The Briefly for August 12, 2019 – The “LaGuardia Airport: A Hellhole of Hellholes” Edition

Zombie homes, free subways and buses on holidays, the ultra-rich New Yorkers funding Trump’s campaign, the Islanders are leaving Brooklyn, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s planned late-night subway disruptions are extensive, double-check the trains before staying out late. (Subway Weekender)

The second phase of the Hudson Yards construction involves something pretty common to NYC: delays from the MTA. (6sqft)

A history, explanation, and timeline of the LaGuardia construction. (amNY)

Saying LaGuardia Airport sucks in 2019 is underselling the sheer nightmare that is trying to escape the city from an airport where 90% of people are using private transportation to get to. Thursday’s disaster scenario of people walking on the highways and ramps to catch their flights was blamed on it being of the 45 peak travel days for the summer. Between the MTA’s stellar track record for buses, the Port Authority’s control of the airport, the DOT’s control of the roads and individual airlines’ construction on terminals, this is a problem that will persist for years.

Where’s the governor on all of this? He’s called this whole mess “unavoidable,” while also taking no specific action to make traveling to the airport any less hellish. If you’re traveling on any of the 19 “peak” days in August, the Port Authority suggests leaving multiple hours earlier to account for the travel disaster waiting for you. (Gothamist)

The “zombie homes” in Sheepshead bay are becoming a real problem for the neighborhood. (Brooklyn Paper)

New York state has a case against ExxonMobil for misleading its shareholders by lying about knowledge of climate change as early as 1977, and now the state has caught ExxonMobil attempting to intimidate the witnesses. Opening statements are scheduled for October 23. (Inside Climate News)

If you’re the type of person who hates having money and loves martinis, maybe The Algonquin Hotel’s $10,000 martini is for you, which comes with a diamond ring. (Untapped Cities)

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade replaced animals from the Central Park Zoo with balloons in 1927. The company turned to Greenwich Villager Tony Sarg to create the first iconic balloons for the parade. (GVSHP)

Incomplete data and sporadic surveys make measuring storefront vacancies difficult, but a study from the Department of City Planning shows the problem doesn’t exist everywhere in the city. Jackson Heights has the lowest vacancy rate of the areas surveyed at 5.1% compared to Canal Street, which is at 25.9%. (Curbed)

The history of how a natural gas pipeline turned into a 30-mile offshore windfarm. (The Indypendent)

This week’s forced restaurant closures do not disappoint with two different places being closed by the Department of Health, both scoring over 100 violation points in the process. (Patch)

The worry over rentable Revel scooters in Brooklyn and Queens is just that, worry. The company’s mission enjoys rare support from both the Department of Transportation’s Polly Trottenberg and Transportation Alternatives, and if they proved to be dangerous, you’d be reading about the danger they pose to pedestrians in The Briefly on a regular basis. (NY Times)

These are the city’s top high schools. (Patch)

The city is transforming two East Harlem lots into all below-market-rate apartments with 30% set aside for the homeless as part of the East Harlem Housing Plan. (Curbed)

Does no one ride the subways on major holidays because the MTA cuts service or does the MTA cut service because no one rides the subways on holidays? City Councilmember Justin Brannan will propose a non-binding resolution to request the MTA offer free subway and bus service during New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day in a similar fashion to how parking meters are suspended on those days. The MTA is, of course, against anything that would promote more people to take the train or buses. (6sqft)

85% of people stopped for mass transit fare evasion are black or Latinx, which echoes the unmistakable racist enforcement of stop and frisk. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Islanders are getting a permanent home in Belmont Park with a 19,000 seat arena for the team is dead last when it comes to attendance figures for the last two seasons. (QNS)

A list of the 1% of the 1% of New York City that is fueling Trump’s reelection campaign. Of course, the city’s worst musician and Knicks owner James Dolan is on the list. (Gothamist)

The condo board of 25 Central Park West is asking neighbor buildings for money to continue to fight their lawsuit against a protected bike lane that could have saved the life of cyclist Madison Lyden. (Streetsblog)

Mike Chen is testing the six top burgers in the city, which will come out ahead? (Viewing NYC)

Already tired of the 2020 primary race among Democrats? Here is a list of possible 2021 hopefuls for NYC mayor. (amNY)

As Sunset Park becomes more popular thanks to a gentrifying neighborhood and Industry City, Third Avenue’s dangers become more pronounced. The death of Em Samolewicz is one of eight fatalities and 2,000 injuries on Third Ave since 2011. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

A judge issued a stay and once again blocked the 14th St busway from becoming a reality. Every single headline about this story has used some variation of the phrase “slams brakes on” like it was legally mandated. (Downtown Express)

29% of the 15,500 structural components at subway stations were found to be worn or damaged, and that number is up since 2012. Comforting, right? (amNY)

Anti-ICE protestors shut down the West Side Highway at 26th St on Saturday for an hour. (Splinter)

Were you among the 10,253 people treated by the FDNY between 2011 and 2018 whose personal information, including social security number, was accidentally left on a hard drive and misplaced? (amNY)

The New York Philharmonic’s Free Fridays are returning, giving away tickets to people between 13 and 26 with an online reservation system. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Jeffrey Epstein is dead of an apparent suicide, but the investigation into his crimes is not. The FBI and prosecutors will turn their attention to his accomplices. (NY Times)

The city’s 19th cyclist was killed by a teenage driver on Sunday in Midwood. (Brooklyn Paper)

City Hall Park is now adorned by “Estructuras Monumentales“, works by 104-year-old local artist Carmen Herrera and will be on display through November 8. (Downtown Express)

A deep look into Corey Johnson’s plans to kill the city’s car culture. (Gotham Gazette)

35 solid happy hours. (Eater)

The Briefly for November 23, 2018 – The “Our Airports Are Literally the Worst” Edition

All the weekend subway changes, why holiday windows still matter, Tribeca is the worst, the latest excuse why voting machines failed on election day and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There’s no “L” in Happy Thanksgiving Weekend,” but there are L trains running this weekend. It’s portions of the 7, J/M, and 5 trains that are taking part of the weekend off. All the scheduled weekend subway service changes. (Subway Changes)

The three most likely airports in the United States to delay flights are… exactly the the airport you think they are. Congrats to JFK, EWR, and LGA for being the best at being the worst. (Viewing NYC)

If you thought your holiday travel was a nightmare, here is an Amtrak train that accidentally broke in half. (Gothamist)

RIP State Senator Jose Peralta, who died of an apparent heart attack at 47 years-old on Wednesday. He represented Queens in the State Senate and assembly since 2003. (Jackson Heights Blog)

Amazon will be getting an additional federal tax break because HQ2 will be in an opportunity zone, but what is an opportunity zone? (The Real Deal)

Thanksgiving without Matt Lauer. What a wonderful world. (NY Times)

Photos from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Gothamist)

Legal pot is likely to come to NY in 2019, but for now the state is debating including medial marijuana in the state’s health-insurance programs. (NY Post)

Brooklyn Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals. (Brooklyn Paper)

Can New York Republicans bounce back after hitting rock-bottom in 2018? (NY Times)

TriBeCa, it’s the worst! (Tribeca Citizen)

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Mother Nature is the latest excuse why voting machines failed on election day. (NY Post)

Why holiday windows still matter. (NY Times)

Where to eat and drink in Bed Stuy. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 22, 2018 – The “Something to Be Thankful For” Edition

The most popular dog names in the city, things to be thankful for, where to volunteer year round, a history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade in photos, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The most popular names for dogs in the city aren’t surprising, but you likely won’t guess the top names. (Localize.city)

How to do well this holiday season. (Curbed)

The bail experiment carried out by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is complete. The group paid $1.2 million to bail 105 women and teenagers. Of the 90 who had scheduled court appearances, only two failed to show up to court. (NY Times)

Where to buy vinyl in Brooklyn on Record Store Day. (Brownstoner)

28 things to be thankful for when living in NYC. (StreetEasy)

A look back at the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the photo archives of The New York Times.

Reminder: The MTA’s Holiday Nostalgia Trains start rolling this weekend. (amNY)

The case for why you should not volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving. (Lifehacker)

24 organizations that always need volunteers, year round. (Thrillist)

A guide to NYC’s independent bookstores. (amNY)

50 ways to make NYC a better place. (Curbed)

Photos from the balloon inflation on Wednesday. (Untapped Cities)

The best Chinese food in 32 neighborhoods. (Thrillist)

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