The Briefly for October 2, 2019 – The “Hamlet VIII is the City’s Fanciest Kitty” Edition

Welcome to Zombie Summer, we are all subsidizing wealthy New Yorkers’ ferry commutes, Peter Luger’s burger is no longer the king, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Welcome to Zombie Summer. (Gothamist)

The Peter Luger’s burger is regularly considered the best burger in the city, but it seems you have one less reason to go to Williamsburg, because there may be a new king in the Red Hook Tavern’s cheeseburger. Long live the king. (Eater)

NYC Ferries were, according to the mayor, supposed to connect disconnected neighborhoods and be one of many transit options for all New Yorkers, but it turns out that more than 60% of heavily subsidized riders are white and earn over $75,000 a year. (6sqft)

The most diverse line is the Soundview line, which connects the Bronx to Lower Manhattan. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Meet Hamlet VIII, the fanciest cat in New York City. (Time Out)

Say hello to the startups trying to disrupt the apartment security deposit. (NY Times)

There’s a new deli in Rockefeller Center, but nothing in this deli is edible. Delicatessen on 6th is an installation from artist Lucy Sparrow where everything is made of felt. (Untapped Cities)

14 new public art installations in October. (Untapped Cities)

Here comes the talk about an East coast hyperloop from NYC to Washington DC. (6sqft)

One of the most memorable sandwiches in New York City is the cresia sandwich at Cremini’s in Carroll Gardens, according to Robert Sietsema. (Eater)

Gothamist is hiring a news editor. (Gothamist)

TJ Atoms is portraying ODB, one of rap’s icons in Hulu’s ‘Wu-Tang Clan,’ no pressure, right? (amNY)

How vulnerable is Max Rose, the centrist Democrat who represents Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn in the House of Representatives? (Gotham Gazette)

Lower Manhattan is considering its defenses against its greatest enemy: the sea. The city is considering extending the shoreline of Battery Park City and the Financial District by about 500 feet to combat the effects of climate change. (Curbed)

The city’s poverty rate is at a recent historic low, which is measured at a household with two adults and two children at $32,402. Despite this, the rate of inequality in the city remains exactly the same as when Mayor de Blasio first took office. (Gothamist)

State senators are calling for a more transparent investigation into National Grid for denying gas to thousands of new and existing customers in retaliation for not approving a new gas pipeline. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Giuliani-era law that attempted to zone strip clubs and sex shops out of existence is still being litigated, with U.S. District Judge William Pauley ruling in favor of adult establishments, citing how the city has changed in the 25 years since the laws were put in place. (Patch)

Two boys are missing after going swimming off Rockaway Beach on Tuesday. A third teenager was with them, but he was rescued by some surfers. (amNY)

The key to saving our food may be urban beekeeping. (HuffPost)

More annoying than someone in front of you at a show holding up their phone at a show to block your view is having to leave your phone in a locked bag before you get into the show, and more and more shows are using this system. (Gothamist)

Two pieces of the Manhattan Bridge were removed over the weekend due to containing lead and being structurally unsound. The globes will be replaced with replicas that don’t pose a potential risk. (Gothamist)

Here are the 10 vegetarian restaurants that are among the top 50 in the nation, according to OpenTable. (Patch)

The Briefly for September 18, 2019 – The “Is Astoria the Coolest Neighborhood in the City?” Edition

How to make congestion pricing work, National Grid continues to hold customers’ service hostage, everyone hates the new license plates, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Elizabeth Warren hit Washington Square Park on Monday night to give a presidential speech on corruption. (NY Times)

Kopitiam is the only restaurant in the city to be on Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. (Grub Street)

Time Out put together a list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods to visit in the world. On the list? Astoria. Here are three spots in Astoria to visit.(Time Out)

How will congestion pricing pay for the MTA’s 2020-2024 capital plan? A flat fee of $6.62 that could go up to $9.18 during the day and $3.06 at night and with no exceptions. (Gothamist)

Uber and Lyft drivers are showing their true power over the city with a protest against Uber and Lyft’s non-compliance with the state’s minimum wage laws by driving slowly in packs down some of the city’s busiest roads like FDR Drive and the Brooklyn Bridge. (Gothamist)

If you don’t have $11 million on hand, you can still see what an 11-room residence looks like in the Dakota on West 72nd Street. (6sqft)

The Department of Transportation is installing 50 public charging stations for electric vehicles across the city with each station being able to charge two vehicles. (Jackson Heights Post)

Six places to go apple picking near the city without a car. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I am unequivocally against, and will never, ever, allow Industry City to move forward with a rezoning proposal through ULURP in the form that they submitted to the City Planning Commission in February earlier this year.” – City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (Curbed)

Turns out 60% of voters polled are opposed to the new rule to replace license plates over ten years old. 75% of voters polled oppose the $25 fee for the newly designed plates. (Patch)

Donald Trump’s childhood home is up for auction in Queens. You’ve got until November 14 to bid. (Curbed)

National Grid continues to hold customers’ gas service hostage in protest of the state’s rejection of the billion-dollar Williams Pipeline that would terminate in the Rockaways over concerns it could contaminate the New York Harbor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here are the views from the top of the city’s tallest residential building. (Curbed)

Is Sunnyside Yards the next Hudson Yards? (Greenpointers)

A food tour of Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro. (6sqft)

Rates of violence in Rikers Island is up across the board, including violence between inmates, inmates assaults against staff, use of force against prisoners, and use of force against adolescent inmates. (Politico)

The ten oldest and intact cemeteries in the city. (Untapped Cities)

The city has spent $673 million on NYC Ferry but hasn’t spent a dime on Citi Bikes. NYC Ferry averages 17,842 riders per day, Citi Bike recently hit a new record of 91,529 trips on Thursday, September 5. (Streetsblog)

Here’s who over 100 people will be crawling down 1.5 miles on Manhattan’s streets this weekend. (Untapped Cities)

26 of the Upper East Side’s best bars and resaurants. (Eater)

thanks to reader The Unisphere from Lindsey for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for September 11, 2019 – The “Persistence of the NYC Dollar Slice Joint” Edition

The mayor’s failed mayoral campaign promises, how to make the L train slower, a man jumped in the Gowanus, the city buys more ferries, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The city removed the jimson weed plant at 93rd and Columbus, but there’s another plant three blocks away on 96th and Columbus. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Jumping into the Gowanus Canal, which has served as a toilet for the city for nearly a century, is pretty high on the “stupidest things you can do in NYC” list, but that didn’t stop some idiot from doing it on Saturday night. He was brought by the NYPD for a psychiatric evaluation. (Brooklyn Paper)

Almost nothing is as New York City as the dollar slice joint. Accessible, fast, open all night and welcoming to everyone, these relatively new city staples popped up after the 2008 recession. While Barney’s and Dean & Deluca can’t keep up with NYC real estate, the dollar slice joint persists. (Huff Post)

Is Broadway ready for Robert O’Hara’s “Slave Play?” (NY Times)

The mayor ran for office on a promise to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest New Yorkers. After six years under his leadership, the gap has not changed according to a new report from the Manhattan Institute and the changes that have occurred can be attributed to state-wide and not city-wide initiatives. (Politico)

Animal rights groups weren’t thrilled with the “humane” rodent murder-bucket of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, calling his demonstration grotesque, barbaric, and sadistic and pointed out there are other generally accepted humane ways to eliminate rats that they city hasn’t implemented. (amNY)

The city’s $1.3 billion plan to protect the east side waterfront from Montgomery to E 25th St will get an independent review before moving forward. The city has a deadline of September 2022 to spend federal funding recovery funds allocated to the project (Curbed)

Of Bon Appétit’s 50 best new restaurants in America, 4 are in NYC. (Grub Street)

Were the predatory lending practices that targeted cabbies illegal? The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is investigating if bank, wire, or mail fraud occurred. The NY Attorney General and the mayor’s office are also investigating. (Patch)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are returning to Broadway in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which will begin previews in March. (NY Times)

Every year there are between 100 and 200 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in the city. The latest was found in residential towers in the Bronx’s Bedford Park. (Norwood News)

One in 15 of the city’s middle schoolers is vaping. (Patch)

The L train doesn’t need to run any slower than it already does, so whoever the jackass was that put their bicycle on the tracks, you are not appreciated. (Brooklyn Paper)

The city is buying three more ferries to add to its fleet for a total cost of $126 million. Taxpayers subsidize each ride by $10.75 on top of the $2.75 fare. The New York City Economic Development Corporation calls this “smart planning.” Is there any wonder that the city’s comptroller’s office isn’t happy with this “smart” plan? (Gothamist)

Photos from Bushwig 2019. (Gothamist)

Photos from DragCon 2019. (Gothamist)

The first of a two-part interview from The Root with Mayor de Blasio was released, covering topics like the Daniel Pantaleo firing, stop and frisk racial disparities, decriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage, and more. (The Root)

The helicopter company that was facing backlash for taking dogs on doorless flights around Manhattan will no longer allow animals on their doors-off flights. (Patch)

A video montage of non-consensual touching by costumed weirdos in Times Square, prepared by the Times Square Alliance. (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo is seeking $2 billion in restitution from opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers to help New Yorkers who have paid too much in insurance premiums over the past decade because of the opioid epidemic. (amNY)

A driver on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn killed a 10-year-old boy after his SUV jumped the curb. No arrests were made or tickets were issued at the scene. (Streetsblog)

According to workers, Chipotle is abusing its employees nearly as much as its abusing the stomachs of anyone who eats there. (NY Times)

22 hidden gem private dining rooms in NYC. (Eater)


The Times’ coverage of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (NY Times)

The six moments of silence to honor the 2,983 victims of the attacks. (amNY)

Traditionally, the skylight of the Oculus opens on 9/11, but this year it will remain closed due to repairs after it was found to be leaking earlier this year. (Patch)

Remembering 9/11 from the staff of the Windows on the World restaurant, which was located on the 107th floor of the North Tower at the World Trade Center. (Grub Street)

Honoring the Ladder 118/Engine 205’s lost. (Brooklyn Heights Blog)