The Briefly for October 17, 2018 – The City’s Chief Democracy Officer Botched Their First Project

Videology is closing, Louis CK might actually feel bad for what he’s done, the Brooklyn diocese hired a reverend with child sex abuse claims, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The State Assembly met on Tuesday to discuss legalization and regulation of marijuana in New York, ahead of the 2019 legislative session. (amNY)

The office run by the city’s new chief democracy officer botched its first assignment, caused confusion among hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and blamed the board of elections in the process. Perfect. (NY Post)

Beloved Williamsburg video rental store turned bar and theater is closing at the end of the month. They didn’t post a reason, but rising commercial rents (despite the L train shutdown) abound be assumed.

20 buildings in the city designed by Gilded Age architect Stanford White. (Untapped Cities)

April Bloomfield is ready to rehab her image after being criticized for turning a blind eye to Ken Friendman’s behavior at the Spotted Pig. (Eater) Speaking of rehabbing an image, Louis CK continues to drop in at comedy clubs, but he’s showing some faint signs of actual remorse. (Gothamist)

A peek inside the construction of the future massive WeWork building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Untapped Cities)

The voter turnout for last month’s Democratic primary was considered high, despite a 26.58% turnout. See what the turnout was like in your district in this interactive map. (Gothamist)

Yesterday was a banner day for the MTA. The B and Q trains were stopped for over an hour during the morning rush hour, the 1 and 6 train was running with delays due to signal issues in different locations, and the 7 was delayed after someone had to be removed from the tracks in Queens. (NY Post)

Apple gave the bagel emoji another try, adding cream cheese and making the bagel slightly more realistic, but still no seeds on the bagel. (Gothamist)

The possum that’s the king of the bodega bread pile. (NY Post)

What you need to know about the upcoming NYC marathon. (Curbed)

On October 27, a 1930s subway will take you on a one way trip to the grave. Specifically it is headed to Green-Wood Cemetery for the Nostalgia Ride. (amNY)

State Senator Simcha Felder’s chief of staff, Ridney C. Powis, is accused of drunkenly groping a woman and bragging about it. Powis is now on administrative leave. (Gothamist)

Carrie Fisher smiling while sitting in a garbage bin in 1980. That’s it, just a nice photo. (Viewing NYC)

What the national Democratic Party’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could mean for NYC. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn diocese hired Rev. Roberto Cadavid in 2012 despite accusations of child sex abuse. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

42nd St and 3rd Ave will be renamed Jimmy Breslin Way for the reporter who wrote for decades for The New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News and Newsday. (amNY)

Have you had a bad day or a “naked on the street punching a cop car” bad day? (@kickzjilla)


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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 October 11, 2018 – Does the Penn Station Problem Have a Solution?

The MTA is ready to give up on new ideas, an alpaca roamed around Brooklyn, the Papaya King expands his kingdom, NYCHA is out of money, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

“This is really our last, best shot at getting this right.” Will this be the time for Penn Station’s renaissance or will it continue to be the crowded hellhole that we all know and loathe?

If you don’t vote, you are doubling the value of someone else’s vote. (kottke.org) Did you know you can register to vote at a LinkNYC kiosk? (The Brooklyn Reader) Voter registration closes on Friday for the November 6 election.

Remember Pastagram, the restaurant specifically made to look good in photos? Turns out the food isn’t terribly photogenic. (NY Post)

He’s the Papaya King, we just live in his kingdom. (Eater)

The Morgan is celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein (and his monster) with “It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200,” with parts of the original manuscript, movie memorabilia, the original Fuseli painting that inspired the story and more. (amNY)

The NYPD arrested Nigel Kennedy, a self-proclaimed spiritual leader, on several charges of rape and sexual misconduct after who women accused him of drugging then during a “religious ceremony.” (BKLYNER)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s original copper eagle found a new home in the Brooklyn Public Library. The library is having a naming contest for the eagle. Is Eagle McEagleface an option? (amNY)

Watching a loose alpaca in Borough Park is precisely what you need right now. (@jacobkornbluh)

The resources are not there to do the job” -Stanley Brezenoff, interim chairman of the NYCHA. Repairs are desperately needed and the funding isn’t available, leaving tens of thousands of New Yorkers in deteriorating conditions. (NY Post)

New York has a rich history of throwing on headphones and ignoring the world. (Gothamist)

18 iconic locations in 18 iconic films. (StreetEasy)

15 standout fast-casual restaurants in Midtown for your lunchtime chow downs. (Eater)

The MTA is opening a “transit tech lab,” because it seems that they’re ready to admit that they can’t our transit woes themselves. (6sqft)

Cellino & Barnes are having a “record year” despite their public feud and breakup. (NY Post)

“Candy Nation,” a series of 20 9-foot tall candy sculptures by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell, has landed in the Garment District as part of the 15th Annual Arts Festival. (Untapped Cities)

The DOT announced plans to redesign Northern Blvd after six traffic deaths in 2017 and four so far in 2018. (Curbed)

The MTA promises that during the L train shutdown, they will not shut down the subways below 14th St on the weekends. Let’s see if they stick to that. (Gothamist)

The restoration of the Truman Capote House in Brooklyn Heights is complete. (Brownstoner)

The 10 best places to see foliage in Central Park. (Untapped Cities)


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