The Briefly for July 5, 2019 – The “We’re Headed for a Cabán/Katz Recount” Weekend Edition

The MTA’s weekend subway plans, congrats to Joey Chestnut, our absentee mayor continues to be absentee, Cash Cab is back, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July, regardless if you celebrated or not. July 4th was a cause for celebration for The Briefly as well. It’s the one year anniversary of the first email sent by The Briefly. Thank you for being a reader.

You might think of it as a holiday weekend, but the MTA has other plans. 12 subway lines have planned disruptions this weekend. (Subway Weekender)

Tiffany Cabán was 1,100 votes ahead of Melinda Katz on election night. As of July 4, she was 20 votes behind. Queens is headed for a manual recount. (NY Times)

More than 2,500 affidavit ballots were rejected and the Cabán campaign will be fighting to have them counted. This is the 2000 presidential election all over again. (Politico)

Congrats to Joey Chestnut on winning his 12th hot dog eating championship, with 71 hot dogs in 10 minutes. In Times Square, that would cost roughly $1,500. (amNY)

Despite what you experienced on July 4th, fireworks and sparklers continue to be illegal in New York. (amNY)

After multiple years and nearly a half billion dollars in renovations, full service on the N train has been restored in Brooklyn. (The City)

The panel of experts overseeing the rehab of the BQE hasn’t made any decisions, but have intimated that the plans the city has put forward, which include replacing the Brooklyn Promenade with a temporary highway, have little chance of being approved. (Brooklyn Paper)

Our mayor, who spent July 4th in Iowa, said “I’m a half-glass-full kind of guy” when it comes to his polling numbers, which are in the toilet. His office in New York, which is been full empty, as he pretends he’s not wasting time and money in Iowa. He missed the funeral for 9/11 responder and NYPD detective Lou Alvarez and failed to preside over the weigh-in for Nathan’s hot dog eating competition, something Mayor Bloomberg did 11 of the 12 years he was mayor. (Gothamist)

26 (kind of obvious, but still a solid list) things to do in the city this summer. (Curbed)

The Central Park bomber has been at-large for three years. (Gothamist)

There are 25 horses in the Prospect Park Stable, and each “manufacture” 75 pounds of poop daily, bringing the total to nearly a daily ton of horseshit. The owner of the stable has begun turning the manure into compost and gifting it to the nonprofit Red Hook Farms. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Got a hankering for strawberries? Here’s a list of where to get yourself a strawberry dessert. (Grub Street)

Bushwick’s The Notorious B.I.G. and Alfred Hitchcock mural was vandalized. A video was taken of the vandal, but they haven’t been found (Bushwick Daily)

Community Board 7 voted to approve a bike lane for Central Park West. The neighborhood will lose 400 parking spots in the process, but the board weighed those parking spots vs the life of Madison Lyden, who died after she was forced from the current bike lane by a parked cab and hit by a truck. (Streetsblog)

Eliot Engel, who represents parts of the Bronx, Westchester, and Yonkers in the House of Representatives, is the next New York Democrat to be primaried from the left. His challengers cite is conservative views on Israel, the Middle East, and education among some of the reasons they feel he needs to be challenged. (Politico)

The city’s sheriff arrested Anthony Medina, a debt collector who allegedly scammed on cab drivers by pretending to be a city marshall to harass drivers into giving up their medallions and cabs and occasionally shook them down for cash. (Gothamist)

The East Village’s Mikey Likes It is closed after a tax-related seizure last week. (EV Grieve)

Cash Cab is back and will be filming in NYC this summer. (amNY)

The removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 census is a win for New York, as state Attorney General Letitia James’s office helped lead the charge against it. (Patch)

Four neighborhoods, Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, East New York, and Brownsville account for 23% of the city’s shootings this year. Despite a trend towards less violent crime in the city, shootings and reported rapes citywide have increased this year. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Where to eat and what to do at the South Street Seaport. (amNY)

The principal of LaGuardia High School, Dr. Lisa Mars, has stepped down following a sit-in by the students and years of protests by students, teachers, and faculty. A divergence from the school’s mission is what drive the protests and the vote of “no confidence” in May. (Gothamist)

Serial subway groper Giovanni Verdelli has been arrested 70 times and the NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill is calling for his permanent banning from the subways. (Downtown Express)

The ultimate guide to Penn Station. (Curbed)

The man who tossed piss onto two transit workers in April, Brandon Jobson, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. You’re in trouble, Brandon. (Gothamist)

The entire Brooklyn Congressional delegation called for the firing of Customer and Border Protection officers after posts in a private Facebook group with 9,000 members surfaces with threats to Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and insensitive comments about the ongoing crisis at the United States’ southern border. (Kings County Politics)

Spots for a big group hang outside. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for June 20, 2019 – The “Legal Marijuana is a Dead Cause in New York State” Edition

NY1 is hit with an age and gender discrimination lawsuit, the electric scooter and ebike bill passed, most Ricky’s locations are closing, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Port Authority’s plan to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia has one key flaw: the MTA. Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report that states the MTA simply isn’t ready, to no one’s surprise. (amNY)

It’ll be hard to go anywhere in the city towards the end of the month without spotting a rainbow flag. NYC & Co released a list of the buildings across all boroughs that will be lit with rainbows and their schedules. Some, like City Hall, will be lit from June 10 – 30, while some like Bloomberg’s Headquarters and MSG will be lit on June 30. (Curbed)

Five anchorwomen are suing NY1 for age and gender discrimination. The lawsuit betrays the image NY1 wants the city to believe. While Pat Kiernan’s 20th anniversary with the channel was celebrated on-air, while Roma Torre’s 25th anniversary was marked by nothing. Ms. Torre’s salary also happens to be half of Mr. Kiernan’s. (NY Times)

Legal marijuana is dead for this legislative session. According to Liz Krueger, the state senator who sponsored the bill, they “ran out of time.” (Gothamist)

The reimagining of Penn Station has begun with new entrances on 7th Ave. (Untapped Cities)

Did you know that subway elevator attendants still exist? The elevator ride at the St. Nicolas Ave station rides the same 181-foot route all night, non-stop. Gothamist rode shotgun for a full overnight shift. (Gothamist)

The Culinary Institute of America is starting an Anthony Bourdain scholarship. (Grub Street)

Following up on that “beach” Battery Park photo from earlier this week, meet Brian Shea, the master planner of Battery Park City. (Untapped Cities)

Ricky’s may be closing their NYC stores with the exception of two. Even the city’s innovator when it comes to wigs, hair dye, sex toys, makeup and more isn’t immune to the Amazon effect. (Jezebel)

17 tourist trap restaurants that are actually good. (Eater)

Get out into the world. That’s the advice from Wigstock founder Lady Bunny, who worries that the LGBTQ community is abandoning their safe spaces in favor of social media. (amNY)

10 essential tools every apartment should have. Time to hit your neighborhood hardware store. (StreetEasy)

Would it surprise you to learn that a confusing bar slash “>bar slash vegetarian restaurant was also a late night dance club is in Bushwick? (Gothamist)

If you met Giblet on the street in the East Village, you’d know. Giblet is a friendly, one-year-old pig that seems to melt everyone who sees it’s heart. (Bedford + Bowery)

Jennifer Lopez an Alex Rodriguez sold the apartment where A-Rod’s viral toilet photo was taken. They have since purchased blinds. (Curbed)

There were hundreds of summonses issued during the city’s crackdown on measles, but only one fine issued and that fine was the result of someone who skipped their hearing. (Gothamist)

The next artist to head for a Broadway residency is Regina Spektor. (amNY)

An argument for why Brooklynites should be voting for surrogate judges on June 25. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A guide to Tuesday’s Queens DA election. (Gothamist)

Does any New Yorker not have nightmares about an air conditioner falling on them in the sidewalk? Even if there’s only one record of a falling air conditioner in the last five years, you should be following directions putting that thing in your window. (Patch)

The legislature passed a bill to remove the electric scooter and bike ban, but don’t celebrate just yet. The city still has to write its own rules and regulations before they’re completely legal to ride. (Mashable)

Once the police and Walmart show up to support your cause, can you still claim to be part of the counter-culture? The Pride March is often criticized for the priority given to corporations, the party atmosphere, and police involvement. This is where the Reclaim Pride Coalition’s Queer Liberation March steps in, promising an attitude similar to the original Pride March. The Queer Liberation March happens 9am on the day of the Pride March and has banned floats, corporate involvement, and asked for minimal NYPD involvement with no barricades to allow people to join and leave the protest at will. The Pride March bans anyone from spontaneously joining. (NY Times)

Okay, so you’re in Downtown Brooklyn and, honestly, it can be difficult to know what the hell there is to do around there outside of walk around. Here’s a guide of what to do and eat. (amNY)

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The Briefly for June 17, 2019 – The “New York State is Stepping Up Where the City Failed” Edition

Cameras are in OMNY scanners, the smallest island in the city, the “Tombs Angel”, the secrets of NYU and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway service changes are fairly busy, with cuts and changes along the 1, 4, 5, 7, A, D, E, F, and N lines. (Subway Weekender)

First person memories from the police raid that led to the Stonewall Inn riot. (NY Times)

The top ten secrets of NYU. Not a secret? People who graduated from NYU, because they’ll tell you any opportunity they get. (Untapped Cities)

It should surprise no one, but we’re hitting peak season to eat out in New York. (Eater)

Remember that company putting LED billboards on the city’s waterways? The state’s legislature has a bill that would ban them completely, taking an action that the city’s government seemed unable to do. (Gothamist)

The rent reform bills, only an agreement early last week, were will be challenged in court by landlords. (Curbed)

Here’s what the rent reforms mean for market-rate tenants. (Gothamist)

How will the state’s rent reform impact the Bronx? (Norwood News)

The five men who stabbed 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz to death nearly a year ago were found guilty of first and second-degree murder, conspiracy, and gang assault. They will be sentenced July 16. (amNY)

Ever wonder how you get a pool onto the roof of a 68-story building? You can watch Brooklyn Point’s infinity pool, the highest infinity pool in the western hemisphere, being brought up 680 feet in the air. (6sqft)

As a part of Penn Station’s renovations, the mainstay bar Tracks will be forced to close at the end of August along with McDonalds, Jamba Juice, and a few others. The work is expected to finish in 2022. (Gothamist)

After being lost in storage and nearly forgotten, a monument to Rebecca Salamone Foster is ready to be unveiled this month in the state’s supreme courthouse. Foster was known as the “Tombs Angel” from her work at “the Tombs” city jail in lower Manhattan. The Tombs, to quote Dickens “would bring disgrace to the most despotic empire in the world.” (NY Times)

We’re down to the wire for the state legislature’s session. Still on the docket is drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, which has strong support, and the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. Legalization has seen a slight resurgence in support, with pockets of resistance on Long Island and arguments about taxes across the board. (amNY)

“With the first hot nights in June police despatches, that record the killing of men and women by rolling off roofs and window-sills while asleep, announce that the time of greatest suffering among the poor is at hand” From Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives, emphasize the hell of summer in the Lower East Side’s tenements. (Ephemeral New York)

The 2021 mayoral race is already on the mind of likely candidates and Corey Johnson just passed a bill that will impact that election’s campaign donations and benefit him directly, which is a hard pill to swallow for his potential opponents. (Gotham Gazette)

Last week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health, including Beach 97th St’s La Barracuda, which joined the hundred point club. (Patch)

If you’ve got the upper-body strength, you can help keep The Giglio lift tradition alive in Williamsburg during the Giglio Feast, a tradition since 1903. (Gothamist)

A look at U Thant Island, the smallest island in New York City. (Viewing NYC)

The city has reached a deal on a budget for the 2020 fiscal year. At $92.8, the budget is the largest in history and 4% larger than last year’s budget, with funding increases for social workers, libraries, parks, and abortion services. (Gothamist)

Five takeaways from the city’s budget deal. (NY Times)

.00025% of the city’s budgets, $250,000, was set aside to provide access to safe and legal abortion services, with one-third of that going towards those traveling from out-of-state. The Abortion Access Fund offers assessments within a 24-hour period and also provides referrals to groups that cover transportation costs. (Jezebel)

Photos from The High Line Hat Party, which is as ridiculous as it sounds. (Gothamist)
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BAM employees have voted in favor of unionizing. (Hyperallergic)

Brooklyn Academy of Music Employees Vote in Favor of Union

The OMNY scanners are convenient, and there’s a camera built into them with infrared capabilities. The cameras were conveniently left out of OMNY’s privacy policy. (Gothamist)

New York sports 11 of the top 100 restaurants in the country that “incorporate wine in thoughtful and exciting ways.” (Patch)

From the city’ best cannolis at Madonia Borhters to fresh pasta at Borgatti’s Ravioli and Egg Noodles: A walking tour along Arthur Avenue, the Bronx’s Little Italy. (Eater)

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