The Briefly for April 2, 2019 – The “Most Expensive Toll Bridge in America is Not What You Think” Edition

Democrats are splintering over the state’s budget, the Pride March route, Harlem’s disappearing apartments, teens can’t legally vape, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Only 61.9% of New Yorkers participated in the 2010 census and to make sure more New Yorkers participate in 2020 the state cut the budget for the census in half. Oh wait, that doesn’t sound right. (Bklyner)

Nude sunrise yoga? Shockingly, we’re not talking about Bushwick. (LICTalk)

The “Clock Tower Buiding” in Tribeca needs a new name. The clock tower is being turned into a penthouse apartment. (Curbed)

The most expensive toll in America takes you to… Staten Island. (Patch)

Sorry, teens, no more vaping for you. In 120 days, the legal age to buy tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine in New York will be raised from 18 to 21. (NY Post)

A disagreement over sick-leave will mean that the city’s fire engines may be left shorthanded, reducing some teams by 20%. (Patch)

The governor called the state budget the “greatest budget of the past decade,” but 17 Democrats in the state assembly voted against it because it was not progressive enough. (NY Times)

80% of the funds raised from congestion pricing will go towards MTA capital projects, with the remaining 20% being split between the LIRR and Metro North. (Curbed)

Today is one of six Equal Pay Days. (amNY)

Video: This is what the city’s war on electric bikes through the eyes of a Chinese delivery person. (Gothamist)

Rabbi Dovid Feldman is calling on City Councilmember Kalman Yeger to resign after his comment that Palestine “doesn’t exist.” (Brooklyn Paper)

Kalman Yeger has been removed from the City Council Committee on Immigration. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city’s new mansion tax will raise $365 million for the MTA. (6sqft)

No one is buying Mayor de Blasio’s claim to be reducing the city’s fleet of cars. (Streetblog)

AOC tweets, the NY Post has to write about it. (NY Post)

Congestion pricing may have passed, but the MTA is looking for technology solutions to implement it. (amNY)

David Blaine is the latest public figure to be under investigation from the NYPD for alleged sexual assault. (Gothamist)

Okay, so there was no legal weed in the state’s budget, but the governor is totally going to do it by June. (NY Post)

Watch: Can you tell the difference between New York pizza and a slice from a chain? (Viewing NYC)

Where to eat at Citi Field, where you can also find a baseball team playing sometimes. (Eater)

Harlem saw a decrease of 831 housing units despite an uptick in construction. Where are the apartments going? (Curbed)

The route for this year’s Pride March has been released, making a “U” starting at Madison Square Park heading down to the Stonewall Inn and coming back up 7th Ave to end at 23rd St. (The Villager)

If you’re on Roosevelt Island, avoid Octagon Field. Two dads and six kids were issued a summons for playing on the field. (Roosevelt Islander Online)

Two former NYPD detectives who dodged rape convictions are asking a judge to ban the DNA evidence in that case from being used in the new one against them. (NY Post)

Hunts Point, the neighborhood that feeds NYC. (Streeteasy)

Michael Grimm, the current convicted felon and former member of Congress, is considering running for Congress again. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

21 ideal date-night restaurants in Manhattan. (Eater)

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The Briefly for March 1, 2019 – The “Baby Come Back, You Can Blame It All On Me” Edition

The mayor is growing increasingly oblivious, MetroCards have an expiration date, open letters to Jeff Bezos, Citi Bike adds new electric bikes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re taking the 6 this weekend, you’re in the clear. If you’re taking literally any other subway, you should check the closures and services changes. (6sqft)

Raise a glass to the 19 restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

Luna the bodega cat has been returned! (Gothamist)

We have a population of thousands of people who’ve been forgotten.” Queensbridge residents are grappling with the new reality of an Amazon-less Long Island City. (Patch)

Some people won’t take no for an answer. Long Island City’s John Brown Smokehouse owner Josh Bowen flew himself to Seattle in hopes of saving the Amazon HQ2 deal. (QNS)

He wasn’t alone. Governor Cuomo has been on the phone to Jeff Bezos multiple times in the last two weeks trying to get Amazon to reconsider. (NY Times)

A letter from a recently purchased Long Island City condo to Jeff Bezos. (McSweeney’s)

An open letter to Jeff Bezos from the Partnership for New York City in a full page ad in The New York Times. (NY Times)

The subway token lasted 50 years, the MetroCard took over in 2003 but won’t make it past 2023. (Patch)

The first LGBTQ group to ever march in the 44 years of the Brooklyn’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be the Brooklyn Irish LGBTQ Organization. (Patch)

There are two kinds of people in the city, the people who have been to Winnie’s in Chinatown and then there’s everybody else. Winnie’s has a new home at 58 East Broadway four years after its closing with Winnie and her children Jamie and Teddy at the helm. (Eater)

Are you ready for cat yoga? (Bklyner)

Revenge porn is officially illegal in New York. The state legislature unanimously passed a bill making it illegal to attempt to defame and humiliate someone by illicitly releasing photos or videos. Google and Facebook have lobbied against earlier versions of the bill. (Gothamist)

An interview with the new Public Advocate after two days on the job. (Gothamist)

Here’s how Jumaane Williams won the special election. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The FDNY has to buy “spit hoods” to protect medics from being spit on, but the purchase was delayed because the original hoods made the medics look too much like members of the KKK. (NY Post)

The good news: The city will get 4,000 new pedal-assisted electric bikes. The bad news: They will cost an additional $2 per ride. (amNY)

The de Blasio administration is installing 42% less than Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, while the city has seen a 70% growth in daily bike trips. (amNY)

The city’s official map of legal bike parking locations. (NYC.gov)

Is there any point in staying in NYC if you’re introverted? (r/AskNYC)

The mayor is increasingly oblivious. This week he rode the subway and seemed surprised to discover just how exasperated New Yorkers are with their inability to get to where they are going without delays and hassles and endless anxiety.” Ouch. (NY Times)

No goals, no benchmarks, no accountability, but it costs $250 million a year. It isn’t clear what Chirlane McCrazy’s ThriveNYC initiative has accomplished. (Politico)

City Councilmembers are calling for a parking permit system North of 60th St to defend the neighborhood against the inevitable hordes of drivers trying to circumvent the city’s planned congestion pricing. (Crains)

Where to go on a double date. (The Infatuation)

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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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