The Briefly for February 8, 2019 – The “MTA Is A Disgrace For This State, We All Know It” Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, the Grand Hyatt on 42nd will be torn down, an NYPD captain attacked a cyclist, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you normally ride the 4, 5, D, N, and Q trains, get ready for a rough weekend. If you’re along the L, you already know what to expect. The weekend is only a few hours away, make sure to check the trains for closures and diversions before you head out. (6sqft)

The city will have to cut $750 million from its 2020 fiscal budget to make up for a near billion dollar shortfall of tax revenues. (amNY)

Andres Lopez Elorez was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in smuggling liquid heroin stuffed inside puppies. (NY Times)

“The MTA is a disgrace for this state, we all know it,” said the man who has so much control over the MTA that he was able to cancel the entire L train shutdown. (Curbed)

Why did an NYPD captain apparently tackle a man riding a bike in Midtown? (Streetsblog)

This is pretty cool. The city’s budget includes money to install technology at 300 intersections that will hold green lights and shorten red lights for keep city buses moving faster. (Streetsblog)

How’s the rezoning going in Gowanus? The community’s not thrilled. (Bklyner)

Did MTV cancel “Made in Staten Island?” Maybe those 9,300 signatures on change.org made a difference. (amNY)

If you don’t love the Mandarin Duck while he molts, you don’t deserve him at his best. (Gothamist)

Happy national pizza day on Saturday. Never forget John Stewart’s epic anti-Chicago deep-dish “pizza” rant.

Margaret Cho, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and more join Red Room Orchestra for two back-to-back evenings of live music from Twin Peaks and the films of Wes Anderson at Symphony Space on February 15 & 16. (Sponsored by Symphony Space)

Metropolitan Republican Club, the epicenter of the Proud Boys fights last year, has a new president. Ian Reilly formerly advised a group that endorsed shooting migrants, forgetting the Holocaust, and marched with neo-Nazis. (Gothamist)

The oil smell in the L train tunnels has lingered all week. The smells have made at least three MTA workers sick and caused the train to stop service for a period of time on Wednesday. (Brokelyn)

The 10 most charming spots in the Greenwich Village Historic District. (6sqft)

“Statues for Equality” will bring 10 bronze sculptures of women to the city. The 10 will raise the number of statues of women in the city by 200%. (6sqft)

The 25 most expensive homes for sale, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. (Curbed)

Whoops! Public Advocate candidate Ron Kim forgot to mention his ownership of multiple luxury properties to a state ethics agency. (The Real Deal)

The 10 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time. (Viewing NYC)

Say farewell to the Grand Hyatt on 42nd. Donald Trump’s first major Manhattan project is being torn down and replaced. (NY Post)

Etna Tool & Die was a staple of Bond Street for a century in a neighborhood with apartments selling for over ten million dollars. The building’s new owner has no intentions of giving in to the neighborhood’s pressures. (NY Times)

The most romantic restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for January 30, 2019 – The “Two People in 220 Square Feet for 24 Years” Edition

Cuffing season for the Mandarin Duck, gun control passes in the legislature, 24 years in a 220 square-foot apartment, what you should tip, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re gonna be someone who orders delivery in this weeks bitter cold, tip at least 30% if you’re one of those monsters that orders Seamless in the middle of a storm. (Mother Jones)

Meet the couple that have lived in a rent-stabilized 220 square foot apartment with no kitchen and a shared bathroom for 24 years in the Chelsea Hotel. (6sqft)

The de Blasio staffer with a history of sexual harassment accusations passed through the Department of Investigation’s “thorough” background check. (Politico)

Malaysia Goodson, a 22-year-old mother, died while falling down the stairs of the 7th Avenue B/D/E station with her 1-year-old daughter in a stroller. Her daughter survived and is with family. The station does not have an elevator, highlighting the city’s mass transit accessibility problem. (amNY)

The NYPD believes her death was caused by a medical episode and not the fall. (NY Post)

The new Hank’s Saloon is open and waiting for patrons to turn the place into the dive it once was. (Brooklyn Paper)

The flurry of bills passed by the state’s legislature continues, with the latest round of bills aimed at gun control. The bills prevent teachers from carrying guns on school grounds, allow petitioning to remove guns from dangerous people, extends background checks, bans bump stocks, requires state gun buybacks, and mandates out-of-state applicants give authorities their mental health records. (amNY)

St. Mark’s Comics is closing at the end of February after 36 years. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

An illustrated guide to New York City’s architectural styles. (Curbed)

A Quentin Tarantino themed bar is opening this week. No, it’s not in Bushwick. Yes, it’s in Williamsburg. (Patch)

The Mandarin Duck story has taken a new turn: mating season. (Gothamist)

Good news for drivers: Waze now works in NYC tunnels. (amNY)

Reported is a smartphone app that allows you to report reckless driving from taxis. In 2018, users filed 3,800 complaints. (Streetsblog)

A hospital error resulted in a woman instructing the hospital to pull the plug of a man she was told was her brother. It wasn’t her brother. (Gothamist)

Add the Teamsters to the list of groups against Amazon’s HQ2. (Metro)

This photo of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge under construction in 1963 is wild. (Viewing NYC)

The couch in a tree on the Upper West Side has been taken down. How it got up there is still a mystery. (NY Post)

What does parking placard abuse look like? This. (@rebranddrivong)

Where to eat near 11 comedy clubs. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for December 18, 2018 – The “New York: Now With 100% Legal Nunchucks” Edition

Governor Cuomo lays his impressive 2019 agenda on the table, zombie raccoons are hitting the streets, a $2,000 pearl found in a meal, the most checked-out library books, and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

Shooters shoot, and Governor Cuomo is shooting his shot when it comes to the 2019 legislative agenda. (Gothamist)

First on the table is legal weed. Governor Cuomo announced 2019 is the year for legal marijuana in New York. (NY Times)

One of the loftier goals set forth by Cuomo is a Green New Deal for New York state. The goal is to be 100% carbon neutral by 2040. (Politico)

Legal pot and a Green New Deal is only a small piece of the governor’s 2019 agenda. In the first 100 days of the term he plans on launching a $150 billion infrastructure fund, a congestion pricing plan, ending vacancy decontrol, repealing preferential rent, and much more. (Curbed)

If you think that Governor Cuomo could get through a speech in public without being interrupted by Amazon protestors, you were wrong. (NY Post)

Cowabunga! New York’s ban on nunchucks was declared unconstitutional. (NY Post)

Stabbings, weddings, live music, and alcohol. A look back at the history of Hank’s Saloon, which draws lineage back to 1903, ahead of the iconic dice’s closing in January. (The Indypendent)

The city’s top 10 preservation battles in 2018. (Curbed)

Google is going to be investing $1 billion to build a new Hudson Square campus, with plans to build 1.7 million square feet and hiring an additional 7,000 employees. (The Real Deal)

Jennifer Egan, Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, Jesmyn Ward, and Michael Wolff top off the most checked-out books in New York’s libraries. (6sqft)

Bill Murray, legend. The indomitable Mr. Murry joined Puss N’ Boots’ Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper on stage for their annual Christmas show at the Bell House for some merrymaking. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The Fair Fares program is supposed to begin in 2019 for low-income New Yorkers, but no plans have been announced. (Gothamist)

Nitehawk Cinema opens in Park Slope on Wednesday after a $10 million renovation, complete with two bars, food, and movie theaters too. (6sqft)

The chances of finding a pearl in an oyster are 1 in 12,000, but the chances of finding a pearl worth between $2,000 to $4,000 in an oyster at the Grand Central Oyster Bar? Much higher. (Gothamist)

It’s been two years since the Four Season Restaurant’s owner Julian Niccolini pleaded guilty to sexual assault, but it took negative reviews in The New York Times and New York to actually get him ousted. (Eater)

That mysterious green goop stored in the dumpsters of the L train shutdown? It’s probably color inaccuracies in the photos. Or that’s what THEY want you to think. (Gothamist)

The Statue of Liberty protest climber, Therese Patricia Okoumou, was found guilty. (amNY)

Mandarin Ducks? Brooklyn’s had them for years. (Gothamist)

The top 10 theater productions of 2018. (Time Out)

There are multiple reported sightings of zombie raccoons outside of Prospect Park, venturing into the city’s streets. If you come across a raccoon on the street, avoid it and call 311. (Brooklyn Paper)

If you thought the NYCHA’s problems weren’t society’s problems, if the city lost 10% of its public housing, homelessness would increase 62%. (Curbed)

HOLLA🎄D TONNEL no more. (NY Post)

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