The Briefly for April 8, 2019 – The “One More Thing in the List of What Can Kill Us in the City” Edition

Subway graffiti cleaning costs are up over 300%, a new antibiotic-resistant superbug, the late night subway changes and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If it’s headed towards midnight and you need to get somewhere, better check the late night subway changes before you do. (Subway Changes)

Why is Mayor de Blasio talking about running for president? No really, why is he doing this? (NY Times)

The CDC added another antibiotic-resistant superbug to their list of urgent threats after three run-ins with the Candida Auris fungus in city hospitals. Add it to the list of things in the city that will one day kill us all. (NY Post)

The fight over the city’s ferry system continues. Scott Stringer has blocked the purchase of any new ferries and a new report from the Citizens Budget Commission shows how we’re spending $11-24 to subsidize every Ferry NYC ride. Maybe we could, you know, spend that money to fix the subways and buses? (Second Ave Sagas)

Where to eat in Hudson Yards, if you’re going to actually eat there. (The Infatuation)

The city has been testing facial recognition technology for drivers on the Triborough Bridge and not only did it fail, it failed to a magnificent degree. (Engadget)

Have you ever heard of the New York & Atlantic Railway? (NY Times)

The isn’t unlike the rest of the country, but sometimes without the same amounts of space. Things like an old school bowling alley, or paintball, or amusement park happens more towards the city’s fringes, but they’re all still here. The Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club, however, has its days numbered as the landlord of their space has told them to vacate their space. A GoFundMe wasn’t enough to save the club established in 1946, but a Trolley Museum in Kingston has volunteered to make a home for their model railroad. (amNY)

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. The state’s legislature is considering a bill that would allow the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance to release any New Yorker’s tax returns (like, you know, the president) to the House of Representatives for a “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.” (NY Times)

“There is absolutely no promposals to be conducted anywhere in the school or even around the school and that includes anywhere on your way to school or on your way home from school.” Yes, that sais PROMposals and no this isn’t the Onion, it’s a school in Queens. (NY Post)

Michael Laidlaw, the former head of Human Resources for NYC Social Services, was allowed to resign after groping and sexually harassing his assistant. (Bronx Justice News)

So the city couldn’t verify 86% of the “random” inspections of the rides in Coney Island, looking at 1,857 spot checks by the Department of Buildings’ Elevator Unit. An audit also found that over 13% of the years’ records for the last three years were completely missing. The city is blaming poor record keeping and not shoddy inspections on the discrepancy and that all the rides have been inspected before this weekend’s opening. (amNY)

Do renters get any tax breaks? (Streeteasy)

Will the state continue to poke holes in congestion pricing with exceptions? (Curbed)

The MTA’s graffiti cleaning costs were up 364% in 2018 compared to 2017, delays were up too. (The City)

Where to get a last-minute dinner in the West Village. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for August 21, 2018 – The N Train Goats, the Tinder Date Marketing Stunt, and More

The lovely N train goats, the woman who used Tinder to ensnare dozens of men to one spot in Union Square for some sort of marketing stunt, the man behind Staten Island’s little league success, a map of every trash can, and more.

The goats on the N train tracks were Monday’s purest news story. The goats are being sent to an animal sanctuary upstate after delaying Coney Island bound trains for two hours.

Someone managed to cover an entire Q train in graffiti while it was off-platform overnight.

Five witching hot spots in Brooklyn, according to Brokelyn.

Dig into your block’s history with the new NYC Street Map, which launched on Monday. Check out the history of your building, or see how the city has changed over the years.

The Lower East Side and East Village contain the highest concentration of community gardens in the United States. Untapped Cities takes a look at 11 of them.

Despite the press announcing that Mayor de Blasio was going to bike over the Brooklyn Bridge on his way to work this morning, he was nowhere to be found. The mayor’s office claims he never promised to make the ride, but his staff was there. The mayor’s office is pitching 1,000 pedal assisted electronic bikes as an option for stranded commuters during the L train shutdown. No word on what those riders should do when it snows.

A vintage photo from 1965 shows that Times Square used to experience times of relative darkness.

The city will be spraying for mosquitoes tonight in Queens, check the map to see if your neighborhood is being targeted.

Here’s the insane story (and video!) of how dozens of guys were lured to Union Square by one woman on Tinder. Of course it was a marketing stunt.

Take a look inside the diners that are keeping NYC traditions alive.

With all the talk about the city’s removal of trash bins throughout the city, you might want to know where the nearest bin is. The location of every trash bin in the city is available in one map.

The man who ran across four sets of subway tracks to stab someone claims he was doing so to stop a racist harasser. Bilal Abdullah, 52, is being held without bail and will undergo a psychiatric assessment.

Meet the man behind Staten Island’s Little League dynasty.


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