The Briefly for February 1, 2019 – The “Live from New York, It’s Saturday And Live” Edition

A 49 square foot apartment, the city signs partial control over the NYCHA to the Trump administration, weekend subway changes, congestion pricing comes to for-hire vehicles, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The good news is the 7 train is back to running between Queens and Manhattan. The bad news is it’s easier to list the subway lines with no scheduled outages or changes this weekend: 2, 3, 6, and Q. Everything else? Check on the trains before you go. (6sqft)

The federal government, Ben Carson, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have new authority over the NYCHA. HUD will have a say in appointing NYCHA’s next CEO and select a monitor to oversee operations. The city will dedicate $2.2 billion in funding, HUD will contribute $1.5 billion this year, and NYCHA will undergo a restructuring. (amNY)

Your taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc rides will soon cost more as congestion pricing is coming to your for-hire cars. (NY Times)

“SNL” stands for Saturday AND Live, right? Donald Trump Jr seems to think so. (@MattBinder)

If you think parking in the city is hard, wait until you try parking without any signage. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Is the closure of St Mark’s Comics the death knell for the Easy Village? Maybe not. The GVSHP is calling for an East Village Special Zoning District to Protect Small Businesses and Discourage Chain Stores to be created with a petition. That’s a mouthful! (GVSHP)

After 20 years, Greenpoint institution Enid’s is closing at the end of March. (Greenpointers)

A fascinating look behind the scenes at Saturday And Live’s cue cards. (Gothamist)

The New York City Economic Development Corporation tries to defend Amazon HQ2 with a 53 second video explaining what the city can do with $13.5 billion in taxes. (Viewing NYC)

Trader Joe’s in Union Square will end home deliveries. Time to go get your own peanut butter filled pretzels. (EV Grieve)

Cheers to the one man show that is the Booze History Museum of Staten Island. (NY Times)

NY Attorney General Letitia James’ office joined five other states to sue the Trump administration for reversing the “good neighbor” provision of the Clean Air Act. (Huff Post)

If you thought the bros at your gym were bad, wait until you see the “exclusive space for a performance-driven lifestyle” built for influencers. A gym whose application requires your Instagram handle. #eyeroll. (Gothamist)

39 Av-Dutch Kills on the N/W in Astoria is now open, and it includes the colorful glass work “Hellion Equilibrium” by Sarah Morris. (MTA/Flickr)

Legal marijuana might not be a part of the state’s budget, which is due April 1. (NY Post)

Every Petland Discounts store, include the 20 throughout the city, will close on April 18. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Manhattan is getting a beach in 2022, designed by the same firm that designed the High Line. (NY Post)

Misconduct suits against the NYPD rose 13% in 2018. (NY Post)

The bodega that Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz was murdered outside of will beomce the Bronx’s first safe bodega. A panic button will be installing among other security upgrades. The bodega has changed ownership and management since Junior’s death. (Bronx Times)

What would you sacrifice for $510/month in rent on the Upper West Side? How about this 49 square foot apartment? Oh yeah, no air conditioners, no kitchen, and a shared bathroom. (6sqft)

12 of the hottest brunch spots in the city. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 22, 2019 – The “23 Flavors of Public Advocate to Choose From” Edition

The subways get another speed boost, the K.G.B. Spy Museum opens, how Veselka became Veselka, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Information on what to do if you are renting and have problems with your heat or hot water. (nyc.gov)

The cartoonish hook pulling performers off the stage? It originated at Miner’s Theater in the Bowery. (Ephemeral New York)

The new K.G.B. Spy Museum is now open. No, it’s not in Trump Tower, it’s on W 14th Street. (NY Times)

The MTA may as well hire the young man who keeps stealing buses and taking them on joyrides. The NYPD is assuming he’s responsible for three “borrowed” buses. (Gothamist)

Welcome to Gowanus, where the cars use the sidewalks more than the pedestrians do. (Pardon Me for Asking)

With 23 candidates, is it possible to profile all the candidates for the city’s public advocate position? The Times gives it their best with a sentence or two on each. (NY Times)

Years ago, former Mayor Ed Koch started a movie review YouTube channel. Enjoy the mayor at the movies. (YouTube)

Students at Poly Prep High School in Dyker Heights organized a walkout in protest of the blackface video which became public last week. Students claim administrators have not done enough to address the incident and this was not an isolated incident. (Gothamist)

How a 24/7 pierogi spot became the legendary Veselka. (Insider)

More than 10,000 people in NYCHA apartments were without heat or hot water on Sunday, Monday, and part of Tuesday this week. (NY Post)

A peace officer is accused of groping a woman in Chinatown. Lindell Blai was off duty at the time. (Gothamist)

The MTA continues to work to increase speeds on the subways, with the R, J, Z, and 1 trains seeing a boost with more to come. Don’t get your hopes too high, of the 320 subway signals discovered to be malfunctioning, the MTA still has 261 to fix. (NY Post)

The history of Manhattan’s defensive wall to keep out foreign invaders and how it didn’t work. Wall Street stands in its place as a reminder. (Metro)

9 things to do in the city during the worst of winter. (New York Cliché)

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The Briefly for January 14, 2019 – The “Watch the Skies for the Brown Plague” Edition

Amazon HQ2 is the city’s new ATM, Chinatown Fair gets the NY Times treatment, Cuomo wants to ban plastic bags, roll your eyes at Janeane Garofalo, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s overnight subway changes are minimal, but will still hit hard if you need the 7 between Queens and Manhattan or one of the other 6 lines with changes. (Subway Changes)

Janeane Garofalo: 2019’s Chris Crocker. (BrooklynVegan)

How will Mayor de Blasio pay for his $100 million health care expansion? The city and state’s latest theoretical ATM, Amazon HQ2. (NY Post)

Who is responsible for the L train shutdown fiasco? Anyone and everyone. (NY Times)

If you had to choose a coffin shaped like one NYC landmark, which would you choose? (Untapped Cities)

“You hear ‘splat’ and then you get the brown plague.” Don’t throw your dirty diapers out your apartment windows. (NY Post)

It’s a public art installation and it’s also a depressing statement about our impact on the environment. “Iceberg” is on Broadway between W37th and W 38th. (6sqft)

The 20 best happy hours in the city. (Thrillist)

The 167th St B/D station is open, including the glass mosaic “Beacons,” by artist Rico Gatson, showing off portraits of former residents of the neighborhood like Celia Cruz, Sonia Sotomayor, and Maya Angelou. (MTA)

This $45 million apartment might seem expensive, but that was after $70 million of discounts! (6sqft)

The MTA has no problem with subway ads for boner pills, so what’s the deal with Dame Products’ ad ban? Hard to not see this as sexist garbage. (Bedford + Bowery)

The City Council’s new bill that mandates all city school buses be equipped with GPS devices that will give parents real-time information on where their children are at any given moment via an app. During November’s snow storm, some special education children were stuck on a bus for over 10 hours. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Staten Islanders are upset that MTV’s “Made In Staten Island” makes them look like a “cesspool of gangsters and meatheads.” Draw your own conclusions. (Gothamist)

Not all heroes wear capes. Some, like Taylor Mali and his Snatchelator, are just dads from Carroll Gardens who are fed up with plastic bags in trees. (Pardon Me for Asking)

Forget Oreo Squirrel, long live Water Fountain Pigeon!

The Highline Ballroom will close in February after 12 years. (Time Out)

Crown Height’s fake bullet hole bar, Summerhill BK, is closed and is planning a re-brand. (Eater)

The greatest race made for-idiots/by-idiots, the Idiotarod, is scheduled for January 26. Mark your calendars, idiots. (Gothamist)

It takes seven and a half minutes for emergency responders to arrive if you have a heart attack in Manhattan, thanks to a shortage of FDNY paramedics and EMTs. Jersey City’s mayor has an Uber-style solution to cut that time down dramatically. (NY Post)

What makes New York pizza superior to Detroit pizza, Rhode Island pizza, or Chicago pizza? Is it the water? (StreetEasy)

It’s the responsibility of individuals, and not the city, to shovel the sidewalks. Here’s why that’s wrong. (CityLab)

After nearly 50 years, Souen in Soho is closing. (Eater)

A new study shows that NY schools are not safe for LGBTQ children. The Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network’s study shows that students lack an inclusive curriculum, protective policies and 90% of LGBTQ students face discrimination. (NY Post)

The mayor is not ruling out a run at the presidency. (Politico)

Get ready to kiss plastic bags goodbye. (NY Post)

Chinatown Fair has defied the odds since the 1940s and stands as Manhattan’s last original video arcade. (NY Times)

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