The Briefly for February 26, 2019 – The “Trial of Socialite Grifter is the New Trial of El Chapo” Edition

Inside a multi-million dollar Airbnb scam, the Public Advocate election, Eater’s massive guide to NYC Chinese food, the mystery of the barnacle Citi Bike, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s the last guide to today’s election that you’ll see in The Briefly. (Patch)

Polling places opened at 6am and will be open until 9pm. Find your polling location.

Double check to see if you are registered if you have any doubts.

The Board of Education’s attempts to keep translators out of polling locations has failed. A state judge rejected the lawsuit and the city will add Russian, Yiddish, Haitian Creole, and Polish translators to 48 locations in addition to Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Bangala. (Patch)

El Chapo’s trial is over just in time for the city to get ready for the trial of the socialite grifter Anna Delvey. (NY Post)

‘“We’re not criminals,” he said at his lawyer’s office, while puffing from a Juul he kept in a black leather pouch fastened to a chain around his neck. He shrugged: “I don’t own a yacht or a big penthouse.”’ Inside a $20 million Airbnb scam across 130 apartments in the city which housed nearly 76,000 guests using 100 host accounts and 18 corporations in order to obfuscate the con. (NY Times)

A map of the city’s farmers’ markets, CSAs, food boxes, and fresh pantries. (City Council)

Have you witnessed the subways “dramatic” improvement in service? I guess it depends if you consider 76.6% a good grade. (Curbed)

A cab driver who fatally hit a young woman and drove away on Sunday was released from police custody without being charged. No reason for the lack of charges was given. (NY Post)

Rockaway Beach is literally disappearing. (CBS New York)

The MTA announced four public meetings to go over the new L train non-shutdown repairs. (6sqft)

A new coalition of people in the sex trades wants New York to become the first state to fully decriminalize sex work. (The Appeal)

The city’s newest and greatest mystery is the Citi Bike covered in barnacles. (Gothamist)

Say goodbye to MetroCards, say hello to OMNY. It stands for One Metro New York and is the future of paying for your crappy subway and bus service. (BrooklynVegan)

The city will be hit with a Bernie Bro-nado this weekend as Bernie Sanders will stage his first 2020 campaign rally at Brooklyn College. (amNY)

This is what an escalator looks like when it malfunctions and it is terrifying. (amNY)

Will the Brooklyn Promenade’s potential highway replacement bring back an old idea of a cross-Brooklyn underground highway? Is Brooklyn ready for its own version of Boston’s The Big Dig? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Today is the 26 year anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo signed the “Red Flag” gun control bill into law. The law prohibits anyone showing signs they are a threat to themselves or others from buying or possessing any type of firearm. New York is the first state that authorizes teachers, family members, and school administrators to fight school shootings by seeking preemptive action. (Politico)

The latest school to find itself in hot water after students were caught on video being presidential-level homophobic, misogynistic, and racist is Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Lola Jean will be trying to set “The World Squirting Record” tonight as part of a kinky carnival. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

Timothy Glover, hero, was charged with criminal mischief in the second-degree for beheading Diddy’s statue at Madame Tussaud’s. (NY Post)

The City Council is readying a pied-à-terre tax on non-primary residence apartments purchased for over $5 million. (amNY)

It’s a sprint for the city to finish the necessary work on 5,800 NYCHA apartments that need to have lead-contaminated paint issues resolved before the end of the month to comply with a federally imposed deadline. (NY Post)

Eater has published its massive and exhaustive guide to Chinese food in NYC. (Eater)

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The Briefly for July 18, 2018 – The Gowanus is Eating Whole Foods, Uber Supports Congestion Pricing, and More

New York is suing the US over 2017’s changes to tax law, the first death from Legionnaire’s Disease, SNAP recipients are losing farmer’s markets, and more

Children separated form their parents by ICE at the US’s southern border will get a 48-hour notice before being moved thank to New York City’s Legal Aid Society. Two days may not be much, but it allows lawyers and parents to make a plan.

SNAP recipients may lose their ability to buy produce at farmers markets thanks to a new USDA contract.

Tips to survive the line for Shakespeare in the Park.

New York state is suing the federal government arguing federal tax law changes unfairly targets New York and similar states, raising taxes by $14.3 billion in 2018.

The city announced a $100 million investment to overhaul the city’s freight distribution system and create 5,000 jobs with infrastructure investment, creating new hubs and promoting the use of clean trucks.

Citi Bike is expanding their $5 monthly memberships to 1.8 million additional low-income New Yorkers. Previously it was available to NYCHA residents and the change allows anyone who receives SNAP benefits.

“Taxi King” Gene Freidman must pay $1.3 million to a former employee who accused him of sexual harassment.

The NYPD is working to assign more investigators to work on sexual assault complaints, which were up by 17.4% in June of this year compared to last.

Half of NYC neighborhoods are “transit deserts” for the disabled and elderly. 62 out of 122 neighborhoods don’t have accessible subway stations according to Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. To rectify this, Stringer is suggested an $8 billion transit bond to improve access.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at 185th St and 69th Ave in Queens, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 32nd St and 5th, Blue Bloods w/Donnie Wahlberg is at 52nd and 9th, Elementary w/Lucy Liu is at Henry St and Pierrepont in Brooklyn, Otherhood w/Jake Lacy is at W 12th and 7th, and Law and Order: SVU is at Inwood Hill Park and W 133rd and 12th.

Governor Cuomo’s campaign may have violated federal privacy laws when soliciting Excelsior Scholarship students to appear in an ad for his re-election.

The first person has died as a result of the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Manhattan. If you have symptoms on pneumonia, see a doctor immediately.

Is the Gowanus Canal trying to eat Whole Foods?

City Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr is under investigation for misuse of government resources, alleging he improperly used his council email account for political purposes.

Governor Cuomo is finally giving up contributions that were made to his campaign that were made be people connected to the recent Buffalo Billions convictions. The half a million dollars will be donated to various charities that work towards immigrant legal defense, women’s reproductive health rights, and Puerto Rican recovery efforts.

When it rains, it pours… in subway stations.

Artist Jim Bachor is filling potholes with tile mosaics of vermin like rats cockroaches, pigeons, and the current president.

Governor Cuomo added 374 “special assistants” to the state’s payroll, with a combined $33.8 million in salary.

Uber is launching a $1 million effort in support of congestion pricing.