The Briefly for March 1, 2019 – The “Baby Come Back, You Can Blame It All On Me” Edition

The mayor is growing increasingly oblivious, MetroCards have an expiration date, open letters to Jeff Bezos, Citi Bike adds new electric bikes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re taking the 6 this weekend, you’re in the clear. If you’re taking literally any other subway, you should check the closures and services changes. (6sqft)

Raise a glass to the 19 restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

Luna the bodega cat has been returned! (Gothamist)

We have a population of thousands of people who’ve been forgotten.” Queensbridge residents are grappling with the new reality of an Amazon-less Long Island City. (Patch)

Some people won’t take no for an answer. Long Island City’s John Brown Smokehouse owner Josh Bowen flew himself to Seattle in hopes of saving the Amazon HQ2 deal. (QNS)

He wasn’t alone. Governor Cuomo has been on the phone to Jeff Bezos multiple times in the last two weeks trying to get Amazon to reconsider. (NY Times)

A letter from a recently purchased Long Island City condo to Jeff Bezos. (McSweeney’s)

An open letter to Jeff Bezos from the Partnership for New York City in a full page ad in The New York Times. (NY Times)

The subway token lasted 50 years, the MetroCard took over in 2003 but won’t make it past 2023. (Patch)

The first LGBTQ group to ever march in the 44 years of the Brooklyn’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be the Brooklyn Irish LGBTQ Organization. (Patch)

There are two kinds of people in the city, the people who have been to Winnie’s in Chinatown and then there’s everybody else. Winnie’s has a new home at 58 East Broadway four years after its closing with Winnie and her children Jamie and Teddy at the helm. (Eater)

Are you ready for cat yoga? (Bklyner)

Revenge porn is officially illegal in New York. The state legislature unanimously passed a bill making it illegal to attempt to defame and humiliate someone by illicitly releasing photos or videos. Google and Facebook have lobbied against earlier versions of the bill. (Gothamist)

An interview with the new Public Advocate after two days on the job. (Gothamist)

Here’s how Jumaane Williams won the special election. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The FDNY has to buy “spit hoods” to protect medics from being spit on, but the purchase was delayed because the original hoods made the medics look too much like members of the KKK. (NY Post)

The good news: The city will get 4,000 new pedal-assisted electric bikes. The bad news: They will cost an additional $2 per ride. (amNY)

The de Blasio administration is installing 42% less than Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, while the city has seen a 70% growth in daily bike trips. (amNY)

The city’s official map of legal bike parking locations. (NYC.gov)

Is there any point in staying in NYC if you’re introverted? (r/AskNYC)

The mayor is increasingly oblivious. This week he rode the subway and seemed surprised to discover just how exasperated New Yorkers are with their inability to get to where they are going without delays and hassles and endless anxiety.” Ouch. (NY Times)

No goals, no benchmarks, no accountability, but it costs $250 million a year. It isn’t clear what Chirlane McCrazy’s ThriveNYC initiative has accomplished. (Politico)

City Councilmembers are calling for a parking permit system North of 60th St to defend the neighborhood against the inevitable hordes of drivers trying to circumvent the city’s planned congestion pricing. (Crains)

Where to go on a double date. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for October 12, 2018 – Weekend Subway Changes, Biggie Smalls Way, the NYPD’s Lasso Gun, and More

The MTA is still expecting a half billion dollar plus budget gap by 2022, 13 haunted NYC locations, the city’s teachers have a new contract, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Seriously, today is the deadline for voter registration if you’re going to vote in the November 6 election, and you’re going to vote in the election, right? Right? (amNY)

Plan ahead, because the MTA planned another game of “is my subway running this weekend?” All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

MetroCard Vending Machines will be unable to take credit or debit cards starting tonight at midnight until tomorrow at 5am. Just another headache to add to your weekend transit nightmare.

Community Board 7 requested a two way protected bike lane on Central Park West. This is a direct response t the death of Australian Tourist Madison Jane Lyden. (West Side Rag)

What did the city get for the $4.5 billion spent on the Hudson Yards? (Gothamist)

The MTA is ready to build four new Metro North Stations in the East Bronx, but Amtrak is holding the project hostage, demanding a ransom of “access fees” for the use of their rails. The MTA is already paying $1 billion to upgrade the system. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The secrets of the former Bell Labs Research Facility, now known as the Westbeth Artist Housing. (Untapped Cities)

A garbage truck hit and killed a 37-year-old man on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Thursday morning. The driver, Aaron Gilchrist, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, and failure to exercise due care. (NY Post)

You can’t bike the perimeter of Manhattan because of multiple gaps in the greenway. The city is planning to invest a quarter billion dollars to close that loop and add 15 new acres of open space. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021. (6sqft)

NYPD officer Vincenzo Trabolse was caught on video repeatedly punching and tasing a 24-year-old William Colon, who has severe medical issues and was in handcuffs at the time. An internal affairs investigation has been opened. (Gothamist)

The same artist who got the city to install the “Respect” tributes to Aretha Franklin is trying to get St. James Place between Gates Ave and Fulton Street Christopher Wallace Way after Biggie Smalls. (Brooklyn Paper)

“Despite an infusion of $836 million in state and city funds, there has been little improvement so far in subway service.” -NYC Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Despite fare increases in 2019 and 2021, the MTA is projecting a budget gap that will balloon to over half a billion dollars by 2022, and that doesn’t include the $40 billion needed to enact the fabled 10-year Fast-Forward plan. (NY Post)

How much waste is created by one Manhattan loft renovation? No matter how much you guess, the answer will be more. (Gothamist)

The 13 places in the city you didn’t know were haunted. (Thrillist)

The NYPD is testing a “lasso gun” to use to subdue suspects. (Gothamist)

The city and the United Federation of Teachers reached a preliminary $2.1 billion, 43-month contract that will include more money for hard-to-staff positions, pre-screening of teachers, a $25k innovation fund per school, and more. (Politico)


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The Briefly for June 19, 2018 – Juneteenth, NYPD vs NYPD PBA on School Cameras, “Spit In It,” and More

The Every School Speed Camera Act has the support of the NYPD’s commissioner, but not the NYPD’s Police Benevolent Association.

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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill supports the Every School Speed Camera Act, citing Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative as reducing pedestrian fatalities by 45% between 2013 and 2017. O’Neill stands at odds with the NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, who claims that instead of the 150 additional schools to get cameras, 5,000 more police officers can fix the speeding concerns. State Senator Simcha Felder (of course he’s involved) claims to have privacy concerns about the speeding cameras. Streetsblog makes the case that when the Every School Speed Camera Act lapses in a few weeks, that Governor Cuomo can be blamed.

Over 1,000 lives were lost aboard the PS General Slocum, New York City’s worst maritime disaster, in 1904. 6sqft looks back on the disaster over 110 years ago.

Yayoi Kusama’s “Narcissus Garden” will be installed at the form Fort Tilden army base at the Rockaways starting July 1. The installation consists of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel one-foot balls. Kusama’s piece is a protest against the commercialization of art and culture, but expect a million selfies this summer.

RIP the midtown Carl’s Jr. Stay out of our city.

Curbed has a map of where you can find areas with air conditioning throughout the city. This will be handy as we slowly forget what winter is like.

6sqft looks at the a href=”https://www.6sqft.com/the-1936-summer-of-pools-when-robert-moses-and-the-wpa-cooled-off-nyc/”>importance of public pools throughout the city in 1936.

A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommends that “a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state.” The governor said “facts have changed,” which is weird way of saying “we were wrong.”

Would you like some “PLEASE SPIT IN IT TOO” on your burger?

Filming Around Town: The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy his on 47th and 5th, John Wick 3 is at Coffey St and Ferris St in Brooklyn, The Deuce is at 1st Ave 2nd St and 7th and 30th, Ray Donovan is at Lehman College in the Bronx.

Today is Juneteenth, which marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Local organizers are planning a protest in Foley Square to push for the end of the wealth- and race-based discrimination in the criminal justice system.

You’ve got until 2023 until the MetroCard as you know it will be OBSOLETE!

Cynthia Nixon unveiled her campaign finance reform platform in the same location that Gov Cuomo announced his candidacy for Governor eight years ago. “If Washington is a swamp, then Albany under Andrew Cuomo is a cesspool.” -Nixon

Xiu Qing You, 39, was living in the United States for nearly twenty years before being arrested by ICE agents while interviewing for a green card.

The Brearley School on the Upper East Side announced all applicants who consider themselves female can apply to the school, which opens the door for transgender students.

The 80 Flatbush development is displacing the HIV-AIDS Services Administration, which is currently at 94 Flatbush, at the end of the month. It is one of three facilities in Brooklyn and will be moving to a temporary location on Third Avenue until it finds a permanent home in Bushwick. For the people who rely on these services, an unannounced change in schedule could have serious consequences.

More toxic algae in a city park. Bowne Park in Flushing is the latest park to issue a warning about algae blooms. These aren’t lethal like the Prospect Park Lake, Morningside Pond, or The Lake in Central Park, but you could still be staying away from the water.

Have you ever had an egg cream?