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)

The Briefly for July 30, 2019 – The “Never-Ending DA Election is Going to Court” Edition

Where rents are rising and falling, the top binge drinking neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the governor changes pot possession laws, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Members of The Proud Boys, a hate group according to the SPLC, are headed to trial for rioting for their fights with antifa protestors from an Upper East Side event in October. They’be being charged with rioting rather than assault because the antifa members who were involved are not cooperating with the NYPD. (NY Times)

Dave Chang has a new restaurant in the South Street Seaport. Is Bar Wayō enough to make you want to go to the financial district or will the neighborhood continue to be I Am Legend after 6:00? (Grub Street)

The New York City Board of Elections unanimously certified the results of the full, manual recount in the race for the Democratic nomination for Queens District Attorney. Melinda Katz won the primary. (Gothamist)

Tiffany Cabán and Melinda Katz’s campaigns will head to court on Wednesday to continue the June 25 Democratic primary until the bitter end. (NY Times)

Brooklyn Heights/Fort Greene and Park Slope/Carroll Gardens are the current kings of Kings County binge drinking, which also happen to be the two wealthiest districts in the borough. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Is public shaming enough to get NYC to change the name of “Negro Point,” which is a real spot on Randall’s Island? (Huff Post)

A $24 million dollar offer for his four-story building in the Upper East Side, denied. The story of one man who refuses to sell out in an attempt to preserve a neighborhood he perceives to be disappearing. (NY Times)

Hail seitan! Brooklyn is getting the first fully vegan sandwich shop in Seitan’s Helper at Precious Metal. (Bushwick Daily)

In an attempt to make the waiting experience less boring, the Empire State Building has a new gallery that is part Instagram-bait and part waiting area. (amNY)

Congressperson Yvette Clark introduced a bill that would ban the use of facial recognition technology from public housing. Face, voice, fingerprint and DNA identification tech would be banned from any housing that receives federal aid. (Curbed)

What’s in a name like Stone Street, Waverly Place, or Gold St? The hidden history behind 15 street names in the city. (Untapped Cities)

The South Bronx, Concourse Village, and Brownsville are the neighborhoods with the fastest rising rents. The biggest drops were in Maspeth (post-Amazon related?) and Borough Park. (Patch)

If you don’t know the name Sam Rudy, you know his work. His 40 years as a theater publicist included recent work on shows like Hamilton and Avenue Q. The Times interviewed him as he retires to Pennsylvania. (NY Times)

The Williamsburg Bayside Oil Depot is scheduled to be demolished. What’s that? Yes, of course, there is someone arguing that they should be saved. (6sqft)

The governor signed the bill into law that changes possession of up to two ounces of pot to a violation instead of a misdemeanor, meaning you’ll be fined instead of sent to jail. It also creates a process for records of certain charges of possession to be expunged. (Patch)

When he was 26, Carmine Cataldo thought his job running the newsstand at the Brooklyn Supreme Court was temporary. 36 years later, he’s retiring. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A guide to the Rockaways. Start planning your weekend. (6sqft)

It’s not summer until the nutcracker vendors hit the beaches. Unfortunately, the NYPD is attempting to change that in Rockaway Beach. (Gothamist)

People of color were significantly underrepresented in the city’s arts organizations and city government is starting to ask them to find ways to change. (NY Times)

The president signed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund into law, providing financial support through 2090 to those injured or developed diseases due to their work after the attacks. (amNY)

Unsurprisingly, Trump made the signing of the bill about himself, continuing his history lying and exploitation of the 9/11 attacksthe city’s 18th cyclist killed by a driver. Em was doored by a driver and sent into the street where she was hit by a truck. (Streetsblog)

After the killing of Em Samolewicz, here is the city’s most dangerous intersections. (Curbed)

A palate cleanser. Three baby ducks were rescued from a sewer drain in Park Slope after being spooked by a dog. The ducks are recovering at the Sean Casey Animal Rescue. (Gothamist)

Emily Waters is giving away her art on Instagram. Meet the artist who is trying to assuage the constant stress of life with delight. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

ConEd “identified a flawed connection between some of the sensors and protective relays” which caused the July 13 blackout in Manhattan. (amNY)

The best museums in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for April 22, 2019 – The “Welcome To The Three Dollar Ride Era” Edition

Andy Byford might be Andy Bye Bye, New York City goes green, how Brooklyn’s neighborhoods got their names, Girl Scout Troop 6000 sells, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend was rough for getting around via the subway and late nights this week won’t be much different with work on the 1, 2, 3, D, N, R, F, G, and L lines. (Subway Changes)

The city passed a package of bills called the Climate Mobilization Act which acts as a municipal version of a green new deal. Even by signing this into law, no one will want the mayor to run for president. (HuffPost)

RIP the $2.75 subway or bus ride. Welcome to the $3.00 era. (Patch)

The cast of MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” say the show wasn’t canceled, despite only lasting three episodes before being pulled off the air and buried underneath Giants stadium. (amNY)

Andy Byford, president of New York City Transit, might already be on his way out according to his friends. Byford and Cuomo didn’t speak from January through this month. (NY Times)

Broadway will be closed to cars from Union Square to Times Square on Earth Day, April 27. Multiple high traffic areas will be pedestrian-only for the day. (Curbed)

Real all about how Reply All’s PJ Vogt eats on his weekends, here’s your piece. Get ready for a very normal guy doing and eating very normal things. Podcasters, they’re just like us! (Grub Street)

Let’s say you were grazed by a bullet while walking on the street. Would you have the wherewithal to walk yourself to a hospital for treatment? Who has a medal for this 14-year-old girl from Fort Greene? (Pix 11)

The best spots to BYOB. (The Infatuation)

The Cross Bay Bridge, the bridge providing access to the Rockaway Penninsula, will be free (after a refund) for Queens drivers. (QNS)

The L Project officially kicks off this weekend and to help buses move faster, the MTA’s plan is to… remove bus stations from 14th St. (Bedford + Bowery)

1,500 square feet of farm in a Tribeca basement. (Viewing NYC)

Is the tamale going to be the next taco? (Eater)

The Museum of Natural History will move forward with its expansion, essentially defeating the Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park. The $383 million expansion will be built inside Theodore Roosevelt Park, which was the point of contention. The new center should be completed by 2021. (Curbed)

You know it’s spring when you hear ice cream trucks in the city. This Wednesday’s its a different kind of service that’ll be brought to you. It’s a pop-up court for city-issued summonses in East New York. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Stop blaming the victims is the message from Transportation Alternatives to the NYPD about pedestrians hit by cars, but very well could be applied across the board. (Streetsblog)

If you’ve walked by the Gowanus Yacht Club and thought it was dead, which is a seemingly annual worry, fear not. It will be open in a week or two. (Gothamist)

Need Girl Scout cookies? Troop 6000, the homeless troop, will be selling the at Kellogg’s NYC Cafe in Union Square Monday through Friday from 1-6pm. They have a goal of 60,000 boxes, so you better get buying. (amNY)

Alright Gothamist, this headline is too good. “Netflix, Much Like Your Ex, Is Moving To Bushwick” (Gothamist)

A restraining order was granted against a development that could cast a literal shadow over the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The restraining order will be in place pending a hearing on May 3. (Curbed)

Don’t worry, the MTA’s face-scanning technology is only meant to scare you from fare evasion. Don’t you trust the MTA with video footage of your face? (Gizmodo)

The MTA previewed the tap-based OMNY system, the stupidly named replacement for MetroCards. (ABC 7)

Two cute little dogs in a bag on the subway. Nothing more, nothing less. (@bagdogs)

The city is considering demolishing two smaller NYCHA buildings and replacing them with larger buildings in partnership with private developers. 70% would be rented to paying market rates and the rest for public housing residents. (Politico)

Photos from the Easter parade. (amNY)

Is this the smallest museum in the city? It fits inside an elevator shaft. (NY Times)

The City Council voted to bar companies from testing job applicants for marijuana. (The Root)

How each of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods got their names. (Mental Floss)

It’s a perfect storm of rain and poop. More people means more poop. More rain means more sewers needing “overflow,” which is a euphemism for when our sewers are emptied into our waters. City beaches were put on warning 49 times in 2018. Rain is predicted to increase annually through the 2050s. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Swim Guide is an app and site that gives you the current water quality for 7,000 beaches. Just a hint. (The Swim Guide)

The best rooftop bars for cocktails. (amNY)

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