The Briefly for February 8, 2019 – The “MTA Is A Disgrace For This State, We All Know It” Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, the Grand Hyatt on 42nd will be torn down, an NYPD captain attacked a cyclist, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you normally ride the 4, 5, D, N, and Q trains, get ready for a rough weekend. If you’re along the L, you already know what to expect. The weekend is only a few hours away, make sure to check the trains for closures and diversions before you head out. (6sqft)

The city will have to cut $750 million from its 2020 fiscal budget to make up for a near billion dollar shortfall of tax revenues. (amNY)

Andres Lopez Elorez was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in smuggling liquid heroin stuffed inside puppies. (NY Times)

“The MTA is a disgrace for this state, we all know it,” said the man who has so much control over the MTA that he was able to cancel the entire L train shutdown. (Curbed)

Why did an NYPD captain apparently tackle a man riding a bike in Midtown? (Streetsblog)

This is pretty cool. The city’s budget includes money to install technology at 300 intersections that will hold green lights and shorten red lights for keep city buses moving faster. (Streetsblog)

How’s the rezoning going in Gowanus? The community’s not thrilled. (Bklyner)

Did MTV cancel “Made in Staten Island?” Maybe those 9,300 signatures on change.org made a difference. (amNY)

If you don’t love the Mandarin Duck while he molts, you don’t deserve him at his best. (Gothamist)

Happy national pizza day on Saturday. Never forget John Stewart’s epic anti-Chicago deep-dish “pizza” rant.

Margaret Cho, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and more join Red Room Orchestra for two back-to-back evenings of live music from Twin Peaks and the films of Wes Anderson at Symphony Space on February 15 & 16. (Sponsored by Symphony Space)

Metropolitan Republican Club, the epicenter of the Proud Boys fights last year, has a new president. Ian Reilly formerly advised a group that endorsed shooting migrants, forgetting the Holocaust, and marched with neo-Nazis. (Gothamist)

The oil smell in the L train tunnels has lingered all week. The smells have made at least three MTA workers sick and caused the train to stop service for a period of time on Wednesday. (Brokelyn)

The 10 most charming spots in the Greenwich Village Historic District. (6sqft)

“Statues for Equality” will bring 10 bronze sculptures of women to the city. The 10 will raise the number of statues of women in the city by 200%. (6sqft)

The 25 most expensive homes for sale, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. (Curbed)

Whoops! Public Advocate candidate Ron Kim forgot to mention his ownership of multiple luxury properties to a state ethics agency. (The Real Deal)

The 10 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time. (Viewing NYC)

Say farewell to the Grand Hyatt on 42nd. Donald Trump’s first major Manhattan project is being torn down and replaced. (NY Post)

Etna Tool & Die was a staple of Bond Street for a century in a neighborhood with apartments selling for over ten million dollars. The building’s new owner has no intentions of giving in to the neighborhood’s pressures. (NY Times)

The most romantic restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 24, 2018 – The “Unemployed Drug Sniffing Dogs” Edition

The Garment District gets defensively rezoned, the most honest man in New York, the most common baby names of 2018, the best spots for day drinking, trashed trees, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Owning a piece of The Panorama of the City of New York is more attainable than owning a piece of the actual city. (Untapped Cities)

Looking back in time to the Christmas ads in the Village Voice from 1970. (Village Voice)

The City Council’s rezoning is helping keep the Garment District Garment. (The Real Deal)

Legal weed could have one unforeseen consequence: Some drug sniffing dogs will be out of a job. (NY Post)

How to get around and out of the city for Christmas. (6sqft)

Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village, the debut location of The Vagina Monologues, is set to close on January 2 after 40+ years. Rent started at $450/month in 1977 ($1,906.11 in 2018 dollars) and it’s now hit $33,000/month. (The Real Deal)

Five people were arrested for the murder of Ian Cruz, whose body was found half-naked in a bird sanctuary. (NY Post)

If you’re still in the city, here are 10 things to love about Christmas in NYC. (StreetEasy)

First Two Boots, now Grimaldi’s. The Limelight Shops in Chelsea’s Grimaldi’s was seized for over $117,333 in unpaid taxes, making it the third time a Grimaldi’s was shuttered for unpaid taxes in the last 10 years. (Eater)

Midwood Ambulance Services ambulatory service is accused of over-billing the government for $19 million for transporting Medicare patients. (NY Post)

If you’ve named your baby Emma, Liam, Olivia, Noah, Mia, or Jacob, congratulations! Those are the least original baby names city-wide. (Gothamist)

What do the Notorious B.I.G, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Woodie Guthrie have in common? (Gothamist)

Does New York really order more Chinese food on Christmas than other days? Hell yeah we do. (CityLab)

Say hello to Richard Taverna, the most honest man in New York. (West Side Rag)

Who’s throwing out Christmas trees already? (EV Grieve)

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The city has a new local racist who was caught on video. This local Upper West Side racist was accusing his black neighbor of “not living here.” (Gothamist)

The New York Hall of Science in Queens wants you to save that torn up wrapping paper… for SCIENCE! (amNY)

The secrets and hidden history of Queens’ Calvary and Saint John cemeteries. (amNY)

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain open through the federal government shutdown, including Governor Cuomo’s inaugural party on January 1, thanks to New York state footing the bill. Keeping the two sites open will cost the state $65,000 a day. (NY Post)

Taking the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge? Here’s some advice from a seasoned pro. (Brooklyn Paper)

Where to day drink in New York (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for December 13, 2018 – The “Signal Problems and One Billion Dollars in the Hole” Edition

The MTA’s budget woes get real, Letitia James has her sights set on Trump, Governor Cuomo shuts down the L train to investigate shutting down the L train and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

2,100 new apartments are planned for East New York, but unlike literally any other new about new apartments, all 2,100 will be for low and middle income families and will have shuttle service to and from the L and 3 trains. (New York YIMBY)

A 6-year-old girl was in a hit-and-run in the Bronx trying to cross the street at East 172nd Street and Harrod Avenue, an intersection with no crosswalks, traffic lights, or stop signs. She is in serious condition and the NYPD is looking for the driver. (amNY)

Say hello to three finalists for NYC’s “trashcan of the future.” (Gothamist)

Every city landmark in one place. The Historic Districts Council’s new website maps and lists all 144 historic districts, individual landmark, interior landmark, and scenic landmark in the city. (6sqft)

What the hell is this green slurry being pulled out of the ground near the L train? (Gothamist)

The best donut shops in the city. (Thrillist)

The story and design behind IDNYC, illustrated. (NY Times)

Watch of 90 years of Christmas in NYC. (The New Yorker)

Mayor de Blasio says peace officers ripping a one-year-old from his mother is “unbelievable” and “It will not happen again.” Right. (NY Post)

If you’ve been putting off buying a Christmas tree, this is the best time to buy one. (Thrillist)

How would you feel if a state agency created an ad campaign centered around your face stating you had HIV? Ask Avril Nolan, who won a $125,000 lawsuit over that campaign. (NY Post)

Here comes NYCHA 2.0, which will bring $24 billion of repairs to public housing developments over ten years. (Curbed)

The story of the Manhattan Bridge. (StreetEasy)

In order to get a better look at the L train tunnels before the L train shutdown, Governor Cuomo will shut down the L train for a personal tour. (Gothamist)

The fantastical story of Nicolas DeMeyer, the international wine thief. (NY Post)

Citing concerns over pressure to fulfill unreasonable quotas, 12-hour shifts, safety concerns, and insufficient breaks, workers in Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse are pushing to unionize. (Bloomberg)

Incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James has the Trump family in her legal crosshairs when she takes office next month. (NBC News)

The MTA approved a $17 billion budget for 2019 while calling for a restructuring in the near future to avoid a financial crisis. While the restructuring seems unlikely, fare hikes are pretty much guaranteed. (amNY)

Sometimes a train is delayed because someone has to poop. (@NYCTSubway)

Amazon representatives appeared in a City Hall hearing voluntarily to have a “meaningful dialogue with the City Council and the residents of New York.” Maybe they haven’t met the residents of New York. (NY Times)

Julian von Abele, the noted racist Columbia University student who said “white people are the best thing that happened to the world,” blamed his rant on identity politics. In the same statement he said “we should all be allowed to be proud of our heritage.” Dude, come on. (Gothamist)

Even with an assumed $270 million hike in revenues in 2019, the MTA is still expecting a billion dollar deficit in 2022. Remind us where Andy Byford is getting his $40 billion to fix the subways? (NY Post)

The most popular dog names of 2018. (Brokelyn)

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