The Briefly for May 24, 2019 – The “Human Rights Violations by the MTA” Edition

How to get around and what to eat and drink Memorial Day weekend, the ACC is looking for people to hang out with dogs, commuting from the suburbs sucks, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Everything you need to know about getting around in NYC during Memorial Day weekend, including all of the normal weekend disruptions that bleed through to Monday. (6sqft)

If you love dogs but can’t have one in your apartment, here’s a compromise. The city’s Animal Care Centers is looking for people who take a shelter dog out for some fun for a few hours. Go to the park to play, go for a long walk with your new best friend, go for a car ride, or a dog-friendly restaurant, it doesn’t matter. Give one of these dogs a break from shelter life. It’s all part of the “BoroughBreak” program, which starts up this weekend. (amNY)

This is the jackass pulling the emergency brakes on the subways. (amNY)

The MTA is on the verge of a state human rights violation by constantly failing to install elevators. In the words of the judge “There has to be action, no more talk.” (Gothamist)

A Brooklyn Community Board bought a $26k SUV, which just so happened to have its own parking space across the street from the board’s manager Gerald Esposito. Why did they buy it? “To go different places.” (The City)

Your guide to the food at Rockaway Beach. (Gothamist)

The Queens Zoo has two new fluffy babies in Brienne and Benny, a pair of Andean bears. (amNY)

What makes you a regular? Weekly visits? A drink named after you? “The usual?” (NY Times)

Cellino & Barnes, the comedy, is coming to Park Slope. (Viewing NYC)

“When one attorney refused to acquiesce, respondent Barnes called him a ‘f—ing coward and vowed that respondent Barnes ‘will remember this.” Here’s a history on the infamous breakup of two NYC famous lawyers. (The Cut)

The Port Authority is drowning in people and buses and something has to change. (Curbed)

If you’re flying out of Newark this weekend, sorry to hear it, but here’s a list of where to eat in EWK. (Eater)

It’s Memorial Day weekend. Let’s start worrying about hurricanes. (Patch)

The 7 train has been literally falling apart, but the MTA doesn’t think that danger is enough to put netting under the platforms to protect the cars below. (The City)

The city’s libraries need about $35 million in additional funding, but they received an $11 million cut from Mayor de Blasio. This is poor timing because the libraries are expected to play a big part in the 2020 census, which the mayor claims to be a priority. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Welcome to the Mr. Jones Supper Club, the city’s most exclusive dining experience. (Great Big Story)

Over a quarter million people move out of the city every year and move to the suburbs, where they find that their commutes still suck. (Gothamist)

Corey Johnson has put a bill forward that is a ten-year roadmap to breaking the city’s car culture. (Curbed)

Penn Station, the city’s festering exit wound,” sucks, but here are a few tips to make it a slightly less nightmarish hellscape. (Gothamist)

The state’s legislature says it’s time to end the state’s ban on “gravity” knives. The governor has vetoed similar bills twice, but with evidence that the law is selectively enforced against people of color and a recent judge called it “unconstitutional,” he may sign it into law this time. (Patch)

Here’s news you don’t want to hear. Some of the city’s water fountains contain up to 50x the federally allowed amount of lead. 4.5% of early tests came back positive for lead. The entire city is scheduled to be tested by June 14. (Gothamist)

Diners have been an important part of the city for decades, but real estate developers and rising costs of rent have been poisoning diner culture and they’re in danger of disappearing. (NY Times)

The Bowery Mural Wall is ready to turn over, but not without someone tagging the white wall first. (Bowery Boogie)

Hervey Weinstein, a real-world Cloverfield-style monster, tentatively reached a $44 million settlement to resolve the lawsuits against him. (NY Times)

The MTA’s Inspector General will be the sacrificial goat when it comes to the overtime scandal. Governor Cuomo is set to replace 12-year IG Barry Kluger with the governor’s Special Council for Public Integrity Carolyn Pokorny. Gothamist)

Who can you blame for your allergies? Men! Well, kinda. (Atlas Obscura)

Food and drink recommendations on Memorial Day from Grub Street. (Should be obvious this is from Grub Street)

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The Briefly for December 21, 2018 – The “What A Federal Shutdown Means for New York” Edition

Weekend subway changes, Pilotworks is dead (again), the Nobel Peace Prize winning Santa, the E and M trains get their own mini-shutdown, Christmas in the city, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway changes and construction. (Subway Weekender)

10 must-visit spots in Long Island City. You should probably visit before Bezos moves in. (Untapped Cities)

20 candidates in a 90 minute Q&A session. The Public Advocate election is getting crowded. (Bklyner)

The man who promised to save the dead Brooklyn food incubator Pilotworks has decided to back out of the deal. (Eater)

Here’s what a federal government shutdown would mean for New York City. (Patch)

The city’s Independent Budget Office says the city’s financial situation is “relatively strong,” but admits the city faces “significant uncertainty” around public services like the subway, the NYCHA, and public hospitals. (Metro)

Harvey Weinstein’s request to dismiss his sexual assault charge was denied and the case will go forward. (NY Times)

If you thought the L train shutdown or the BQE replacement was going to be a mess, just wait for the twenty year work on the Grand Central Terminal train shed. The train shed is the size of 20 football fields and runs from 42nd Street to 57th Street. (6sqft)

New York City is Atlas Obscura’s most popular destination of 2018. Duh. (amNY)

The man who portrays Santa in Bryant Park is a Nobel Peace Prize-winner for being a charter member of the American branch of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. What do you want for Christmas? This Santa already brought us a small slice of world peace. (amNY)

No matter how rough your SantaCon was, it wasn’t as bad as Christopher Visone’s, who just woke up from his medically induced coma. (Gothamist)

Parking Summons Advocate Jean Wesh will finally open his lower Manhattan office today after eight months being on the job. (NY Post)

Say goodbye to the E and M tunnel between Queens and Manhattan. It’s not exactly the L train shutdown, it will be closed from December 26 until December 31 for repairs. (LIC Post)

Calvert Vaux’s fingerprint is all over the city. Learn about the co-designer of Central Park and multiple landmarks across the city. (GVSHP)

So this is Christmas. How are you going to get around the city? (Curbed)

He snuck prostitutes into his apartment in suitcases and other details you didn’t want to know about Eliot Spitzer’s sex life. (NY Post)

L train shutdown be damned. Retail real estate in Williamsburg is the highest among 16 retail corridors in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If you’d rather do anything than take the train to Dyker Heights on a winter night, you can check out the photos instead. (amNY)

The city is lying when they boast about building 20.9 miles of protected bike lanes in 2018. The real number is 23% less. (Streetsblog)

Congestion pricing will not take effect January 1, thanks to a lawsuit on behalf of the taxi industry, claiming the practice is discriminatory. The ruling by Supreme Court Justice Martin Schulman will delay the start until a full hearing can be scheduled. (NY Post)

A little league baseball field isn’t the ideal location for a four year parking lot for construction vehicles, but that’s what the West Side Little League is looking at. (West Side Rag)

State Senator Kevin “Kill Yourself!” Parker is signing up for Thrive NYC’s mental-health courses after his outburst on Twitter. No word on what he’ll do about his car sporting the wrong license plate, a lapsed inspection, and an un-authorized parking placard. (NY Post)

A story of two old friends who met on New Year’s Eve on 1979 while watching the ball drop from their respective taxis, and how their close friendship has changed over the years to provide a support structure against the harshness of an uncaring city. (NY Times)

A look at ABC No Rio’s four story “Passive House” building, set to begin construction next year. (Bowery Boogie)

The 12 best restaurants in Brooklyn Heights. (GrubStreet)

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The Briefly for December 20, 2018 – The “Elon Musk Does Not Have An Office on the Lower East Side” Edition

The mayor supports legal pot, Amazon can’t save the BQX, WeWork may be headed for a rude awakening, three boozy Taco Bells are headed to Manhattan and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

If you’ve paid for Spectrum internet access, you are owed between $75 and $150. The $62.5 million direct refund is a result of Spectrum’s settlement with the NY Attorney General’s office. (Gothamist)

Plotting the city’s parks in the only universally understandable way: a subway-style map. (6sqft)

WeWork is growing at an alarming rate. Is the boom headed for a bust? (The Real Deal)

That “Boring” company on the Lower East Side isn’t Elon Musk, it’s an art installation that requires an appointment and an NDA. (Gothamist)

The mayor is throwing his weight behind legal marijuana with a 71-page report that also makes recommendations like a NYC sales tax, a minimum age of 21, encouraging diversity in the pot business, and more. (amNY)

If you missed the Nitehawk cinema opening in Park Slope, there are photos. (Brownstoner)

From 0 to 20 in 15 seconds! These new “faster” subways aren’t exactly… fast. (Curbed)

The site of the holy matrimony between Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley will become part of Amazon’s HQ2. (Untapped cities)

Why doesn’t NYC have micro-apartments like other cities? It’s all about the price per square foot. (StreetEasy)

The Frigid Fyre Fest has hit a new low. The WinterFest organizers are now threatening vendors who speak to the press. (Gothamist)

Landlords don’t like legislation that limits their ability to raise commercial rent. (The Real Deal)

The city’s worst landlord isn’t someone named Trump or Kushner, it’s the the city. (Curbed) An example? Meet the Moran family, who has been without heat for nearly 20 years. (NY Post)

Part bar, part retail and part… Taco Bell!? Yup, three boozy Taco Bells are headed for Manhattan so you can Live Más. (Eater)

Two bills are headed for City Council that could reshape safety in bars (and three Taco Bells in Manhattan) by making “harassment free” signage mandatory and mandatory sexual harassment prevention and intervention training for all nightlife security. (Brokelyn)

19 curries to try in NYC. (Eater)

The Brooklyn District Attorney is set to wipe out 1,400 warrants in misdemeanor weed possession cases and 28 convictions in the next 90 days. (NY Post)

The death of a woman found in the trash chute of a luxury building was ruled an accident. Here’s no answer about how it happened, but there is no suspicion of foul play. (NY Post)

The lawsuit preventing the American Museum on Natural History from expanding was appealed and construction is suspended until the case is settled. (Curbed)

Shekema Young, who was arrested for allegedly slashing two women on the bus, says she’s innocent and the two victims were threatening to take Miss Beezy, her shih tzu yorkie mix. (Gothamist)

The NYPD rescued a frightened and freezing kitten from the undercarriage a car. Nothing else, just some good news for your Thursday. (NY Post)

Even Amazon’s money can’t save the mayor’s pricey and ill-advised BQX streetcar plan. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

New York’s rape shield laws are supposed to protect victims, but in most cases it makes it “almost impossible to successfully prosecute rapists, let alone millionaire celebrity rapists” like Harvey Weinstein. (Gothamist)

The president and CEO of New York Public Radio, Laura R. Walker, will be stepping down after 23 years. Walker acknowledged during her time she prioritized growth over people, and the last year of her employ was highlighted with accusations of harassment and discrimination against hosts of popular shows. (NY Times)

The best bars in the city, according to Thrillist.

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