The Briefly for June 25, 2019 – The “UFOs in NYC Would Explain A Whole Lot” Edition

Today is election day, iconic pizzerias, the mayor’s attempts to humanize himself backfired, the YIMBYs of Park Slope fight back, and more in today’s daily NYC new digest.

Don’t forget to vote in today’s elections! (Gothamist)

Check to see if there’s an election in your district. (Poll Site Locator)

Is NYC a hotbed for UFO sightings? It would explain some of the things that we saw at the Mermaid Parade this year. (Patch)

Second Avenue in the Upper East Side has a protected bike lane, but the Department of Transportation’s version of a “protected bike lane” is some paint on the ground. The NYPD has resorted to erecting barriers to create actual protection for the bike lane from drivers, which seems like time that could be better spent doing something else if the DOT did their job right the first time. (Streetsblog)

10 secrets of the New York Historical Society. (Untapped Cities)

Another reminder about street closures during WorldPride and the 5th and 7th Ave route. (Curbed)

It wasn’t long ago that New York was a major banana port and “banana handler” was a real job title. (6sqft)

We’re #2! That is to say, we’re the second least patriotic state in the nation only behind New Jersey. (Patch)

If you’ve never built up the courage to take a ride on the swinging cars of the Wonder Wheel, this POV video is your next best option. (Viewing NYC)

A truck driver hit and killed 20-year old Robyn Hightman as they were biking on Sixth Avenue on Monday. The driver was issued five summonses and was not charged. This is the twelfth cyclist killed in 2019, where Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero remains in a crisis. (Streetsblog)

Some realistic postcards from New York City. (Gothamist)

From a distance, it looks like a jumbled mess of colors, up close it’s a passage from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ in braille using Lego bricks on Ave A between 3rd and 4th Sts. (EV Grieve)

30 Great LGBTQ Bars. (The Infatuation)

Here’s a good way to put the city’s volume of construction into perspective. Nearly half of all real estate listings in the city are within 525 feet of construction. The number jumps to 70% when you only consider homes built after 2016. (Curbed)

The best cheesecake on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

The anti-homeless shelter petition in Park Slope has some competition with a pro-homeless shelter petition and the YIMBYs are nearly doubling the NIMBYs. (Gothamist)

Photos from last weekend’s Punk Island. (BrooklyVegan)

The City Council began their inquiry into the taxi cab medallion situation that has bankrupted and financially ruined thousands of cab drivers in response to a yearlong New York Times investigation. (Gothamist)

Back in April, critical GPS systems in the city crashed during a once-in-20-years event and we finally have an answer: No one upgraded the software when it was necessary. (NY Times)

Every attempt the mayor makes to humanize himself backfires. (Splinter)

Did you know that the NYPL has a movie-streaming service? Well, it’s ending on July 1, although the Queens libraries will still have an option using Overdrive. (NY Times)

A section of Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island was christened Woodie Guthrie Way on Saturday, coinciding with his son, Arlo Guthrie, taking on the mantle of King Neptune during this year’s Mermaid Parade. (Brooklyn Paper)

The city’s 26 most iconic pizzerias. (Eater)

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The Briefly for June 14, 2019 – The “A Plan To Save Us All From the Sea” Edition

The religious exemption for vaccines is ending, a ball-pit bar is coming to Brooklyn, the weekend subway service changes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This is the end of the religious exemption from vaccines in New York state. The legislature agreed on a bill and the governor has said he would sign it to prevent future public health crises similar to the current measles outbreak. (NY Times)

It’s the weekend, so usual “check the subways before you go anywhere” rules apply. (Subway Weekender)

Get to know your Queens District Attorney candidates. (Queens Crap)

Jon Stewart, New York’s collective voice, had a heck of a week. It opened with shaming Congress, which resulted in moving the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund moving forward, and ended with an extremely personal gift from some grateful firefighters. (Gothamist)

The United States Army Corps of Engineers released a series of plans to save New York from when the sea rises up to eat us. Each of the proposals will cost billions of dollars and would dramatically change the city’s coastline. A plan will be selected either later this year or early next year. The plans range from a 25-year construction that would cost over $100 billion to nine years and cost about $15 billion. (Curbed)

The park at Essex Crossing in the Lower East Side is now open. (6sqft)

A 4-alarm fire broke out in Midwood that injured twelve and spread through three houses and was caught on fire. Three firefighters were among the twelve. (Gothamist)

Sometimes justice moves slowly. Elizabeth Lederer, the lead prosecutor in the Central Park Five case, will not return as a lecturer at Columbia Law School after the release of Netflix’s “When They See Us.” (amNY)

Here are the important points of info you need to know about the new rent reform package. (Gothamist)

There’s more to Coney Island than Nathan’s and Totonno’s. 9 places to eat in Coney Island, but honestly, all you need to know is Dona Zita. (Eater)

The 11234 zip code, where you can find Bergen Beach, Mill Basin and Flatlands, has more baby boomers than any other zipcode in the United States. The city has 14 of the top 20 zip codes for boomers, with the city holding the top four spots. (Patch)

The old Coffee Shop in Union Square is going to become a Chase Bank. (Gothamist)

There’s an office tower in Manhattan unfortunately named “Penn15.” (The Real Deal)

Where to eat a last minute dinner in the East Village. (The Infatuation)

The people in the city’s homeless shelters are treated like numbers and the employees of the Department of Homeless Services appears to be abusing “emergency” transfers to move people around for seemingly no reason. (NY Times)

Is El Museo del Barrio turning its back on the local Latinx community? The Mirror Manifesto, an open letter signed by artists, was read while protestors occupied the museum’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. (Gothamist)

Starting July 1, the NYPD will take a different tact with people who are homeless on the subway and commit minor infractions. Instead of a summons, they will be sent to a detox facility, shelter, or to get other kinds of help as needed. The purpose of the pilot program is to divert people away from the court system and to work to minimize subway disruptions, which had tripled in the last few years. (Patch)

Remember the most expensive apartment in the city? The one that came with two tickets two space, a yacht, two full-time servants, and a bevy of other amenities that seemed too good to be true? Turns out it was a fake and a marketing tactic for the building. The listing was a combination of about a dozen different apartments on the 45th floor. (Curbed)

What’s the best time of year to look for an apartment in the city? StreetEasy broke it down neighborhood by neighborhood, and we’re heading into the worst time of year for most areas. (Curbed)

It might not be surprising that the neighborhoods with the most excessive airplane noise are in Queens, with Brookville, Howard Beach, and Flushing topping the list. (Localize.Labs)

If you’ve fallen in love with the MTA’s new rainbow transit heart, you can find it on some of the city’s 1 trains and on MetroCards. Five subway trains are sporting the MTA Pride logo and you can get special edition World Pride MetroCards at a few select subway stations. (Gothamist)

The unofficial MTA Pride Train signs are back across the city. (amNY)

Turns out dads can be stay-at-home parents too! Who knew? (amNY)

There’s coffee and then there’s coffee. Sawada, a Tokyo-style cafe, is “one of the most genuinely inspired additions to the New York coffee scene in some time.” (Eater)

The Barclays Center announced a free summer concert series featuring Andy Suzuki & The Method, Nappy Nina and Dj Donwill, DJ Mick, and more. (The Brooklyn Reader)

An analysis from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs indicates that the president’s immigration policies are having a chilling effect on immigrants using SNAP benefits. The rate of non-citizens dropping out of the program is four times higher than citizens dropping out. (NY Times)

Let’s ask the scary questions. How safe is the elevator in your building? (the Real Deal)

Let’s all say farewell to the small superheroes of NYC, with the last season of Jessica Jones closing out The Defenders’ run on Netflix. Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Punisher, and Jessica Jones were New York City’s heroes and the fun game of where was that filmed?” will have to be reserved for re-watches. (amNY)

They don’t make subway stations like they used to. This time it was Atlantic Terminal that saw a crumbling ceiling along the D, N, R tracks. This incident can be attributed to a non-MTA contractor puncturing the ceiling while taking a soil sample above ground, but add it to the list of inconveniences we all absorb on a daily basis. (amNY)

A ball-pit bar is coming to… no not Bushwick, but very close to it. (Gothamist)

Inside the NYPL’s Stonewall exhibition. (Gothamist)

This week in NIMBY news: The homeless shelter on Billionaire’s Row has cleared a legal hurdle but the neighborhood continues to fight against it. (Curbed)

In more NIMBY news, Community Board 2 has overwhelmingly voted against the mayor’s Rikers Island neighborhood replacement. (Brooklyn Paper)

The Grub Street guide to the summer’s “Can’t-Miss” food festivals. (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for May 29, 2019 – The “Amazon Comes Crawling Back” Edition

20,000 bees on a street corner, legal weed gains steam (again), 10 hidden bars and restaurants, Manhattanhenge, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city is releasing the results of its study of water fountain parks and the results will inspire you to carry a water bottle with you at all times. (QNS)

Tonight kicks off one of four nights of the year to see Manhattanhenge. (Viewing NYC)

They always come crawling back. Amazon is looking for office space in Midtown West. This won’t likely be 25,000 new jobs, but it seems they can’t stay away. (Curbed)

The top 10 secrets of Citi Field. Some people say if you listen hard enough, you can hear a baseball team playing. (Untapped Cities)

Photos from inside the new Essex Market. (Gothamist)

Nothing to see here, just 20,000 bees hanging out on a street corner in Sunnyside. (Sunnyside Post)

If you’re a superfan of the MTV’s first season of The Real World: New York and have about $8 million sitting around, you’re in luck. The loft is for sale. (Gothamist)

The TWA Hotel’s food hall reopened after a failed health inspection last week. (Eater)

Luna Park housing in Coney Island is losing $500,000 after one of the people in charge was arrested for accepting bribes to help unqualified applicants get apartments. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Kudos to Grub Street for leaving out the most obvious possible entries to their list of 10 hidden restaurants and bars. (Grub Street)

The woman who was hit by a falling branch in Washington Square Park last week is doing better and her doctors are optimistic. Her injuries from the falling branch included skull and spine fractures. (Downtown Express)

Measles cases in Brooklyn have spread beyond the Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and the numbers have hit the double digits. Sunset Park has a high vaccination rate and the outbreak should be contained. The city’s total number is up to 535. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The calls for an end to the religious exemption for vaccines are growing. (Patch)

Community Board 6 attempted to save Red Hook’s Lidgerwood Building which dates back to 1882 with a plea to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but it was demolished last weekend to make way for a UPS facility. (Bklyner)

Video: The next best thing to riding the Wonder Wheel is experiencing it in 4k and 60 frames per second. (ActionKid)

A look at the life of the Lincoln Memorial’s sculptor Daniel Chester French, a resident of Greenwich Village. (GVSHP)

RIP the second incarnation of Hank’s Saloon. The owners of Hill Country Barbeque Market are shutting down their food hall and evicting Hank’s in the process. (Gothamist)

Sports betting in New York? The governor says it’s possible. (Politico)

17 waterfront restaurants to enjoy when we’re not being threatened with tornado warnings. (Eater)

Mina Malik joined fellow candidate Tiffany Cabán in announcing that as the Queens District Attorney, she will not prosecute sex workers. (QNS)

Momentum is growing (again) for marijuana legalization, but we’ve heard this song twice this year without results. The bill doesn’t have the governor’s full support. The governor cites a lack of support from the legislature and the legislature cites a lack of support from the governor. (Gothamist)

Following the moves of the workers of the Tenement Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the New Museum, BAM workers are seeking to unionize. (Bedford + Bowery)

The personal hip-hop collection of Fab 5 Freddy was purchased by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, which will ensure that the earliest days of hip-hop have a permanent home as a piece of history. (Atlas Obscura)

Turns out allowing cyclists to follow pedestrian signals and not traffic lights would make the streets safer, according to a new study from the city. (amNY)

Where to drink right now. The Infatuation’s regularly updated list has been, as you might have guessed, updated with Coast and Valley and Jungle Bird. (The Infatuation)

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