The Briefly for February 6, 2019 – The “Do You Smell Maple Syrup or an Oil Spill?” Edition

Historians plan to block the Brooklyn Promenade construction, the NYCHA gets a new leader, an atomic Super Bowl meltdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Get a feel for the city’s housing crisis with an interactive map of 20,000 evictions in 2018. (Curbed)

How to watch tonight’s ten person Public Advocate debate. (Patch)

Has it already been ten years since the mysterious maple syrup smell took over the city. Was it Northrax? Nope. It was a a perfume and food additive processing plant. (Gothamist)

The MTA is having a banner week. Maybe they’re celebrating the anniversary? A noxious gas filled the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn on Tuesday as a result of an oil leak. (Brooklyn Paper)

Know your pain before you arrive. JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia’s websites now show real-time information on the wait times for taxis and TSA checkpoints. (Curbed)

The mayor expanded dual-language pre-K programs, which will now include French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, and Hebrew in addition to Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Bengali, which are already available. The expansion has a dual purpose of also giving the mayor more control over the city’s schools. (Chalkbeat)

Why city parking is so annoying and how to master it. (Thrillist)

Historic preservation groups may sue the city if the city’s BQE plans move forward that removes the Brooklyn Promenade. (Curbed)

Apple may open a new office at Hudson Yards. Another tech company making a home in NYC without negotiating subsidies. (6sqft)

Why are condos more expensive than co-ops? (StreetEasy)

If you hate large sandwiches, this tiny egg sandwich is for you. (Eater)

Five mothers filed complaint against the NYPD after they say they were forced to pump breast milk in front of their colleagues, a violation of a 2007 law. (NY Post)

The 9 most romantic spots in NYC and also the Staten Island Ferry. (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is claiming the state senate is playing politics with the Amazon HQ2 deal by appointing Senator Michael Gianaris to the Public Authorities Control Board. The governor has to approve Gianaris’ appointment to the board. Will he? “Well we’re not there yet.” (Gothamist)

State Senator Michael Gianaris gets the NY Times profile treatment. (NY Times)

Trump Tower: Luxury living for the morally bankrupt. (EV Grieve)

The FDNY saved 46 puppies and two cats from a burning pet store on the Upper East Side. No puppies were injured. (NY Post)

It’s a bad week for Broadway shows. “Anastasia” will lose on March 31. (NY Times)

NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia will serve as interim head of NYCHA, Garcia is the head of the Department of Sanitation and also the city’s lead czar. (Pix 11)

MoMA will close for four months to re-envision how the collection is presented, from June 15 to October 21. (Patch)

The East Village’s Atomic Wings had a super atomic meltdown during the Super Bowl. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 29, 2019 – The “A New Kind of New York City Nightmare” Edition

The city pays charities late, ICE arrests are up, Corey Johnson is running for mayor, Adulting 101, sports betting in New York, the governor needs a new phone, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

“The UES, where the players play, white men in khakis line up for Fairway.” (SNL)

If you love pain, this Bohemian Rhapsody karaoke bus seems like it might be up your alley. (Gothamist)

The FDNY rescued a woman trapped in an elevator since Friday. Congratulations on learning about your new city nightmare. (amNY)

The NYPL has an “Adulting 101” class for teens. Maybe if you ask nicely you can get in yourself. (NYPL)

Monday morning’s hellish commute was brought to you by a “weird noise” at Hoyt Schemerhorn. The MTA “understands your frustration.” (Gothamist)

How much do you think a one-time cleaning of a subway station is worth? (6sqft)

Our mature governor avoided a question about endorsing Mayor de Blasio’s potential presidential run by pretending his phone stopped working. (NY Post)

Will he endorse Pop-Tarts?

There’s a loophole in the zoning code that allows buildings to add “mechanical space” in the middle of the building to push the upper floors even higher. The details of floor area ratio and building design are boring and unnecessary to understand the city is ready to close the loophole. (Curbed)

Corey Johnson, the city’s current City Council Speaker and acting Public Advocate, is eyeing a run at mayor in 2021. (Gothamist)

The Child Victims Act passed the state’s legislature on Monday. The bill extends existing statutes of limitation for prosecuting child sex abuse against people and public and private institutions. The bill also allows victims who are outside the current statute of limitations one year to take civil actions against their alleged accuser. (amNY)

Sports betting might be a reality in New York state soon. (NY Times)

The Public Advocate special election’s candidates have gone from 23 to 20 to 11. The latest round of cut candidates didn’t raise the minimum amount of funds to qualify. (Gotham Gazette)

This is how Manhattan transit looked in 1899. It was dirty and overcrowded. Not much has changed. (Viewing NYC)

ICE arrests were up 1,700% at Brooklyn courthouses in 2018. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

275 board members of top social services charities that provide shelter and services to the city’s neediest populations have criticized the mayor for the city’s late payments 91% of the time. (NY Post)

Kevin O’Brien, the former de Blasio acting chief of staff who was forced to resign after two women accused him of sexual harassment, had a history sexual harassment accusations. (NY Times)

30 outstanding coffee shops. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 8, 2019 – The “How the Federal Shutdown Could Lead to MTA Cutbacks” Edition

Lin-Manuel Miranda saves the Drama Book Shop, Williamsburg rents will rise, Amtrak considered using Cuomo’s tunnel fixes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city’s latest public service announcement makes the equivalency of danger between giving cigarettes or sugary drinks to children. (Metro)

Discover the history of each one of the East Village’s 2,200 buildings with the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society’s new online tool. (6sqft)

New York did pretty well at the Golden Globes from Rachel Brosnahan winning best actress to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse winning best animated film. (amNY)

Those billboards on the water are not only an eyesore, but are also illegal, according to the Mayor’s press secretary. (Gothamist)

Amtrak is eyeing the governor’s L train plan with a little bit of envy, calling it a “common sense solution” for their damaged tunnels between Manhattan and Queens. (6sqft)

A three-foot gap in the Belt Parkway was the cause of FDNY firefighter Steven H. Pollard’s death on Sunday night. Pollard fell through the gap while saving two victims in an overturned car. (NY Post)

Tell every single person you know who has ever spent any time upstate (defined as North of the Bronx). The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is hiring 500 employees, 150 full-time for their opening in the fall. (Greenpointers)

New York’s abortion laws predate Roe v. Wade by three years and haven’t been updated since. Governor Cuomo and Hillary Clinton called for the state legislature to pass the Reproductive Health Act and the Contraceptive Care Act to modernize the state’s laws. (amNY)

Take a peek inside Brooklyn’s biggest bank, which will soon sit at the base of its tallest building. (6sqft)

The city has six more weeks without its monthly reimbursements from the FTA, which will not happen if the Trump shutdown does not conclude, until the MTA will have to start making budget cuts. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Williamsburg rents will rise thanks to the change in the L train shutdown, according to experts. Also according to literally anyone in the city with half a brain. (amNY)

No one’s sure who the hell has to approve the Cuomo’s shutdown of the L train shutdown. Will Trump’s Federal Transit Administration have to sign off on the plan too? (Politico)

Who hides hundreds of thousands of dollars in their oven if they are out of their apartment for months at a time? Lady Gaga’s ex-boyfriend Rob Fusari did, and $265,000 was lost when he was evicted from his apartment. (NY Post)

Either this woman is evading a subway fare or she’s purposefully mooning the camera. (reddit)

It’s hard to hate Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda and three Hamilton collaborators are buying the theater district’s Drama Book Shop rather than let it be driven out of business by raising rents. (NY Times)

Got $1,100 lying around? Then you can afford dinner for two at Eleven Madison Park after their new year’s price hike. (Eater)

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