The Briefly for February 4, 2019 – The “Who Are These Monsters Drinking Iced Coffee?” Edition

Dunkin Donuts runs New York, the teen who was serially stealing MTA buses has been caught, a shooting on a subway platform and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

2018 was a record year for the amount of passengers at the city’s airports. The number of passengers continues to increase and planned renovations to the airports do nothing to increase overall capacity. Sounds like a good plan, right? (amNY)

A look inside C.O. Bigelow Apothecary, the oldest pharmacy in the United States, with Ian Ginsberg, the Indiana Jones of apothecary. (NY Times)

Here’s what would happen if the admissions test for the top high schools in the city were eliminated, according to the Independent Budget Office. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center went without heat, hot water, or essential services during last week’s cold snap. There was an electrical fire at the jail last weekend which may have been the culprit for the ongoing partial power outage. (Gothamist)

A protest at the MDC ended poorly, with an officer pepper spraying the crowd. (NY Post)

Another day, another institution closing. After 29 years, Azuri Cafe in Hell’s Kitchen is suddenly closed and cleaned out. (Eater)

Who are these monsters drinking iced coffee in 5° weather? (Gothamist)

New York doesn’t run on Dunkin. Dunkin Donuts runs New York. Whatever you think of it, Dunkin Donuts is the most popular chain restaurant everywhere but Manhattan, where it’s #2 behind Starbucks. (Very Small Array)

Boerum Hill residents were urged to stay in their homes on Friday while cars in the neighborhood were busy immolating themselves. (Gothamist)

The 15 tallest buildings in Manhattan. (StreetEasy)

Complain all you’d like about the new higher rates in Lyfts and Ubers, but it guarantees the drivers a $17.22 wage after expenses. (Mashable)

Senator Chuck Schumer’s communications director was forced out of his job after the 2018 elections due to inappropriate sexual contact with junior staffers. The senator’s office issued a short statement and that’s the end of it. Maybe Mayor de Blasio should take note. (NY Post)

The Muslim Community Patrol & Services was greeted as warmly as you might expect. The MCPS is similar to the Shomrim, which patrols Hasidic neighborhoods. (NY Times)

If you’ve never been inside a $21 million home, this video will be the closest you’ll come. (Viewing NYC)

Without the L train shutdown, what will happen to the new bike lanes on 12th and 13th? (amNY)

The teen stealing MTA buses was caught, ending the most reliable bus service the city has seen in multiple years. (NY Post)

The city is far from 1990 levels of crime, but transit crimes were up 3.8% last year. (NY Times)

A man was shot dead on the platform at the 90th Street-Elmhurst Av subway station Sunday afternoon. (Jackson Heights Post)

This is a very specific list. Almost too specific. “Where To Go That’s Like Kiki’s But Isn’t Actually Kiki’s.” Is this helpful? (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Bird Hipsters Cared About Ducks Before It Was Cool” Edition

The Manhattan Ikea has an address (and Bloomingdale’s has a new neighbor), Joseph Esposito is Schrödinger’s head of OEM, the MTA focuses on fare evaders, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Monday’s awful commute was brought to you by the F and G trains, with support from the N. No word yet on how the new signals on the 7 train functioned. (NY Post)

The couple who lost their engagement ring during a botched engagement in Times Square were reunited with their ring. (Gothamist)

The only place to get your Game of Thrones MetroCards are at Grand Central Terminal starting today. (Gothamist)

The planned Manhattan Ikea has an address. At the corner of E 59th Street and Third Ave, Bloomingdale’s will have a new Swedish neighbor. (6sqft)

Where’s the center of NYC? (Untapped Cities)

The most chronically flooded streets in the city. (Curbed)

NYC’s brand new breed, the Bird Hipster, cared about seeing birds before it became everyone’s Mandarin Crush Monday. (NY Times)

Two Boots has a tax problem. The Hell’s Kitchen location was seized by the state for $175,426 in unpaid taxes. You could really help them out by buying 6,060 large “The Dude” pies. (Eater)

Modern day Santa Claus, who is very real and busy at work making LOL dolls and Nintendo Switches, was created by a group of NYC artists in the early 1800s. (6sqft)

The rats have taken the subways. (Gothamist)

At 1:37pm, Joseph Esposito, the head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, was fired for the city’s handling of the November 15 snow storm. At 2:37pm, Mr. Esposito was still in his office, working, despite being “fired” last Friday. At 12:26am, he was staying in his job until a successor is found. Why is the mayor so bad at firing top officials? (NY Post, NY Times, and NY Post, respectively)

Before 9/11, immigrants could get drivers licenses in New York, regardless of their legal status. Immigrant rights advocates are pushing to get that law back on the books. (Gothamist)

The worst commutes of 2018, in book form, dedicated to Governor Cuomo. (Riders Alliance)

The MTA and NYC Transit President Andy Byford are focused on fare evasion, because that is the real problem with our transit. (NY Post)

More bad news for Brooklyn’s Winterfest. They cut back days, limited the hours, hired a new event manager, issued refunds, and all previously paid attractions are free. (Gothamist)

The NYPD discouraged NYC’s Deputy Human Rights Commissioner from reporting a racist encounter on the 1 train. (Gothamist)

New York is the third worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country, according to The Americans for Tort Reform Foundation. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe has a new home on Montague Street. One of the city’s few places you can get a fresh cup of coffee and a rescue kitten to go. (Brooklyn Paper)

Bleecker Street, 2018 New York City’s version of Stars Hollow. Things really have changed. (NY Times)

If you’ve run out of date ideas for cuffing season, here’s a list for you. (Thrillist)

The 10 best dishes at Chelsea Market. (Eater)

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The Briefly for October 22, 2018 – The “I Can Only Search You If You Consent” Edition

Everyone is willing to debate without Governor Cuomo, September was “encouraging” for the MTA, Brooklyn’s witched hexed Kavanaugh, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway service changes. (Subway Changes)

“I can only search you if you consent.” After a four year fight, The Right to Know Act is in effect as of Friday. The NYPD must inform you of your right to refuse a search and also must give you a business card if you're stopped, frisked, or searched. (Gothamist)

Geoffrey Young and John Kinsman, members of the hate group Proud Boys, were arrested and charged with gang assault, attempted assault, riot, and criminal possession of a weapon as a result of the fight that broke out last week. More arrests are expected. (amNY)

Witches in Brooklyn placed a hex on Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday. Did it take hold or did the dozen Christians praying outside in protest prevent the hex? (NY Post)

Manhattan is #1! The #1 most expensive place in the world per square foot. (Viewing NYC)

Rockefeller University Hospital revealed that Dr. Reginald Archibald, a noted pediatrician, who worked at the hospital had been sexually abused and raping children for for decades. Archibald died in 2007 and the hospital is asking former patients to contact them. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s ‘Haunted Subway’ is as scary to kids as a regular commute is scary to adults. (NY Post)

The median asking rent in Bushwick has hit the all-time high of $2,599, which is 80% higher than $1,433, the average rent paid. (Bushwick Daily)

So what’s the story with the guillotine on a rooftop in Greenpoint? (Gothamist)

There’s a $16 million mansion on the Upper West Side that will accept bitcoin, which won’t necessary after you win the $1.6 billion MegaMillions, right? (6sqft)

Cardi B, hero. (People)

The Bowery’s lighting district lost its biggest store. (Bowery Boogie)

The 16 finest restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. (Eater)

Governor Cuomo (finally) agreed to a gubernatorial debate with Marc Molinaro. (NY Post)

The tickets might be expensive, but it might be worth it to go to a movie theater that’s 21+ after 6pm. (Gothamist)

IUDs will be available at the city’s 11 public hospitals and six ambulatory care centers thanks to a new initiative from the de Blasio administration. (amNY)

A white middle school teacher was fired for making black students in the Bronx re-enact slavery scenes. Patricia Cummings, the teacher in question, denies these claims. (NY Post)

Do you know what the early signs of the measles looks like? It’s ridiculous that we have to have this conversation, but since six children in Williamsburg have the measles, here we are. (Bklyner)

The nanny accused of multiple stabbings inside a day are center, including a 13-day-old baby, is mounting an insanity defense. (NY Post)

September’s subway performance was “very encouraging” according to NYC Transit President Andy Byford. There were only 63,841 delays, the lowest since August 2017. (NY Post)

After an NYPD body camera caught fire, the department is pulling 2,990 from use. (NY Times)

The city’s most endangered buildings. (Curbed)

The Clinton Hill community board just approved a B.I.G. change to St James Place. (Brooklyn Paper)


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