The Briefly for September 9, 2019 – The “Attacked by a Metal Banjo” Edition

New York’s new license plates have been chosen, a new tomato plant grows on the East River, the Port Authority’s new bus depot comes up short, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This week’s late-night subway service change lottery losers are the 3, 4, 6, A, F, N, and Q trains. And always the L train. (Subway Weekender)

This is our new license plate. (Patch)

For the people who loved the tomato plant discovered along the East River, here’s some good news: there is another. (NY Times)

The Charging Bull was attacked with a metal banjo. (NY Times)

It’s a nasty cycle. Bus service degrades to a point where walking will get you where you need to be faster. As a result of the poor service, ridership declines. The MTA doesn’t see the cause, just the effect, and along routes like the B38 and B54, they cut service to match the lowered demand. Now with the degraded service, the buses are still slow, still unreliable and now there are less of them. The MTA can’t fix the problems with the buses because that’s the Department of Transportation’s street designs and the NYPD’s lack of enforcement of what can make traffic flow easily and keep the streets safe for vehicles pedestrians and cyclists. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Friends (The worst show to celebrate in the age of Trump) experience pop-up on Mercer Street is all sold out, so some photos of the inside are all you’ll get unless more tickets become available. (Gothamist)

Bill de Blasio’s campaign for president hopefully ends on October 1st and someone should throw a party in celebration, especially if it means the mayor will stop doing things like show up on Tucker Carlson’s show looking for anyone who will support him. (Gothamist)

277 people leave New York for good every day, making it the #1 city people want to leave in the country. (Bloomberg)

Here comes fall, which means here comes food festivals. (6sqft)

The Apple cube is back on 5th Ave, and it’s trippy as hell. (Gothamist)

The Port Authority presented some of its ideas to replace the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and none of them accommodated services like Megabus, which use the sidewalks of midtown for their pickups and dropoffs, into their plans. There was worry that the Port Authority would eventually screw up replacing the bus terminal, and they are already meeting expectations. (Gothamist)

Digging in on bad ideas is now a hallmark of the mayor’s public statements. (Streetsblog)

Here are this week’s restaurants shut down by the Department of Health, including Tasty Popcorn Chicken in Queens with a whopping 121 violation points. (Patch)

New Yorkers already received over 1.25 billion robocalls this year. (Patch)

The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is an attempt to eat a slice of pizza in every borough in one day, only using public transportation. Think you have what it takes? (6sqft)

Take a look inside Bette Midler’s $50 million penthouse, which is for sale. (Curbed)

New York will soon get more Detroit-style pizza when Michigan chain Jet’s Pizza sets up its first outpost on Ninth Ave between 17th and 18th St. (Eater)

Last Thursday set the record for the most Citi Bike rides in a day with 90,000. (Streetsblog)

The historic boardwalk in Coney Island is landmarked, but still bears scars from Superstorm Sandy. If you walk west on the boardwalk, past the amusement zone, you’ll encounter a section of plywood boards that freeze over in the winter. You’ll see nails sticking up, you’ll see missing boards, plants growing through, and other hazards. Residents are sick of it and are demanding change. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The governor is flirting with the idea of holding the 2020 New York presidential primaries to February, one day after the Iowa caucuses. (NY Times)

Texting while crossing the street is safe, according to a new study by the Department of Transportation. Remember this the next time some old fuddy-duddy tries to argue otherwise. (NY Times)

Joe Namath is selling his (empty) $1.19 Upper West Side duplex. (I Love the Upper West Side)

There are more hate crimes against black people in NYC this year, but there were more arrests in cases with hate crimes against white people, according to numbers released by the NYPD. (Patch)

A look at five new restaurants in the city. (amNY)

A Times Square Elmo was arrested for groping a teenage girl. (Pix 11)

The history of Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden. (Ephemeral New York)

15 places to try when the company is picking up the tab for lunch. (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for July 10, 2019 – The “20,000 People Buried Under Washington Square Park” Edition

Today’s US Women’s National Team parade, a series of stabbings, here comes an express F train, the latest in the BQE rehab, Arcade Bakery is closing, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Saw Mill Playground in Mott Haven reopened with the added bonus of being outfitted with infrastructure that can handle stormwater runoff, up to 1.3 million gallons a year. (Bronx Times)

The cross-town rivalry has been rekindled, but replace town with the country. With DeNiro opening a new studio complex and Netflix expanding big in New York, we’re ready to challenge Hollywood. (NY Times)

Transit Alternatives held a “mass die-in” in Washington Square Park on Tuesday, protesting the street safety crisis that has lead to 15 cyclists killed by drivers in 2019. (amNY)

If you’re someone who gets creeped out at the idea of bodies being buried in common locations in the city, this story isn’t for you. Bone fragments that were found during construction in Washington Square Park were removed during construction will be reinterred at the park. Washington Square Park was once a potter’s field, a common mass grave, and there’s an estimated 20,000 who were buried there. (Downtown Express)

Everyone loves a sale, except when it comes to real estate. It’s counter-intuitive, but the numbers show that price cuts on homes in NYC don’t work in the same fashion as they do at Old Navy. (Street Easy)

If you’re looking for your first home to purchase, congrats, NYC is among the country’s worst places to buy your first home thanks to metrics like friendliness to first-time buyers, affordability, real estate taxes, and crime. (Patch)

8 no car needed day trips away from the city. (NY Times)

Take a look at the first section of Shirley Chisholm State Park that recently opened. (Untapped Cities)

You can live like a convicted felon! Two of Paul Manafort’s homes are for sale as he sits in jail for seven-and-a-half years. (Street Easy)

So, uh, maybe in 2019 it’s time for Big Gay Ice Cream to change the name of their “Salty Pimp” ice cream? (Eater)

The mayor is calling for more transparency and oversight surrounding taxi medallions after a 45-day review of what’s lead to the financial crisis in the taxi industry. Medallion owners and a portion of the city council were calling for a bailout, but the mayor’s plan falls short of including one. (Gothamist)

The Wing is expanding its women-only coworking empire with an additional outpost in Williamsburg and another in Bryant Park. (Curbed)

The mayor’s plan to close Rikers, explained. (Curbed)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams isn’t having it, asking the city to reduce the size of the detention complex planned for Atlantic Avenue to 900 beds from 1,150. Adams also requesting for more health services in jails to reduce recidivism. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If you never want your Stranger Things experience to end, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein are performing music from the show in October at Brooklyn Steel. Tickets go on sale this Friday. (BrooklynVegan)

Has summer finally made the city feral? A New Jersey man crashed his car into a blockade near a federal building downtown claiming he had a bomb in his car. The bomb squad determined he did not. (Gothamist)

A woman was stabbed to death at the Sutter Avenue-Rutland Road 3 train station on Monday night. Someone was taken into custody, but no charges were files at publication. (amNY)

A woman was stabbed in the Gowanus Whole Foods parking lot on Monday night. A suspect, Rodney Robinson, was arrested and charged. The victim was treated at a nearby hospital. (Gothamist)

One of the city’s go-to spots for French pastries, Arcade Bakery, will be closing. Roger Gural cites rheumatoid arthritis as the reason he’s closing. (Eater)

Roger Gural’s and Karen Bornarth’s recipe for croissants. With 33 steps, it’s probably easier to experience them yourself at the bakery. (Serious Eats)

The NYPD wasted no time towing cars away from the newly demapped area of Willets Point, freeing up the area for redevelopment. (QNS)

It’s an alternative community art space that’s in the location of a former taxi cab garage. No, this one’s no in Bushwick, it’s in Astoria. (We Heart Astoria)

There are 114 uncounted votes in the Katz/Cabán primary that were rejected for errors by poll workers. The current vote separation is 16 and are hundreds of ballots that were rejected and with such a slim lead, each one will become a legal fight of its own. (The Indypendent)

Watch a time-lapse of the installation of Phenomenal Nature—Mrinalini Mukherjee at the Met Breuer. (Viewing NYC)

The BQE rehab panel won’t accept any new concepts and have hinted that they will be suggesting a less severe plan than the ones that would require the removal of the Brooklyn Promenade. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here comes DragCon. (amNY)

How to watch today’s U.S. Women’s National Team’s parade, which starts at 9:30 this morning. (Curbed)

Some Nike subway ads featuring Megan Rapinoe were vandalized in what the NYPD says is a potential hate crime. (amNY)

When the parade is all over, 350 sanitation workers and 19 trucks will begin their job of cleaning up the revelry. (amNY)

Pre-foreclosures are up 43% in the city, with the largest number of them coming from East New York. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The MTA is adding some F express trains in Brooklyn to the morning and evening commutes in an attempt to shave some commuting times down. (amNY)

9 great theater district restaurants for before or after a show. (NY Times)

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The Briefly for July 1, 2019 – The “If You’re Going to Use Cocaine, Use It With Someone Else” Edition

Lots of photos from this weekend’s marches, the best hot dogs, the Guggenheim’s staff unionizes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

For the week of July 4, subway service disruptions are reduced, but that doesn’t mean zero. (Subway Weekender)

A look at the weather ahead: There’s a chance of rain later in the week, which potentially isn’t great for firework revelers. (amNY)

A focus on the 14 cyclists who died in crashes in the first half of 2019. The last two, Robyn Hightman, 20, and Ernest Askew 57, died last week. (Patch)

If you’re on the Coney Island Boardwalk in the future and you see “‘Rusty’ Kanokogi Way,” know it’s in honor of the mother of women’s judo. Kanokogi, born Rena Glickman, got her start with a haircut, taped down breasts and winning a championship match while disguised as a man. She was found out to be a woman, but that wouldn’t stop her. The community board voted to honor her by renaming a part of the Boardwalk in her honor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“If you’re going to use cocaine, use it with someone else.” Real advice from the commissioner from the Department of Health. In an effort to fight opioid overdoses, the DOH has is visiting bars to provide Naloxone kits. The worry isn’t that someone can’t handle their cocaine, but that it’s laced with fentanyl. Doing cocaine in pairs is to ensure someone can call 911. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence is in New York this week, on display at the New York Public Library for you Nic Cage types. (6qsft)

The city is rejecting Title X funding as a result of an abortion gag rule put in place by the Trump administration. Under the new rule, any facility that provides abortions is ineligible for funding under the new rule, and the city has no plans on allowing that to happen. (amNY)

Manitoba’s, the East Village punk rock bar, is closed. While the reason is unknown, it seems like the bar simply ran out of money. (@handsomedickmanitoba)

ThriveNYC, in an attempt to justify its continued existence, has decided that measurable outcomes are finally worthwhile. The program, spearheaded by the mayor’s wife, has already spent over half a billion dollars with nearly another billion committed to it and it wasn’t until the city council asked to see results that the ball started rolling on metrics. (Gotham Gazette)

While Tiffany Cabán has been accepted as the de facto winner of the Queens DA election, the results aren’t certified with only 98.58% of the votes counted and thousands of absentee and paper ballots to be checked. Cabán’s lead is 1,090 votes as of Monday morning. (Sunnyside Post)

MAGA hat-wearing jackass Willie Ames was convicted of a hate crime for yelling slurs about Mexicans while pushing a man onto the subway tracks in April. (Gothamist)

Workers at the Guggenheim voted to unionize, joining the same union that represents workers at MoMA PS1. They join workers at BAM and the New Museum in unionizing in a movement across the city focused on cultural organizations. (NY Times)

Is there anything a greater threat to our way of life than a nipple on social media? Eva Mueller was one of 125 nude protesters in Astor Place earlier this month, working towards the liberation of the human body in her art. Banned multiple times from social media, Mueller doesn’t plan on stopping her fight against what she sees as censorship. (Bushwick Daily)

Real estate brokers have, unsurprisingly, protested the city council’s cap on their fees. You’d protest too. (Gothamist)

This week’s high score for health department code violation points is 150. For reference, 28 points will earn you a C. Here’s this week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health. (Patch)

Today’s the start of the 14th St busway, but it’s not. A NY Supreme Court judge blocked the Third-to-Ninth Ave busway as a result of a lawsuit from residents of the West Village, Chelsea, and the Flatiron District. (Curbed)

The city’s schools will allow students to officially change their gender but in the spirit of never completely solving a problem, there will only be two gender options, leaving students who don’t identify as male or female in the cold. (Patch)

Say hello to some real trash designs. Two new prototypes for garbage cans across the city have been revealed as a part of the BetterBin competition. (Gothamist)

Today’s freak shows are similar to the shows of a century ago in name only. Meet the freaks of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. (Patch)

Photos from the Pride March. (NY Times)

No, lots of photos from the Pride March. (BrooklynVegan)

There were an estimated 150k marchers, so “a lot” of photos doesn’t seem to cover it. (amNY)

The Queer Liberation March asked “Justice and change, or corporate pride?” in its presentation as an alternative. There were photos. (NY Times)

Some photo galleries included photos from the Queer Liberation March along with the Pride March. (Patch)

The Dyke March, another less-corporate Pride March alternative also has its own photo galleries. (NY Times)

There are multiple Dyke March galleries too, documenting the March’s 27th year. (Gothamist)

Some Dyke March galleries, like parts of the march itself, are NSFW. (BrooklynVegan)

Pride weekend started off with the Drag March, an event that is 25 years old and has its roots in drag queens and leathermen not being allowed to march in the Pride March for fear of scaring off the corporate sponsors. One of the original organizers of the drag march was Gilbert Baker, designer of the rainbow flag. The march is unpermitted and unsanctioned. There are, of course, photos. (Gothamist)

And even more photos from the Drag March! (EV Grieve)

The firve best hot dogs in the city. (Thrillist)

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