The Briefly for January 25, 2019 – The “25% Faster Than Slow is Still Pretty Slow” Edition

Weekend subway change, Dunkin owns the city, a beer to pair with the L train, the Gowanus Canal flushes its sewage tanks, the 2021 elections, and more.

Here is a complete list of trains with no service changes or disruptions this weekend: G, L and Q. Everyone else? Better check the trains before you go anywhere. (6sqft)

The mayor wants to increase bus speeds by 25%. The average speed of an MTA bus is 8.4 mph. (Metro)

The Gowanus Canal cleanup is changing designs slightly from a pair of tanks to into a tunnel to catch the sewage flowing from Park Slope. Rather than two 6 million gallon tanks, it’ll be a one half mile long tunnel 150 feet underground that will hold 16 million gallons of Poop Slope. (Curbed)

The MTA board met to vote on a fare hike for March and they… opted to delay the vote. A fare hike seemed all but certain until the Governor announced that he is opposed to the fare hike. (NY Times)

311’s technology was put into place in 2003 and it hasn’t been updated since. That all changes this July. (Gotham Gazette)

A tale of two states. New York is split on the plastic bag ban, government sponsored health care and congestion pricing, but are unified in support of giving the police the authority to remove guns from violent people, legalizing marijuana and raising the age to buy cigarettes and tobacco from 18 to 21. (Legislative Gazette)

People are already entering the 2021 race for city comptroller. Early candidates are City Council Members Brad Lander and Helen Rosenthal. (Gotham Gazette)

This is a new reason for a subway delay. (@NYCTSubways)

Visualizing income taxes in NYC in 2018. (r/dataisbeautiful)

You find $90 on the ground on the subway. What do you do? (NY Times)

Take a look at the new Amtrak space in Moynihan Train Hall/the new Penn Station. (6sqft)

The third victim in the Sheepshead Bay Seaport Buffet hammer attack died. The alleged attacker was inspired by a movie about Chinese men mistreating women. (NY Post)

“Nice charter schools you got here. Shame if something happened to them.” The city’s school chancellor has some vague threats for charter schools. (NY Post)

Finally, the perfect beer to pair with trying to figure out the new L train closures. (Bedford + Bowery)

City Councilmember Ydanis A. Rodriguez is calling on the NYPD to put cases of confiscated electric bikes on hold, calling them biased against working people. (Metro)

The city is mobilizing the new NYPD unit aimed specifically at cars in the bus lane. Moving violations are up 612%. (Curbed)

The number of chain stores in Manhattan decreased in 2018, but one neighborhood bused that trend in a major way: The Lower East Side. Also a quick bit of trivia: Dunkin Donuts has the distinction of being the chain with the most locations in the city with 624. (Bowery Boogie)

Noticed the Shen Huen posters everywhere? So has Reddit. (r/NYC)

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The Briefly for November 12, 2018 – The “Your Shawarma Cart Has A C Rating” Edition

Out compost is trash, Williamsburg is booming, student walk out over a Facebook education, the Rockefeller Tree is here, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

What week is complete without being unable to get around at night? No overnight L or 3 trains, changes to the Q, E, 1, 2, and D lines. (Subway Changes)

Get ready for your favorite street meat cart to have a health department grade. (NY Post)

Live-shooter trainings inside synagogues. Armed guards inside churches. This is what NYC’s religious services look like in 2018. (NY Post)

The 72-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has taken her place at 30 Rock. You can visit Shelby before she gets lit up on November 28th at 7pm. (NY Post)

The RFK Human Rights Foundation’s mass bail out is shining light on the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Department of Corrections. Should a man who was caught on video assaulting a guard have been allowed bail one week after the incident? (NY Post)

Does New York’s blue wave mean that the golden era of charter schools is over? (NY Times)

High school students organized a walkout in protest of a Facebook-backed curriculum. After a week of self-teaching, each student gets somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes of “mentoring.” (NY Post)

How is it possible that Ice-T has never eaten a bagel in his life? (Gothamist)

Having completely fixed the subways and buses, the MTA Chairman Joe Lhota has resigned. (Streetsblog)

The city’s best ice skating rinks. (Curbed)

People struggling to cross the street during the NYC Marathon is exactly what you need on Monday morning. (Gothamist)

Michael J. Ryan, the man in charge of last week’s election, on what went right and what went wrong. (Gothamist)

If Seoul and San Francisco can get it right, why can’t the city’s composting program get off the ground? (NY Times)

Even the L train can’t stop Williamsburg’s development boom. Take a look at the map. (Curbed)

Dr Kurt Salzinger, an 89-year-old scholar who escaped the Nazis in Austria, died after being shoved onto the 3 train’s subway tracks in Penn Station. (NY Times)

The city’s 40 best brunches. (Eater)

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The Briefly for October 24, 2018 – The “Evict Madison Square Garden in 2023” Edition

Fact checking the Molinaro/Cuomo debate, the 2020 census problem, Amazon is opening a cashless store to Manhattan, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Watch Tuesday’s debate between Governor Cuomo and Marc Molinaro. (CBS) Fact checking and five takeaways from the debate. (NY Times)

How to vote. (Special Projects)

Is it possible for New York to evict Madison Square Garden in 2023? (Gothamist)

Amazon is opening an Amazon Go store in Brookfield Place near the World Trade Center, which is Amazon’s “no cash, no checkout” stores. What could go wrong? (Tribeca Citizen)

Get ready for a wet, wet, wet Halloween. (NY Post)

The Proud Boy who threw the first punch and triggered the fight on the Upper East Side was 26-year-old Maxwell Hare. The NYPD is conducting a criminal inquiry into the SPLC designated hate group Proud Boys. (Gothamist)

11 additive buffalo wings in the city. (Eater)

As more storefronts become empty throughout the city, something will have to be done. The Small Business Jobs Saving Act was a potential solution, but despite the backing of city council, the mayor is dead set against it and he has the backing of the Real Estate Board of New York. (Gothamist)

There are still hints of the original Penn Station sprinkled throughout the nightmare that sits underground on 34th St. (Curbed)

A tour of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s New York City. (Vanity Fair)

The 2020 census presents a problem for the city and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million people to be specific. Without proper reporting, the city won’t receive proportional funding or representation in Congress, but proper reporting could put undocumented residents in danger. This is where #MakeItCountBrooklyn comes in. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

This isn’t how an ambulance is supposed to find people who need to go to the hospital. (NY Post)

The Staten Island Ferris Wheel is dead. (Curbed) If you’re looking for puns, go no further than Rachel Holliday Smith on Twitter.

Another Brooklyn College professor is in trouble for what he posted online. This time it’s Dr. Rohit Parikh, who posted an anti-Latinx screed on Facebook. Students are demanding sensitivity training and a boost in funding to latino student groups. (NY Post)

The city has granted unlimited sick leave to workers who contracted illnesses from working at Ground Zero after 9/11. (amNY)

How the 1919 “Black Sox” World Series was fixed on 73rd and Broadway. (6sqft)

If everyone who thought James Dolan was an asshole wasn’t allowed into Madison Square Garden, it would sit empty every single night. (Observer)

What happened to the fire extinguishers in subway cars? (@s_nessen)


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