The Briefly for March 12, 2019 – The “Half a Chrysler Building of Cocaine” Edition

The MTA claims the subways are moving faster, the rise of vegan diners, James Dolan will ensure no one ever sees the Knicks, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The previous owners of the Chrysler Building lost $650 million in the $150 million sale of the building. Not a bad deal for 1.2 million square feet. (HuffPost)

Rent in Rego Park and Jackson Heights are leading the way in Queens rent increases according to a February 2019 Rental Market Report. (QNS)

If Knicks owner and awful songwriter James Dolan banned everyone who heckled him to sell the team, there would be no one left in MSG. (Gothamist)

The TWA Hotel at JFK will also include artifact and memorabilia exhibitions. A curator for the New York Historical Society is working on the project. (6sqft)

Jake’s Dilemma, an Upper West Side bar, is being review bombed on Yelp for refusing service to someone in a MAGA hat. The MAGA adorned Dion Cini was banned from Disneyland and Disney World after continually unfurling Trump 2020 banners on rides, so you know he’s a real winner. (Eater)

Jake’s Dilemma suspended the hero bartender, despite owner Mitch Banchik admitting the MAGA man was being obnoxious and was given warnings before being asked to leave. (BrooklynVegan)

Federal agencies seized $77 million of cocaine at a port near the city in the largest bust in 25 years. One more bust of that size and they could have bought the Chrysler Building! (Gothamist)

The diner may be on the decline, but there are new standouts looking to evolve the diner concept with vegan alternatives. (Grubstreet)

Meet the women who founded New York City’s modern and contemporary art museums. (6sqft)

The city’s Department of Education is visiting homeless shelters to help families apply for free pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. Families have until March 15 to apply. (Gothamist)

Does a Spider-Man superfan know more about NYC than a local? Let’s skip the entire “What qualifies someone to be a local?” conversation. That’s never helpful. (Gizmodo)

Meet Fauzia Abdur-Rahman, the jerk chicken queen of the Bronx. (Munchies)

Why do New Yorkers walk so fast? The proper answer is that we don’t. You walk too slow. (Gothamist)

The GVSHP submitted a request to landmark the interior of the West Village’s historic White Horse Tavern after the building was purchased by a questionable consortium of developers. (Curbed)

The woman who sprayed multiple people with pepper spray on Friday reportedly claimed she hated white people before spraying them. Tasha Herd was charged with multiple hate-crime felonies and misdemeanors in connection to the attacks. (NY Times)

The city’s school are going meatless on Mondays for the 2019-2020 school year. It’s healthier for students and better for the environment. (amNY)

Aly and Charlie Weisman went out in search of the city’s best bagel and lox. (Food Insider)

The Brooklyn Diocese is demanding an apology from Pete Davidson after comparing the Catholic Church to R. Kelly. Those in glass cathedrals shouldn’t throw stones. (Gothamist)

The MTA says trains are moving faster at 50 stations across the city. Have you noticed the difference? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The smallest pedestrian bridge in Central Park. (Ephemeral New York)

The joys of getting lost. (Atlas Obscura)

The global Time Out Index has revealed that NYC is the best city in the world. Duh. (Time Out)

There have been 182 cases of measles in the city, almost exclusively within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. (NY Times)

Where to get brunch if you hate brunch. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 22, 2019 – The “23 Flavors of Public Advocate to Choose From” Edition

The subways get another speed boost, the K.G.B. Spy Museum opens, how Veselka became Veselka, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Information on what to do if you are renting and have problems with your heat or hot water. (nyc.gov)

The cartoonish hook pulling performers off the stage? It originated at Miner’s Theater in the Bowery. (Ephemeral New York)

The new K.G.B. Spy Museum is now open. No, it’s not in Trump Tower, it’s on W 14th Street. (NY Times)

The MTA may as well hire the young man who keeps stealing buses and taking them on joyrides. The NYPD is assuming he’s responsible for three “borrowed” buses. (Gothamist)

Welcome to Gowanus, where the cars use the sidewalks more than the pedestrians do. (Pardon Me for Asking)

With 23 candidates, is it possible to profile all the candidates for the city’s public advocate position? The Times gives it their best with a sentence or two on each. (NY Times)

Years ago, former Mayor Ed Koch started a movie review YouTube channel. Enjoy the mayor at the movies. (YouTube)

Students at Poly Prep High School in Dyker Heights organized a walkout in protest of the blackface video which became public last week. Students claim administrators have not done enough to address the incident and this was not an isolated incident. (Gothamist)

How a 24/7 pierogi spot became the legendary Veselka. (Insider)

More than 10,000 people in NYCHA apartments were without heat or hot water on Sunday, Monday, and part of Tuesday this week. (NY Post)

A peace officer is accused of groping a woman in Chinatown. Lindell Blai was off duty at the time. (Gothamist)

The MTA continues to work to increase speeds on the subways, with the R, J, Z, and 1 trains seeing a boost with more to come. Don’t get your hopes too high, of the 320 subway signals discovered to be malfunctioning, the MTA still has 261 to fix. (NY Post)

The history of Manhattan’s defensive wall to keep out foreign invaders and how it didn’t work. Wall Street stands in its place as a reminder. (Metro)

9 things to do in the city during the worst of winter. (New York Cliché)

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The Briefly for January 9, 2019 – The “Great Pizza Recipe Caper of 2019” Edition

The mayor wants to give healthcare to all, Corey johnson wants control of the subways and buses, $26 million was saved in rent thanks to the L train shutdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Threats of the L train shutdown saved renters in Williamsburg over $26 million in rent. A different version of this story could say “The L train shutdown cost landlords over $26 in rent. (Metro)

“Back of a taxi” is becoming a popular birth spot, with the second baby of the year being delivered while the meter was running. (NY Post)

The second large scale project Staten Island has lost in the last few months when the developers of the Riverside Galleria withdrew their plans after facing pressure from politicians. (The Real Deal)

For now, it seems like you can get a taste of Nolita uptown. The man behind Prince Street Pizza is suing a former chef for allegedly stealing the recipe for his famous spicy pepperoni slice and bringing it to the former chef’s new restaurant Made in New York Pizza on the Upper West Side. (Eater)

Mayor de Blasio announce that the city will spend $100 million to provide health care for undocumented immigrants and others who cannot qualify for insurance. His vision is that the city would provide comprehensive care to everyone, including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers. (NY Times)

The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 has unions squaring off with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union’s opposition at odds over the project with the Service Employees International Union and the Building and Construction Trades Council’s support. (The Real Deal)

The best coffee shops for meetings. (The Infatuation)

Welcome to 2019: the home of New York’s worst measles outbreak in decades. (NY Post)

It’s seemed inevitable that Willits Point was headed towards mega-development, but that inevitability has loomed overhead decades. A stadium for the Mets, a mall, and now the Queensborough Football Club have laid claim to the neighborhood, despite decade-old plans for mixed-income housing. (Gothamist)

SNL’s Michael Che is putting together “A Night for NYCHA” this Friday at Irving Plaza to benefit the Fund for Public Housing, featuring Jeff Ross, Michelle Wolf and a “top secret” lineup of comedians. There is a GoFundMe page for people who can’t attend but still want to donate (amNY)

A lawsuit was dismissed that claimed that Danny Meyer sat atop a New York restaurateur illuminati-esque group which sought to pocket tips intended for their staffs. (Eater)

Whatever happened to the toxic dust the MTA claimed would make a partial L train shutdown impossible? (Gothamist)

A Bronx pedestrian was killed by a driver of a city sanitation truck who was preemptively salting Willis Avenue at E. 138th Street. The driver was suspended and is cooperating with the NYPD. (Streetsblog)

What you need to know about the city’s special election for public advocate. (Curbed)

A dog museum? A dog museum. The AKC Museum of the Dog is opening on February 8 at 101 Park Avenue, bringing paintings, prints, sculptures, porcelain figurines, displays and more to two floors, including the first exhibition “For the Love of All Things Dog.” (USA Today)

Mario Batali, famous for orange Crocs, an apology that pairs with pizza dough cinnamon rolls, and being accused of sexual misconduct, will not be facing criminal charges for two sexual assaults that allegedly took place in 2004 and 2005. (Eater)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will reveal a plan to wrestle control of the MTA’s subways and buses from the MTA within the next two months. Will he shutdown the shutdown of the shutdown? (Streetsblog)

A judge blocked Mayor de Blasio’s attempt to move carriage horses inside Central Park instead of being alongside cars on the streets. A full hearing will take place February 8. (NY Post)

Politicians can’t constitutionally block critics on official social media accounts. Looking at you State Senator Kevin “Kill Yourself” Parker and City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. (Metro)

38 essential restaurants, winter edition. (Eater)

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