The Briefly for November 1, 2018 – The “We Need A New Bushwick We Ruined this One” Edition

Midtown is getting a makeover, Shakespeare in the Park goes dark in 2021, the city bungled their voting information mailer, the NYPD vs a swan, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Photos from the Village Halloween parade. (amNY)

Here’s what you need to know about the election on November 6. (Brokelyn)

Is the closing of Bushwick art gallery Signal the canary in a coal mine for the decline of the neighborhood? Signal closes on November 2 after their final show, “No Signal.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Governor Cuomo restored voting rights to most parolees in April, but someone forgot to tell the city’s Board of Elections, who printed the wrong information in the City Voter Guide mailers. (Bklyner)

2 Penn Plaza is about to get a dramatic revamp starting in 2020. Get ready for midtown to look very different. (Curbed)

All 128 NYC restaurants that were awarded Bib Gourmand status in 2019 (two courses and a glass of wine or dessert is under $40). (Eater)

How many NYPD officers does it take to capture a swan? Watch the video and see. (Gothamist)

Get ready for tight security at the NYC Marathon this Sunday. (Queens Gazette)

The newest addition to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s balloons is “Little Cloud” from the art duo FriendsWithYou, a happy little optimistic cloud. (NY Times)

The creator of the MetroCard, William Wheeler, swiped his last swipe at 69. He worked for the MTA for 32 years and is one of the reasons we don’t still use tokens. (NY Post)

19 bars and restaurants in Astoria to try. (Eater)

Take a tour and dip into the history of of Red Hook’s Erie Basin. (Forgotten NY)

The new Greenpoint Library will not open in December as scheduled due to discoveries of asbestos and the remains of the original Carnegie Library from 1906. (Bklyner)

Check out every publicly accessible waterfront in the city with the interactive Waterfront Access Map. (Curbed)

Shakespeare in the Park will go dark in 2021 when the Delacourt undergoes a $110 million renovation. The renovation is meant to address issues like how the women’s bathroom is extremely far from the amphitheater, making it ADA compliant, and other needed improvements to the stage and backstage areas. Construction is set to being in 2020 and finish in 2022. (NY Times)

Alan Cumming is tending bar. “Why would you want to have a bar otherwise?”

The elevated trains in New York date back to 1868, when the Eiffel Tower was brand new. The trains moved between five and ten miles an hour, which is still faster than the average speed of a Manhattan bus. (Curbed)

City Lab attended the L Train Shutdown Nightmare “experience” before it prematurely closed. They were less than impressed.

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The Briefly for October 18, 2018 – The “This Will Make the L Train Shutdown Look Easy” Edition

The MTA has not properly maintained the subways, NYC’s haunted history, the mayor is accused of selective animal-cruelty enforcement, this November’s election is going to be confusing, and more.

The L train is not running between Broadway Junction and 8th 8 Ave, from 10:45 pm until 5 a.m. every weekday until November 30. The MTA is also reducing service to one train every 12 minutes between Myrtyle-Wckoff and Rockaway Parkway from 11am to 3pm. Add that to the L not running at all on the weekends during October. Good lord. (Gothamist)

According to the Department of Transportation commissioner Polly Tottenberg, the challenge the impending BQE construction poses to the city “makes the L train look like a piece of cake.” Oh, cool.

15 ways to celebrate Halloween. (Untapped Cities)

Activists are accusing Mayor de Blasio of refusing to enforce animal-cruelty laws against Orthodox Jews who ritually slaughter tens of thousands of chickens Brooklyn streets ahead of Yom Kippur. The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaproros wants to show in court that the selective enforcement favors a particular class. (NY Post)

November 6’s election ballots will be two pages for the first time which is expected to cause multiple logistics issues at polling locations throughout the city. Uh oh. (Bklyner)

A sample election ballot.

Could one way to reduce the burden on the subway system be lowering the cost of in-city trips on the LIRR and Metro-North to subway fares? (Curbed)

LA chef Ilan Hall is back in NYC with Ramen Hood, a pop-up vegan noodle bar at the Chef’s Club in SoHo. (Gothamist)

Speaking of challenges Tottenberg also said “I’m the first to admit we have a long way to go.” when talking about parking placard abuse. She’s recommending automatic license plate readers, which likely won’t be a hit with civil liberties groups. (NY Post)

Three Crown Heights parks will see their first improvements in 20 to 30 years. It’s a double edged sword, as investments in these parks could result in higher rents and sale prices in the already fragile neighborhood. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Ferry buffs, sorry to see that Hurricane Michael forced a delay in the delivery of new boats for the Staten Island Ferry. The first boat was opting in late 2019 and there is no new delivery date yet. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo is actually praising Mayor de Blasio. Cuomo is joining de Blasio in calling for a boycott of NY1 by any state officials over an ongoing strike by the electrical workers union. (NY Post)

A new audit of the MTA between 2015 and 2017 shows, surprise surprise, the MTA has not properly maintained the system. 76% of inspections are not completed on time and thousands of inspections never happened at all. (NY Post)

Low-level offenders (disorderly conduct, littering, drinking alcohol in public) with outstanding warrants have the opportunity to clear their record in Woodside on Saturday. (Sunnyside Post)

Trump Place at 200 Riverside Blvd will now be known as…200 Riverside Blvd. The building is the latest of many in Manhattan to dump Trump signage due to the actions of our current president. (NY Times)

The former NYPD detective on the Harvey Weinstein case allegedly told one of his victims that she could delete text messages from her phones before turning them over to prosecutors. She didn’t, but that sounds shady to say the least. (Gothamist)

The baby Trump balloon is making its way to the city for the Impeachment Parade on October 27. (amNY)

10 spots that will reveal the city’s haunted history. (6sqft)


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The Briefly for October 15, 2018 – Brooklyn Witches Will Curse Brett Kavanaugh (and the Patriarchy)

The mayor won’t stop talking, WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment, a white woman in sunglasses calls the cops, local blog drama, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn witches are planning to curse Brett Kavanaugh. Bushwick’s Catland promises to curse Brett the Beerman Kavanaugh, all other rapists, and the patriarchy during an October 20 ritual. (NY Post)

The governor ordered the state police to investigate the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys after video shows them attacking protestors and calling them homophobic slurs. The NYPD is also investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The Q at Parkside blog disappeared last week, this week it returned, publishing the letter from Alicia Boyd that demanded the site be shut down. Brooklyn hyperlocal blogging just got weird. (The Q at Parkside)

A guerrilla art installation by artist Aaron Asis popped up at Fort Tilden in Queens. Have A Ball is inside an abandoned structure and is reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden.’ (Untapped Cities)

44% of all New York households are rent burdened (more than 30% of their income goes towards rent). The percentages for very low and extremely low income households are much worse. (Curbed)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A white woman in sunglasses called the cops on a black person for existing. The twist this time is that the black person was a 9-year-old boy, and despite being accused of grabbing Flatbush’s Teresa Klein’s ass, he did not. (NY Post)

You’re no artist! Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the “Trumpet Fight” masterpiece video. October 14th will always be “You’re Talented and Not a Disgrace and You Do Not Suck Day.” (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio, who works out at the Park Slope YMCA on a regular basis, does not think politicians should be bothered by protestors or upset citizens when they are in public. If you disagree, the mayor regularly works out at and can be found at the Park Slope YMCA. (NY Post)

Is NYC pizza better because of our water? (Viewing NYC)

Where to eat and drink near Penn Station (if you must). (Eater)

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Village Halloween Parade. (Curbed)

WeWork is accused of creating a toxic environment that enabled sexual misconduct and punished employees for coming forward, according to a lawsuit. (Gothamist)

President Trump’s new green card proposal could deny 75,000 New Yorkers of SNAP benefits, Medicaid, public housing or rent vouchers. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Replacing the Brooklyn Promenade with the BQE during construction is Mayor De Blasio’s favored option when it comes to the rock and hard place decision about how to repaid the crumbling highway. (Brooklyn Paper)

Is the mayor trying to make us tune him out by talking forever? (NY Post)

Over the next three years, 3.5 miles of skyscrapers will be built in NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Our water isn’t what it used to be. If you’ve been wasting wood or dirt in your tap water, you’re not alone. (NY Post)

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