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 25, 2019 – The “Next Neighborhood to be Gentrified” Edition

Central Park has a new hot bird, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, the Gandalf of Greenpoint, the man caught kicking a woman in the head arrested, and more in today’s daily NYC news brief.

Bad news for you if you’re on one of the seven subway lines with late night closures and service changes this week. (Subway Changes)

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was 108 years ago today. (The Forward)

A look at 100 years of progress for women in New York’s political positions of power. (NY Times)

Eight monuments dedicated to real women. (Untapped Cities)

Is Brownsville going to be the next target for gentrification? The National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s “Shifting Neighborhood” report says it’s already begun. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Turns out Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick aren’t great as neighbors. (NY Post)

DUMBO’s cobblestone streets are disappearing. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Forget the hot Mandarin Duck, this season’s new hot bird is the Central Park Great Blue Heron. (Gothamist)

Yeah, birds are cool but how about the rise in the population of seals? (Viewing NYC)

The Gandalf of Greenpoint is the subway wizard we need. (Bedford + Bowery)

What constitutes a museum? Does a collection of 100 mugshots displayed in a Prospect Heights apartment count? (Gothamist)

Eat in Greenpoint like you’re Polish. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city’s Sacred Sites Open House weekend is on May 18 and 19 if you’ve been looking to get a look behind the scenes of the city’s houses of worship. (amNY)

The man who was allegedly shown kicking an elderly woman in the head on the subway was arrested. He claims the old woman threatened to stab him, his wife, and his daughter and that’s why he kicked her in the face. (NY Post)

The prosecutor supervising Michael Cohen’s case is leaving his job in April. (Politico)

Remember last week’s proposal to put a bike lane on the Verrazzano Bridge? It’s dead. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A bunch of buzzkill doctors issued a joint statement opposing marijuana legalization in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware. (NY Post)

MTA Unveils New Designated Seating For Commuters Who Look Like They’re About To Snap” (The Onion)

People in East Flatbush are so comfortable with the low crime rates in their neighborhood they are leaving their cars unlocked, causing an uptick in crime. *shakes head* (Bklyner)

The house belonging to Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather’ is for sale. Perhaps you’d like to make them an offer they can’t refure? (NY Post)

Better get your Zyrtec, Claritin, and whatever else you can think of now. This year’s allergy season is going to be hell. (Patch)

The city’s trash panda population are getting more and more brazen with every passing day. This time they claimed ownership of the A train tracks in Queens. (Patch)

Despite saying the death of the Amazon deal has been “talked to death,” the governor couldn’t help but talk about it even more, saying the opposing politicians engaged in a “form of corruption.” (28.2% of our readers said they blame Cuomo and de Blasio for the collapse of the deal) (NY Post)

The Guggenheim will no longer accept money from the Sackler family, the family who profited heavily from the opioid crisis. It follows the Tate and the British National Portrait Gallery. (NY Times)

Don’t call for robocall scams this tax season. Actually, don’t answer your phone until the fall. (Viewing NYC)

HUD Administrator Lynne Patton continued her tour of NYCHA facilities, finally hitting Staten Island, where she said the development was “inhumane” and a “humanitarian crisis.” (NY Post)

If you rent an apartment, do you have a right to a key? As keyless systems are on the rise, some tenants don’t have keys to their homes. (NY Times)

How bad is Amtrak service at Penn Station? How about a maintenance train derailed over the weekend. (NY Post)

A man wearing only a shirt (the full Donald Duck”) was shot by the NYPD in Queens after setting a car on fire outside a police precint. He was arrested and is expected to survive. (NY Times)

A goat escaped a slaughterhouse in the Bronx. Seeking asylum, the goat found sanctuary at a farm upstate, and that’s not a euphemism. (NY Post)

Say hello to four of the city’s newest restaurants. (amNY)

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The Briefly for March 22, 2019 – The “Trapped on the Subway with the Mayor” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, Grimaldi’s was sold, another loose farm animal, 17 great non-Chick-Fil_A chicken sandwiches, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re on the 3, 4, 6, or L trains, you’re one of the lucky ones this weekend. This weekend’s subway changes are here, and they ain’t pretty. (6sqft)

Meet Rihanna Jones, the Bed-Stuy woman trying to make the afro hair emoji happen. (Patch)

What do you do if you’re trapped on the Q train for an hour? Sing Jackson 5, of course. (@Empathetics)

What’s worse than being trapped on the subway? Trapped on the subway and having to listen to the mayor talk. (Patch)

How unpopular is Mayor de Blasio? He’s less popular than the president, and Trump’s approval rating in New York is an embarrassing 28%. (Patch)

A seafood lover’s guide to New York’s newest restaurants. (Grub Street)

A sketchy interview with New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg. (Gothamist)

Post-Finding Neverland, New York has decisions to make about how intertwined we want Michael Jackson through our city. (Gothamist)

The artist behind the East Village mural of Michael Jackson says he doesn’t support taking the mural down. (The Villager)

CitiField’s new food has a better chance of being a success than the Mets do this year. The new entrants to the lineup includes a pizza cupcake, dulcinea, dumplings from Destination Dumplings, sliders, hot dog sliders, Emmy Squared’s colony pizza and Le Big Matt. (amNY)

13 places in Greenwich Village that witnessed history. (6sqft)

Macy’s Flower Show opens this Sunday, with a Journey to Paradisios theme. Bring a coat, it’ll be a cool 60 degrees inside all day to preserve the flowers. (amNY)

Vessel’ is a temporary name for the 15-story stair sculpture in the Hudson Yards. The owners are soliciting ideas for a new name. (Gothamist)

The New York City version of the vintage Pace Picante salsa commercial is Grimaldi’s being bought by a company from Arizona. (Eater)

NYPD Sgt. Howard Roth agreed to pay $6,000 after he tried to use his badge to get special treatment from the Taxi and Limousine Commission and then making threats when he didn’t get it. (NY Post)

The racial disparities in Stuyvesant High School’s admissions is only one part of a much bigger problem city-wide. (NY Times)

The Second Ave. Sagas podcast is back and the first episode of the revival is a 45-minute interview with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. (Second Ave Sagas)

The city was recently sued under the Americans for Disabilities Act after 75% of the curbs in Lower Manhattan presented a variety of safety hazards. The city agreed to survey all 162,000 sidewalk curbs to make sure they are all accessible to those who are mobility and vision-impaired. (Gothamist)

12 coffee shops perfect for working. (Eater)

Every blue mailbox in the city will be revamped in hopes of preventing mail fishing. This means the end of sending anything other than letters due to the slot size. (NY Times)

Pot legalization was dropped from the state budget, officially ending hopes of legalization by April 1. Governor Cuomo is hoping there will an agreement about it by June. (CNN)

“Saw an illegal dirtbike doing a wheelie thru the hood aka the official start of Spring” (@desusnice)

A sheep was found tied to a tree in Coney Island Creek Park late Thursday night. This farm animals getting loose situation is baaad. (NY Post)

Real estate agents twist the truth more than a short, insecure guy on OK Cupid. What does “great bones” mean, anyway? (NY Times)

If you’ve got the money (and space), this 8,000+ VHS tape collection of over forty years of boxing matches collected by a classical pianist that lived in a 137th St apartment could be yours. (NY Times)

17 great chicken sandwiches that aren’t from Chick-Fil-A. (Grub Street)

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