The Briefly for January 18, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown is Officially 100% Dead” Edition

This weekend’s threatening weather, the scheduled weekend subway changes and cancellations, Westsider Books might not be closing, the NYPD spied on Black Lives Matter, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A holiday weekend plus a winter storm? What could go wrong with the subways? Here are the subway closures and changes of service scheduled for this weekend. (6sqft)

THE L TRAIN SHUTDOWN IS OFFICIALLY DEAD! (amNY)

Here’s what’s next for the L train non-shutdown. (NY Times)

Here are the street closure’s for Saturday’s Women’s Marches. (6sqft)

Time to watch The Empire Strikes Back, because all your Hoth jokes are going to be relevant this weekend. (Gothamist)

The weather this week may be unbearable outside, but a NYCHA housing development in East Williamsburg is one of many developments without heat or hot water this week. (Bushwick Daily)

Chain store volume saw the first ever year-over-year decline since the number has been tracked. No wonder the Upper West Side was rallying to save a Starbucks. (GVSHP)

Case in point: the Kohl’s in Rego Park will close due to real estate and operational cost. (TimesLedger)

The Right to Disconnect bill, which would have made it illegal to be punished for not responding to after-hours communications, is being blocked by Mayor de Blasio. (NY Post)

Take a peek at the private pool, gym, and views from the first residential tower of the Hudson Yards megaproject. (Curbed)

James Turrell’s “Meeting” at MoMA PS1 is supposed to give an unimpeded view of the sky, something extremely rare in the city. How rare is it? New developments are now impeding the skyspace piece. (Gothamist)

Made in New York allegedly swiped the recipe for Prince Street Pizza’s famous spicy pepperoni slice, but it does not hold up against the original. (Eater)

While rare, the leucistic grackle that has been seen in Central Park isn’t going to be stealing the social media attention away from the Mandarin Duck. Why? Because leucistic grackle sounds like some kind of throat disease. (Gothamist)

Are we the bedbug capital of America? Hardly. New York lands at #6 behind Baltimore, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus. (Gothamist)

The Gowanus Canal EPA cleanup hit a wall and can’t move forward until the federal shutdown comes to a close. (Brooklyn Paper)

New Yorkers stand to lose $500 million a month in benefits if the federal shutdown continues into February, which will turn into a real humanitarian crisis. (Curbed)

Black Lives Matter activists were spied on by the police, who called protestors “idiots” while bragging about all the overtime they were receiving, according to newly released emails from the NYPD. (NY Post)

Westsider Books might not be closing after all. A Go Fund Me sprung up to save the bookstore and owner Dorian Thornley stated if he could raise $50,000 he would consider staying open. After one day, the campaign is close to $37,000. (6sqft)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first floor speech on Thursday. (Welcome2TheBronx)

A bit more about the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, or “goth moon,” this weekend. (Time Out)

Hussain Jawad of Queens was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing his wife to death and slashing his teenage daughter. His motive is unknown and his daughter is in stable condition. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio’s 34,160 affordable homes built or preserved in 2018 is an impressive number, but not to the Coalition for the Homeless. Only 16% of those apartments were designated for the homeless and those making under 30% of median income, $21k. (Gothamist)

Five ways to your hot chocolate on. (amNY)

15 proposals not in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech. (Gotham Gazette)

East River Park will be buried… so it can be saved. (NY Times)

The best spots for ramen in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Legalize Weed to Save the Subways” Edition

City Hall is in chaos over Mayor de Blasio’s botched firing, parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plans racist, the 7 train’s new signals aren’t helping, and other uplifting stories in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bill de Blasio, absentee mayor. (NY Times)

Are you ready for NYPD tactical drones? (NY Post)

The 10 worst dishes of the year, including one sandwich from Arby’s, from Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema.

Could legal weed save our subways? (NY Times)

12 new public art installations to pair with a hot drink of your choosing. (Untapped Cities)

Santacon is this Saturday, starting at 10am. In a defensive move, the LIRR, Metro North, and NJ Transit have all banned alcohol consumption. If you need to be on a train that day, may the odds be ever in your favor. (Gothamist)

With Santacon descending onto the unwilling city this Saturday, here are a list of the bars to avoid. (Time Out)

Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan enjoyed nine undisclosed trips paid for by Election Systems and Software, makers of the ballot scanning machines that plagued the city on Election Day. He never received the necessary waiver from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board to sit on the conpany’s board of advisors. (Gothamist)

George R.R. Martin: pizza critic? (Gothamist)

The 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC. (The Real Deal)

The Staten Island NYPD officers Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran, accused of planting pot in a black teenager’s car, have, surprise surprise, a history of accusations of racial profiling. (Gothamist)

The Apollo Theater is expanding for the first time since 1934. The foundation that oversees the Apollo will take over the Victoria and open 99 and 199 seat performance spaces and should open in 2020. (NY Times)

“The richest man in America, who’s a direct competitor, has just been handed $3 billion in subsidies. I’m not asking for money or a tax rebate. Just leave me alone.” -Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden (6sqft)

Thanks to a new legislation, Uber and Lyft drivers will be paid at least minimum wage. (NY Post)

Upset about the Amazon Long Island City deal? You could install the “Black Amazon for Me” Chrome extension, but we all know you won’t. (amNY)

The 7 trains brand new signals, installed late and over budget, weren’t installed optimally. At this point, is anyone surprised that the MTA spent too much money and took too much time to poorly install signals that haven’t helped? (amNY)

Squibb Bridge was installed in 2013 to connect the Brooklyn Promenade to Brooklyn Nridge Park, but the last five years have been full of closures, structural problems, and a lawsuit. The bridge is going to be replaced by 2020. (Curbed)

As we’re hitting the home stretch of 2018, we could be looking at a new record low number of homicides. Despite the downward trend, rape complaints continue to increase, following a two year trend. (amNY)

Parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plan racist, which shows just how complicated this situation is. (NY Post)

What the hell is going on in City Hall and why can’t the mayor get his administration under control? (NY Post)

Everything to know about the restaurants in the Hudson Yards. (Thrillist)

The first map of Central Park for people with disabilities or otherwise “limited mobility” is now available. (West Side Rag)

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The Briefly for September 26, 2018 – Please Don’t Say Bed Bugs Have Infested the MTA

Are city buses infested with bed bugs? Placing values on individual trees in Prospect Park, the Museum of Pizza, another mini-L train shutdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

“How can the MTA get worse” you may ask? How about several buses were removed from service because of a possible BED BUG INFESTATION on a scale that is “unheard of.” Why is the MTA sanding down wooden subway benches? Is it bed bugs? Oh god, it’s bed bugs, isn’t it?

You have until October 12 to register for the November 6 general election.

Is there a more New York thing than putting a dollar value on the eco-friendliness of trees? The trees in Prospect Park provide the city with an estimated $1.5 million in eco benefits to the city, with the most valuable tree hitting $454 of value on an annual basis.

The decaying Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills will become 350 mixed-income apartments.

Can you resist the Insta-siren song of the pop-up Museum of Pizza in Williamsburg? However you get there, it won’t be on the L train during October weekends. The big shutdown is six months away, but October’s weekends are giving another preview.

Okay, you’ve decided to move because of the L train shutdown. Where are you going to go? Curbed breaks it down.

Brooklyn’s Democratic Party Committee meeting is on Thursday night, but leadership is already playing deceptive games.

If you’re someone who rants and raves about soup dumplings, here’s a list of 13 exemplary soup dumplings from Eater.

The raccoon accused of attacking humans on Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd has been released without bail and cleared of all charges.

Load up on carbs, bring your friends, it’s fun to share and let’s recommend…20 pasta destinations in the city from Eater.

DragCon is this weekend, and amNY has your guide on how to spend a day according to Trixie Mattel.

Take a look at the designs of the second phase of the Hudson Yards’ parkland, scheduled to break ground in 2020 and finish in 2023.

New York City has never sued under the 2004 law requiring landlords to test for lead paint. The purpose of the law was to end childhood lead poisoning by 2010. Over 62,000 children have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in their blood since 2010.

The MTA doesn’t have finding for Andy Byford’s mythical “Fast Forward” plan, but they’re hoping that proving they’re responsible enough to keep stations clean will show they can be trusted with the cash.

Which neighborhood has the highest percentage of sub-A grade restaurants?

Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland is claiming that he has an undiagnosed mental illness and that’s why he defrauded people of over $26 million multiple times.


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