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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The Briefly for September 20, 2018 – Racially Biased Teaching Exam May Cost City $1.7 Billion

The head of the BQX project is quitting, the city’s ferries are going higher capacity for the L train shutdown, a cop accidentally tased another cop in the crotch, and more from your daily NYC news digest.

The city may have to pony up $1.7 billion over a racially biased Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching exam issued between 1993 and 2004.

Mayor de Blasio’s BQX czar Adam Giambrone quit on Monday and his last day on the job will be October 5. The future of the project relies on federal funding, so you may as well kiss it goodbye.

Go inside the abandoned Ellis Island hospital with these photos from an Untapped Cities tour.

The Kings Plaza arsonist says he set fire to the cars in the parking garage because people used them for sex.

Is this man removing a fake “no parking” sign he illegally placed or he illegally removing a “no parking”sign so he doesn’t get caught?

A guide to the restaurants in the Hudson Yards, from Eater.

Reduced fare subway riders now have the option for non-gendered MetroCards.

The West Village’s Cafe Loup was seized by the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance.

Electric Citi Bikes are hard to find, and someone’s built a map to track one down.

A public school teacher, Jonathan Deutsch, was arrested for soliciting naked photos of children as young as ten on Facebook.

A man jumped in front of a train and was killed at the Wall St 2/3 station on Tuesday afternoon.

A Brooklyn cop got his eggs scrambled when a fellow officer accidentally hit with a Taser in his groin. Wow.

The Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade needs your help and donations to avoid going to that farm upstate.

Mayor de Blasio wants to close Rikers Island, but his plan to add jails on four boroughs is being met with local resistance. Brooklynites are unhappy about the proposed 40-story jail in downtown Brooklyn.

More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from Rikers Island as part of a national campaign by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group in an attempt to dismantle the bail system, which they say discriminates against minorities and the poor. Not everyone is thrilled about it.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…for the L train shutdown. Boat capacities are being raised from 149 to 240 riders.

RIP Times Square’s NFL Experience.

The Chinatown Häagen-Dazs is being forced out after 41 years when their $10,000/month rent doubles in December.


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