The Briefly for November 16, 2018 – The “A Few Inches of Snow Should Not Be the Apocalypse” Edition

That was only the first snow of the season, the 10 best restaurants in the city, Danny DeVito Day, Simcha Felder switches sides (again), LIC’s history of booms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It’s the weekend, so take precautions before riding the subway. Like a magician, the MTA will make the L and Q mostly disappear, and multiple other lines are running partial service. All the weekend subway changes. (6sqft)


Winter Storm Avery

What hell happened during Thursday’s storm that the city’s government was so unprepared to deal with the snow?

Turns out the snow storm was worse than predicted. (Gothamist)

The Port Authority shut down before 6pm because of overcrowding. (NY Post)

Staten Island turned into a borough-wide parking lot. (SI Live)

The Bronx was at a standstill. (Welcome2TheBronx)


You’d be surprised at how the MTA finds faulty subway signals. (Gothamist)

The 6 best pumpkin soups in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

With Silvercup, Chiclets, Dentyne, PS1, Sunshine Biscuits, and finally to Amazon, Long Island City’s history is one of booms. The neighborhood’s occupancy rate of 98.2% isn’t slowing interest, with real estate searches for LIC spiking nearly 300% in the past few days. (amNY, 6sqft)

The state senate’s biggest marijuana booster is in Nevada, touring the world’s largest marijuana dispensary. Hmmm… (Bklyner)

How can dating in the city get worse? Add 25,000 tech bros to the mix. (NY Post)

Fares are going up in March, ridership is declining, and drastic cuts are coming to service. The MTA’s future is unsustainable. (NY Times)

New York has a taxi driver suicide problem. Roy Kim was the eighth driver in the last year who committed suicide. (Gothamist)

In an attempt to keep up with Uber and Lyft, yellow taxis are offering a 50% discount during rush hours if you use the app Waave. (6sqft)

A new exhibit at the 9/11 museum spotlights the Mohawk ironworkers who helped build One World Trade. The Mohawk ironworkers helped build New York’s iconic skyline, having a hand in the construction of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the George Washington Bridge. (amNY)

Tea & Sympathy, open since 1980 and a subject of discussion during the gubernatorial Democratic primary, is in danger of closing. The cost of staying in the West Village, $28,000 a month, has caught up with the tea house. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The potentially dangerous flaw in the new Delancey Street bike lane. (Gothamist)

Subway chief Andy Byford is bragging about how he shamed a turnstile jumper into buying a MetroCard. If he can convince 13,333,333,333 more people to buy Metrocards, he’ll pay for his fantasy $40 billion subway plan. (NY Post)

The 10 best restaurants in the city, according to Pete Wells. (NY Times)

Amazon Cuomo thinks that state lawmakers deserve a raise. (NY Post)

Remember the homeless man and the couple who raised money for him and that turned into a mess? Well it turns out the whole thing was a lie! All three are being charged with second-degree conspiracy and theft by deception. (NY Times)

Democrat Simcha Felder, the city’s political equivalent of a Mets fan that runs out to buy a Yankees hat and jersey the day after they make it to the World Series, does not have plans to attend the Republican conference, which he’s been attending since 2012. (Politico)

Danny DeVito Day is a holiday worth celebrating. (NY Times)

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The Briefly for November 9, 2018 – The “El Chapo Can’t Hug His Wife” Edition

Weekend subway changes, Industry City looks to expand, changing how private garbage trucks operate, Times Square Trump protests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The 4, 6 and Q trains have decided to take most of the weekend off, the L continues it’s mini-shutdown, and the rest of the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6 soft)

Is rent reform headed our way after the midterm elections? (Curbed)

Speaking of rent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is headed to Washington DC and is worrying about living there for three months before her Congressional salary kicks in. (Vice)

El Chapo requested that he be allowed to hug his wife. Request denied. (NY Post)

In a rare act of someone in public office keeping their word, the acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood will be returning to her job as state solicitor general once Letitia James is sworn in. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

As Industry City in Sunset Park looks to expand to include hotels, new buildings, an academic campus and more, the community is faced with the question of who benefits from allowing the city’s largest private industrial complex to expand. (Curbed)

11 became 12 at the Bowery Mural to remind us that we literally can’t stop shooting each other. (Bowery Boogie)

A man shot at City Point was the fourth person shot in Downtown Brooklyn in the last five months. Bobby Jackson, 44, was arrested for shooting Carlton Spencer, and Gregory Kimble, 26, was arrested for reckless endangerment, according to the NYPD. (Brooklyn Paper, NY Post)

Former AG Eric Schneiderman will not face any charges after four women accused him of assault. (Politico)

JFK’s redevelopment is in the early phase, but it’s expected to be complete by 2021. (Airport Voice)

Someone put up a white supremacist flyer in Woodlawn, declaring a day of “White Strength” in November fighting against “Black thugs” and “radical islam.” Woodlawn is 46.7% white. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Brooklyn’s iconic Watchtower sign will be replaced, but it will be up to the building’s anchor tenant to decide what it will say. (Curbed)

An “affordable” housing lottery in Long Island City is starting at $2,125/month rent. For a studio! Affordable 2 bedrooms start at $2,731. (LIC Post)

Google and Facebook received no state subsidies when creating their NYC campuses. Why should Amazon? (Politico)

A few questions that need answering before Amazon invades Long Island City. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s holiday nostalgia rides return on November 25. (Curbed)

The NYPD arrested two teens accused of knocking the hat off the head of a 14-year-old Jewish boy, pushing a girl to the ground, and hurling a pipe at a Bedford-Stuyvesant synagogue. (Brooklyn Paper)

80% of drivers that get a speeding ticket via a camera never get a second ticket. City Council Member and Public Advocate hopeful Jumaane Williams has received 27 school zone speed camera violations, 10 bus lane violations, 4 failure to display meter receipts, 4 inspection sticker expired or missing, and 2 no parking tickets. (Streetsblog)

The city has a plan for private sanitation companies that will reduce truck traffic 18 million miles on an annual basis and reduce pollution by 63%. Don’t expect it to happen so fast, the transition to the new plan is scheduled to happen between 2021 and 2023. (Gothamist)

Just when you thought Christmas displays couldn’t get more ridiculous, here comes Bloomingdale’s with an ice skating rink in their basement. (Time Out)

Governor Cuomo has flavored e-cigarettes in his crosshairs, vowing to ban the sale of them in New York next year. Vape ’em while you got ’em. (NY Post)

Over 36,000 buildings are considered landmarks in the city, but did you know The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has been declaring people landmarks since 1994? (Atlas Obscura)

Is William Seely of Brooklyn the leader of the nationwide Mad Stone Bloods gang? He was arrested in Manhattan and is being help without bail on a 27-count indictment. (NY Post)

22 savory Asian snacks in the city. (Eater)

This is what Times Square looked like before and during the Trump/Sessions/Mueller protest on Thursday evening. (Reddit)

Uber, the New York chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and District Attorney Michael E. McMahon are bringing free Uber rides to Staten Island on Thanksgiving eve. Everyone can use two rides for up fro $15 each to get to and from your destination. (SILive)

Take a look at the shiny new subway cars on the C line on their maiden voyage. (Dj Hammers)

30 terrific spots for Breakfast in Manhattan. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 5, 2018 – The “You Have to Hear About the Election for One More Day” Edition

A focus on the three ballot initiatives on the back of tomorrow’s ballot, 15 years after the “tiger in Harlem” story, smash your pumpkins, and more in your daily NYC news digest.

A Focus on Tomorrow’s Election
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89 polling locations were moved, affecting 200,000 voters in the city. Was yours on the list? (Curbed)

There is a lot of information about nearly every election on your ballot on Tuesday except your votes on judges. Even if you wanted to find more information about the judges on your ballot, you won’t find much. 10/12 judges in Manhattan, 2/18 judges in Brooklyn, 2/11 judges in Queens, 7/20 judges in the Bronx, and 4/6 judges in Staten Island have submitted bios to the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center to educate voters.

Why do we vote for judges?

10 things to watch on election day. (Gotham Gazette)

The Brooklyn Paper highlights the following races:

The ballot proposals:

Proposal 1: Campaign Finance
This proposal would lower the amount that anyone would be able to donate to any candidate for city office and would increase public matching funds from 6:1 to 8:1. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 arguments in favor of the proposal and four against.

Proposal 2: Civic Engagement Commission
This proposal would create a Civic Engagement Commission. The commission will be tasked with implementing a participatory budgeting program, support and encourage civic engagement efforts, and provide language interpreters at city poll sites in 2020. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and eight for no.

Proposal 3: Community Boards
This proposal would impose term limits on community boards to four consecutive two-year terms. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and 16 for no.

A look at the three proposals on the back of Tuesday’s ballot. (NY Times)


There’s no such thing as free parking, right Alec Baldwin? (Gothamist)

“Kill N******” That’s what was spray painted on the African Burial Ground Monument in Manhattan. What the hell is going on? (NY Times) “Gov. Cuomo, your silence is deafening. Mayor de Blasio, your silence is deafening” The mayor and governor have both been silent about the African Burial Ground vandalism, as pointed out by City Assemblyman Charles Barron. De Blasio and Cuomo have both made public comment about the defacement of Jewish temples. (NY Post)

The racist and anti-Semitic graffiti continues to be found across the city, this time on the Upper West Side. (West Side Rag) 26-year-old James Polite was arrested for writing “Kill all Jews” inside a Brooklyn Heights synagogue. (NY Post) A group of teens threw a metal pole through synagogue window in Clinton Hill. (NY Post)

The more we know about the Saudi sisters who were found dead in the Hudson River, the sadder the story gets. (NY Times) The sisters were denied asylum in the United States and had previously said they would rather commit suicide than go back to Saudi Arabia. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is “not happy” with his administration at times. Join the club, buddy. (NY Post)

Meet the city’s clock master, 79 year old Marvin Schneider, who resets the city’s grandest clocks by hand. (NY Times)

The city’s new electric buses won’t be ready for the L train shutdown and weekend work will severely limit L train service leading up to the April’s full-time shutdown. (Town & Village)

The history of why Staten Island has never, and likely will never, be connected to the rest of the city via the subway. (amNY)

Does the city’s fight against climate change mean rising rents? (HuffPost)

Capitol Prep Bronx has someone watching over them. Diddy pledged $1 million to the charter school, which will open in September 2019. (Bronx Times)

16 year’s after Jam Master Jay’s shooting death, a new Run-D.M.C. mural is up on the corner of 12th and Ave A. (Bedford + Bowery)

Does the city have room or patience for The Goods Mart, the upscale Los Angeles convenience store? (Gothamist)

How many times have you said “I’m going to go to the Botanical Garden this year” and never gone? Don’t worry, now there’s a live camera so you can look at the foliage without having to, you know, actually look</em at the foliage. (6sqft)

It’s been fifteen years since the “Tiger in Harlem” story, and it’s still one of the city’s strangest. (NY Post)

Smash those pumpkins! The city has multiple pumpkin smashing events happening across the city, some with catapults! It’s not only fun, but it’s what’s best for the environment. (amNY)


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