The Briefly for February 27, 2019 – The “Paying For The Subways With Legal Marijuana” Edition

Jumaane Williams is the city’s new Public Advocate, Cuomo and de Blasio are working together on the MTA, NY moves to decriminalizing sex work, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio unveiled a 10-point plan for MTA reform. Reorganize the MTA, congestion pricing, fare hike caps, MTA board appointments that end with a mayor or governor’s term, crack down on fare evaders, an audit, a new Regional Transit Committee, the Columbia and Cornell experts will return, expedite Andy Byford’s subway action plan, and the governor and mayor will actually have to work together. That last part is the most unrealistic. (Second Avenue Sagas)

Once marijuana is legal, a portion of the taxes will go towards funding the MTA under the ten-point plan. (NY Post)

Who doesn’t want another boozy Taco Bell in the city? Brooklyn Heights’ community board. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Jumaane Williams is New York City’s new Public Advocate. (NY Times)

Watch Public Advocate Elect Jumaane Williams’ post-election speech. (@JumaaneWilliams)

The NY Islanders are expecting a new $1.18 billion arena for a 2021 opening, but State Senator Leroy Comrie is a member of the Public Authorities Control Board and won’t allow the project to move forward unless concessions are made. We have ourselves a new Amazon-style showdown. (Gothamist)

Therese “Patricia” Okoumou, the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty last July 4, pulled a similar stunt in Austin, TX. Federal prosecutors asked a judge to revoke her bail. (NY Post)

How much do you need to earn to think about buying a home in NYC? $105,684.33. (Patch)

New York is a baseball state. Soon it may be the law. (amNY)

After $773 million over four years, Mayor de Blasio has pulled the plug on his Renewal turnaround program, which hoped to turn around the city’s 100 lowest performing schools. Unfortunately the new program looks a lot like the old one. (Chalkbeat)

If you love combined sewer overrun, this is the perfect Twitter account for you. (@combinedsewers)

The first eight months of last year, there were 934 schools in the city that had critical health code violations, the kind that would shut a restaurant down. Mice, roaches, flies, mold, and rats. (NY1)

The barnacle Citi Bike likely spent time in the Hudson River, but it’s more fun to believe that the last rider was Aquaman. (Gothamist)

The only good left on the internet is the “Bag Dogs” Instagram account. (Gothamist)

File is under the city’s nightmare file. A man fell down an elevator shaft from the third floor in SoHo and survived. (Gothamist)

Stop feeding the animals in city parks before the City Council makes it illegal. (amNY)

The NYPD still doesn’t know who shot and killed Detective Brian Simonsen in a robbery turned friendly fire in Richmond Hill, Queens. (amNY)

Community Board 3 approved naming the Northeast Corner of 79th Street and 37th Avenue after State Senator Jose Peralta, who died unexpectedly last year. (Jackson Heights Post)

10 historical buildings in Gowanus at risk of demolition. (Untapped Cities)

The city’s compost is potentially worth $22.5 million annually, but we are literally trashing it. (Patch)

State Senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried introduced a series of bills to decriminalize sex work in New York. As Ramos puts it “Ultimately sex work is work.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go after you delete Tinder in frustration. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 26, 2019 – The “Trial of Socialite Grifter is the New Trial of El Chapo” Edition

Inside a multi-million dollar Airbnb scam, the Public Advocate election, Eater’s massive guide to NYC Chinese food, the mystery of the barnacle Citi Bike, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s the last guide to today’s election that you’ll see in The Briefly. (Patch)

Polling places opened at 6am and will be open until 9pm. Find your polling location.

Double check to see if you are registered if you have any doubts.

The Board of Education’s attempts to keep translators out of polling locations has failed. A state judge rejected the lawsuit and the city will add Russian, Yiddish, Haitian Creole, and Polish translators to 48 locations in addition to Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Bangala. (Patch)

El Chapo’s trial is over just in time for the city to get ready for the trial of the socialite grifter Anna Delvey. (NY Post)

‘“We’re not criminals,” he said at his lawyer’s office, while puffing from a Juul he kept in a black leather pouch fastened to a chain around his neck. He shrugged: “I don’t own a yacht or a big penthouse.”’ Inside a $20 million Airbnb scam across 130 apartments in the city which housed nearly 76,000 guests using 100 host accounts and 18 corporations in order to obfuscate the con. (NY Times)

A map of the city’s farmers’ markets, CSAs, food boxes, and fresh pantries. (City Council)

Have you witnessed the subways “dramatic” improvement in service? I guess it depends if you consider 76.6% a good grade. (Curbed)

A cab driver who fatally hit a young woman and drove away on Sunday was released from police custody without being charged. No reason for the lack of charges was given. (NY Post)

Rockaway Beach is literally disappearing. (CBS New York)

The MTA announced four public meetings to go over the new L train non-shutdown repairs. (6sqft)

A new coalition of people in the sex trades wants New York to become the first state to fully decriminalize sex work. (The Appeal)

The city’s newest and greatest mystery is the Citi Bike covered in barnacles. (Gothamist)

Say goodbye to MetroCards, say hello to OMNY. It stands for One Metro New York and is the future of paying for your crappy subway and bus service. (BrooklynVegan)

The city will be hit with a Bernie Bro-nado this weekend as Bernie Sanders will stage his first 2020 campaign rally at Brooklyn College. (amNY)

This is what an escalator looks like when it malfunctions and it is terrifying. (amNY)

Will the Brooklyn Promenade’s potential highway replacement bring back an old idea of a cross-Brooklyn underground highway? Is Brooklyn ready for its own version of Boston’s The Big Dig? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Today is the 26 year anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo signed the “Red Flag” gun control bill into law. The law prohibits anyone showing signs they are a threat to themselves or others from buying or possessing any type of firearm. New York is the first state that authorizes teachers, family members, and school administrators to fight school shootings by seeking preemptive action. (Politico)

The latest school to find itself in hot water after students were caught on video being presidential-level homophobic, misogynistic, and racist is Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Lola Jean will be trying to set “The World Squirting Record” tonight as part of a kinky carnival. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

Timothy Glover, hero, was charged with criminal mischief in the second-degree for beheading Diddy’s statue at Madame Tussaud’s. (NY Post)

The City Council is readying a pied-à-terre tax on non-primary residence apartments purchased for over $5 million. (amNY)

It’s a sprint for the city to finish the necessary work on 5,800 NYCHA apartments that need to have lead-contaminated paint issues resolved before the end of the month to comply with a federally imposed deadline. (NY Post)

Eater has published its massive and exhaustive guide to Chinese food in NYC. (Eater)

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The Briefly for February 25, 2019 – The “53,269 Tons of Fatberg” Edition

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, Tuesday’s special election for Public Advocate, the East Village’s ongoing changes, parking placards, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here are this week’s late night subway changes. (Subway Changes)

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, but a single ride will remain $2.75. (Daily News)

Tomorrow/Tuesday is the special election for Public Advocate, here is a last minute guide to the 17 candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

The city’s Board of Elections threatened to sue the city to block translators from being inside polling locations in tomorrow’s special election for Public Advocate. (NY Post)

As it stands now there will be translators for Russian, Haitian Creole, Yiddish and Polish 100 feet away from 48 different polling locations. If someone wants translation services, they can escort one of the translators into the polling location with them. (Gothamist)

It seems like the entire city is falling apart. The area under Grand Army Plaza’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch is barricaded off because pieces of the arch have begun falling off. That planned restoration can’t come soon enough. (Brooklyn Paper)

Farewell to St. Marks Comics and the Sidewalk cafe in the East Village. (amNY & The Villager Newspaper)

You know a neighborhood has changed when even the Hell’s Angels are looking to sell their clubhouse. (Curbed)

Drag Queen Story Hour expanded with with a drag-queen beauty workshop teaching young adults to express their gender however they want. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

This is what a “fatberg” looks like. A mass of congealed grease and, uh, “personal hygiene” products. (Gothamist)

What’s the point of all of the city’s Juliet balconies? Also, what is a Juliet balcony? (StreetEasy)

55% of New Yorkers don’t drive a car, but that won’t stop the mayor from framing the parking placard abuse conversation from the point of view of someone who does. Maybe because he is driven from Gracie Mansion to his favorite YMCA in Park Slope so he can work out. (Gothamist)

17 kid-friendly restaurants that adults will also enjoy. (Eater)

The greatest tragedy I have seen since I’ve been in politics.” -Governor Cuomo on the Amazon HQ2 deal collapse. (NY Post)

Remember the people who protested the anti-Amazon HQ2 politicians? They were reportedly paid to protest by Sammy Musovic, a real estate developer who has been renovating apartments in Long Island City. (Curbed)

If you’re the “I HAVE to Instagram my breakfast” type, Grub Street has a new recommendation for you. (Grub Street)

Sunshine Laundromat has a secret, it’s up to you to decide if it’s the secret bar or the pinball. (Atlas Obscura)

A class action lawsuit was filed against the warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center centered around the week the jail was without power or heat in January and February. (Gothamist)

220 Riverside Boulevard’s expulsion of the Trump name is almost complete. Jealous? (NY Times)

Remember the notices the city sent out about hairstyle-based discrimination? An Upper East Side Sally Hershberger salon is under investigation for racial discrimination for telling employees that Afros and box-braids did not reflect the image of the neighborhood. (NY Times)

Commercial vehicles aren’t allowed on the Belt Parkway. Someone should tell the Department of sanitation, who smashed a garbage truck into an overpass and caused a three-car accident. (NY Post)

The Armory Show was moved from Pier 92 to Pier 90 after Pier 92 was deemed structurally unsafe by city investigators, causing the cancelation of the Volta art fair. (NY Times)

The MTA is cutting back on their plans to make more subway stations handicapped accessible. This is a result of cutting Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan from $40 billion to $30 billion. This is a plan that already has no funding and the MTA is already scaling it back. (Daily News)

14th Street won’t be getting a busway, but it likely see a new Select Bus Service that connects 14th St to the East Village and Lower East Side. (Chelsea Now)

If someone you love hates cheese, here are 26 recommended restaurants for the cheese-hater in your life. (The Infatuation)

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