The Briefly for October 9, 2019 – The “I Hope Someone Burns It Down” Edition

Alec Baldwin was scammed and the mayor is taking action, $10 million of speeding tickets in Queens, Brooklyn’s best fried chicken sandwiches, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The pre-Yom Kippur Jewish tradition of “transferring” your sins to a live chicken by swinging it over your head is called kaporos. It’s a barbaric and disgusting tradition that kills thousands of chickens in the streets of Crown Heights. You’ll find people saying if you oppose the tradition you’re anti-Semitic or you’re doing the same thing to the Jewish community that Russia or Germany did by callnig for an end to the tradition. Public streets are not the place for slaughtering animals in 2019. (Gothamist)

The 2019 Miss Subways has been crowned. Congratulations are in order to Ms. Dylan Greenberg, this year’s Miss Subways. (NY Times)

One of this year’s election questions is about ranked-choice voting, here’s an explainer on what it is and a little bit on why it’s a good thing. (amNY)

A community hearing about a homeless shelter in Glendale, Queens started with a moment of silence for the homeless men murdered in Chinatown and then quickly devolved into comments like “I hope someone burns it down,” and “They should be locked away forever.” (Gothamist)

Today’s the day for all working New Yorkers have to have completed sexual harassment training at work. The law was passing in April and gave all New York state employers about six months to have it done. The state senate hasn’t had their training yet. (Politico)

The city revitalized 54-acres of wetlands on Staten Island, with the goal for the first phase being 69 acres. Nice. (Curbed)

Video: A look at the history of tattoos in NYC, which were illegal for nearly 40 years. (Viewing NYC)

The most expensive apartment in the Bronx is on sale for $4.6 Million. (Welcome2TheBronx)

NYC has seen its first vaping death. (Patch)

It’s not only mind-boggling that there are 32 pairs of bus stops less than 260 feet away from each other, but it slows down the routes to have stops that close. (6sqft)

Drivers in Queens racked up over $10 million in speed camera violations in six weeks of the program giving $50 tickets for going more than 10 miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Queens accounts for more than 1/3 of the $28 million total. (LIC Post)

Skunks are common in the city, but for the first time, one has been spotted in Prospect Park. They’re harmless as long as you don’t threaten them, so welcome to our new fuzzy and sometimes stinky park-dwellers. (Patch)

Take a ride in the new Cash Cab. (amNY)

The company operating floating billboards has finally left the city, after the city and state both passed laws making their type of floating billboards illegal. (Patch)

In the dumbest series of events that lead to something good, Alec Baldwin was scammed by the guys selling tickets to boat tours of the Statue of Liberty around Battery Park and Tuesday the mayor said the city will crack down on this type of ticketing scam. If you want to go to the statue, tickets are sold in front of Castle Clinton and on the Statue Cruises website. (NY Times)

What kind of punishment would you assume killing a 10-year-old with a car while driving without a license carries? If you said “a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail,” you’re right. (Streetsblog)

Netflix is turning Broadway’s Belasco Theatre into a movie theater to show Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman for the month of November. (Time Out)

A review of Mario Batali’s biggest NYC restaurants in a post-Batali world. (Eater)

The 10 best fried chicken sandwiches in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Briefly for October 3, 2019 – The “Really Screwed by the Hudson Yards” Edition

The 14th Street busway begins today, NYC schools ban bacon, RIP Ming the tiger, the East River Park renovation plans changed, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

New York Comic Con starts today, so get ready for the subways to get more weird and awesome through Sunday. (amNY)

Say goodbye to bologna, salami, pepperoni, or bacon in city schools as they have banned all processed meats. (Grub Street)

If you think you understand the challenges of driving a city bus, see the world through their eyes. (amNY)

These are the Forever 21 stores expected to close in NYC. (Patch)

If you’ve felt screwed by the Hudson Yards, now you can make it a reality. Wolfgang & Hite has released a series of sex toys shaped like the buildings in the Hudson Yards. Yes, there’s a Vessel, and yes, it’s a butt-plug. (Curbed)

Today is the first day of the 14th St busway. Let’s find out if this makes the buses of 14th St any more tenable. (amNY)

New York state is on track to meet its goals to end the AIDS epidemic in the state by 2020. (NY Times)

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is safe for 2019, thanks to the Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group’s sponsorship. Let’s all look forward to seeing all those adorable pups in their cute outfits! (Bedford + Bowery)

Where did all those pedal-assisted Citi Bikes go? (Gothamist)

Staten Island Democratic Congressperson Max Rose has announced that he supports the impeachment inquiry, ending a week-long moment of indecision. (Politico)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s Riker’s Island community jail replacement program. (Politico)

It’s hard not to see the Greater New York Hospital Association’s donations of a million dollars the New York State’s Democratic Party and a Medicaid reimbursement increase of $140 million as quid pro quo. (NY Times)

The mayor wants to take credit for the decline in poverty in the city, but the truth isn’t as easy as he wants to believe it is. (Politico)

14 chefs give their opinion on where to eat on a day off. (Grub Street)

What if instead of spending on police preventing fare evasion, more money was spent on subsidizing low-income New Yorkers’ subway rides? (Gothamist)

Kevin Dennard hit and killed a homeless man who went by “Pops” with his car on Tuesday morning. Dennard has two previous convictions for drunk driving and admitted he had a few beers before hitting and killing Pops. Pops was the 83rd pedestrian to be killed by drivers this year. (Gothamist)

For those of you who love apartment-porn, here’s a $12.5 million townhouse with a 40-foot pool, a terrace, and a two-car garage on the Upper East Side. (6sqft)

Seeing sukkahs in Williamsburg around the time of the Jewish holiday Sukkot isn’t strange, but seeing them built in the middle of the street is very out of the ordinary. (Streetsblog)

A woman committed suicide by subway in Bensonhurst on Tuesday morning at Bay Parkway and 86th Street. Due to the elevated tracks, the FDNY was involved in washing down the street below. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

RIP James Robinson, who saw a gap in ambulance coverage in Bed-Stuy in the 80s and filled the gap with his own volunteer service. (NY Times)

The plans for renovations at East River Park as part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project have changed and the park will not close completely for three years in favor of slower work that will only require portions of the park to close at any moment. (Gothamist)

A deep look at Rafael Espinal Jr’s story from an English Language instructor for a GED program to City Council to a run at the Brooklyn Borough President’s office. (Kings County Politics)

Home prices are skyrocketing near these five subway stops. Four in Manhattan, one in the Bronx. (Patch)

Did you know America’s oldest public golf course is in the Bronx? (Welcome2TheBronx)

Schneps Media is buying amNY from Newsday. This won’t change my inclusion of their stories in The Briefly, but as Schneps Media continues to buy local news outlets, we will continue to lose what made those publications unique. Schneps owns amNY, QNS.com, the Brooklyn Paper, Brownstoner, Gay City News, Carribean Life, El Correo NY, Bronx Weekly, The Villager, Chelsea Now, Manhattan Express and over a dozen smaller neighborhood-focused outlets. 33 newspapers, 28 magazines, and 20 websites. Media consolidation of this nature is not healthy for the city. There has been no announcement that newsroom jobs are safe, as was made in the New York Magazine and Vox merger.

Now you can read the same stories on even more websites. (Brooklyn Paper, amNY, The Villager, and QNS.com)

Finally, the MTA will install netting underneath the raised subway tracks in Queens that seem to be regularly falling apart as part of the $51.5 billion MTA Capital Plan. (QNS.com)

Ming, the 400-pound tiger who lived in a Harlem housing project and discovered in 2003, has died at the age of nineteen. (NY Times)

The best places in Central Park to see fall foliage. (6sqft)

The Briefly for August 9, 2019 – The “Our Punching Bag Mayor” Edition

The weekend subway delays, the mayor’s potential ethics violations, the city’s new restaurants, David Chang reacts to Stephen Ross’ Trump fundraiser and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This weekend’s subway disruptions hit seven different subway lines. If you’re planning on getting wherever you’re going via the subway, double-check. (Subway Weekender)

Looking for a beach read for the weekend? This piece in the Times about how Bill de Blasio went from a progressive hopeful to Democratic a laughing stock and punching bag is a good read. (NY Times Magazine)

It’s so common for businesses that close “for renovations” to never reopen that places like Boilermaker in the East Village are changing their signs to explicitly state they’ll be reopening. (EV Grieve)

During the trials for the members of the SPLC designated hate group The Proud Boys for their part in starting fights following a talk from founder Gavin McInnes in Manhattan, the members of the Proud Boys claim that it was the Antifa members that posed a threat and they were simply defending themselves. (NY Times)

8 places to staycation and vacation this summer. (amNY)

When the city put a freeze on the number of cars it allowed for ride-hailing apps, drivers claimed it was unfair because of the price of leasing one of the licensed cars. Now the Taxi & Limousine Commission is investigating those leases. (Patch)

Is this the best egg salad sandwich in New York City? Gothamist believes they’ve found it at Bibble and Sip. (Gothamist)

Michael Collopy was hit and killed by a cyclist on the corner of 23rd and 6th earlier this week, the second pedestrian to be killed by a cyclist in 2019. 23rd and 6th is particularly dangerous, a cyclist was killed at the intersection in June and there have been multiple crashes in the last five years there. (Gothamist)

Stephen Ross, president of the company that owns Equinox, Blink Fitness, SoulCycle, and PURE Yoga and an investor in multiple popular restaurants is hosting a $100k/plate fundraiser for the president’s re-election campaign, “strongly disagrees” with the president, but it’s not stopping him from hosting the fundraiser anyway. (Gothamist)

Stephen Ross was “the only potential investor” in David Chang’s Momofuku. Chang asked Ross to cancel the fundraiser on his podcast but didn’t mention if he actually asked Ross to cancel the fundraiser personally or if he decided that mentioning it on his podcast would absolve him of the situation. (Eater)

Chang isn’t the only chef doing damage control after his connection to Stephen Ross became public. Christina Tosi of Milk took investment from Ross and José Andrés opened multiple restaurants in the Hudson Yards, where Ross is his landlord. Both have issued statements to publicly distance themselves from Ross, but have not made a statement about what they intend to do moving forward. (Grub Street)

BAM commissioned Leo Villareal, Teresita Fernández and Hank Willis Thomas to create public art for its Fort Greene campus, to be completed in the next two years. (6sqft)

Photos from inside the Paley Center’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel exhibit. (Untapped Cities)

Don’t be alarmed, but a venomous snake may have gotten loose from the Bronx Zoo and no one knows where it is. Not as much fun as the loose cobra from a few years ago, some signs have been posted to keep your eyes open for a “nervous” black and yellow mangrove snake. (Gothamist)

Okay, let’s talk about the summer of White Claw. (Grub Street)

If you’re the kind of person who loves awful experiences, you can watch this 41-minute 43-second interview between Sean Hannity and Bill de Blasio. (Gothamist)

Each generation of commerce ruins the previous generation’s pillars and tenets and the slow and public death of the Sex and the City-type shopping experiences are no different. Even in this piece in the Times which bemoans when shopping “felt like art,” Ginia Bellafante admits that the stores she looks back on fondly are the same stores that signaled “the beginning of SoHo’s end.” (NY Times)

Mayor de Blasio has taken his local ethics-violating campaign financing to his failing presidential bid, or as Susan Lerner of Common Cause New York describes him, “a walking ethical disaster.” (Gothamist)

The MTA’s fare hikes won’t help address financial woes, due to the fare hikes outpacing increases in income for poorer New Yorkers. If fares continue to go up, but not wages, mass transit becomes less of an option for the people who need it most. (Patch)

Even hawks need some privacy while destroying a pigeon on the sidewalk. (Gothamist)

Traffic at LaGuardia was so bad last night that the nearby highways and internal roads were full of people abandoning their rides in buses, cabs, and cars to walk in an attempt to catch their flights. (Gothamist)

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is popular with parents amid calls for his firing, a new survey shows. Carranza has been accused of sowing racial division due to his push for racial integration of the city’s school. (Patch)

19 new restaurants in NYC. (Eater)