The Briefly for January 15, 2019 – The “8% Rate of Success” Edition

Early voting passes the state legislature, Governor Cuomo thinks the city should foot half the bill for the subway, the best winter brunches, the Amazon-Chrysler building, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

10 short interviews about congestion pricing with state legislators. (Streetsblog)

The annual No Pants Subway Ride happened. There are photos. (Gothamist)

Voting reform passed the state legislature, which adds 10 days of early voting, consolidates state and federal primary dates, and pre-registers 17 and 17-year-olds when they sign up for a driving permit. A constitutional amendment was proposed that will allow same-day voter registration and allow anyone to vote absentee without an excuse.(CBS New York)

Signal problems caused delays during 92% of weekdays in 2018. Since the city enacted the Subway Action Plan, delays have increased. (Daily News)

The state is doubling the amount of speed cameras in the city’s school zones as part of Governor Cuomo’s state budget, increasing from 149 to 290, which matches the number of cameras the state’s legislature was trying to pass last year. (Streetsblog)

The best winter brunch spots. (Thrillist)

This is why we can’t have nice things. The city is suing Metropolitan Property Group for running an illegal Airbnb network in 130 apartments, which housing more than 75,000 guests from 2015 to 2018. (The Real Deal)

Okay, so “Amazon” is the new default answer for any question, but who will be the Chrysler Building’s new tenant? Yup, Amazon. (6sqft)

Here’s what to know about the city’s new, updated and existing ferry routes. (amNY)

Meet Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the the Metropolitan Opera new openly gay conductor. (NY Times)

Say farewell to Westsider Books on Broadway in the Upper West Side. Not every closing bookstore has a Lin-Manuel Miranda. (West Side Rag)

“Being from Staten Island gives you that ability to brush it off.” Being from Staten Island made the cast of MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” immune to criticism that they are tarnishing the pristine public image of Staten Island. (amNY)

The secret economy of diabetes test strips. (NY Times)

Everyone wants to be the one that fixes the subways, but no one wants to pay for it. (NY Post)

Do you have what it takes to drink this $375, 20 pound spiked hot chocolate? (Time Out)

Five things to look for in today’s state budget address today (Tuesday). (amNY)

The Port Authority removed the Saudi Arabia part of the “Candy Nations” art installation due to its proximity to the World Trade Center due to complains that point out the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks. (NY Post)

JFK and Laguardia airports have been providing food to TSA and Federal Aviation Administration workers while they aren’t paid during President Trump’s government shutdown. (Airport Voice)

The government shutdown means no family visiting at Metropolitan Correctional Center, the high-security federal jail in Manhattan that houses terrorists, white-collar criminals, and El Chapo. Prisoners are on a hunger strike after the second week of canceled visits due to staffing shortages. (NY Times)

Turns out a plan similar to governor Cuomo’s new L train non-shutdown was considered and rejected five years ago because of serious safety concerns. (NY Times)

He can decide the L train shutdown isn’t happening and declare emergency meetings of the MTA board, but Governor Cuomo still claims that he’s not in charge of the MTA. (Second Ave. Sagas)

The person handpicked by Mayor de Blasio to head up his BQX streetcar project left the United States for a new job in Saudi Arabia. (Politico)

Get your photo featured or suggest stories for The Briefly by responding to this email or tagging your NYC photos and news on Instagram or Twitter with #thebriefly.

The Briefly for October 8, 2018 – Rats Coming Out of Our Drains and Other True Horrors

The Central Park zombie raccoon outbreak spread to Prospect Park, a private ferry to deal with the L train shutdown, Sharon Needles is ready for Halloween, and more in the daily NYC news digest.

We all have enough to worry about before we add “rats coming out of the drains” to the list, but here we are. (Curbed)

The sky is literally falling at the Bedford Ave L station, but the MTA says not to be alarmed by the chunks of debris form the ceiling. (Gothamist)

The zombie raccoon outbreak in Central Park has spread to Prospect Park. Late stages of distemper can cause brain damage and cause raccoons to wander aimlessly and become aggressive. Pet owners are advised to be alert and keep your pet leashed at all times. (Brooklyn Paper)

The 72nd St B/C subway station reopened with mosaics by Yoko Ono. (6sqft)

It’s cuffing season, and Bushwick Daily is here for you. A list of budget-friendly romantic date spots in Bushwick.

An $80 million renovation is headed for the Manhattan Bridge and will continue through 2021. (6sqft)

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is in danger of running out of funds before the program ends in 2020. Anyone who lived, worked, or studied south of Canal is urged to register with the fund even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a 9/11 related illness. (Downtown Express)

Meet Concetta Anne Bencivenga, the new director of the New York Transit Museum. (6sqft)

Norwood Heights is expected to be NYC’s hot neighborhood…in 50 years. (Welcome2TheBronx)

“I never thought I would live in a time with such constant outrage and what the country is going through now.” Deborah Kass’s OY/YO sculpture was created in 2015, which seems like an eternity ago. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The ice skating rink at 30 Rock opens today. It’s been on your NYC “to do” list for years, right? (6sqft)

Get your eye roll ready. SW/TCH is a private 150 person luxury ferry that will operate during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The Department of Justice dropped its case against Pablo Villavicencio, the man who was detained by ICE at Fort Hamilton earlier this year.

17 cozy bars and restaurants in Cobble Hill. (Eater)

How the brownstone became the city’s classic apartment. (StreetEasy)

No matter the situation, the mayor saying “I’m in the middle of doing my workout” to a homeless advocate is a bad look. (HuffPo)

“With so much in the news about sexual misconduct in the past week, you may find yourself facilitating discussions on the topic.” John Jay distributed guidelines for teaching students about its own sex scandal. (NY Post)

Sharon Needles’s annual Halloween show starts this week and she sat down with Chelsea Now to talk about her annual Halloween traditions, favorite costumes, the future of drag, and more.


Get your photo featured or suggest stories for The Briefly by responding to this email or tagging your NYC photos and news on Instagram or Twitter with #thebriefly.

The Briefly for October 4, 2018 – Cop’s Car and Gun Stolen by Prostitute, the Bagel Emoji Sucks, and More

Don’t leave your prostitute in your running car with your gun while you go to the ATM, especially when you’re an NYPD cop. It’s a bad idea. That and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Are you ready or the L train shutdown? Let’s dive in to the specifics. (Curbed) Construction doesn’t start until April, but there are suddenly multiple retail vacancies around the Bedford Ave subway stop in Williamsburg. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A prostitute allegedly stole an off-duty NYPD cop’s personal car and gun when he left her in the car alone to go to an ATM. He was suspended, his car was found, the prostitute was arrested, but his gun is still missing. (NY Post)

A six alarm fire broke out in the East Village on 1st Avenue between 11th and 12th streets in the building that houses the sushi restaurant Uogashi. 11 firefighters and three civilians were non-critically injured. (Eater)

The best cheap eats in Bushwick. (Bushwick Daily)

“If someone did not commit sexual assault in high school, then he is not a member of the male sex.” That’s a quote from Brooklyn College professor Mitchell Langbert’s blog. Classy. (Gothamist)

There’s a new bagel emoji and it sucks. (CBS New York)

Does Jiro dream of electric sheep? BigEye Sushi in Downtown Brooklyn is using sushi robots to help prepare their food. (Eater)

Bob’s Burgers is coming to the city and will be outside the Javitz Center for New York Comic Con. Be prepared for long lines before you can score “Team Bob” or “Team Louise” burgers. (Eater)

A man was found dead in the World’s Fair Marina with chains around his legs. (Gothamist)

With another summer over, Coney Island feels left out of the NYC Ferry’s expansions. (amNY)

Say hello to Pastagram, the restaurant. Why? (Eater)

The NYPD keeps targeting immigrant delivery cyclists for riding electric bikes and not the restaurants who profit off them. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio’s new chief democracy officer hasn’t voted in multiple recent Democratic primaries. (NY Post)

7 train service will suspended between Queensboro Plaza and the Javitz Center this weekend, just in time for New York Comic Con. (Gothamist)

Is Happy the elephant…happy? The Nonhuman Rights Project is suing the Bronx Zoo to release the 47-year-old elephant to an elephant habitat. (NY Times)

The ultimate guide to Yankee Stadium, just in time for the post-season. (Curbed)


Get your photo featured or suggest stories for The Briefly by responding to this email or tagging your NYC photos and news on Instagram or Twitter with #thebriefly.