The Briefly for October 25, 2018 – The “Signs of the L-pocalypse” Edition

Expect multiple fare hikes in the coming years from the MTA, the most annoying woman in Crown Heights, inside the collapse of PilotWorks, the Squirrel Census, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Inside the sudden collapse of Pilotworks, the food incubator that housed about 175 small businesses. (The Bridge)

Bike lanes have been painted on 12th and 13th St, one of the first signs of the L-pocalypse. (Chelsea Now)

The MTA’s new station managers are focusing on making the subways look cleaner, but the results aren’t easily seen. Will a visible difference on the platform make more of an impact than noticeably better service? (Gothamist)

“Unless we get a sustainable new source of revenue, we have no other options to balance our budget after 2019.” Expect fare hikes and service cuts in the coming years as the MTA won’t be able to fill their budget gap. Where’s that $37 billion going to come from to fix the subways? (amNY)

11 NYC restaurants made it on to OpenTable’s 50 best vegetarian restaurants list. (amNY)

Meet Kathleen Reilly, the most annoying woman in Crown Heights. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Thousands of new apartments are being built on the Lower East Side, here is a map of all of them. (Curbed)

After his failed Lieutenant Governor Democratic nomination bid, Councilmember Jumaane Williams has his eyes set on NYC’s Public Advocate position. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The thrill of the Central Park Squirrel Census is real, and it goes beyond the pencils and pins given to the volunteers (but they’re pretty cool too). (Atlas Obscura)

The city’s worst landlords are costing us $300 million annually. (Curbed)

Dean Skelos, once one of the most powerful men in Albany, will be going to jail for over four years for abusing his office to benefit his son. Speaking of his son, he’s going to jail for four years too. (NY Post)

TapeScape, at the Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum, looks like an Instagram-bait installation but in a real museum. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The anti-MAGA #KeepNYCTrashFree posters popping up around the city is the work of artist Winston Tseng, who was the man behind the parody “Your Train is Delayed” ad campaign. (Gothamist)

Will Brooklyn’s Watchtower sign be replaced? The Board of Standards and Appeals will make the decision on November 8. (Curbed)

The race between Marty Golden and his Democratic opponent Andrew Gounardes is one of the city’s most interesting. Their debate, covering gender identity, abortion, state-wide health insurance, and more. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The morning after their debate, Golden’s office had the words “Marty Golden defends Nazis” in chalk in front of his district office, a criticism of his refusal to fire a campaign staffer who invited the leader of the Proud Boys to speak at the GOP club on the Upper East Side. (Kings County Politics)

Consent is mandatory. (Bedford and Bowery)

Two women were found dead and duct-taped together under a pier at W 68th and Riverside Park South on Wednesday afternoon. The NYPD are investigating. (NY Post)

Rent is at an all-time high in Manhattan ($3,247!), but the borough’s home sales in saw their largest drop in Q3 since the financial crisis. (StreetEasy)

Fort Greene’s Great Pupkin Dog Halloween Costume Contest was moved from this Saturday to Sunday. Plan accordingly! (Gothamist)


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The Briefly for September 28, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, A Pre-Obituary for Governors Island, and More

Fetch is finally a thing, the weekend subway changes, saving NYC could destroy its coastline, new art in Madison Square Park, and more

There is no 5 train this weekend, the D & F trains are messed up, the G is only partially running, it’s the last weekend of L service for the next month, and everything you need to survive the weekend’s subway changes. (6sqft)

A pre-obituary for Governors Island as we know it. (NY Times)

Will the proposed storm surge barrier designed to save New York City destroy the coastline in the process? (NY Times)

Take a subway vacation and try one of the city’s 15 other modes of transportation. (Untapped Cities)

There hasn’t been any enforcement action taken against any landlord in the city for failing to conduct annual lead inspections in the 14 years there has been a law on the books. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Isn’t everyone a bridge and tunnel type?” This question was asked, of course, by someone in Staten Island. (StreetEasy)

Workers at the area’s three airports will have the highest minimum wage of any public agency in the country at $19/hour by 2023. (NY Times)

Fifteen breweries to try in NYC. (Eater)

The Ruth Bader Ginsberg Brooklyn Municipal Building has a nice ring to it. (Curbed)

Cats do not control rat and mouse populations in cities. Sorry to disappoint. (Atlas Obscura)

What’s the history of Gay St? Glad you asked! (6sqft)

Dumbo is getting a new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library35 seconds to learn about the history of Central Park, there’s a video you should see. (Viewing NYC)

Will Dan Donovan’s embrace of Trump cost him a seat in Congress? Donovan’s opponent Max Rose received an endorsement from train enthusiast-turned-Vice President Joe Biden. (NY Times & Brooklyn Eagle)

By Chloe’s new CBD-infused line of vegan treats, reviewed. (Gothamist)

Madison Square Park unveiled 11 sculptures by sculptor Arlene Shechet as part of her “Full Steam Ahead” installation, using forms suggestive of nature. (Town & Village)

One city council member has an wacky idea on how to stop noise pollution from music venues. It’s a radical idea called soundproofing. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Congratulations Gretchen Weiners, you finally made fetch happen. On October 3rd (Mean Girls Day), W. 52nd St is becoming W. Fetch Street. (amNY)

Zagster is pulling out of the Rockaway dockless bike share program earlier than anticipated. Lime bikes will replace the bikes pulled from the program. (Curbed)

This 18-inch cheeseburger pizza weighs 40 pounds, is a foot tall, and costs $2,000. Champion Pizza will donate the profits to Hurricane Florence recovery. (amNY)


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