The Briefly for October 30, 2019 – The “Would You Like A Cocktail For Your Subway Ride?” Edition

Pete Wells drops zero stars on Peter Luger, Elizabeth Warren endorses Jumaane Williams, the 4/5/6 gets a speed increase, stealing an ATM, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Sections of the 4, 5, and 6 lines have had speed increases north of Canal Street that will go into effect this Friday. (amNewYork)

A duplex with a rooftop pool in Flatiron, only $30 million. (Curbed)

Video: Watch someone try to do a wheelie across the entire Brooklyn Bridge during rush hour. (r/nyc)

F&F Pizzeria gets high marks from Ryan Sutton at Eater, comparing the pizza to Scarr’s and Paulie Gee’s. (Eater)

Some people try to steal money from ATMs, others just steal the whole ATM. (Gothamist)

9 best dog breeds for NYC apartments. The real answer is to adopt a dog from a shelter. (6sqft)

Before phones or even telegraphs, fire watchtowers overlooked the city. Designated a landmark in 1967, the Harlem Fire Watchtower is the last of its kind in the city and its five-year restoration is complete. (Untapped Cities)

For a brief time in 1962, there was a bar on the subway, along with flowers, carpeting, draperies, and pastel lighting. Cheers to an awful idea! (Gothamist)

It’s official: Peter Luger is dead. ZERO stars from Pete Wells. (NY Times)

Let the Peter Luger opinions commence! (Eater)

Industry City submitted its expansion plans to the city. The approval process is seven months long and is still in question as Councilmember Carlos Menchaca hasn’t given the plan his thumbs up. (Kings County Politics)

As the temperatures dip, it’s important to know your rights as a renter when it comes to heat and hot water. (StreetEasy)

Ahead of a possible rezoning, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated five Gowanus buildings as historic. (Brownstoner)

The minimum-wage increase in New York has lead to revenue and employment increases in restaurants, according to a study by the National Employment Law Project. The job growth is stronger than 12 other cities without minimum-wage increases. (Grub Street)

Read hero Kelly Bachman’s piece in the Times, explaining why she spoke up calling out Harvey Weinstein in the crowd at a show. (NY Times)

The population of Rikers Island is down, but reports of officers using force is at its highest since a federal monitor was installed four years ago. (Gothamist)

Rikers is supposed to close in 2026, but Governor Cuomo has his doubts. (amNewYork)

Say hello to the spookiest house in all of Brooklyn. (Gothamist)

Elizabeth Warren endorsed Jumaane Williams for reelection as public advocate. This is your daily reminder that early voting is now available. (Politico)

The Museum of Food and Drink is in Williamsburg, which feels right. (Atlas Obscura)

Housing Works employees walked off the job for an hour to demand better pay and working conditions and in an effort to have their efforts to form a union recognized. (Gothamist)

Why hasn’t the MTA hired additional workers to clean the subways? Are clean subways not as important as The transit union’s $500 contest for the filthiest subway car has yielded some nasty results. (Patch)

The Briefly for October 28, 2019 – The “NYC’s Ten Most Affordable Neighborhoods” Edition

The late-night subway disruptions, Wegmans’ opening day, the subway bandit is back, the JMZ elevated track is falling apart, top-notch Brazilian and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late-night subway disruptions are pretty rough, hitting the 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, A, D, E, J, and L trains. (Subway Weekender)

Reports from the first day of early voting. (Politico)

Here’s your info on early voting locations and this year’s ballot questions.

Keith Haring’s ‘Crack is Wack’ mural is back. (6sqft)

The ten most affordable neighborhoods in NYC. (Curbed)

Today is the day when the City Council will vote on disciplining Andy King for violating the anti-harassment policy, using city funds to plan a retreat timed to his daughter’s vacation, and firing staff members he thought were cooperating with the investigation into his activities. (NY Times)

Everything you need to know about the 2019 NYC marathon. (Curbed)

Time to pay your overdue library fees to the Brooklyn Public Library, they’re nearly a quarter billion dollars behind on their funding. (Brooklyn Paper)

New York is the third-worst rat-infested city in the nation according to Orkin. (Patch)

Here’s something different. A piece of an elevated subway track smashed through a car and it wasn’t the 7 train. This time around it was the J/M/Z near Myrtle Ave and Broadway. (Gothamist)

Just in case you thought the “Watchtower Sign Becomes A Welcome Sign” story was over, you’re wrong. Whoever takes over the lease can replace the sign to say whatever they want. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go when you don’t want to make a big deal about your anniversary. (The Infatuation)

The one-star reviews are pouring in for the Downtime Bar, which allowed Harvey Weinstein through its doors and kicked out the women who confronted him instead of Weinstein. (Yelp)

The Department of Environmental Conservation gave the go-ahead to turn 18 acres of wetlands in Staten Island to a BJ’s. (Gothamist)

The latest city food trend is Cantonese rice noodle rolls. (Eater)

The subway brake bandit Isaiah Thompson is back, with his latest crime being pushing a woman down onto the subway platform. He was arrested shortly afterward. (Gothamist)

If your Halloween BINGO card had “black children being portrayed hanging with nooses in a window in Clinton Hill,” it’s time to see if you have BINGO. (NY Times)

One day we will have to reckon with the traffic apocalypse that Amazon’s one-day delivery will rain down upon us. (NY Times)

Sunday’s rain did not deter the Wegmaniacs from showing up in droves. (NY Times)

Where to go for top-notch Brazilian food in the city. (Eater)

The Briefly for October 25, 2019 – The Weekend “Does Brooklyn Have An Accent?” Edition

The weekend’s subways, the five ballot questions this year, early voting locations, a record shop with a bathtub, Wegmans has arrived and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Celebrating Halloween this weekend? Getting around on the trains is gonna be tough. Check the disruptions before making plans. (Subway Weekender)

Early voting starts tomorrow for this year’s elections. Here are the five ballot questions that we will be voting on, on top of the election positions. For what it’s worth, I endorse voting yes to all five.

Here’s how the top city officials stand on the questions. (Gotham Gazette)

Parents are upset that early voting is taking place in city schools for nine days and as a result, the children lose access to some of their gyms, play yards, and cafeterias for the week. They’re hoping to have the schools removed from next year’s list of early voting locations. (Gothamist)

The Times asks the question no one wants to ask when it comes to early voting. “What could go wrong?” (NY Times)

This Sunday Wegmans opens its doors in Brooklyn. Check out photos from inside my wife’s favorite grocery store (Time Out)

Does Brooklyn have an accent? What about Queens? A linguist is arguing no. (Gothamist)

5 reportedly haunted destinations near the city. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Fired NYPD officer and asshole Daniel Pantaleo, responsible for the chokehold that led to Eric Garner’s death, is suing the city to get his job back. (Politico)

Wanna buy a grocery chain? Fairway Market is up for sale. (Grocery Dive)

The record shop Etiquette, which also sports a bathtub inside it isn’t in Bushwick, but it is in Williamsburg. (Bedford + Bowery)

Safe to Say This Is Williamsburg’s Only Record Shop/Cafe With a Bathtub?

The Brooklyn Watchtower sign will be replaced with a “WELCOME” sign, which is supposed to let the world know that Brooklyn “is an inviting place.” (6sqft)

Edge, an observation deck 1,131 feet above the city at the top of a tower in Hudson Yards, has begun to sell tickets for its March 11, 2020 opening. Edge is billing itself as the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere at the building’s 100th and 101st floor. (Curbed)

Where are all of Brooklyn’s young Republicans? (Red Hook Star-Revue)

Mayor de Blasio, feeling a need to say something when saying nothing would also suffice, wants everyone to know that if President Trump shot someone on 5th Ave, the NYPD would arrest him. Thanks Bill, helpful as always. (Politico)

Turns out some people in the city’s government are a bit concerned about German porn star Annina Ucatis’s private tour of One Police Plaza earlier this week. (Patch)

30,000 students will take the Specialized High School Admissions Test this weekend. Here is the status of the push to eliminate the test. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If you see Harvey Weinstein in public in NYC, feel free to tell him to his rapist face to go to hell. Kudos to Kelly Bachman, Amber Rollo, and Zoe Stuckless, who called him out at Downtime Bar this week. (Jezebel)

Podcast: Five comedians on their Brooklyn experiences on the latest episode of Brooklyn This Week. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

NYC’s 21 best splurge meals. (Eater)