The Briefly for May 16, 2019 – The “Maybe NYC is Better Off With An Absentee Mayor?” Edition

The TWA Hotel is open, the best tiki bars in the city, the governor blocks the Williams gas pipeline, a helicopter crashed in the Hudson, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A new bill is looking to ban landlords from using facial recognition technology in their buildings and would allow tenants to pursue civil lawsuits against any landlord who did. (Gothamist)

You’ve got four chances to check out Manhattanhenge this summer, starting in two weeks. (amNY)

By the time you read this, there’s a good chance that our dummy of a mayor has decided to not listen to New Yorkers, or his friends, or common sense, or the rest of the country, and launched his presidential bid on Good Morning America. Maybe the city will be better off if he’s never around? (Splinter)

The City Council wants to provide the NYPD with more funding for the understaffed Collision Investigation Squad to investigate the 2,000 – 3,000 fatal crashes annually, of which they respond to just over 5% of. James O’Neill, NYPD commissioner, isn’t interested. (Streetsblog)

A dump truck driver struck and killed a 58-year-old man while he was crossing W. 21st Street in Coney Island on Saturday. (Brooklyn Paper)

The TWA Hotel is open in all its retro glory. (Curbed)

More photos from inside the TWA Hotel. (6sqft)

Has the TWA Hotel truly opened if there was not a list of ten fun facts about it? (Untapped Cities)

New York City is nothing without its eccentricities, including Washington Square Park’s Bubble Man, Stephen Duncan. (GVSHP)

The best happy hours in Brooklyn. (The Infatuation)

There are over 1.6 million feet of sidewalk sheds in the city, and now there’s an interactive map to keep tabs on them all. (Viewing NYC)

Over 120,000 New Yorkers rely on the MTA’s Acess-A-Ride to get around the city, but just because they rely on it, it doesn’t mean it’s at all reliable. (NY Times)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, except when it comes to the big dumb idiots at Big Seven Travel, which declared the Boston Accent “sexier” than the New York accent. (Patch)

A look at Cafe Phin, the city’s only authentic Vietnamese coffee roaster. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will no longer accept gifts from the human monsters of the Sackler family, architects of the country’s opioid crisis. (NY Times)

The gala honoring Brazil’s president and the man who is so outwardly homophobic it wouldn’t be a shock if he was secretly gay himself Jair Bolsonaro happened without his presence, but not without interruptions and protests. (Gothamist)

How did the subway lines get their letters or numbers? Let’s take a look. (amNY)

LaGuardia and JFK are nowhere near the top-ranked airports in the world, which is no shock to anyone who has the dubious pleasure of traveling through them. (Patch)

Don’t look now, but the company responsible for Northside Festival and Brooklyn Magazine, which had held tens of thousands of dollar from former employees, seems to have ghosted. The website for the festival says the 2019 information is “coming soon.” (Gothamist)

Check out the architectural finalists for the city’s Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC competition, which challenged firms to design affordable housing on small lots across the city. (Curbed)

A “severely decomposed” body was found in the basement of a Brooklyn Heights building by maintenance workers. An NYPD investigation is ongoing. (Bklyner)

Marijuana isn’t legal for recreational use, but that hasn’t stopped the state legislature from moving on to “important” issues like trying to make texting or using or looking at any portable electronic device while crossing the road punishable by fines. (Gothamist)

A helicopter operated by “the Uber of helicopters” Blade landed in the Hudson River on Wednesday with no serious injuries or deaths, so it’s safe to watch the videos of it all going down without guilt. (Gothamist)

Non-profit internet service provider and privacy-friendly company NYC Mesh is expanding its service to Greenpoint. (Greenpointers)

Governor Cuomo’s administration blocked the Williams gas pipeline that would terminate just off the Rockaways, pointing out it would result in a failure to meet the state’s water quality standards. The company plans on reapplying, but with the governor’s focus on environmental issues, the chance of approval seems very low. (Politico)

The absolute best places for tiki drinks in the city. (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for February 6, 2019 – The “Do You Smell Maple Syrup or an Oil Spill?” Edition

Historians plan to block the Brooklyn Promenade construction, the NYCHA gets a new leader, an atomic Super Bowl meltdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Get a feel for the city’s housing crisis with an interactive map of 20,000 evictions in 2018. (Curbed)

How to watch tonight’s ten person Public Advocate debate. (Patch)

Has it already been ten years since the mysterious maple syrup smell took over the city. Was it Northrax? Nope. It was a a perfume and food additive processing plant. (Gothamist)

The MTA is having a banner week. Maybe they’re celebrating the anniversary? A noxious gas filled the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn on Tuesday as a result of an oil leak. (Brooklyn Paper)

Know your pain before you arrive. JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia’s websites now show real-time information on the wait times for taxis and TSA checkpoints. (Curbed)

The mayor expanded dual-language pre-K programs, which will now include French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, and Hebrew in addition to Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Bengali, which are already available. The expansion has a dual purpose of also giving the mayor more control over the city’s schools. (Chalkbeat)

Why city parking is so annoying and how to master it. (Thrillist)

Historic preservation groups may sue the city if the city’s BQE plans move forward that removes the Brooklyn Promenade. (Curbed)

Apple may open a new office at Hudson Yards. Another tech company making a home in NYC without negotiating subsidies. (6sqft)

Why are condos more expensive than co-ops? (StreetEasy)

If you hate large sandwiches, this tiny egg sandwich is for you. (Eater)

Five mothers filed complaint against the NYPD after they say they were forced to pump breast milk in front of their colleagues, a violation of a 2007 law. (NY Post)

The 9 most romantic spots in NYC and also the Staten Island Ferry. (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is claiming the state senate is playing politics with the Amazon HQ2 deal by appointing Senator Michael Gianaris to the Public Authorities Control Board. The governor has to approve Gianaris’ appointment to the board. Will he? “Well we’re not there yet.” (Gothamist)

State Senator Michael Gianaris gets the NY Times profile treatment. (NY Times)

Trump Tower: Luxury living for the morally bankrupt. (EV Grieve)

The FDNY saved 46 puppies and two cats from a burning pet store on the Upper East Side. No puppies were injured. (NY Post)

It’s a bad week for Broadway shows. “Anastasia” will lose on March 31. (NY Times)

NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia will serve as interim head of NYCHA, Garcia is the head of the Department of Sanitation and also the city’s lead czar. (Pix 11)

MoMA will close for four months to re-envision how the collection is presented, from June 15 to October 21. (Patch)

The East Village’s Atomic Wings had a super atomic meltdown during the Super Bowl. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 24, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown Alternative Plans are Here” Edition

The MTA board member challenge, the housing violation and asthma connection, LaGuardia Lake, electric scooters may become viable, Alec Baldwin plead guilty, and more in today’s daily NYC news update.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the city’s gun law that limits residents from transporting their guns from their homes. (NY Times)

Your horror of a Wednesday morning commute was brought to you by a water main break that flooded the tracks in Chelsea and someone on the tracks at Bryant Park. (NY Post)

The MTA Board Member Challenge: Can you name a single member of the MTA’s board? (NY Times)

Here are the possible details of the L Train Unshutdown (editor’s note: we need a better name for this), according to a leaked memo. It’s not pretty. (Streetsblog)

Say hello to the Peanut Butter Dream Waffle, the Leslie Knope-worthy Frankenstein’s Monster from Clinton Hall. Nutella, peanut butter cups, waffles, and peanut butter pie all for $25. (Brokelyn)

LaGuardia Airport was once likened to “some third world country” by America’s uncle Joe Biden. It didn’t help when a sprinkler head burst in Terminal B, creating an indoor lake for travelers to walk through. (Gothamist)

Photos from inside Ellis Island’s abandoned hospital complex. Spoiler alert: It’s creepy. (Untapped Cities)

7 dinner suggestions for Valentine’s Day under $75. (amNY)

Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted assault and second-degree harassment when he punched someone over a parking spot. He’ll complete a short anger management class and pay a $120 fine. (amNY)

Housing violations and high asthma rates have a connection, according to a new analysis. (Curbed)

Do New Yorkers prefer Cuomo or Gillibrand for president in 2020? Trick question. We prefer Bloomberg. (Politico)

The DOT has an open call for artists that end on February 15. (DOT)

Watch the construction of the TWA Hotel in the only way to watch construction: time-lapse. (6sqft)

Demolition permits for 80 Flatbush Ave and Katie Merz’ mural (highlighted in The Briefly last week) have been filed. The project is set to complete in 2025. (Bklyner)

Two of the students in the Poly Prep High School blackface video have transferred. Everyone involved, including the parents, have awful excuses for the video. (Gothamist)

The story of Transmitter Park, from the hunting grounds of Native Americans, to WNYC’s A.M. transmitter site, to public park. (Greenpointers)

The three cities in “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “High Maintenance,” and “Broad City” still make one New York. (NY Times)

Here are the details on a supposed “secret” subway and bus fare hike alternate plan. It’s a secret and the New York Times and Gothamist have written about it? (Gothamist)

America’s most expensive home is on Central Park South. A 24,000 square foot apartment on Central Park South sold for $238 million and will serve as a second home for a Chicago billionaire. (Curbed)

From the “Everyone you know on Facebook probably already shared this story” file: Chick-Fil-A is reportedly taking over the Old Blue Water Grill space in Union Square when it closes after more than 20 years. (Gothamist)

The Dream Act was passed by the state’s legislature and will provide financial aid to the 146,000 undocumented minors in New York state. The DREAM Fund will be funded by private contributions and will not be funded by the state. (NY Times)

Has the F train randomly turning express F’ed your commute lately? City Councilmember Brad Lander is created an F train express incident form with a hope of shining a light on the issue. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Is the city ready to allow electric scooters on our streets? (Mashable)

Commissioner James O’Neill says the NYPD is turning to apps, basketball leagues, and virtual reality to help reduce violent crime in six targeted neighborhoods. (NY Post) Watch the full State of the NYPD speech. (CBS News)

Meet Goliath, the hero boxer and very good boy, who saved his human’s life while their home in East New York caught fire. The fire destroyed three homes and aside from a broken arm, everyone is safe. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

RIP Jimmy “Blanco” Becker, Orchard St’s “man in white.” (Bowery Boogie)

Throw an ax, take a dip, play laser tag, and other indoor activities to help beat back the winter blues. (Thrillist)

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