The Briefly for March 29, 2019 – The “The Final Year of Plastic Bags in New York” Edition

Mayor de Blasio is afraid to say “bike lane,” a protest in support of Kalman Yeger’s Palestine comments, the best pancakes, where to eat in the LES, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It’s the tail end of the month and no one can escape the weekend subway closures and diversions. (6sqft)

“We’re allowed our opinions… There is no such thing as Palestine… He tweeted the truth and we came here to stand up for him.” Welcome to the protest in support of Kalman Yeger’s “Palestine doesn’t exist” comment. Kalman Yeger is on the city’s immigration committee, and that is jeopardy now. (Bklyner)

Say farewell to single-use plastic bags at retail stores. (NY Times)

Barneys is going to give up more than half of its space on Madison Ave to cut back on its $30 million annual rent. This follows Lord & Taylor jettisoning their Fifth Ave store and the complete closure of Henri Bendel. (The Real Deal)

The state’s budget is due by midnight on Sunday, can the Governor and the legislature get their priorities in order to pass it? (Gotham Gazette)

Inside Whole Foods’ new convenience store in Chelsea. (Gothamist)

Want to live a long life? Move to Queens. Queens is in the top 20 counties in the country for life expectancy. (QNS)

Brooklyn’s most endangered buildings. (Curbed)

The Upper West Side’s best pancakes. KofiMania is running wild. (I Love The Upper West Side)

Kudos to the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for raising $60,000 during their New Year’s Day swim. The money will do towards half a dozen charities in and around Coney Island. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Some people argue at work and some Amtrak employees shoot their co-worker in the leg. (Gothamist)

Can the Knicks be freed from the tyranny of James Dolan? Can we ever be free from the awfulness of his band? (Gothamist)

New York is expanding its lawsuit the Sackler family, the billionaires behind OxyContin. (NY Times)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson added his voice to those calling for the abolition of the Specialized High Schools Admission Test, in addition to expanding the number of city-designated elite high schools. (Chalkbeat)

The mayor’s claim of “fewer vehicles” is hard to believe when he makes a promise to reduce the city’s fleet by 1,000 when he added over 5,000 since being elected. (NY Post)

The proposed rezoning of Gowanus will add 8,200 new apartments to the neighborhood by 2035, including 3,000 that will be below market rate. The city published a draft scope of work, a step towards a land use review. (Curbed)

How the city influenced its baseball teams. (Streeteasy)

A ride on an NYC Ferry will cost you $2.75, but it could be costing the city an additional $24.75. (amNY)

Grub Street just couldn’t help themselves. They went around and tried to order the “St. Louis Style” bagel at a number of bagel places. (Grub Street)

Why is Mayor de Blasio afraid of saying “bike lanes” when it comes to Queens Blvd? (Streetsblog)

Something else the mayor can’t seem to do is pick a new head of NYCHA by the April 6 deadline. (NY Post)

Tracy Morgan has not forgotten his Brooklyn roots and paid for a makeover to the Bed-Stuy Marcy Houses where he grew up and partnered with GrowNYC, Feeding America, and City Harvest to improve the Harrie Carthan Community Garden. (amNY)

Parents can now remove a doctor’s name from a birth certificate if their license was suspended for misconduct or abuse. (NY Post)

If you love being creeped out, you can now book an overnight stay at Madame Tussauds in Times Square. (Time Out)

Where to eat on the Lower East Side. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 28, 2019 – The “Everyone Flushes Their Dog’s Poop Down the Toilet, Right?” Edition

A bagel abomination, the NYPD fights new parking placard laws, the NYC James Beard Award finalists, no one wants to see more cops on buses, and more in today’s daily NYC news brief.

Here is an argument that Times Square is not the Gowanus Canal dining options and it is actually a good neighborhood for food. (Grub Street)

The latest bagel abomination is bagels sliced like loaves of bread instead of a sandwich. Arrest this man. (Gothamist)

The state and city’s Democrats have no love for the real estate industry. Can they successfully lobby the left to do their bidding? (The Real Deal)

The answer appears to be “yes.” The proposed pied-à-terre tax would affect 280 people, and in the face of opposition by the real estate industry, the state’s legislators have appeared to back down in favor of a transfer tax. The estimated difference in revenue is $250 million ($400 million for the transfer tax and vs $650 million for the pied-à-terre tax). A $250 million reduction for the benefit of 280 people. (Curbed)

You bring your dog’s poop home in bags and flush it down the toilet, right? Well, that’s what a deputy director at the Department of Sanitation thinks you should do. Legally, it is 100% legal to toss those poop bags in a public garbage can. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is seeking support (and signatures) in opposition of a rezoning that would cast a literal shadow over portions of the garden, causing irreparable harm to the plants. (bbg.org)

A truck driver hit and killed a cyclist in Midtown, the third driver from Approved Oil to kill a pedestrian or cyclist in two years. The driver allegedly fled the scene but was not charged with leaving the scene of a crash, which is a felony. (Gothamist)

Just when you thought a commute couldn’t get worse, a water main break caused 7th Avenue to close between 27th and 34th St. (NY Post)

NYC restaurants lost jobs (3.4%) for the first time in ten years in 2018. At the same time, the total number of restaurants increased by 2,000. (Eater)

The city’s 2019 James Beard Award finalists are in. Make your reservations while you still can. (Eater)

Time Out has some feelings about the list. (Time Out)

The city wants your feedback on these ideas for the Shirley Chisholm monument in Prospect Park. (amNY)

Yankees and vintage train fans have something to look forward to. Today’s home opener this year will be accompanied by a 102-year-old subway train bringing fans to the stadium on the 4 train. (6sqft)

Where to eat at Yankee Stadium. (Eater)

A new Grand Street Bridge will be complete by 2027. Now we just have to hope that the current span between Queens and Brooklyn will last that until then. (QNS)

Turns out no one wants cops on city buses enforcing everyone pay their fares. 75% of bus riders are people of color with a median income under $30k and advocates and politicians are see the idea of policing that specific demographic as racial profiling. (Streetsblog)

The death of one-year-old Darwin Gonzalez-Santana in December was ruled a homicide after fentanyl and heroin were found in his system. His father is not in police custody and his mother is already in custody for another offense. (NY Post)

Eight remnants of colonial NYC that you can still touch. (Untapped Cities)

For $25,000, you can dine (and attempt to influence) Governor Cuomo. Who needs campaign finance reform when it costs 19 ounces of gold to share a meal? (NY Times)

The review process for Mayor de Blasio’s Rikers Island alternative jail system is underway. (Bklyner)

Horrifically, someone fell face first onto the track of the L train in Brooklyn. Witnesses couldn’t get him off the tracks in time, but they were able to signal to the conductor to stop the train before he was run over. (Gothamist)

Mark your calendars, Fleet Week is May 22 – 28. (Gothamist)

Congestion pricing, explained. (Curbed)

If you don’t know what Williamsburg looked like in the 90s, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the neighborhood pre-hipster. (Bedford + Bowery)

The latest volley in the legal battle between the city and Ballyhoo Media, the operator of the floating LED billboards in the city’s waterways, is a lawsuit form the city with $25,000 fines for each day the city says Ballyhoo broke zoning rules. (Patch)

Mayor de Blasio said delivery workers who are caught using electric bikes won’t be directly targeted by legal action. The NYPD doesn’t care what he says. (Gothamist)

The socialite grifter’s lawyer has an interesting defense planned: She’s just like Sinatra. (NY Post)

The City Council has unlikely opposition in their quest to fight parking placard abuse: the NYPD. The city’s likely biggest abusers say that the job they’re doing is already top notch. (amNY)

TGI Friday’s, have you no shame? (NY Post)

An interview with Brittany Bond, the purveyor of Common Books, the pushcart bookstore that can be found in the Lower East Side year round. (Bowery Boogie)

A list of good places to break up with someone in public. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 27, 2019 – The “Legal Marijuana is No Longer A Sure Thing” Edition

What we know about congestion pricing, two new food halls, Broad City’s NYC, coyotes in Central Park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s what we know about the proposed congestion pricing plan. (NY Times)

Midtown is getting protected bike lanes on 52nd and 53rd. The proposal has the support of Community Board 5’s transportation panel and likely have support from the full board. (Streetsblog)

Marijuana legalization appears to be in jeopardy as Albany seems to be ready to shoot itself in the foot when it comes to something that seemed like a sure thing only a few months ago. (Gothamist)

A salute to one of the city’s cheapest and possibly most delicious sandwich categories. (Curbed)

So this guy was just walking around Brooklyn carrying a loaded AR-15 rifle inside a rolling suitcase? Yup. (Gothamist)

A look inside Cipriani’s new 28,000 square foot Upper West Side food hall. (Eater)

Speaking of food halls, Time Out’s DUMBO food hall vendor list has been revealed. (6sqft)

Other People’s Trash is a vintage clothing shop run out of the back of an RV. Yes, it’s in Bushwick. How did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

The average bonus in the city’s securities industry dropped by 17% last year, but it was still more than twice the average salary in the city’s private sector. (Patch)

Bay Ridge is moving towards having its first historic district. (Brownstoner)

If you loved Rosemary’s Tavern in Williamsburg before it shut down in February, you can own a piece of it at auction this weekend. (BrooklynVegan)

The story behind neighborhood names like Spuyten Duyvil, Harlem, Marbil Hill, and more. (Streeteasy)

The New York Times wrote a love letter to itself focused around the photography of Christopher Payne, whose subject was The New York Times. (NY Times)

Central Park is getting wild. Coyotes have been spotted in the park. If you see one while looking for a hot bird, don’t feed it (duh), protect your pets, admire nature’s beauty, and then call 311 right away. (Gothamist)

Welcome to NYC Elizabeth Warren, you’re late for your train. (TMZ)

The city council is still trying to reign in the floating billboards that have been plaguing the city’s waterways. The latest attempt is a bill that will be introduced on Thursday that will quadruple the fine for violating city zoning rules. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The state is getting ready to ban plastic bags, with a possibility it will be in the April 1 budget (NY Post)

If we could all be as happy as this bag dog, the city would be a better place. (Viewing NYC)

As Broad City comes to a close, here’s a look at some of the city’s most important locations to the show. (Streeteasy)

21.9% of people who took a city bus towards the end of 2018 evaded the fare. Transit President Andy Byford wants to see police on the buses to prevent this instead of making the service something people are willing to pay for. (Patch)

If you’re craving country food in the city, this list is an answer to your southern prayers. (amNY)

Happy 20th anniversary to Forgotten New York. (Forgotten New York)

“We have solid numbers. I think part of the problem has been what people define as a solid number.” Chirlane McCray testified in front of the City Council about ThriveNYC’s seemingly lack of data that tracks the progress of its programs. (amNY)

Robert Cornegy Jr. represents Northern Crown Heights and Bed Stuy on the City Council and is officially the tallest politician in the world. (NY Times)

Mayor de Blasio’s control of the city’s school system will continue through the end of his term, with the state signing a three-year extension through June of 2022. (NY Post)

Unlike anywhere else in the country, New Yorkers under 44 make more than New Yorkers over 44. Just one of the ney findings from a recent survey from Streeteasy. (Streeteasy)

The Lower East Side’s Luther Gulick Park is getting a $10 million makeover that will complete by September of 2020. Gulick’s place in history stands as the man who encouraged James Naismith to invent basketball. The park will, of course, have a court. (Patch)

19 reliable first date spots in Manhattan. (Eater)

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