The Briefly for January 21, 2019 – The “No Solo Women Allowed at the Bar” Edition

Prep school students’ blackface video goes public, the blind subway magician, the mayor’s broken ebike promises, food carts get health grades, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re trying to get around at night and you live on the 1, 6, 7, A, F, or Q, you might want to avoid the subways. (Subway Changes)

Join the Parks Department for the Martin Luther King Jr Day nationally-observered day of service in parks in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. (NYC Parks)

The restaurant Nello is banning solo women from sitting at the bar thanks to, and this is not a joke, “a crackdown on hookers.” (Eater)

Have you seen Olmedo Renteria, a 78-year-old renowned magician, on the subway? A lifelong performer, he has not let his loss of sight slow him down. (NY Times)

The city’s Housing Preservation and Development agency is being sued as part of a class-action lawsuit for violating the Violence Against Women Act. (Gothamist)

Rezoning in New York City has historically lead to evictions, harassment, and racial segregation. Churches United for Fair Housing is proposing a Racial Impact Study before future rezoning takes place. (Bushwick Daily)

The scientific study that there is built-in white supremacy in Yelp reviews that criticize to “authenticity.” (Eater)

Next time Whoopi Goldberg or anyone opens their mouth about how bike lanes inconvenience drivers, remember Madison Jane Lyden, who would not be dead if Central Park West had a protected bike lane. (NY Post)

That did not stop her. (Streetsblog)

What is in Willets Point’s future? Affordable housing and potentially a soccer stadium. (6sqft)

Stop by the Ace Hotel New York to see a revival of Reverend Jen Miller’s Trolls museum, once referred to as a remnant o the “real Lower East Side.” Yes, Trolls like the dolls. (Untapped Cities)

WeWork’s CEO has ben personally buying properties to lease them to his company. That seems weird, right? (The Real Deal)

11 go-to restaurants and bars near Union Square. (Eater)

Mayor de Blasio broke his promise of how the NYPD would enforce his ban on electric bikes. City law states businesses are liable for the $500 fine that their workers receive. The NYPD seized 910 bikes and issued 669 tickets and 1,383 moving violations. Only 210 businesses were given citations. (Gothamist)

A second person has died as a result of the Sheepshead Bay hammer attack. The third victim remains in critical condition. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you think getting around in a snowstorm in 2019 is tough (not that we’ve had one yet), imagine having to convince a horse to go out into a storm. (NY Times)

All 5,500 food carts in the city will receive health inspections. 24 have been inspected since late December. Only 5,476 to go. (NY Post)

“Don’t look behind the curtain. We’re dead. This is for you.” There was a double suicide at Yotel New York on Friday, and they left a tip for the cleaning crew. (NY Post)

How the federal shutdown affects SNAP benefits. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Scenes from the Women’s March. (Gothamist)

Today in “caught in blackface,” here are freshmen from the $50,000 a year Poly Prep Country Day School in blackface dancing around their home. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for January 18, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown is Officially 100% Dead” Edition

This weekend’s threatening weather, the scheduled weekend subway changes and cancellations, Westsider Books might not be closing, the NYPD spied on Black Lives Matter, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A holiday weekend plus a winter storm? What could go wrong with the subways? Here are the subway closures and changes of service scheduled for this weekend. (6sqft)

THE L TRAIN SHUTDOWN IS OFFICIALLY DEAD! (amNY)

Here’s what’s next for the L train non-shutdown. (NY Times)

Here are the street closure’s for Saturday’s Women’s Marches. (6sqft)

Time to watch The Empire Strikes Back, because all your Hoth jokes are going to be relevant this weekend. (Gothamist)

The weather this week may be unbearable outside, but a NYCHA housing development in East Williamsburg is one of many developments without heat or hot water this week. (Bushwick Daily)

Chain store volume saw the first ever year-over-year decline since the number has been tracked. No wonder the Upper West Side was rallying to save a Starbucks. (GVSHP)

Case in point: the Kohl’s in Rego Park will close due to real estate and operational cost. (TimesLedger)

The Right to Disconnect bill, which would have made it illegal to be punished for not responding to after-hours communications, is being blocked by Mayor de Blasio. (NY Post)

Take a peek at the private pool, gym, and views from the first residential tower of the Hudson Yards megaproject. (Curbed)

James Turrell’s “Meeting” at MoMA PS1 is supposed to give an unimpeded view of the sky, something extremely rare in the city. How rare is it? New developments are now impeding the skyspace piece. (Gothamist)

Made in New York allegedly swiped the recipe for Prince Street Pizza’s famous spicy pepperoni slice, but it does not hold up against the original. (Eater)

While rare, the leucistic grackle that has been seen in Central Park isn’t going to be stealing the social media attention away from the Mandarin Duck. Why? Because leucistic grackle sounds like some kind of throat disease. (Gothamist)

Are we the bedbug capital of America? Hardly. New York lands at #6 behind Baltimore, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus. (Gothamist)

The Gowanus Canal EPA cleanup hit a wall and can’t move forward until the federal shutdown comes to a close. (Brooklyn Paper)

New Yorkers stand to lose $500 million a month in benefits if the federal shutdown continues into February, which will turn into a real humanitarian crisis. (Curbed)

Black Lives Matter activists were spied on by the police, who called protestors “idiots” while bragging about all the overtime they were receiving, according to newly released emails from the NYPD. (NY Post)

Westsider Books might not be closing after all. A Go Fund Me sprung up to save the bookstore and owner Dorian Thornley stated if he could raise $50,000 he would consider staying open. After one day, the campaign is close to $37,000. (6sqft)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first floor speech on Thursday. (Welcome2TheBronx)

A bit more about the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, or “goth moon,” this weekend. (Time Out)

Hussain Jawad of Queens was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing his wife to death and slashing his teenage daughter. His motive is unknown and his daughter is in stable condition. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio’s 34,160 affordable homes built or preserved in 2018 is an impressive number, but not to the Coalition for the Homeless. Only 16% of those apartments were designated for the homeless and those making under 30% of median income, $21k. (Gothamist)

Five ways to your hot chocolate on. (amNY)

15 proposals not in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech. (Gotham Gazette)

East River Park will be buried… so it can be saved. (NY Times)

The best spots for ramen in the city. (Thrillist)

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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)

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