The Briefly for January 21, 2020 – The “Go Back to Iowa, Go Back to Ohio” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The pink gumball machine mystery has been solved, the secrets of the city’s oldest comedy barker, the true history of Central Park’s Great Lawn, and more

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A longtime staffer to Assemblyperson Catherine Nolan and Long Island City resident, Edwin Cadiz, has been named the 2020 NAACP “Man of the Year.” (QNS)

The origin of the pink gumball machines that popped up around Manhattan and Brooklyn has been revealed. They were installed in promotion of Strokes’s drummer Fabrizio Moretti’s new project called machinegum. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

“”Go back to Iowa, you go back to Ohio. New York City belongs to the people that were here and made New York City what it is,” is a fine thing for your local loon to scream on a corner, but not for Eric Adams, the current borough president of Brooklyn and mayoral hopeful in 2021. The comments came at an event in Harlem about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact, where more than a few speakers spoke about gentrification without weirdly xenophobic comments. He followed it up with “I’m a New Yorker. I protected this city. I have a right to put my voice in how this city should run.” (Gloria Pazmino for NY1)

Internal emails show that New York City’s special drug prosecutor has a database of police officers with potential honesty problems. Similar databases from the DA’s office from each of the five boroughs’ offices have been released thanks to Freedom of Information requests. (George Joseph for Gothamist)

Video: Inside Staten Island’s secret Chinese Scholar’s Garden. (ActionKid)

The Union Square Coffee Shop neon “COFFEE” sign was replaced with a Chase bank sign. (EV Grieve)

Apartment Porn: Go inside this $4 million custom build Williamsburg penthouse loft apartment. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Gospel Missionary Baptist Church was booted from West 149th Street near Riverside Drive after a foreclosure sale, despite more than two decades in the neighborhood, thanks to a foreclosure sale due to unpair condo fees. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

89.5% of jaywalking tickets in 2019 went to blacks and Hispanics and the city’s politicians are taking notice of the seemingly racist enforcement by the NYPD. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

The home of “The Original Spaghetti Donut” is coming to Smith St in Brooklyn. (Katia Kelly for Pardon Me For Asking)

An interview with the New York Knicks’ Reggie Bullock about Pride Night at MSG and his LGBTQ activism since the murder of his transgender sister Mia. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

The city’s 30 most dangerous school zones for pedestrians and cyclists. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

You know what’s better than camera enforcement of cars blocking bus lanes? Streets without cars. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Video: Watch the day turn to night behind lower Manhattan in a time lapse. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

After two water main breaks in one week caused extensive delays across the MTA, the MTA announced they’ll be examining the infrastructure in hopes of avoiding similar situations in the future. They also put blame on the city for slow response times to the broken water mains. (Hannah Rosenfield for I Love the Upper West Side)

In praise of the long dessert menu. (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

The secrets of Pete Burdette, the elder statesman of the city’s comedy club barkers who always keeps a rubber chicken in his pocket. (Alex Taub for NY Times)

Central Park’s Great Lawn began its existence not as a place to exercise or relax, but as a symbol of crippling poverty during the Great Depression. (Sam Neubauer for I Love the Upper West Side)

Nightmare: Your AirPods Pro headphone falls out of your ear and down a sidewalk grate. What do you do? Here’s how to get them back. (Sandra E. Garcia for NY Times)

The best speakeasy-themed bars in the city. (Amber Sutherland-Namako for Thrillist)

The Briefly for November 12, 2019 – The “Churros > Cuomo” Edition

The chronically late mayor, the Rockefeller Center tree has arrived, “Lock him up” at the Veterans Day Parade, the Knicks are still the worst, & more in today’s daily NYC news digest

It must be hard to be Mayor de Blasio. You've gotta drag yourself out of bed, avoid seeing any of your constituents on mass transit by taking a car twelve miles to your gym in Park Slope, work out, then take another car ride back to Manhattan and then you actually have to do some work? Ugh. Forget it. The mayor has been starting his work days later and later and in May of this year he didn't start work in the morning until about 10:18, a full hour later than the start of his days in 2014. he mayor is chronically late for meetings and embarrassingly he's often late for memorial events around the city, blaming his tardiness on oversleeping. Maybe it's time to retire. (NY Daily News)

Apartment Porn: Twelve bathrooms, an indoor pool, eleven thousand square feet, a glass elevator, six floors, a theater, glassed garage, and the former home of Lady Gaga. All yours for $18 million. (StreetEasy) – fixed link –

A square foot of rental in NYC is $5.20 on average, the second most expensive in the world! In San Francisco, those suckers, people are paying $5.75 per square foot! (Patch)

Churros in, Cuomo out. (@emma_a_whitford)

Will the Churro arrest become a part of the conversation surrounding 2021 mayoral race? (NY Times)

Another Churro vendor was arrested. This isn't an old story. Thank god we are getting these criminals off our streets! (Bushwick Daily)

See if this feels like a familiar story. The city makes a plan to build a shelter for the homeless and the neighborhood rallies together to embrace the shelter. Nah, I'm kidding. Someone said "I hope somebody's gonna burn down the place" and a Community Board meeting cheered. (The Independent)

Part bookstore and part bar. Book Club is now open on Third Street. (amNewYork)

Looking to volunteer your time to offset how you've been acting all year? 13 places to volunteer in NYC this holiday season. (6sqft)

If you didn't get a moment to go out and look at the weirdos on Bedford Ave this weekend, Greenpointers has you covered. (Greenpointers)

10 Off-Broadway shows worth seeing this holiday season. (amNewYork)

Photos: The Rockefeller Christmas tree arrived and is upright, waiting for adornment. (The Villager)

If you were in lower Manhattan this weekend, maybe you were passed by a series of people running through the neighborhood in their underwear. Congrats, you witnessed the 2019 Undie Run! Of course there are photos. Not this? Maybe you saw a bunch of exhibitionists? (amNewYork)

What's on your list of priorities when looking for a new home? Good light? Low crime? Statistically speaking, the ability to bike to work isn't on the list. (Curbed)

Gothamist is focusing on transit issues related to accessibility and wants input. As readers of The Briefly, you're the right kind of people to answer their survey. (Gothamist)

Before the 9/11 Memorial Museum, there was (and still is) the 9/11 Tribute Museum. Thor Equities, the landlord, put the space on the market for $30 million. Right now it's not sure if they'll move or close. (6sqft)

Trump appeared at the Veterans Day Parade to chants of "Lock Him Up" and "Impeach" signs. (HuffPost)

The Zagat survey of New York is back, like an old opinionated friend. (NY Times)

Photos: The Veterans Day Parade and protests. (Gothamist)

Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co in the East Village is closing at the end of the month. (Eater)

Mayor de Blasio is the last person who should be giving advice about who should be the Democratic nominee based on his first choice, but not being the right person to speak up has never stopped him before. (Politico)

The Knicks still suck. Some things never change. (amNewYork)

How long does it take to build a park? Sheepshead Bay they've been waiting for over a decade. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The five best meatless burgers in the city (Thrillist)

The Briefly for April 1, 2019 – The “Congestion Pricing is Not An April Fools Joke” Edition

Participatory budgeting is here, a look at the state’s budget, the MTA starts cleaning up elevated tracks, the NYC brunch directory, and more in today’s daily NY news edition.

Quick note: There are no April Fools articles listed today.

Late night subway work this week will affect the 1, 3, 6, D, F, N, R, and G trains. (Subway Changes)

The state’s $175 billion budget passed early on Sunday, including cash bail reforms, a new mansion tax, a plastic bag ban, a property tax cap, and congestion pricing. (NY Times)

What you need to know about the state’s plastic bag ban. (Grub Street)

What’s not included in the state’s budget? Mobile sports betting. (NY Post)

Seven takeaways from the state budget. (NY Times)

It’s time to vote in participatory budgeting! There is $35 million to spend in the 32 communities in the city and you have a say in how it’s spent, and you can vote online! (nyc.gov)

Once you’ve voted, you can submit your own idea for the next cycle, like this idea for new bike racks. (PBNYC)

With the Hudson Yards open, the city has turned its eyes towards the next railroad yard to develop in Sunnyside, Queens. (Sunnyside Post)

Say hello to the city’s newest restaurants. (amNY)

An ode to the longtime neighborhood bar and what the loss of it means for the city. (Curbed)

Citi Bike is headed to where it’s never been before: Bushwick. (Gothamist)

Add the D train to the list of trains you want to steer clear of walking underneath. The MTA announced it will start cleaning the undersides of the D train’s elevated tracks after the 7 train started raining subway parts last month. The work is starting from the Stillwell Ave station. (Bklyner)

A history of NYC’s 13 triangle buildings. (Untapped Cities)

Summer school, but this is actually interesting. Prospect Park is looking or immigrant professors, researches, and lecturers to teach their “Open Air University,” which runs from June 11 to June 30. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Summerhill, Crown Heights’ “bullet hole” bar, has closed. (News 12)

Smorgasburg is coming back to its outdoor locations and Time Out has some suggestions about what you’re gonna want to taste. Here’s the full list of vendors/a>. (Time Out)

Former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis has been accused of rape. Porzingis claims the encounter was consensual. (amNY)

Sink your sweet tooth into Godiva’s midtown cafe, opening on April 18. (Eater)

It’s estimated 90,000 to 230,000 birds die in the city as a result of colliding with glass buildings. A proposed bill would require 90% of glass in new and altered buildings to be treated to reduce bird fatalities. (Curbed)

Inside the battle to fight off invasive species washing down the Bronx River from Westchester. (NY Times)

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Should you wash your hands after being on the subway? No, because except Brooklyn. (Red Hook Star-Revue)

Former Assemblymember Dov Hikind is blaming a Bklyner reporter for organizing the protest against Councilmember Kalman Yeger’s comments that Palestine “doesn’t exist.” (Bklyner)

There’s at least one benefit of living in Staten Island: it only costs you $5.50 to cross the Verrazzano to Brooklyn. If you’re a Brooklynite (or anyone else), it’ll cost you $19. (Bklyner)

A deep dive into Industry City’s effect on Sunset Park and UPROSE, a decades-old community group whose goal was always to revitalize that area as a manufacturing hub. (The Indypendent)

If you have someone who always wants to go to brunch but never has an idea of where to go: The NYC Brunch Directory. (The Infatuation)

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