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 15, 2019 – The “Manhattan’s Getting More Junk in the Trunk” Edition

The death of a supposed mob boss, Lou Reed’s archive is now available at the NYPL, a guide to the Hudson Yards, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The NYPD’s hate crime unit is investigating the anti-Semitic graffiti on an ad featuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (NBC New York)

The MTA will stop L train construction at 7pm following months of constructing dragging on for nearby residents until 11pm six days a week. (Town & Village)

Is Bushwick ready for a Chipotle with liquor? (Patch)

Lower Manhattan is going to expand by approximately 500 feet in a $10 billion effort to protect the neighborhood from the next superstorm. (Gothamist)

Francesco Cali, the supposed boss of the Gambino crime family, was shot dead in front of his Staten Island home on Wednesday night. No suspect has been identified. (Patch)

Frank Cali’s neighborhood was, as the Times puts it, “a fitting location for an old-fashioned Mafia hit.” (NY Times)

Things are just peachy along the L train, as service to Manhattan was suspended on Thursday morning after debris fell onto the tracks. Also? No L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn this weekend. (Gothamist)

Watch a visualization of the city’s development from 1609 through today. (Myles Zhang)

30 reliable first date spots in Brooklyn, also 30 places to people-watch first dates. (Eater)

A decomposing body was found in the water near the Brooklyn Army Terminal on Wednesday morning, the man was not identified. (Bklyner)

Okay, is winter over yet? (Patch)

The Department of Health announced five yeshivas who illegally allowed unvaccinated students to attend school and the measles count is now at 158. 137 of those cases are under 18. (Bklyner)

All the restaurant specialty nights worth checking out. (Grubstreet)

A guide to inside Hudson Yards, which officially opens today. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn’s District Attorney is dipping a toe into the sex work decriminalization debate. He doesn’t support decriminalization but has stated is “rethinking” loitering charges. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Long Island City residents asked for a bike lane along Borden Avenue in January, a cyclist was hit and killed on that road three months later. (Gothamist)

A new bill proposed by City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal would create a searchable database to show empty storefronts that have been vacant for over three months, and owners facing a $1,000 fine for each week they fail to register. (Patch)

Lou Reed’s handwritten poems, sketches, photographs, recordings, and other personal items were acquired by the New York Public Library and will be on display starting today. (amNY)

Part of the celebration of Lou Reed is a limited edition library card sporting his image. (BrooklynVegan)

Everything you need to know about Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. (6sqft)

Where to eat out when you really can’t afford to. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 8, 2019 – The “Does NYC’s Best Breakfast Cost Less Than a Subway Ride?” Edition

The Amazon Killer has a new challenger, the latest proposed tax to find the MTA, transformative women of the Village, and more.

Are you ready for the weekend? Are you ready for the weekend’s subway changes and disruptions? (6sqft)

Mark Manders’ “Tilted Head” installation is now viewable at the entrance to Central Park at 60th St and Fifth Ave. It is a giant, crumbling, tilted head, not just a clever nickname. (Untapped Cities)

Food 52 declared the best breakfast in New York City and it’s only $1.75. (Food 52)

Yellow cab drivers are protesting $2.50 surcharge they are charged for any rides south of 96th St, saying the tax unfairly burdens them compared to other for-hire cars. (Gothamist)

Every new proposed tax could help fund the MTA, the latest being a pied-à-terre tax. Now all the state has to do is actually pull the trigger. (6sqft)

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Amazon killer, has some words for David Lichtenstein, the man who said the day Amazon decided to back out of their plan was the “worst day for NYC once 9/11.” (The Real Deal)

Gianaris has competition from within the Democratic party in the form of a 39-year old Justin Potter, owner of DefeatGianaris.com. (LICTalk)1

A bill being considered in Albany would add six holidays to the school year. (CBS New York)

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced he’s resigning from the office he has held for the last 27 years due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. His Chief Assistant John Ryan will take over effective immediately. (QNS)

14 chefs pick the city’s most underrated restaurants. (Grubstreet)

An 11-year-old was taken into custody after making a shooting threat at Bay Academy Junior High School. (Bklyner)

The orthopedic surgeon who bakes pizza. The biomedical engineer Ph.D. who drives an Uber. Brain waste is growing among the city’s immigrant communities. (City Limits)

20 transformative women of Greenwich Village. (6sqft)

5 apps every NYC foodie should download. Don’t worry, none of them are Yelp, Foursquare, Seamless, GrubHub, Meal Pal, or Ritual. (amNY)

Inside Lucali, who Food Insider calls “the most legendary pizza restaurant in Brooklyn.” (Food Insider)

What you need to know about Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Midtown. (Curbed)

The MTA and DOT may bail on the 14th Street busway during the L train rehab. (Streetsblog)

The Weeksville History Center in Crown Heights is holding a Wikipedia-Thon this Saturday to celebrate the importance of the contributions women have made. (Brownstoner)

The long list of restaurants who closed this week, including the 30-plus-year-old Trattoria Spaghetto in the West Village. (Eater)

Would you get a haircut at one of Yelp’s worst-rated barber shops? (Viewing NYC)

Why hasn’t one of the 21 congressional delegates from New York endorsed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for president? (NY Times)

The story of how an Upper East Side man’s overdose triggered a waterfall of arrests, including an NYPD cop and more than a dozen drug dealers. (NY Post)

The hottest Manhattan restaurants this month. (Eater)

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