The Briefly for December 20, 2018 – The “Elon Musk Does Not Have An Office on the Lower East Side” Edition

The mayor supports legal pot, Amazon can’t save the BQX, WeWork may be headed for a rude awakening, three boozy Taco Bells are headed to Manhattan and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

If you’ve paid for Spectrum internet access, you are owed between $75 and $150. The $62.5 million direct refund is a result of Spectrum’s settlement with the NY Attorney General’s office. (Gothamist)

Plotting the city’s parks in the only universally understandable way: a subway-style map. (6sqft)

WeWork is growing at an alarming rate. Is the boom headed for a bust? (The Real Deal)

That “Boring” company on the Lower East Side isn’t Elon Musk, it’s an art installation that requires an appointment and an NDA. (Gothamist)

The mayor is throwing his weight behind legal marijuana with a 71-page report that also makes recommendations like a NYC sales tax, a minimum age of 21, encouraging diversity in the pot business, and more. (amNY)

If you missed the Nitehawk cinema opening in Park Slope, there are photos. (Brownstoner)

From 0 to 20 in 15 seconds! These new “faster” subways aren’t exactly… fast. (Curbed)

The site of the holy matrimony between Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley will become part of Amazon’s HQ2. (Untapped cities)

Why doesn’t NYC have micro-apartments like other cities? It’s all about the price per square foot. (StreetEasy)

The Frigid Fyre Fest has hit a new low. The WinterFest organizers are now threatening vendors who speak to the press. (Gothamist)

Landlords don’t like legislation that limits their ability to raise commercial rent. (The Real Deal)

The city’s worst landlord isn’t someone named Trump or Kushner, it’s the the city. (Curbed) An example? Meet the Moran family, who has been without heat for nearly 20 years. (NY Post)

Part bar, part retail and part… Taco Bell!? Yup, three boozy Taco Bells are headed for Manhattan so you can Live Más. (Eater)

Two bills are headed for City Council that could reshape safety in bars (and three Taco Bells in Manhattan) by making “harassment free” signage mandatory and mandatory sexual harassment prevention and intervention training for all nightlife security. (Brokelyn)

19 curries to try in NYC. (Eater)

The Brooklyn District Attorney is set to wipe out 1,400 warrants in misdemeanor weed possession cases and 28 convictions in the next 90 days. (NY Post)

The death of a woman found in the trash chute of a luxury building was ruled an accident. Here’s no answer about how it happened, but there is no suspicion of foul play. (NY Post)

The lawsuit preventing the American Museum on Natural History from expanding was appealed and construction is suspended until the case is settled. (Curbed)

Shekema Young, who was arrested for allegedly slashing two women on the bus, says she’s innocent and the two victims were threatening to take Miss Beezy, her shih tzu yorkie mix. (Gothamist)

The NYPD rescued a frightened and freezing kitten from the undercarriage a car. Nothing else, just some good news for your Thursday. (NY Post)

Even Amazon’s money can’t save the mayor’s pricey and ill-advised BQX streetcar plan. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

New York’s rape shield laws are supposed to protect victims, but in most cases it makes it “almost impossible to successfully prosecute rapists, let alone millionaire celebrity rapists” like Harvey Weinstein. (Gothamist)

The president and CEO of New York Public Radio, Laura R. Walker, will be stepping down after 23 years. Walker acknowledged during her time she prioritized growth over people, and the last year of her employ was highlighted with accusations of harassment and discrimination against hosts of popular shows. (NY Times)

The best bars in the city, according to Thrillist.

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The Briefly for December 18, 2018 – The “New York: Now With 100% Legal Nunchucks” Edition

Governor Cuomo lays his impressive 2019 agenda on the table, zombie raccoons are hitting the streets, a $2,000 pearl found in a meal, the most checked-out library books, and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

Shooters shoot, and Governor Cuomo is shooting his shot when it comes to the 2019 legislative agenda. (Gothamist)

First on the table is legal weed. Governor Cuomo announced 2019 is the year for legal marijuana in New York. (NY Times)

One of the loftier goals set forth by Cuomo is a Green New Deal for New York state. The goal is to be 100% carbon neutral by 2040. (Politico)

Legal pot and a Green New Deal is only a small piece of the governor’s 2019 agenda. In the first 100 days of the term he plans on launching a $150 billion infrastructure fund, a congestion pricing plan, ending vacancy decontrol, repealing preferential rent, and much more. (Curbed)

If you think that Governor Cuomo could get through a speech in public without being interrupted by Amazon protestors, you were wrong. (NY Post)

Cowabunga! New York’s ban on nunchucks was declared unconstitutional. (NY Post)

Stabbings, weddings, live music, and alcohol. A look back at the history of Hank’s Saloon, which draws lineage back to 1903, ahead of the iconic dice’s closing in January. (The Indypendent)

The city’s top 10 preservation battles in 2018. (Curbed)

Google is going to be investing $1 billion to build a new Hudson Square campus, with plans to build 1.7 million square feet and hiring an additional 7,000 employees. (The Real Deal)

Jennifer Egan, Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, Jesmyn Ward, and Michael Wolff top off the most checked-out books in New York’s libraries. (6sqft)

Bill Murray, legend. The indomitable Mr. Murry joined Puss N’ Boots’ Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper on stage for their annual Christmas show at the Bell House for some merrymaking. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The Fair Fares program is supposed to begin in 2019 for low-income New Yorkers, but no plans have been announced. (Gothamist)

Nitehawk Cinema opens in Park Slope on Wednesday after a $10 million renovation, complete with two bars, food, and movie theaters too. (6sqft)

The chances of finding a pearl in an oyster are 1 in 12,000, but the chances of finding a pearl worth between $2,000 to $4,000 in an oyster at the Grand Central Oyster Bar? Much higher. (Gothamist)

It’s been two years since the Four Season Restaurant’s owner Julian Niccolini pleaded guilty to sexual assault, but it took negative reviews in The New York Times and New York to actually get him ousted. (Eater)

That mysterious green goop stored in the dumpsters of the L train shutdown? It’s probably color inaccuracies in the photos. Or that’s what THEY want you to think. (Gothamist)

The Statue of Liberty protest climber, Therese Patricia Okoumou, was found guilty. (amNY)

Mandarin Ducks? Brooklyn’s had them for years. (Gothamist)

The top 10 theater productions of 2018. (Time Out)

There are multiple reported sightings of zombie raccoons outside of Prospect Park, venturing into the city’s streets. If you come across a raccoon on the street, avoid it and call 311. (Brooklyn Paper)

If you thought the NYCHA’s problems weren’t society’s problems, if the city lost 10% of its public housing, homelessness would increase 62%. (Curbed)

HOLLA🎄D TONNEL no more. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for December 14, 2018 – The “A Private Midnight Tour of the L Train Tunnels” Edition

Long Island City’s rent hasn’t been Amazon’d yet, a goat beauty pageant in Central Park, the NYPD targets THC oil for arrests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s something new, there are no major outages planned on the subways this weekend. Station closures and redirections are dotted around, but no line will be completely shut down. All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

Is the NYPD replacing marijuana arrests with THC oil arrests? (TimesLedger)

Everyone can relax! After his private tour of the L train tunnels, which disrupted service of the L train tunnels, Governor Amazon Cuomo has decided the shutdown is “vital and complicated.” The shutdown was announced in January of 2016, the Governor waited nearly three years to being his “investigation.” (NY Post)

Michael Brogan, Brooklyn’s dumbest man, called a senator with his own phone and threatened to shoot her (the senator is not named). He was arrested. (Daily News)

A five-alarm five injured twelve, including seven firefighters, Thursday morning in Sunnyside. The fire was brought under control and damaged multiple buildings, but not before a visually jarring backdraft was caught video. (Gothamist)

A guide to Grand Central Terminal. (Curbed)

Think Long Island City rent is already high? The Amazon effect hasn’t touched it yet. (The Real Deal)

The mysterious L train green goop has not yet been identified. (Town & Village)

The city’s latest noted-racist is Anna Lushchinkaya, who was recoded hitting and yelling racist slurs to a passenger. She was arrested after getting off the train. (NY Post)

The Park Slope Nitehawk Cinema has a opening date: December 19. (Brooklyn Paper)

Remember when Central Park held beauty pageants for goats? Prohibition was weird. (6sqft)

The most expensive neighborhood in the city is Tribeca. (Curbed)

Mystery solved! The person behind the creepy Mister Softee music that was coming from LinkNYC kiosks was Mark Thomas, the creator of the Payphone Project. (Gothamist)

Bystanders saved a woman who was shoved off the platform and onto the subway tracks at Union Square. The NYPD is investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The New York Times has discovered Brighton Beach through photographer Alexey Yurenev’s work. (NY Times)

Does Elon Musk have a secret office on Rivington Street? (Bowery Boogie)

Greenpoint’s Community Board 1 rejected the liquor license for beer and wine of Bury the Hatchet, the neighborhood’s new hatchet throwing bar, due to security concerns. CB votes are recommendations and the state’s liquor authority will make the actual decision. (Greenpoint Post)

State legislators are getting a raise, but are complaining that their new $130,000 salaries won’t be enough. The median salary in New York state is $64,894. (NY Post)

Staten Island and Brooklyn Democratic Congressmember-elect Max Rose is already seeing 2020 challengers pop up. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Recently outed local homophobe Allasheed Allah, the man who allegedly punched a woman in the back of the head on the subway that resulted in a fractured spine, was arrested on Thursday. (amNY)

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum (but not run by the Brooklyn Museum) continues to be a shit show. What do you expect from a company called “Millennial Entertainment”? (Bklyner)

The 1 and 9 in “2019” has arrived in Times Square. (Viewing NYC)

The critics of NYC’s best restaurants of 2018. (Eater)

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