The Briefly for November 15, 2018 – The “These Preparations Are Snow Joke” Edition

The best slices of pizza, the MTA’s new vacuum train, a lawsuit to stop de Blasio’s school admissions changes, NY’s library rivalry continues, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Amazon deal was a “hard bargain,” according to Mayor de Blasio. Anyone want to play poker against the mayor? (Politico)

The city is going overboard and is not kidding around with these snow preparations. (Gothamist)

10 of the best slices of pizza in NYC, according to Pete Wells. (NY Times)

The MTA has a new 600 horse power “vacuum train” to clear the tracks. Look for the VAKTRAK when you’re desperate for a train to come. (Gothamist)

If the city had an additional 1,000 ballot scanning machines that were not in use during the election, what the hell were they doing with them? (Gothamist)

“I want it to be real New York. I want it to be the local bridges, the local subways, the streets.” Here’s why Stan Lee’s superheroes lived in New York and not a fictional city. (NY Times)

Is WeWork, the city’s largest tenant, too big to fail? (The Real Deal)

The birth of mass transit in the city started with a horse-drowned “omnibus.” (GVSHP)

The MTA’s “Fair Fares” program, which provides discounted MetroCards to New Yorkers living below the federal poverty line, is finally launching. What’s the hook? There will be no single ride discounts. (Gothamist)

The amazing story of a cross-country book sorting rivalry between New York and Seattle. (Atlas Obscura)

The federal government’s plan to take over the NYCHA has been rejected due to a lack of sufficient funds ($2 billion didn’t cut it) and poor planning. (NY Post)

What does the NYC public advocate do? (amNY)

The NYPD arrested a man accused of fishing 346 checks out of mailboxes. Travis Everett is accused of fishing about $400,000 worth of checks from Queens boxes. (NY Post)

New Yorkers have always preferred the “worse” subway map compared to the “perfect” one. (Cheddar)

The Brooklyn Army Terminal stop on the NYC Ferry is temporarily closed while a new barge is built. It’s elected to re-open in three to four weeks. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Parent groups are getting a federal lawsuit ready to stop Mayor de Blasio’s plans to change specialized high school admissions. (NY Post)

An art historian is offering paid tours of street art. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Brooklyn Paper)

Realistically speaking, what can be done to stop the Amazon deal? Spoiler warning: Not much. (NY Times)

Never underestimate the allure of Nutella. The Nutella Cafe had over 100 people waiting in line for the grand opening. (Eater)

Meet App-App. It’s like Netflix, but for appetizers. Seriously. (Viewing NYC)

Eight neighborhoods that will feel the hurt when Amazon comes to town. (StreetEasy)

Get a load of this! The largest chocolate waterfall in North America (45-foot-long, 10-foot-high) is now in Union Square. (Eater)

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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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