The Briefly for January 17, 2019 – The “The Pizza Wars and Other Famous Food Fights” Edition

Legal marijuana will bring the state an estimated $300 million this year, someone stole an MTA bus again, the best cheap falafel, electric scooters could become legal and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Legal pot is estimated to bring in $300 million in sales tax revenue this year, which seems like a good amount of money until you hear congestion pricing would bring in $13-15 billion. (Gothamist)

George Washington did not have wooden dentures. Don’t believe it? You can see them for yourself at the NY Academy of Medicine. (Untapped Cities)

A history of protests in NYC’s public parks. (6sqft)

The pizza wars, the cupcake rivalries, the seafood bar copycat, the Rockaway Beach taco fight, and the doughnut dispute: The hottest restaurant feuds in the city. (Eater)

The 2-year-old autistic girl who was allegedly abducted by her father and was the subject of an AMBER alert on Wednesday night, was found and is safe. (NY Post)

Is it better to buy or rent? (Curbed)

One person is dead and two are injured after a man entered a buffet in Sheepshead Bay and allegedly started attacking employees with a hammer. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go for lunch when you have jury duty in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Based)

“Roaming Underfoot” is the tile mosaic centerpiece of the newly opened 28th St stop on the 6. The work is meant to capture Madison Square Park’s role as an urban sanctuary. (MTA)

Five takeaways from Tuesday’s emergency L train shutdown meeting. (Curbed)

On set for the new season of High Maintenance. (Gothamist)

A breakdown of the new “mom uniform” of Park Slope. Only the most important stories from the paper of record. (NY Times)

Whoopi Goldberg, sudden transit expert, gave the mayor a piece of her mind and said a bunch of falsehoods about bike lanes and Tenth Avenue on The View. (NY Post)

“If you are mad that bike lanes take away driving lanes or parking, ask yourself why you are more entitled to that public space than a cyclist. The answer can’t be ‘because that’s how it was before.'” (@Jill_Jorgensen)

For the third time in a month, someone stole an MTA bus and took it for a joyride. This time someone drove a bus from Queens to Brooklyn and it went unnoticed for two hours until the bus was found undamaged on the street. (NY Post)

We aren’t getting hit by a winter storm this weekend. We’re getting hit by two. (Gothamist)

23 restaurants and bars to try in Midtown East. (Eater)

Are you ready for a super blood wolf lunar moon this weekend? Watch the skies from 11:30pm-12:30am on Sunday night for the greatest visual effect, but be wary of werewolves. (Gothamist)

The state will let local municipalities decide to make electric scooters or bikes legal. Currently unassisted electric bikes and scooters are both illegal in the city, despite their widespread usage. (Streetsblog)

An NYPD officer, 28-year-old Brian Kessler, was killed in a head-on collision with a garbage truck in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Is this the best cheap falafel in the city? (Viewing NYC)

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The Briefly for November 28, 2018 – The “Hold On to Your Knutstorp, Here Comes a Manhattan IKEA” Edition

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway might finish by 2027, the 7 train’s new signal woes continue, a mysterious paralyzing disease hits NYC, 13 steakhouses, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There isn’t much budget for restoring artwork with NYCHA’s $32 billion deficit. The friezes from sculptor Richmond Barthé are in desperate need of maintenance. (amNY)

Brooklyn’s got some new frost-resistant water fountains in Prospect Park. (Brooklyn Paper)

You can either line up at 3pm to get a spot to see tonight’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, or you can stay home and watch it on TV, Facebook, Twitter, or NBC’s website. (Curbed)

The infamous “Five Shots of Anything for $12” Continental in the East Village has a closing date, December 15. (Page Six)

10 lesser-known Andy Warhol spots in the city. (6sqft)

If you want NYC Celebrity of the Year Mandarin Duck footage, you’re in luck. (Gothamist)

The city has a new Chinese food destination neighborhood: Forest Hills. (NY Times)

13 classic steakhouses in the city. (Eater)

See the water damage the MTA regularly fixes in subway tunnels and stations. (Viewing NYC)

Yeah, everyone hates that Trump-loving gay couple the NY Times profiled. (HuffPost)

Snug Harbor’s Winter Lantern Festival will give you a reason to visit Staten Island. (Time Out)

The second day of the brand new signals meant to make 7 train service more reliable was full of signal-related failures. (NY Post)

Legal e-scooters are one step closer to being a reality. (Curbed)

Are you sitting down in your POANG? IKEA is coming to Manhattan. (6sqft)

18 solid restaurants in Long Island City. (Eater)

A mysterious paralyzing disease, called AFM, has shown up in New York City. It’s been described as “polio-like.” If you have weakened muscles and reflexes a week after a cold, get yourself to a doctor. (Gothamist)

RIP Tom Margittai, the man who revitalized the Four Seasons. (NY Times)

Sanitation Salvage, the private garbage company responsible for over 50 accidents and two deaths, is surrendering its license and going out of business. (NY Post)

The city is considering alternatives to their “tear down the Brooklyn Promenade” approach to replacing the BQE, but isn’t making any promises. (Brooklyn Paper)

The City Council is trying to make it illegal for businesses to go completely cashless. (Politico)

What does a nightmare commute look like? How about two people getting into a fight while getting onto a subway, followed by spraying a “mace-like” substance into the crowd, sending four people to the hospital. (NY Post)

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway is underway, but won’t be completed until 2027 at the earliest. 20 years for six subway stations. (Second Avenue Sagas)

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The Briefly for September 27, 2018 – 4,800 CitiBikes are Missing, Kids Don’t Read English too Good, and More

CitiBikes are on short supply, the city’s supply of low-rent apartments is declining, the MTA refutes claims of bed bug infestations, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

There are 12,000 CitiBikes in the city, but only 7,166 are on the road the shortages are becoming noticeable.

The MTA calls the bed bug reports are false and “irresponsible.” MTA employees say otherwise.

Stop, close your eyes and ask yourself “What area has the highest population of millennials?” What’s your answer? Don’t over think it, because Williamsburg and East Williamsburg have the highest population of millennials in the country.

The city’s 16 top tapas bars, according to Eater.

Nick Cavy the guinea pig, was rescued in Prospect Park and needs a good home, preferably far away from red-tailed hawks.

The NYCLU launched Equality Watch, an online tool for victims and witnesses of discrimination.

The mayor set out to create or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026, but the number of low-rent apartments is declining.

A preview of the new Brooklyn skyline in Prospect Heights as the Pacific Park complex near the Barclays Center enters its next phase.

What’s it gonna cost to live like Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters? Property Shark analyzed the premium you’ll pay to live within one block of Central Park.

The man who attacked two gay men outside a bar in Bushwick is allegedly 25-year-old bigot and homophobe Brandon McNamara from Middle Village, Queens.

Uber will spend $10 million to help develop more efficient transportation policies, reduce congestion, and vehicle emissions, which is a problem partially created by Uber.

Oscar Guevera isn’t a dentist, but that didn’t stop him from putting braces on a 16-year-old girl at his wife’s dental office. He and his wife are being charged with multiple crimes.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Committee on Transportation, announced the second annual 24-hour Riders Respond Transit Tour. Rodriguez and other city officials will ride the subway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4. Totally lame to split it into two days, right?

Williamsburg cafe Sands’ is closed temporarily after owner Guy Sands was tied to racist, white supremacist groups like The Proud Boys in a 2016 Vanity Fair article. Sands denies the claims.

The 80 Flatbush mega development continues to march forward, getting City Council approval. The next step is mayoral approval and construction may begin.

With fall’s arrival it’s time to tell yourself that you’ll get a flu shot next week, or the week after that, or the week after that… There were 45,368 confirmed cases of the flu in NYC last year.

The “Dear Future New York City” challenge is offering a $30,000 to connect youth with local businesses to find jobs. The challenge is open to 18-24 year-olds and is sponsored by Liberty Coca-Cola.

Express bus route changes with the intention of shortening commute times in Staten Island has resulted in longer wait times and crowded buses.

Drones strapped with explosives is the latest worry for the NYPD during the United Nations General Assembly.

Mayor de Blasio met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, seeking to increase relations between the city and Cuba, despite the Trump administration’s decisions.

The results are in. After a recent standardized state exam, 46.7 percent of kids in grades 3 to 8 in public schools were proficient in English and just 42.7 percent were proficient in math. The same results in charter schools were 57.3% and 59.6%. The mayor remains opposed to expanding charter schools saying “I think the answer is to improve the schools we have.”

City Councilman Rory Lancman announced his candidacy for Queens District Attorney in 2019. The mothers of Sean Bell and Cory Garner have both endorsed Lancman. He also targeted over-policing of marijuana and other crimes referred to as victimless offenses.

Electric scooters are gaining support from the City Council, who believes they have the authority to make the legal in New York City, but the de Blasio administration wants to punt on the idea altogether, saying it’s a matter of state law.

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