The Briefly for February 22, 2019 – The “Our City’s Parks Are No Longer Rocking” Edition

The 7 train is literally falling apart, the mayor announces a plan to fight placard abuse, the BQX takes another hit, the YMCA, and more in today’s daily NYC digest.

Nearly every subway line has closures this weekend. (6sqft)

The 7 train is falling apart, literally. A piece of the train tracks fell from its elevated track and impaled an SUV through its windshield. The driver wasn’t injured, but holy shit, is anywhere near the subway safe anymore? (Curbed)

Why we rent and not buy our homes. (StreetEasy)

The mayor announced a goal of moving the parking placard system to license plates from the laminated placards on dashboards. Unless the NYPD enforces the rules, this whole thing is pointless. (Politico)

The NYPD used to hand out hundreds of summonses for sex in the city’s public parks. Last year? Zero. Are New Yorkers no longer horny on main? (NY Times)

The mayor promised serious consequences if yeshivas continue to bar Department of Education inspectors from their buildings. The deadline passed and the city is still negotiating with the schools. (Gothamist)

A map of the mega projects changing the city. (Curbed)

A look inside the new Webster Hall, but no photos of the new bathrooms. (NY Times)

Webster Hall will reopen on May 1 with Patti Smith. (Time Out)

Two more suspects were arrested in connection to the MS-13 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue subway shooting. (NY Post)

The best parodies are barely noticeable, which means you could miss these amazing MTA parody ads if you don’t have a sharp eye. (Bklyner)

Brooklyn President Eric Adams is urging New Yorkers to join their Neighborhood Advisory Boards in order to distribute Community Service Block Grants, a program which dates back to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The capital of President Trump’s immigration crackdown is New York City with an 88.2% increase in arrests. (Patch)

A list of the 47 hate groups active and operating in the city, double the number from ten years ago. (Patch)

What the hell is the NYPD doing blasting a hip-hop diss track outside the Marcus Garvey Village? A spokesperson said the officers “used it as a way to start a conversation with young men on the street.” Right. (Gothamist)

An 8-month-old in a stroller rolled onto the tracks of the 72nd Street 1 train. Her father jumped onto the tracks and brought her back to safety. The baby went to the hospital with a bump on her head. (amNY)

What’s special about the McBurney Y in Chelsea? Have you ever spelled out “Y.M.C.A.” at a wedding? (Gothamist)

Despite no one wanting him to run, Mayor de Blasio continues to flirt with a presidential run with a trip to Iowa this weekend. (NY Post)

The AARP supports congestion pricing, undercutting critics who say seniors will be hurt by the tolls. (Streetsblog)

Joe Crowley, defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is also leaving his position as head of the Queens Democratic Party. June Bunch will serve as the interim chair until a new leader is selected. (NY Post)

Nomkiki Konst, the TV-pundit-turned-candidate for Public Advocate, gets the profile treatment from Politico. (Politico)

If you’ve got three and a half hours to kill, here are 15 minutes interviews with 14 of the city’s Public Advocate candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

Ten candidates for Public Advocate on congestion pricing, safety, transportation policy, bike lanes, and the job in general. (Streetsblog)

An Amazon-less city might be the death-blow to the BQX streetcar. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Just in time for the weekend, 12 hot new brunch places. (Eater)

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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 December 11, 2018 – The “Don’t Flush the Amazon Toilets in Long Island City” Edition

Avenue Q is closing, Governor Cuomo is going to investigate the L train shutdown, legal pot could come in March, the Fearless Girl has a new home, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling for the NYPD to drop charges against Jazmine Headley, the woman arrested for sitting on the floor in a food assistance center last week whose baby was pulled away from her in the process. (King’s County Politics)

“The Fearless Girl” has been unveiled in her new location at 11 Wall Street, facing the New York Stock Exchange. (amNY)

Amazon’s HQ2 presents a lot of logistical challenges for Long Island City, including flushing the toilet. (NY Times)

After last year’s extensive sexual misconduct allegations against human croc full of cinnamon rolls Mario Batali, his restaurants only lost up to 30% of their business. (Eater)

This city will never have enough good bagel places. Never! (Gothamist)

“White people are the best thing that happened to the world” – Racist idiot and Columbia University student Julian von Abele (NY Post)

Monday’s nightmare commute, brought to you by the 1, 2, 3, E, F, M, J , R, and D trains. Don’t worry, the MTA is “sorry for the extensive delays” and will write you a note explaining why you were late to work. (Gothamist)

The anonymous complaints to 311 about mom-and-pop storefront awnings and signs have continued, with 1,900 complaints in Brooklyn this year alone. (NY Times)

The legendary Pearl River Mart is going to run the gift shop at the Museum of Chinese in America. (Bowery Boogie)

This account of how one NYPD officer accidentally shot his partner reads like a scene from a CBS sitcom, not reality. (NY Post)

The most walkable neighborhood in each borough. (Curbed)

The governor has finally woken up to the fact that he is responsible for the MTA and now, only four months away from the 15-month shutdown, he wants to do a personal review of the L train shutdown plans. (NY Post)

Orthodox rabbis are accused of bullying kosher restaurants if they would allow a Jewish, (Oh golly!), lesbian comedian. Leah Forester has two venues cancel on her because their kosher certification was threatened to be taken away. (Gothamist)

Where to eat Christmas Day, if you’re not going to eat at a kosher deli or get Chinese food. (Eater)

What will New York’s legal pot marketplace look like? No one knows, the Governor is not saying anything about it publicly, even though it could happen as early as late March. (Gothamist)

The video of the woman having her child ripped away form her by the NYPD is “very disturbing,” according to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. No shit. (NY Post)

The most convenient, the best, and the cheapest Christmas trees in the city. (StreetEasy)

The man who allegedly peed on and then smashed a statue at a Williamsburg church, 28-year-old Andrew Oshesky, was arrested. (Gothamist)

Finally, a service for suing your landlord over maintenance issues. (amNY)

Oh boy. A bunch of loose balloons knocked out power to 1,500 people in Queens. Happy Birthday, Timmy. (NY Post)

After 19 years, Avenue Q is closing in April. (NY Times)

Time to obsess over the list of the best beer bars in the city and opine over why your favorite bar didn’t make the cut. (Thrillist)

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