The Briefly for November 12, 2018 – The “Your Shawarma Cart Has A C Rating” Edition

Out compost is trash, Williamsburg is booming, student walk out over a Facebook education, the Rockefeller Tree is here, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

What week is complete without being unable to get around at night? No overnight L or 3 trains, changes to the Q, E, 1, 2, and D lines. (Subway Changes)

Get ready for your favorite street meat cart to have a health department grade. (NY Post)

Live-shooter trainings inside synagogues. Armed guards inside churches. This is what NYC’s religious services look like in 2018. (NY Post)

The 72-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has taken her place at 30 Rock. You can visit Shelby before she gets lit up on November 28th at 7pm. (NY Post)

The RFK Human Rights Foundation’s mass bail out is shining light on the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Department of Corrections. Should a man who was caught on video assaulting a guard have been allowed bail one week after the incident? (NY Post)

Does New York’s blue wave mean that the golden era of charter schools is over? (NY Times)

High school students organized a walkout in protest of a Facebook-backed curriculum. After a week of self-teaching, each student gets somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes of “mentoring.” (NY Post)

How is it possible that Ice-T has never eaten a bagel in his life? (Gothamist)

Having completely fixed the subways and buses, the MTA Chairman Joe Lhota has resigned. (Streetsblog)

The city’s best ice skating rinks. (Curbed)

People struggling to cross the street during the NYC Marathon is exactly what you need on Monday morning. (Gothamist)

Michael J. Ryan, the man in charge of last week’s election, on what went right and what went wrong. (Gothamist)

If Seoul and San Francisco can get it right, why can’t the city’s composting program get off the ground? (NY Times)

Even the L train can’t stop Williamsburg’s development boom. Take a look at the map. (Curbed)

Dr Kurt Salzinger, an 89-year-old scholar who escaped the Nazis in Austria, died after being shoved onto the 3 train’s subway tracks in Penn Station. (NY Times)

The city’s 40 best brunches. (Eater)

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The Briefly for July 9, 2018 – The Subways are HOT, the L Gets An Elevator, We Ruined Lemonade Stands, and More

In April Joe Lhota said he would “make sure there are no hot cars” on the subways and complaints doubled. Children selling lemonade on the sidewalk are breaking the law, because we can’t have nice things anymore. Those stories and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Schools Chancellor and head of the Department of Education and NYC Public Schools Richard A. Carranza wrote an op-ed for Streetsblog about the importance of speed cameras near schools.

Congratulations New Yorkers! We did it! Children’s lemonade stands require a temporary food serve establishment permit according to Carolina Rodríguez, a spokeswoman from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The best part of the video of this idiot subway surfing is the guy who doesn’t even look the entire time.

57th Street F Station is closing today and will remain closed through December for a renovation. The 167th Street and 174-175th Street B/D stations will close August 27th for renovations.

A lawsuit aimed at stopping the L train shutdown was partially settled with the addition of elevators for the Sixth Avenue L stop, which will also make the 14th Street 1/2/3 stop accessible to the disabled.

TrueBlueNY has a target on IDC aligned State Senator Tony Avella. They’re collecting signatures for former city Comptroller John Liu. Liu’s run for mayor in 2013 was cut short with a fundraising scandal focused on his former campaign treasurer.

Watch the corpse flower bloom and collapse at the New York Botanical Garden, stink free.

Filming Around Town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at 12th and 2nd, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, and The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 46th and 3rd.

Council Member Mark Gjonaj introduced a bill to help micro-businesses in the city (under ten employees). Micro-businesses account for 80% of all jobs created in the city. Mark Gjonaj also blamed the two people who were killed by Sanitation Salvage for their own deaths. Sanitation Salvage is a private garbage company that Gjonaj collected almost $10,000 from since 2012.

Did MoMA PS1 discriminate against Nikki Columbus because she was pregnant? The museum says she turned down a job offer, but her story is vastly different.

The oldest restaurants in the city.

Are you a snitch? The city is paying cash bounties for ratting out idling commercial trucks and buses for more than three minutes (or one minute in a school zone).

If you think your commute is stupid, please meet Google engineer Tommy Lutz. Tommy rows to work across the Hudson from New Jersey to Manhattan.

Can you legally flip off a cop? A court will decide after a New Jersey man was arrested for flipping off some Times Square cops.

Complaints about subway cars without AC doubled from last year to this year. Chairman Joe Lhota vowed to “make sure there are no hot cars,” which would indicate that Joe Lhota is a damn liar.

How is this even possible? Another Christmas tree was trashed THIS WEEK in the East Village.


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The Briefly for June 29, 2018 – The MTA Chief has Conflicts, Secluded Gardens, “GOOD MORNING,” the Subways This Weekend, and More

Joe Lhota’s side jobs are cause for concern, the best secluded gardens, there are people whose job it is to be nice on the subway, and more in today’s news digest

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Get ready for the weekend with the weekly 6sqft roundup of just how screwed the subways are.

The MTA chairman, Joe Lhota, has side jobs that are conflicts of interest according to Common Cause NY. Lhota is a vice president on NYU Langone Hospital, which pays over $2.3 million annually, and a paid board member at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking for anti-terror protections for high traffic areas like Eastern Parkway, the Coney Island Boardwalk, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Par and sections of Ocean Parkway.

The race for a new Attorney General is heating up between four frontrunners on the Democratic side.

If you’ve noticed someone at a subway station saying “good morning” and hated their friendliness, being nice to people is their job.

The city council is gunning for Airbnb with a new bill. The bill will require hosts to share their identities and addresses of their listings with the city’s Office of Special Enforcement and provide more information about what is being rented.

Filming Around Town: Tell Me A Story, starring Kim Cattrall, is at E 94th and 2nd Ave, The Deuce is at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd, Otherhood, starring Angela Bassett, is on Hudson and Franklin, and John Wick 3 is at 45th and Madison.

As a result of his awful views on how to keep pedestrians safe and his blatant abuse of the city’s parking laws, there is a 24-hour vigil protest outside of State Senator Marty Golden’s office in Bay Ridge.

Kudos to Gothamist for thoroughly covering the last Department of Labor hearing about the minimum wage for tipped workers.
The NY Aquarium’s shark exhibit opens in Coney Island on Saturday.

Zoinks!
It’s about to be as hot as hell, so this guide to install a window unit air conditioner in your apartment may come in handy. An alternative? Date someone for their air conditioning.

The ten best secluded gardens in Manhattan, from Untapped Cities.

An elegy for the sublimely crappy Chambers Street subway station.

The last thing Richard Schilling expected to find in his garage was a 225-year-old gravestone.

Scott Rogowsky of HQ Trivia gets the New York Times Sunday routine treatment.