The Briefly for February 12, 2020 – The “Maybe You Have A Better Idea for This?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The latest on brokers fees, can you ever actually leave New York, a 10 layer sandwich to behold, Bloomberg doesn’t want you to hear this, and more

Today – Low: 38˚ High: 45˚
Rain in the evening and overnight.

Thursday is the deadline for you to change political parties in New York state. (NY1)

A draft of Citi Bike’s Bronx expansion, mapped. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

A water main breaks in New York City literally every day. There gas been more than 400 recorded water main breaks every years since 1998. It’s rare, but becoming decreasingly so, that they cause subway delays. (James Barron for NY Times)

The city, having given up on the idea of fixing the Brooklyn Bridge’s promenade, is asking you, yes you, to help come up with “creative improvements.” For being a finalist and solving a problem the city has been plagued with for years, you’ll earn yourself $13,000 and you’ve only got until April 5. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Video: The locksmith working out of Manhattan’s smallest building. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Thinking about moving? A guide of where to live in NYC• in 2020. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

Victor Calise could be the MTA’s first disabled board member. The mayor nominated Calise to fill the seat made vacant in April 2019 and still has another nomination to make. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Is J.G. Melon’s burger still among the city’s best burgers? According to Eater’s Ryan Rutton, it’s a simple answer of “no.” Order the chile con carne instead. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Nothing to see, just a car engulfed in flames in Crown Heights. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Photos and Video: Inside the home of Denny Daniel, which doubles as The Museum of Interesting Things. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

If you’re someone who has to conquer the biggest and the baddest challenges out there, maybe this 10-layer Mexican sandwich is your speed with hot dogs, ham, refried beans, beed Milanese, and more. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The REAL ID law is going to cause nightmares for everyone. Come October, you won’t be able to get on a domestic flight using your drivers license unless it’s a REAL ID license. The only way to get it is to physically go to the DMV, which is bound to cause a rush towards the end of the summer. Here’s what you need to know. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Where to eat in Manhattan’s Chinatown. (Eater)

It’s not common that a speakeasy and its cover story are both useful, but the newly opened The Little Shop near the South Street Seaport is a fully functioning bodega and speakeasy all wrapped into one. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Five legends of the Upper West Side. (Edgar Catasus for I Love the Upper West Side)

Get ready for a hand-painted Alice in Wonderland pop-up to dominate your Instagram feed starting next month. Behind the pop-up is Alexa Meade, the artist behind Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman music video (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

What happens when you leave New York City?” Easy answer, you fall of the face of the earth. (David Crook for StreetEasy)

The Tavern by WS at Hudson Yards is “better than it should be.” Two stars. (Pete Wells for NY Times)

First you didn’t have to pay a brokers fee and now you have to? Here’s what’s going on with the brokers fee system. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

Whoops, someone released a clip of Mike “please don’t say anything bad about me, I’ve spent a quarter billion dollars on this doomed presidential run” Bloomberg saying “The way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them against the wall and frisk them,” in defense of Stop and Frisk. Bloomberg apologized for Stop and Frisk last November and maybe he thinks that’s all he’ll ever have to say on this subject? (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The First Avenue L train station in Manhattan has a second new entrance on Avenue A. The entrance is not yet handicapped accessible and the MTA hopes elevators will be open by June. (Muhammad Rahman for Gothamist)

Meet the young district leader candidates looking to challenge Brooklyn’s democratic party’s status quo from the literal bottom up. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

13 bars to find a shot and beer combo for $5 or less. Unsurprisingly, I’ve been to all of these bars. (Erik Helin for Thrillist)

Thanks to my beautiful wife Meg Blatt for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for June 7, 2019 – The “It’s Better to Work at the MTA Than to Ride It” Edition

The weekend’s subway disruptions, a Burger King sells fake vegan Whoppers, the world’s largest hot dog, the youths organized, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway work is relatively light thanks to the Puerto Rican Parade, but that doesn’t mean the city is without disruption. (Subway Weekender)

Simply put, this weekend’s weather looks great. (amNY)

This weekend’s forecast might give you a chance to see Jupiter in the sky. It’s close enough to earth to see it with a pair of binoculars, or at one of the multiple events put on by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. (amNY)

The MTA installed a new time clock at an LIRR station in Queens in order to cut down on the excessive overtime which caused recent controversy, and surprise surprise, it’s already been broken. (Gothamist)

Somehow the MTA made the list of the state’s best employers. (Patch)

Drag Queen Story Hour has remained 100% awesome, but every now and then some jackass comes along trying to put a stop to it. Why should this month be any different just because it’s Pride? (Gothamist)

Does the mayor understand the story of ‘Jekyll & Hyde?’ If the mayor spent any time in the city, he might want to go to the NYPL and read a book or two. (Patch)

A community board district manager in Brooklyn secretly gave himself a raise for the three years in a row by digitally forging the signatures of the board’s chairperson. Between this and the community board district manager who bought himself an SUV, what the hell is going on with Brooklyn’s community boards? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brazilian street artist Kobra has 18 murals across the city as part of their “Colors for Freedom” series. Here’s where you can find them all, or just look at photos of them if you’re not feeling adventurous. (Untapped Cities)

With the city on the edge of banning fur, seems like a good time to look back at the history of New York’s fur trade. (6sqft)

A Burger King in Williamsburg has been selling the Impossible Whopper on Seamless, the all-plant Whopper, with one problem. They’re selling normal beef Whoppers. (Eater)

It looks like the mayor and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are qualifying for the Democratic Presidential Debate later this month. (Politico)

Governor Cuomo supports the giving drivers’ licenses to undocumented New Yorkers, but his longtime ally Jay Jacobs (from Long Island, of course) is calling Democrats trying to kill support for the bill. (Gothamist)

Forget all other sports New York is a Musical Chairs city now. (Deadspin)

50 years after the fact, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill has apologized for the NYPD’s role in the Stonewall Riots. (NY Times)

Turns out trying to actually spending time with an art masterpiece is harder than you’d think. (NY Times)

This weekend’s the Bus Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, so grab the transit nerd in your life. It’s like Comic-Con for buses! (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If you’re trolling for the world’s largest weiner, it’ll be at Ulysses Restaurant on the 26th as Feltman’s (the original Coney Island hot dog) is bringing a 120 pound of frank and a five foot two inch bun in support of the Headstrong Project. (Coney Island Blog)

An analysis from the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform shows that neighborhood jails don’t hurt crime rates or property values. (Patch)

The body of Joseph Calabrese, an NYPD detective, was found by Plumb Beach, just off the Belt Parkway. This was the second apparent NYPD suicide this week. (NY Times)

Tom Brady can go to hell for multiple reasons, but this time it’s because he is attempting to trademark “Tom Terrific,” which is, of course, the nickname of New York Met Tom Seaver. (Patch)

“Why are people on bikes in the city so angry?” Maybe because of psychopaths like this who regularly attempt to run them over. (Gothamist)

Youth, who normally spend their time terrifying adult subway goers with their fun-having, organized in City Hall Park to protest the city’s slow approach to integrating public high schools. (amNY)

With a city as old as New York, you’re bound to find a few surprises when you start to dig. For a parking lot near the South Street Seaport, surprise turned to concern when discovering a thermometer factory from the nineteenth century, which contains elemental mercury, the type that becomes airborne and can cause brain damage upon inhalation. (NY Times)

The best first date spots in the city. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for June 12, 2018 – John Travolta Day, NYCHA Misconduct Settlement, Man Bites Man, Free Hot Dogs, and More

Today in The Briefly: The embarrassing NYCHA situation gets a two billion dollar price tag from the federal government, John Travolta returns to Lenny’s in Bensonhurst to celebrate John Travolta Day, another bad situation with a private sanitation company, Central Park’s lakes are going toxic, the Staten Island Yankees will rename themselves the Staten Island Pizza Rats for a few games this summer, and a few more stories.

The New York City Blood Center is at emergency levels, reporting half of its ideal blood supply. Please donate if you can.

Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to double the funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline after the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. He also said that a correlation between gun availability and suicide deserves more research.

The federal government accused the NYCHA of systematic misconduct and indifference by covering up its actions, lying to the government and the public about its failure to comply with lead paint regulations and training its staff on how to mislead federal inspectors. The city will provide an additional billion dollars to the NYCHA over the next four years and $200 million for the next five years. In addition, a federal monitor will oversee the work. The list of violations is disgusting and embarrassing.

It’s John Travolta Day in Bensonhurst, and John Travolta will be at Lenny’s pizzeria on 86th St to re-visit the double-decker slice he made famous in Saturday Night Fever.

Someone had their lip bit off during a fight at the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue station. The attacker is still at large and the victim is in Kings County Hospital in serious condition.

Anthony Castaldo, 40, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing to take a breath test after he drove his garbage truck into nine cars in Bensonhurst. No one was injured, but it continues a terrible year for private sanitation in the city.

Filming Around Town: Netflix’s Friends from College is back and is at Greenwich and Christopher, HBO’s Crashing with Pete Holmes is at W 3rd and 6th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Bedford Ave and Broadway in Brooklyn, and The Kitchen with Melissa McCarthy is at 55th and 7th.

Part art, part free hot dogs.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has found toxic algae in Central Park. No need to panic or avoid the park, but don’t go swimming in the lakes.

Any hate on the Staten Island Pizza Rats name will be summarily dismissed.

The man who allegedly stabbed New School professor Jeremy Safran was indicted on murder and burglary charges and faces life in prison if convicted.

The Sensory Garden at Pelham Bay Park cleared another hurdle towards allowing kids to engage with nature using all five of their senses. Construction off the park isn’t expected to start until 2019, provided it gets through the rest of the necessary red tape.


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