The Briefly for November 19, 2018 – The “MTA is On the Edge of a Death Spiral” Edition

Holding affordable housing hostage in Brooklyn, Prospect Park Lake’s “Floating Goat,” plans to privatize the NYCHA’s operations, the best burgers in the city, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The house of the man who designed Central Park and Prospect Park sits in ruin on Staten Island. The New York Landmarks Conservancy is looking to restore Frederick Law Olmsted’s house and launched a Kickstarter to get it started. (Untapped Cities)

Here are the two options for the MTA fare hikes headed our way in 2019 as the entire system sits on the edge of a death spiral. (Second Ave Sagas)

A developer in Crown Heights is holding affordable units hostage if the city does not approve an upzoning their new development. (Bklyner)

In some parts of the city, limits on Community Board term-limits is a cause for concern when board seats already have a difficult time being filled. (Bronx Times)

If you’re questioning just how progressive de Blasio really is based on his support of Amazon’s LIC HQ2, you’re not alone. (The Real Deal)

The 24 best burgers in the city. (Eater)

Does the Sanitation Department’s boss, Kathryn Garcia, have too much on her plate? On top of being responsible for the city’s trash removal and snow-removal, the mayor also named her as the person to combat toxic lead across the city. (NY Post)

Can the private sector save the NYCHA? That’s exactly what is being considered. The plan would hand over management of repairs and renovations, but it will also sell unused air rights to develop new apartments on underused NYCHA land. (Curbed)

Signal work on the 7 train that started in 2010 is finally scheduled to finish at the end of the month. The work will allow extra trips when the L train shuts down in April. (Jackson Heights Post)

Why are some portions of Manhattan devoid of skyscrapers? The reason is less geological and more financial. (Laughing Squid)

1,500 affordable apartments were headed for LIC, but a certain online retailer’s plans for new offices have put that in jeopardy. (6sqft)

Breathe in, watch the mandarin duck in Central Park swimming in the snow, breathe out. (@notfapgod69)

What is “The Floating Goat” in Prospect Park Lake? (amNY)

The 25-year history of the Union Square Holiday Market. (6sqft)

Mayor de Blasio fired the chief of the Department of Investigations, and it’s hard to see that it was anything but a personal vendetta against a former friend. (NY Times)

The North Face’s new prototype store in Williamsburg includes a custom-scent made to remind you of Yosemite National Park. (Bedford + Bowery)

The stories of the stray cats of Red Hood. (Red Hook Star-Revue)

A checklist of restaurants and bars to check out before the L train shuts down, but make sure to check that the L train is actually running before venturing out. (amNY)

The best (and worst) spots to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (amNY)

The city is no longer without an FAO Schwarz. (Untapped Cities)

The chief responsible for the Harvey Weinstein case who led the NYPD’s special victim’s division (not executive produced by Dick Wolf) has been ousted. His replacement will be Deputy Chief Judith Harrison. (NY Times)

Despite the chaos and insane traffic during last week’s snow storm, the subway was… surprisingly functional. (NY Post)

Panna II, one of the city’s worst-reviewed restaurants, is one of the hottest reservations in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for October 25, 2018 – The “Signs of the L-pocalypse” Edition

Expect multiple fare hikes in the coming years from the MTA, the most annoying woman in Crown Heights, inside the collapse of PilotWorks, the Squirrel Census, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Inside the sudden collapse of Pilotworks, the food incubator that housed about 175 small businesses. (The Bridge)

Bike lanes have been painted on 12th and 13th St, one of the first signs of the L-pocalypse. (Chelsea Now)

The MTA’s new station managers are focusing on making the subways look cleaner, but the results aren’t easily seen. Will a visible difference on the platform make more of an impact than noticeably better service? (Gothamist)

“Unless we get a sustainable new source of revenue, we have no other options to balance our budget after 2019.” Expect fare hikes and service cuts in the coming years as the MTA won’t be able to fill their budget gap. Where’s that $37 billion going to come from to fix the subways? (amNY)

11 NYC restaurants made it on to OpenTable’s 50 best vegetarian restaurants list. (amNY)

Meet Kathleen Reilly, the most annoying woman in Crown Heights. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Thousands of new apartments are being built on the Lower East Side, here is a map of all of them. (Curbed)

After his failed Lieutenant Governor Democratic nomination bid, Councilmember Jumaane Williams has his eyes set on NYC’s Public Advocate position. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The thrill of the Central Park Squirrel Census is real, and it goes beyond the pencils and pins given to the volunteers (but they’re pretty cool too). (Atlas Obscura)

The city’s worst landlords are costing us $300 million annually. (Curbed)

Dean Skelos, once one of the most powerful men in Albany, will be going to jail for over four years for abusing his office to benefit his son. Speaking of his son, he’s going to jail for four years too. (NY Post)

TapeScape, at the Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum, looks like an Instagram-bait installation but in a real museum. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The anti-MAGA #KeepNYCTrashFree posters popping up around the city is the work of artist Winston Tseng, who was the man behind the parody “Your Train is Delayed” ad campaign. (Gothamist)

Will Brooklyn’s Watchtower sign be replaced? The Board of Standards and Appeals will make the decision on November 8. (Curbed)

The race between Marty Golden and his Democratic opponent Andrew Gounardes is one of the city’s most interesting. Their debate, covering gender identity, abortion, state-wide health insurance, and more. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The morning after their debate, Golden’s office had the words “Marty Golden defends Nazis” in chalk in front of his district office, a criticism of his refusal to fire a campaign staffer who invited the leader of the Proud Boys to speak at the GOP club on the Upper East Side. (Kings County Politics)

Consent is mandatory. (Bedford and Bowery)

Two women were found dead and duct-taped together under a pier at W 68th and Riverside Park South on Wednesday afternoon. The NYPD are investigating. (NY Post)

Rent is at an all-time high in Manhattan ($3,247!), but the borough’s home sales in saw their largest drop in Q3 since the financial crisis. (StreetEasy)

Fort Greene’s Great Pupkin Dog Halloween Costume Contest was moved from this Saturday to Sunday. Plan accordingly! (Gothamist)


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The Briefly for October 16, 2018 – The “Our Mayor Lied to Us About Poisoned Kids” Edition

NY Senate Majority Leader calls the teacher’s union part of “the forces of evil,” Kanye West’s talk about mental health was canceled, the latest on the Proud Boys brawl, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The NYCHA’s lead paint crisis is everyone’s fault except New York state, if you listen to Governor Cuomo. A day before Mayor de Blasio stated that four children were affected by the lead paint, he received a report stating the number was 202. (NY Post)

The Reply All podcast highlighted the history of CompStat, the system that the NYPD uses that not only puts quotas in place, but also encourages the police to under report crimes. (Gimlet Media)

2018 has kinda sucked for seeing awesome dogs. The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was canceled, Freddy’s dog fashion show was canceled, but the Coney Island dog parade happened and there’s photos! (BrooklynVegan)

Halloween in NYC in the 70s. (Ephemeral New York)

1,500 bus shelters across NYC were shut down after a faulty shelter in Staten Island partially collapsed. Each shelter will have to be inspected individually for faults before being reopened. (Gothamist)

Sounds like Pickle Day was a sour experience. (Bowery Boogie)

After video of the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys beating protestors on the streets of the Upper East Side, the NYPD is being accused of treating them with preferential treatment. (Gothamist) The NYPD says they have plans to arrest 9 members of the Proud Boys who were involved. (NY Post)

The flora and fauna of NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Any time you see something too bizarre to be true happens with a rat, blame Zardulu. (Gothamist)

How Manhattan’s empty storefronts reveals how it’s become a rich ghost town. (The Atlantic)

You can finally rent multiple CitiBikes with one account with Group Rides. (Streetsblog)

This week’s Kanye West Times Talk about mental health was canceled for…obvious reasons. (BrooklynVegan)

114,000 New York City students were identified as homeless during the 2017-18 school year. (Politico)

Bill de Blasio canceled his appearance on NY1 due to a two-year strike by Electric Workers Local 3. This is the first time in 19 months that he’s canceled an appearance. Seems convenient. (NY Post)

A 48-year-old man died after his shirt was caught in an escalator at the Intervale 2/5 subway station in the Bronx. (Gothamist)

This year hasn’t been terrifying enough for anyone who rides the subway, so the MTA is creating a “Haunted Subway” experience this weekend. (Gothamist)

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Monday called the state teachers’ union part of the “forces of evil.” (NY Post)

Last weekend was the first weekend without a shooting for the first time since 1993. Nice job not shooting each other! (NY Post)

Local butthole and former Top Chef Adam Harvey admitted to poisoning his neighbors tree and will serve 20 days of community service as part of his plea deal. (NY Post)

Williamsburg’s Museum of Pizza is more dollar slice than it is NY Pizza Suprema. (Gothamist)


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