The Briefly for September 11, 2019 – The “Persistence of the NYC Dollar Slice Joint” Edition

The mayor’s failed mayoral campaign promises, how to make the L train slower, a man jumped in the Gowanus, the city buys more ferries, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The city removed the jimson weed plant at 93rd and Columbus, but there’s another plant three blocks away on 96th and Columbus. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Jumping into the Gowanus Canal, which has served as a toilet for the city for nearly a century, is pretty high on the “stupidest things you can do in NYC” list, but that didn’t stop some idiot from doing it on Saturday night. He was brought by the NYPD for a psychiatric evaluation. (Brooklyn Paper)

Almost nothing is as New York City as the dollar slice joint. Accessible, fast, open all night and welcoming to everyone, these relatively new city staples popped up after the 2008 recession. While Barney’s and Dean & Deluca can’t keep up with NYC real estate, the dollar slice joint persists. (Huff Post)

Is Broadway ready for Robert O’Hara’s “Slave Play?” (NY Times)

The mayor ran for office on a promise to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest New Yorkers. After six years under his leadership, the gap has not changed according to a new report from the Manhattan Institute and the changes that have occurred can be attributed to state-wide and not city-wide initiatives. (Politico)

Animal rights groups weren’t thrilled with the “humane” rodent murder-bucket of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, calling his demonstration grotesque, barbaric, and sadistic and pointed out there are other generally accepted humane ways to eliminate rats that they city hasn’t implemented. (amNY)

The city’s $1.3 billion plan to protect the east side waterfront from Montgomery to E 25th St will get an independent review before moving forward. The city has a deadline of September 2022 to spend federal funding recovery funds allocated to the project (Curbed)

Of Bon Appétit’s 50 best new restaurants in America, 4 are in NYC. (Grub Street)

Were the predatory lending practices that targeted cabbies illegal? The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is investigating if bank, wire, or mail fraud occurred. The NY Attorney General and the mayor’s office are also investigating. (Patch)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are returning to Broadway in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which will begin previews in March. (NY Times)

Every year there are between 100 and 200 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in the city. The latest was found in residential towers in the Bronx’s Bedford Park. (Norwood News)

One in 15 of the city’s middle schoolers is vaping. (Patch)

The L train doesn’t need to run any slower than it already does, so whoever the jackass was that put their bicycle on the tracks, you are not appreciated. (Brooklyn Paper)

The city is buying three more ferries to add to its fleet for a total cost of $126 million. Taxpayers subsidize each ride by $10.75 on top of the $2.75 fare. The New York City Economic Development Corporation calls this “smart planning.” Is there any wonder that the city’s comptroller’s office isn’t happy with this “smart” plan? (Gothamist)

Photos from Bushwig 2019. (Gothamist)

Photos from DragCon 2019. (Gothamist)

The first of a two-part interview from The Root with Mayor de Blasio was released, covering topics like the Daniel Pantaleo firing, stop and frisk racial disparities, decriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage, and more. (The Root)

The helicopter company that was facing backlash for taking dogs on doorless flights around Manhattan will no longer allow animals on their doors-off flights. (Patch)

A video montage of non-consensual touching by costumed weirdos in Times Square, prepared by the Times Square Alliance. (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo is seeking $2 billion in restitution from opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers to help New Yorkers who have paid too much in insurance premiums over the past decade because of the opioid epidemic. (amNY)

A driver on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn killed a 10-year-old boy after his SUV jumped the curb. No arrests were made or tickets were issued at the scene. (Streetsblog)

According to workers, Chipotle is abusing its employees nearly as much as its abusing the stomachs of anyone who eats there. (NY Times)

22 hidden gem private dining rooms in NYC. (Eater)


The Times’ coverage of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (NY Times)

The six moments of silence to honor the 2,983 victims of the attacks. (amNY)

Traditionally, the skylight of the Oculus opens on 9/11, but this year it will remain closed due to repairs after it was found to be leaking earlier this year. (Patch)

Remembering 9/11 from the staff of the Windows on the World restaurant, which was located on the 107th floor of the North Tower at the World Trade Center. (Grub Street)

Honoring the Ladder 118/Engine 205’s lost. (Brooklyn Heights Blog)

The Briefly for July 1, 2019 – The “If You’re Going to Use Cocaine, Use It With Someone Else” Edition

Lots of photos from this weekend’s marches, the best hot dogs, the Guggenheim’s staff unionizes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

For the week of July 4, subway service disruptions are reduced, but that doesn’t mean zero. (Subway Weekender)

A look at the weather ahead: There’s a chance of rain later in the week, which potentially isn’t great for firework revelers. (amNY)

A focus on the 14 cyclists who died in crashes in the first half of 2019. The last two, Robyn Hightman, 20, and Ernest Askew 57, died last week. (Patch)

If you’re on the Coney Island Boardwalk in the future and you see “‘Rusty’ Kanokogi Way,” know it’s in honor of the mother of women’s judo. Kanokogi, born Rena Glickman, got her start with a haircut, taped down breasts and winning a championship match while disguised as a man. She was found out to be a woman, but that wouldn’t stop her. The community board voted to honor her by renaming a part of the Boardwalk in her honor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“If you’re going to use cocaine, use it with someone else.” Real advice from the commissioner from the Department of Health. In an effort to fight opioid overdoses, the DOH has is visiting bars to provide Naloxone kits. The worry isn’t that someone can’t handle their cocaine, but that it’s laced with fentanyl. Doing cocaine in pairs is to ensure someone can call 911. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence is in New York this week, on display at the New York Public Library for you Nic Cage types. (6qsft)

The city is rejecting Title X funding as a result of an abortion gag rule put in place by the Trump administration. Under the new rule, any facility that provides abortions is ineligible for funding under the new rule, and the city has no plans on allowing that to happen. (amNY)

Manitoba’s, the East Village punk rock bar, is closed. While the reason is unknown, it seems like the bar simply ran out of money. (@handsomedickmanitoba)

ThriveNYC, in an attempt to justify its continued existence, has decided that measurable outcomes are finally worthwhile. The program, spearheaded by the mayor’s wife, has already spent over half a billion dollars with nearly another billion committed to it and it wasn’t until the city council asked to see results that the ball started rolling on metrics. (Gotham Gazette)

While Tiffany Cabán has been accepted as the de facto winner of the Queens DA election, the results aren’t certified with only 98.58% of the votes counted and thousands of absentee and paper ballots to be checked. Cabán’s lead is 1,090 votes as of Monday morning. (Sunnyside Post)

MAGA hat-wearing jackass Willie Ames was convicted of a hate crime for yelling slurs about Mexicans while pushing a man onto the subway tracks in April. (Gothamist)

Workers at the Guggenheim voted to unionize, joining the same union that represents workers at MoMA PS1. They join workers at BAM and the New Museum in unionizing in a movement across the city focused on cultural organizations. (NY Times)

Is there anything a greater threat to our way of life than a nipple on social media? Eva Mueller was one of 125 nude protesters in Astor Place earlier this month, working towards the liberation of the human body in her art. Banned multiple times from social media, Mueller doesn’t plan on stopping her fight against what she sees as censorship. (Bushwick Daily)

Real estate brokers have, unsurprisingly, protested the city council’s cap on their fees. You’d protest too. (Gothamist)

This week’s high score for health department code violation points is 150. For reference, 28 points will earn you a C. Here’s this week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health. (Patch)

Today’s the start of the 14th St busway, but it’s not. A NY Supreme Court judge blocked the Third-to-Ninth Ave busway as a result of a lawsuit from residents of the West Village, Chelsea, and the Flatiron District. (Curbed)

The city’s schools will allow students to officially change their gender but in the spirit of never completely solving a problem, there will only be two gender options, leaving students who don’t identify as male or female in the cold. (Patch)

Say hello to some real trash designs. Two new prototypes for garbage cans across the city have been revealed as a part of the BetterBin competition. (Gothamist)

Today’s freak shows are similar to the shows of a century ago in name only. Meet the freaks of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. (Patch)

Photos from the Pride March. (NY Times)

No, lots of photos from the Pride March. (BrooklynVegan)

There were an estimated 150k marchers, so “a lot” of photos doesn’t seem to cover it. (amNY)

The Queer Liberation March asked “Justice and change, or corporate pride?” in its presentation as an alternative. There were photos. (NY Times)

Some photo galleries included photos from the Queer Liberation March along with the Pride March. (Patch)

The Dyke March, another less-corporate Pride March alternative also has its own photo galleries. (NY Times)

There are multiple Dyke March galleries too, documenting the March’s 27th year. (Gothamist)

Some Dyke March galleries, like parts of the march itself, are NSFW. (BrooklynVegan)

Pride weekend started off with the Drag March, an event that is 25 years old and has its roots in drag queens and leathermen not being allowed to march in the Pride March for fear of scaring off the corporate sponsors. One of the original organizers of the drag march was Gilbert Baker, designer of the rainbow flag. The march is unpermitted and unsanctioned. There are, of course, photos. (Gothamist)

And even more photos from the Drag March! (EV Grieve)

The firve best hot dogs in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for May 7, 2019 – The “Would You Jump in the East River to Save a Dog?” Edition

The #RethinkLinkNYC campaign, the Met Gala, the target on de Blasio’s back, the Kosciuszko Bridge is ahead of schedule, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson’s Frenchette in TriBeCa was awarded the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant. (NY Times)

While the good people of New York City, his friends, and anyone with common sense don’t want Mayor Bill de Blasio to run for president, he is none of those people. Even if he does make the decision, his questionable fund-raising tactics, and the subsequent investigations into them will be the first speed bump on his way to not becoming president. (NY Times)

While the Rethink LinkNYC campaign isn’t throwing bricks at the LinkNYC kiosks, it is educating pedestrians about the three cameras that are always recording and the questionable nature of who can access those images. (EV Grieve)

The trade for the LinkNYC kiosks is supposed to be revenue for the city, right? The 55-inch screens across the 1,800 kiosks will fall $34 million below projections for the first five years of the program. (Gotham Gazette)

High drama in the East River as a local hero jumped off a pier to save a dog who decided to take an unannounced swim. (Gothamist)

Photos from the 2019 Met Gala. (NY Times)

Here’s a rundown of the nine bills advocates are pushing forward in the state legislature that, when packaged together, are termed “universal rent control.” (The Indypendent)

A look at the After Hours Project, a community-based syringe exchange and harm reduction program, a social and mental health services provider, an opioid treatment facility and provides additional services as well. (Bushwick Daily)

The most beautiful places to get married in the city. (Curbed)

The city’s first new marina in fifty years will be in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The ONE˚15 marina will house over 100 boats up to 200 feet in length. (6sqft)

Housing 20,000 bees on the roof of The Shops at Fresh Meadows is, as the original headline explains “best for bees-ness“. (QNS)

Five of the most unusual places in Brooklyn. Make your own jokes. (Untapped Cities)

Add this to your nightmare file: A 22-year-old woman fell from her apartment’s roof on East 25th Street while taking photos of the skyline. She’s alive, partially because she landed in the building’s trash area. (Gothamist)

NIMBYs, they’re everywhere! Park Slopers say the city wants to “pit the working class people of this city against the homeless,” due to plans to partner with a nonprofit shelter to provide 253 apartments for homeless New Yorkers. (Brooklyn Paper)

A look back twenty years ago at Giuliani’s administration “of, for, and by white people.” (Village

The plans for four “neighborhood” jails that will replace Riker’s Island will each be reduced by at least 10% to better integrate the buildings to the neighborhoods that will be housed in. The number of inmates is currently around 7,400 but is expected to drop to 4,000 by 2027. (The City)

Manhattan and Brooklyn are among the fourth and seventh most bike-friendly places in the country, according to PropleForBikes’ second annual city ratings report. (Curbed)

One of the joys of warm weather in the city is discovering how many places use goats to cut their grass. Add Riverside Park to the list, as 24 goats will “work” through August 30 between 119th and 125th Streets. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Patch is on the allergies in the city beat, showing the next week is going to be particularly rough for those of us who feel personally attacked by the city’s flora. (Patch)

There are a lot of stories about how Louis CK is not allowing people to record any of his material without his consent, which is tragically funny on one hand, but on the other hand, do not go to see Louis CK perform comedy. This city is full of hundreds, if not thousands, of comedians. (BrooklynVegan)

Three-year-old Zoey Pereira’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Her father was seen running from a car which burst into flames, which had been chained shut with two gas canisters and a propane tank in the trunk. Her father was taken into custody for questioning. (NY Times)

Add the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks to the list of things which aren’t coming to Long Island City. The Brooklyn Bridge was chosen as this year’s location. (LIC Post)

Farewell to the original Essex Market, which is officially closed after 79 years. (Bedford + Bowery)

The Kosciuszko Bridge’s second span will open in September, years ahead of schedule. No specific opening date was set. (amNY)

How does a street pretzel compare to an authentic German Bretzel? (Viewing NYC)

The Durst Organization is lobbying the city to add a new NYC Ferry line between Astoria and the Upper East Side. This might have to do with the seven residential towers the organization is opening in Astoria. (Curbed)

14th Street’s The Blind Pig will be closing on May 18 after the landlord imposed a 50% rent hike. The site is currently listed at $300,000/month. (EV Grieve)

From a 1970 bedroom to throwing axes, from secret rooms to Oscar Wilde, 15 unique bars in NYC. (The Infatuation)

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