The Briefly for May 14, 2019 – The “Four Billion Dollar Leaky Roof” Edition

Bill de Blasio tries to hold a rally, another yeshiva is closed, more speed cameras are coming to the city, a wallaby has a new home, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Video: How much do you love your partner? Enough to get married on the Q train? (ABC 7 NY)

It seems like a bad idea to stop paying your mortgage for five years, but that’s what legendarily stubborn Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer did with her four-story Upper West Side townhouse in protest of a tax issue. (The City)

This is your weekly warning that if you have allergies, never leave the house. This week will bring blooming flowers and misery for you while the tree and grass pollen count remains very high or high through Monday. (Patch)

The Oculus is leaking. After spending $4 billion on the building, $32 million on the skylight, and $30,000 on filling leaks with sealant, you’d think the problem would be under control. The Port Authority will replace the skylight’s rubber seal this summer. (6sqft)

The new Essex Market opened its doors, across the street from the original location. (Eater)

10 fun facts about the new Essex Market. You can’t have an opening without some fun facts! (Untapped Cities)

Video: Watch 24 hours of city transit in one minute. (Will Geary)

Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer accused of choking Eric Garner to death, faces a possible firing during his NYPD internal trial. Pantaleo’s lawyer says he did not use a chokehold and did not have his arm around Eric Garner’s throat when Garner was saying he could not breathe. The trial will last two weeks. (Patch)

With the new price of a MetroCard and no bonuses, does a value or a timed card make more sense? More often than not, even if you commute to work 5x a week, the pay per ride card is a cheaper option. (Gothamist)

Award-winning cocktails and vegan BBQ in the East Village. (Bedford + Bowery)

Mayor de Blasio attempted to create a vision of a man who was running for president by mounting a climate change rally outside of Trump Tower only to be heckled by people with “Trump 2020” and “Worst Mayor Ever” signs. The man no one wants to see run for president said that he’ll make his decision this week about if he wants to spend the next year of his life on a losing endeavor instead of his job as mayor. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio was attempting to tout the city’s New Green Deal’s impact on the Trump Organization, which will cost the company millions of dollars in fines if they don’t renovate their buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. (Splinter)

Subway maps used to be pretty cool, as evidence of this map from 1958. (Viewing NYC)

It appears that marijuana legalization in New York is on life support. (NY Times)

63% of city voters changing the SHSAT to boost diversity, with 57% willing to scrap the test altogether. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“What the hell does the ‘night mayor’ even do?” No one’s really sure, but at the very least the night mayor’s office has a Facebook and Instagram account now. (BrooklynVegan)

This year a New York Times piece by an Aperol Spritz denier kicked up a city-wide argument in defense of the summer-y drink. There will be a “Rally for Aperol” on Friday, which sounds less like a rally and more like a sponsored event at a bar. (Time Out)

Manhattanhenge approcheth. (I Love the Upper West Side)

An update on Charter Communications, the company trying to buy Time Warner Cable and was subsequently told to leave New York because of poor service, broken promises, and defrauding the state. They’re being allowed to stay after promising they won’t break any more promises. (Boing Boing)

Howie, the wallaby that ended up in the case of the Animal Care Centers of NYC, will find a new home in the Bronx Zoo. (Patch)

The governor signed a bill into law that will increase the number of speed cameras in school zones from 140 to 750 this summer, which makes last year’s fight over cameras feel like an extremely distant memory. The cameras will operate from 6am to 10pm. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here are the eight hopefuls in the 45th Council District in Flatbush’s special election, vying for Jumaane William’s former seat. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Video: Is this the subway car of the future? Forget high tech, just give us a place to stand where our crotch isn’t directly in someone’s face while they eat their carton of egg salad. (Cheddar)

If you’re someone who collected limited edition MetroCards, 9/11 Emergency Responder MetroCard will soon be available at 10 stations. If you’d like to avoid a daily reminder of the city’s terrorist disaster, there are 10 stations you should not buy your MetroCard at. (Gothamist)

A yeshiva in Queens was closed as the city’s cases of the measles is nearly at 500 people. Eight of the nine schools and daycare centers previously closed have reopened under Department of Health supervision. (amNY)

Video: A tour from a real New York insider. Richard Splett’s New York Splett of Mind for Splettnet.net. Richard Splett was recently Richard Splett on HBO’s Veep. (Splettnet)

The five best chocolate chip cookies in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for March 19, 2019 – The “Arrested for the Murder of a Man Who is Still Alive” Edition

Specialized high schools still lack diversity, the photos you take at the Vessel don’t belong to you, the man who shot the Gambino boss, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Newtown Creek is the city’s “other” Gowanus when it comes to toxic waterways that people want to kayak and boat on. (QNS)

The pied-à-terre tax is gaining steam while real estate industry insiders are suggesting lowering taxes even further. (Curbed)

Mesmerizing photos from inside the Hudson Yards’ Vessel. (6sqft)

Here’s an interesting “turns out.” Turns out the photos you take at the Vessel don’t belong to you. They belong to ERY Vessel LLC. (6sqft)

A Florida man was arrested last week for killing an NYPD officer 20 years ago. Someone should tell the NYPD officer, who is still alive. (Patch)

Does anyone actually shop at the Oculus? (r/AskNYC)

“You can’t fit a construction beam onto the subway!” Hold my beer. (@ECM_LP)

A second body was discovered floating in the water by the Brooklyn Army Terminal over the weekend. The NYPD is seeking clues to the identity of the first body found in the water by releasing photos of tattoos on the body. (Bklyner)

Spring is ready to start on Wednesday with a supermoon. (Patch)

The Astoria Blvd N/W station is closed for nine months while it gets a renovation. All service north of Queensboro Plaza will be out of commission for the next 13 weekends. (Gothamist)

BAM is expanding down Fulton Street with the BAM Strong project, set to open in October. (The Brooklyn Reader)

2/3 of voters say that Amazon pulling out was bad for New York. (LIC Post)

It’s like affordable housing, but for retail. City Council member Raphel Espinal’s bill was discussed by the council on Monday, which would mandate affordable commercial rents on the ground floor of any building receiving more than $1 million or more in financial aid from the city. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Ooooh Yeah, the New York Daily News” – Macho Man Randy Savage in 1994 (Kingdom of Madness – YouTube)

Kudos to Fallon Schwurack for opening up her finances and life to show how she’s making it happen in her 30s in the city while pursuing a career in dance. (CNBC)

The mystery surrounding the bones found in a Queens backyard continues to unfold. (Gothamist)

A look inside Bluestockings, a 10-year-old feminist bookstore on the Lower East Side. (amNY)

Why is it that poorer neighborhoods seem to have the oldest buses in the MTA’s fleet? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The 24-year-old charged with shooting the leader of the Gambino crime family says he did so because he was high and feared for his life. (NY Times)

Next month it might actually be warm for a few days. (Patch)

Should serial subway sex offenders be banned from public transit for life? Council member Chaim Deutsch wants to see it happen. (NY Post)

The city’s nurse strike has a potential date of April 2 if a deal isn’t made. (amNY)

The latest specialized high school acceptance rates still don’t reflect the city’s diversity. (Gothamist)

You have more fingers than the number of black students who were offered admission to Stuyvesant High School. (Patch)

Maybe if Mayor de Blasio wants to create 100,000 new jobs, he should start by filling these 14 high-level jobs within his own administration. (NY Post)

The best new restaurants in the city. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for September 11, 2018 – Bridgegate vs Bagelgate

9/11, a Bridgegate for Andrew Cuomo to call his own, Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order is disgusting, the mayor won’t make an AG endorsement but his wife will, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The weather calls for clouds, but the Oculus at the World Trade Center is supposed to open at 8:46am, the moment the first plane hit the North tower. At 10:28am, the moment the North tower of the WTC collapsed on 9/11, “The Way of Light” floods the inside of the building with sunlight (when possible).

An interview with “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” exhibition designer Jonathan Alger on how sports healed NYC and the nation after 9/11.

17 years later, what’s the status of World Trade Center construction?


No matter how you feel about her as a candidate, we can all agree that Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order at Zabar’s was a disgusting crime against humanity. Cinnamon raisin bagel with red onions, capers, tomato, cream cheese, and lox. “That’s what I want—a full load,” as she was quoted.

A painter discovered a piece of Manhattan history, neon signs from the 2nd Ave Deli.

A roundup of fall’s new art exhibitions, openings, and events from 6sqft.

NYPD offer outside methadone clinic: “Go shoot your f*cking heroin and die.”

NYC is no longer in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence, the storm turned its direction towards the Carolinas.

Eight City University of New York schools schools rank in the country’s top 50 according to US News & World report.

The mayor isn’t endorsing an attorney general candidate. Chirlane McCray, his wife who isn’t a coward when it comes to making an endorsement, endorsed Zephyr Teachout.

Uh oh, is Andrew Cuomo about to get a Bridgegate of his own?

A look down at the sidewalk mosaics of Little Italy by Ephemeral New York.

Graphing NYC’s immigration from 1970 through 2017.

A behind-the-scenes look at the extremely impressive Kong from the new King Kong production on Broadway from The New York Times.


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