The Briefly for February 26, 2019 – The “Trial of Socialite Grifter is the New Trial of El Chapo” Edition

Inside a multi-million dollar Airbnb scam, the Public Advocate election, Eater’s massive guide to NYC Chinese food, the mystery of the barnacle Citi Bike, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s the last guide to today’s election that you’ll see in The Briefly. (Patch)

Polling places opened at 6am and will be open until 9pm. Find your polling location.

Double check to see if you are registered if you have any doubts.

The Board of Education’s attempts to keep translators out of polling locations has failed. A state judge rejected the lawsuit and the city will add Russian, Yiddish, Haitian Creole, and Polish translators to 48 locations in addition to Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Bangala. (Patch)

El Chapo’s trial is over just in time for the city to get ready for the trial of the socialite grifter Anna Delvey. (NY Post)

‘“We’re not criminals,” he said at his lawyer’s office, while puffing from a Juul he kept in a black leather pouch fastened to a chain around his neck. He shrugged: “I don’t own a yacht or a big penthouse.”’ Inside a $20 million Airbnb scam across 130 apartments in the city which housed nearly 76,000 guests using 100 host accounts and 18 corporations in order to obfuscate the con. (NY Times)

A map of the city’s farmers’ markets, CSAs, food boxes, and fresh pantries. (City Council)

Have you witnessed the subways “dramatic” improvement in service? I guess it depends if you consider 76.6% a good grade. (Curbed)

A cab driver who fatally hit a young woman and drove away on Sunday was released from police custody without being charged. No reason for the lack of charges was given. (NY Post)

Rockaway Beach is literally disappearing. (CBS New York)

The MTA announced four public meetings to go over the new L train non-shutdown repairs. (6sqft)

A new coalition of people in the sex trades wants New York to become the first state to fully decriminalize sex work. (The Appeal)

The city’s newest and greatest mystery is the Citi Bike covered in barnacles. (Gothamist)

Say goodbye to MetroCards, say hello to OMNY. It stands for One Metro New York and is the future of paying for your crappy subway and bus service. (BrooklynVegan)

The city will be hit with a Bernie Bro-nado this weekend as Bernie Sanders will stage his first 2020 campaign rally at Brooklyn College. (amNY)

This is what an escalator looks like when it malfunctions and it is terrifying. (amNY)

Will the Brooklyn Promenade’s potential highway replacement bring back an old idea of a cross-Brooklyn underground highway? Is Brooklyn ready for its own version of Boston’s The Big Dig? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Today is the 26 year anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo signed the “Red Flag” gun control bill into law. The law prohibits anyone showing signs they are a threat to themselves or others from buying or possessing any type of firearm. New York is the first state that authorizes teachers, family members, and school administrators to fight school shootings by seeking preemptive action. (Politico)

The latest school to find itself in hot water after students were caught on video being presidential-level homophobic, misogynistic, and racist is Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Lola Jean will be trying to set “The World Squirting Record” tonight as part of a kinky carnival. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

Timothy Glover, hero, was charged with criminal mischief in the second-degree for beheading Diddy’s statue at Madame Tussaud’s. (NY Post)

The City Council is readying a pied-à-terre tax on non-primary residence apartments purchased for over $5 million. (amNY)

It’s a sprint for the city to finish the necessary work on 5,800 NYCHA apartments that need to have lead-contaminated paint issues resolved before the end of the month to comply with a federally imposed deadline. (NY Post)

Eater has published its massive and exhaustive guide to Chinese food in NYC. (Eater)

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The Briefly for Valentine’s Day 2019 – The “Best Places to Cry in Public” Edition

Blame a pigeon for all your mistakes, a proposed ban on plastic forks and knives, Walt Whitman the Brooklyn Hipster, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

We are less than two weeks away from the special election for Public Advocate. Of the 5.2 million registered voters in the city, less than one million are expected to turn out to vote. (Gotham Gazette)

The white supremacist who stabbed Tim Caughman to death in 2017 in hopes of starting a race war was sentenced to life in prison for murder as terrorism. (NY Times)

The Bronx saw over two billion dollars of real estate investment last year with over half of that in the South Bronx. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The city’s best places to cry in public, mapped. (Curbed)

Multiple immigrants are suing ICE for violating their constitutional right and allowing their lawyers to effectively represent them. ICE has refused to bring jailed immigrants to court since last June, preferring to have them represented through video feeds plagued with technical problems. (Patch)

Walt Whitman, Brooklyn hipster. (Brokelyn)

Maybe the L train is cursed. An anti-Nazi sticker caused an entire train to be removed from service in the middle of Wednesday morning’s commute, thanks to MTA policy. (Gothamist)

The oncoming L train construction will cause “on board crowding greater than anything ever experienced on the NYC subway system on a sustained basis,” according to an internal MTA memo. Cursed! (Gothamist)

City Councilman Rafael Espinal is trying to ban plastic forks and knives. Bon appetit, take out eaters. (Eater)

Yeah, you can drink seltzer, but what if you could experience the feeling of drinking seltzer in a retail location? It might sound like nonsense, but once you see photos of Recess’ (the seltzer company) pop-up space, you might understand. Maybe you won’t. (Time Out)

The City Council is calling for the appointment of a special education “czar” to advocate and oversee the implementation of services to children with special needs, as parents are unaware of their rights within the school system. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

During the L train construction, trains will run once every twenty minutes from 8pm-5am on weekdays and all day on the weekends. The G train will have additional service, but the extra cars that were planned on each train will be scrapped. (Streetsblog)

If something goes wrong, blame a pigeon. Classic New York. (Gothamist)

An interactive map of all 1.4 million vehicle collisions since July of 2012. (Todd W. Schneider)

The Reckless Driver Accountability would require a car with five or more red-light and speed camera violations to be impounded until the owner completed a reckless driver accountability program. (Bklyner)

If you’re someone who is perpetually looking for somewhere interesting to go on dates, NYC Date Nite is the IG account for you. “A how-to on dating in NYC, from someone who has done a lot of it.” (@nycdatenite)

Kudos to Gothamist, who actually tried to clean a subway platform in light of the governor’s mocking quotes this week. (Gothamst)

Councilman Jumaane Williams was endorsed by the Kings County Democratic Committee in his bid for Public Advocate. (Bklyner)

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29 best places to eat vegan in the city. (Grubstreet)

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The Briefly for January 13, 2019 – The “El Chapo is Guilty On All Counts” Edition

Outback Steakhouse is the hot NYC V-Day date, New York’s Green New Deal, an NYPD sting may have targeted LGBTQ bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A brief history of Rubén Díaz Sr.’s controversial statements. (amNY)

Given Diaz Sr’s previous statements, Corey Johnson was criticized for emboldening him by former Speaker and Public Advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito. (NY Post)

El Chapo is guilty. (NY Times)

Amazon’s HQ2 still has 58% support in the city. (NY Post)

Along Vernon Blvd in Long Island City the percentage of business owners and employees that approve HQ2 is even higher at 86%. (TimesLedger)

The culprit behind the L train stench has been identified as a Shell station with a history of oil leaks. (Greenpointers)

10 things you might not know about Riverside Park. (6sqft)

Aziz Ansari took the stage a the Comedy Cellar a year after sexual misconduct allegations against him. He spent a portion of his set talking about how he hopes it was a step forwarding he hopes he’s become a better person, which is something that can’t be said of Louis CK. (Gothamist)

Nothing in Amazon’s subsidies are new. The city has given away $5 billion in “tax expenditures” for economic development projects to increase employment and reduce office vacancies, but it hasn’t been able to do either effective. The city council has called for the program to be phased out. (Gothamist)

Did you lose all your Nintendo Switch games on the subway? (/r/NYC)

Whole Foods is raising its prices on 550 items, reversing course from their post-purchase by Amazon. (Grubstreet)

Hate winter? Don’t worry, in 60 years New York’s climate will feel more like Arkansas. (Patch)

We have enough problems on the subway before Inside Edition starts shaming fare evaders. (Gothamist)

The Universal Hip Hop Museum will break ground later this year. (Welcome2TheBronx)

There are only three cities in the US with worse traffic than New York. Boston is, of course, the #1 worst with Washington DC and Chicago second and third. (Patch)

The NYPD mobilized a multi-agency response to “community hotspots” in October, but were the coordinated raids disproportionally targeting LGBTQ bars? (Gothamist)

New York isn’t going to wait for AOC’s Green New Deal to pass on a federal level. The state’s legislature introduced a bill to turn the state greenhouse gas neutral by 2030. (amNY)

The NYCHA suspended with the intent to fire Ivo Nikolic, the head of the agency’s elevator division, for allegations he violated anti-discrimination policies. (The Real Deal)

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was fatally shot by friendly fire while responding to a robbery in Queens on Tuesday night. (NY Post)

Red Lobster, Applebee’s, Benihana, and Outback Steakhouse are four of the city’s top ten bars and restaurants for Valentine’s Day according to Lyft. (Bedford + Bowery)

The 13 hottest lunch spots in the city. (Eater)

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