The Briefly for February 6, 2019 – The “Do You Smell Maple Syrup or an Oil Spill?” Edition

Historians plan to block the Brooklyn Promenade construction, the NYCHA gets a new leader, an atomic Super Bowl meltdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Get a feel for the city’s housing crisis with an interactive map of 20,000 evictions in 2018. (Curbed)

How to watch tonight’s ten person Public Advocate debate. (Patch)

Has it already been ten years since the mysterious maple syrup smell took over the city. Was it Northrax? Nope. It was a a perfume and food additive processing plant. (Gothamist)

The MTA is having a banner week. Maybe they’re celebrating the anniversary? A noxious gas filled the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn on Tuesday as a result of an oil leak. (Brooklyn Paper)

Know your pain before you arrive. JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia’s websites now show real-time information on the wait times for taxis and TSA checkpoints. (Curbed)

The mayor expanded dual-language pre-K programs, which will now include French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, and Hebrew in addition to Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Bengali, which are already available. The expansion has a dual purpose of also giving the mayor more control over the city’s schools. (Chalkbeat)

Why city parking is so annoying and how to master it. (Thrillist)

Historic preservation groups may sue the city if the city’s BQE plans move forward that removes the Brooklyn Promenade. (Curbed)

Apple may open a new office at Hudson Yards. Another tech company making a home in NYC without negotiating subsidies. (6sqft)

Why are condos more expensive than co-ops? (StreetEasy)

If you hate large sandwiches, this tiny egg sandwich is for you. (Eater)

Five mothers filed complaint against the NYPD after they say they were forced to pump breast milk in front of their colleagues, a violation of a 2007 law. (NY Post)

The 9 most romantic spots in NYC and also the Staten Island Ferry. (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is claiming the state senate is playing politics with the Amazon HQ2 deal by appointing Senator Michael Gianaris to the Public Authorities Control Board. The governor has to approve Gianaris’ appointment to the board. Will he? “Well we’re not there yet.” (Gothamist)

State Senator Michael Gianaris gets the NY Times profile treatment. (NY Times)

Trump Tower: Luxury living for the morally bankrupt. (EV Grieve)

The FDNY saved 46 puppies and two cats from a burning pet store on the Upper East Side. No puppies were injured. (NY Post)

It’s a bad week for Broadway shows. “Anastasia” will lose on March 31. (NY Times)

NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia will serve as interim head of NYCHA, Garcia is the head of the Department of Sanitation and also the city’s lead czar. (Pix 11)

MoMA will close for four months to re-envision how the collection is presented, from June 15 to October 21. (Patch)

The East Village’s Atomic Wings had a super atomic meltdown during the Super Bowl. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 23, 2018 – The “Our Airports Are Literally the Worst” Edition

All the weekend subway changes, why holiday windows still matter, Tribeca is the worst, the latest excuse why voting machines failed on election day and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There’s no “L” in Happy Thanksgiving Weekend,” but there are L trains running this weekend. It’s portions of the 7, J/M, and 5 trains that are taking part of the weekend off. All the scheduled weekend subway service changes. (Subway Changes)

The three most likely airports in the United States to delay flights are… exactly the the airport you think they are. Congrats to JFK, EWR, and LGA for being the best at being the worst. (Viewing NYC)

If you thought your holiday travel was a nightmare, here is an Amtrak train that accidentally broke in half. (Gothamist)

RIP State Senator Jose Peralta, who died of an apparent heart attack at 47 years-old on Wednesday. He represented Queens in the State Senate and assembly since 2003. (Jackson Heights Blog)

Amazon will be getting an additional federal tax break because HQ2 will be in an opportunity zone, but what is an opportunity zone? (The Real Deal)

Thanksgiving without Matt Lauer. What a wonderful world. (NY Times)

Photos from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Gothamist)

Legal pot is likely to come to NY in 2019, but for now the state is debating including medial marijuana in the state’s health-insurance programs. (NY Post)

Brooklyn Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals. (Brooklyn Paper)

Can New York Republicans bounce back after hitting rock-bottom in 2018? (NY Times)

TriBeCa, it’s the worst! (Tribeca Citizen)

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Mother Nature is the latest excuse why voting machines failed on election day. (NY Post)

Why holiday windows still matter. (NY Times)

Where to eat and drink in Bed Stuy. (Eater)

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