The Briefly for April 23, 2019 – The “DA’s Secret List of Tainted Police Officers” Edition

Someone is smashing the LinkNYC kiosks, $3,000 “affordable” apartments, Di Fara’s pizza, fighting back against the paper bag tax, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Someone is smashing LinkNYC kiosks in Chelsea. It could be someone trying to send a message to neighborhood resident Google, who basically owns them and the data they collect. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

It’s been discussed for over a dozen years, but the federal government’s Opportunity Zone program may be the catalyst that changes Willets Point forever. (The Real Deal)

Taxed to death. That’s how Queens City Councilmember Robert Holden views the city’s paper bag nickel tax when plastic bags become banned. (QNS)

The city’s DAs keep secret lists of NYPD officers who have perjured themselves in criminal prosecutions in order to avoid using them as witnesses. Civil-liberties advocates are calling for a review of past convictions based on testimony from potentially tainted officers. (Gothamist)

He’s not wrong, New York’s taxes paid per income is 12.7%, the highest in the nation and 22 of the top 25 counties paying the highest amount of taxes are in New York state. Manhattan specifically pays 2.7% of all federal income tax collected with only 0.48% of the country’s population. (Business Insider)

Say hello to the newest restaurants in the city. (amNY)

Kudos to Queens educator Danielle Hnath, who promised her students she would dye her hair blue if they raised over $8,000 for the American Heart Association. They raised $10,000. (QNS)

Technically they apply, but something doesn’t seem right about a $3,000/month apartment on Staten Island qualifying as fulfilling the mayor’s promise to create 300,000 “affordable” apartments. (The City)

The top twelve restaurants serving the underrated food of Puebla, Mexico. A very specific list. (Eater)

NYCWiN, which went down for a full week due to a Y2K-esque bug, cost the city a billion dollars. Northrup Grumman’s contract has been extended to June 2020 for $40 million. (Patch)

A look back at Five Points, not the mural space, the most notorious neighborhood in the city’s history. (StreetEasy)

The best neighborhoods for New Yorkers over 65, or the best neighborhoods for people under 65 who want to live in a very quiet apartment building. (6sqft)

A series of self-guided and thematic NYC exploration walks, created by New Yorkers. (r/NYC)

The NYPD, having solved the city’s other problems, targeted a “Race and Bake” bike ride on 4/20, showing up to arrest the organizer with printouts of his social media posts. He was arrested for an open ticket container ticket he got in 2015. (Gothamist)

How Di Fara became an NYC pizza institution. (Viewing NYC)

Inside a recycling center, from truck to 1,000 plastic bales. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city wants to expand Staten Island’s dockless bike share program, but without the entire island having a single bike lane. (Streetsblog)

The eight oldest buildings in Queens. (Untapped Cities)

The MTA, in a surprisingly logical move, is looking to add solar panels to the roofs of its train yards, bus depots, and buildings. (amNY)

Get ready to vote in a completely different way. The Charter Revision Commission’s preliminary staff report hint that the city will end the practice of costly runoff elections during primaries by adopting ranked choice voting. (The City)

Ranked choice voting, aka the alternative vote, explained. (CGP Gray)

Where to have a unique dining experience. Yeah, it’s not exactly a descriptive title for a list of restaurants, but lets’ be honest that you’ll probably click on it anyway because it’s the last link in the email and you’re probably more than a little curious, no? (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for April 11, 2019 – The “Not the Best Place to Live, Not Even Close” Edition

A Y2K-like bug brought down some of the city’s GPS systems, Pat Kiernan has a new podcast, MTA workers fight the upcoming L Project, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

New York’s favorite news anchor, Pat Kiernan, has a new podcast. (NY1)

The state senate unanimously passed the Religious Garb Act, which will allow the wearing of “any attire, clothing, or facial hair” protected under the Human Rights Law for religious purposes. (QNS)

US News & World Report released the 2019 best places to live and we’re… not #1. Are you insane? We’re 90 out of 125. If you want #1, go move to Austin. (NY Post)

Maybe traffic cameras should, you know, police traffic regulations. That’s what State Assembly Member Michael DenDekker is proposing by adding bicycle lane violations to what traffic cameras enforce. (Sunnyside Post)

Murderinos, this one has your name written all over it. An 80-year-old Queens man was arrested for a Virginia double murder from 1973. (Gothamist)

Turns out those protective sidewalk covers don’t do much when the whole damn building collapses on top of them. No one was hurt when it happened in Williamsburg, except a few cars and maybe a penny-farthing bicycle or unicycle. It’s Williamsburg after all. (Gothamist)

A pizzeria shakedown straight out of a Jon Stewart comedy routine, but it’s real and the “mobsters” are facing up to 20 years in prison. (Brooklyn Paper)

These marijuana entrepreneurs have HIGH hopes for legalization. Get it? HIGH HOPES! Ugh. (Gothamist)

What to see right now in the city’s art galleries. (NY Times)

A guided dumpling crawl through Queens. (Eater)

After 35 years, bookbook on Bleecker Street will be closing. In order to stay open, the store would need a rent reduction and in 2019, that ain’t happening. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The five best grilled cheeses in the city. (Thrillist)

Foreclosures in the Bronx are up 28% in the first quarter of 2019. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The city’s shortest bike lane has been found. (Brooklyn Paper)

This weekend’s “Blessing of the Rides” in Coney Island is a New York City annual tradition. Here’s what to expect from the egg cream christening to the blessing itself. (amNY)

A group of transit workers is calling the L Project’s (the new and crappy name for the non-shutdown) air quality into question with flyers saying the silica dust in the air is a danger to anyone who breathes it in. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez’ office broke up a gun trafficking ring after an undercover detective purchased three dozen guns, including automatic weapons. (amNY)

The Harlem School of the Arts will undergo a $9.5 million renovation that will begin in August and update the brutalist style exterior of the building with a glass wall, and make other welcome improvements. (NY Times)

There is no law dictating that your apartment be 80% covered with rugs, but most leases include it in a clause. What are the consequences for not complying? Well, that’s a little harder to define. (StreetEasy)

A look inside Manhattan’s first Ikea. It looks a lot like an Ikea, but you’re gonna look anyway. (Curbed)

The inevitable lawsuit over the city’s vaccine mandate has arrived. (Gothamist)

Why is there a 3,000 square foot bounce house in Dumbo? Because art, of course. (Time Out)

NYC is being afflicted by a Y2K-esque bug in some of its GPS systems. This is a once every twenty year GPS reset and city officials are being very tight-lipped about it. (NY Times)

What’s going on with the smoldering anus in Union Square? (Gothamist)

Saturday is Record Store Day, the most important holiday for the vinyl obsessed and for record store owners across the city. (amNY)

A look at City Hall Station, the unused subway station where the 6 train turns around which shows the grandeur of how the subways could have been. (NY Times)

The best neighborhoods for college grads. (Localize Labs)

Is removing stops the right way to make a bus route faster? Consider the case of the M14. (Bowery Boogie)

An interview with Carlo Scissura, the head of the new BQE expert panel. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The best Easter brunch spots.

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The Briefly for March 20, 2019 – The “The Bronx is the Sickest Borough” Edition

Manhattan’s IKEA has an opening date, the 7 train continues to crumble, a history of farm animals on the lamb, a car crash in Times Square, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

11 suggestions of where to go in Queens once it isn’t miserable outside. (QNS)

The Underbelly Project documented a night of literal underground art. Somewhere in the subways is an abandoned tunnel full of art created in one night. (Untapped Cities)

When The Met decided to give up its pay-what-you-wish admission for $25, it also agreed to share $2.8 million of the revenue with over 175 cultural institutions across the city. (6sqft)

People in the Bronx are the sickest in all of New York state. Sick as in ill, not sick as in “siiiiick skateboard, bro! Let’s go drink some SoBe” (Patch)

Cast in point. The Bronx is better than the rest of the city and state… at getting chlamydia. The three counties with the highest infection rates in the state are the Bronx, Manhattan, and then Brooklyn. (Patch)

How Orwashers has made the most legendary bread in the city for over a century. (Food Insider)

15 architects whose work shaped the look of historic Brooklyn. (Brownstoner)

FLÄRKEN! The Upper East Side’s IKEA opens on April 15. (6sqft)

Meet Charlie, the Golden Retriever who thinks he’s the mayor of the Upper West Side. What’s his stance on congestion pricing? (West Side Rag)

To all the young geniuses breaking into this building” (EV Grieve)

The case of Jeffrey Blount, the Parks Department employee who resigned in exchange for the city not telling his future employers that he was fired for threatening the jobs of multiple women to pressure them into having sex with him, is one example of how the city enables abusers to get away with their actions. (Jezebel)

So what’s with his gun case mounted to the wall on the subway platform? (Gothamist) http://gothamist.com/2019/03/19/gun_case_subway.php

Did you know it’s legal in New York for medical students to conduct a nonconsensual pelvic exam on an unconscious patient? The state’s legislature is looking to change that. (Gothamist) http://gothamist.com/2019/03/19/pelvic_exam_bill_ny.php

Only 12 of 803 students admitted to Bronx Science for the fall of 2019 are black. (Welcome2TheBronx) https://www.welcome2thebronx.com/2019/03/19/only-12-out-of-803-students-admitted-to-bronx-science-for-fall-2019-are-black/

Mostly Motzart announced this summer’s festival and will finally bring “The Magic Flute” to the city. (NY Times)

Cobble Hill came to a standstill on Tuesday morning while the NYPD stood off with a man who barricaded himself in his apartment with a baseball bat and what was believed to be a gun. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Central Park mandarin duck, and all of the city’s wildlife, is for everyone. Don’t harass them. (New York Cliche)

American Woodcocks, the Eastern Phoebe, American Robins, Blue Jays, and more. How to spot birds in the city during the spring migration. (amNY)

This year’s flu was a mild one, but the season ain’t over yet. (amNY)

Kushner Companies is illegally operating nine apartment buildings in the East Village and Williamsburg, according to an investigation by City Council member Ritchie Torres and watchdog group Housing Rights Initiative. (Curbed)

The 7 train just won’t stop crumbling. (Gothamist)

In honor of the cow that got loose in the Bronx, a brief history of farm animals loose in the city, including a cameo by Jon Stewart. (amNY)

Two people were injured when a car hit a concrete barrier in Times Square on Tuesday morning. (NY Post)

Would the Financial District be better off without cars? The Financial District Neighborhood Association is calling for a slow street” pilot from City Hall to Pearl Street. (Curbed)

The owners of the Vessel have reversed course when it comes to owning any photos you take while visiting. (NY Times)

The Governor will sign legislation adding hundreds of new speed cameras near schools across the city. The bill leaves the cameras active for a longer period of the day and widens the area around schools cameras can be placed, among other reforms. (Brooklyn Paper)

Ranking the city’s most notable mob funerals. (NY Post)

“Do Both” is the mashup of a TED Talk and burlesque show created by a Ph.D that’s expanding to New York this weekend. No, it’s not happening in Bushwick. (Sex with Timaree)

The best bars for singles who are ready to mingle. (Thrillist)

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