The Briefly for February 27, 2019 – The “Paying For The Subways With Legal Marijuana” Edition

Jumaane Williams is the city’s new Public Advocate, Cuomo and de Blasio are working together on the MTA, NY moves to decriminalizing sex work, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio unveiled a 10-point plan for MTA reform. Reorganize the MTA, congestion pricing, fare hike caps, MTA board appointments that end with a mayor or governor’s term, crack down on fare evaders, an audit, a new Regional Transit Committee, the Columbia and Cornell experts will return, expedite Andy Byford’s subway action plan, and the governor and mayor will actually have to work together. That last part is the most unrealistic. (Second Avenue Sagas)

Once marijuana is legal, a portion of the taxes will go towards funding the MTA under the ten-point plan. (NY Post)

Who doesn’t want another boozy Taco Bell in the city? Brooklyn Heights’ community board. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Jumaane Williams is New York City’s new Public Advocate. (NY Times)

Watch Public Advocate Elect Jumaane Williams’ post-election speech. (@JumaaneWilliams)

The NY Islanders are expecting a new $1.18 billion arena for a 2021 opening, but State Senator Leroy Comrie is a member of the Public Authorities Control Board and won’t allow the project to move forward unless concessions are made. We have ourselves a new Amazon-style showdown. (Gothamist)

Therese “Patricia” Okoumou, the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty last July 4, pulled a similar stunt in Austin, TX. Federal prosecutors asked a judge to revoke her bail. (NY Post)

How much do you need to earn to think about buying a home in NYC? $105,684.33. (Patch)

New York is a baseball state. Soon it may be the law. (amNY)

After $773 million over four years, Mayor de Blasio has pulled the plug on his Renewal turnaround program, which hoped to turn around the city’s 100 lowest performing schools. Unfortunately the new program looks a lot like the old one. (Chalkbeat)

If you love combined sewer overrun, this is the perfect Twitter account for you. (@combinedsewers)

The first eight months of last year, there were 934 schools in the city that had critical health code violations, the kind that would shut a restaurant down. Mice, roaches, flies, mold, and rats. (NY1)

The barnacle Citi Bike likely spent time in the Hudson River, but it’s more fun to believe that the last rider was Aquaman. (Gothamist)

The only good left on the internet is the “Bag Dogs” Instagram account. (Gothamist)

File is under the city’s nightmare file. A man fell down an elevator shaft from the third floor in SoHo and survived. (Gothamist)

Stop feeding the animals in city parks before the City Council makes it illegal. (amNY)

The NYPD still doesn’t know who shot and killed Detective Brian Simonsen in a robbery turned friendly fire in Richmond Hill, Queens. (amNY)

Community Board 3 approved naming the Northeast Corner of 79th Street and 37th Avenue after State Senator Jose Peralta, who died unexpectedly last year. (Jackson Heights Post)

10 historical buildings in Gowanus at risk of demolition. (Untapped Cities)

The city’s compost is potentially worth $22.5 million annually, but we are literally trashing it. (Patch)

State Senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried introduced a series of bills to decriminalize sex work in New York. As Ramos puts it “Ultimately sex work is work.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go after you delete Tinder in frustration. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for September 14, 2018 – Weekend Subways, Election Results, Billy Eichner, and a Kitten is Saved

Progressive Democrats sent a message to Albany with six of the eight former I.D.C. aligned Democrats losing primaries.

The Cortland St subway station is open, which is just about all the good news that exists about the subways this weekend. Consult 6sqft’s weekend roundup of construction and closures.


Andrew Cuomo won the Gubernatorial Democratic nomination over Cynthia Nixon.

Kathy Hochul won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor over Jumaane Williams.

Leticia James won the Democratic nomination for Attorney General over her three opponents.

Julia Salazar defeated incumbent Martin Malavé Dilan for the Democratic nomination for NY State Senate in district 18.

Alessandra Biaggi defeated former IDC leader and incumbent Jeffrey Klein for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 34.

John Liu defeated incumbent and former IDC member Tony Avella for the Democratic nomination in State Senate Destrict 11.

Marisol Alcantara sent a text message telling supporters to get to the polls before they closed at 7:30pm. They closed at 9pm and Alcantara, the incumbent formerly aligned with the IDC, lost the nomination to Robert Jackson.

Zellnor Myrie defeated incumbent and former IDC member Jesse Hamilton for the Democratic nomination in State Senate district 20. Jesse Hamilton will be running as a Republican in the general election.

Mass confusion and massive turnouts marked election day. Gothamist kept a running post throughout the day with reported issues and updates. Even for Dante de Blasio, who was forced to vote via paper affidavit.

Six of the eight former IDC State Senators lost their nomination bids, as progressive insurgents will confront Governor Cuomo with a radically different Albany.

A very complete list of results from NY1.


“Proudly elitist gay Jewish liberal native New Yorker piece of sh*t snowflake” Billy Eichner is back with Billy on the Street. New York, get yourselves ready to be asked some questions on the street.

David Wright will play with the Mets one more time before retiring.

The hunt to find the source of the Times Square bees.

News for the weekend: A kitten was rescued after getting stuck on a Staten Island bridge. Of course there are photos.


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The Briefly for September 7, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Hurricane Florence is On the Way, and More

The usual chaos of trying to get anywhere on the subway over the weekend, there is a chance that Hurricane Florence will hit New York on Primary Day, and more in today’s daily New York City new digest.

This weekend’s subway changes from 6sqft, including no G train between Bedford-Nostrand and Court Square and there’s no D train between Herald Square and Atlantic Ave. In addition, the Manhattan bound 1 train at 238th is closed through winter 2019.

Don’t look now, but there’s a chance we’re getting hit by Hurricane Florence on Primary day.

If you left a few inert grenades behind in a Staten Island storage facility, check to see if the bomb squad has a lost and found.

As expected, Governor Cuomo unveiled a revamped LIRR concourse and entrance to Penn Station with bigger hallways and higher ceilings. The project is still about two years from completion. The LIRR is currently running with the worst delays in nearly 20 years.

Senate candidate Julia Salazar was accused of having an affair with Mets legend Keith Hernandez. Wait, what?

During the last debate between the four Democratic primary hopefuls for Attorney General, Zephyr Teachout was the obvious target.

A 26-year-old woman was shot in the face outside an illegal club in Brooklyn late on Wednesday/early on Thursday. She survived the shooting and no arrests have been made.

Refinery 29 is thirsty for your Instagrams with Room29.

An expansion to Hudson Yards Park expansion will cost a staggering /$374 million for 3 acres.

The financial District will be the home of the first Alamo Drafthouse in Manhattan. It’s expected to open late 2019.

Current Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed every catholic diocese in New York as part of a broad sex abuse investigation in light of the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

Sex offenders will be able to vote at schools in the upcoming election, but only after 7pm. Correctional Services created a special condition that will allow offenders on school property, where they are otherwise banned.

Special edition Paul McCartney Metrocards are available at Grand Central. They’re already selling on eBay for $15-$40.

Brooklyn Democrat Carlos Menchacca introduced a bill that would prevent the city from being a part of any contract with any entity involved in immigration enforcement. The de Blasio administration has already stated it supports the goal, but won’t support the bill.

Don’t sit on train tracks. Bad things will happen.


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