The Briefly for January 1, 2019 – The “New Year, New York City” Edition

The news doesn’t stop on New Year’s Day. The city and state have new laws, birth certificates have a new gender, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A petition has started collecting names to rename the portion of the street in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.” (6sqft)

The MTA bus that was stolen in the Bronx last week was nabbed by six teens, who may have prior experience in stealing and driving buses around. The NYPD are looking for the teens. (Gothamist)

Seven new movie theaters are scheduled to open in the city in 2019. (Rerelease News)

The Brooklyn Bridge was temporarily closed on Saturday to pedestrians because too many people tried to take advantage of the warmer winter day. Too many people were on the bridge and the NYPD had to shut the promenade down due to crowding. The Department of Transportation is in the process to figure out if the promenade can be safely expanded with an inspection scheduled for 2019. (Gothamist)

Note to self: Do not park anything in front of the Hells Angels’ clubhouse in the East Village. (NY Post)

A look at the new laws of 2019 in New York state. (Metro)

Today begins the city’s ban on styrofoam clamshells, cups, plates, bowls and packing peanuts. (NY Times)

The governor granted clemency to 29 convicts on New Year’s Eve. 22 were pardoned, including immigrants facing deportation, and nine had their sentences commuted, three for armed robbery and four for murder. The people serving sentences for murder had already served between 20 and 33 years. (NY Post)

Seats taken. Simcha Felder will not be invited to join the Democratic conference after caucusing with the Republicans in the State Senate as part of the “Independent Democratic Conference.” (Daily News)

Louis CK, unfortunately, continues to speak. (NY Times)

With the new year comes a new option for NYC birth certificates – X – for non-binary people. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Even with the increase in hate crimes and rapes, New York City was the safest big city in 2018. (NY Times)

Meet Kevin Walker, the man who failed the FDNY’s physical test three times and sued the city in an attempt to make himself a firefighter anyway. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for Halloween, 2018 – The “Apocalypse Is Scheduled For April 27” Spooky/Scary Edition

The city is full of haunted subways, offices, taverns, hotels, and homes, the Attorney General debate, free CitiBikes on Election Day and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The history of the haunted subways of New York. (New York Tour)

Mark April 27, 2019 on your calendar, that’s the day the L train shuts down. (Gothamist)

The 16th Bike Kill was held by the Black Label Bike Club during last weekend’s storms, but that couldn’t but a damper on the fun and destruction of everyone who attended with their weird, mutant bikes. (Bedford + Bowery)

Does the ghost of Peg Leg Pete still haunt the East Village? (The Bowery Boys)

Sunset Park’s Brooklynphono is one of the country’s last vinyl pressing plants in the country. Take a look at how a record is made. (Viewing NYC)

The homes with the scares ghost and murder stories. (NY Post)

Would it be easier to vote if you had a bike to get to your polling place? CitiBikes will be free on election day with the code BIKETOVOTE. (Streesblog)

True stories of haunting experiences on the subway. (Gothamist)

The city’s Long Island City Investment Strategy calls for a $180 million investment into roadways, subway accessibility, arts and culture, sewer upgrades and new schools and school improvements. The plan hopes to encourage developers to include affordable housing in their projects. (LIC Post)

The man accused of ejaculating on a woman on the D train turned himself in to the NYPD. 18-year-old Ibrahim Mehsin was charged with this-degree sexual assault. Why does this stuff always happen on the D train? (Gothamist)

Hours into the NYPD crackdown on private sanitation companies a cyclist was hit and seriously injured by the driver of a Five Star Carting sanitation truck. (Streetsblog)

The 86th St B/C station is open and the renovation includes murals and mosaics inspired by Joyce Kozloff’s “Parkside Portraits,” which highlights the history of Central Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. (6sqft)

17 doughnuts to seek out. (Eater)

Expect protestors at any announced Louis C.K. performance. Is your laughter worth more to you than sexual assaults and the loss of women comic’s careers? (Gothamist)

10 haunted places throughout the city. (StreetEasy)

NYC awarded $1 billion contracts to businesses owned by minorities or women. That sounds good until you find out that it was 5% of $19.3 billion total. (amNY)

At the request of the mayor, NYU has postponed noted bigot Milo Yiannopoulos’ guest lecture. (NYU Lecture)

The GOP withdrew support for Anthony Pappas, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ opponent on November 6, after he admitted his ex-wife accused him of domestic violence and took out a restraining order against him. (NY Post)

Fourteen Jewish activists were arrested outside the Metropolitan Republican Club following a sit-in demanding that the GOP confront and expel white nationalists from its own party. (Gothamist)

There will be interpreters at 100 polling locations in the city in 12 different languages on election day. (Kings County Politics)

A new proposal from the City Council will put the council at odds with Mayor de Blasio when it comes to housing for the homeless. (NY Post)

Five takeaways from the New York Attorney General debate between Letitia James and Keith Wofford. (NY Times)

75+ Halloween events $35 and under. (the skint)

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The Briefly for October 2, 2018 – Hell is Being Stuck in a Subway Elevator

Zagat is back, Louis CK drops in at the Comedy Cellar again, a $15k/month Instagram apartment, the juvenile delinquency was raised, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The age of juvenile delinquency in New York changed to 17 on Monday and will raise to 18 on October 1, 2019. Before Monday there were 93 17- and 17-year -olds at Rikers Island. The teens will be moving to the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx. (amNY)

What’s worse than being stuck on the subway? Being stuck inside a subway elevator for an hour without air conditioning while debris crashes down on the roof and not everyone speaks the same language, like these people at the Clark Street subway stop were. (Gothamist)

An elevator is going to be built at the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum 2/3 station to make the station ADA compliant. The elevators should be ready by the fall of 2020. (BKLYNER)

59 outdoor art installations not to miss in October. (Untapped Cities)

Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. (6sqft)

Two landlords are being sued for renting out out hundreds of apartments that should have been rent-stabilized but were not. The class action lawsuits are credited to the Housing Rights Initiative’s investigations into abuse by landlords. (Curbed)

What does the intersection of the future look like in New York City? The DOT unveiled a new plan aimed at reducing deadly pedestrian and bicycle accidents with cars. (Curbed)

For $15,000 a month, you can rent an apartment that was specially designed to look good on Instagram, or you could do literally anything else with that money. (NY Times)

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An oral history of Zagat, from the rise to the review juggernaut to the confusing acquisition by Google and recent sale to The Infatuation. (Fast Company)

A man was talked out of jumping from the Williamsburg Bridge on Sunday morning. The man on the bridge was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. (BKLYNER)

20 destination restaurants in Greenpoint. (Eater)

What’s in a name? Ask the group trying to rename Hunter’s Point South Park to something memorable. (6sqft)

CitiBike is adding 500 brand new bicycles to its fleet this week which sport a slightly new design. (Streetsblog)

The night mayor, whose job description is somewhat nebulous, is starting a listening tour in Brooklyn tonight. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s $2.5 billion master plan will reportedly bring 10,000 new jobs to Brooklyn with 5.1 million square feet of manufacturing space. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The Verrazzano Bridge has a new Z. (amNY)

Watch the sunset over the Brooklyn Bridge in this time-lapse video captured by Neil van Niekerk. (Viewing NYC)

“We don’t expect Louis back anytime soon.” The owner of the Comedy Cellar was made out to be a liar. Career creep Louis C.K. performed at the Comedy Cellar unannounced for the second time since sexual misbehavior accusations were made against him. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is attempting to take credit for releasing 14,000 emails after a court order forced his hand. He might tout “transparency,” but the reality is “lost a battle in court to prevent this.” (NY Post)

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