The Briefly for November 6, 2018 – The “Amazon is Headed to Long Island City” Edition

Today’s biggest news is the midterm elections, but Amazon’s announcement that Long Island City will be one of two new homes for their new HQ2, along with 25,000 new jobs, can’t be ignored.

Polls are open from 6am through 9pm tonight. If you’re in a line to vote by 9pm, you will be allowed to vote. If you have a complaint, you can file it with the Board of Elections by calling 311.

What you need to know about voting in today’s election. (Gothamist)

Translation services will be available today, but they’ll have to be at least 100 feet away, because the Board of Elections considers them to be electioneering. (WNYC)

Find your voting location.

As voter registration in the city has grown, turnout has declined. (Gothamist)

There are plenty of companies that want you to use their services to get to the polls today. Lyft, Citi Bike, Lime, Getaround, and Zipcar are all offering discounts today. (Curbed)

Feeling jazzed from voting today? Here are 50 additional ways to make NYC a better place. (Curbed)


One of Amazon’s new headquarters will be in Long Island City. What concessions has the state and city made to lure Amazon to Queens? That’s the unanswered question right now. (LICTalk) That $180 million infrastructure investment the city was making in Long Island City makes more sense now. (Times Ledger)

No week is complete without changes to late night service on the subways. (Subway Changes)

720,000 photos from 1939-1941 were digitized and are now available online from the Department of Records & Information Services. (6sqft)

Get ready for chaos at the Brooklyn Bridge. Once El Chapo’s trial begins, the bridge will be shut down to traffic and pedestrians while he’s transported across the bridge to the federal court in Brooklyn. The trial could last four months. (NY Post) If you’re one of the unfortunate souls who may be chosen for El Chapo’s trial, get ready to be there for the long haul. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Rule #1 of unfurling banners on the city’s bridges: Unfurl the banner before you’re arrested. (NY Post)

The 12 hottest lunch spots right now. (Eater)

A holiday gift for the Star Wars fan in your life: Someone is selling a life-sized Jabba the Hutt for $100 in Sunset Park. (Craigslist)

If you lost your inactive grandes when you moved out of your apartment in Bay Ridge, the NYPD’s Bomb Squad has some questions for you. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

A sneak peak at some of the new Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. (CBS New York)

Two teenagers are accused of drawing swastikas on a Brooklyn Heights garage and were charged with three counts of aggravated harassment. (amNY)

An NYCHA repair truck has sat across the street from their Brooklyn repair yard in a No Parking zone for the last two months with a brick through its windshield. A perfect metaphor for the NYCHA. (NY Post)

The 7 best whiskey bars in the city. (Grub Street)


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The Briefly for October 19, 2018 – The “Tompkins Square Park Dog Parade is Back!” Edition

The Met and Brooklyn Museum stop accepting Saudi money, Apple makes an announcement in Brooklyn, a measles outbreak in Williamsburg, Central Park but not Central Park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway changes are…complicated.

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade has risen from the dead like a Central Park zombie raccoon! The parade will be hosted by ESPN’s Katie Nolan and held on October 28. (amNY)

What’s your opinion of Marc Molinaro? If you’re a voter, there’s a 48% chance you don’t have one. (Politico)

What would Central Park look like if the proposal by John J. Rink won the design contest? Pretty trippy according to these new renderings of his design. (Viewing NYC)

The Clark Street subway station is a “imminent public safety threat” according to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The three 23-year-old elevators that service the platform are the only way to get up the ten flights to the street. (Gothamist)

If you insist on bringing your tree on the subway, please do so during non-rush hours.

A good reminder about the laws about heat now that it’s cold. From October 1 to May 31 from 6 am to 10 pm, if it’s below 55° F outside, your landlord must keep the building at least 68° F inside. At night, from 10 pm to 6 am, the building must be at least 62° F inside. If you want to file a complaint against your building, you can call 311 or file a complaint online. (Bklyner)

MoviePass is under investigation from the New York Attorney General’s office that it misled investors. This won’t get your unlimited movie tickets back, but it might make you feel better to see them lose a court case. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Will the 2018 “blue wave” overtake Staten Island’s NYC GOP alcove or will it hit a red wall? Republican Dan Donovan hopes to hold back Democrat Max Rose and remain NYC’s sole GOP congressperson. (Gothamist)

Breathe a sigh of release, peak bedbug season is behind us. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio’s Chief Democracy Officer Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune remains in hot water with the Board of Elections over a confusing elections mailer to 400,000 city voters that cost $200,000. Whoops. (NY Post)

There’s a measles outbreak in Williamsburg’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community due to unvaccinated children. An investigation into the outbreak and an attempt to contain it has had a direct cost of almost $400,000. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Mayor denies that he lied about his public comments that underplayed the number of children exposed to lead. The mayor’s current excuse is that “the federal stand’s changed over time,” which is a lot like his story about this issue. (NY Post)

Known jerk and leader of the SPLC designated hate group Gavin McInnes is delinquent on his taxes in New York.

The NYCHA will hire two private companies to help the 41 NYCHA housing complexes maintain heat this winter. Last year more than 80% of apartments (323,000 people) went without heat for an average of 48 hours at a time. This week 4,000 NYCHA tenants are enduring a heat and hot-water outage. (Politico)

A security guard was caught hiding his phone in an NYPD women’s bathroom in Brooklyn. Pedro Rodriguez Sanchez was arrested for unlawful surveillance in the second degree. (NY Post)

Marty Markowitz once dreamed of having an Apple Store in Brooklyn, and that dream was realized in 2016. Two years later Apple is set to announce something new at BAM (probably a new iPad and maybe new computers) on October 30. (Daring Fireball)

The Met and the Brooklyn Museum will no longer use Saudi money for programs on Middle Eastern art that had been supported by groups tied tot he Saudi government. (NY Times)

A Trump “Pee on Me” statue has found its way to Manhattan.


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The Briefly for October 16, 2018 – The “Our Mayor Lied to Us About Poisoned Kids” Edition

NY Senate Majority Leader calls the teacher’s union part of “the forces of evil,” Kanye West’s talk about mental health was canceled, the latest on the Proud Boys brawl, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The NYCHA’s lead paint crisis is everyone’s fault except New York state, if you listen to Governor Cuomo. A day before Mayor de Blasio stated that four children were affected by the lead paint, he received a report stating the number was 202. (NY Post)

The Reply All podcast highlighted the history of CompStat, the system that the NYPD uses that not only puts quotas in place, but also encourages the police to under report crimes. (Gimlet Media)

2018 has kinda sucked for seeing awesome dogs. The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was canceled, Freddy’s dog fashion show was canceled, but the Coney Island dog parade happened and there’s photos! (BrooklynVegan)

Halloween in NYC in the 70s. (Ephemeral New York)

1,500 bus shelters across NYC were shut down after a faulty shelter in Staten Island partially collapsed. Each shelter will have to be inspected individually for faults before being reopened. (Gothamist)

Sounds like Pickle Day was a sour experience. (Bowery Boogie)

After video of the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys beating protestors on the streets of the Upper East Side, the NYPD is being accused of treating them with preferential treatment. (Gothamist) The NYPD says they have plans to arrest 9 members of the Proud Boys who were involved. (NY Post)

The flora and fauna of NYC. (Viewing NYC)

Any time you see something too bizarre to be true happens with a rat, blame Zardulu. (Gothamist)

How Manhattan’s empty storefronts reveals how it’s become a rich ghost town. (The Atlantic)

You can finally rent multiple CitiBikes with one account with Group Rides. (Streetsblog)

This week’s Kanye West Times Talk about mental health was canceled for…obvious reasons. (BrooklynVegan)

114,000 New York City students were identified as homeless during the 2017-18 school year. (Politico)

Bill de Blasio canceled his appearance on NY1 due to a two-year strike by Electric Workers Local 3. This is the first time in 19 months that he’s canceled an appearance. Seems convenient. (NY Post)

A 48-year-old man died after his shirt was caught in an escalator at the Intervale 2/5 subway station in the Bronx. (Gothamist)

This year hasn’t been terrifying enough for anyone who rides the subway, so the MTA is creating a “Haunted Subway” experience this weekend. (Gothamist)

Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Monday called the state teachers’ union part of the “forces of evil.” (NY Post)

Last weekend was the first weekend without a shooting for the first time since 1993. Nice job not shooting each other! (NY Post)

Local butthole and former Top Chef Adam Harvey admitted to poisoning his neighbors tree and will serve 20 days of community service as part of his plea deal. (NY Post)

Williamsburg’s Museum of Pizza is more dollar slice than it is NY Pizza Suprema. (Gothamist)


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