The Briefly for February 28, 2019 – The “Bodega Ham, Now With Extra Plastic” Edition

Subway and bus fare is going up, the mayor punts on controlling the MTA, NYC’s James Beard Award semifinalists, NYCHA promises to find lead, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bus and subway fares are going up on April 21. Single rides are staying put at $2.75 but weekly cards will go from $32 to $33, monthly cards will go from $121 to $127, and the bonus for putting more than $5.50 on your MetroCard is disappearing. (amNY)

You may want to avoid bodega ham for a little while. (Gothamist)

A new bill will clarify the definition of sexual harassment and strengthen the laws against it. Harassment must be “severe or pervasive” to be considered illegal at the moment. (QNS)

The barnacle Citi Bike was cute once, but stop throwing Citi Bikes into the rivers. (West Side Rag)

Ever since dropping the “Trump Soho” branding, the Dominick Hotel has seen a 20% increase in revenue. (The Real Deal)

Do not disturb? Hardly. The city’s worst hotels when it comes to noise complaints. (Localize Labs)

Daiso, the Japanese dollar store, is opening its first East coast store in the Flushing mall on March 8. (Eater)

The 18 best restaurants on the Upper West Side. (Grub Street)

Today is the last day for Raul Candy Store in Alphabet City after over 40 years. As a way to say goodbye, all the remaining candy in the store is free. (NY Post)

Even Mayor de Blasio’s wife isn’t sure he should run for president. (Patch)

The rights of students with disabilities haven’t been upheld in Success Academy, the city’s largest charter school network. (Patch)

Here’s the latest on the EPA’s Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal. (Bklyner)

If you’re on Park Avenue and wondering what those giant stretched yellow rubber things are, it’s “Tension Sculptures” by Brooklyn-based artist Joseph La Piana. (NY Times)

The mayor punted on the idea of the city being in control of the MTA, handing responsibility to the governor’s office. (Streetsblog)

Horticulture at Green-Wood Cemetery is deadly serious business. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here’s what you should now about Jumaane Williams, the city’s new Public Advocate. (amNY)

Where are we with legalizing marijuana? The state budget deadline of April 1 is fast approaching. (amNY)

A guide to the subway’s signal system. (Curbed)

An oral history of the Sidewalk Cafe, the home of antifolk. (Gothamist)

Micaela Diamond is 19 and has become Cher 100 times. (amNY)

NYCHA promises 100 percent confidence in finding lead in its developments. Right. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez is set to announce his support in giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses. (NY Post)

Can you help catch whoever stole Luna, the beloved two-month old bodega cat from Ismael’s Gourmet Deli in the Bronx? (News 12)

NYCs 2019 James Beard Awards semifinalists. (Eater)

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The Briefly for February 20, 2019 – The “Corporation Hunting Season Has Officially Begun” Edition

The hero/villain screaming obscenities at pre-K kids, Diddy(‘s wax statue) decapitated, raccoons take over a Canarsie subway station, and more in today’s daily NYC newsletter.

Today’s forecast is snow followed by rain and 50˚ on Thursday. (NY Post)

How to watch tonight’s Public Advocate debate. There are seven candidates in tonight’s debate, but 17 candidates will be on the ballot. Tonight’s debaters are State Assemblyman Michael Blake, City Councilman Rafael Eespinal, State Assemblyman Ron Kim, journalist and activist Nomiki Konst, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Obama staffer Dawn Smalls, and City Councilman Jumaane Williams. (Patch)

Is Uber the city’s next target after beating back Amazon? (NY Times)

They’re the kings of the dollar slice, but at Upside Pizza they’re looking to prove that they can create a respectable pizza. (NY Times)

A look at the Hudson Yards, a “billionaire’s fantasy city.” (New York Magazine)

10 secrets of Fordham University. (Untapped Cities)

All hail the subway bully kitten! (Gothamist)

Someone hates Diddy enough to decapitate his wax statue at Madame Tussauds. (Pitchfork)

How Greenpoint became a dining hot spot. (amNY)

There are 200,000 fire escapes in the city, and each one has to be inspected every five years. (StreetEasy)

The NYPD wants to play Duck Hunt with unauthorized drones over the city’s skies. (Gothamist)

Employers in the city had to be reminded that banning dreadlocks is not only racist, but it’s also illegal. (Patch)

The Staten Island Levee was unveiled by the governor, mayor, Chuck Schumer, and Congressman Max Rose. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build a 5.3 mile and $615 million sea wall that is scheduled to break ground in 2020 and be completed in 2024. (6sqft)

Lynne Patton, President Trump’s regional administrator at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, had to be rescued by the FDNY after being trapped in an elevator in an Upper West Side NYCHA building while she’s in the middle of her four week publicity stunt to live in NYCHA buildings. (Gothamist)

Last night was the first night of a cutoff of late night B and D service for the next three weeks in the Bronx. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Trash pandas have taken over the East 105th Street station on the L. Maybe they’ll take over the late night construction too. (NY Post)

The Strand hit the third stage of grief and has begun openly bargaining with the Landmarks Commission in an attempt to avoid landmark status. (Gothamist)

A state appeals court ruled against the police union that NYPD body cam footage is public and should be readily available to the public. (CNN)

[CORRECTED LINK] The Lams are a Chinese-American family living in a 350 square-foot apartment in Chinatown. Photographer Thomas Holton has been documenting their lives in photographs for the last fifteen years. (Gothamist)

Downtown Manhattan rents hit $3,724, an all-time high for January. (StreetEasy)

Is this Sunnyside woman a hero or villain for screaming at pre-kindergarteners to, and this is the quote, “shut the fuck up” during recess? (Gothamist)

The five weirdest tombs and mausoleums at Green-Wood Cemetery. (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat near Union Square. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for October 17, 2018 – The City’s Chief Democracy Officer Botched Their First Project

Videology is closing, Louis CK might actually feel bad for what he’s done, the Brooklyn diocese hired a reverend with child sex abuse claims, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The State Assembly met on Tuesday to discuss legalization and regulation of marijuana in New York, ahead of the 2019 legislative session. (amNY)

The office run by the city’s new chief democracy officer botched its first assignment, caused confusion among hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and blamed the board of elections in the process. Perfect. (NY Post)

Beloved Williamsburg video rental store turned bar and theater is closing at the end of the month. They didn’t post a reason, but rising commercial rents (despite the L train shutdown) abound be assumed.

20 buildings in the city designed by Gilded Age architect Stanford White. (Untapped Cities)

April Bloomfield is ready to rehab her image after being criticized for turning a blind eye to Ken Friendman’s behavior at the Spotted Pig. (Eater) Speaking of rehabbing an image, Louis CK continues to drop in at comedy clubs, but he’s showing some faint signs of actual remorse. (Gothamist)

A peek inside the construction of the future massive WeWork building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Untapped Cities)

The voter turnout for last month’s Democratic primary was considered high, despite a 26.58% turnout. See what the turnout was like in your district in this interactive map. (Gothamist)

Yesterday was a banner day for the MTA. The B and Q trains were stopped for over an hour during the morning rush hour, the 1 and 6 train was running with delays due to signal issues in different locations, and the 7 was delayed after someone had to be removed from the tracks in Queens. (NY Post)

Apple gave the bagel emoji another try, adding cream cheese and making the bagel slightly more realistic, but still no seeds on the bagel. (Gothamist)

The possum that’s the king of the bodega bread pile. (NY Post)

What you need to know about the upcoming NYC marathon. (Curbed)

On October 27, a 1930s subway will take you on a one way trip to the grave. Specifically it is headed to Green-Wood Cemetery for the Nostalgia Ride. (amNY)

State Senator Simcha Felder’s chief of staff, Ridney C. Powis, is accused of drunkenly groping a woman and bragging about it. Powis is now on administrative leave. (Gothamist)

Carrie Fisher smiling while sitting in a garbage bin in 1980. That’s it, just a nice photo. (Viewing NYC)

What the national Democratic Party’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan could mean for NYC. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn diocese hired Rev. Roberto Cadavid in 2012 despite accusations of child sex abuse. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

42nd St and 3rd Ave will be renamed Jimmy Breslin Way for the reporter who wrote for decades for The New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News and Newsday. (amNY)

Have you had a bad day or a “naked on the street punching a cop car” bad day? (@kickzjilla)


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