The Briefly for November 7, 2019 – The “Lubing Up the Cube in Astor Place” Edition

A list of lying NYPD officers, low voter turnout in this year’s elections, no one wants to live in Turtle Bay, the best coffee shop in the US, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The sweet spot for rent in the city might be $2,700 and four other things you need to know about the city’s real estate market. (StreetEasy)

The life, death, and rebirth of the Orchard Street pedestrian mall, the only street in the city that closes on Sundays to become a pedestrian mall. (Bowery Boogie)

A look at how gentrification has changed Fort Greene. (NY Times)

How does the cube in Astor Place stay able to spin? It gets lubed. (EV Grieve)

Commercial rent control may be how the city fights the retail vacancy crisis. (Gothamist)

Death certificates for overdoses in New York state must state a type of opioid thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Tuesday. (amNewYork)

“The Seated IV” from Wangechi Mutu, which sits outside the Met as part of the facade, will be on display until June, instead of coming to an end in January. (NY Times)

Gothamist/WNYC has been fighting to get the secret list that each of the five borough District Attorneys maintains of cops who have been accused of dishonesty. Thanks to a successful Freedom of Information request, a three-page list of liar cops from the Brooklyn DA’s office was released on Wednesday. (Gothamist)

Who wants to live in Turtle Bay or Midtown? That question might be harder to answer than you think. Of the entire city, those are the two neighborhoods with the most real estate price drops in October. (amNewYork)

The best restaurants in Inwood. (The Infatuation)

Not much of the city voted on Tuesday. Only 13.9% of registered voters actually voted. While early voting was supposed to make voting easier, the locations were limited to 33 across the entire city. The mayor is hoping to increase that number to 100 for the 2020 election. (amNewYork)

James O’Neill is leaving his commissionership with the NYPD for a security job at Visa. (Patch)

The best coffee shop in the USA is Sey Coffee on Grattan Street in Bushwick, according to Food & Wine magazine. (Patch)

The definitive guide to the Hudson Yards development boom. (Curbed)

A $50 million triplex penthouse on Central Park West, once belonging to Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, can be yours if you’ve got $50 million lying around. (StreetEasy)

The president will return to the city that hates him to kick off Monday’s Veteran’s Day parade in Manhattan. This just went from parade to shit show. (amNewYork)

Where to go for affogato, the city’s newest must-try dessert, vanilla gelato with espresso poured over it. (Eater)

The Long Island City Clock Tower is going to go through a restoration that will start and end next year. (LIC Post)

120,000 pounds of clothes were collected for donation at the start of the NYC Marathon, with those clothes going to Goodwill. Since 2012 a million pounds have been collected and donated. (amNewYork)

Once the L train’s signal updates are complete, the M train is the next line to be upgraded and inconvenienced by late-night service disruptions while they’re being installed. (amNewYork)

Billy Eichner remains the only person I want one of the hundreds that call Met Life Stadium home. (Gothamist)

The best restaurants in Sunnyside and Woodside. (Grub Street)

The Briefly for November 5, 2019 – The “Another Loss for Trump” Election Day Edition

Everything you need for election day, NYC has a new top cop, a Chicago-style bean is coming to NYC, the best French bistros and brasseries, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Today is election day! (amNewYork)

Look up your nearest polling location.

Here’s what is on today’s ballot. (Patch)

A guide to the 2019 New York elections. (Politico)

Need more information about the charter questions? (Patch)

There will be extra language interpreters at 100 poll sites today, thanks to a lawsuit that the Board of Elections tried and failed to block in court. (Gothamist)

A federal appeals court ruled that President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over his tax returns to New York prosecutors. The next stop for this case is the Supreme Court. (Huff Post)

A look at what the midtown skyline will look like with the addition of the new 707-foot tall 270 Park. (New York YIMBY)

Kiss announced 75 additional tour dates to their End of the Road farewell tour, with their last show in NYC on July 17, 2021. (Brooklyn Vegan)

With the help of the new Wegmans, the Brooklyn Navy Yard hit a record of 589 new hires in a year. This is the first time the Navy Yard surpassed 10,000 jobs in the 53 years the city has been operating it. (amNewYork)

Look, I don’t want to be the asshole that tells you about this for the first time, but it’s possible that we’re gonna see some snow towards the end of this week. (Patch)

Children under the age of two in car seats must be in rear-facing car seats, according to a law that came into effect at the beginning of November. (amNewYork)

Dov Hikind, a former state assemblyperson who advocated in favor of racial profiling by the NYPD, was against same-sex marriage, wore blackface to a 2013 Puris celebration, and was indicted on corruption charges while in office, will be unblocked by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter thanks to the settlement of a lawsuit against AOC. Can’t imagine why she blocked him, he seems like such a swell guy. (NY Times)

An interview with Drag Queen Marti Gould Cummings, candidate for City Council District 7 in 2021. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Say hello to the new First Avenue subway station entrance at Avenue A. (Curbed)

Police Commissioner James O’Neill has resigned. Dermot Shea, the chief of detectives, will be his replacement. (NY Times)

O’Neill’s three-years as commissioner were marred with the 2016 Chelsea bomber, multiple terror attacks, and a sharp rise in NYPD suicides, but he also issued a formal apology for the NYPD’s actions that caused the Stonewall riots and oversaw the firing of Daniel Pantaleo, whose chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner. (amNewYork)

Here’s what’s known about Dermot Shea, the next commissioner. (NY Times)

“At a time when the relationship between police and communities of color couldn’t be worse – we chose yet another white guy?” -Assemblyperson Catalina Cruz, who represents Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona. (Sunnyside Post)

The Briefly is a celebration of the news that comes from all over the city every day and from over 80 different sources. Sometimes I ignore a story like this, but I love seeing this type of reporting. Rite Aid installed self check out machines at their store in Carroll Gardens. If you know of a hyperlocal blog and you haven’t seen it linked here, please email it to me. (Pardon Me For Asking)

Student suspensions are down by 10.5% in the city’s schools this year. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

There was madness at Popeye’s across the city on Sunday, as their chicken sandwich made its return. (Time Out)

Babe Ruth is known for his time with the Yankees, but a jersey from his season of coaching the Brooklyn Dodgers is up for auction. (Atlas Obscura)

We’re getting our own Chicago-style “bean” at 56 Leonard St. Unlike the Chicago version from the same artist, this one will be wedged into the base of an apartment building. (Time Out)

20 of the best French bistros and brasseries. (Eater)

The Briefly for September 3, 2019 – The “Paying to Sleep in a Van in the East Village” Edition

Cuomo calls for a National Grid alternative, a giraffe corpse found in the water, the Boerum Hill chicken massacre mystery, fall foliage, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Brooklyn Detention Complex will close by the end of the year and its inmates will be transferred to Rikers Island. This is the jail that had a fire in the winter that robbed it of heat for days on end and struggled with the heat during the hottest days of summer. Mayor de Blasio’s community jail plan is set for a vote in city council this month. (The City)

Three illegal Airbnb landlords agreed to a $1 million settlement after making $21.4 million from illegal rentals. Seems like a good deal to me. (Patch)

$85 a night on Airbnb to sleep in a van in the East Village. (Airbnb)

Everyone’s talking about the end of summer, and even though it doesn’t end for three more weeks, here’s a map of when to see peak fall foliage in the city. (Patch)

Meet the Houdini Museum of New York’s 23-year-old director. (amNY)

The top 10 secrets of Madison Square Garden, although “they dress up the backstage area for artists” doesn’t seem like much of a secret. (Untapped Cities)

The restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health, including 3 restaurants ordered closed after 100+ point violations. (Patch)

The boiler room of the Chelsea Market is now an art space, with ARTECHOUSE taking over the space. The first show is Machine Hallucinations from digital artist Refik Anadol. (Untapped Cities)

The state finished the Kosciuszko Bridge early and the city’s Department of Transportation was caught with their pants down and the bike paths to the bridge weren’t ready. (Curbed)

Did you see the mystery Boerum Hill chicken massacre aftermath video? (Gothamist)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill has no plans to step down in light of the Police Benevolent Association’s vote of no confidence. (amNY)

If you’re thinking about a new look for the fall, you’re in luck because Cheetos and Forever21 are giving out free Flamin’ Haute Cheeto makeovers on Friday and Saturday. (Time Out)

NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes will open next week. (amNY)

Just in time, they can investigate who vandalized the Silver Gull in Queens with anti-semitic, pro-Nazi, and racist graffiti. (NY Times)

National Grid has been refusing to serve new businesses as a tactic to get their gas pipeline approved by the state and the governor isn’t having it, making public statements that the Department of Public Service should consider alternative franchisees. (Brooklyn Paper)

The NYPD’s leadership is very white. (The City)

This weekend was a particularly violent one when it came to shootings. The NYPD shot and killed a man in Jamaica, Queens who was the suspect in a bodega shooting. (Gothamist)

A shootout with the NYPD in Brownsville, Brooklyn has left a man dead. (amNY)

A shooting in Richmond Hill, Queens left one dead and two seriously injured. (QNS)

Smithsonian Museum Day is coming up on September 21, which means free admission to 30 of the city’s museums if you register in advance. (Time Out)

The Paris Theater, the city’s last single-screen movie theater, is closed. As John Waters comments in this Times piece Where will old art movie fans go to see rarified foreign films in the safety of a rich neighborhood?” (NY Times)

Cars were removed from Central Park last June but traffic signals and lines painted on the streets haven’t been changed, causing chaos and creating a wild atmosphere for pedestrians and cyclists alike. (Streetsblog)

Photos from the Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island. (Gothamist)

How the global diamond trade helped shape the city’s skyline. (The Real Deal)

An SUV driver hit and killed a man he suspected broke into his car on Monday, marking the 21st cyclist to be killed by a driver in the city this year. (Gothamist)

How did a giraffe corpse end up at the bottom of the Lower New York Bay? How about a piano in the Bronx River? These are the mysteries of Underwater New York. (Patch)

Photos from J’Ouvert 2019. (Gothamist)

Where to go when you want dinner to feel like going out. (The Infatuation)