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 5, 2018 – RIP Ms Colombia, A Weekend of Parades, 7 and L Train Closures, and More

No 7 train to Comic Con, RIP to an NYC LGBTQ icon, a century of Italian bread in the Bronx, lots of street closures due to parades and festivals and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

Don’t expect to take the 7 to Comic Con this weekend, because it’s not running. (Gothamist) The mini-L train shutdown continues this weekend and every weekend in October.

For the longest time it was a rite of passage to come across Ms Colombia, resplendent in wild colors and bird on her head. Ms Colombia was found in the waters off Jacob Riis Park on Wednesday morning at 3:30am. She was 64. (Gothamist)

This week end is busy with parades and festivals, which means lots of street closures. Oktoberfest, Nigerian Independence Parade, “Weekend Walks,” Korean Parade, the Upper Broadway Fall Festival, Pulaski Memorial Parade, and the list keeps going and going. (Curbed)

JFK is getting a $13 billion overhaul. Here’s what to expect. (NY Post)

Looking to get out of the city? Try Staten Island! All kidding aside, the best things to do in Snug Harbor. (Brokelyn)

The Red Cat in Chelsea is closing after twenty years. The owner and chef Jimmy Bradley is “ready for a change.” (Eater)

A salute to Madonia, the Italian bakery in the Bronx celebrating 100 years. If you want the pretzels, they only bake them on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (NY Times)

The Department of Justice is still trying to deport Pablo Villavicencio, the pizza delivery worker detained by ICE. (Gothamist)

The city is working to preserve the Garment District, but manufacturers predict Sunset Park will be the new actual Garment District thanks to a city project at Bush Terminal. (6sqft)

An update on Wednesday’s fire in the East Village from Carlina Rivera, City Council member.

Harvey Weinstein, out on $1 million bail, made a reservation at Mario Batali’s restaurant Babbo. What a pair. Maybe they caught an impromptu Louis C.K. set afterwards and watched some Cosby Show. (Eater)

The 11 best milkshake spots in the city. (Gothamist)

The Slice Out Hunger event on October 10 will offer some of the city’s best slices for only a dollar and proceeds will be split between City Harvest and The Sylvia Center. (Gothamist)


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The Breifly for July 12, 2018 – Manhattanhenge, Another NYCHA Disgrace, Ocasio-Cortez Wins Twice, and More

Everything is aligned in Manhattan, a set of 31-foot fingernails comes to Times Square, NYCHA embarrasses the city again, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Manhattanhenge returns tonight at 8:20 and tomorrow night at 8:21.

Movimiento Cosecha shut down Amazon’s book store on 34th in protest of their supplying ICE with surveillance equipment.

Another NYCHA embarrassment. Dozens of apartments lost gas in the Rockaways last week and officials are estimating it could take up to two months to fix. In the meantime, they are distributing single-pot hot plates.

The best vegan pizza in the city, according to amNewYork.

Without a dedicated bus lane on the Williamsburg Bridge, the DOT’s shuttle bus plan for the L shutdown is a recipe for gridlockpocalypse.

“Careless cooking” caused a four-alarm fire at Szechuan Gourmet on 39th.

Marty Golden has come to his senses and is calling for the state senate to reconvene to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. While Golden looks good in this moment, do not forget that his refusal to back the commonsense put the senate in a place where it had to be reconvened.

Eater updated their map of legit happy hour deals.

Meet Mary French, the woman archiving New York City’s 140 cemeteries.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a second primary that she wasn’t involved in. The same night of her Democratic win in the 14th district, she also won the primary for the Reform Party in the 15th district with nine write-in votes. She declined the nomination.

Enjoy vertigo inducing views of the city without risking your life with vic.invades’s #LOOKDOWNSEASON.

Planned Parenthood endorsed Andrew Cuomo for Governor, citing his experience. “We need an experienced leader who will fight to protect New Yorkers from federal attacks on our rights an values.” -Robin Chappell Golston, Planed Parenthood President

Harvey Weinstein’s bail was set at $1 million, roughly 1% of his net worth. Is setting bail another way that the 1% receives preferential treatment?

Help liberate NYC from broken AC on the subway with Gothamist’s #WetheCommuters campaign.

The major power outage in Dyker Heights was caused by a ConEd worker who damaged equipment during routine maintenance.

City Winery will need a new home by 2020 to avoid being demolished by Mickey Mouse.

Legionnaires’ disease hit multiple people in lower Washington Heights in the last week with no reported deaths. If you have pneumonia-like symptoms, see a doctor asap.

A set of 31-foot long fingernails are the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square. Shridhar Chillal hadn’t cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952.