The Briefly for October 4, 2019 – The “Should We Ban Cars in All of Manhattan?” Edition

The weekend’s subway disruptions, the flavor vape ban has been blocked in court, the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn, an idiot climbed into the lion’s enclosure at the Bronx Zoo, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Check out this weekend’s subway disruptions and scheduled closures before heading out. (Subway Weekender)

F&F Pizzeria is the city’s latest slice shop with a pedigree. (Eater)

The Hunters Point Library is finally open. (New York YIMBY)

The $41 million library has a flaw: lots of stairs and only one elevator. Not every part of the library can be reached if you can’t walk. (Gothamist)

Only 22 of Manhattan residents own cars. Is it time to ban cars? (Curbed)

The Red Hook Tavern’s burger is supposed to be New York’s best, but is it worth the two-hour wait? (Eater)

There’s an election this year and early voting starts October 26. (Gothamist)

12 historic Italian-American sites of the East Village. (6sqft)

If you’ve got $200 and a desperate need to get from downtown Manhattan to JFK in eight minutes, The 14th St Busway was in full effect on Thursday with the biggest complaints coming from Uber passengers that had to *gasp* WALK AN EXTRA BLOCK. The 18 months of the pilot program will be observed to potentially become permanent if successful. (Gothamist)

Who is this monster fishing in the Gowanus Canal? (Pardon Me For Asking)

What to do and where to eat in Carroll Gardens. (amNY)

A former aide to Robert De Niro accused the actor Thursday of sexually harassing her during her 11-year station of working for him. (Patch)

The Amazon HQ2 flop left a bad taste in Long Island City’s elected officials and was the center of conversation when discussing development in the area around the Anable Basin during a town hall this week. (LIC Post)

Six members of the “Mike’s Candyshop” alleged drug delivery service were arrested in connection with the fatal overdose of HQ Trivia co-founder Colin Kroll. (Gothamist)

72 of America’s richest billionaires live in NYC. (Patch)

After the NYPD friendly-fire killing of Officer Brian Mulkeen, all anti-crime units have been directed to undergo enhanced tactical training. (amNY)

A look at the history of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village, which played a leading role in the abolitionist movement and a part of the underground railroad. (GVSHP)

+ POOL Light is an art installation in the East River, a fifty-foot glowing plus sign which is part art and part data visualization. The color changes based on the conditions of the water, giving a live water quality report. (Gothamist)

Under the Sanitation Department’s new proposed rules, any food establishment with more than one location will have to compost their food waste. (amNY)

The best restaurants over 59th St. (The Infatuation)

It’s October! Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. (StreetEasy)

An idiot with a death wish climbed into the lion’s enclosure at the Bronx Zoo and had an up-close and personal experience with a male lion and managed to live to post about it on Instagram. The NYPD would like to have a few words with her. (Patch)

The flavored vape ban has been blocked by an appellate judge while the lawsuit works its way through the courts. (Patch)

The hottest restaurants in Brooklyn for October 2019. (Eater)

The Briefly for September 13th, 2019 – The Weekend “Are the Subways No Longer A Daily Disaster?” Edition

Gov Cuomo writes a letter to himself, the city lifts its gay conversion therapy ban at the behest of LGBTQ advocates, the pizza festival returns, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Friday the 13th and a full moon? NYCs gonna be spoooooky tonight.

We’re back to heavy service delays, disruptions, and construction this weekend, so check your trains before you go. (Subway Weekender)

The subway is no longer “a daily disaster,” according to the Times. (NY Times)

The New York Pizza Festival returns to the Bronx next month. (Welcome2TheBronx)

An app from the NYPD to report crimes? This will not go well. (amNY)

The City Council is repealing its ban on gay conversion therapy at the request of LGBTQ advocates. While it doesn’t make sense on the surface, advocates are worried that the right-leaning federal court system will declare the practice unconstitutional. There can’t be a lawsuit if there is no ban. A new state law will continue to ban conversion therapy practices, so don’t worry that new businesses will pop up all over the city offering these “services.” (Patch)

City and state politicians are calling on the DOT to re-open the dedicated bike path on the Triborough Bridge. (amNY)

Two companies that sell at-home (and inadmissible in court) rape kits have received cease and desists from the New York Attorney General Letitia James. (Gothamist)

A man was found tied up in the basement of a Bronx bodega, where he was trapped for three days. The man says he was grabbed off the street, thrown into a car, beaten, and held against his will The owner of the bodega was arrested and the NYPD are looking for an employee. (Patch)

How to eat in Greenpoint for 24 hours. (Eater)

After being a straight-C student for a few years, York College’s cafeteria was shut down by the Health Department after failing an inspection. (Patch)

How plausible were the apartments in Friends? (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is back to pretending like he’s not in charge of the MTA. This time around, he’s “asking” the MTA’s board in the form of a letter to publicly release the MTA Capital Plan, which lays out changes from 2020 to 2024. (Second Ave Sagas)

The five best octopus dishes around NYC. (Eater)

The dates and lineup for the fall Brooklyn Flea have been released. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The pied-à-terre tax, the tax on the second homes the rich keep in the city, is not dead yet. It was assumed after the “mansion tax” went into effect in July that the pied-à-terre tax was dead. (Curbed)

Eric Adams is digging in his heels in the face of criticism of his rat murder-sludge-bucket contraption. (Gothamist)

Where to find the best mooncakes. (Time Out)

Leslie Jones is leaving SNL, but they are adding Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis & Bowen Yang to the cast. (Gothamist)

Don’t freak out, but four cases of West Nile were discovered in New York City. It’s actually good news because last year at this time 36 people had been infected. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Not everyone hates having the Trump name on their buildings. The Trump International Hotel and Tower’s condo board voted to keep the name. Donald Trump Jr is on the condo’s board. (6sqft)

Where to take your hangry tourist friends and family that is both relaxing and still exciting. (Eater)

The Briefly for September 5, 2019 – The “Summer Vacation is Ending for the Mayor” Edition

More L train changes announced, stop dropping your AirPods on the subway tracks, renaming the city for women, a mystery tomato grows, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Since firing NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his illegal chokehold that lead to the death of Eric Garner, there has been a decline in arrests and summonses all across the city. (amNY)

Summer break is over for the city’s students but concerns about lead paint in classrooms is still going strong. (Gothamist)

The city’s new speed cameras turn on this week from 6 am to 10 pm. Cameras are located within a quarter-mile of the city’s 1,840 public schools and tickets will cost $50. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

No matter what the city eventually decides to do about the gifted and talented programs, New York City Chancellor Richard Carranza has said not to expect any changes this year. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

May de Blasio might drop out of the presidential race if he doesn’t qualify for the fourth debate. We may get a full-time mayor back on October 1. (NY Times)

Maybe de Blasio is better being a part-time mayor if his full-time thoughts would include considering requiring licenses for bike riders. (Streetsblog)

Video: The secrets of Grand Central Terminal. (Viewing NYC)

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, a terrible TV show, Warner Brothers Television is putting 30 replicas of the orange couch around the country, including multiple NYC locations. (amNY)

Warner Brothers attempted to put a couch in Greenwich Village, theoretical home to the irredeemable idiots on the show, but Community Board 2 said no. (Gothamist)

The city could see remnants of Hurricane Dorian on Friday with heavy rain and wind. (Patch)

Stop dropping your AirPods onto the subway tracks. The MTA is tired of retrieving them. (Gothamist)

How did a tomato end up growing out of a piling near the Brooklyn Bridge? (Gothamist)

Tax policy gave us the summer of spiked seltzer. (Grub Street)

What if the city’s subway stops were all named for women? That’s the idea behind the City of Women map, currently on display at the Transit Museum. Would naming a subway stop after Lena Dunham be worse than naming one after Peter Schermerhorn, who was best known for owning a rope factory? (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

The elevators in NYCHA buildings are constantly breaking down, which makes sense once you understand the budget to fix them is $74 million, which falls short of the needed $1.5 billion. (Curbed)

Video: Meet the city’s “Mother Pigeon,” performance artist Tina Piña Trachtenburg. (Video NYC)

A walking tour of 1949 Greenwich Village. (Curbed)

The MTA announced how it plans to make L train service worse on nights and weekends as it continues its L Train Slowdown work. These changes are to make accommodation for elevator and escalator construction. (Gothamist)

A look at where we are with the mayor’s $8.7 billion plan to replace Rikers Island with four community jails. (NY Times)

The 15 most anticipated restaurant openings of the fall, according to Eater. (Eater)

Thanks to Chris for today’s featured photo