The Briefly for February 8, 2019 – The “MTA Is A Disgrace For This State, We All Know It” Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, the Grand Hyatt on 42nd will be torn down, an NYPD captain attacked a cyclist, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you normally ride the 4, 5, D, N, and Q trains, get ready for a rough weekend. If you’re along the L, you already know what to expect. The weekend is only a few hours away, make sure to check the trains for closures and diversions before you head out. (6sqft)

The city will have to cut $750 million from its 2020 fiscal budget to make up for a near billion dollar shortfall of tax revenues. (amNY)

Andres Lopez Elorez was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in smuggling liquid heroin stuffed inside puppies. (NY Times)

“The MTA is a disgrace for this state, we all know it,” said the man who has so much control over the MTA that he was able to cancel the entire L train shutdown. (Curbed)

Why did an NYPD captain apparently tackle a man riding a bike in Midtown? (Streetsblog)

This is pretty cool. The city’s budget includes money to install technology at 300 intersections that will hold green lights and shorten red lights for keep city buses moving faster. (Streetsblog)

How’s the rezoning going in Gowanus? The community’s not thrilled. (Bklyner)

Did MTV cancel “Made in Staten Island?” Maybe those 9,300 signatures on change.org made a difference. (amNY)

If you don’t love the Mandarin Duck while he molts, you don’t deserve him at his best. (Gothamist)

Happy national pizza day on Saturday. Never forget John Stewart’s epic anti-Chicago deep-dish “pizza” rant.

Margaret Cho, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and more join Red Room Orchestra for two back-to-back evenings of live music from Twin Peaks and the films of Wes Anderson at Symphony Space on February 15 & 16. (Sponsored by Symphony Space)

Metropolitan Republican Club, the epicenter of the Proud Boys fights last year, has a new president. Ian Reilly formerly advised a group that endorsed shooting migrants, forgetting the Holocaust, and marched with neo-Nazis. (Gothamist)

The oil smell in the L train tunnels has lingered all week. The smells have made at least three MTA workers sick and caused the train to stop service for a period of time on Wednesday. (Brokelyn)

The 10 most charming spots in the Greenwich Village Historic District. (6sqft)

“Statues for Equality” will bring 10 bronze sculptures of women to the city. The 10 will raise the number of statues of women in the city by 200%. (6sqft)

The 25 most expensive homes for sale, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. (Curbed)

Whoops! Public Advocate candidate Ron Kim forgot to mention his ownership of multiple luxury properties to a state ethics agency. (The Real Deal)

The 10 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time. (Viewing NYC)

Say farewell to the Grand Hyatt on 42nd. Donald Trump’s first major Manhattan project is being torn down and replaced. (NY Post)

Etna Tool & Die was a staple of Bond Street for a century in a neighborhood with apartments selling for over ten million dollars. The building’s new owner has no intentions of giving in to the neighborhood’s pressures. (NY Times)

The most romantic restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for Halloween, 2018 – The “Apocalypse Is Scheduled For April 27” Spooky/Scary Edition

The city is full of haunted subways, offices, taverns, hotels, and homes, the Attorney General debate, free CitiBikes on Election Day and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The history of the haunted subways of New York. (New York Tour)

Mark April 27, 2019 on your calendar, that’s the day the L train shuts down. (Gothamist)

The 16th Bike Kill was held by the Black Label Bike Club during last weekend’s storms, but that couldn’t but a damper on the fun and destruction of everyone who attended with their weird, mutant bikes. (Bedford + Bowery)

Does the ghost of Peg Leg Pete still haunt the East Village? (The Bowery Boys)

Sunset Park’s Brooklynphono is one of the country’s last vinyl pressing plants in the country. Take a look at how a record is made. (Viewing NYC)

The homes with the scares ghost and murder stories. (NY Post)

Would it be easier to vote if you had a bike to get to your polling place? CitiBikes will be free on election day with the code BIKETOVOTE. (Streesblog)

True stories of haunting experiences on the subway. (Gothamist)

The city’s Long Island City Investment Strategy calls for a $180 million investment into roadways, subway accessibility, arts and culture, sewer upgrades and new schools and school improvements. The plan hopes to encourage developers to include affordable housing in their projects. (LIC Post)

The man accused of ejaculating on a woman on the D train turned himself in to the NYPD. 18-year-old Ibrahim Mehsin was charged with this-degree sexual assault. Why does this stuff always happen on the D train? (Gothamist)

Hours into the NYPD crackdown on private sanitation companies a cyclist was hit and seriously injured by the driver of a Five Star Carting sanitation truck. (Streetsblog)

The 86th St B/C station is open and the renovation includes murals and mosaics inspired by Joyce Kozloff’s “Parkside Portraits,” which highlights the history of Central Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. (6sqft)

17 doughnuts to seek out. (Eater)

Expect protestors at any announced Louis C.K. performance. Is your laughter worth more to you than sexual assaults and the loss of women comic’s careers? (Gothamist)

10 haunted places throughout the city. (StreetEasy)

NYC awarded $1 billion contracts to businesses owned by minorities or women. That sounds good until you find out that it was 5% of $19.3 billion total. (amNY)

At the request of the mayor, NYU has postponed noted bigot Milo Yiannopoulos’ guest lecture. (NYU Lecture)

The GOP withdrew support for Anthony Pappas, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ opponent on November 6, after he admitted his ex-wife accused him of domestic violence and took out a restraining order against him. (NY Post)

Fourteen Jewish activists were arrested outside the Metropolitan Republican Club following a sit-in demanding that the GOP confront and expel white nationalists from its own party. (Gothamist)

There will be interpreters at 100 polling locations in the city in 12 different languages on election day. (Kings County Politics)

A new proposal from the City Council will put the council at odds with Mayor de Blasio when it comes to housing for the homeless. (NY Post)

Five takeaways from the New York Attorney General debate between Letitia James and Keith Wofford. (NY Times)

75+ Halloween events $35 and under. (the skint)

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