The Briefly for February 6, 2019 – The “Do You Smell Maple Syrup or an Oil Spill?” Edition

Historians plan to block the Brooklyn Promenade construction, the NYCHA gets a new leader, an atomic Super Bowl meltdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Get a feel for the city’s housing crisis with an interactive map of 20,000 evictions in 2018. (Curbed)

How to watch tonight’s ten person Public Advocate debate. (Patch)

Has it already been ten years since the mysterious maple syrup smell took over the city. Was it Northrax? Nope. It was a a perfume and food additive processing plant. (Gothamist)

The MTA is having a banner week. Maybe they’re celebrating the anniversary? A noxious gas filled the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn on Tuesday as a result of an oil leak. (Brooklyn Paper)

Know your pain before you arrive. JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia’s websites now show real-time information on the wait times for taxis and TSA checkpoints. (Curbed)

The mayor expanded dual-language pre-K programs, which will now include French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, and Hebrew in addition to Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Bengali, which are already available. The expansion has a dual purpose of also giving the mayor more control over the city’s schools. (Chalkbeat)

Why city parking is so annoying and how to master it. (Thrillist)

Historic preservation groups may sue the city if the city’s BQE plans move forward that removes the Brooklyn Promenade. (Curbed)

Apple may open a new office at Hudson Yards. Another tech company making a home in NYC without negotiating subsidies. (6sqft)

Why are condos more expensive than co-ops? (StreetEasy)

If you hate large sandwiches, this tiny egg sandwich is for you. (Eater)

Five mothers filed complaint against the NYPD after they say they were forced to pump breast milk in front of their colleagues, a violation of a 2007 law. (NY Post)

The 9 most romantic spots in NYC and also the Staten Island Ferry. (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is claiming the state senate is playing politics with the Amazon HQ2 deal by appointing Senator Michael Gianaris to the Public Authorities Control Board. The governor has to approve Gianaris’ appointment to the board. Will he? “Well we’re not there yet.” (Gothamist)

State Senator Michael Gianaris gets the NY Times profile treatment. (NY Times)

Trump Tower: Luxury living for the morally bankrupt. (EV Grieve)

The FDNY saved 46 puppies and two cats from a burning pet store on the Upper East Side. No puppies were injured. (NY Post)

It’s a bad week for Broadway shows. “Anastasia” will lose on March 31. (NY Times)

NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia will serve as interim head of NYCHA, Garcia is the head of the Department of Sanitation and also the city’s lead czar. (Pix 11)

MoMA will close for four months to re-envision how the collection is presented, from June 15 to October 21. (Patch)

The East Village’s Atomic Wings had a super atomic meltdown during the Super Bowl. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 31, 2019 – The “Amazon Threatens to Walk” Edition

Mayor de Blasio won’t stop talking about his fired staffer, the Winterfest saga continues, the unwilling public advocate candidate and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Winterfest organizer Lena Romanova used a pseudonym to harass vendors and the press. Complaints against Winterfest are being reviewed by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Latrice Walker is a candidate for Public Advocate, even if she doesn’t want to be. (Gothamist)

Amazon plans to sponsor computer science classes in more than 130 of the city’s high schools. (TechCrunch)

Amazon executives have expressed frustration in private at their treatment in New York and made veiled threats of walking from their Long Island City plans during a three hour city council meeting. Maybe some computer classes weren’t enough to win over the long list of groups who are against HQ2. (NY Times)

Reminder: Google is building a $1 billion campus with no bargained tax breaks from the city or state. (NY Mag)

A ranked list of the city’s best matzoh ball soups. (Grub Street)

Watch a snowstorm kick the city’s ass for 30 minutes in this 29 second time-lapse. (@mattmfm)

The MoMA PS1 Skyspace is closed while the 5 Pointz construction obstructs a view of the sky that’s supposed to be completely unimpeded. (Curbed)

Take a look at the photo of the guy reviewing the place and ask yourself “Does this man look like he would enjoy himself a Taco Bell that serves booze?” (NY Post’s uptight Steve Cuozzo)

The city released a draft of Gowanus’ rezoning. Just try not to think about the decades old toilet that’s currently running through the neighborhood. (6sqft)

Watch the Queens president Melinda Katz’ State of the Borough 2019 address. (Melinda Katz)

A very small number of the 30,000 New Yorkers eligible for half priced MetroCards have signed up for the Fair Fares program. (Gothamist)

The city’s high school dropout rate hit a record low in 2018. (Chalkbeat)

How to watch next week’s the public advocate debate. (amNY)

“We’re not happy with the service. And we do owe the public an apology” MTA president Pat Foye. Pat Foye wins this week’s “no shit” award. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio can’t stop digging himself deeper when it come to his former aide fired after sexual harassment accusations. Now he’s blaming the governor of Montana. (NY Post)

16 date night restaurants in the East Village. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 23, 2019 – The “Cuomo Humiliates the MTA into Submission… Again” Edition

A car-less subway train design is coming, NY codifies abortion rights, the Queens DA election becomes competitive, the latest in subway perverts, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The subways will have a newly designed train in 2020 with new colors and an open gangway design so you can walk from the head of the train to the back. When there are no cars, every car is the fart car. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo’s campaign to humiliate the MTA is working. This time, he’s told the agency that he wants to see alternatives to a fare increase that would come in March. (NY Times)

The latest in subway perverts. (Daily News)

The Bryant Park fountain is frozen, welcome to real winter hours. (Time Out)

Queens will have its first competitive race for District Attorney in almost thirty years with the retirement of Richard Brown. (The Independent)

Governor Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act, codifying and expanding abortion rights like dropping most restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks, allowing midwives and nurse practitioners to perform abortions and ending criminal charges for harming children in the womb. (Politico)

The 10 healthiest neighborhoods in the city. (StreetEasy)

Does AOC give ‘zero fucks?’ “I actually didn’t say this, so while I know ‘brown women cursing’ drives clicks, maybe you accurately quote the whole exchange instead of manipulating people into thinking I said this sentence instead of just the word ‘zero.'” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)

Three people have dropped out of the Public Advocate’s race due to technicalities, which leaves us with a pool of twenty candidates. (Bklyner)

Manhattan is getting two new food halls in the Financial District and Midtown West. (Eater)

The ACLU and NYCLU is suing the NYPD over the mistreatment of Linda Dominguez, a transgender woman, who they say was purposefully misgendered and mocked. The NYPD arrested her in non-standard pink handcuffs and left them on her overnight. (Advocate)

20 restaurants for a casual dinner with your parents. (The Infatuation)

The MTA and Amtrak have reached an agreement to add four newly proposed stations in the Bronx for Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-op City. The stations would connect to Penn Station along the “Hell Gate Line.” (Welcome2TheBronx)

Four districts in Sunset Park are getting landmark consideration from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Landmark status protects historic sites and buildings from being demolished or altered in a way that fundamentally changes their character. (6sqft)

A time-lapse showing the heartbeat of the city. (Myles Zhang)

The history, near destruction, and salvation of the cast-iron clock that stands over Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. (Greenpointers)

There are 370 participating restaurants in NYC Restaurant week, but only 11 have the distinction of earning a Michelin star. (Viewing NYC)

Two subway cars collided on the Williamsburg Bridge that killed one and injured fifty. It was the fourth collision in less than two years. This was the collision in June of 1995 that was the catalyst for the MTA to lower the speeds of subway trains until recently. (NY Times)

The Administration for Children’s Services is giving out free wearable baby blankets to help families keep infants warm and safe this winter. (amNY)

Coney Island is petitioning for a Trader Joe’s. Will Joe listen? After the L train shutdown was called off, anything is possible in 2019. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Skittles Commercial: The Musical” is a real thing at Town Hall written by Brian Eno and starring Michael C. Hall for a live Super Bowl musical commercial. Tickets (yes there are tickets) are $200 and the money raised is going towards Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (Gothamist)

For $15 you can name a roach after your ex, or maybe a sweetheart who loves roaches, in time for Valentine’s Day at the Bronx Zoo. (Viewing NYC)

The mayor only signed 20% of the laws passed by city council. The remaining 80% became law when de Blasio didn’t sign or veto them within 30 days. His office claims that his schedule prevented him from signing the bills and we should not conflate his lack of time to sign a piece of paper with his lack of caring about doing his job. (amNY)

Could you live in a 200 square foot apartment? Take a tour of what has to be one of the city’s smallest homes. (Apartment Therapy)

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