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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The Briefly for June 26, 2018 – Vote Today, Bea Arthur LGBTQ residence opens, Water Fountain Quality, and More

Vote in today’s primaries, the city’s water fountains were tested, photos from Punk Island, the do nothing State Senate does nothing, anarchists protest ICE, and more

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VOTE. Here’s your guide to today’s primaries.

The Bea Arthur Residence for LGBTQ youth is open on E 13th.

Staten Island continues to love Michael Grimm, the convicted felon running for Congress.

Holy shit it actually worked” -Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council occupier. The anarchists managed to shut down immigration hearings in Manhattan. The group is calling on more people to show up at Varick St to continually ICE’s presence in the city.

New York’s State Senators are the definition of do-nothing cowards. If they didn’t support the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act, they should have voted it down. Instead they did literally nothing and the program will expire on July 25. State Senator Marty Golden was caught speeding three times in 2018 in school zones. His Cadillac has been caught speeding in school zones 14 times since 2014. He killed 74-year-old Hariklia Zafiropoulos with his SUV in 2005. He was caught using a parking placard to impersonate a police officer.

Filming Around Town: Once Upon A Time in Staten Island, starring Naomi Watts is on Bay Ridge Ave in Brooklyn, The Kichen, starring Melissa McCarthy, is on 13th and 4th and on 15th near Union Square, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, is on W Broadway and Chambers.

Seven men were arrested related to the stabbing death of a fifteen-year-old.

John Gotti Jr thinks there’s a conspiracy against Gotti: Gabagool Lasagna Bang Bang!, which currently enjoys a ZERO on Rotten Tomatoes.

City Council members Ruben Diaz Sr. and Fernando Babrera want to lower the mandatory fines for taxi drivers who refuse service to passengers from $200-$500 to $100-$200. The NAACP and the TLC are against the idea, calling it a proxy for racial discrimination.

The hipster party is ending. Someone called the cops and everyone has to leave the abandoned warehouse. Bushwick is on the list of the 100 most expensive neighborhoods in the metro area.

The current plan for the L train shutdown in Manhattan is that 14th Street will turn into a busway 17 hours a day according to court documents.

New renderings are available for the $1.5 billion AirTrain to LaGuardia. Spoiler alert, it looks like the AirTrain to JFK.

Check out BrooklynVegan’s photos from Punk Island 2018.

A new study claims that congestion pricing, not limiting ride share vehicles, will fix the city’s traffic problems.

The NY Post tested eight water fountains in parks throughout the city and discovered… the water exceeds the state’s guidelines. Drink up!