The Briefly for December 14, 2018 – The “A Private Midnight Tour of the L Train Tunnels” Edition

Long Island City’s rent hasn’t been Amazon’d yet, a goat beauty pageant in Central Park, the NYPD targets THC oil for arrests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s something new, there are no major outages planned on the subways this weekend. Station closures and redirections are dotted around, but no line will be completely shut down. All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

Is the NYPD replacing marijuana arrests with THC oil arrests? (TimesLedger)

Everyone can relax! After his private tour of the L train tunnels, which disrupted service of the L train tunnels, Governor Amazon Cuomo has decided the shutdown is “vital and complicated.” The shutdown was announced in January of 2016, the Governor waited nearly three years to being his “investigation.” (NY Post)

Michael Brogan, Brooklyn’s dumbest man, called a senator with his own phone and threatened to shoot her (the senator is not named). He was arrested. (Daily News)

A five-alarm five injured twelve, including seven firefighters, Thursday morning in Sunnyside. The fire was brought under control and damaged multiple buildings, but not before a visually jarring backdraft was caught video. (Gothamist)

A guide to Grand Central Terminal. (Curbed)

Think Long Island City rent is already high? The Amazon effect hasn’t touched it yet. (The Real Deal)

The mysterious L train green goop has not yet been identified. (Town & Village)

The city’s latest noted-racist is Anna Lushchinkaya, who was recoded hitting and yelling racist slurs to a passenger. She was arrested after getting off the train. (NY Post)

The Park Slope Nitehawk Cinema has a opening date: December 19. (Brooklyn Paper)

Remember when Central Park held beauty pageants for goats? Prohibition was weird. (6sqft)

The most expensive neighborhood in the city is Tribeca. (Curbed)

Mystery solved! The person behind the creepy Mister Softee music that was coming from LinkNYC kiosks was Mark Thomas, the creator of the Payphone Project. (Gothamist)

Bystanders saved a woman who was shoved off the platform and onto the subway tracks at Union Square. The NYPD is investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The New York Times has discovered Brighton Beach through photographer Alexey Yurenev’s work. (NY Times)

Does Elon Musk have a secret office on Rivington Street? (Bowery Boogie)

Greenpoint’s Community Board 1 rejected the liquor license for beer and wine of Bury the Hatchet, the neighborhood’s new hatchet throwing bar, due to security concerns. CB votes are recommendations and the state’s liquor authority will make the actual decision. (Greenpoint Post)

State legislators are getting a raise, but are complaining that their new $130,000 salaries won’t be enough. The median salary in New York state is $64,894. (NY Post)

Staten Island and Brooklyn Democratic Congressmember-elect Max Rose is already seeing 2020 challengers pop up. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Recently outed local homophobe Allasheed Allah, the man who allegedly punched a woman in the back of the head on the subway that resulted in a fractured spine, was arrested on Thursday. (amNY)

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum (but not run by the Brooklyn Museum) continues to be a shit show. What do you expect from a company called “Millennial Entertainment”? (Bklyner)

The 1 and 9 in “2019” has arrived in Times Square. (Viewing NYC)

The critics of NYC’s best restaurants of 2018. (Eater)

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The Briefly for August 24, 2018 – No M Train This Weekend, the Central Park Ghost Bus, A City of Vigilantes, and More

Park Slope’s Ninth St redesign is almost complete, Marty Golden has a hall of fame worthy bad idea, a Queens chef wins ‘Chopped,’ and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There’s no M train this weekend, the 167th St B/D station will be closing until January starting on Monday, but this weekend is not an L train mini shutdown. 6sqft has all this weekend’s subway changes.

Waave is a new yellow taxi-hailing app that will be available next week. $0.50 from each ride through Waave goes to the MTA and $0.30 will go towards the Taxi Improvement Fund, which is dedicated to adding more handicapped accessible cabs. Get used to saying “it’s like wave, but with two-a’s”

The man who has terrorizing an E 72nd St apartment building, Farris Koroma, turned himself in. Koroma had fired a gun at the building multiple times from Roosevelt Island.

The L4 is a new bus route aimed at easing the L train shutdown. It will originate neat the Bedford stop on the L, go over the Williamsburg Bridge, go up First Avenue in Manhattan to 14th, and turn down Second Avenue to head back to Brooklyn. This is the fourth new bus route specifically for the shutdown.

This might be in the hall of fame for bad ideas. State Senator Marty Golden plans to introduce legislation that would pay bystanders $500 when they help police when they having “violent confrontations with people resisting lawful arrest.” Break out your nunchucks, because vigilante justice is starting to pay!

Park Slope’s Ninth Street redesign is almost complete, which is about six months from the fatal accident that sparked the calls for a protected bike lane and narrowed traffic lanes. How did it get done so quickly? Being a few blocks form the mayor’s house may have helped.

John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole (for the tenth time).

Is the Central Park West shuttle bus a ghost?

Daniel Jackson, a 39-year-old FDNY lieutenant, has been arrested and faces suspension for punching his wife in the face and throwing her into the bushes near their Bronx home.

Luna Park in Coney Island announced an expansion, which won’t be ready until 2020. Rumor has it that the amusement park’s current employees weren’t told about the expansion.

Go down under with these 13 good Australian cafes in NYC, from Curbed.

David Waldman, a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney’s office, pleaded guilty to an “extensive cyberstalking and threats campaign”—which started in 2014. He will be sentenced in November. He was in a relationship with the woman he was harassing for four months before he started his four year campaign against her.

One of Spa Castle’s owners, David Chon, pleaded guilty to attempted tax fraud charges, and Spa Castle will have to pay $2.5 million for cheating the system by under-reporting income.

Melvin “Boots” Johnson, the owner of Queens Bully in Forest Hills, was recently crowned champion on “Chopped,” winning a spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale.


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The Briefly for August 20, 2018 – Pharma Bro’s Lawyer is Going to Jail, Sharks at Jacob Riis, and More

A teenager was caught going 136mph in Staten Island, an NYPD offer is accused of shooting a romantic rival in the face, Martin Shkreli’s lawyer is going to jail and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Administration for Children’s Services will help sex-trafficking victims and reformed gang members to remove any tattoos forced on them by their old lives. The program is voluntary and still in the planning stages.

What’s $100 worth? In New York City it’s worth $86.51, according to the Tax Foundation.

The apartment directly underneath President Trump’s apartment is for sale. Due to the national security concerns, if the condo board doesn’t buy the apartment to control the sale, the American taxpayers will. The apartment is currently listed for $25 million.

The top 12 BYOB restaurants in the city, according to Eater.

New York City has 370,000 food-insecure school children.

Aretha Franklin tributes are spreading throughout the city. The first popped up at the Franklin Street stop on the subway.

A fight broke out last week during a Parks Department training sessions and Emerald Gentles swung a chair and hit a 55-year-old co-worker. Neither appeared at the WWE’s Summerslam. Gentles was arrested.

A man was hit with a machete by his girlfriend’s brother near Union Square Park on Friday. The attacker is still at large.

A shark was spotted on the beach at Jacob Riis Park Beach. Don’t worry, it was a dogfish, which is harmless unless you’re a clam.

Twig Terrariums’s hamster Princess Ophelia is missing after their move from Gowanus to Ditmas Park.

A man who forced a couple to have sex at gun point is going to jail for 148 years. Rasheed Powell was convicted on 60 counts.

An 18-year-old was caught doing 136mph on the Korean War Veterans Parkway on Staten Island.

“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli’s lawyer, Evan Greebel, is going to jail for 18 months and will pay back more than $10 million after being found guilty of assisting the weasel-faced bro in defrauding investors.

NYPD officer Ritchard Blake, 40, was fired after being accused of shooting a romantic rival in the face.

The New York Times dives into the world of underground wrestling in New York City, including talking to yours truly.

The FDNY is being sued for a facial hair policy that is allegedly discriminatory towards black men who have a skin condition that cannot be completely clean shaven.

A city initiative to clear traffic on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens is dead. Clear Curbs had banned curbside parking during rush hours to allow traffic to flow more easily in Jackson Heights, but local businesses complained it impacted business too harshly.

Expect a reprise of heightened security measures during Labor Day weekend for the J’Ouvert parade.


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