The Briefly for July 23, 2019 – The “Maybe Hackers Can Run the Subways Better” Edition

The In-N-Out Burger mystery, the city’s power outages continue, the subway commuting disasters continue, in pursuit of the perfect ice cream sundae, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Department of Sanitation’s trash museum is only available to be seen once a month when Nelson Molina, the man behind the collection, gives tours, but a few hundred items of the collection is on display at the East Harlem Gallery as part of the “What is Here is Open” exhibition. (Curbed)

The MTA’s proposed express F service is, surprise surprise, opposed by the neighborhoods that don’t have express stops. (Brooklyn Paper)

Transit President Andy Byford hasn’t said what caused Friday’s monumental screw up with the subways, but he has said that it was not the result of outside tampering. At this point, maybe Russia can run our transit system better than the people in charge. (amNY)

Another day, another commuting nightmare. Monday night’s 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains were mostly out of service in Brooklyn fur to faulty signals. Combine that with a storm that provided limited transportation alternatives and it’s just another day on the subways. (Gothamist)

The closest In-N-Out Burger to NYC might be in Texas, so how did a pristine Double-Double end up on the street in Jamaica, Queens? (QNS)

The Department of Education says that they “successfully completed remediation work” or removing lead from the drinking water at many Bushwick schools, but three schools are showing higher levels of lead in the drinking water after the work was complete. (Bushwick Daily)

How far would you go to protect your view? The residents of a building in Chelsea bought the air rights to a neighboring property for $11 million so their views of the Empire State Building remained disturbed. (Curbed)

Photos from Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake. (Untapped Cities)

A new city council bill with 22 co-sponsors will fine businesses $1,000 for not accepting cash or charging cash-paying customers more, with a few exceptions, if it is approved. (amNY)

I am the left.” The governor has never been shy about talking shit when it comes to his fellow Democrats. (NY Times)

Despite their performance as of late, including the sky-lighting incident in Astoria and the pipe-explosion in Flatiron, ConEd wants to raise its rates for electricity. What do they think they are, the MTA? (The Indypendent)

50,000 New Yorkers were without power on Sunday and as of Monday morning, there were still 19,000 that were left in the dark. A portion of the blackout was intentionally caused by ConEd in a supposed attempt to prevent wider outages. (Curbed)

The mayor is calling for an investigation to whether the city needs a new entity to provide electricity. The governor has already made direct threats towards replacing ConEd. (Politico)

Why did ConEd choose the neighborhoods that it did in Southeast Brooklyn to intentionally blackout? What was it about Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Flatlands, and Canarsie made them different than Park Slope, Sunset Park, Clinton Hill, Carroll Gardens, or Dumbo to have their power intentionally shut off? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If you lost power, you can fill out a form on ConEd’s website to get some money back. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

In pursuit of the perfect sundae. (Grub Street)

10 suggestions to fix the lighting in your dim apartment. (Street Easy)

Declawing cats is officially illegal in New York state. Technically “declawing” is an amputation surgery which removes the first bone of the cat’s toe and also takes with it tendons and muscles. Unnecessary declawing carries with it a fine. (Gothamist)

Remember the 7 train’s falling debris problem? Never ones to be accused of anything that has the appearance of being timely, the MTA is finally testing new netting to prevent future impalings of anything that dares travel below a 7 train. (amNY)

Ever wonder what a manhole explosion looks like? Here’s a video. (Greenpointers)

The attorney general’s office is invoking the “Son of Sam Law” to prevent the Soho Grifter Anna Sorokin’s profit off the sale of her life rights to Netflix. The Son of Sam Law prevents offenders from profiting off their crimes. (Gothamist)

If you had to do your job using faulty video conferencing systems, you’d be frustrated. If your job was a court interpreter at immigration hearings, it’s orders of magnitude larger than simple frustration. (Gothamist)

Two lawsuits have accused the governor of trying to diminish their power by changing the state’s fusion voting system. (NY Times)

15 secrets of The Frick Collection. (Untapped Cities)

The first report from the federal monitor in charge of overseeing the city’s lead problems in NYCHA developments isn’t very encouraging. (amNY)

The state is considering banning the sale of your phone’s location without your express permission. The bill will be introduced on Tuesday. (NY Times)

“Where should we eat?” says your friend/family member/rando on the street who is visiting New York for the first time. Suddenly you freeze because your collection of restaurants that you visit regularly don’t seem adequate for someone visiting for the weekend and may never return. The first timer’s guide to eating in NYC. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for June 21, 2019 – The “Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘One Room Shack’ is Available For $4,000” Edition

Pot possession decriminalized under two ounces, jumbo shrimp in a dive bar, the most exclusive NYC beach, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

One week before WorldPride denies any big weekend subway changes, this weekend’s travel options are looking rough. (Subway Weekender)

We’re getting a much-deserved break from the gloom of this week with a pair of sunny days with consistently pleasant temperatures this weekend. (amNY)

The legislature couldn’t find a way to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but they did manage to decriminalize the possession of fewer than two ounces and will expunge the record of low-level pot-related convictions. Instead of a crime, it’ll be treated as a violation with fines as low as $50. (NY Times)

The city sued 13 firms and four people who ran a ring of illegal Airbnbs that duped nearly 60,000 visitors into conditions the city is calling unsanitary and dangerous, including a three family house in Queens that was subdivided into 12 different hotel rooms with 24 beds. (Curbed)

The Notorious B.I.G.’s 972-square-foot “one-room shack” in Clinton Hill, mentioned in his song “Juicy,” at 226 St. James Place is available for rent for $4,000. (6sqft)

If you’ve been dying to live in Trump Tower, you can buy Paul Manafort’s old apartment from the US Marshals Service for a cool $3.6 million. (Curbed)

A Hunter College study found that a quarter of the city’s cyclists don’t stop at red lights, with professional cyclists were more likely to run lights and the study happened between April 8 and May 1. (Patch)

A look at the state’s ambitious climate goals, which would practically remove all carbon-emissions-based energy by 2050. Cars are mostly exempt from the plans. (NY Times)

Today (Friday) is the longest day of the year, which means Make Music New York, with one thousand free concerts across the city. (Brooklyn Based)

The city’s most exclusive beach is a small, hidden beach on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge and will only be open for one day this year in celebration of City of Water Day. (Untapped Cities)

The city will be dragged away from its reliance on cars kicking and screaming if it has to. The Bay Ridge Community Board voted down the Department of Transportation’s bike lanes and the next day the neighborhood’s City Councilmember and State Assemblymembers wrote the DOT, urging them to proceed regardless. (Curbed)

Should you order the jumbo coconut shrimp at a dive bar? Gothamist says yes when it’s the 169 Bar. (Gothamist)

If you’re looking for an apartment for you and your fuzzy friends, here are the Manhattan neighborhoods with the highest proportion of pet-friendly apartments. (Patch)

The state’s legislature passed a package of bills that are targeted as sexual harassment that will make New York’s laws the toughest in the nation. The bills restrict employers’ ability to avoid liability for the behavior of their employees, provide attorney fees and damages in discrimination cases, expand the complaint windows, and ensure training is provided in multiple languages. (NY Times)

Seven new Italian restaurants that demand your attention. (Grub Street)

Stories to keep an eye on: The Paris arthouse movie theater is rumored to be closing before the end of this summer. The NYPD and Department of Education have a memorandum of understanding that will limit the arrests for low-level crimes in city schools.

Video: Sleepless in New York is a mesmerizing series of time-lapse videos looking at Manhattan from multiple angles. (Viewing NYC)

An explanation of how the rent reform package in Albany helps all renters. (NY Times)

Eater thinks it’s found the city’s best bagels. (Eater)

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The Briefly for August 22, 2018 – Woman Bites Cop, The Spotted Pig Investigated, The Nazi in Queens, and More

The N train goats are headed to live with Jon Stewart, this year’s J’Ouvert festival is approaching, the hidden history of city bookstores, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Woman bites cop. Woman also pepper sprays cop. Woman, Maxine Myod, arrested.

Jakiw Palij, the 95-year-old known Nazi living in Queens, has been deported to Germany.

The Attorney General debate between Democrats candidates was held Tuesday and will air on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network tonight (Wednesday).

AMC’s Los Pollos Hermanos stunt to promote Better Call Saul is back and is delivering free food starting at noon.

New York is the first state in the country on Monday to establish an independent commission with the power to investigate misconduct by state prosecutors, but the future of the law is in question according to a memo from Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

Six public art installations in NYC you shouldn’t miss, from StreetEasy.

The N Train goats are headed upstate to Jon and Tracy Stewart’s Farm Sanctuary.

The New York Attorney General’s office has subpoenaed the holding company that owns The Spotted Pig due to the unsafe work environment caused by owned Ken Friedman and investor Mario Batali.

The 10032-zip code in Harlem is the only location where you can buy for under $500/sf in Manhattan. Property Shark has a built an interactive map of the city showing each zip code and the average price per square foot for a home.

The hidden history of ten NYC bookstores, according to Untapped Cities.

The NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau has fourteen detectives stationed around the world as part of their International Liaison Program. The initial mission was aimed at terrorism but has adapted over time to crime, like the man arrested in Thailand after his baby was found two days prior floating in the East River.

The building with the most complaints about dog barking throughout the entire city is on W. 111th in Harlem. A mutt and two English bulldogs named Yesterday and Tomorrow are the cause of the noise, but their human companion says their sensitive neighbors are to blame.

The Waldorf Astoria renovations are targeting a 2021 end date.

Everything you need to know about this year’s J’Ouvert festival and West Indian American Day Carnival in Crown Heights, from Curbed.

How to get a Culture Pass from the NYPL, which gives you access to 33 of the city’s cultural institutions.

The president accused Mayor de Blasio of stealing one of his campaign slogans, but also who gives a shit?

Where to find the cheapest happy hour drink deals in the city, according to amNY.

LeRoy McCarthy has a plan for a permanent tribute to Aretha Franklin at Brooklyn’s Franklin Avenue subway station.


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