The Briefly for February 27, 2019 – The “Paying For The Subways With Legal Marijuana” Edition

Jumaane Williams is the city’s new Public Advocate, Cuomo and de Blasio are working together on the MTA, NY moves to decriminalizing sex work, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio unveiled a 10-point plan for MTA reform. Reorganize the MTA, congestion pricing, fare hike caps, MTA board appointments that end with a mayor or governor’s term, crack down on fare evaders, an audit, a new Regional Transit Committee, the Columbia and Cornell experts will return, expedite Andy Byford’s subway action plan, and the governor and mayor will actually have to work together. That last part is the most unrealistic. (Second Avenue Sagas)

Once marijuana is legal, a portion of the taxes will go towards funding the MTA under the ten-point plan. (NY Post)

Who doesn’t want another boozy Taco Bell in the city? Brooklyn Heights’ community board. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Jumaane Williams is New York City’s new Public Advocate. (NY Times)

Watch Public Advocate Elect Jumaane Williams’ post-election speech. (@JumaaneWilliams)

The NY Islanders are expecting a new $1.18 billion arena for a 2021 opening, but State Senator Leroy Comrie is a member of the Public Authorities Control Board and won’t allow the project to move forward unless concessions are made. We have ourselves a new Amazon-style showdown. (Gothamist)

Therese “Patricia” Okoumou, the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty last July 4, pulled a similar stunt in Austin, TX. Federal prosecutors asked a judge to revoke her bail. (NY Post)

How much do you need to earn to think about buying a home in NYC? $105,684.33. (Patch)

New York is a baseball state. Soon it may be the law. (amNY)

After $773 million over four years, Mayor de Blasio has pulled the plug on his Renewal turnaround program, which hoped to turn around the city’s 100 lowest performing schools. Unfortunately the new program looks a lot like the old one. (Chalkbeat)

If you love combined sewer overrun, this is the perfect Twitter account for you. (@combinedsewers)

The first eight months of last year, there were 934 schools in the city that had critical health code violations, the kind that would shut a restaurant down. Mice, roaches, flies, mold, and rats. (NY1)

The barnacle Citi Bike likely spent time in the Hudson River, but it’s more fun to believe that the last rider was Aquaman. (Gothamist)

The only good left on the internet is the “Bag Dogs” Instagram account. (Gothamist)

File is under the city’s nightmare file. A man fell down an elevator shaft from the third floor in SoHo and survived. (Gothamist)

Stop feeding the animals in city parks before the City Council makes it illegal. (amNY)

The NYPD still doesn’t know who shot and killed Detective Brian Simonsen in a robbery turned friendly fire in Richmond Hill, Queens. (amNY)

Community Board 3 approved naming the Northeast Corner of 79th Street and 37th Avenue after State Senator Jose Peralta, who died unexpectedly last year. (Jackson Heights Post)

10 historical buildings in Gowanus at risk of demolition. (Untapped Cities)

The city’s compost is potentially worth $22.5 million annually, but we are literally trashing it. (Patch)

State Senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried introduced a series of bills to decriminalize sex work in New York. As Ramos puts it “Ultimately sex work is work.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go after you delete Tinder in frustration. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 17, 2019 – The “The Pizza Wars and Other Famous Food Fights” Edition

Legal marijuana will bring the state an estimated $300 million this year, someone stole an MTA bus again, the best cheap falafel, electric scooters could become legal and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Legal pot is estimated to bring in $300 million in sales tax revenue this year, which seems like a good amount of money until you hear congestion pricing would bring in $13-15 billion. (Gothamist)

George Washington did not have wooden dentures. Don’t believe it? You can see them for yourself at the NY Academy of Medicine. (Untapped Cities)

A history of protests in NYC’s public parks. (6sqft)

The pizza wars, the cupcake rivalries, the seafood bar copycat, the Rockaway Beach taco fight, and the doughnut dispute: The hottest restaurant feuds in the city. (Eater)

The 2-year-old autistic girl who was allegedly abducted by her father and was the subject of an AMBER alert on Wednesday night, was found and is safe. (NY Post)

Is it better to buy or rent? (Curbed)

One person is dead and two are injured after a man entered a buffet in Sheepshead Bay and allegedly started attacking employees with a hammer. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go for lunch when you have jury duty in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Based)

“Roaming Underfoot” is the tile mosaic centerpiece of the newly opened 28th St stop on the 6. The work is meant to capture Madison Square Park’s role as an urban sanctuary. (MTA)

Five takeaways from Tuesday’s emergency L train shutdown meeting. (Curbed)

On set for the new season of High Maintenance. (Gothamist)

A breakdown of the new “mom uniform” of Park Slope. Only the most important stories from the paper of record. (NY Times)

Whoopi Goldberg, sudden transit expert, gave the mayor a piece of her mind and said a bunch of falsehoods about bike lanes and Tenth Avenue on The View. (NY Post)

“If you are mad that bike lanes take away driving lanes or parking, ask yourself why you are more entitled to that public space than a cyclist. The answer can’t be ‘because that’s how it was before.'” (@Jill_Jorgensen)

For the third time in a month, someone stole an MTA bus and took it for a joyride. This time someone drove a bus from Queens to Brooklyn and it went unnoticed for two hours until the bus was found undamaged on the street. (NY Post)

We aren’t getting hit by a winter storm this weekend. We’re getting hit by two. (Gothamist)

23 restaurants and bars to try in Midtown East. (Eater)

Are you ready for a super blood wolf lunar moon this weekend? Watch the skies from 11:30pm-12:30am on Sunday night for the greatest visual effect, but be wary of werewolves. (Gothamist)

The state will let local municipalities decide to make electric scooters or bikes legal. Currently unassisted electric bikes and scooters are both illegal in the city, despite their widespread usage. (Streetsblog)

An NYPD officer, 28-year-old Brian Kessler, was killed in a head-on collision with a garbage truck in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Is this the best cheap falafel in the city? (Viewing NYC)

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The Briefly for December 10, 2018 – The “Aftermath of SantaCon” Edition

The subways are getting faster (no seriously), the best dishes in NYC, unvaccinated children are banned from Brooklyn schools, the rent is too dan high, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

No week is complete without scheduled subway changes and outages. (Subway Changes)

Unvaccinated children are banned from all schools in parts of Brooklyn, public or private, until a measles outbreak has been contained. This is regardless of religious or medical exceptions. Patient zero was an orthodox family that took one of their children to Israel and brought the virus back to Brooklyn. There have been 39 confirmed cases in Brooklyn Yeshivas. (U.S. World and News Report)

The subway is going to get faster. (NY Times)

We’ve seen the worst, now here are Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of 2018. (Eater)

If you’re a collector of doomed NYC landmarks, here’s an auction for you. Pieces of the never-was Staten Island wheel are up for sale. (NY Post)

Moishe’s Bake Shop has cried wolf a few times in the past, so it’s hard to say if this is the true end of the near 50-year-old bakery. (Bowery Boogie)

The NYPD officer accused in Eric Garners illegal chokehold death, Daniel Panteleo, is set to have a disciplinary trialthe NYCHA may break itself up into five different agencies. Will they be N, Y, C, H, and A? (The Real Deal)

Ever get so mad you wanted to punch a city bus? You’re not the only one. (Gothamist)

This trash panda would have gotten away with this jewel heist if it wasn’t for the pesky NYPD. (NY Post)

Have we lost sight of what congestion pricing is about on a fundamental level? (Curbed)

If you’re looking to treat yo self to some wine, Amy Poehler’s wine shop in Park Slope is now open. (Eater)

“I like to get drunk and look at Santas and listen to Christmas music” (Gothamist)

How could you hate SantaCon? Easy. (@fuctupmike)

William Hung, the SantaCon of singing, came out of hiding this year. (Blast)

#SaltBae coming soon” sounds more like a threat than an announcement. (Eater)

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg’s quarter billion dollar park on Pier 55 is taking shape. (NY Times)

A state new law will require public, charter, and private schools to report allegations of sex abuse. Amazingly, this wasn’t the law prior to last week. (NY Post)

Handcuffing a woman giving birth is illegal in New York state, but according to a new lawsuit it didn’t stop the NYPD from doing exactly that. (amNY)

If you’re planning on relying on CitiBikes to get you out of Bushwick during the L train shutdown, don’t. a href=”https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2018/12/07/citi-bike-adding-just-five-bushwick-stations-ahead-of-the-l-train-shutdown/”>Only five stations are being added in Bushwick, which is below the 28 station per square mile standard. (Streetsblog)

A rent hike claims another business. This time it’s the 15-year-old Flatiron Lounge, whose rent is set to rise from $22,000 to $30,000 per month. (Eater)

The first CB2 meeting about the Amazon headquarters went about as smooth as you might expect. CB2 has a seat at the negotiating table, but the attendees want “no negotiations, no concessions.” (LIC Post)

Where’s the mayor? Good question. He’s spent 20% of his second term out of town. (NY Post)

A woman broke her spine in an alleged subway attack by a homophobe. The NYPD is still searching for the man and there is a video available. (Gothamist)

Congratulations and happy 12th anniversary to Queens Crap.

What started as an argument over a woman sitting on the floor of a food stamp office ended with the NYPD ripping her one-year-old daughter from her hands and an arrest. (NY Times)

Add the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins to the people criticizing the Robert F. Kennedy mass bailout program and not the bail system itself. (NY Post)

The city’s best beer bars. (Thrillist)

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