The Briefly for February 1, 2019 – The “Live from New York, It’s Saturday And Live” Edition

A 49 square foot apartment, the city signs partial control over the NYCHA to the Trump administration, weekend subway changes, congestion pricing comes to for-hire vehicles, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The good news is the 7 train is back to running between Queens and Manhattan. The bad news is it’s easier to list the subway lines with no scheduled outages or changes this weekend: 2, 3, 6, and Q. Everything else? Check on the trains before you go. (6sqft)

The federal government, Ben Carson, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have new authority over the NYCHA. HUD will have a say in appointing NYCHA’s next CEO and select a monitor to oversee operations. The city will dedicate $2.2 billion in funding, HUD will contribute $1.5 billion this year, and NYCHA will undergo a restructuring. (amNY)

Your taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc rides will soon cost more as congestion pricing is coming to your for-hire cars. (NY Times)

“SNL” stands for Saturday AND Live, right? Donald Trump Jr seems to think so. (@MattBinder)

If you think parking in the city is hard, wait until you try parking without any signage. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Is the closure of St Mark’s Comics the death knell for the Easy Village? Maybe not. The GVSHP is calling for an East Village Special Zoning District to Protect Small Businesses and Discourage Chain Stores to be created with a petition. That’s a mouthful! (GVSHP)

After 20 years, Greenpoint institution Enid’s is closing at the end of March. (Greenpointers)

A fascinating look behind the scenes at Saturday And Live’s cue cards. (Gothamist)

The New York City Economic Development Corporation tries to defend Amazon HQ2 with a 53 second video explaining what the city can do with $13.5 billion in taxes. (Viewing NYC)

Trader Joe’s in Union Square will end home deliveries. Time to go get your own peanut butter filled pretzels. (EV Grieve)

Cheers to the one man show that is the Booze History Museum of Staten Island. (NY Times)

NY Attorney General Letitia James’ office joined five other states to sue the Trump administration for reversing the “good neighbor” provision of the Clean Air Act. (Huff Post)

If you thought the bros at your gym were bad, wait until you see the “exclusive space for a performance-driven lifestyle” built for influencers. A gym whose application requires your Instagram handle. #eyeroll. (Gothamist)

39 Av-Dutch Kills on the N/W in Astoria is now open, and it includes the colorful glass work “Hellion Equilibrium” by Sarah Morris. (MTA/Flickr)

Legal marijuana might not be a part of the state’s budget, which is due April 1. (NY Post)

Every Petland Discounts store, include the 20 throughout the city, will close on April 18. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Manhattan is getting a beach in 2022, designed by the same firm that designed the High Line. (NY Post)

Misconduct suits against the NYPD rose 13% in 2018. (NY Post)

The bodega that Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz was murdered outside of will beomce the Bronx’s first safe bodega. A panic button will be installing among other security upgrades. The bodega has changed ownership and management since Junior’s death. (Bronx Times)

What would you sacrifice for $510/month in rent on the Upper West Side? How about this 49 square foot apartment? Oh yeah, no air conditioners, no kitchen, and a shared bathroom. (6sqft)

12 of the hottest brunch spots in the city. (Eater)

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The Briefly for New Year’s Eve, 2018 – The “One Million Soaking Wet People in Diapers Looking Up” Edition

Happy New Year from The Briefly! Corey Johnson will become acting NYC public advocate, no umbrellas in Times Square, the best New Year’s brunch, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

You can’t leave to go to the bathroom and other things you need to know about Times Square tonight. (You’ll need diapers.) (amNY)

The NYPD will have 1,225 cameras in Times Square, including the first time use of drones at a large-scale event. (NY Post)

Today’s forecast calls for rain starting in the afternoon and going past the ball drop at midnight, which adds a hurdle for the masses in Times Square who are not allowed to bring umbrellas into the heavily policed area. (NYC.gov)

Hush hush, Mayor de Blasio wants to reduce city noise. (NY Post)

It started as investigating a gas leak and ended with the discovery of two grow houses in the Bronx. (Gothamist)

Everyone wants a piece of legal weed, including unions. The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union has hopes to unionize the thousands of workers who will handle or sell cannabis once it’s legal. (NY Post)

Add another entry to the “do not do this on the subway” list. This one’s for everyone, not just the perverts, weirdos, or man-spreaders. (Gothamist)

Everything you need to know about getting around tonight. (Curbed)

The Fair Fares program, which will provide reduced transit fares for low-income New Yorkers, is scheduled to launch in January, but the are no details about the program released by the mayor’s office. (NY Post)

The 12 hottest brunch spots in the city. (Eater)

Take a front row seat to last week’s Astoria Borealis with these videos. (Gothamist)

The East Side Access project connecting the LIRR and MetroNorth has hit a crippling obstacle: bureaucracy. (NY Post)

Could Letitia James’ focus on President Trump backfire with judges that may see a political vendetta instead of a pursuit of justice? (NY Times)

The special election for Public Advocate will be held on February 26, 2019. (NY Post)

Until a new public advocate is elected, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will pull double duty, taking on on the role of acting public advocate. (NY Times)

A retired Internal Affairs detective, Staten Island’s William Nolan, was arrested for allegedly sending threatening emails to former colleagues in the NYPD. A cache of weapons was also seized. He was described as a “ticking time bomb” and is out on bail. (NY Post)

“This isn’t Rikers. … We do what we want here.” A lawsuit alleges that Rikers inmates are sent upstate to skirt NYC laws where they are beaten, put in solitary confinement, and forced to undergo rectal searches. (Yahoo)

City employees have over $650,000 of unpaid parking tickets and violations. Of all of the employees to have received tickets or summonses, one person has had their driving privileges revoked. (NY Post)

The Gowanus Canal seems like an odd inspiration for Calvin Klein, but you can buy a Foundation Trucker Jacket in the color”Gowanus Black.” (Brooklyn Paper)

The NYPD busted the Fausto Stillo barber shop in Sunset Park for running an illegal cockfighting operation. (NY Post)

16 hangover-busting dishes for New Years Day brunch. (Eater)

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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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