The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Bird Hipsters Cared About Ducks Before It Was Cool” Edition

The Manhattan Ikea has an address (and Bloomingdale’s has a new neighbor), Joseph Esposito is Schrödinger’s head of OEM, the MTA focuses on fare evaders, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Monday’s awful commute was brought to you by the F and G trains, with support from the N. No word yet on how the new signals on the 7 train functioned. (NY Post)

The couple who lost their engagement ring during a botched engagement in Times Square were reunited with their ring. (Gothamist)

The only place to get your Game of Thrones MetroCards are at Grand Central Terminal starting today. (Gothamist)

The planned Manhattan Ikea has an address. At the corner of E 59th Street and Third Ave, Bloomingdale’s will have a new Swedish neighbor. (6sqft)

Where’s the center of NYC? (Untapped Cities)

The most chronically flooded streets in the city. (Curbed)

NYC’s brand new breed, the Bird Hipster, cared about seeing birds before it became everyone’s Mandarin Crush Monday. (NY Times)

Two Boots has a tax problem. The Hell’s Kitchen location was seized by the state for $175,426 in unpaid taxes. You could really help them out by buying 6,060 large “The Dude” pies. (Eater)

Modern day Santa Claus, who is very real and busy at work making LOL dolls and Nintendo Switches, was created by a group of NYC artists in the early 1800s. (6sqft)

The rats have taken the subways. (Gothamist)

At 1:37pm, Joseph Esposito, the head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, was fired for the city’s handling of the November 15 snow storm. At 2:37pm, Mr. Esposito was still in his office, working, despite being “fired” last Friday. At 12:26am, he was staying in his job until a successor is found. Why is the mayor so bad at firing top officials? (NY Post, NY Times, and NY Post, respectively)

Before 9/11, immigrants could get drivers licenses in New York, regardless of their legal status. Immigrant rights advocates are pushing to get that law back on the books. (Gothamist)

The worst commutes of 2018, in book form, dedicated to Governor Cuomo. (Riders Alliance)

The MTA and NYC Transit President Andy Byford are focused on fare evasion, because that is the real problem with our transit. (NY Post)

More bad news for Brooklyn’s Winterfest. They cut back days, limited the hours, hired a new event manager, issued refunds, and all previously paid attractions are free. (Gothamist)

The NYPD discouraged NYC’s Deputy Human Rights Commissioner from reporting a racist encounter on the 1 train. (Gothamist)

New York is the third worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country, according to The Americans for Tort Reform Foundation. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe has a new home on Montague Street. One of the city’s few places you can get a fresh cup of coffee and a rescue kitten to go. (Brooklyn Paper)

Bleecker Street, 2018 New York City’s version of Stars Hollow. Things really have changed. (NY Times)

If you’ve run out of date ideas for cuffing season, here’s a list for you. (Thrillist)

The 10 best dishes at Chelsea Market. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 14, 2018 – The “Can We Talk About Something That’s Not Amazon?” Edition

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for less than some apartments in Manhattan, the roller disco is moving to Industry City, and maybe Amazon did something?

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for $35 million, which is less than 44 apartments currently listed for sale by Compass. The 280-year lease was up and the MTA either had to purchase the building or sign a new 270-year lease. (Bloomberg)

10 of the smallest things in NYC. No, your Upper East Side apartment isn’t on the list. (Untapped Cities)

With Democratic control, is 2019 the year that New York gets single-payer healthcare? (Gotham Gazette)

Get yourself ready for the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar for 2019. (Gothamist)

Momofuku Ko, Superiority Burger, Via Carota, and Xi-an Famous Foods landed on Eater’s annual list of essential restaurants.

Meet Paul Sweet from the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ornithology, who wants you to know that the “hot” duck in Central Park ain’t shit. Who hurt you Paul? (Gothamist)

50 cheap eats destinations in NYC. (Eater)

Lola Star is taking her Dreamland roller rink dance parties to Industry City through the winter. (Time Out)

Would you turn over one year of search history and three years of social media posts in order to buy a gun? That’s what a proposed bill by city officials proposes. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


Just as expected, here comes Amazon. (Amazon)

NYC announces subway just for Amazon employees. (The Onion)

Did the city overpay for HQ2? (NY Times)

The city and state worked on the deal without input form the City Council, who would otherwise have a voice in the land review process. (Politico)

It’s hard to find a single positive response to the mayor defending his support of LIC HQ2. (@NYCMayor)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of many people expressing distrust of LIC HQ2. (NY Post)

Everything Amazon is getting, including a helipad. (Gothamist)

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The Briefly for September 24, 2018 – The NYPD Fills Secret Quotas With Bogus Tickets Say Whistleblowers

The NYPD’s secret ticket quotas, a weekend of hell from the MTA, the city gets a new school bus czar, no helmets in Yankee stadium and more

NYPD whistleblowers claim that they are pressured to write bogus tickets to meet secret quotas, which confirms pretty much every single person who has ever gotten a ticket’s suspicions.

Public schools CEO Eric Goldstein was fired by the DOE after over 100,000 complaints were filed about bus transportation in the first month of school. He’ll be replaced by Kevin Moran, a former executive director of the DOE’s field support services in Staten Island.

Eddie’s Sweet Shop on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills is the city’s oldest ice cream shop, dating back to 1909.

A tribute to the city car, a “banged up, asthmatic vehicle that is, at times, held together by duct tape,” by The New York Times.

ICE deported Gloria Hernandez Suarez of Queens after living in the Uniter States for 33 years last week without notice. She had been held in a detention facility in New Jersey since July.

Grand Central Terminal is celebrating the twenty years anniversary of its 1998 renovation with 1998 pricing on October 1.

How 1918’s prohibition restructured real estate and architecture in NYC.

A fight on a 2 subway car ended with everyone on board getting hit with pepper spray.

The ceiling collapsed on the 4/5 platform on Friday morning at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway stop. This is the second time this year that a ceiling collapsed.

It was a banner weekend for the MTA. A bus crashed into an apartment building in Crown Heights. The reason is yet unknown, but the bus was empty.

Three babies and two adults were stabbed at a Queens Maternity Center. The suspect was found in the basement with a slashed wrist and was charged with five counts of attempted murder, remains in custody, and will be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

The father who allegedly tossed the body of his dead seven-month-old baby, Mason Saldona, into the East River was indicted on one count of concealment of a corpse.

Twenty Asian desserts to try in NYC, from Eater.

After the Department of Sanitation was evicted from a garage on 30th St, they moved their fleet of garbage trucks to E 60th, 26th and 10th Streets. The neighborhoods are, as you might expect, not thrilled about having multiple garbage trucks parked on their streets. You might say the situation stinks.

Mayor de Blasio announced that the city won’t bail out the doomed Staten Island Wheel project. After $450 million already spent, four 100-ton pedestals are all that have been built.

Anne Russ Federman, the last of Russ and Daughters’ four daughters, passed away on Thursday at the age of 97.

Add bike helmets to the list of things you’re not allowed to bring into Yankee Stadium. CitiField allows guests to bring their helmets to their seats, and the Barclays Center and MSG require checking the helmets at guest services, but it is a free service.

NYC taxpayers footed the bill for City Councilman Andy King’s $3,500 “sensitivity training” after he violated the council’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy.

Paul Simon retired after his final show at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the last song of the show, tour, and career was “The Sound of Silence.”

S’well is donating 320,000 bottles to the city’s school, one to every high school student in the city, to reduce plastic water bottle waste. It’s also nice advertising for S’well.

The Highbridge Doughboy, a World War I monument, will be rededicated at Macombs Dam Park after 40 years of being in storage.


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