The Briefly for May 6, 2019 – The “Oh No, He’s Actually Going to Run for President, Isn’t He” Edition

The mayor’s Vision Zero program is beginning to fail, the best tacos, Jagged Little Pill plans to bring people to theaters, teens attacked by acid, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway changes and diversions are minimally awful. (Subway Changes)

A review of Decade of Fire, playing at the Metrograph, which tackles the topic of the burning of the Bronx in the 70s and the organizations that rallied to rebuild when no one else would. (Curbed)

Oh god. He’s actually going to run for President, isn’t he? (Splinter)

How to spend 12 hours on Governors Island. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Jagged Little Pill, which may actually be a bad album, is coming to Broadway on November 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The 10 oldest libraries in the city and their secret histories. (Untapped Cities)

Some teens threw a raucous party in the basement of an NYCHA development. The party ended when someone poured an acid-like liquid onto them from above. (NY Times)

Some people are happy with laundry machines in their building. Others get a million dollar yacht, who Rolls-Royces, a Lamborghini, a Hamptons house rental for a summer, and courtside Nets season tickets. Yes, all of those amenities are for one apartment. Welcome to the wildest luxuries for city homes. (Patch)

RIP Lew Fidler. Fidler was a Brooklyn politician, who was a champion for homeless youth in the city council, the environment, and LGBTQ youth. (Politico)

The top twelve brunch spots in the city. Let this serve as a reminder if you want to go anywhere for brunch this weekend. Mother’s Day approaches. (Patch)

Say hello to the city’s newest restaurants and bars. (amNY)

Scenes from the Union Square cannabis parade and rally from Saturday. (EV Grieve)

It took six years, but the Office of Emergency Management has unveiled lower Manhattan’s solution against a Hurricane Sandy-like storm has arrived. They’ll use… sandbags. Really big sandbags. This took six years. (NY Times)

Margaritaville is a state of mind, but it’s also going to be a resort on the corner of 40th and Seventh Ave. (New York YIMBY)

Katz’s has survived New York since 1888 and New Yorkers have survived Katz’s enormous sandwiches for just as long. I’ll have what she’s having. (Food Insider)

Mark your calendars, November 9 will be Wu-Tang Clan Day, and to celebrate you’ll be able to go to the corner of Targee Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Staten Island, which is the Wu-Tang Clan District as of this weekend. (The Root)

RIP Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, who died over the weekend due to Parkinson’s disease complications. Brown was the Queens District Attorney for nearly thirty years and had been on the judiciary since 1973, who had been on a leave of absence from the job since March. (QNS)

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, whose decisions are helping destroy the Amazon and whose racism, homophobia and bigotry tops any racist uncle you’ve got on Facebook, will skip the NYC gala in his honor after it had become clear that New Yorkers will tolerate a lot of punishment, but hosting him is a step too far. (NY Times)

Breathe easy, literally, if you take the L train, the first dust report is in and the concentration of silica dust is well below the benchmarks for dangerous exposure. (NY Times)

BreakfastClub founder and author of BREAKFAST: The Cookbook shares her favorite breakfasts in the city. (Time Out)

Where to have a graduation lunch or dinner. (The Infatuation)

It seems that Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program has begun to fail. (amNY)

Youfeng Xu was killed crossing Seventh Avenue with the light in Sunset Park, the person behind the wheel of the truck was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. (Streetsblog)

A three-year-old boy was killed while in a crosswalk in front of a stop sign by a van in Bath Beach last week on a street that the city has known to be dangerous for at least five years. The driver blamed the child’s death on his mother. (Gothamist)

Candy. Where do you get it? Anywhere? Wrong. You get it at Economy Candy. (ABC 7 NY)

Senior citizens outnumber millennials when it comes to renting apartments. (NY Times)

An ice cream parlor for humans and dogs. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

Here’s how New York’s proposed voter affiliation deadline change could help Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential election. (Gothamist)

35 outstanding tacos in NYC. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 15, 2018 – The “These Preparations Are Snow Joke” Edition

The best slices of pizza, the MTA’s new vacuum train, a lawsuit to stop de Blasio’s school admissions changes, NY’s library rivalry continues, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Amazon deal was a “hard bargain,” according to Mayor de Blasio. Anyone want to play poker against the mayor? (Politico)

The city is going overboard and is not kidding around with these snow preparations. (Gothamist)

10 of the best slices of pizza in NYC, according to Pete Wells. (NY Times)

The MTA has a new 600 horse power “vacuum train” to clear the tracks. Look for the VAKTRAK when you’re desperate for a train to come. (Gothamist)

If the city had an additional 1,000 ballot scanning machines that were not in use during the election, what the hell were they doing with them? (Gothamist)

“I want it to be real New York. I want it to be the local bridges, the local subways, the streets.” Here’s why Stan Lee’s superheroes lived in New York and not a fictional city. (NY Times)

Is WeWork, the city’s largest tenant, too big to fail? (The Real Deal)

The birth of mass transit in the city started with a horse-drowned “omnibus.” (GVSHP)

The MTA’s “Fair Fares” program, which provides discounted MetroCards to New Yorkers living below the federal poverty line, is finally launching. What’s the hook? There will be no single ride discounts. (Gothamist)

The amazing story of a cross-country book sorting rivalry between New York and Seattle. (Atlas Obscura)

The federal government’s plan to take over the NYCHA has been rejected due to a lack of sufficient funds ($2 billion didn’t cut it) and poor planning. (NY Post)

What does the NYC public advocate do? (amNY)

The NYPD arrested a man accused of fishing 346 checks out of mailboxes. Travis Everett is accused of fishing about $400,000 worth of checks from Queens boxes. (NY Post)

New Yorkers have always preferred the “worse” subway map compared to the “perfect” one. (Cheddar)

The Brooklyn Army Terminal stop on the NYC Ferry is temporarily closed while a new barge is built. It’s elected to re-open in three to four weeks. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Parent groups are getting a federal lawsuit ready to stop Mayor de Blasio’s plans to change specialized high school admissions. (NY Post)

An art historian is offering paid tours of street art. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Brooklyn Paper)

Realistically speaking, what can be done to stop the Amazon deal? Spoiler warning: Not much. (NY Times)

Never underestimate the allure of Nutella. The Nutella Cafe had over 100 people waiting in line for the grand opening. (Eater)

Meet App-App. It’s like Netflix, but for appetizers. Seriously. (Viewing NYC)

Eight neighborhoods that will feel the hurt when Amazon comes to town. (StreetEasy)

Get a load of this! The largest chocolate waterfall in North America (45-foot-long, 10-foot-high) is now in Union Square. (Eater)

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The Briefly for May 8, 2018 – Schneiderman Out, The End of Poke, Online Bail, James Beard Winners, A Disappearing Ferris Wheel, and More

What a difference a day makes. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is out after four women came forward to accuse him of nonconsensual physical violence. Schneiderman had been an advocate for women and a foil or President Trump. Barbara Underwood, New York’s Solicitor General, will become the state’s Attorney General.

Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry were exonerated after nearly three decades of being wrongly convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1991.

Whoops! The $2.5 Billion Brooklyn-Queens streetcar project was left off the Economic Development Corporation’s budget for 2019.

Jeremy Safran from Prospect Park South was killed in a suspected burglary gone wrong. A suspect was found in the basement and arrested, but no charges have been filed yet.

The city is introducing an online bail system which eliminates the need to be present to bail someone out doing business hours and can spread across multiple credit cards (with a current maximum of $2,500).

Filming today: Marvel is still in town with The Punisher in Long Island City and Daredevil in the Bronx. Jon Hamm and The Torture report is at Broadway and Worth, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 21st and 11th, Mindy Kaling and Late Night is at 54th and Park, Law and Order: SVU is solving cases in Chelsea Piers, Sunlit Night starring Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, and Gillian Anderson at Grand and Forsyth, and The Deuce, James Franco, and his mustache are at W 122nd and Malcolm X Blvd.

All the city’s James Beard Award winners in the city, highlighted by Eater.

A second protest hit the New School as faculty and students strike together to get graduate students recognized as workers. Their goal is to completely shut the school down during the strike.

Can the city achieve it’s zero traffic related death goal? Curbed takes a look through the lens of March’s fatal accident in Park Slope. 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuer was the fifth child hit and killed by a car on Northern Boulevard, and city council members and sanitation workers are rallying to revoke the license of Sanitation Salvage after two deaths in six months and fail safety inspections at four times the annual rate.

The Poké hype train is slowing down and will soon join cupcakes, Pokémon Go, cronuts, froyo, and pogs.

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Is there anything better than Drag Queen Story Hour in Queens libraries through the month of May? Will Brooklyn follow suit with a Drag King Story Hour?

The superintendent of the Port Authority’s police force for airports and bridges retired after Rush Limbaugh claimed that he got a police escort with lights and sirens from Newark airport to a Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation gala (the former superintendent is the vice president of the foundation). Maybe they’re unrelated stories.

A look at NYC’s “Zombie Home” problem in 6sqft. The city has nearly a quarter million empty apartments and the number of zombie homes increased by 35% since 2014.

A look inside the Fresh Pond Crematory in Queens.

Central Park in the 1980s and now. Gothamist republished a 2015 slide show showing the NYC that the Ninja Turtles warned you about compared to modern times.

Work begins (again) on the Roosevelt Island tram on May 15th and serviced will be reduced to 1 cabin for 30 days.

After 108 counts of animal abuse, this Queens woman is not allowed to own pets for ten years.

Here comes the 7 makeover!

The giant Ferris wheel in Staten Island is in danger of not being built at all.

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