The Briefly for April 5, 2019 – The “Even the Raccoons Are Moving to Manhattan” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, no one can agree on how to fix the subways, sales tax for online purchases is coming to New York, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re going to Wrestlemania and all the Wrestlemania adjacent events this weekend, you’ll want to know what fresh hell the subways will be over the weekend. (Subway Changes)

How many luxury condos in the city are “ghost apartments?” (The Real Deal)

There’s a private island between Hart and City Island’s, purchased by Alex Schilbi in 2011 for $176,000. Now he wants to turn it into a yoga, canoeing, and fishing retreat. (Welcome2TheBronx)

How the hell did a raccoon wind up in the 14th Street subway station? (Gothamist)

The 13 most anticipated restaurant openings of spring 2019. (Eater)

Sales taxes are coming to your online purchases in June. Another day, another tax. (NY Post)

How’s your Valyrian? Shake Shack has two Game of Thrones items on the menu, but you’ll have to order them in the George R. R. Martin fantasy language. (Gothamist)

A badly burnt body found in a Staten Island storage unit is believed to be missing teacher Jeanine Cammarata, who has been missing since Tuesday. (Gothamist)

You’re damn right Ben Stiller gives up his seat on the subway for others. (Viewing NYC)

Mark it on your calendars, Buffalo Exchanges $1 sale is on Earth Day, April 20. The proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Team. I’m not saying you should get super high and buy a bunch of weird clothes, but I’m also not not saying that. (Time Out)

The city just made it a little easier to search for affordable housing. Actually getting it is another story. (Curbed)

Watch Adam Platt, New York Magazine‘s restaurant critic, on his hunt for the perfect croissant. (New York Magazine)

10 best new hotels opening in NYC this year. (Curbed)

The mayor was trying to hide who was hosting his Boston fundraiser. The New York Times found out anyway. (NY Times)

Yeah, these new city jails are gonna be big, but the city wants you to know that they aren’t taking advantage of every possible square inch they could use. (Chelsea Now)

Governor Cuomo, the new head of the MTA, and the president of the New York City Transit Authority don’t see eye to eye on how to fix the subways. Shocking. (amNY)

Here’s what you need to know about The Shed now that it’s finally open. (NY Times)

“I expect all of you to use our subways and bus systems when possible,” doesn’t sound like the MTA is “demanding” staffers take mass transit. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Eagle’s new editorial director has some questions for you. Tell him The Briefly sent you. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I’m a Queens boy. Only very rich people can drive into Manhattan. You have to pay the toll. You have to pay parking . . . it probably comes close to $100 a day.” Does the governor know about all the bridges that don’t have tolls or the mayor who drives in and out of Manhattan every day to go to his Park Slope gym? (NY Post)

Even as Bed-Stuy gentrifies, Sugar Hill Restaurant & Supper Club has sat at the corner of DeKalb and Nostrand for forty years and has changed with the times. (NY Times)

The 10 best parm sandwich spots in the city. A cheesy list. (Gothamist)

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The Briefly for February 25, 2019 – The “53,269 Tons of Fatberg” Edition

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, Tuesday’s special election for Public Advocate, the East Village’s ongoing changes, parking placards, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here are this week’s late night subway changes. (Subway Changes)

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, but a single ride will remain $2.75. (Daily News)

Tomorrow/Tuesday is the special election for Public Advocate, here is a last minute guide to the 17 candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

The city’s Board of Elections threatened to sue the city to block translators from being inside polling locations in tomorrow’s special election for Public Advocate. (NY Post)

As it stands now there will be translators for Russian, Haitian Creole, Yiddish and Polish 100 feet away from 48 different polling locations. If someone wants translation services, they can escort one of the translators into the polling location with them. (Gothamist)

It seems like the entire city is falling apart. The area under Grand Army Plaza’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch is barricaded off because pieces of the arch have begun falling off. That planned restoration can’t come soon enough. (Brooklyn Paper)

Farewell to St. Marks Comics and the Sidewalk cafe in the East Village. (amNY & The Villager Newspaper)

You know a neighborhood has changed when even the Hell’s Angels are looking to sell their clubhouse. (Curbed)

Drag Queen Story Hour expanded with with a drag-queen beauty workshop teaching young adults to express their gender however they want. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

This is what a “fatberg” looks like. A mass of congealed grease and, uh, “personal hygiene” products. (Gothamist)

What’s the point of all of the city’s Juliet balconies? Also, what is a Juliet balcony? (StreetEasy)

55% of New Yorkers don’t drive a car, but that won’t stop the mayor from framing the parking placard abuse conversation from the point of view of someone who does. Maybe because he is driven from Gracie Mansion to his favorite YMCA in Park Slope so he can work out. (Gothamist)

17 kid-friendly restaurants that adults will also enjoy. (Eater)

The greatest tragedy I have seen since I’ve been in politics.” -Governor Cuomo on the Amazon HQ2 deal collapse. (NY Post)

Remember the people who protested the anti-Amazon HQ2 politicians? They were reportedly paid to protest by Sammy Musovic, a real estate developer who has been renovating apartments in Long Island City. (Curbed)

If you’re the “I HAVE to Instagram my breakfast” type, Grub Street has a new recommendation for you. (Grub Street)

Sunshine Laundromat has a secret, it’s up to you to decide if it’s the secret bar or the pinball. (Atlas Obscura)

A class action lawsuit was filed against the warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center centered around the week the jail was without power or heat in January and February. (Gothamist)

220 Riverside Boulevard’s expulsion of the Trump name is almost complete. Jealous? (NY Times)

Remember the notices the city sent out about hairstyle-based discrimination? An Upper East Side Sally Hershberger salon is under investigation for racial discrimination for telling employees that Afros and box-braids did not reflect the image of the neighborhood. (NY Times)

Commercial vehicles aren’t allowed on the Belt Parkway. Someone should tell the Department of sanitation, who smashed a garbage truck into an overpass and caused a three-car accident. (NY Post)

The Armory Show was moved from Pier 92 to Pier 90 after Pier 92 was deemed structurally unsafe by city investigators, causing the cancelation of the Volta art fair. (NY Times)

The MTA is cutting back on their plans to make more subway stations handicapped accessible. This is a result of cutting Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan from $40 billion to $30 billion. This is a plan that already has no funding and the MTA is already scaling it back. (Daily News)

14th Street won’t be getting a busway, but it likely see a new Select Bus Service that connects 14th St to the East Village and Lower East Side. (Chelsea Now)

If someone you love hates cheese, here are 26 recommended restaurants for the cheese-hater in your life. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 22, 2019 – The “Our City’s Parks Are No Longer Rocking” Edition

The 7 train is literally falling apart, the mayor announces a plan to fight placard abuse, the BQX takes another hit, the YMCA, and more in today’s daily NYC digest.

Nearly every subway line has closures this weekend. (6sqft)

The 7 train is falling apart, literally. A piece of the train tracks fell from its elevated track and impaled an SUV through its windshield. The driver wasn’t injured, but holy shit, is anywhere near the subway safe anymore? (Curbed)

Why we rent and not buy our homes. (StreetEasy)

The mayor announced a goal of moving the parking placard system to license plates from the laminated placards on dashboards. Unless the NYPD enforces the rules, this whole thing is pointless. (Politico)

The NYPD used to hand out hundreds of summonses for sex in the city’s public parks. Last year? Zero. Are New Yorkers no longer horny on main? (NY Times)

The mayor promised serious consequences if yeshivas continue to bar Department of Education inspectors from their buildings. The deadline passed and the city is still negotiating with the schools. (Gothamist)

A map of the mega projects changing the city. (Curbed)

A look inside the new Webster Hall, but no photos of the new bathrooms. (NY Times)

Webster Hall will reopen on May 1 with Patti Smith. (Time Out)

Two more suspects were arrested in connection to the MS-13 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue subway shooting. (NY Post)

The best parodies are barely noticeable, which means you could miss these amazing MTA parody ads if you don’t have a sharp eye. (Bklyner)

Brooklyn President Eric Adams is urging New Yorkers to join their Neighborhood Advisory Boards in order to distribute Community Service Block Grants, a program which dates back to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The capital of President Trump’s immigration crackdown is New York City with an 88.2% increase in arrests. (Patch)

A list of the 47 hate groups active and operating in the city, double the number from ten years ago. (Patch)

What the hell is the NYPD doing blasting a hip-hop diss track outside the Marcus Garvey Village? A spokesperson said the officers “used it as a way to start a conversation with young men on the street.” Right. (Gothamist)

An 8-month-old in a stroller rolled onto the tracks of the 72nd Street 1 train. Her father jumped onto the tracks and brought her back to safety. The baby went to the hospital with a bump on her head. (amNY)

What’s special about the McBurney Y in Chelsea? Have you ever spelled out “Y.M.C.A.” at a wedding? (Gothamist)

Despite no one wanting him to run, Mayor de Blasio continues to flirt with a presidential run with a trip to Iowa this weekend. (NY Post)

The AARP supports congestion pricing, undercutting critics who say seniors will be hurt by the tolls. (Streetsblog)

Joe Crowley, defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is also leaving his position as head of the Queens Democratic Party. June Bunch will serve as the interim chair until a new leader is selected. (NY Post)

Nomkiki Konst, the TV-pundit-turned-candidate for Public Advocate, gets the profile treatment from Politico. (Politico)

If you’ve got three and a half hours to kill, here are 15 minutes interviews with 14 of the city’s Public Advocate candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

Ten candidates for Public Advocate on congestion pricing, safety, transportation policy, bike lanes, and the job in general. (Streetsblog)

An Amazon-less city might be the death-blow to the BQX streetcar. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Just in time for the weekend, 12 hot new brunch places. (Eater)

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