The Briefly for November 2, 2018 – The “Brooklyn Witches Are at it Again” Edition

A pumpkin-impalement record, a newspaper grows in Brooklyn, where to watch the marathon on Sunday, Harvey Weinstein is accused of assaulting a teenager, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway service doesn’t have any major outages, but it doesn’t mean that the random bits of train lines (No F between Church Ave and Coney Island, the G isn’t running north of Nassau Ave, the A running on the F between W 4th and Jay St) are closed or doing some weird stuff. (Subway Stats)

Construction on the L train will be tough on the East Village, but the MTA has made a few concessions like switching the lighting from diesel to electric, stopping construction at 10pm instead of 11, and installing air quality sensors. (Town & Village)

Hex Kavanaugh 2: Electric Boogaloo. (Catland)

The city will spend $2 million to renovate Selma’s House, an extension of the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona. (Jackson Heights Post)

Q&A with State Senator Marty Golden. (Bklyner) Everyone hates Marty. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Governor Cuomo no showed the League of Women Voters debate, as expected. (NY Post)

Knife confiscations are up by 20% in the city’s schools. Yikes. (NY Post)

10 great places to eat vegan in Astoria. (We Heart Astoria)

Democrats added 158,000 new voters in the last six months, while Republicans added 1,435 new voters. Will this turn the tide on New York City’s sorry level of voter participation? (NY Post)

The 14 best burgers in the city. (Gothamist)

The best spots to watch Sunday’s NYC Marathon. (StreetEasy) Here’s the marathon route.

After Mayor de Blasio bungled the one year memorial for the West Side Highway terror attack, he’s blaming his staff for forgetting to read the names of the eight victims and forgetting to invite the victim’s loved ones until the last minute. (NY Post)

Is the city ready for college dorm style “co-living?” (6sqft)

What’s going to happen to Central Park’s famous new Mandarin Duck? It’ll be welcome to stay as long as it likes, but don’t feed it break or pretzels. (Gothamist)

The Art Students League of New York’s The Masters exhibit shows off 100 works from former students and teachers, including Norman Rockwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Ai Weiwei, and others.

A new pumpkin-impalement record was set by Jane Greengold! Stop by the corner of Kane Street and Strong Place in Cobble Hill to see all 224 impaled pumpkins while they rot. (Bedford + Bowery)

Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl during what she believed to be a job meeting in 2002. (Gothamist)

The city has had a troublesome increase in anti-Semitic incidents as of late. The latest is swastikas spray painted on 72nd St. (Gothamist) The NYPD is still searching for the suspect who spray painted swastikas on a Brooklyn Heights garage. (Bklyner)

The hottest restaurants in Brooklyn. (Eater)

Who’s crazy enough to start a newspaper in 2018? Bklyner is.


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The Briefly for October 30, 2018 – The “Couldn’t They Wait Until After Halloween?” Edition

The NYPD starts a crackdown on sanitation companies, Hurricane Sandy six years later, the NYPL gets an exclusive black card, another reason why the subways are slow, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Imagine being pulled over for doing 35 mph in a 50 mph speed zone. Now you know the frustration that subway operators face on a regular basis due to faulty signal timers, which leads to lagging subway speeds. (amNY)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been chosen. They couldn’t wait until after Halloween? (NY Post)

If you stand in the lobby of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you are with one of America’s greatest poets. Underneath the lobby are the remains of Langston Hughes. (Atlas Obscura)

Do you love fried chicken? Do you love it enough to wait in line for 20 hours in the rain? (Eater)

Activists held a “die-in” at Trump Tower on the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting the city with a plea for the president to act to reduce global warming. They are also asking the NY Legislature to pass the Climate and Community act, which would reduce levels 100% by 2050. (amNY) Here’s how the city is preparing for the next Hurricane Sandy. (Curbed)

The new, limited edition, “Knowledge is Power” black NYPL card is pretty slick. First come first served and there’s only 70,000 available. (6sqft)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill thinks more guns is not the solution; to the country’s gun violence problem and credits New York City’s tough gun laws for our current record lows. (NY Post)

The former J&R buildings near City Hall will be replaced by parks, public libraries and schools. 😂 Just kidding it’ll be million dollar plus condos. (Cubed)

Two years ago, Zaida Pugh dumped 600 crickets and mealworms on her fellow D train passengers as they crossed the Manhattan Bridge, causing someone to pull the emergency brake. That stranded the train on the bridge for an hour. Always remember that your commute could be worse. (NY Post)

The greatest pizza places in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

Why the hell does it seem like the Harvey Weinstein case is falling apart? (NY Times)

A very rare duck has found its way to Central Park and bird twitter is very excited. (Gothamist)

60% of all new apartments built in the city by 2020 will be in Brooklyn or Queens. (Curbed)

The two women found dead and duct taped together in the Hudson River have been identified as Tala and Rotana Farea, but how they ended up there is still under investigation. (Gothamist)

Apple takes the stage at BAM today (Tuesday) to announce (rumored) new iPads and computers. (Digg)

An NYU professor who refers to himself as “The Anti-PC Professor” invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak to his class as a challenge to what he perceives as the university’s censorship. This should go well. (Gothamist)

Target’s NYC takeover continues, with Columbus Circle getting a “small-format” stone in 2019. (6sqft)

The NYPD is beginning to crack down on private sanitation companies after the industry’s “constant disregard for the law,” according to Chief of Department of the NYPD Terence Monahan. (Streetsblog)

Do you know your hurricane evacuation zone number? (nyc.gov)

It’s like a bar, but without alcohol. (Free Williamsburg)


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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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