The Briefly for March 26, 2019 – The “Hey Chicago, Do You Have Any Ideas?” Edition

Bed bugs on Broadway, the MTA asks Chicago for help, subway ridership continues to decline, the history of the best $1 pizza, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Governors Island is getting a new arts center in an old munitions warehouse. If you’ve been to the island before, it’s the building near the Manhattan ferry landing with public bathrooms. (Curbed)

An investigation has found credible allegations of sexual misconduct at Saint Ann’s School, the Brooklyn private school known for an experimental approach to education, including male teachers having sex with students. (NY Times)

The MTA, out of ideas on how to stop the 7 train from literally falling apart, is asking Chicago if they have any ideas. (NY Post)

The origin story of the city’s best $1 pizza chain. Isn’t the best $1 pizza akin to the sexiest magician? (Viewing NYC)

New York has fond feelings for a mayor’s 2020 presidential run, and it ain’t de Blasio. (NY Times)

The MTA claims subway performance is increasing, while ridership continues to decline. (NY Post)

A Lyft driver was found unconscious in the back of his vehicle early on Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead of an apparent suicide. This marks the ninth taxi suicide in about 16 months. (Patch)

A preview of Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park spring 2019 lineup. (We Heart Astoria)

The city nurses’ strike has been postponed while negotiations are ongoing. (amNY)

Is installing facial recognition software at the entrance of a rent-stabilized apartment building going too far? (Gothamist)

The city’s proposed pied-à-terre tax could cut the most expensive apartments’ price in the city in half. Don’t worry, they’ll still be unattainable. (6sqft)

It’s like a Lyft, but helicopters between Manhattan and JFK for $195 a seat. (NY Post)

Marijuana legalization has failed in New Jersey. (NY Times)

Thanks to a $600,000 from real estate developer iStar, Coney Island’s free summer concerts will continue through 2025. (BrooklynVegan)

Longtime Bronx congressperson Jose Serrano announced he will not seeking reelection in 2020 because he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. (Politico)

Maybe you heard there was an avocado recall. The brutal berries are in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Not New York. (Grub Street)

Jumaane Williams’s old 45th Council District is headed for a special election on May 14 after Jumaane Williams won the special election for the Public Advocate. There are nine hopefuls who plan to run for the seat. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Are you ready for a LEGO-but-not-actual-LEGO-themed bar? (Time Out)

The city’s proposed “express” bus route once the L train rehab begins is anything but express. (Curbed)

A breakdown of how the $78 million sewage tanks for the Gowanus Canal actually cost over over $1.2 billion. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the state is “ready to go forward” on congestion pricing. (amNY)

More controversial than congestion pricing is the city’s plans to replace Rikers Island with four smaller jails in every borough except Staten Island. The first step of the application process is complete. (Patch)

Did you know the fountain of youth is in the Bronx? (Atlas Obscura)

From the “don’t go anywhere ever again” files, theater goers on Broadway claim to have “eaten alive” by bedbugs during a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The theater denies the claims. (Gothamist)

A fire prevented the Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan from prayers on Friday and the Reform Jewish congregation of Central Synagogue stepped up to provide space for their prayers. (HuffPost)

20 restaurants you can actually get into. Tell your friends you “know a guy who can get you in” and be a hero. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 11, 2019 – The “We Have A Rabid Trash Panda Problem” Edition

Jumaane Williams is and is not the Public Advocate, Hanksy meets Hanks, the best walk-in restaurants, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The prep-work on the L train tunnel ends this week. Here are the late night subway changes this week. (Subway Changes)

Ida Elionsky, the first woman to swim around the island of Manhattan, will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. (amNY)

What a wild year of the city’s raccoons. Rabid raccoons were discovered in Manhattan for the first time in eight years. Be careful around Inwood Park. (NY Post)

When Hanksy met Tom Hanks. (Bowery Boogie)

No matter how much you are annoyed by a subway conductor telling you to stop holding the doors open, it’s no reason to punch them. (Gothamist)

They were filthy and full of filth flies, roaches, mice, and who knows what else. A look back at the restaurants closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

New York is one of only one of eight states that uses fusion voting, which is the practice of multiple parties having one candidate. Why are the state’s democrats trying to kill it? (Gothamist)

Watch local hero Jeff Seal attempt to clean a subway station. (Gothamist)

After over 30 years, both Sushiden locations appear to be closed. (Eater)

This month marks the 20th “Mr. Lower East Side Pageant,” hosted by Reverend Jen, the curator of the Troll Museum. (Bowery Boogie)

7 city landmarks you didn’t know were designed by women. (Curbed)

Congratulations on five years of Tinder Live, which is as much of a comedy show as Tinder itself. (Bedford + Bowery)

The clock at the center of Grand Central Terminal is worth enough to make a heist movie about trying to steal it. (6sqft)

Conor McGregor completed his court mandated community service for his attack on a UFC van after a press event. The community service included five days of manual labor at two Brooklyn Churches. (NY Post)

Good Records NYC is closing, but that isn’t the end of a record shop at that address. (EV Grieve)

What’s not to love about living in New York City? The slow-walking tourists? The constantly reading small businesses going way to national chains? Or maybe it’s the people who occasionally spray crowds of people with unknown chemicals. (West Side Rag)

Jumaane Williams is the Schrödinger’s Cat of the city’s Public Advocate position. He hasn’t resigned from his position on the city council, which is necessary for him to legally hold his elected office. (Patch)

11 Notorious B.I.G. landmarks in NYC. (StreetEasy)

If you thought the Amazon tax incentives were big, wait til you get a load of the Hudson Yard incentives. (NY Times)

The national Transit Workers Union is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars mocking Mayor Bill de Blasio as a “fauxgressive” as he traipses around the country pretending like he isn’t planning a 2020 presidential bid. (NY Post)

If you don’t have a Girl Scout in your life, or a Girl Scout parent in your office, a Girl Scout cookie pop-up shop is now open. (Time Out)

The city’s dockless bike-sharing program was extended three months for “further evaluation.” Don’t throw these bikes in the river. Don’t do it. (Patch)

This is the reason that West Village denizens are worried about the new owner of the White Horse Tavern. (Gothamist)

The best walk-in only restaurants when you didn’t make a reservation. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 4, 2019 – The “We Are All Wet People” Edition

It’s a snow day across the city, SNL’s beautiful Bodega Bathroom musical, a $43,000/month townhouse, how books get picked for the New York Public Library and more in today’s daily NYC digest.

Sixteen people decide which books reach the shelves of the New York Public Library. (NY Times)

SNOW DAY TODAY! (Patch)

We getting mad because it’s winter and it’s snowing outside.” Meet Diane in Brooklyn, your new favorite amateur meteorologist. (@PIX11News)

“You’re the first person to use this bathroom that’s not a dog giving birth.” Bless you SNL for the Bogeda Bathroom skit/musical. (SNL)

It was 33% of the 8.6% of active voters who voted that elected Jumaane Williams to the second most powerful position in the city. Maybe it’s time to change how we elect our officials. (New York Daily News)

An explanation of ranked-choice voting. (CGP Grey)

Fatberg alert! Only flush your four P’s. Quick: Can you name all four P’s? (Bklyner)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, casually tweeting treason against NYC. (@BilldeBlasio)

This is why you would leave the caps on soda bottles when you get rid of them. (Lifehacker)

“Almost every legislator in Albany is furious with Cuomo about something.” This profile of Governor Cuomo is illuminating and includes the tidbit that if Joe Biden doesn’t run for president, Cuomo might. (The Atlantic)

If you pay $43,000/month for a townhouse, you might assume you wouldn’t have a rat problem. (NY Post)

Borough President James Oddo, Congressperson Max Rose, and Councilperson Debi Rose will be boycotting
The Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day parade because of the exclusion of the Pride Center of Staten Island. (NY Post)

10 premiere dim sum parlors. (Eater)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer will be investigating Chirlane McCray’s Thrive initiative after reports of $850 million in spending were made public. (NY Post)

25-year-old Aurilla Lawrence, or “Aurilla Gorilla” to her friends, is the fifth cyclist to die after being hit by a car in 2019. There were 10 total deaths of this type in 2018. (Gothamist)

Does the East London borough of Hackney have the answer to the city’s public housing problem? (NY Times)

A look inside the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s warehouse in Brooklyn which houses a veritable museum of old technology which has become highly sought after by TV and movie producers. (NY Times)

Happy birthday! The best bars to celebrate your birthday. (The Infatuation)

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