The Briefly for April 17, 2019 – The “L Project Will Take Train Service From Suck to Blow” Edition

Amazon passed over Industry City before leaving Long Island City, the best bars in Nolita and Soho, Rosé Mansion returns this summer, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Long before Amazon decided not to build a headquarters in Long Island City, they decided not to build at Industry City. The details came out thanks to a Freedom of Information Law request and shows just how far the developers were willing to go to become Amazon City ahead of their billion dollar rezoning request. (Gothamist)

Here’s what you need to know about what’s open and what’s closed on Good Friday, Passover and Easter across the city. (Patch)

Here is the subway map and schedule for the L Project, which starts on April 26 and will take the trains service from suck to blow for the foreseeable future. (Gothamist)

Congratulations to the Bed-Stuy chess team for winning second place in the All-Girls National Chess Championship in Chicago last weekend. (Patch)

Squibb Bridge, the pedestrian bridge connecting Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights will be demolished and rebuilt after opening in only 2013. The BQE Rehab won’t interfere with the bridge, meaning work can get started faster. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If Skynet ever becomes a reality, you can rest assured that the city’s government won’t play a hand in its creation. The mayor’s artificial intelligence task force has met 20 times in the last year and has accomplished, as far as reporting has shown, absolutely nothing but infighting and typical government inefficiencies. Like many of the mayor’s projects, there was no explicitly stated goals or scope to the work they are expected to achieve. (Curbed)

Close your eyes and picture a variety show in Bushwick. Good. Now turn up the saturation and volume past the point of being polite. If you’ve got a wild enough imagination, you’ve pictured something close to Eric Schmalenberger’s Blunderland Variety Show in its seventh year. (Bushwick Daily)

Hold on to your Instagram accounts, Rosé Mansion is returning this summer. (amNY)

In “nowhere is safe” news, the Fifth Avenue Apple Store has had a supposed month-long bed bug infestation. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s revamped plans for a completely new system of bus routes is still coming, but much like a city bus, it’s going to arrive later than you want it to. NYC Transit plans to finalize a plan by April 2020. (QNS)

The Lyrid meteor shower will hit its peak on April 22 and 23 and will happen from the 16th to 25th. Take a look upwards at night, you may see some shooting stars. (Patch)

New Jersey politicians think congestion pricing unfairly targets New Jerseyians. Maybe they’ve forgotten the point of congestion pricing is first and foremost to reduce the number of cars driving into Manhattan. (NY Times)

Buckets Of Xanax, no really we’re talking about literal hundreds of thousands of pills in buckets, were seized in a dark web raid that was using Manhattan businesses as return addresses. (Patch)

SPIN’s new ping pong lounge launches next week. The ping pong is free, but how’s the food? (Time Out)

The mayor, unlike some other politicians, has already released his 2018 taxes. Nothing terribly exciting, but he gets credit for doing it. (Politico)

Jumaane Williams, who is both the city’s public advocate and also captain obvious, said that the Hudson Yards is “not for a majority of this city.” (amNY)

The state’s legislature is pushing forward with a bill that would ban religious exemptions for the measles-vaccine for any child attending schools in New York state. Rockland County’s outbreak has infected 186 and Brooklyn’s has infected 259. The World Health Organization labeled measles as one of the 10 largest threats to global health in 2019. (Downtown Express)

An interview with Dr. Jan Kaminsky, Director of Education at Rainbow Health Consulting, and is also developing a National LGBTQ+ Nurses Association. (Gothamist)

The best bars in Soho and Nolita. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 2, 2019 – The “Which Subway Stations Party the Hardest?” Edition

McNally Jackson isn’t moving, the Continental is close (or is it), the PATH trains lose $400 million/year, the city’s first homicide of 2019, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It took 4 hours and thirty minutes, but NYC’s first homicide of 2019 happened in East New York in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Throw that Christmas tree into a wood chipper! You can leave it on the curb too, but that’s not nearly as much fun. (Gothamist)

Stop throwing your unused prescription medication in the toilet. The Drug Take Back Act requires chain and mail-order pharmacies to provide safe ways to dispose of your medication. (Waste Advantage Mag)

2nd Ave and Bedford Ave party hardest of any subway stations in the city. (Camden Willeford)

When it comes to offering new and modern methods of transportation, the west coast is kicking our ass. (NY Times)

Will Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bloomberg, or Governor Cuomo run for president and 33 more questions for New York politics in 2019. (Gotham Gazette)

At his inauguration on Ellis Island, Governor Cuomo placed New York in opposition to President Trump and his policies. (NY Times)

Watch Governor Cuomo’s entire 2019 inauguration address. (Global News)

Congratulations to The Court Square Blog for five years and over 2,000 stories of coverage. (The Court Square Blog)

The East Village dive Continental closed for good on New Year’s Eve, but a sign in the window promises (or threatens, depending) a return in the neighborhood soon. (EV Grieve)

PATH trains lose $400 million a year and there is no possible hope to close that gap. (NY Times)

McNally Jackson Books will not be moving, despite making a big stink about rising rents three months ago. (Bowery Boogie)

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The Briefly for October 10, 2018 – The “Pee On Me” Trump Statue Edition

A Guy Fieri spiritual successor is coming to Times Square, NYC’s third gender, say goodbye to Coffee Shop, McNally Jackson gets ready to move, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Everything you need to know about New York’s midterm elections on November 6. (Curbed)

You have until October 12 to register for the November 6 election.

A “Pee On Me” Trump statue appeared in Park Slope for dogs to tinkle on the president. It was installed by Porcupine Armadillo. (Gothamist)

The entire Banksy New York takeover, collected. (Village Voice)

New York From Behind takes the idea that the most interesting part of someone’s outfit is the front and turns it around. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

Turns out NJ Transit is just as much of a garbage fire as you might assume it is. (Gothamist)

Mapping the transformation of Hell’s Kitchen. (Curbed)

McNally Jackson is leaving the Prince Street location after 14 years, but fear not! They will be moving to a new spot nearby. (Curbed)

Union Square’s Coffee Shop closes this Sunday after nearly 30 years. (Eater)

Do you know the history of the interlocking “NY” on the Yankees uniform? (6sqft)

If you’re still mourning the loss of Guy Fieri’s restaurant from Times Square, here comes Fieri bud Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina! Now tell me, why can’t this be love? (Eater)

The mayor signed a law that allows a third gender option, X, on NYC birth certificates. The gender will not be available at birth. (amNY)

Anti-immigrant signs showed up in Sunnyside over the weekend. It’s the work of Vanguard America, which is led by a neo-nazi and a member responsible for the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. (Gothamist)

Pulitzer prize winning architect Richard Meier stepped down from his firm after five women accused him of sexual harassment and groping. (6sqft)

Brooklyn’s second axe throwing bar is opening this month. Why? Because it’s Brooklyn, that’s why. (Brooklyn Paper)


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