The Briefly for April 9, 2019 – The “Ignoring the Most Serious Health Violations” Edition

The NYPD demands an exemption to congestion pricing, wildlife BINGO, a chubby cat needs a home, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Want to play NYC wildlife BINGO? (Gothamist)

14 places to view cherry blossoms trees. (Untapped Cities)

73% of the most serious restaurant health violations go unchecked. Just cook your own food from here on out. (Eater)

The NYPD is demanding they should be exempt from congestion pricing. Not the cop cars, their personal cars. (Streetsblog)

Watch this NYPD officer run a red light on an illegal dirt bike without a helmet in front of a bunch of other cops cheering him on and crash, hitting the pavement HARD while trying to avoid getting hit by traffic. (@_scottjohnson)

Some of the most reckless NYPD drivers in the city are in Canarsie. (Streetsblog)

Take a look at the Tokyo neighborhood that inspired Hudson Yards. (6sqft)

The 9/11 Memorial Glade section of the 9/11 Memorial, dedicated to people with 9/11-related illnesses, will open at the end of May. (Curbed)

The estranged husband of the Staten Island teacher found dead and burnt inside a storage unit last week was formally accused of killing her along with his girlfriend. (Gothamist)

Is it time to finally look into extending the 4 train past the Utica Ave station? $5 million was allocated to a study in 2015 and the MTA just got around to getting it started. (Curbed)

Trying to discover the best burger in NYC. (Food Insider)

The five best picnic spots in the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez is open to the decriminalization of prostitution and would be open to a law that would legalize sex work. This is the same man who decriminalized marijuana in Brooklyn. (Gay City News)

Save this photo of old Penn Station from 1910 just in case you ever have to step foot in the dilapidated toilet that sits underneath Madison Square Garden. (Viewing NYC)

The mayor’s plan to turnaround schools with the Renewal program had a statistically insignificant effect on the targeted schools, but it was great at spending money. $773 million to be precise. The mayor said the results would be “fast and intense.” Half of the schools closed. (Chalkbeat)

Were #1! #1 in Lyme disease infections. (Patch)

This chubby cat needs a home. All 41 pounds of him. (Gothamist)

RIP Bob Slade, the creator and legendary radio host of the call-in program “Open Line.” (NY Times)

The mystery of why “1922 HYATT” was found on a nearly century-old subway wall has been solved. (amNY)

The street corner in Brooklyn where impaling pumpkins is de rigueur. (Atlas Obscura)

Add it to the list of deadly New York nightmares. A construction worker died on Monday morning after a piece of the building he was working on broke off and struck him on the head. (Gothamist)

The city ordered yeshivas to bar students who have not received the measles vaccine. (NY Post)

The reason electric bikes and scooters aren’t legal in New York? Blame Manhattan. (Streetsblog)

Here’s where to BYOB. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for April 8, 2019 – The “One More Thing in the List of What Can Kill Us in the City” Edition

Subway graffiti cleaning costs are up over 300%, a new antibiotic-resistant superbug, the late night subway changes and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If it’s headed towards midnight and you need to get somewhere, better check the late night subway changes before you do. (Subway Changes)

Why is Mayor de Blasio talking about running for president? No really, why is he doing this? (NY Times)

The CDC added another antibiotic-resistant superbug to their list of urgent threats after three run-ins with the Candida Auris fungus in city hospitals. Add it to the list of things in the city that will one day kill us all. (NY Post)

The fight over the city’s ferry system continues. Scott Stringer has blocked the purchase of any new ferries and a new report from the Citizens Budget Commission shows how we’re spending $11-24 to subsidize every Ferry NYC ride. Maybe we could, you know, spend that money to fix the subways and buses? (Second Ave Sagas)

Where to eat in Hudson Yards, if you’re going to actually eat there. (The Infatuation)

The city has been testing facial recognition technology for drivers on the Triborough Bridge and not only did it fail, it failed to a magnificent degree. (Engadget)

Have you ever heard of the New York & Atlantic Railway? (NY Times)

The isn’t unlike the rest of the country, but sometimes without the same amounts of space. Things like an old school bowling alley, or paintball, or amusement park happens more towards the city’s fringes, but they’re all still here. The Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club, however, has its days numbered as the landlord of their space has told them to vacate their space. A GoFundMe wasn’t enough to save the club established in 1946, but a Trolley Museum in Kingston has volunteered to make a home for their model railroad. (amNY)

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. The state’s legislature is considering a bill that would allow the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance to release any New Yorker’s tax returns (like, you know, the president) to the House of Representatives for a “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.” (NY Times)

“There is absolutely no promposals to be conducted anywhere in the school or even around the school and that includes anywhere on your way to school or on your way home from school.” Yes, that sais PROMposals and no this isn’t the Onion, it’s a school in Queens. (NY Post)

Michael Laidlaw, the former head of Human Resources for NYC Social Services, was allowed to resign after groping and sexually harassing his assistant. (Bronx Justice News)

So the city couldn’t verify 86% of the “random” inspections of the rides in Coney Island, looking at 1,857 spot checks by the Department of Buildings’ Elevator Unit. An audit also found that over 13% of the years’ records for the last three years were completely missing. The city is blaming poor record keeping and not shoddy inspections on the discrepancy and that all the rides have been inspected before this weekend’s opening. (amNY)

Do renters get any tax breaks? (Streeteasy)

Will the state continue to poke holes in congestion pricing with exceptions? (Curbed)

The MTA’s graffiti cleaning costs were up 364% in 2018 compared to 2017, delays were up too. (The City)

Where to get a last-minute dinner in the West Village. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for April 5, 2019 – The “Even the Raccoons Are Moving to Manhattan” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, no one can agree on how to fix the subways, sales tax for online purchases is coming to New York, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re going to Wrestlemania and all the Wrestlemania adjacent events this weekend, you’ll want to know what fresh hell the subways will be over the weekend. (Subway Changes)

How many luxury condos in the city are “ghost apartments?” (The Real Deal)

There’s a private island between Hart and City Island’s, purchased by Alex Schilbi in 2011 for $176,000. Now he wants to turn it into a yoga, canoeing, and fishing retreat. (Welcome2TheBronx)

How the hell did a raccoon wind up in the 14th Street subway station? (Gothamist)

The 13 most anticipated restaurant openings of spring 2019. (Eater)

Sales taxes are coming to your online purchases in June. Another day, another tax. (NY Post)

How’s your Valyrian? Shake Shack has two Game of Thrones items on the menu, but you’ll have to order them in the George R. R. Martin fantasy language. (Gothamist)

A badly burnt body found in a Staten Island storage unit is believed to be missing teacher Jeanine Cammarata, who has been missing since Tuesday. (Gothamist)

You’re damn right Ben Stiller gives up his seat on the subway for others. (Viewing NYC)

Mark it on your calendars, Buffalo Exchanges $1 sale is on Earth Day, April 20. The proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Team. I’m not saying you should get super high and buy a bunch of weird clothes, but I’m also not not saying that. (Time Out)

The city just made it a little easier to search for affordable housing. Actually getting it is another story. (Curbed)

Watch Adam Platt, New York Magazine‘s restaurant critic, on his hunt for the perfect croissant. (New York Magazine)

10 best new hotels opening in NYC this year. (Curbed)

The mayor was trying to hide who was hosting his Boston fundraiser. The New York Times found out anyway. (NY Times)

Yeah, these new city jails are gonna be big, but the city wants you to know that they aren’t taking advantage of every possible square inch they could use. (Chelsea Now)

Governor Cuomo, the new head of the MTA, and the president of the New York City Transit Authority don’t see eye to eye on how to fix the subways. Shocking. (amNY)

Here’s what you need to know about The Shed now that it’s finally open. (NY Times)

“I expect all of you to use our subways and bus systems when possible,” doesn’t sound like the MTA is “demanding” staffers take mass transit. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Eagle’s new editorial director has some questions for you. Tell him The Briefly sent you. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I’m a Queens boy. Only very rich people can drive into Manhattan. You have to pay the toll. You have to pay parking . . . it probably comes close to $100 a day.” Does the governor know about all the bridges that don’t have tolls or the mayor who drives in and out of Manhattan every day to go to his Park Slope gym? (NY Post)

Even as Bed-Stuy gentrifies, Sugar Hill Restaurant & Supper Club has sat at the corner of DeKalb and Nostrand for forty years and has changed with the times. (NY Times)

The 10 best parm sandwich spots in the city. A cheesy list. (Gothamist)

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