The Briefly for February 4, 2019 – The “Who Are These Monsters Drinking Iced Coffee?” Edition

Dunkin Donuts runs New York, the teen who was serially stealing MTA buses has been caught, a shooting on a subway platform and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

2018 was a record year for the amount of passengers at the city’s airports. The number of passengers continues to increase and planned renovations to the airports do nothing to increase overall capacity. Sounds like a good plan, right? (amNY)

A look inside C.O. Bigelow Apothecary, the oldest pharmacy in the United States, with Ian Ginsberg, the Indiana Jones of apothecary. (NY Times)

Here’s what would happen if the admissions test for the top high schools in the city were eliminated, according to the Independent Budget Office. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center went without heat, hot water, or essential services during last week’s cold snap. There was an electrical fire at the jail last weekend which may have been the culprit for the ongoing partial power outage. (Gothamist)

A protest at the MDC ended poorly, with an officer pepper spraying the crowd. (NY Post)

Another day, another institution closing. After 29 years, Azuri Cafe in Hell’s Kitchen is suddenly closed and cleaned out. (Eater)

Who are these monsters drinking iced coffee in 5° weather? (Gothamist)

New York doesn’t run on Dunkin. Dunkin Donuts runs New York. Whatever you think of it, Dunkin Donuts is the most popular chain restaurant everywhere but Manhattan, where it’s #2 behind Starbucks. (Very Small Array)

Boerum Hill residents were urged to stay in their homes on Friday while cars in the neighborhood were busy immolating themselves. (Gothamist)

The 15 tallest buildings in Manhattan. (StreetEasy)

Complain all you’d like about the new higher rates in Lyfts and Ubers, but it guarantees the drivers a $17.22 wage after expenses. (Mashable)

Senator Chuck Schumer’s communications director was forced out of his job after the 2018 elections due to inappropriate sexual contact with junior staffers. The senator’s office issued a short statement and that’s the end of it. Maybe Mayor de Blasio should take note. (NY Post)

The Muslim Community Patrol & Services was greeted as warmly as you might expect. The MCPS is similar to the Shomrim, which patrols Hasidic neighborhoods. (NY Times)

If you’ve never been inside a $21 million home, this video will be the closest you’ll come. (Viewing NYC)

Without the L train shutdown, what will happen to the new bike lanes on 12th and 13th? (amNY)

The teen stealing MTA buses was caught, ending the most reliable bus service the city has seen in multiple years. (NY Post)

The city is far from 1990 levels of crime, but transit crimes were up 3.8% last year. (NY Times)

A man was shot dead on the platform at the 90th Street-Elmhurst Av subway station Sunday afternoon. (Jackson Heights Post)

This is a very specific list. Almost too specific. “Where To Go That’s Like Kiki’s But Isn’t Actually Kiki’s.” Is this helpful? (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for December 5, 2018 – The “Winter, and SantaCon, is Coming” Edition

The best bagel shops, mapping NYC in Wikipedia, the mayor is on the run (from reporters), Andy Byford asks the city for $40 billion, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A map of NYC’s Wikipedia pages. (Katie Hempenius)

A “modern-day Willy Wonka” bought the Brooklyn food incubator that closed unexpectedly, Pilotworks. Old tenants have been invited back, pending permit approvals. (Eater)

Who owns your building? WhoOwnsWhat.nyc will answer that question and make it easier for tenants facing harassment to cut past LLCs and opaque layers of ownership to hold their landlords accountable. (Curbed)

At this point the mayor is practically running away from reporters and using his security as blockers to avoid answering questions about the firing of the OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito. (@gracerauh)

Madonna, nightmare neighbor, lost a three-year legal fight against her co-op board and won’t be allowed to have guests in her apartment without being physically inside it. (6sqft)

Birdlink is a public art installation that doubles as a stop for birds migrating up and down the East coast. First tested on Governor’s Island, Anina Gerchick’s creation is currently in Williamsburg and will make its way to Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side in 2020. (Hyperallergic)

Got an appetite? Why not give the Mi Noddle Bar’s Supersize Mi challenge a try? It’s six pounds of pho that costs $65 if you can’t finish it within 90 minutes, but if you can you’ll get your photo on the wall, the meal for free, a $100 credit, and a free appetizer for life. (Eater)

Where you should go instead of SantaCon this Saturday. (Curbed)

18 restaurants that decked the halls for the holidays. (Eater)

Where is Andy Byford going to find the $40 billion necessary to save the subways? He’s asking the city to “bite the bullet” when it comes to paying up. (Gothamist)

The New York City Lyftie Awards have been announced. The most visited bar, concert venue, gym, brunch spot, late-night restaurant, and more. Did your favorite make the list? (Viewing NYC)

You can turn your wishes into garbage by writing them on Post-In Notes in Times Square that will be turned into confetti when the ball drops. (Time Out)

Frenchette is Eater’s restaurant of the year. See the rest of the Eater Awards. (Curbed)

A guide for holiday tipping in the city. (StreetEasy)

Not to be outdone by the closed East river train tunnels, the WTC PATH station will close for 45 weekends in 2019 and 2020. (Curbed)

Aby Rosen’s bars inside the Gramercy Park Hotel are accused of forcing the women on staff to share their tips with the men because “you girls make too much money.” (Eater)

Queens residents prefer the new Amazon headquarters by a 2-to-1 margin, despite political opposition. (Politico)

Nick Cave’s Drive-By Remix is takes over Times Square every night this month between 11:57 and midnight. (Gothamist)

The NYPD sent 20 officers to “evict” a one-legged homeless man in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Dr. Robert Hadden’s decades of alleged sexual abuse is at the center of a lawsuit against Columbia University by 17 women. (NY Post)

The 14 best bagel places in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Legalize Weed to Save the Subways” Edition

City Hall is in chaos over Mayor de Blasio’s botched firing, parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plans racist, the 7 train’s new signals aren’t helping, and other uplifting stories in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bill de Blasio, absentee mayor. (NY Times)

Are you ready for NYPD tactical drones? (NY Post)

The 10 worst dishes of the year, including one sandwich from Arby’s, from Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema.

Could legal weed save our subways? (NY Times)

12 new public art installations to pair with a hot drink of your choosing. (Untapped Cities)

Santacon is this Saturday, starting at 10am. In a defensive move, the LIRR, Metro North, and NJ Transit have all banned alcohol consumption. If you need to be on a train that day, may the odds be ever in your favor. (Gothamist)

With Santacon descending onto the unwilling city this Saturday, here are a list of the bars to avoid. (Time Out)

Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan enjoyed nine undisclosed trips paid for by Election Systems and Software, makers of the ballot scanning machines that plagued the city on Election Day. He never received the necessary waiver from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board to sit on the conpany’s board of advisors. (Gothamist)

George R.R. Martin: pizza critic? (Gothamist)

The 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC. (The Real Deal)

The Staten Island NYPD officers Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran, accused of planting pot in a black teenager’s car, have, surprise surprise, a history of accusations of racial profiling. (Gothamist)

The Apollo Theater is expanding for the first time since 1934. The foundation that oversees the Apollo will take over the Victoria and open 99 and 199 seat performance spaces and should open in 2020. (NY Times)

“The richest man in America, who’s a direct competitor, has just been handed $3 billion in subsidies. I’m not asking for money or a tax rebate. Just leave me alone.” -Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden (6sqft)

Thanks to a new legislation, Uber and Lyft drivers will be paid at least minimum wage. (NY Post)

Upset about the Amazon Long Island City deal? You could install the “Black Amazon for Me” Chrome extension, but we all know you won’t. (amNY)

The 7 trains brand new signals, installed late and over budget, weren’t installed optimally. At this point, is anyone surprised that the MTA spent too much money and took too much time to poorly install signals that haven’t helped? (amNY)

Squibb Bridge was installed in 2013 to connect the Brooklyn Promenade to Brooklyn Nridge Park, but the last five years have been full of closures, structural problems, and a lawsuit. The bridge is going to be replaced by 2020. (Curbed)

As we’re hitting the home stretch of 2018, we could be looking at a new record low number of homicides. Despite the downward trend, rape complaints continue to increase, following a two year trend. (amNY)

Parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plan racist, which shows just how complicated this situation is. (NY Post)

What the hell is going on in City Hall and why can’t the mayor get his administration under control? (NY Post)

Everything to know about the restaurants in the Hudson Yards. (Thrillist)

The first map of Central Park for people with disabilities or otherwise “limited mobility” is now available. (West Side Rag)

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