The Briefly for November 2, 2018 – The “Brooklyn Witches Are at it Again” Edition

A pumpkin-impalement record, a newspaper grows in Brooklyn, where to watch the marathon on Sunday, Harvey Weinstein is accused of assaulting a teenager, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway service doesn’t have any major outages, but it doesn’t mean that the random bits of train lines (No F between Church Ave and Coney Island, the G isn’t running north of Nassau Ave, the A running on the F between W 4th and Jay St) are closed or doing some weird stuff. (Subway Stats)

Construction on the L train will be tough on the East Village, but the MTA has made a few concessions like switching the lighting from diesel to electric, stopping construction at 10pm instead of 11, and installing air quality sensors. (Town & Village)

Hex Kavanaugh 2: Electric Boogaloo. (Catland)

The city will spend $2 million to renovate Selma’s House, an extension of the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona. (Jackson Heights Post)

Q&A with State Senator Marty Golden. (Bklyner) Everyone hates Marty. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Governor Cuomo no showed the League of Women Voters debate, as expected. (NY Post)

Knife confiscations are up by 20% in the city’s schools. Yikes. (NY Post)

10 great places to eat vegan in Astoria. (We Heart Astoria)

Democrats added 158,000 new voters in the last six months, while Republicans added 1,435 new voters. Will this turn the tide on New York City’s sorry level of voter participation? (NY Post)

The 14 best burgers in the city. (Gothamist)

The best spots to watch Sunday’s NYC Marathon. (StreetEasy) Here’s the marathon route.

After Mayor de Blasio bungled the one year memorial for the West Side Highway terror attack, he’s blaming his staff for forgetting to read the names of the eight victims and forgetting to invite the victim’s loved ones until the last minute. (NY Post)

Is the city ready for college dorm style “co-living?” (6sqft)

What’s going to happen to Central Park’s famous new Mandarin Duck? It’ll be welcome to stay as long as it likes, but don’t feed it break or pretzels. (Gothamist)

The Art Students League of New York’s The Masters exhibit shows off 100 works from former students and teachers, including Norman Rockwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Ai Weiwei, and others.

A new pumpkin-impalement record was set by Jane Greengold! Stop by the corner of Kane Street and Strong Place in Cobble Hill to see all 224 impaled pumpkins while they rot. (Bedford + Bowery)

Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl during what she believed to be a job meeting in 2002. (Gothamist)

The city has had a troublesome increase in anti-Semitic incidents as of late. The latest is swastikas spray painted on 72nd St. (Gothamist) The NYPD is still searching for the suspect who spray painted swastikas on a Brooklyn Heights garage. (Bklyner)

The hottest restaurants in Brooklyn. (Eater)

Who’s crazy enough to start a newspaper in 2018? Bklyner is.


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The Briefly for November 1, 2018 – The “We Need A New Bushwick We Ruined this One” Edition

Midtown is getting a makeover, Shakespeare in the Park goes dark in 2021, the city bungled their voting information mailer, the NYPD vs a swan, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Photos from the Village Halloween parade. (amNY)

Here’s what you need to know about the election on November 6. (Brokelyn)

Is the closing of Bushwick art gallery Signal the canary in a coal mine for the decline of the neighborhood? Signal closes on November 2 after their final show, “No Signal.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Governor Cuomo restored voting rights to most parolees in April, but someone forgot to tell the city’s Board of Elections, who printed the wrong information in the City Voter Guide mailers. (Bklyner)

2 Penn Plaza is about to get a dramatic revamp starting in 2020. Get ready for midtown to look very different. (Curbed)

All 128 NYC restaurants that were awarded Bib Gourmand status in 2019 (two courses and a glass of wine or dessert is under $40). (Eater)

How many NYPD officers does it take to capture a swan? Watch the video and see. (Gothamist)

Get ready for tight security at the NYC Marathon this Sunday. (Queens Gazette)

The newest addition to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s balloons is “Little Cloud” from the art duo FriendsWithYou, a happy little optimistic cloud. (NY Times)

The creator of the MetroCard, William Wheeler, swiped his last swipe at 69. He worked for the MTA for 32 years and is one of the reasons we don’t still use tokens. (NY Post)

19 bars and restaurants in Astoria to try. (Eater)

Take a tour and dip into the history of of Red Hook’s Erie Basin. (Forgotten NY)

The new Greenpoint Library will not open in December as scheduled due to discoveries of asbestos and the remains of the original Carnegie Library from 1906. (Bklyner)

Check out every publicly accessible waterfront in the city with the interactive Waterfront Access Map. (Curbed)

Shakespeare in the Park will go dark in 2021 when the Delacourt undergoes a $110 million renovation. The renovation is meant to address issues like how the women’s bathroom is extremely far from the amphitheater, making it ADA compliant, and other needed improvements to the stage and backstage areas. Construction is set to being in 2020 and finish in 2022. (NY Times)

Alan Cumming is tending bar. “Why would you want to have a bar otherwise?”

The elevated trains in New York date back to 1868, when the Eiffel Tower was brand new. The trains moved between five and ten miles an hour, which is still faster than the average speed of a Manhattan bus. (Curbed)

City Lab attended the L Train Shutdown Nightmare “experience” before it prematurely closed. They were less than impressed.

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The Briefly for October 30, 2018 – The “Couldn’t They Wait Until After Halloween?” Edition

The NYPD starts a crackdown on sanitation companies, Hurricane Sandy six years later, the NYPL gets an exclusive black card, another reason why the subways are slow, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Imagine being pulled over for doing 35 mph in a 50 mph speed zone. Now you know the frustration that subway operators face on a regular basis due to faulty signal timers, which leads to lagging subway speeds. (amNY)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been chosen. They couldn’t wait until after Halloween? (NY Post)

If you stand in the lobby of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you are with one of America’s greatest poets. Underneath the lobby are the remains of Langston Hughes. (Atlas Obscura)

Do you love fried chicken? Do you love it enough to wait in line for 20 hours in the rain? (Eater)

Activists held a “die-in” at Trump Tower on the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting the city with a plea for the president to act to reduce global warming. They are also asking the NY Legislature to pass the Climate and Community act, which would reduce levels 100% by 2050. (amNY) Here’s how the city is preparing for the next Hurricane Sandy. (Curbed)

The new, limited edition, “Knowledge is Power” black NYPL card is pretty slick. First come first served and there’s only 70,000 available. (6sqft)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill thinks more guns is not the solution; to the country’s gun violence problem and credits New York City’s tough gun laws for our current record lows. (NY Post)

The former J&R buildings near City Hall will be replaced by parks, public libraries and schools. 😂 Just kidding it’ll be million dollar plus condos. (Cubed)

Two years ago, Zaida Pugh dumped 600 crickets and mealworms on her fellow D train passengers as they crossed the Manhattan Bridge, causing someone to pull the emergency brake. That stranded the train on the bridge for an hour. Always remember that your commute could be worse. (NY Post)

The greatest pizza places in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

Why the hell does it seem like the Harvey Weinstein case is falling apart? (NY Times)

A very rare duck has found its way to Central Park and bird twitter is very excited. (Gothamist)

60% of all new apartments built in the city by 2020 will be in Brooklyn or Queens. (Curbed)

The two women found dead and duct taped together in the Hudson River have been identified as Tala and Rotana Farea, but how they ended up there is still under investigation. (Gothamist)

Apple takes the stage at BAM today (Tuesday) to announce (rumored) new iPads and computers. (Digg)

An NYU professor who refers to himself as “The Anti-PC Professor” invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak to his class as a challenge to what he perceives as the university’s censorship. This should go well. (Gothamist)

Target’s NYC takeover continues, with Columbus Circle getting a “small-format” stone in 2019. (6sqft)

The NYPD is beginning to crack down on private sanitation companies after the industry’s “constant disregard for the law,” according to Chief of Department of the NYPD Terence Monahan. (Streetsblog)

Do you know your hurricane evacuation zone number? (nyc.gov)

It’s like a bar, but without alcohol. (Free Williamsburg)


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