The Briefly for February 16, 2020 – The “Peanut Butter Bandit Needs to Be Caught” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Bernie Sanders gets the Bill de Blasio kiss of death, the cutest thing in the city, a 500% rent increase in Coney Island, the Amazon killer, and more

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What’s open and what’s closed on President’s Day. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The Bernie Sanders campaign received the presidential kiss of death over the weekend: Bill de Blasio’s endorsement. De Blasio was, no doubt, looking for any excuse to leave NYC and jumped at the opportunity. (Gloria Pazmino for NY1)

The subway is ubiquitious in the city, but at some point it needed to be built. The latest photo exhibition at the New York Transit Museum shows how the subway was built. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

Apartment Porn: For only $45 million, you can live like a Russian oligarch in the Plaza. The apartment used to be two separate apartments that were combined into one insane apartment covered in onyx and crystal. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Someone needs to stop the Peanut Butter Bandit. The worst person in the city hit the A train once more with the gooey atrocity on the poles of the train early Friday morning. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

He helped kill the Amazon HQ2 deal, and now he’s set his sights on making sure nothing like the Amazon deal ever happens again. Michael Gianaris wants to reform how the city gives tax breaks to giant companies. (Erin Hudson for The Real Deal)

It’s like a normal store, but it only sells flutes. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

JFK’s Terminal 4 will be getting a $3.8 billion makeover. (Erin Hudson for The Real Deal)

It’s 3:30 am on a Wednesday and you desperately want pierogis, where will you go? Behind the scenes at Veselka, the Ukrainian restaurant that’s been part of the East Village since the 50s. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Despite early reporting, Governor Cuomo and President Trump’s meeting about the ban on New Yorkers from the Truster Traveler Program and giving the government access to New York’s DMV records was “productive,” but no solution was reached. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Caroline Baumann didn’t resign as director of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum out of nowhere, she was forced out after an investigation into her wedding found she violated policy when it came to acquiring her dress and venue. The Smithsonian isn’t run by the government, but is partially funded by the government and has a similar conflict of interest policy. (Robin Pogrebin for NY Times)

The ax is finally falling, all Barney’s stores will close at the end of the month. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Only three restaurants in the city were closed last week by the Department of Health, but one of them is the city’s newest member of the 100+ point violation club. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The NYC condoms have a new wrapper, but here’s something that’s a little confusing: The name of the wrapper design is the “NYC Legend XL.” While it sounds like this is the magnum of free condoms, there’s no indication if this is for your average or not-so-average New Yorker (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The man shot in the face by an ICE agent last week plans to sue the agency and is calling for an investigation of the incident. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

Should the subway be free? According to City Councilmember Mark Treyger, the answer is yes. (Adam Thalenfeld for NYC Urbanism)

Black Lives Matter President Anthony Beckford is the latest to stand up in support City Councimember Mark Treyger’s call to make transit free to use. (Alex Williamson for Brooklyn Eagle)

He’s not alone. Meet the state’s assemblymember hopefuls who agree the fairest fare is no fare at all. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Meet Pancakes, the Staten Island Zoo’s brand newborn sloth, the cutest thing in the city. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

The NYPD reportedly issued a subpoena to Twitter requesting access to the account of NY Post police bureau chief Tina Moore, citing the Patriot Act as their justification to try to find leaks within the department. The effort was lead by new police commissioner Dermot Shea. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

It’s like a grocery store, but it’s an art installation where everything is made from plastic bags. The Plastic Bag Store, from Robin Frohardt, will be viewable in Times Square on March 1, coinciding with the state’s plastic bag ban. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

A 14-year-old boy suspected of fatally stabbing a Tessa Majors to death in a Morningside Park robbery last December has been indicted on murder charges. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork Metro)

Rent increases are a part of life in the city, but a 500% rent increase is reprehensible. The Lola Star Gift Shop on the boardwalk in Coney Island faces a 500% increase in her rent from Luna Park and the company’s owner’s Zamperla. (Alyssa Paolicelli for NY1)

22 trendy restaurants you can still get into. (Hannah Albertine, Bryan Kim, Katherine Lewin, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader MG Ashdown for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for January 24, 2020 – The Weekend “Train Daddy Andy Byford Quit His Job” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: A bed bug shuts down a subway station, e-bike legalization is on the horizon, cashless stores are a thing of the past, the best hot chocolate and more

Today – Low: 37˚ High: 49˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 36˚ High: 51˚

A headline that cuts right to the bone: Millennials Love Zillow Because They’ll Never Own a Home. (Angela Lashbrook for OneZero)

How many bed bugs does it take to shut down and evacuate a subway station? One. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

A list of the “absolute best” hot chocolate in the city, with L.A. Burdick at the top of the list. (Leah Koenig for Grub Street)

Say farewell, Train Daddy has left the city. Andy Byford has quit as the president of New York City Transit. (Christina Goldbaum and Emma G. Fitzsimmons for NY Times)

In two years on the job, Andy Byford actually seemed to be doing good work. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

Why Andy, why? The likely reason we’re being left behind is the impending MTA restructuring. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork Metro)

I don’t think there’s any truth that Byford couldn’t get along with me” -Governor Cuomo, who almost 100% had trouble getting along with Andy Byford. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Will the MTA’s progress be delayed because of Byford’s departure? According to City Councilmember Joe Borelli, “Unfortunately, we lost the good guy and we’re stuck with Andrew.” (Gloria Pazmino for NY 1)

Limited edition ‘Star Trek: Picard’ MetroCards are available at the 14th St and 7th Ave on the 1/2/3, 28th St and 7th Ave on the 1, 57th St and 6th Ave on the F, 42nd St at Union Square on the 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W, and 28th and Broadway on the R/W. The MetroCards will be available for the next three weeks. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

A preview of the new Hayden Planetarium space show Worlds Beyond Earth, narrated by Lupita Nyong’o. (Jennifer Vanasco for Gothamist)

What’s going to replace Fat Baby on Rivington? Who knows, because the replacement has already been evicted. If you’ve got $23,000 a month, it could be yours. (Bowery Boogie)

Governor Cuomo will push the state’s legislature to pass his electric bike and scooter legalization bill next week, with April 1 being the worst case scenario. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

The comments about pushing the legalization came when talking criticizing the de Blasio administration’s “arbitrary” enforcement of the ban with “no uniformity.” Where he sees no leadership from Mayor de Blasio, he intends to create it himself. (Gresh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Cashless stores are a thing of the past. The City Council passed a ban on cashless stores on Thursday, citing that a cash-free business is discriminating against consumers who aren’t in a position to have a back banking you. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Anyone Comics in Crown Heights is hosting a 24-hour comic book creation marathon on February 1.

According to a new study, the two most livable neighborhoods in the city are Battery Park and Brooklyn Heights. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

Five sights that show how much lower Manhattan has changed. (Jane Margolies for NY Times)

Fairway filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will sell off five stores to complete a sale to the company that operates ShopRite and Gourmet Garage. The stores it will sell off are the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Chelsea, Harlem and Kips Bay. (Chris Crowley is Grub Street)

Mean Girls: The Musical is becoming a movie. Mean Girls: The Movie: The Musical: The Movie: The Book, coming to theaters soon? (Adam Feldman for Time Out)

Governor Cuomo’s $2 billion AirTrain to LaGuardia has ulterior motives: more overall parking. (Eve Kessler for Streetsblog)

The Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama are coming to the Brooklyn Museum on August 27 and will be there through October 24. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

Six of the oldest cars on the Upper West Side. (David Cunningham for I Love the Upper West Side)

Seven years ago, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz announced Brooklyn would gets its own friendship arch as a gift from the Chinese government to be placed to welcome people to Brooklyn’s Chinatown. After years of planning and announcements, the project appears to be dead. (Yoav Gonan for The City)

Op/Ed: The argument against rezoning Soho/Noho to allow more affordable housing to be built is an argument that recognizes when the city talks about rezoning for affordable housing, they also rezone for super-luxury apartment buildings. (Andrew Berman for GVSHP)

This Sunday is Australia Day, here are 11 ways to celebrate. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

Chopt is buying Dos Toros. The new owners are keeping the restaurant chains separate, but they will share a loyalty program. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Congrats to ActionKid on his silver YouTube play button, celebrating 100,000 subscribers. He celebrated by taking a sunrise walk with his new plaque into Manhattan. (ActionKid)

Luxury condo prices are at their lowest levels since 2013, hitting $3,816,835, and the surplus of unsold luxury apartments is still high. Over 25% of Manhattan’s luxury apartments are sitting empty. (Valeri Ricciulli for Curbed)

Photos: For the last few days, a Bald Eagle has been seen in Riverside Park. (D. Bruce Yolton for Urban Hawks)

How John Mulaney spends his Sundays. (Paige Darrah for NY Times)

21 restaurants ideal for solo diners. (Diana Hubbell for Eater)

The Briefly for December 24, 2019 – The “Your Cheapest Ride to the Airport is a Helicopter” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: What’s happening on Christmas, the perk the super-rich want in their apartment buildings, the 30 best Chinese food restaurants, Melinda Katz’s plans & more

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Clear throughout the day.

I’ll be taking Christmas Day off and The Briefly will return with a new edition on the 26th.

What’s it gonna cost to get to the airport? UberX: $126.84. Uber Pool: $102.56. Uber Copter: $101.39. Wait, what? (@nicoleej0hnson)

Gramercy Park opens its gates for one hour tonight, Christmas Eve, from 6-7pm. It’s the only hour the park is open to the public for the entire year. (Ameena Walker for Curbed)

16 restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve and Day. (Claire Lampen for Gothamist)

No trash pickup, public transit on a Sunday schedule, alternate-side parking suspended. What’s open, what’s closed on Christmas day. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Where to celebrate Kwanzaa 2019 in NYC. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

New York City trades killing for reforms like they were both commodities. After six deaths in two days, the city is willing to enforce its traffic laws against drivers of trucks and SUVs. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

There are more than 5,300 open citations for buildings failing to maintain safe exterior walls, but it was the death of Erica Tishman that moved the city to try to figure out how to make building inspections easier and prevent more deaths. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

It was four deaths of homeless men in Chinatown that caused the city commit to spending $21 million to attempt to treat more mentally ill New Yorkers, up to an additional 900 people a year. The city will use Kendra’s Law, which allows courts to mandate treatment for individuals with a history of violence and hospitalizations. (Mirela Iverac for Gothamist)

How New York City celebrated Christmas in 1910. (Ephemeral New York)

A New Nightmare: Streets near Columbus Circle are closed thanks to falling ice. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

How much would you pay to hear something you already know? If you’re the MTA,you paid $900,000. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Female detainees at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan say they’re being forced to endure intolerably frigid conditions, as a creaking HVAC system blasts air conditioning into their cells on one of the coldest days of the year. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The cost of necessary repairs of the NYCHA were estimated to be $32 billion two years ago, one year ago it was $45 billion, and the latest estimate has hit $68.5 billion through 2028. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Two major parole reforms are possible in 2020. The first would give a parole hearing to anyone over 55 who’s served at least fifteen years of their sentence and the other changes the consideration for release based on rehabilitation, not sentence. A look at three advocates with firsthand experience on why the reforms are necessary. (Noah Goldberg for Brooklyn Eagle)

Congrats to Bernadette DeVito, the new Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Kings County Politics. (Kings County Politics)

Photos of the hawks in Tompkins Square Park on the hunt never cease to fascinate and horrify me. (Laura Goggin Photography)

Photos and Videos: In all honesty, the Insane Clown Posse party yacht looks like it was pretty darn fun. (BrooklynVegan)

Jimmy Van Bramer earned Cynthia Nixon’s endorsement for Queens Borough President. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post)

So what’s with all the new restaurants that chose a “diner” theme this year? (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

The city’s open enrollment for Fair Fares program will start Jan. 27, allowing anyone at or below the Federal Poverty line to purchase half-price MetroCards. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Sometime you hear a story the reminds you that New York City truly has everything. The next time you’re in the East Village, stop in at Casey Rubber Stamps on E 11th, a rubber stamp store that also makes custom stamps. (Gabe Herman for The Villager)

Newly elected Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is promising a big shakeup when she takes office on January 1, replacing most of the current executive staff to ensure they support her more progressive policies. (Beth Fertig and George Joseph for Gothamist)

Indoor pools? Marble walls? Movie theaters? Old news. The porte cochère is the perk the mega-rich want. (James Barron for NY Times)

Photos: Le Fournil, the French bakery that opened yesterday in the former Moishe’s space on Second Ave, is open. (EV Grieve)

Looking to climb the Vessel? Here’s how to get tickets. They’re free, but you still need tickets. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

The developer of the Vessel agreed to increase accessibility beyond the three of the 80 platforms currently available by January 31, 2021, thanks to an agreement with the Department of Justice. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The 30 best Chinese food restaurants. (Eater)

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