The Briefly for March 22, 2019 – The “Trapped on the Subway with the Mayor” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, Grimaldi’s was sold, another loose farm animal, 17 great non-Chick-Fil_A chicken sandwiches, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re on the 3, 4, 6, or L trains, you’re one of the lucky ones this weekend. This weekend’s subway changes are here, and they ain’t pretty. (6sqft)

Meet Rihanna Jones, the Bed-Stuy woman trying to make the afro hair emoji happen. (Patch)

What do you do if you’re trapped on the Q train for an hour? Sing Jackson 5, of course. (@Empathetics)

What’s worse than being trapped on the subway? Trapped on the subway and having to listen to the mayor talk. (Patch)

How unpopular is Mayor de Blasio? He’s less popular than the president, and Trump’s approval rating in New York is an embarrassing 28%. (Patch)

A seafood lover’s guide to New York’s newest restaurants. (Grub Street)

A sketchy interview with New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg. (Gothamist)

Post-Finding Neverland, New York has decisions to make about how intertwined we want Michael Jackson through our city. (Gothamist)

The artist behind the East Village mural of Michael Jackson says he doesn’t support taking the mural down. (The Villager)

CitiField’s new food has a better chance of being a success than the Mets do this year. The new entrants to the lineup includes a pizza cupcake, dulcinea, dumplings from Destination Dumplings, sliders, hot dog sliders, Emmy Squared’s colony pizza and Le Big Matt. (amNY)

13 places in Greenwich Village that witnessed history. (6sqft)

Macy’s Flower Show opens this Sunday, with a Journey to Paradisios theme. Bring a coat, it’ll be a cool 60 degrees inside all day to preserve the flowers. (amNY)

Vessel’ is a temporary name for the 15-story stair sculpture in the Hudson Yards. The owners are soliciting ideas for a new name. (Gothamist)

The New York City version of the vintage Pace Picante salsa commercial is Grimaldi’s being bought by a company from Arizona. (Eater)

NYPD Sgt. Howard Roth agreed to pay $6,000 after he tried to use his badge to get special treatment from the Taxi and Limousine Commission and then making threats when he didn’t get it. (NY Post)

The racial disparities in Stuyvesant High School’s admissions is only one part of a much bigger problem city-wide. (NY Times)

The Second Ave. Sagas podcast is back and the first episode of the revival is a 45-minute interview with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. (Second Ave Sagas)

The city was recently sued under the Americans for Disabilities Act after 75% of the curbs in Lower Manhattan presented a variety of safety hazards. The city agreed to survey all 162,000 sidewalk curbs to make sure they are all accessible to those who are mobility and vision-impaired. (Gothamist)

12 coffee shops perfect for working. (Eater)

Every blue mailbox in the city will be revamped in hopes of preventing mail fishing. This means the end of sending anything other than letters due to the slot size. (NY Times)

Pot legalization was dropped from the state budget, officially ending hopes of legalization by April 1. Governor Cuomo is hoping there will an agreement about it by June. (CNN)

“Saw an illegal dirtbike doing a wheelie thru the hood aka the official start of Spring” (@desusnice)

A sheep was found tied to a tree in Coney Island Creek Park late Thursday night. This farm animals getting loose situation is baaad. (NY Post)

Real estate agents twist the truth more than a short, insecure guy on OK Cupid. What does “great bones” mean, anyway? (NY Times)

If you’ve got the money (and space), this 8,000+ VHS tape collection of over forty years of boxing matches collected by a classical pianist that lived in a 137th St apartment could be yours. (NY Times)

17 great chicken sandwiches that aren’t from Chick-Fil-A. (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for December 24, 2018 – The “Unemployed Drug Sniffing Dogs” Edition

The Garment District gets defensively rezoned, the most honest man in New York, the most common baby names of 2018, the best spots for day drinking, trashed trees, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Owning a piece of The Panorama of the City of New York is more attainable than owning a piece of the actual city. (Untapped Cities)

Looking back in time to the Christmas ads in the Village Voice from 1970. (Village Voice)

The City Council’s rezoning is helping keep the Garment District Garment. (The Real Deal)

Legal weed could have one unforeseen consequence: Some drug sniffing dogs will be out of a job. (NY Post)

How to get around and out of the city for Christmas. (6sqft)

Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village, the debut location of The Vagina Monologues, is set to close on January 2 after 40+ years. Rent started at $450/month in 1977 ($1,906.11 in 2018 dollars) and it’s now hit $33,000/month. (The Real Deal)

Five people were arrested for the murder of Ian Cruz, whose body was found half-naked in a bird sanctuary. (NY Post)

If you’re still in the city, here are 10 things to love about Christmas in NYC. (StreetEasy)

First Two Boots, now Grimaldi’s. The Limelight Shops in Chelsea’s Grimaldi’s was seized for over $117,333 in unpaid taxes, making it the third time a Grimaldi’s was shuttered for unpaid taxes in the last 10 years. (Eater)

Midwood Ambulance Services ambulatory service is accused of over-billing the government for $19 million for transporting Medicare patients. (NY Post)

If you’ve named your baby Emma, Liam, Olivia, Noah, Mia, or Jacob, congratulations! Those are the least original baby names city-wide. (Gothamist)

What do the Notorious B.I.G, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Woodie Guthrie have in common? (Gothamist)

Does New York really order more Chinese food on Christmas than other days? Hell yeah we do. (CityLab)

Say hello to Richard Taverna, the most honest man in New York. (West Side Rag)

Who’s throwing out Christmas trees already? (EV Grieve)

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The city has a new local racist who was caught on video. This local Upper West Side racist was accusing his black neighbor of “not living here.” (Gothamist)

The New York Hall of Science in Queens wants you to save that torn up wrapping paper… for SCIENCE! (amNY)

The secrets and hidden history of Queens’ Calvary and Saint John cemeteries. (amNY)

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain open through the federal government shutdown, including Governor Cuomo’s inaugural party on January 1, thanks to New York state footing the bill. Keeping the two sites open will cost the state $65,000 a day. (NY Post)

Taking the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge? Here’s some advice from a seasoned pro. (Brooklyn Paper)

Where to day drink in New York (The Infatuation)

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