The Briefly for June 25, 2019 – The “UFOs in NYC Would Explain A Whole Lot” Edition

Today is election day, iconic pizzerias, the mayor’s attempts to humanize himself backfired, the YIMBYs of Park Slope fight back, and more in today’s daily NYC new digest.

Don’t forget to vote in today’s elections! (Gothamist)

Check to see if there’s an election in your district. (Poll Site Locator)

Is NYC a hotbed for UFO sightings? It would explain some of the things that we saw at the Mermaid Parade this year. (Patch)

Second Avenue in the Upper East Side has a protected bike lane, but the Department of Transportation’s version of a “protected bike lane” is some paint on the ground. The NYPD has resorted to erecting barriers to create actual protection for the bike lane from drivers, which seems like time that could be better spent doing something else if the DOT did their job right the first time. (Streetsblog)

10 secrets of the New York Historical Society. (Untapped Cities)

Another reminder about street closures during WorldPride and the 5th and 7th Ave route. (Curbed)

It wasn’t long ago that New York was a major banana port and “banana handler” was a real job title. (6sqft)

We’re #2! That is to say, we’re the second least patriotic state in the nation only behind New Jersey. (Patch)

If you’ve never built up the courage to take a ride on the swinging cars of the Wonder Wheel, this POV video is your next best option. (Viewing NYC)

A truck driver hit and killed 20-year old Robyn Hightman as they were biking on Sixth Avenue on Monday. The driver was issued five summonses and was not charged. This is the twelfth cyclist killed in 2019, where Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero remains in a crisis. (Streetsblog)

Some realistic postcards from New York City. (Gothamist)

From a distance, it looks like a jumbled mess of colors, up close it’s a passage from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ in braille using Lego bricks on Ave A between 3rd and 4th Sts. (EV Grieve)

30 Great LGBTQ Bars. (The Infatuation)

Here’s a good way to put the city’s volume of construction into perspective. Nearly half of all real estate listings in the city are within 525 feet of construction. The number jumps to 70% when you only consider homes built after 2016. (Curbed)

The best cheesecake on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

The anti-homeless shelter petition in Park Slope has some competition with a pro-homeless shelter petition and the YIMBYs are nearly doubling the NIMBYs. (Gothamist)

Photos from last weekend’s Punk Island. (BrooklyVegan)

The City Council began their inquiry into the taxi cab medallion situation that has bankrupted and financially ruined thousands of cab drivers in response to a yearlong New York Times investigation. (Gothamist)

Back in April, critical GPS systems in the city crashed during a once-in-20-years event and we finally have an answer: No one upgraded the software when it was necessary. (NY Times)

Every attempt the mayor makes to humanize himself backfires. (Splinter)

Did you know that the NYPL has a movie-streaming service? Well, it’s ending on July 1, although the Queens libraries will still have an option using Overdrive. (NY Times)

A section of Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island was christened Woodie Guthrie Way on Saturday, coinciding with his son, Arlo Guthrie, taking on the mantle of King Neptune during this year’s Mermaid Parade. (Brooklyn Paper)

The city’s 26 most iconic pizzerias. (Eater)

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The Briefly for May 21, 2019 – The “Great White Sharks in NYC Waters” Edition

The city gets serious about Long Island City, the era of OMNY has arrived, the MTA cuts bus service and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The bill that would criminalize “texting while walking” is DOA. (Streetsblog)

“I told all my friends they’re never going to see me in the Staten Island Mall again.” (Curbed)

The new logo for privately owned public spaces was unveiled from 600 entries. It’s three chairs. (amNY)

Scared of sharks? A ten-foot long great white shark was spotted a few dozen miles from the city. Just in time for the holiday weekend! (Patch)

Right now students can get a half-priced MetroCards if they live within walking distance of their school. Students often wind up paying the remainder in coins, causing the bus system to grind to a halt. This is why the city wants to get rid of them in favor of free MetroCards, good for three rides a day from 5:30am to 8:30pm for school-related activities. (Patch)

A Brooklyn Community Board approved of a protected bike lane on Flatbush Avenue from Grand Army Plaza to Empire Blvd, mirroring Prospect Park West’s lanes. (Streetsblog)

The history of New York City’s original rooftop bars. (6sqft)

Punk Island added a slew of bands to the lineup of the free punk festival on Randall’s Island, with the addition of a stage whose goal is to raise awareness for mental health and drug addiction in addition to free Narcan training and distribution. (BrooklynVegan)

Photos from Saturday’s 13th Dance Parade in the East Village. (Gothamist)

Say hello to Summer Sucks, an ongoing series from Gothamist. (Gothamist, duh)

Where to get all dressed up and not feel stupid. (The Infatuation)

It seems that only now that Amazon’s HQ2 is a distant memory, city officials are getting serious about developing the Long Island City waterfront and this time around they’re including the neighborhood in the discussions. (The Real Deal)

The state’s Attorney General opened an inquiry into more than a decade of lending practices that left thousands of immigrant taxi drives in debt, while the mayor ordered an investigation into the brokers who arranged the loans. (NY Times)

No one wants to talk to Steve Doocy. (HuffPost)

The Vendy Awards, New York’s awards for street eats, will come to a close after 15 years. (Grub Street)

Attention. If you lost an absolutely gargantuan inflatable pink flamingo in the East River, it has been found. (Gothamist)

Idea: Buses can’t run late if there are no buses! The MTA is curring service on 13 bus lines this summer. (Streetsblog)

How’re the subways treating you? The MTA says they’ve hit a five-year high of being on time. The percentage? A solid C+ at 79.8%. (Sunnyside Post)

Welcome to the era of OMNY. (mtainfo)

Meet some of the 42 heroes who are fostering 90 kittens for the ASPCA. (amNY)

Four Department of Education executives claim that they are victims of “reverse racism.” (The Root)

Here’s a look at what’s open and closed on Memorial Day. (Patch)

A look back at the Coney Island that was, through the archive of the New York Times’ photography. (NY Times)

“I consider it a social experiment, I wanted to see how people would respond to this character.” The character the saran wrapped Shiva. (Bushwick Daily)

There has been an 82% rise in anti-semitic attacks in the city compared to last year. (Bklyner)

In light of the spike, Speaker Corey Johnson is calling on the mayor to fully fund the Office of Prevention of Hate Crimes, which was approved by the city council this winter. The mayor has only funded 70% of the office. (amNY)

A gang member who participated in the killing of 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz said that a mistake led to the attack. (NY Times)

The MTA reports that the L Train Slowdown is going as planned. Is anyone else tired of hearing about how resilient New Yorkers are? (amNY)

Congratulations to this year’s Obie Award winners. The Obies honor Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway work, and “What the Constitution Means to Me” was named best new American play. (NY Times)

“What is art,” you may ask yourself while looking at photos of slop buckets from a restaurant in Park Slope. (Viewing NYC)

24 ideal outdoor bars in the city. (Eater)

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The Briefly for April 15, 2019 – The “Last Week of the $2.75 Subway Fare” Edition

The next level of stop-and-frisk, Citi Bike pulls its electric fleet, an alcohol-free bar, a $42 steak for your dog, a body in the Botanical Garden, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The weather this week will bring an “unsettled pattern” to us, which is code for “the weather’s gonna suck.” (amNY)

How to tip. Regardless of how you feel about the practice of tipping or how service workers are paid, we still tip. (Grub Street)

If you love your dog, no really love your dog, the Wilson has a dog’s only menu that includes a $42 ribeye steak. (Eater)

MTA fare is going up on April 21, so you have until Subway to fill up your MetroCards with bonuses. (NY Times)

The L project starts on April 27, but don’t let the MTA fool you. Starting tonight for the next two weeks there will be no service between Brooklyn and Manhattan from 10:30pm through 5am. (6sqft)

A Chipotle, a Pizza Hut, and all the other restaurants ordered closed last week by the Health Department. (Patch)

Out with the gross and in with the new. Say hello to the city’s new restaurants. (amNY)

Six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a garden level, a pool and two saunas and it can be yours for a $195,000/month lease. (Patch)

New York is not the most expensive place on earth to build. It’s the second most expensive. (The Real Deal)

From the man who claimed that homosexual community controls the city, here comes a Congressional run. (Patch)

The NYCHA can’t seem to get repairs one on time, but they sure didn’t wait a second longer than they had to when evicting a 72-year-old man recovering from amputation surgery in the Bronx over $812. (amNY)

Deep breath in. Hold it. An alcohol-free bar has opened in Greenpoint. And exhale slowly. (Greenpointers)

Forget MoviePass, here comes the Alamo Season Pass. (Gothamist)

Punk Island released its first batch of bands for the free festival on June 22. (BrooklynVegan)

The MTA has until June 30 to put its fare evasion strategy to paper, thanks to legislation in the state’s budget in an attempt to get the NYPD, the boroughs’ DA offices, and the MTA on the same page. (Patch)

Employees at the American Museum Natural History are threatening resignations and boycotts over the museum’s refusal to cancel a gala celebrating confirmed monster and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. (Gothamist)

Giving students a say in how their school’s budgets are allocated? What a novel idea. (Gothamist)

Riding a bus in the city is bad enough before you start throwing cups of pee in anyone’s face. (CBS Local)

Did you say Bryant Park beads? No. BEES. (Bryant Park BeeCam)

The MTA’s weekend reputation isn’t going to get any better with stories like this. The MTA shut down subways to Roosevelt Island after the stations were overwhelmed by people trying to get to the Cherry Blossom Festival. (Gothamist)

Remember those 1,000 new electric bikes that Citi Bike was going to add to their fleet? They’ve been pulled due to some questions about their brakes. (Streetsblog)

A body was found in the Bronx River inside of the New York Botanical Garden on Saturday. There were no signs of trauma and the medical examiner’s office is investigating. (amNY)

Listen, birds are cool now, so look to the skies. (Patch)

After the New York Post put an image of September 11 on its cover to make a questionable and tasteless point, multiple groups are calling for a boycott. That will include The Briefly. No more links to the Post for a while. (NY Times)

A look inside Amazon’s Staten Island fulfillment center, robots and all. (amNY)

Chameleon, the Financial District’s local comic shop on Maiden Lane, closed after 30 years. An increase would have put his rent over $10,000 for five hundred square feet, just East of Broadway. (NY Times)

It’ll be the newer New Museum. The New Museum is looking to expand into a new seven-story structure next to where the museum currently stands on Bowery. (Bowery Boogie)

17 places to get an affordable brunch. What does “affordable” mean? That depends. (The Infatuation)

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