The Briefly for April 24, 2019 – The “14th Street Will Be Closed to Cars” Edition

“Grab a cop’s taser” is still a bad idea, the 14th St bike lanes will be permanent, Shirley Chisholm’s statue design was unveiled, the Charging Bull’s balls, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The design for the Shirley Chisholm statue at Prospect Park has been selected. Artists Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous’s design is the first of five She Built NYC monuments announced. (Women.nyc)

Finally, some decision about 14th St during the L Train Slowdown. Starting in June, 14th St will be closed to traffic from 3rd Ave to 9th Ave. In addition to 14h St, the bike lanes on 12th and 13th will be made permanent. Maybe this is in hopes of softening the blow of just how rough it will get for commuters. The MTA is already warning that even if you allocate extra time to your journey on the L train once the Slowdown takes hold, you probably won’t make it on the first train anyway. (amNY)

Federal immigration trial attorneys refuse make the 1.1 mile trip between Federal Plaza and the new immigration courtrooms on Varick St and are choosing to appear via video conference instead. (Gothamist)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced an affordable housing portfolio with 866 apartments across six developments in the city. (Bronx Times)

There are bad ideas and then there are “grab a cop’s taser and zap three NYPD officers” bad ideas. (Gothamist)

Over fifteen years since it was set up, the makeshift memorial for 9/11 victims in the Union Square subway station is beginning to show its age. (Untapped Cities)

It’s shocking just how bad the city’s procedures can be for the people affected by lead paint. Local Law One was the city’s promise to end lead poisoning by 2010. Even with a spotlight shone by WNYC/Gothamist, the city’s Housing Preservation and Development failed the city’s residents while their children are poisoned by their homes. (Gothamist)

Two NYPD officers are being investigated for the police’s response to the horrific ax murder and attempted murder in the Bushwick Houses. (amNY)

If laying in the sun under JFK’s busiest runways, the TWA Hotel’s pool and observation deck are right up your alley. (6sqft)

A love letter to the MTA’s R-46 subway cars, the ones with a faux wood interior, orange and yellow seats, and have been in service since the mid-70s. (Gothamist)

Those newly $3.00 expensive MetroCards could win you an all-expenses-paid vacation to Hawaii if you buy one of the quarter million qualifying cards at specific subway stations. Once you have a card, you have to remember to register it online and a single winner will be chosen next month. Good luck. (Gothamist)

The SummerStage lineup was announced. (Time Out)

59% of New Yorkers support having a homeless shelter in their neighborhood. It seems the NIMBY opposition to shelters appears to be the minority. (Patch)

Watch this hypnotic animation showing how the L trains will operate during the Slowdown. (@NYCTSubway)

NYC’s recycling program’s mascots finally have names and OH MY GOD WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS. (amNY)

Planned Parenthood of New York City’s Project Street Beat is bringing a mobile health center which will offer HIV testing, overdose prevention, counseling, and other services in an attempt to expand coverage to marginalized communities. (amNY)

Two new ax-throwing bars are coming to Brooklyn. Just when you thought Brooklyn couldn’t get more Brooklyn. (Gothamist)

The average commute to work in the city is 43 minutes, the longest of any large American city. Just another way to show that NYC is #1. Only 4% of New Yorkers can get to work within 30 minutes. (Patch)

Go to Bowling Green and you’ll see two lines of people waiting to take photos at the Charging Bull. One by the bull’s head and the longer line are of people looking to snap a photo of themselves rubbing its balls. Why? (Atlas Obscura)

Shanghai has its own Charging Bull, but in contrast, no one is rubbing its balls. (Business Insider)

The five best cakes in the city.

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The Briefly for April 22, 2019 – The “Welcome To The Three Dollar Ride Era” Edition

Andy Byford might be Andy Bye Bye, New York City goes green, how Brooklyn’s neighborhoods got their names, Girl Scout Troop 6000 sells, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend was rough for getting around via the subway and late nights this week won’t be much different with work on the 1, 2, 3, D, N, R, F, G, and L lines. (Subway Changes)

The city passed a package of bills called the Climate Mobilization Act which acts as a municipal version of a green new deal. Even by signing this into law, no one will want the mayor to run for president. (HuffPost)

RIP the $2.75 subway or bus ride. Welcome to the $3.00 era. (Patch)

The cast of MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” say the show wasn’t canceled, despite only lasting three episodes before being pulled off the air and buried underneath Giants stadium. (amNY)

Andy Byford, president of New York City Transit, might already be on his way out according to his friends. Byford and Cuomo didn’t speak from January through this month. (NY Times)

Broadway will be closed to cars from Union Square to Times Square on Earth Day, April 27. Multiple high traffic areas will be pedestrian-only for the day. (Curbed)

Real all about how Reply All’s PJ Vogt eats on his weekends, here’s your piece. Get ready for a very normal guy doing and eating very normal things. Podcasters, they’re just like us! (Grub Street)

Let’s say you were grazed by a bullet while walking on the street. Would you have the wherewithal to walk yourself to a hospital for treatment? Who has a medal for this 14-year-old girl from Fort Greene? (Pix 11)

The best spots to BYOB. (The Infatuation)

The Cross Bay Bridge, the bridge providing access to the Rockaway Penninsula, will be free (after a refund) for Queens drivers. (QNS)

The L Project officially kicks off this weekend and to help buses move faster, the MTA’s plan is to… remove bus stations from 14th St. (Bedford + Bowery)

1,500 square feet of farm in a Tribeca basement. (Viewing NYC)

Is the tamale going to be the next taco? (Eater)

The Museum of Natural History will move forward with its expansion, essentially defeating the Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park. The $383 million expansion will be built inside Theodore Roosevelt Park, which was the point of contention. The new center should be completed by 2021. (Curbed)

You know it’s spring when you hear ice cream trucks in the city. This Wednesday’s its a different kind of service that’ll be brought to you. It’s a pop-up court for city-issued summonses in East New York. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Stop blaming the victims is the message from Transportation Alternatives to the NYPD about pedestrians hit by cars, but very well could be applied across the board. (Streetsblog)

If you’ve walked by the Gowanus Yacht Club and thought it was dead, which is a seemingly annual worry, fear not. It will be open in a week or two. (Gothamist)

Need Girl Scout cookies? Troop 6000, the homeless troop, will be selling the at Kellogg’s NYC Cafe in Union Square Monday through Friday from 1-6pm. They have a goal of 60,000 boxes, so you better get buying. (amNY)

Alright Gothamist, this headline is too good. “Netflix, Much Like Your Ex, Is Moving To Bushwick” (Gothamist)

A restraining order was granted against a development that could cast a literal shadow over the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The restraining order will be in place pending a hearing on May 3. (Curbed)

Don’t worry, the MTA’s face-scanning technology is only meant to scare you from fare evasion. Don’t you trust the MTA with video footage of your face? (Gizmodo)

The MTA previewed the tap-based OMNY system, the stupidly named replacement for MetroCards. (ABC 7)

Two cute little dogs in a bag on the subway. Nothing more, nothing less. (@bagdogs)

The city is considering demolishing two smaller NYCHA buildings and replacing them with larger buildings in partnership with private developers. 70% would be rented to paying market rates and the rest for public housing residents. (Politico)

Photos from the Easter parade. (amNY)

Is this the smallest museum in the city? It fits inside an elevator shaft. (NY Times)

The City Council voted to bar companies from testing job applicants for marijuana. (The Root)

How each of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods got their names. (Mental Floss)

It’s a perfect storm of rain and poop. More people means more poop. More rain means more sewers needing “overflow,” which is a euphemism for when our sewers are emptied into our waters. City beaches were put on warning 49 times in 2018. Rain is predicted to increase annually through the 2050s. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Swim Guide is an app and site that gives you the current water quality for 7,000 beaches. Just a hint. (The Swim Guide)

The best rooftop bars for cocktails. (amNY)

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The Briefly for April 15, 2019 – The “Last Week of the $2.75 Subway Fare” Edition

The next level of stop-and-frisk, Citi Bike pulls its electric fleet, an alcohol-free bar, a $42 steak for your dog, a body in the Botanical Garden, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The weather this week will bring an “unsettled pattern” to us, which is code for “the weather’s gonna suck.” (amNY)

How to tip. Regardless of how you feel about the practice of tipping or how service workers are paid, we still tip. (Grub Street)

If you love your dog, no really love your dog, the Wilson has a dog’s only menu that includes a $42 ribeye steak. (Eater)

MTA fare is going up on April 21, so you have until Subway to fill up your MetroCards with bonuses. (NY Times)

The L project starts on April 27, but don’t let the MTA fool you. Starting tonight for the next two weeks there will be no service between Brooklyn and Manhattan from 10:30pm through 5am. (6sqft)

A Chipotle, a Pizza Hut, and all the other restaurants ordered closed last week by the Health Department. (Patch)

Out with the gross and in with the new. Say hello to the city’s new restaurants. (amNY)

Six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a garden level, a pool and two saunas and it can be yours for a $195,000/month lease. (Patch)

New York is not the most expensive place on earth to build. It’s the second most expensive. (The Real Deal)

From the man who claimed that homosexual community controls the city, here comes a Congressional run. (Patch)

The NYCHA can’t seem to get repairs one on time, but they sure didn’t wait a second longer than they had to when evicting a 72-year-old man recovering from amputation surgery in the Bronx over $812. (amNY)

Deep breath in. Hold it. An alcohol-free bar has opened in Greenpoint. And exhale slowly. (Greenpointers)

Forget MoviePass, here comes the Alamo Season Pass. (Gothamist)

Punk Island released its first batch of bands for the free festival on June 22. (BrooklynVegan)

The MTA has until June 30 to put its fare evasion strategy to paper, thanks to legislation in the state’s budget in an attempt to get the NYPD, the boroughs’ DA offices, and the MTA on the same page. (Patch)

Employees at the American Museum Natural History are threatening resignations and boycotts over the museum’s refusal to cancel a gala celebrating confirmed monster and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. (Gothamist)

Giving students a say in how their school’s budgets are allocated? What a novel idea. (Gothamist)

Riding a bus in the city is bad enough before you start throwing cups of pee in anyone’s face. (CBS Local)

Did you say Bryant Park beads? No. BEES. (Bryant Park BeeCam)

The MTA’s weekend reputation isn’t going to get any better with stories like this. The MTA shut down subways to Roosevelt Island after the stations were overwhelmed by people trying to get to the Cherry Blossom Festival. (Gothamist)

Remember those 1,000 new electric bikes that Citi Bike was going to add to their fleet? They’ve been pulled due to some questions about their brakes. (Streetsblog)

A body was found in the Bronx River inside of the New York Botanical Garden on Saturday. There were no signs of trauma and the medical examiner’s office is investigating. (amNY)

Listen, birds are cool now, so look to the skies. (Patch)

After the New York Post put an image of September 11 on its cover to make a questionable and tasteless point, multiple groups are calling for a boycott. That will include The Briefly. No more links to the Post for a while. (NY Times)

A look inside Amazon’s Staten Island fulfillment center, robots and all. (amNY)

Chameleon, the Financial District’s local comic shop on Maiden Lane, closed after 30 years. An increase would have put his rent over $10,000 for five hundred square feet, just East of Broadway. (NY Times)

It’ll be the newer New Museum. The New Museum is looking to expand into a new seven-story structure next to where the museum currently stands on Bowery. (Bowery Boogie)

17 places to get an affordable brunch. What does “affordable” mean? That depends. (The Infatuation)

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