The Briefly for June 24, 2019 – The “In Defense of a New York City Summer” Edition

What was on and what was off the state’s legislative agenda, the summer forecast, the Mermaid Parade, pity the real estate investors, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The weekend subway disruptions are over, just in time for late-night weekday disruptions. (Subway Weekender)

Queens Democrats, you have the chance to vote for your next District Attorney primary on Tuesday. Last minute dropouts, endorsements, and ads are setting the candidates apart from each other. (Politico)

Candidate Tiffany Cabán is following the AOC playbook to a possible Queens DA election victory. It helps she’s also received AOC’s endorsement. (NY Times)

In 2017, lead was found in the water fountains in multiple city schools. In a small investigation in four schools, WNYC found high levels of lead-paint contamination in the city’s schools. (Gothamist)

When was your last true “what the hell” subway moment? How about this one caught on video with an argument between a man holding a gun and another holding a bat? (@SubwayCreatures)

The summer’s long-range weather predictions have been made for the city, and it’s gonna be a hot year. (Patch)

In defense of summer in the city. (Gothamist)

There is a small ring of people stealing the earnings from Lyft and Uber drivers across the city using the drivers’ own phones to take the money. (Gothamist)

The ten oldest theaters in Times Square. (Untapped Cities)

After about 200 shows, Broadway’s ‘Be More Chill’ is set to close on August 11. (amNY)

Stargazing isn’t impossible in the city you just have to know where to look. (Atlas Obscura)

This week’s list of restaurants closed by the Department of Health includes a Little Italy favorite, a USPS cafeteria (which is also this week’s winner for most violations), and multiple others. (Patch)

If you’ve got the bug and are looking to run for elected office in the city, here’s how it just got a little easier. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Cardi B was indicted from a fight in a strip club was last year. She rejected a plea deal that would have required no jail time and was paired with reduced charges in April. (amNY)

Your guide to summer in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here’s a look at 12 things the Democrat-dominated state’s legislature accomplished this year. (NY Times)

The list of accomplishments in the state legislature looks impressive, but here’s what didn’t make the agenda. (Gothamist)

One thing that was left off the legislative agenda was the mayor’s attempts to change the specialized high school entrance exams. Consider the effort dead, with multiple Democrats voting against it in committee and it never seeing a floor vote. (NY Times)

What happened to the automatic voter registration bill? A “typo” derailed the effort and it will have to be taken up in the next legislative session. (Gothamist)

Maybe electric bikes shouldn’t be allowed in bike lanes? Wait, what?This makes sense if you’re the mayor, the rest of us will be left to scratch our heads. (Patch)

A body was found floating off Pier 36 on the Lower East Side. The body wasn’t identified outside of being a male Asian in his 30s. (The Villager)

The 14th St Busway, scheduled to take hold on July 1, was hit with a lawsuit by residents of Chelsea and the West Village. The lawsuit says the city hasn’t properly studied how banning cars will impact the surrounding neighborhoods. (Curbed)

Here are the details about what’s changing about marijuana in New York after the state’s decriminalization bill. (amNY)

The MTA is reorganizing this summer, but since the governor didn’t put one of the mayor’s board recommendations to the state senate, the city will have one less representative during the discussions. It’s possible that it was a simple mistake, but it’s also possible that this is another part of the rich tapestry that is the feud between Cuomo and de Blasio. (Politico)

Video: You’ve ridden the subways, the buses, the ferries, but have you ridden the Roosevelt Island tram? Here’s the history behind the city’s unique travel option. (Viewing NYC)

If you savor a truly awful smell, the New York Botanical Garden’s corpse flower appears just about ready to bloom. It hits peak bloom for 24-36 hours, so if you’re looking to savor the smell of what is described as rotting meat, keep an eye on the flower’s status. (Gothamist)

The Nautilus, a new interactive art installation near the Seaport, is like a giant space-age musical instrument using light poles you can touch to produce sounds. The installation will be there through September 10. (Time Out)

The Coney Island Brewery, aptly located in Coney Island, will be expanding in August. (Brooklyn Paper)

This year’s Mermaid Parade in pictures. (BrooklynVegan)

and more pics. (amNY)

You can uncover your eyes. The Flying Wallendas successfully made the tightrope walk 25 stories above midtown. (NY Times)

Everyone pity the real estate investors, who have taken time out of their busy schedules to whine to any media outlet that will listen about how they won’t be able to deregulate rent-controlled apartments or unreasonably raise rents. (Splinter)

The city’s best cold noodle dishes. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for June 19, 2019 – The “That’s Not Pizza, It’s A Strawberry Tart” Edition

The new head of the NYCHA is the highest paid city employee, the city okays six new LGBTQ landmarks, the MTA gets sued for its ad practices, and more in today’s daily NYC new digest,

2019 is the summer of the NYPL’s Bookmobile. The Bookmobile is making its debut this week, operating as a mobile library and offering all the same services. By the end of the summer, the NYPL will have three Bookmobiles. (Untapped Cities)

The Mermaid Parade is this weekend, here are the routes and street closures in the People’s Playground. (Curbed)

Dominique Ansel’s latest creation is here and boy is it an eye-roller. They’re tiramisu made to look like greek coffee cups, strawberry tarts that look like a slice of pizza, pavlova that looks like an everything bagel, and other twists on New York staples. (Time Out)

The new head of the NYCHA’s salary of $400,000 will make him the highest paid city official. Gregory Russ is going from the Minneapolis Housing Authority to the largest in the nation. The $400k salary is $231,000 higher than the last permanent head of the agency. (The City)

Three Lives, on the corner of Waverly and W 10th, has reopened after being closed by the Department of Buildings and having to sell books on the sidewalk. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

Someone left a life-like baby doll in Crocheron Park in Bayside, which triggered a full-on NYPD and FDNY response. (QNS)

DUMBO is celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Manhattan Bridge Archway becoming open to the public. Prior to its life as a plaza, it was used for Department of Transportation storage. (6sqft)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is covering up Marc Chagall’s “The Lovers” until Thursday in honor of World Refugee Day, to highlight what a world would look like without the art of refugees. (Gothamist)

Some suggestions for unofficial places to watch the July 4th fireworks. (Patch)

Add another entry to your list of unconventional museums in the city. Poster House is “the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to posters.” No word if there will be a blacklight and velvet section. (Untapped Cities)

Six of NYC’s historic LGBTQ sites are now city landmarks. The Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse, Caffee Cino, the LGBT Center, the Women’s Liberation Center, the James Baldwin Residence, and Audre Lorde’s Residence made the list. (Curbed)

The city’s critics seem to hate Au Cheval, but that isn’t slowing down people who willingly wait over an hour for a burger. (Grub Street)

Fighting back investors and developers, four areas of Sunset Park have received landmark designation from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which will prevent demolition or large changes to the homes inside the landmark districts. Quick trivia: If you see a brown street sign instead of a green one, you’re in a historic district. (6sqft)

If someone visiting New York asked you how to get tickets to the Statue of Liberty, would you know how? Either buy them online or walk past the dozens of guys trying to sell you tickets all around Bowling Green and buy them at Castle Clinton. While the article is clearly an SEO play, it’s still something most New Yorkers probably didn’t know. (Curbed)

Where does the MTA draw the line with subway ads when it comes to sex? Boner pills, the Museum of Sex, breast implants, condoms, and Tinder all get the go ahead, but they draw the line with sex toys because they are a “sexually oriented business.” Dame Products is suing the MTA over their murky advertising rules. Somehow Tinder’s “DTF” campaign wasn’t about sex? (Patch)

A guide to the elections on June 25. (amNY)

An interview with State Senator Julia Salazar focused on real estate, which took place on the eve of the passage of the state’s new rent reform laws. (The Real Deal)

10 dishes under $20 to try in Hudson Yards. (Eater)

Mayor de Blasio nominated Jeffrey Roth, a deputy commissioner for policy and external affairs at the TLC, to lead the Taxi & Limousine Commission in a pick that, in the early stages, seems relatively free of controversy. He must be approved by the City Council before taking the position (amNY)

The city is debating banning Foie Gras as part of a dozen animal welfare bills that were discussed this week. Earlier this year the US Supreme Court upheld California’s foie gras ban, so the legislative path is clear if the city wants to go down it. (amNY)

No one was as vocal a supporter for the death penalty for the Central Park Five than the current president of the United States. If you think he was apologetic when asked about it this week, I would like to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. (NY Times)

10 walking tours that even New Yorkers will love. A lofty claim, but who wouldn’t be interested a Chinatown food tour, a speakeasy tour of the West Village, or a ghost tour of Greenwich Village? (6sqft)

There’s a new Frank Ape mural in the East Village, part of the 100 Gates Project. (EV Grieve)

10 summer bottomless brunch spots in Astoria. (hint: take the ferry there). (We Heart Astoria)

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The Briefly for June 18, 2018 – 80 Flatbush, Coney Island, the Hottest Subway Car, a New Challenge to the Governor, and more

The Mermaid Parade in review, the latest on 80 Flatbush, the hottest car to hit the rails, and more in the city’s news roundup.

The only Mermaid Parade gallery of photos you’ll ever need.

What are the colors of the city? Color Factory, the Smithsonian, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum have teamed up in “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color,” a new installation in the back garden at Cooper Hewitt. Admission to see The Color Walk is free.

The latest Mobility Report is bleak. Transit ridership is getting smaller and the average speed on the streets are showing it. The population, employment, and tourism rise in 2017 while subway and bus ridership fell. Ride-hailing might be growing, but it’s not helping congestion.

Bushwick Daily continues to show that Bushwick has happy hours with your time with the latest in their happy hour series based on subway stops on the L with a focus on the Morgan Ave stop.

One of the biggest fights in Brooklyn for the foreseeable future will be about 80 Flatbush. The proposal is for two buildings, one 38 stories and the other 74 (as tall as the Chrysler Building), would include 700 apartments, 200 permanently affordable apartments, a 15k square foot “cultural space,” 40k square feet of retail, and two schools.

Coney Island’s Shore Theater is becoming a seven story hotel. Coney Island could have had a theater that would if it was restored.

Filming Around Town: The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is at 10th and W 25th, John Wick 3 is at 44th and 7th, Ray Donovan is near Washington Square Park, and The Deuce is at 4th and 43rd in Brooklyn.

The never-ending construction on the 2/3 actually has an end. Weekend and weeknight service will be restored by June 25. Only one more week…

The stories of the Sing for Hope pianos in each neighborhood’s local news sites has been a delight. This one is from the Times Ledger and tells the story of the Paul Raymond Playground in Astoria’s piano.

New York’s hottest subway car is 1872 in the 1. It has everything. Sweltering people, panting dogs, melting popsicles, and a faulty HVAC that doesn’t have a backup system.

Residents and participants are unhappy about the last-minute changes to the Pride parade’s route and staging area.

Public service announcement: If you have an unlimited MetroCard, it’s legal to swipe other people in for free.

Takeru Kobayashi returned to Coney Island during the Mermaid Parade to eat some hot dogs in a non-competitive fashion. He was at the Feltman’s of Coney Island, which has no connection to the original Feltman’s of Coney Island.

Move over Cynthia Nixon, because a new challenger has arrived. Stephanie Miner, the former Syracuse mayor and a former top Democrat official, is making a run for Governor as an independent.


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