The Briefly for February 7, 2019 – The “Wait, What is a Pizza Sauna?” Edition

The Public Advocate debate, the porta-potty king, a rooftop glamping sauna, the NYPD targets Waze, and more in today’s daily NYC new digest.

Watch the full Public Advocate debate or read the live blog. (NY1)

Amazon HQ2 was the common punching bag during the debate. (NY Post)

At 115 years, Maspeth’s Grant Street Bridge is ready for a makeover. (QNS)

The MTA’s 24% accessibility at subway stations should be embarrassing enough before the truth comes out about how those numbers are inflated. The subways are planned to be fully accessible by 2034 at a cost of $40 to $60 billion. (Curbed)

The BQX is taking a baby step forward. The city’s Economic Development Corporation is expected to approve a contract that will allow an environmental review. It’s only the first step of a $2.73 billion plan, which is what you might call “one full Amazon.” (Curbed)

This profile of the porta-potty king of New York City is full of crappy puns. (NY Mag)

The best bagels in Astoria. (Give Me Astoria)

“Yes, I broke your window because Barack Obama was talking to me and I didn’t like what he was saying.” A perfectly understandable excuse for breaking the window of a Harlem adult shop. (Gothamist)

Lincoln Center has a new president. Henry Timms, who helped create #GivingTuesday, will leave the 92nd Street Y to take the position. (NY Times)

Releasing a banner buoyed by balloons into Grand Central Terminal is a pretty good way to make sure your protest can’t be easily removed. (Gothamist)

Waze is about to get less useful thanks to an . (NY Post)

Google to the NYPD: No thanks. (amNY)

The city is getting a pizza sauna. Yes, it’s in Bushwick. How did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

The BronxCare Health System will repay sexual assault patients for illegally billing them for rape exams after settling a lawsuit by the NYAG’s office. (amNY)

The state legislature is looking to raise the prison minimum wage to $3/hour. Inmates work six hours a day, five days a week between $0.10 to $1.14/hour. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Pizza sauna not your thing? You could spend time in a sauna while glamping on the roof of a Williamsburg hotel. (Time Out)

Ever wonder how the city’s greenmarkets continue to have fresh produce in the winter? Here’s your answer. (amNY)

Is anyone surprised that the state’s police unions oppose legalizing marijuana? (NY Post)

The Astoria Boulevard N/W station will close for nine months starting in March as elevators are installed. (TimesLedger)

A look at The Pirates, an enclave of fans of of F.C. St. Pauli, a German anti-fascist soccer team. (NY Times)

8 highlights from the new Museum of the Dog. (Untapped Cities)

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The Briefly for January 11, 2019 – The “Long On Promises, Short On Details” Edition

A closer look at the State of the City, “Rhode Island-style” pizza, election reform, UCB East is closing, a “bike mayor” for the city, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s scheduled subway service changes: The 5 is gonna be super slow, the 7, J and M trains are out between Queens and Manhattan, and that’s just the start of it. (6sqft)


Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2019 State of the City address highlights:

Watch the 2019 State of the City address given by Mayor Bill de Blasio

Five takeaways from the State of the City. (NY Times)

“Plenty of money in the city. It’s just in the wrong hands!” The mayor preached distribution of wealth, came up short on the details. (NY Times)

The speech was focused on equality, workers and tenants’ rights, and income inequality, to go “bigger, bolder, and aim higher.” (Politico)

The city’s free 3-K program will expand to districts 6, 8, 9, 19 and 32. (Bklyner)

Bus speeds should increase 25% by the end of 2020 from 7.44 to 9.03 mph. Some tactics will be adding between 10 and 15 miles of dedicated lanes, revamp five miles, and installing barriers to protect bus lanes from drivers. The NYPD will also add a team of tow truck drivers dedicated to clearing bus lanes. (amNY)

New and modified ferry routes: Staten Island will be connected to Battery Park and W 39th Street and a new Coney Island line will stop at Bay Ridge on its way to Wall Street. The Soundview, South Brooklyn and Astoria routes will be expanded. (Curbed)

The mayor created the Office of Tenant Protection, whose details were long on promises and short on details. The office will seize the buildings of the city’s “worst landlords,” which is an interesting phrase considering the worst landlord in the city was recently declared to be… the city. (The Real Deal & Curbed)

Free eyeglasses will be provided to kindergarteners or first graders need them starting next school year in a partnership with Warby Parker. (Chalkbeat)

While the mayor touted successes on old pledges like the styrofoam ban and a plan to divest the city’s pensions from fossil fuels, there was no plans for new green initiatives. (Politico)

Also missing? The NYCHA crisis. (Gotham Gazette)


Albany is looking to make some sense out of our state’s elections, limiting donations from LLCs, create early voting, combining election days, voting by affidavit, and pre-registering to vote at the age of 16. (Politico)

The modernist treasures of Queens. (Curbed)

A Bike Mayor? Transportation Alternatives has a petition looking to add the position to champion cycling across city agencies. Is it any more odd than a “Night Mayor?” (Streetsblog)

The average jail population in the city is at its lowest since 1980. (Daily News)

UCB will close their East Village theater on February 9 amid financial problems. Some shows will be moved to SubCulture. (Vulture)

LIRR will begin service to Grand Central Terminal by the end of 2022. (6sqft)

The secrets of the St. Marks historic district. (6sqft)

The most dangerous neighborhood to walk in Queens? Flushing. (Streetsblog)

Okay, what the hell is “Rhode Island-style” pizza? (Bedford + Bowery)

A teacher who was fired for allegedly forcing black students to lie on the floor while she stepped on their backs is planning on suing the city for one billion dollars. (NY Post)

The 15 most anticipated restaurant openings this winter. (Eater)

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The Briefly for December 14, 2018 – The “A Private Midnight Tour of the L Train Tunnels” Edition

Long Island City’s rent hasn’t been Amazon’d yet, a goat beauty pageant in Central Park, the NYPD targets THC oil for arrests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s something new, there are no major outages planned on the subways this weekend. Station closures and redirections are dotted around, but no line will be completely shut down. All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

Is the NYPD replacing marijuana arrests with THC oil arrests? (TimesLedger)

Everyone can relax! After his private tour of the L train tunnels, which disrupted service of the L train tunnels, Governor Amazon Cuomo has decided the shutdown is “vital and complicated.” The shutdown was announced in January of 2016, the Governor waited nearly three years to being his “investigation.” (NY Post)

Michael Brogan, Brooklyn’s dumbest man, called a senator with his own phone and threatened to shoot her (the senator is not named). He was arrested. (Daily News)

A five-alarm five injured twelve, including seven firefighters, Thursday morning in Sunnyside. The fire was brought under control and damaged multiple buildings, but not before a visually jarring backdraft was caught video. (Gothamist)

A guide to Grand Central Terminal. (Curbed)

Think Long Island City rent is already high? The Amazon effect hasn’t touched it yet. (The Real Deal)

The mysterious L train green goop has not yet been identified. (Town & Village)

The city’s latest noted-racist is Anna Lushchinkaya, who was recoded hitting and yelling racist slurs to a passenger. She was arrested after getting off the train. (NY Post)

The Park Slope Nitehawk Cinema has a opening date: December 19. (Brooklyn Paper)

Remember when Central Park held beauty pageants for goats? Prohibition was weird. (6sqft)

The most expensive neighborhood in the city is Tribeca. (Curbed)

Mystery solved! The person behind the creepy Mister Softee music that was coming from LinkNYC kiosks was Mark Thomas, the creator of the Payphone Project. (Gothamist)

Bystanders saved a woman who was shoved off the platform and onto the subway tracks at Union Square. The NYPD is investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The New York Times has discovered Brighton Beach through photographer Alexey Yurenev’s work. (NY Times)

Does Elon Musk have a secret office on Rivington Street? (Bowery Boogie)

Greenpoint’s Community Board 1 rejected the liquor license for beer and wine of Bury the Hatchet, the neighborhood’s new hatchet throwing bar, due to security concerns. CB votes are recommendations and the state’s liquor authority will make the actual decision. (Greenpoint Post)

State legislators are getting a raise, but are complaining that their new $130,000 salaries won’t be enough. The median salary in New York state is $64,894. (NY Post)

Staten Island and Brooklyn Democratic Congressmember-elect Max Rose is already seeing 2020 challengers pop up. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Recently outed local homophobe Allasheed Allah, the man who allegedly punched a woman in the back of the head on the subway that resulted in a fractured spine, was arrested on Thursday. (amNY)

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum (but not run by the Brooklyn Museum) continues to be a shit show. What do you expect from a company called “Millennial Entertainment”? (Bklyner)

The 1 and 9 in “2019” has arrived in Times Square. (Viewing NYC)

The critics of NYC’s best restaurants of 2018. (Eater)

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