet. (The Real Deal)

The mysterious L train green goop has not yet been identified. (Town & Village)

The city’s latest noted-racist is Anna Lushchinkaya, who was recoded hitting and yelling racist slurs to a passenger. She was arrested after getting off the train. (NY Post)

The Park Slope Nitehawk Cinema has a opening date: December 19. (Brooklyn Paper)

Remember when Central Park held beauty pageants for goats? Prohibition was weird. (6sqft)

The most expensive neighborhood in the city is Tribeca. (Curbed)

Mystery solved! The person behind the creepy Mister Softee music that was coming from LinkNYC kiosks was Mark Thomas, the creator of the Payphone Project. (Gothamist)

Bystanders saved a woman who was shoved off the platform and onto the subway tracks at Union Square. The NYPD is investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The New York Times has discovered Brighton Beach through photographer Alexey Yurenev’s work. (NY Times)

Does Elon Musk have a secret office on Rivington Street? (Bowery Boogie)

Greenpoint’s Community Board 1 rejected the liquor license for beer and wine of Bury the Hatchet, the neighborhood’s new hatchet throwing bar, due to security concerns. CB votes are recommendations and the state’s liquor authority will make the actual decision. (Greenpoint Post)

State legislators are getting a raise, but are complaining that their new $130,000 salaries won’t be enough. The median salary in New York state is $64,894. (NY Post)

Staten Island and Brooklyn Democratic Congressmember-elect Max Rose is already seeing 2020 challengers pop up. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Recently outed local homophobe Allasheed Allah, the man who allegedly punched a woman in the back of the head on the subway that resulted in a fractured spine, was arrested on Thursday. (amNY)

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum (but not run by the Brooklyn Museum) continues to be a shit show. What do you expect from a company called “Millennial Entertainment”? (Bklyner)

The 1 and 9 in “2019” has arrived in Times Square. (Viewing NYC)

The critics of NYC’s best restaurants of 2018. (Eater)

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