The Briefly for January 7, 2018 – The “Surviving A Fall Onto the Subway Tracks” Edition

Fair Fares launches with little fanfare, Albany’s been pocketing hundreds of millions of cell phone taxes, Amazon’s charm offensive starts, Oreo squirrel, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The No Pants Subway Ride is this weekend, plan accordingly. (Gothamist)

That L train un-shutdown? It still needs the MTA board’s approval. (amNY)

Forget eggroll squirrel, here comes Oreo Squirrel! (West Side Rag)

He fell onto the subway tracks and SURVIVED! An unidentified man fell onto the track and laid underneath the train as it went over him. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but he walked away uninjured. (NY Post)

Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened across from the Barclays Center. Only qualifying patients for now. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Kindergarten impossible. How did this 5-year-old boy escape his school and get on a subway platform without being noticed? (Gothamist)

I Eat from UWS Dumpsters and So Should You” Not me, that’s the headline. (West Side Rag)

The holidays are over, we’ve landed back in full-steam-ahead early January, you know what time it is? Girl Scout cookies. If you don’t have a Girl Scout in your life, here’s how to score some Tagalongs. (amNY)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill continues to think of new reasons to worry about marijuana legalization. Last week it was the retirement of marijuana-sniffing dogs, this week the excuses are underage use (which did not go up in Colorado after weed became legal) and grow house explosions. (NY Post)

The history of NYC style pizza in under eight minutes. (DidYouKnowFood)

The 168th and 181st 1 train stations in Washington Heights will be closing for nearly a year, here’s how to get around during the closure. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio launched the Fair Fares program, as you’d expect from our mayor, with too little information for too little people and late. (Politico)

A portion of Northern Boulevard around 114th Streets collapsed into a construction site on Friday and it is indefinitely closed between 111th and 114th and indefinitely. There were no injuries and no utility disruptions. (Jackson Heights Post)

Apartment owners in the Citylights co-op in Long Island City are protesting the scheduled end of their 20-year real estate tax abatement. Since 1997, the co-op has been paying a discounted tax rate on apartments that originally sold between $10k and $65, which are now worth close to 16x their original value. (LIC Post)

Two firehouses in Queens were closed due to a scabies outbreak. Scabies is… gross and let’s not discuss that it’s caused by bugs that crawl under your skin and lay eggs. (NY Post)

Brooklyn lawyer Rashaun Kelley was arrested in connection to a series of sexual assaults which date back to 2014. He faces sex abuse, burglary and attempted rape charges. (CBS New York)

“Happy New Year from your future neighbors at Amazon.” Amazon has started their charm offensive. (Amazon)

A profile of Figure Skating in Harlem, where young women of color train to compete in a spot dominated by whites. (NY Times)

The First Street Garden Art Park has a new mural to match one of Congress’ new faces: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (@lexibellaart)

RIP to one of NYC’s centenarians, “Big Helen” Sieczkowski, who passed away on January 2nd at 100 years young. (Bklyner)

Unsurprisingly, New York was not on the list of cities where you can buy a home with an annual salary of $60k or less. (The Real Deal)

The head of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission will step down with no successor announced by City Hall. After the sixth suicide by a cab driver in the last 13 months, there have been calls for Meera Joshi to step down from drivers and politicians. (Crain’s New York)

Albany “diverted” hundreds of millions of dollars over the last ten years meant for emergency communication services, according to the FCC. NY uses the money for “non-public safety or unspecified uses.” The governor’s office refutes that claim. (NY Post)

The Bronx Riviera is planning a roaring comeback with a $75 million renovation of the landmarked Orchard Beach pavilion. The project is still in the planning phase, a date has not been set for completion. (amNY)

Our mayor, the cartoon character. (NY Times)

The city spent $4.1 million over three years to give deer vasectomies in Staten Island in hopes of reducing the number of road accidents, but 2018’s 103 accidents with 17 injuries marked an all-time high. (NY Post)

If you don’t know Paul Manship’s name, you’ve seen his work. His sculptures inhabit Central Park like the “Group of Bears” or the gates to the Children’s Zoo, but Prometeus, which looks over the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, is likely his best known work in the city. (Ephemeral New York)

A map of every bagel shop in New York City. (Brooklyn Bagel Blog)

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The Briefly for December 26, 2018 – The “A Bronx Zoo Inside A One Bedroom Apartment” Edition

The 8 hour city bus joyride, subway closures for the rest of the year, New York’s diminishing population , no more 7 train on nights and weekends, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The gender pay gap among city workers is three times larger than in the private sector. The City Council’s Introduction 633 will mandate an annual report that will highlight gender, ethnic, or racial pay gaps. (Metro)

There will be no overnight or weekend 7 train service between Manhattan and Queens in January of February. Happy New Year! (Sunnyside Post)

The E, M, and J trains will hobble into 2019 with extensive delays through the end of the year. (6sqft)

Two 80 pound snapping turtles, an eel, a dove, multiple smaller turtles, fish, a pit bull puppy, and a possum were seized by Animal Care and Control from one bedroom apartment in the Bronx that Richie Rodriquez shared with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. (Gothamist)

Over 2,500 adults in New York state are in solitary confinement between 23 and 24 hours a day. The HALT Solitary Confinement Act passed the State Assembly in June but not the State Senate. Activists are lobbying the Governor to alter solitary confinement to 15 hour days using his powers over the state’s Department of Corrections. (Gothamist)

New York lost 48,510 people between July 2017 and July 2018, which could mean that New York would lost two congressional seats after the 2020 election. (NY Post)

Can Vinateria’s chef Mimi Weissenborn make Eggs Benedict in a tiny Upper East Side kitchen with zero counter space? (Refinery 29)

CBGB’s makes a return to NYC… in miniature as part of the Transit Museum’s 17th Annual Holiday Train Show. (EV Grieve)

The five homeless men who wound up in a fight with an NYPD officer on Monday night have been released without charges. (NY Post)

Meet the Romp family, who have sold Christmas trees in the West Village since 1988. (Gothamist)

The city, the city’s worst landlord, is unsurprisingly behind schedule on fixing peeling and possibly lead-tinted paint in NYCHA apartments. In order to meet its commitment to a federal judge, the city has to fix 2,800 apartments by the end of February. Only 190 apartment have been tended to since December 11. (NY Post)

By the time the MTA realized someone stole a city bus from the Bronx, it was eight hours later and the thief had already returned it. (NY Post)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has a plan to help middle-income New Yorkers who buy homes. The plan will create 85,000 new apartments by taxing all-cash and mortgaged home purchases evenly, which will lower taxes for middle-income purchasers and impose a new tax on all-cash buyers and raise $400 million in the process. (Town & Village)

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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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