The Briefly for February 8, 2019 – The “MTA Is A Disgrace For This State, We All Know It” Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, the Grand Hyatt on 42nd will be torn down, an NYPD captain attacked a cyclist, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you normally ride the 4, 5, D, N, and Q trains, get ready for a rough weekend. If you’re along the L, you already know what to expect. The weekend is only a few hours away, make sure to check the trains for closures and diversions before you head out. (6sqft)

The city will have to cut $750 million from its 2020 fiscal budget to make up for a near billion dollar shortfall of tax revenues. (amNY)

Andres Lopez Elorez was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in smuggling liquid heroin stuffed inside puppies. (NY Times)

“The MTA is a disgrace for this state, we all know it,” said the man who has so much control over the MTA that he was able to cancel the entire L train shutdown. (Curbed)

Why did an NYPD captain apparently tackle a man riding a bike in Midtown? (Streetsblog)

This is pretty cool. The city’s budget includes money to install technology at 300 intersections that will hold green lights and shorten red lights for keep city buses moving faster. (Streetsblog)

How’s the rezoning going in Gowanus? The community’s not thrilled. (Bklyner)

Did MTV cancel “Made in Staten Island?” Maybe those 9,300 signatures on change.org made a difference. (amNY)

If you don’t love the Mandarin Duck while he molts, you don’t deserve him at his best. (Gothamist)

Happy national pizza day on Saturday. Never forget John Stewart’s epic anti-Chicago deep-dish “pizza” rant.

Margaret Cho, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and more join Red Room Orchestra for two back-to-back evenings of live music from Twin Peaks and the films of Wes Anderson at Symphony Space on February 15 & 16. (Sponsored by Symphony Space)

Metropolitan Republican Club, the epicenter of the Proud Boys fights last year, has a new president. Ian Reilly formerly advised a group that endorsed shooting migrants, forgetting the Holocaust, and marched with neo-Nazis. (Gothamist)

The oil smell in the L train tunnels has lingered all week. The smells have made at least three MTA workers sick and caused the train to stop service for a period of time on Wednesday. (Brokelyn)

The 10 most charming spots in the Greenwich Village Historic District. (6sqft)

“Statues for Equality” will bring 10 bronze sculptures of women to the city. The 10 will raise the number of statues of women in the city by 200%. (6sqft)

The 25 most expensive homes for sale, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. (Curbed)

Whoops! Public Advocate candidate Ron Kim forgot to mention his ownership of multiple luxury properties to a state ethics agency. (The Real Deal)

The 10 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time. (Viewing NYC)

Say farewell to the Grand Hyatt on 42nd. Donald Trump’s first major Manhattan project is being torn down and replaced. (NY Post)

Etna Tool & Die was a staple of Bond Street for a century in a neighborhood with apartments selling for over ten million dollars. The building’s new owner has no intentions of giving in to the neighborhood’s pressures. (NY Times)

The most romantic restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for January 31, 2019 – The “Amazon Threatens to Walk” Edition

Mayor de Blasio won’t stop talking about his fired staffer, the Winterfest saga continues, the unwilling public advocate candidate and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Winterfest organizer Lena Romanova used a pseudonym to harass vendors and the press. Complaints against Winterfest are being reviewed by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Latrice Walker is a candidate for Public Advocate, even if she doesn’t want to be. (Gothamist)

Amazon plans to sponsor computer science classes in more than 130 of the city’s high schools. (TechCrunch)

Amazon executives have expressed frustration in private at their treatment in New York and made veiled threats of walking from their Long Island City plans during a three hour city council meeting. Maybe some computer classes weren’t enough to win over the long list of groups who are against HQ2. (NY Times)

Reminder: Google is building a $1 billion campus with no bargained tax breaks from the city or state. (NY Mag)

A ranked list of the city’s best matzoh ball soups. (Grub Street)

Watch a snowstorm kick the city’s ass for 30 minutes in this 29 second time-lapse. (@mattmfm)

The MoMA PS1 Skyspace is closed while the 5 Pointz construction obstructs a view of the sky that’s supposed to be completely unimpeded. (Curbed)

Take a look at the photo of the guy reviewing the place and ask yourself “Does this man look like he would enjoy himself a Taco Bell that serves booze?” (NY Post’s uptight Steve Cuozzo)

The city released a draft of Gowanus’ rezoning. Just try not to think about the decades old toilet that’s currently running through the neighborhood. (6sqft)

Watch the Queens president Melinda Katz’ State of the Borough 2019 address. (Melinda Katz)

A very small number of the 30,000 New Yorkers eligible for half priced MetroCards have signed up for the Fair Fares program. (Gothamist)

The city’s high school dropout rate hit a record low in 2018. (Chalkbeat)

How to watch next week’s the public advocate debate. (amNY)

“We’re not happy with the service. And we do owe the public an apology” MTA president Pat Foye. Pat Foye wins this week’s “no shit” award. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio can’t stop digging himself deeper when it come to his former aide fired after sexual harassment accusations. Now he’s blaming the governor of Montana. (NY Post)

16 date night restaurants in the East Village. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 25, 2019 – The “25% Faster Than Slow is Still Pretty Slow” Edition

Weekend subway change, Dunkin owns the city, a beer to pair with the L train, the Gowanus Canal flushes its sewage tanks, the 2021 elections, and more.

Here is a complete list of trains with no service changes or disruptions this weekend: G, L and Q. Everyone else? Better check the trains before you go anywhere. (6sqft)

The mayor wants to increase bus speeds by 25%. The average speed of an MTA bus is 8.4 mph. (Metro)

The Gowanus Canal cleanup is changing designs slightly from a pair of tanks to into a tunnel to catch the sewage flowing from Park Slope. Rather than two 6 million gallon tanks, it’ll be a one half mile long tunnel 150 feet underground that will hold 16 million gallons of Poop Slope. (Curbed)

The MTA board met to vote on a fare hike for March and they… opted to delay the vote. A fare hike seemed all but certain until the Governor announced that he is opposed to the fare hike. (NY Times)

311’s technology was put into place in 2003 and it hasn’t been updated since. That all changes this July. (Gotham Gazette)

A tale of two states. New York is split on the plastic bag ban, government sponsored health care and congestion pricing, but are unified in support of giving the police the authority to remove guns from violent people, legalizing marijuana and raising the age to buy cigarettes and tobacco from 18 to 21. (Legislative Gazette)

People are already entering the 2021 race for city comptroller. Early candidates are City Council Members Brad Lander and Helen Rosenthal. (Gotham Gazette)

This is a new reason for a subway delay. (@NYCTSubways)

Visualizing income taxes in NYC in 2018. (r/dataisbeautiful)

You find $90 on the ground on the subway. What do you do? (NY Times)

Take a look at the new Amtrak space in Moynihan Train Hall/the new Penn Station. (6sqft)

The third victim in the Sheepshead Bay Seaport Buffet hammer attack died. The alleged attacker was inspired by a movie about Chinese men mistreating women. (NY Post)

“Nice charter schools you got here. Shame if something happened to them.” The city’s school chancellor has some vague threats for charter schools. (NY Post)

Finally, the perfect beer to pair with trying to figure out the new L train closures. (Bedford + Bowery)

City Councilmember Ydanis A. Rodriguez is calling on the NYPD to put cases of confiscated electric bikes on hold, calling them biased against working people. (Metro)

The city is mobilizing the new NYPD unit aimed specifically at cars in the bus lane. Moving violations are up 612%. (Curbed)

The number of chain stores in Manhattan decreased in 2018, but one neighborhood bused that trend in a major way: The Lower East Side. Also a quick bit of trivia: Dunkin Donuts has the distinction of being the chain with the most locations in the city with 624. (Bowery Boogie)

Noticed the Shen Huen posters everywhere? So has Reddit. (r/NYC)

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