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 22, 2018 – The “I Can Only Search You If You Consent” Edition

Everyone is willing to debate without Governor Cuomo, September was “encouraging” for the MTA, Brooklyn’s witched hexed Kavanaugh, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway service changes. (Subway Changes)

“I can only search you if you consent.” After a four year fight, The Right to Know Act is in effect as of Friday. The NYPD must inform you of your right to refuse a search and also must give you a business card if you're stopped, frisked, or searched. (Gothamist)

Geoffrey Young and John Kinsman, members of the hate group Proud Boys, were arrested and charged with gang assault, attempted assault, riot, and criminal possession of a weapon as a result of the fight that broke out last week. More arrests are expected. (amNY)

Witches in Brooklyn placed a hex on Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday. Did it take hold or did the dozen Christians praying outside in protest prevent the hex? (NY Post)

Manhattan is #1! The #1 most expensive place in the world per square foot. (Viewing NYC)

Rockefeller University Hospital revealed that Dr. Reginald Archibald, a noted pediatrician, who worked at the hospital had been sexually abused and raping children for for decades. Archibald died in 2007 and the hospital is asking former patients to contact them. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s ‘Haunted Subway’ is as scary to kids as a regular commute is scary to adults. (NY Post)

The median asking rent in Bushwick has hit the all-time high of $2,599, which is 80% higher than $1,433, the average rent paid. (Bushwick Daily)

So what’s the story with the guillotine on a rooftop in Greenpoint? (Gothamist)

There’s a $16 million mansion on the Upper West Side that will accept bitcoin, which won’t necessary after you win the $1.6 billion MegaMillions, right? (6sqft)

Cardi B, hero. (People)

The Bowery’s lighting district lost its biggest store. (Bowery Boogie)

The 16 finest restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. (Eater)

Governor Cuomo (finally) agreed to a gubernatorial debate with Marc Molinaro. (NY Post)

The tickets might be expensive, but it might be worth it to go to a movie theater that’s 21+ after 6pm. (Gothamist)

IUDs will be available at the city’s 11 public hospitals and six ambulatory care centers thanks to a new initiative from the de Blasio administration. (amNY)

A white middle school teacher was fired for making black students in the Bronx re-enact slavery scenes. Patricia Cummings, the teacher in question, denies these claims. (NY Post)

Do you know what the early signs of the measles looks like? It’s ridiculous that we have to have this conversation, but since six children in Williamsburg have the measles, here we are. (Bklyner)

The nanny accused of multiple stabbings inside a day are center, including a 13-day-old baby, is mounting an insanity defense. (NY Post)

September’s subway performance was “very encouraging” according to NYC Transit President Andy Byford. There were only 63,841 delays, the lowest since August 2017. (NY Post)

After an NYPD body camera caught fire, the department is pulling 2,990 from use. (NY Times)

The city’s most endangered buildings. (Curbed)

The Clinton Hill community board just approved a B.I.G. change to St James Place. (Brooklyn Paper)


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The Briefly for August 7, 2018 – An L Train Shutdown Preview, Mayor Signs Airbnb Bill, and More

The L train will shut down for fifteen weekends before the actual shutdown, the East Flatbush nail salon protests mirror the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Cynthia Nixon has a date and time for a debate if Cuomo wants to show up, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

The state’s adversarial stance against Spectrum is changing how Governor Cuomo is covered by NY1.

The L will shutdown on FIFTEEN weekends between now and the L shutdown, including this weekend.

Here’s a clearer picture of the racist idiots from Identity Europa that protested in Fort Tryon Park to end immigration “invasion.” Credit to Uptown Collective for capturing images of their faces.

The ten bast spots for an under-the-radar picnic, from 6sqft.

An MTA bus driver was arrested for driving a bus into a row of cars while extremely drunk. How drunk was he? Two hours after his arrest his BAC was three times the legal limit.

Parking in a metered area in lower Manhattan is about to get more expensive.

Filming around town: Gotham is at Water St and Pearl St in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrell is at  Remsen St and Court St in Brooklyn, The Blacklist w/James Spaderis on Roosevelt Island, The Deuce w/James Franco is at 6th and 1st, Manifest w/Josh Dallas is at Vernon Blvd and 46th Ave in Long Island City, Madam Secretary w/Tea Leoni is at 61st and Madison, Instinct w/Alan Cummingis at Flushing Ave and Navy St in Brooklyn.

There’s a date and a time for a Gubernatorial Democratic primary debate, if Andrew Cuomo decides to show up.

Tonight is the National Night Out Against Crime, with events all over the city with small fairs and barbecues. The city’s website lists every percent and the corresponding events.

The Chris Gethard Show has come to an end.

A guide to Fort Greene, from Untapped Cities.

The tensions following a fight at an East Flatbush nail salon mirrors the 1991 Crown Heights riots, sparked from tensions between the black and Asian communities after a fight in a grocery store.

Mayor de Blasio signed a bill requiring Airbnb hosts to register with the city.

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