The Briefly for February 20, 2019 – The “Corporation Hunting Season Has Officially Begun” Edition

The hero/villain screaming obscenities at pre-K kids, Diddy(‘s wax statue) decapitated, raccoons take over a Canarsie subway station, and more in today’s daily NYC newsletter.

Today’s forecast is snow followed by rain and 50˚ on Thursday. (NY Post)

How to watch tonight’s Public Advocate debate. There are seven candidates in tonight’s debate, but 17 candidates will be on the ballot. Tonight’s debaters are State Assemblyman Michael Blake, City Councilman Rafael Eespinal, State Assemblyman Ron Kim, journalist and activist Nomiki Konst, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Obama staffer Dawn Smalls, and City Councilman Jumaane Williams. (Patch)

Is Uber the city’s next target after beating back Amazon? (NY Times)

They’re the kings of the dollar slice, but at Upside Pizza they’re looking to prove that they can create a respectable pizza. (NY Times)

A look at the Hudson Yards, a “billionaire’s fantasy city.” (New York Magazine)

10 secrets of Fordham University. (Untapped Cities)

All hail the subway bully kitten! (Gothamist)

Someone hates Diddy enough to decapitate his wax statue at Madame Tussauds. (Pitchfork)

How Greenpoint became a dining hot spot. (amNY)

There are 200,000 fire escapes in the city, and each one has to be inspected every five years. (StreetEasy)

The NYPD wants to play Duck Hunt with unauthorized drones over the city’s skies. (Gothamist)

Employers in the city had to be reminded that banning dreadlocks is not only racist, but it’s also illegal. (Patch)

The Staten Island Levee was unveiled by the governor, mayor, Chuck Schumer, and Congressman Max Rose. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build a 5.3 mile and $615 million sea wall that is scheduled to break ground in 2020 and be completed in 2024. (6sqft)

Lynne Patton, President Trump’s regional administrator at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, had to be rescued by the FDNY after being trapped in an elevator in an Upper West Side NYCHA building while she’s in the middle of her four week publicity stunt to live in NYCHA buildings. (Gothamist)

Last night was the first night of a cutoff of late night B and D service for the next three weeks in the Bronx. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Trash pandas have taken over the East 105th Street station on the L. Maybe they’ll take over the late night construction too. (NY Post)

The Strand hit the third stage of grief and has begun openly bargaining with the Landmarks Commission in an attempt to avoid landmark status. (Gothamist)

A state appeals court ruled against the police union that NYPD body cam footage is public and should be readily available to the public. (CNN)

[CORRECTED LINK] The Lams are a Chinese-American family living in a 350 square-foot apartment in Chinatown. Photographer Thomas Holton has been documenting their lives in photographs for the last fifteen years. (Gothamist)

Downtown Manhattan rents hit $3,724, an all-time high for January. (StreetEasy)

Is this Sunnyside woman a hero or villain for screaming at pre-kindergarteners to, and this is the quote, “shut the fuck up” during recess? (Gothamist)

The five weirdest tombs and mausoleums at Green-Wood Cemetery. (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat near Union Square. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for January 13, 2019 – The “El Chapo is Guilty On All Counts” Edition

Outback Steakhouse is the hot NYC V-Day date, New York’s Green New Deal, an NYPD sting may have targeted LGBTQ bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A brief history of Rubén Díaz Sr.’s controversial statements. (amNY)

Given Diaz Sr’s previous statements, Corey Johnson was criticized for emboldening him by former Speaker and Public Advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito. (NY Post)

El Chapo is guilty. (NY Times)

Amazon’s HQ2 still has 58% support in the city. (NY Post)

Along Vernon Blvd in Long Island City the percentage of business owners and employees that approve HQ2 is even higher at 86%. (TimesLedger)

The culprit behind the L train stench has been identified as a Shell station with a history of oil leaks. (Greenpointers)

10 things you might not know about Riverside Park. (6sqft)

Aziz Ansari took the stage a the Comedy Cellar a year after sexual misconduct allegations against him. He spent a portion of his set talking about how he hopes it was a step forwarding he hopes he’s become a better person, which is something that can’t be said of Louis CK. (Gothamist)

Nothing in Amazon’s subsidies are new. The city has given away $5 billion in “tax expenditures” for economic development projects to increase employment and reduce office vacancies, but it hasn’t been able to do either effective. The city council has called for the program to be phased out. (Gothamist)

Did you lose all your Nintendo Switch games on the subway? (/r/NYC)

Whole Foods is raising its prices on 550 items, reversing course from their post-purchase by Amazon. (Grubstreet)

Hate winter? Don’t worry, in 60 years New York’s climate will feel more like Arkansas. (Patch)

We have enough problems on the subway before Inside Edition starts shaming fare evaders. (Gothamist)

The Universal Hip Hop Museum will break ground later this year. (Welcome2TheBronx)

There are only three cities in the US with worse traffic than New York. Boston is, of course, the #1 worst with Washington DC and Chicago second and third. (Patch)

The NYPD mobilized a multi-agency response to “community hotspots” in October, but were the coordinated raids disproportionally targeting LGBTQ bars? (Gothamist)

New York isn’t going to wait for AOC’s Green New Deal to pass on a federal level. The state’s legislature introduced a bill to turn the state greenhouse gas neutral by 2030. (amNY)

The NYCHA suspended with the intent to fire Ivo Nikolic, the head of the agency’s elevator division, for allegations he violated anti-discrimination policies. (The Real Deal)

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was fatally shot by friendly fire while responding to a robbery in Queens on Tuesday night. (NY Post)

Red Lobster, Applebee’s, Benihana, and Outback Steakhouse are four of the city’s top ten bars and restaurants for Valentine’s Day according to Lyft. (Bedford + Bowery)

The 13 hottest lunch spots in the city. (Eater)

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The Briefly for February 11, 2019 – The “Controlled by the Homosexual Community” Edition

Cuomo’s approval rating takes a dip, the origins on NYC pizza are questioned, Rosemary’s and Raul Candy Store are closing, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Oh, you think just because the weekend is over that the subway service changes are too? Nope. Here are this week’s late night closures, diversions and express trains. (Subway Changes)

Raul Candy Store on Avenue B is closing at the end of the month after 45 years. As Jimmy McMillan would say, “The rent is too damn high.” Whatever candy is left on February 28 will be free. (NY1)

The City Council is “controlled by the homosexual community,” according to Councilmemeber and noted homophobe Rubén Díaz Sr. (NY Post)

Díaz Sr doubled down when asked about his statement, stating “they control the politics in the state.” And cited gay relatives as his excuse for his comments. “I’m surrounded by gay [people].” The LGBTQ caucus is demanded his resignation. (NY Post)

From Welcome2TheBronx’s Ed García Conde: What You Should Know: Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr Shouldn’t Apologize—He Needs to Resign

The TWA Hotel at JFK opens in May, the first rooms will be available for booking on Thursday at noon. (Curbed)

Did Gennaro Lombardi really bring pizza to NYC? Research is starting to question accepted pizza lore. (Gothamist)

How roni cup pizza took over NYC. Here’s where to find the best roni cup. (Eater)

Rosemary’s, which opened in 1955 on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, will close at the end of February. Demolition and construction on either side of the bar puts it at structural risk. Join in the fun on the 28th by trying to drink the bar dry to say farewell. (Gothamist)

Dan Smith will teach you guitar. (Bedford + Bowery)

The Museum of the Dog is open fur all. (amNY)

A personal essay of the impact of an ultra-Orthodox education on high school girls and the long-term ramifications it can have on their lives and careers. (HuffPost)

Amazon doesn’t think NYC has been “welcoming” enough. “Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right.” -Mayor Lenny, Ghostbusters II (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo is ready to blame Democrats if Amazon pulls out, and not the secretive process he engaged in without input from the politicians who oppose the deal as it stands today or Amazon’s spotty history worker treatment and opposition to unions. (Politico)

The MTA says they maybe found the source of the oil smell in the L train tunnels that caused some riders and workers to faint and vomit last week. Monday’s commute will tell the story if it was addressed over the weekend. (Gothamist)

“My favorite M.T.A. decision — because you have to laugh, otherwise you cry — is the one they made to pick a product to clean the subway stations … What product did they pick? Tide.” Listen governor, no one cares what the MTA uses to clean the subways as long as they actually clean them. (NY Times)

Did the MTA deliberately distort the reasons for more than 500,000 subway delays? City Comptroller Scott Stringer accused the MTA of lying and covering up major incidents and construction as “unknown” delays. (NY Post)

Cuomo’s approval ratings are at their lowest. Only 35% of those polled said he was good an “excellent” or “good” job. (NY Times)

The former NYC jail union boss is headed to jail for five years for taking a $60k bribe to invest $20 million of pension money into a hedge fund that failed. (amNY)

Say hello to the black blob oozing out of a vent in the 23rd Street subway’s stairwell. (Gothamist)

Jason Reeves was arraigned on Friday for the alleged murder of his mother in Crown Heights. She was found dead in her closet with stab wounds. (Bklyner)

Turns out de Blasio’s “city-wide” healthcare plan doesn’t include Staten Island. (NY Post)

President Trump’s US Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Lynne Patton will be living in various NYCHA buildings for the next four weeks instead of her usual digs in Trump Tower. Patton was appointed to the job in 2017 after serving the president as a daily aide and event planner and has no prior governmental experience. (NY Post)

Since the mayor seems incapable of doing anything about parking placard abuse, the City Council is ready to take action. (Streetsblog)

The best Mexican restaurants in Manhattan. (The Infatuation)


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