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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The Briefly for October 29, 2018 – The “What Awful News, Here Are Some Halloween Dog Photos” Edition

The ghosts of NYC, the new $2.8 million park that is scheduled for demolition, the MTA’s projected deficit, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told off-duty NYPD officers to bring their guns into religious services. (NY Times)

It wasn’t 24 hours after artist JR’s “The Gun Chronicles” Bowery Mural went up that the Pittsburgh shooting took place. The mural is now sporting a new “11” and people are leaving flowers in tribute to the victims of the shooting. (EV Grieve)

The stories of some of NYC’s lesser known ghosts. (NY Times)

Photos from the 2018 Halloween dog parade. (Imgur)

The winner of the Great Pupkin Dog Halloween Costume Contest. (@kodydoodle)

The Park Slope Nitehawk’s opening was delayed again. Originally scheduled for November 12, the new opening date is yet unknown. (Brooklyn Paper)

If you’re looking to embarrass yourself, America’s Got Talent auditions are coming to the Javits next month. (amNY)

How to easily see the abandoned City Hall subway station for free. (Viewing NYC)

14 Instagram accounts for NYC history. (Curbed)

The MTA is projecting a $634 million deficit by 2022, but a new spending plan calls for $60 billion in additional spending, up from $33 billion. The $60 billion only covers the first half of the $37 billion “Fast-Forward Plan.” In the meanwhile, prices will continue to go up as service quality continues to go down. (6sqft)

East River Park’s $2.8 million makeover was finished in September after a year of work, but the city is ready to tear it all down in 2020 as part of the $1.45 billion, three-and-half year flood-prevention project. (NY Post)

Another arrest in the hate group Proud Boys case. This time it was David Kuriakose of Long Island arrested for riot and assault. No word if he’ll be getting a makeover before his court appearance to look like a human being.

Spending 10 hours in Clinton Hill. (Brooklyn Based)

If you’re an idiot, Mission Chinese is selling $8 “Water Pickles,” aka ICE CUBES. (Eater)

10 fun things to look for along the NYC marathon route. (Untapped Cities)

A map of literally every tree in the city. No, seriously. (GVSHP)

Did you lose an avocado on the 6 train? (Reddit)


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