The Briefly for March 4, 2019 – The “We Are All Wet People” Edition

It’s a snow day across the city, SNL’s beautiful Bodega Bathroom musical, a $43,000/month townhouse, how books get picked for the New York Public Library and more in today’s daily NYC digest.

Sixteen people decide which books reach the shelves of the New York Public Library. (NY Times)

SNOW DAY TODAY! (Patch)

We getting mad because it’s winter and it’s snowing outside.” Meet Diane in Brooklyn, your new favorite amateur meteorologist. (@PIX11News)

“You’re the first person to use this bathroom that’s not a dog giving birth.” Bless you SNL for the Bogeda Bathroom skit/musical. (SNL)

It was 33% of the 8.6% of active voters who voted that elected Jumaane Williams to the second most powerful position in the city. Maybe it’s time to change how we elect our officials. (New York Daily News)

An explanation of ranked-choice voting. (CGP Grey)

Fatberg alert! Only flush your four P’s. Quick: Can you name all four P’s? (Bklyner)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, casually tweeting treason against NYC. (@BilldeBlasio)

This is why you would leave the caps on soda bottles when you get rid of them. (Lifehacker)

“Almost every legislator in Albany is furious with Cuomo about something.” This profile of Governor Cuomo is illuminating and includes the tidbit that if Joe Biden doesn’t run for president, Cuomo might. (The Atlantic)

If you pay $43,000/month for a townhouse, you might assume you wouldn’t have a rat problem. (NY Post)

Borough President James Oddo, Congressperson Max Rose, and Councilperson Debi Rose will be boycotting
The Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day parade because of the exclusion of the Pride Center of Staten Island. (NY Post)

10 premiere dim sum parlors. (Eater)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer will be investigating Chirlane McCray’s Thrive initiative after reports of $850 million in spending were made public. (NY Post)

25-year-old Aurilla Lawrence, or “Aurilla Gorilla” to her friends, is the fifth cyclist to die after being hit by a car in 2019. There were 10 total deaths of this type in 2018. (Gothamist)

Does the East London borough of Hackney have the answer to the city’s public housing problem? (NY Times)

A look inside the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s warehouse in Brooklyn which houses a veritable museum of old technology which has become highly sought after by TV and movie producers. (NY Times)

Happy birthday! The best bars to celebrate your birthday. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 21, 2019 – The “No One Thinks de Blasio Should Run for President” Edition

A look at the Public Advocate debate, low-level marijuana cases are down 98% in Brooklyn, the city lied to get more FEMA funding, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It looks like a museum, but it’s a button store named for a Gertrude Stein poem. (Atlas Obscura)

The city subpoenaed 20,000 apartment listings from Airbnb as a response to what Mayor de Blasio says is Airbnb’s unwillingness to cooperate with the city to crackdown on illegal hotels. (The Real Deal)

The 11 best things to do on Roosevelt Island, but maybe you want to wait for spring first. (6sqft)

There is a special election for the city’s Public Advocate on Tuesday. As a reader of The Briefly you are among some of the most informed voters in the city. Here’s what you need to know about the election. (Gothamist)

Watch the second Public Advocate debate in full. (NY1)

There is one thing that all the Public Advocate candidates from last night’s debate agree on: Bill de Blasio should not run for president. (Politico)

StreetsPAC has endorsed Melissa Mark-Viverito for Public Advocate. (Streetsblog)

The 12 best restaurants in Rego Park and Forest Hills. (Grub Street)

Five takeaways from the Public Advocate debate. (Patch)

New York City will never become a cashless society if Councilman Ritchie Torres’s bill passes. (NY Times)

Low level marijuana cases are down 98% in Brooklyn. At a cost of $2,000 per arrest, it’s quite a bit of savings. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Can you run a business out of your apartment? (Bushwick Daily)

If you want to party like the kids on “Made in Staten Island,” here’s your guide. If you want to avoid partying like the kids on “Made in Staten Island,” here’s your guide of places to avoid. (amNY)

13 bars and restaurants for history lovers across the United States, including Manhattan’s Fraunces Tavern. (Atlas Obscura)

The gentrification of Bed Stuy is threatening the existence of the city’s last black-owned LGBTQ club. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Have you ever been through a breakup so bad that it makes you swear off dating altogether? The End Corporate Welfare Act is the City Council’s version of that with luring giant corporations to the city with subsidies. (Patch)

Take a look at Spike Lee’s New York City. (StreetEasy)

How can the MTA fix the R train? Congressman Max Rose’s solution is Solomon-esque. (amNY)

Murder in the city is up by 55% this year compared to last. Some police officers are blaming the end of stop and frisk. (NY Post)

The city lied to FEMA to get more Hurricane Sandy relief funding and will pay the federal government back more than $5.3 million as part of a tentative settlement. (NY Times)

East Harlem residents are feeling pissed about this closed public bathroom. So are the recipients of the more than 1,500 public urination summonses in the area. (Patch)

Winter is harsh on the city, but it causes chaos, explosions, fires, leaks, and uncertainty underground, where electric, steam, water, and gas lines flow. Climate change is making it worse. (NY Times)

Bookmark this list for the next extremely cold day. 19 stellar soups. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 28, 2019 – The “A Complete Lack of Ability to Enforce the Law” Edition

Big changes to the L train’s schedule, what the government shutdown’s shutdown means for NYC, a couch in a tree, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The 2, 3, 4, 7, A, D, E, and L trains are going through some major service disruptions late nights. (Subway Changes)

Starting today, there is no overnight L service between Broadway Junction to Manhattan for eight weeks. Starting February 1, the L will be shutdown for seven weekends straight. Yipes. (Brooklyn Paper)

The government shutdown is over, here’s what it means for New York City. (Metro)

The city has been proven to be mostly impotent when it comes to removing the billboard boats from city waters. (Gothamist)

The NYPD can’t enforce traffic violations in bike lanes AND bus lanes. That would be crazy! (NY Post)

It’s been 27 years, but the NYPD arrested Calvin Grant for the alleged murder of Stacey Lynette Joyner in Brownsville. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Now that his opinion means nothing to the situation, Mayor de Blasio has decided that he supports the governor’s L Train repair plan. (NY Post)

Kudos to the winning team from the 2019 Idiotarod. Take a look at this year’s idiots. (Brian Lin)

The subways, explained. (Curbed)

The Daily News’ editorial board is in favor of subway, bus, and bridge toll hikes. (Daily News)

The $298 million Powerball winner has come forward, and he’s happy to tell you he quit his job. (NY Post)

Pity the millionaires who have been moving out of the New York City area because of the financial markets and taxes. 5,700 people worth between $1 and $30 million people have moved. (The Real Deal)

Meet the 65 year-old professor with 600,000 Instagram followers. (New York Magazine)

No one tell the city’s real estate developers that artists are embracing the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (amNY)

Of the 472 sexual harassment complaints by city employees in 2018, only 37 of them were resulted in termination, demotion, retirement, transfer, or suspension. (NY Post)

Seriously, how did this couch end up in this tree? (West Side Rag)

15 things you probably didn’t know about the East Village. (6sqft)

There’s beef between Bareburger and one of the New York’s franchisors. (NY Post)

Max Rose hasn’t been in the House of Representatives for a month and Republican challengers have already started to emerge. (Bklyner)

17 bars to BYOF (bring your own food). (The Infatuation)

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