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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The Briefly for December 12, 2018 – The “Cuomo Prepares His Legal Pot Plan” Edition

The best restaurants of 2018, NYCs parking summons advocate can’t be reached, the bright lights of Dyker Heights, the Amazon HQ2 guidance committee and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Luxury? That’s so last year. New York’s ultra-luxury real estate market is booming. (The Real Deal)

Governor Cuomo has been tight-lipped on what https://nypost.com/2018/12/11/cuomo-to-release-plan-for-legalizing-recreational-use-of-marijuana/”>New York’s legal marijuana law will look like, but aides are saying it will be included in the 2019 state budget. (NY Post)

The roadblock to single-payer healthcare in New York state was the Republicans. Now with the Democrats firmly in power, labor unions could be the next to stand in its way. (Gothamist)

Ryan Sutton’s restaurants of the year. (Eater)

The lawsuit preventing the Natural History Museum from expanding has been dismissed. The $383 million Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will move forward as planned. The original finish time frame was 2020, it has not been updated yet. (6sqft)

The top 10 dishes of 2018 from The New York Times.

This year’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights are an unrivaled visual spectacle. (6sqft) Unfortunately, so is the insane traffic and overflowing trash bins . (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

It only took the MTA one day to screw up the speed increases on the N and R lines in Brooklyn. (Bklyner)

The city and state’s proposal to Amazon for HQ2 was uploaded for you to see all the cringe-worthy images that were included. (Curbed)

Jazmine Headley, the mother arrested for sitting on the floor after waiting four hours in a government office, had her charges dropped by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. (NY Post)

Little Pakistan is the unofficial name for a portion of Coney Island Avenue. The Pakistani American Youth Organization is looking to make it official. (amNY)

Pete Wells’ best restaurants of 2018. (NY Times)

The 45-person the Amazon HQ2 advisory committee will offer “guidance” as the project moves forward. (amNY) Missing from the committee? Representation from their neighbors to the south in North Brooklyn. (Greenpointers)

From Donna Summer to Margaritaville: The worst Broadway shows of 2018. (amNY)

Spending a night with the working dogs of Governor’s Island. (Gothamist)

Where is Jean-Georges’ newest restaurant? JFK Airport. (Eater)

This Thursday at midnight, Governor Cuomo will take a photo opportunity guided tour of the L train’s tunnels. (Bklyner)

New Yorkers fight 2.4 million parking tickets a year. NYC’s Parking Summons Advocate Jean Wesh, whose job it is to provide assistance to those people, investigates a mere 1.5 of those a day. How do you contact him for help? It’s literally impossible. (NY Post)

The body of a man was found on the shore of the East River near 20th Street on Monday morning. The cause of death is yet unknown. (Town & Village)

Congratulations to the West Side Rag being presented the 2018 Community Service Award from the West Side Federation of Neighborhood & Block Associations. (West Side Rag)

Simcha Felder, the Brooklyn Democrat who voted with state Republicans for years, was shut out of committee leadership posts, while multiple freshman State Senators were given leadership positions. (NY Post)

What’s worse than NYC’s SantaCon? Hoboken’s SantaCon. (Gothamist)

Joseph C. Desmond was arrested in the suspected road-rage killing of Faizal Coto, a 33-year-old member of the FDNY. (NY Times)

The HOLLA?D TONNEL. (NY Post)

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