The Briefly for January 21, 2019 – The “No Solo Women Allowed at the Bar” Edition

Prep school students’ blackface video goes public, the blind subway magician, the mayor’s broken ebike promises, food carts get health grades, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re trying to get around at night and you live on the 1, 6, 7, A, F, or Q, you might want to avoid the subways. (Subway Changes)

Join the Parks Department for the Martin Luther King Jr Day nationally-observered day of service in parks in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. (NYC Parks)

The restaurant Nello is banning solo women from sitting at the bar thanks to, and this is not a joke, “a crackdown on hookers.” (Eater)

Have you seen Olmedo Renteria, a 78-year-old renowned magician, on the subway? A lifelong performer, he has not let his loss of sight slow him down. (NY Times)

The city’s Housing Preservation and Development agency is being sued as part of a class-action lawsuit for violating the Violence Against Women Act. (Gothamist)

Rezoning in New York City has historically lead to evictions, harassment, and racial segregation. Churches United for Fair Housing is proposing a Racial Impact Study before future rezoning takes place. (Bushwick Daily)

The scientific study that there is built-in white supremacy in Yelp reviews that criticize to “authenticity.” (Eater)

Next time Whoopi Goldberg or anyone opens their mouth about how bike lanes inconvenience drivers, remember Madison Jane Lyden, who would not be dead if Central Park West had a protected bike lane. (NY Post)

That did not stop her. (Streetsblog)

What is in Willets Point’s future? Affordable housing and potentially a soccer stadium. (6sqft)

Stop by the Ace Hotel New York to see a revival of Reverend Jen Miller’s Trolls museum, once referred to as a remnant o the “real Lower East Side.” Yes, Trolls like the dolls. (Untapped Cities)

WeWork’s CEO has ben personally buying properties to lease them to his company. That seems weird, right? (The Real Deal)

11 go-to restaurants and bars near Union Square. (Eater)

Mayor de Blasio broke his promise of how the NYPD would enforce his ban on electric bikes. City law states businesses are liable for the $500 fine that their workers receive. The NYPD seized 910 bikes and issued 669 tickets and 1,383 moving violations. Only 210 businesses were given citations. (Gothamist)

A second person has died as a result of the Sheepshead Bay hammer attack. The third victim remains in critical condition. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you think getting around in a snowstorm in 2019 is tough (not that we’ve had one yet), imagine having to convince a horse to go out into a storm. (NY Times)

All 5,500 food carts in the city will receive health inspections. 24 have been inspected since late December. Only 5,476 to go. (NY Post)

“Don’t look behind the curtain. We’re dead. This is for you.” There was a double suicide at Yotel New York on Friday, and they left a tip for the cleaning crew. (NY Post)

How the federal shutdown affects SNAP benefits. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Scenes from the Women’s March. (Gothamist)

Today in “caught in blackface,” here are freshmen from the $50,000 a year Poly Prep Country Day School in blackface dancing around their home. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for November 9, 2018 – The “El Chapo Can’t Hug His Wife” Edition

Weekend subway changes, Industry City looks to expand, changing how private garbage trucks operate, Times Square Trump protests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The 4, 6 and Q trains have decided to take most of the weekend off, the L continues it’s mini-shutdown, and the rest of the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6 soft)

Is rent reform headed our way after the midterm elections? (Curbed)

Speaking of rent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is headed to Washington DC and is worrying about living there for three months before her Congressional salary kicks in. (Vice)

El Chapo requested that he be allowed to hug his wife. Request denied. (NY Post)

In a rare act of someone in public office keeping their word, the acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood will be returning to her job as state solicitor general once Letitia James is sworn in. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

As Industry City in Sunset Park looks to expand to include hotels, new buildings, an academic campus and more, the community is faced with the question of who benefits from allowing the city’s largest private industrial complex to expand. (Curbed)

11 became 12 at the Bowery Mural to remind us that we literally can’t stop shooting each other. (Bowery Boogie)

A man shot at City Point was the fourth person shot in Downtown Brooklyn in the last five months. Bobby Jackson, 44, was arrested for shooting Carlton Spencer, and Gregory Kimble, 26, was arrested for reckless endangerment, according to the NYPD. (Brooklyn Paper, NY Post)

Former AG Eric Schneiderman will not face any charges after four women accused him of assault. (Politico)

JFK’s redevelopment is in the early phase, but it’s expected to be complete by 2021. (Airport Voice)

Someone put up a white supremacist flyer in Woodlawn, declaring a day of “White Strength” in November fighting against “Black thugs” and “radical islam.” Woodlawn is 46.7% white. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Brooklyn’s iconic Watchtower sign will be replaced, but it will be up to the building’s anchor tenant to decide what it will say. (Curbed)

An “affordable” housing lottery in Long Island City is starting at $2,125/month rent. For a studio! Affordable 2 bedrooms start at $2,731. (LIC Post)

Google and Facebook received no state subsidies when creating their NYC campuses. Why should Amazon? (Politico)

A few questions that need answering before Amazon invades Long Island City. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s holiday nostalgia rides return on November 25. (Curbed)

The NYPD arrested two teens accused of knocking the hat off the head of a 14-year-old Jewish boy, pushing a girl to the ground, and hurling a pipe at a Bedford-Stuyvesant synagogue. (Brooklyn Paper)

80% of drivers that get a speeding ticket via a camera never get a second ticket. City Council Member and Public Advocate hopeful Jumaane Williams has received 27 school zone speed camera violations, 10 bus lane violations, 4 failure to display meter receipts, 4 inspection sticker expired or missing, and 2 no parking tickets. (Streetsblog)

The city has a plan for private sanitation companies that will reduce truck traffic 18 million miles on an annual basis and reduce pollution by 63%. Don’t expect it to happen so fast, the transition to the new plan is scheduled to happen between 2021 and 2023. (Gothamist)

Just when you thought Christmas displays couldn’t get more ridiculous, here comes Bloomingdale’s with an ice skating rink in their basement. (Time Out)

Governor Cuomo has flavored e-cigarettes in his crosshairs, vowing to ban the sale of them in New York next year. Vape ’em while you got ’em. (NY Post)

Over 36,000 buildings are considered landmarks in the city, but did you know The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has been declaring people landmarks since 1994? (Atlas Obscura)

Is William Seely of Brooklyn the leader of the nationwide Mad Stone Bloods gang? He was arrested in Manhattan and is being help without bail on a 27-count indictment. (NY Post)

22 savory Asian snacks in the city. (Eater)

This is what Times Square looked like before and during the Trump/Sessions/Mueller protest on Thursday evening. (Reddit)

Uber, the New York chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and District Attorney Michael E. McMahon are bringing free Uber rides to Staten Island on Thanksgiving eve. Everyone can use two rides for up fro $15 each to get to and from your destination. (SILive)

Take a look at the shiny new subway cars on the C line on their maiden voyage. (Dj Hammers)

30 terrific spots for Breakfast in Manhattan. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 6, 2018 – The “Amazon is Headed to Long Island City” Edition

Today’s biggest news is the midterm elections, but Amazon’s announcement that Long Island City will be one of two new homes for their new HQ2, along with 25,000 new jobs, can’t be ignored.

Polls are open from 6am through 9pm tonight. If you’re in a line to vote by 9pm, you will be allowed to vote. If you have a complaint, you can file it with the Board of Elections by calling 311.

What you need to know about voting in today’s election. (Gothamist)

Translation services will be available today, but they’ll have to be at least 100 feet away, because the Board of Elections considers them to be electioneering. (WNYC)

Find your voting location.

As voter registration in the city has grown, turnout has declined. (Gothamist)

There are plenty of companies that want you to use their services to get to the polls today. Lyft, Citi Bike, Lime, Getaround, and Zipcar are all offering discounts today. (Curbed)

Feeling jazzed from voting today? Here are 50 additional ways to make NYC a better place. (Curbed)


One of Amazon’s new headquarters will be in Long Island City. What concessions has the state and city made to lure Amazon to Queens? That’s the unanswered question right now. (LICTalk) That $180 million infrastructure investment the city was making in Long Island City makes more sense now. (Times Ledger)

No week is complete without changes to late night service on the subways. (Subway Changes)

720,000 photos from 1939-1941 were digitized and are now available online from the Department of Records & Information Services. (6sqft)

Get ready for chaos at the Brooklyn Bridge. Once El Chapo’s trial begins, the bridge will be shut down to traffic and pedestrians while he’s transported across the bridge to the federal court in Brooklyn. The trial could last four months. (NY Post) If you’re one of the unfortunate souls who may be chosen for El Chapo’s trial, get ready to be there for the long haul. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Rule #1 of unfurling banners on the city’s bridges: Unfurl the banner before you’re arrested. (NY Post)

The 12 hottest lunch spots right now. (Eater)

A holiday gift for the Star Wars fan in your life: Someone is selling a life-sized Jabba the Hutt for $100 in Sunset Park. (Craigslist)

If you lost your inactive grandes when you moved out of your apartment in Bay Ridge, the NYPD’s Bomb Squad has some questions for you. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

A sneak peak at some of the new Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. (CBS New York)

Two teenagers are accused of drawing swastikas on a Brooklyn Heights garage and were charged with three counts of aggravated harassment. (amNY)

An NYCHA repair truck has sat across the street from their Brooklyn repair yard in a No Parking zone for the last two months with a brick through its windshield. A perfect metaphor for the NYCHA. (NY Post)

The 7 best whiskey bars in the city. (Grub Street)


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