The Briefly for February 11, 2019 – The “Controlled by the Homosexual Community” Edition

Cuomo’s approval rating takes a dip, the origins on NYC pizza are questioned, Rosemary’s and Raul Candy Store are closing, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Oh, you think just because the weekend is over that the subway service changes are too? Nope. Here are this week’s late night closures, diversions and express trains. (Subway Changes)

Raul Candy Store on Avenue B is closing at the end of the month after 45 years. As Jimmy McMillan would say, “The rent is too damn high.” Whatever candy is left on February 28 will be free. (NY1)

The City Council is “controlled by the homosexual community,” according to Councilmemeber and noted homophobe Rubén Díaz Sr. (NY Post)

Díaz Sr doubled down when asked about his statement, stating “they control the politics in the state.” And cited gay relatives as his excuse for his comments. “I’m surrounded by gay [people].” The LGBTQ caucus is demanded his resignation. (NY Post)

From Welcome2TheBronx’s Ed García Conde: What You Should Know: Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr Shouldn’t Apologize—He Needs to Resign

The TWA Hotel at JFK opens in May, the first rooms will be available for booking on Thursday at noon. (Curbed)

Did Gennaro Lombardi really bring pizza to NYC? Research is starting to question accepted pizza lore. (Gothamist)

How roni cup pizza took over NYC. Here’s where to find the best roni cup. (Eater)

Rosemary’s, which opened in 1955 on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, will close at the end of February. Demolition and construction on either side of the bar puts it at structural risk. Join in the fun on the 28th by trying to drink the bar dry to say farewell. (Gothamist)

Dan Smith will teach you guitar. (Bedford + Bowery)

The Museum of the Dog is open fur all. (amNY)

A personal essay of the impact of an ultra-Orthodox education on high school girls and the long-term ramifications it can have on their lives and careers. (HuffPost)

Amazon doesn’t think NYC has been “welcoming” enough. “Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right.” -Mayor Lenny, Ghostbusters II (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo is ready to blame Democrats if Amazon pulls out, and not the secretive process he engaged in without input from the politicians who oppose the deal as it stands today or Amazon’s spotty history worker treatment and opposition to unions. (Politico)

The MTA says they maybe found the source of the oil smell in the L train tunnels that caused some riders and workers to faint and vomit last week. Monday’s commute will tell the story if it was addressed over the weekend. (Gothamist)

“My favorite M.T.A. decision — because you have to laugh, otherwise you cry — is the one they made to pick a product to clean the subway stations … What product did they pick? Tide.” Listen governor, no one cares what the MTA uses to clean the subways as long as they actually clean them. (NY Times)

Did the MTA deliberately distort the reasons for more than 500,000 subway delays? City Comptroller Scott Stringer accused the MTA of lying and covering up major incidents and construction as “unknown” delays. (NY Post)

Cuomo’s approval ratings are at their lowest. Only 35% of those polled said he was good an “excellent” or “good” job. (NY Times)

The former NYC jail union boss is headed to jail for five years for taking a $60k bribe to invest $20 million of pension money into a hedge fund that failed. (amNY)

Say hello to the black blob oozing out of a vent in the 23rd Street subway’s stairwell. (Gothamist)

Jason Reeves was arraigned on Friday for the alleged murder of his mother in Crown Heights. She was found dead in her closet with stab wounds. (Bklyner)

Turns out de Blasio’s “city-wide” healthcare plan doesn’t include Staten Island. (NY Post)

President Trump’s US Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Lynne Patton will be living in various NYCHA buildings for the next four weeks instead of her usual digs in Trump Tower. Patton was appointed to the job in 2017 after serving the president as a daily aide and event planner and has no prior governmental experience. (NY Post)

Since the mayor seems incapable of doing anything about parking placard abuse, the City Council is ready to take action. (Streetsblog)

The best Mexican restaurants in Manhattan. (The Infatuation)


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The Briefly for February 6, 2019 – The “Do You Smell Maple Syrup or an Oil Spill?” Edition

Historians plan to block the Brooklyn Promenade construction, the NYCHA gets a new leader, an atomic Super Bowl meltdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Get a feel for the city’s housing crisis with an interactive map of 20,000 evictions in 2018. (Curbed)

How to watch tonight’s ten person Public Advocate debate. (Patch)

Has it already been ten years since the mysterious maple syrup smell took over the city. Was it Northrax? Nope. It was a a perfume and food additive processing plant. (Gothamist)

The MTA is having a banner week. Maybe they’re celebrating the anniversary? A noxious gas filled the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn on Tuesday as a result of an oil leak. (Brooklyn Paper)

Know your pain before you arrive. JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia’s websites now show real-time information on the wait times for taxis and TSA checkpoints. (Curbed)

The mayor expanded dual-language pre-K programs, which will now include French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, and Hebrew in addition to Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Bengali, which are already available. The expansion has a dual purpose of also giving the mayor more control over the city’s schools. (Chalkbeat)

Why city parking is so annoying and how to master it. (Thrillist)

Historic preservation groups may sue the city if the city’s BQE plans move forward that removes the Brooklyn Promenade. (Curbed)

Apple may open a new office at Hudson Yards. Another tech company making a home in NYC without negotiating subsidies. (6sqft)

Why are condos more expensive than co-ops? (StreetEasy)

If you hate large sandwiches, this tiny egg sandwich is for you. (Eater)

Five mothers filed complaint against the NYPD after they say they were forced to pump breast milk in front of their colleagues, a violation of a 2007 law. (NY Post)

The 9 most romantic spots in NYC and also the Staten Island Ferry. (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is claiming the state senate is playing politics with the Amazon HQ2 deal by appointing Senator Michael Gianaris to the Public Authorities Control Board. The governor has to approve Gianaris’ appointment to the board. Will he? “Well we’re not there yet.” (Gothamist)

State Senator Michael Gianaris gets the NY Times profile treatment. (NY Times)

Trump Tower: Luxury living for the morally bankrupt. (EV Grieve)

The FDNY saved 46 puppies and two cats from a burning pet store on the Upper East Side. No puppies were injured. (NY Post)

It’s a bad week for Broadway shows. “Anastasia” will lose on March 31. (NY Times)

NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia will serve as interim head of NYCHA, Garcia is the head of the Department of Sanitation and also the city’s lead czar. (Pix 11)

MoMA will close for four months to re-envision how the collection is presented, from June 15 to October 21. (Patch)

The East Village’s Atomic Wings had a super atomic meltdown during the Super Bowl. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 15, 2019 – The “8% Rate of Success” Edition

Early voting passes the state legislature, Governor Cuomo thinks the city should foot half the bill for the subway, the best winter brunches, the Amazon-Chrysler building, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

10 short interviews about congestion pricing with state legislators. (Streetsblog)

The annual No Pants Subway Ride happened. There are photos. (Gothamist)

Voting reform passed the state legislature, which adds 10 days of early voting, consolidates state and federal primary dates, and pre-registers 17 and 17-year-olds when they sign up for a driving permit. A constitutional amendment was proposed that will allow same-day voter registration and allow anyone to vote absentee without an excuse.(CBS New York)

Signal problems caused delays during 92% of weekdays in 2018. Since the city enacted the Subway Action Plan, delays have increased. (Daily News)

The state is doubling the amount of speed cameras in the city’s school zones as part of Governor Cuomo’s state budget, increasing from 149 to 290, which matches the number of cameras the state’s legislature was trying to pass last year. (Streetsblog)

The best winter brunch spots. (Thrillist)

This is why we can’t have nice things. The city is suing Metropolitan Property Group for running an illegal Airbnb network in 130 apartments, which housing more than 75,000 guests from 2015 to 2018. (The Real Deal)

Okay, so “Amazon” is the new default answer for any question, but who will be the Chrysler Building’s new tenant? Yup, Amazon. (6sqft)

Here’s what to know about the city’s new, updated and existing ferry routes. (amNY)

Meet Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the the Metropolitan Opera new openly gay conductor. (NY Times)

Say farewell to Westsider Books on Broadway in the Upper West Side. Not every closing bookstore has a Lin-Manuel Miranda. (West Side Rag)

“Being from Staten Island gives you that ability to brush it off.” Being from Staten Island made the cast of MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” immune to criticism that they are tarnishing the pristine public image of Staten Island. (amNY)

The secret economy of diabetes test strips. (NY Times)

Everyone wants to be the one that fixes the subways, but no one wants to pay for it. (NY Post)

Do you have what it takes to drink this $375, 20 pound spiked hot chocolate? (Time Out)

Five things to look for in today’s state budget address today (Tuesday). (amNY)

The Port Authority removed the Saudi Arabia part of the “Candy Nations” art installation due to its proximity to the World Trade Center due to complains that point out the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks. (NY Post)

JFK and Laguardia airports have been providing food to TSA and Federal Aviation Administration workers while they aren’t paid during President Trump’s government shutdown. (Airport Voice)

The government shutdown means no family visiting at Metropolitan Correctional Center, the high-security federal jail in Manhattan that houses terrorists, white-collar criminals, and El Chapo. Prisoners are on a hunger strike after the second week of canceled visits due to staffing shortages. (NY Times)

Turns out a plan similar to governor Cuomo’s new L train non-shutdown was considered and rejected five years ago because of serious safety concerns. (NY Times)

He can decide the L train shutdown isn’t happening and declare emergency meetings of the MTA board, but Governor Cuomo still claims that he’s not in charge of the MTA. (Second Ave. Sagas)

The person handpicked by Mayor de Blasio to head up his BQX streetcar project left the United States for a new job in Saudi Arabia. (Politico)

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