The Briefly for December 27, 2018 – The “Losing Your Job Over Poppy Seed Bagels” Edition

An NYPD’s accidental shooting victim sues the city, Long Island City primes its real estate, NYC’s immigration courts are a mess because of the government shutdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Let’s explore some NYC ghost stories, from the hellbeasts, to the Staten Island murder mansion, to the hellmouth at Hell’s Gate. (Gothamist)

There’s a ghost subway tunnel that sits above the Broadway stop on the G. The Second System was an abandoned 1929 expansion of the subway system, which would have included an additional tunnel between Williamsburg and Manhattan. That would have been helpful with the impending shutdown of the L. (Greenpointers)

America’s oldest mosque is just around the corner from the Lorimer stop on the L. (Bedford + Bowery)

The FIRST STEP Act, which is aimed at reforming the federal prison system and reducing recidivism, has roots in New York. US Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who represents parts of Queens and Brooklyn, crafted the bill. (Kings County Politics)

IT’s the most wonderful time of the year: Mulchfest! (6sqft)

If you think that you can’t fail a drug test because of poppy seed bagels, you might want to talk to officer Eleazar Paz. Paz was just reinstated to his post on Riker’s Island after being fired over his failed test in January. (NY Post)

Rising rents will claim Chelsea’s The Half King on January 2 after 18 years. (Eater)

Turns out the Queens podiatrist that helped President Bone Spurs dodge the Vietnam War draft did so for preferential treatment from his landlord: Trump’s daddy. (Gothamist)

A tribute to Larry Eisenberg, The New York Times‘ most prolific commenter (whose 13,000 comments were mostly in limerick form), who died on Tuesday at 99-years-old. (NY Times)

Eight minutes of NYC in the 1920’s. (Viewing NYC)

The home of the $18 coffee has closed. Yes, it was in Brooklyn, how did you know? (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

New York is the 15th state to establish a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors. New protections include the right to consult with a victim assistance organization during physical exams and interviews, examinations, preventive HIV treatment and other services at no cost, among others. (amNY)

The federal immigration courts in the city have been thrown into chaos due to the federal shutdown. The Javitz Building’s immigration court, which has a backlog of 105,000 cases, is closed while the Varick Street court remains open. (Gothamist)

The city’s minimum wage increases on December 31. For employers with 11 or more employees, $15 is the new minimum wage. Companies with less than 11 employees will have a $13.50 minimum wage. (amNY)

82% of shots fired by police miss their targets. Irene Ureña Perez was accidentally shot in the abdomen by one of the 27 shots fired plainclothes NYPD officer Juan Gomez while in pursuit of a suspect in early December. Perez is still recovering, has endured multiple surgeries and is suing the city for $10 million. (Gothamist)

Two of the men who were caught on video allegedly assaulted an NYPD officer on a subway platform in Chinatown have been arrested. (NY Post)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s 2018 transit wishlist. (Streetsblog)

As Long Island City girds itself for the delivery of Amazon’s tech bros, prices on prime real estate are going up. (NY Times)

The top restaurant standbys of 2018. (Eater)

30 New Year’s Eve events $35 and under. (the skint)

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The Briefly for November 21, 2018 – The “Frozen Turkey, Travelers, and Parade Watchers” Edition

$150 cocktails on a rooftop bar inside a converted water tower in Williamsburg, everything you need to know for travel or staying local on Thanksgiving, the “MTA Museum” and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A five gallon bucket of a mysterious green liquid spilled on Atlantic Avenue had to be removed by firefighters. No word on turtles study ninjutsu. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Learn more than you care to about your neighbors, including in-depth health history, income, vaccinations and more. (data2gohealth)

Looking back on the 1980 Ramrod Massacre. Once referred to by The New York Times as “barely remembered,” is eerily prescient 38 years later. (GVSHP)

The Barthman sidewalk clock, which recently went missing, is back on the Northeast corner of Maiden and Broadway. (Untapped Cities)

Restaurant jobs in New York increased, despite an increase in the tipped minimum wage. This could open the door to Governor Cuomo eliminating the tipped minimum wage. (Eater)

RIP Maxine, the Bronx Zoo’s 48-year-old elephant. (amNY)

Amazon’s HQ2 construction will likely start in 2020, as the city and state vow to allow public input. What’s the likelihood they’ll enjoy what they hear? (LIC Post)

Anyone up for $150 cocktails on a Williamsburg roof inside a converted water tower? Yup, peak Brooklyn has arrived. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Despite contacting Democrats in Iowa, Amazon Cuomo claims he isn’t running for president in 2020. (NY Post)

The “MTA Museum” pays tribute to all the “art” that surrounds us, like “Untitled, Butt Pattern” and “Chewing Gum on Concrete.” (Gothamist)

Where to eat at JFK Airport. (Eater)

Can the MTA finish repairs on the J/M/Z lines before the L train shuts down? Expect closures and inconveniences through the end of January. (Curbed)

12 restaurants with stunning views. (Eater)

The Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition has chosen this year’s installation titled Happy. The transparent yellow vinyl on an open-frame structure is… interesting. (Time Out)

The man who allegedly defaced the African Burial Ground Monument, Ivan Nieves, was arrested on Tuesday. (NY Times)

Yeshivas and private schools schools could lose state funding if they fail to provide a substantially equivalent education to public schools. A three-year DOE probe showed that at some yeshivas, students were taught basic math and no science, and that was if officials were allowed in at all. Fifteen Brooklyn schools refused to allow their classes to be reviewed.(NY Post)


Traveling on Thanksgiving sucks, but it’s gonna be extra bad this year with freezing temperatures and snow coming in north of the city. (NY Post)

Interested in seeing the balloons being inflated Wednesday night? Here’s all the info you’ll need to satisfy your inner child, and maybe actual children too. (Gothamist)

Here’s where you can still volunteer on Thanksgiving day. (Bklyner)

If you see romaine lettuce in anyone’s hands at your family Thanksgiving, smack that E. coli infested leafy green nightmare out of their hands. Good job, hero. (Gothamist)

Here’s what you need to know about getting around on Thanksgiving. (Curbed)

The Heights and Hills Community Council in Brooklyn Heights is looking for pies to be donated to be served at their Thanksgiving Feast for Seniors. (Brooklyn Heights Blog)


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The Briefly for August 9, 2018 – Capping Uber, Rezoning Inwood, Building in Sunset Park, and More

It was a good week to get something approved by the City Council. Five regulations aimed at Uber and Lyfy, the new tech hub on 14th, and Inwood rezoning were all approved.

The City Council was approval happy this week. The City Council voted to approve the new tech hub on 14th St near Union Square.

The City Council approved five measures aimed at Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services. The TLC will stop issuing new for-hire vehicle licenses, set a minimum wage for drivers, forces companies to provide data on usage and charges, as well as impose a fine for non-compliance.

Rezoning in Inwood was also approved, despite recent protests.

The city’s composting efforts kinda stink.

The seven best bookstores in Brooklyn, according to Brokelyn.

Upstate Congressman Christopher Collins was busted for insider trading. Collins vowed to continue his campaign for re-election in November.

Filming around town: Gotham w/Ben McKenzie is at Review Ave and Greenpoint Ave in Long Island City, Elementary w/Jonny Lee Miller is on Norman Ave in Brooklyn, Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones is at 58th and 6th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel w/Rachel Brosnahan is at 87th and Columbus, Law and Order: SVU is at 2727 Henry Hudson Parkway, Instinct w/Alan Cumming is at Prospect St and Jay St in Brooklyn, and HBO’s High Maintance is at Eastern Parkway between Rogers and Nostrand in Brooklyn.

See the tiny streets near Bay Ridge’s nice 69th St Pier.

Sunset Park’s new mega-development is two avenues with three 18-story towers that will incorporate retail, condos, office space, restaurants, a hotel, gym with a pool, community facilities and parking. This is a separate location from Industry City and the mayor’s proposed TV/Movie studio.

The most dangerous areas for cyclists and pedestrians in the city.

The MTA is aiming to open the new second Avenue subway stations by 2027, which can only happen if construction starts next year.

Do Brooklyn’s raccoon population owe their lives to one man?

The water fountains in Roosevelt Island’s parks, with the exception of Capobianco Park, are safe meet water quality standards after previously tested with high bacteria levels.

The father of the baby found in the East River was detained in Thailand after leaving New York on Monday afternoon.

The silver lining of the L train shutdown is that Williamsburg rents are back to 2015 levels, a reduction of $250/month. Some rents are being reduced, some buildings are waiving fees, and some are offering multiple months of free rent with a long-term lease. The rent reductions are enough to pay for The New L, if you absolutely must get to Manhattan.


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