The Briefly for January 7, 2018 – The “Surviving A Fall Onto the Subway Tracks” Edition

Fair Fares launches with little fanfare, Albany’s been pocketing hundreds of millions of cell phone taxes, Amazon’s charm offensive starts, Oreo squirrel, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The No Pants Subway Ride is this weekend, plan accordingly. (Gothamist)

That L train un-shutdown? It still needs the MTA board’s approval. (amNY)

Forget eggroll squirrel, here comes Oreo Squirrel! (West Side Rag)

He fell onto the subway tracks and SURVIVED! An unidentified man fell onto the track and laid underneath the train as it went over him. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but he walked away uninjured. (NY Post)

Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened across from the Barclays Center. Only qualifying patients for now. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Kindergarten impossible. How did this 5-year-old boy escape his school and get on a subway platform without being noticed? (Gothamist)

I Eat from UWS Dumpsters and So Should You” Not me, that’s the headline. (West Side Rag)

The holidays are over, we’ve landed back in full-steam-ahead early January, you know what time it is? Girl Scout cookies. If you don’t have a Girl Scout in your life, here’s how to score some Tagalongs. (amNY)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill continues to think of new reasons to worry about marijuana legalization. Last week it was the retirement of marijuana-sniffing dogs, this week the excuses are underage use (which did not go up in Colorado after weed became legal) and grow house explosions. (NY Post)

The history of NYC style pizza in under eight minutes. (DidYouKnowFood)

The 168th and 181st 1 train stations in Washington Heights will be closing for nearly a year, here’s how to get around during the closure. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio launched the Fair Fares program, as you’d expect from our mayor, with too little information for too little people and late. (Politico)

A portion of Northern Boulevard around 114th Streets collapsed into a construction site on Friday and it is indefinitely closed between 111th and 114th and indefinitely. There were no injuries and no utility disruptions. (Jackson Heights Post)

Apartment owners in the Citylights co-op in Long Island City are protesting the scheduled end of their 20-year real estate tax abatement. Since 1997, the co-op has been paying a discounted tax rate on apartments that originally sold between $10k and $65, which are now worth close to 16x their original value. (LIC Post)

Two firehouses in Queens were closed due to a scabies outbreak. Scabies is… gross and let’s not discuss that it’s caused by bugs that crawl under your skin and lay eggs. (NY Post)

Brooklyn lawyer Rashaun Kelley was arrested in connection to a series of sexual assaults which date back to 2014. He faces sex abuse, burglary and attempted rape charges. (CBS New York)

“Happy New Year from your future neighbors at Amazon.” Amazon has started their charm offensive. (Amazon)

A profile of Figure Skating in Harlem, where young women of color train to compete in a spot dominated by whites. (NY Times)

The First Street Garden Art Park has a new mural to match one of Congress’ new faces: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (@lexibellaart)

RIP to one of NYC’s centenarians, “Big Helen” Sieczkowski, who passed away on January 2nd at 100 years young. (Bklyner)

Unsurprisingly, New York was not on the list of cities where you can buy a home with an annual salary of $60k or less. (The Real Deal)

The head of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission will step down with no successor announced by City Hall. After the sixth suicide by a cab driver in the last 13 months, there have been calls for Meera Joshi to step down from drivers and politicians. (Crain’s New York)

Albany “diverted” hundreds of millions of dollars over the last ten years meant for emergency communication services, according to the FCC. NY uses the money for “non-public safety or unspecified uses.” The governor’s office refutes that claim. (NY Post)

The Bronx Riviera is planning a roaring comeback with a $75 million renovation of the landmarked Orchard Beach pavilion. The project is still in the planning phase, a date has not been set for completion. (amNY)

Our mayor, the cartoon character. (NY Times)

The city spent $4.1 million over three years to give deer vasectomies in Staten Island in hopes of reducing the number of road accidents, but 2018’s 103 accidents with 17 injuries marked an all-time high. (NY Post)

If you don’t know Paul Manship’s name, you’ve seen his work. His sculptures inhabit Central Park like the “Group of Bears” or the gates to the Children’s Zoo, but Prometeus, which looks over the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, is likely his best known work in the city. (Ephemeral New York)

A map of every bagel shop in New York City. (Brooklyn Bagel Blog)

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The Briefly for January 4, 2019 – The “Shutdown of the L Train Shutdown” Edition

A deep dive into the news about Governor Cuomo’s shutdown of the L train shutdown, with details about the timeline, the work being done, the reactions and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The holidays are over, welcome back to the weekend insanity of the MTA’s scheduled subway closures. This weekend starts the end of 7 train service between Queens and Manhattan and a ton of other closures and disruptions. (6sqft)


Let’s take a complete look at the L train un-shutdown.

The rumors hit the @TransitCenter Twitter account at midnight.

The Governor held a press conference to break the news at 12:45pm. (NY Times)

No L-pocalypse” -MTA chairman Fernando Ferrer. (Time Out)

This throws three years of planning out the window. (Second Avenue Sagas)

“There would need to be some night and weekend closures of only one tube, so service would still work because there are two tunnels.” -Governor Cuomo (Brooklyn Paper)

“No, I am not in charge of the MTA…Yes, I did ask this group, I convened this group, I got them access, I facilitated their research, they came up with their conclusion, they presented it to the MTA, and the MTA said it’s a better way to do it.” -Also Governor Cuomo (Greenpointers)

5 bars near the L train Jefferson stop (Bushwick Daily)

The repairs will proceed on a 15-20 month time frame and regular weekday service will continue and nights and weekends will run on a single track. (Second Avenue Sagas)

The methods are innovative and have been implemented in Europe, but never in a tunnel restoration project. (Brooklyn Eagle)

“Either the academics are wrong or the MTA and its vendors are totally incompetent.” -Reinvent Albany’s John Kaehny (Politico)

There will still be additional service on the J/M/Z and 7. (Curbed)

The academics used were experts from Columbia and Cornell Universities. (BrooklynVegan)

The unstable walls in the tunnel that contain ducts for power and communications cables and serves as a maintenance and emergency walkways will be removed and weakened ones will be reinforced. (6sqft)

The existing walls will still be fortified and fitted with sensors to detect further damage, but the power and communication cables will be “racked” to the walls of the main tunnels instead of inside the existing walls. (amNY)

Racking the cables to the wall gives engineers easier access to them. This method is currently being used in London, Riyadh and Hong Kong. (Streetsblog)

The new project will take around the same time and come within the current $477 million contract to replace the tunnel with Judlau and TC Electric and approved by the MTA’s board. (amNY)

The plans for a high-occupancy lane on the Williamsburg Bridge will likely not be moving forward, according to Andy Byford. (NY Times)

While it’s still inconvenient, the people who got reduced rents based on the shutdown are ecstatic. (NY Post)

The City Council is still pushing for transportation alternatives like the CitiBike expansion, new bike lanes, and widening the sidewalks on 14th St. The bike lanes that are already built and the CitiBike expansion are the only confirmed improvements. (Streetsblog)

Where to eat along the L train. (The Infatuation)


If you read these stories about how elevator mishaps killed New Yorkers, you may never want to step foot in an elevator again. (The Real Deal)

Candy Nations, Summer in Winter and 21 more public art installations not to miss this month. (Untapped Cities)

A judge blocked the law that would have forced Airbnb to disclose private information about listings on the site. (NY Times)

Jake the dog was missing since December 30 and has been safely reunited with his family after causing a subway traffic jam on the Williamsburg Bridge. (Gothamist)

If you’re gonna rob an Apple Store of $75 worth of tech, make sure to cover your face. (NY Post)

Noted racist Aaron Schlossberg is suing after his recorded tirade went viral and he learned that actions have consequences. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for December 7, 2018 – The “Have You Seen the Chipotle Holiday Windows This Year?” Edition

It’s legal to swipe your MetroCard for someone, SantaCon alternatives, the weekends subways, a taste of Austin in NYC, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subways aren’t a complete mess, but there is no M train, the J isn’t running between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the G isn’t running between Queens and Brooklyn and everything else you need to know about getting around this weekend. (6sqft)

The City Council support’s Albany’s “Medicare for All” bill, which would extend coverage to one million uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants. Estimates say the cost of $139 billion would yield a net gain of $19 billion. (NY Post)

It is legal to swipe someone into the subway with your unlimited MetroCard? Yes. Make a habit out of it. (6sqft)

Saks, Bergdorf, Bloomingdale’s, and now… Chipotle? (amNY)

The Housing Rights Initiative won a class-action lawsuit against Kushner Companies for $88k, but they have their goal at over $1 million for a “deceptive, systematic and pervasive pattern of misconduct to skirt rent stabilization laws.” (Curbed)

The American Museum of Natural History is looking into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Neil deGrasse Tyson by four women. (Gothamist)

If you’re still looking to bar hop on Saturday but want to avoid SantaCon, the second annual anti-SantaCon pub crawl kicks off at Brooklyn’s Parklife on Saturday. (Brooklyn Based)

Bagel orders should be made quickly, but don’t be this asshole if they’re not. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be no more. Make way for another Ample Hills. (Eater)

The human dreidel is on the loose. (Gothamist)

56% of New Yorkers approve of Amazon’s HQ2 in Queens, with only 26% disapproving. Which side are you on? (6sqft)

Hill Country Food Park is looking to bring the feel of Austin, TX to Downtown Brooklyn. The real headline here is that it will be the new home to the legendary dive, Hank’s Saloon. (Gothamist)

Mail fishing has become a problem the NYPD is attempting to take on, with the latest fishing spots being on Skillman Ave in Sunnyside. If the check’s in the mail, make sure you trust where you drop it. (Sunnyside Post)

Add “street flooding” and “puddles” to the list of things that are getting worse and it’s not your imagination. (Localize.city)

Can you walk to LaGuardia? Google Maps says no, but there’s a way. (Curbed)

The FDNY’s Chief of Department James Leonard was removed from his post during a probe into alleged mistreatment of the First Deputy Laura Kavanaugh. (NY Post)

A look at how the cashless economy is biased towards the poor and advances segregation in retail environments. (NY Times)

9 subway stations with unexpected masterpieces. (StreetEasy)

Andy Byford, herald of the unfunded $40 billion “Fast-Forward” plan, has brought us Pete Tomlin. Tomlin will be responsible for replacing the century-old signal system that is so fond of taking a shit while you’re trying to commute. (amNY)

How can the NYCHA get worse? Ladies and gentlemen, our mayor has met with Ben Carson. (NY Post)

The hottest new restaurants in Brooklyn. (Eater)

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