The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Bird Hipsters Cared About Ducks Before It Was Cool” Edition

The Manhattan Ikea has an address (and Bloomingdale’s has a new neighbor), Joseph Esposito is Schrödinger’s head of OEM, the MTA focuses on fare evaders, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Monday’s awful commute was brought to you by the F and G trains, with support from the N. No word yet on how the new signals on the 7 train functioned. (NY Post)

The couple who lost their engagement ring during a botched engagement in Times Square were reunited with their ring. (Gothamist)

The only place to get your Game of Thrones MetroCards are at Grand Central Terminal starting today. (Gothamist)

The planned Manhattan Ikea has an address. At the corner of E 59th Street and Third Ave, Bloomingdale’s will have a new Swedish neighbor. (6sqft)

Where’s the center of NYC? (Untapped Cities)

The most chronically flooded streets in the city. (Curbed)

NYC’s brand new breed, the Bird Hipster, cared about seeing birds before it became everyone’s Mandarin Crush Monday. (NY Times)

Two Boots has a tax problem. The Hell’s Kitchen location was seized by the state for $175,426 in unpaid taxes. You could really help them out by buying 6,060 large “The Dude” pies. (Eater)

Modern day Santa Claus, who is very real and busy at work making LOL dolls and Nintendo Switches, was created by a group of NYC artists in the early 1800s. (6sqft)

The rats have taken the subways. (Gothamist)

At 1:37pm, Joseph Esposito, the head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, was fired for the city’s handling of the November 15 snow storm. At 2:37pm, Mr. Esposito was still in his office, working, despite being “fired” last Friday. At 12:26am, he was staying in his job until a successor is found. Why is the mayor so bad at firing top officials? (NY Post, NY Times, and NY Post, respectively)

Before 9/11, immigrants could get drivers licenses in New York, regardless of their legal status. Immigrant rights advocates are pushing to get that law back on the books. (Gothamist)

The worst commutes of 2018, in book form, dedicated to Governor Cuomo. (Riders Alliance)

The MTA and NYC Transit President Andy Byford are focused on fare evasion, because that is the real problem with our transit. (NY Post)

More bad news for Brooklyn’s Winterfest. They cut back days, limited the hours, hired a new event manager, issued refunds, and all previously paid attractions are free. (Gothamist)

The NYPD discouraged NYC’s Deputy Human Rights Commissioner from reporting a racist encounter on the 1 train. (Gothamist)

New York is the third worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country, according to The Americans for Tort Reform Foundation. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe has a new home on Montague Street. One of the city’s few places you can get a fresh cup of coffee and a rescue kitten to go. (Brooklyn Paper)

Bleecker Street, 2018 New York City’s version of Stars Hollow. Things really have changed. (NY Times)

If you’ve run out of date ideas for cuffing season, here’s a list for you. (Thrillist)

The 10 best dishes at Chelsea Market. (Eater)

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The Briefly for October 8, 2018 – Rats Coming Out of Our Drains and Other True Horrors

The Central Park zombie raccoon outbreak spread to Prospect Park, a private ferry to deal with the L train shutdown, Sharon Needles is ready for Halloween, and more in the daily NYC news digest.

We all have enough to worry about before we add “rats coming out of the drains” to the list, but here we are. (Curbed)

The sky is literally falling at the Bedford Ave L station, but the MTA says not to be alarmed by the chunks of debris form the ceiling. (Gothamist)

The zombie raccoon outbreak in Central Park has spread to Prospect Park. Late stages of distemper can cause brain damage and cause raccoons to wander aimlessly and become aggressive. Pet owners are advised to be alert and keep your pet leashed at all times. (Brooklyn Paper)

The 72nd St B/C subway station reopened with mosaics by Yoko Ono. (6sqft)

It’s cuffing season, and Bushwick Daily is here for you. A list of budget-friendly romantic date spots in Bushwick.

An $80 million renovation is headed for the Manhattan Bridge and will continue through 2021. (6sqft)

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is in danger of running out of funds before the program ends in 2020. Anyone who lived, worked, or studied south of Canal is urged to register with the fund even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a 9/11 related illness. (Downtown Express)

Meet Concetta Anne Bencivenga, the new director of the New York Transit Museum. (6sqft)

Norwood Heights is expected to be NYC’s hot neighborhood…in 50 years. (Welcome2TheBronx)

“I never thought I would live in a time with such constant outrage and what the country is going through now.” Deborah Kass’s OY/YO sculpture was created in 2015, which seems like an eternity ago. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The ice skating rink at 30 Rock opens today. It’s been on your NYC “to do” list for years, right? (6sqft)

Get your eye roll ready. SW/TCH is a private 150 person luxury ferry that will operate during the L train shutdown. (Gothamist)

The Department of Justice dropped its case against Pablo Villavicencio, the man who was detained by ICE at Fort Hamilton earlier this year.

17 cozy bars and restaurants in Cobble Hill. (Eater)

How the brownstone became the city’s classic apartment. (StreetEasy)

No matter the situation, the mayor saying “I’m in the middle of doing my workout” to a homeless advocate is a bad look. (HuffPo)

“With so much in the news about sexual misconduct in the past week, you may find yourself facilitating discussions on the topic.” John Jay distributed guidelines for teaching students about its own sex scandal. (NY Post)

Sharon Needles’s annual Halloween show starts this week and she sat down with Chelsea Now to talk about her annual Halloween traditions, favorite costumes, the future of drag, and more.


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The Briefly for July 10, 2018 – de Blasio’s Weekend at Bernie’s, the Dog Fashion Show is Dead, Staten Island’s Heroin Epidemic, and More

A hot subway car is history, it’s officially rat season in the city, Staten Island’s heroin epidemic hits hard on July 4th, the air conditioner is a Brooklyn invention, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

de Blasio’s weekend at Bernie’s (Sanders)

Win a bong signed by Abbi and Ilana from Broad City and support Cynthia Nixon at the same time.

There is no L train between Lorimer St and Broadway Junction between 10:30 and 5am until July 27. Plan accordingly.

One of the hottest subway cars was removed from service. #1872 on the 1 train is gone, but what about #1684 on the 6?

Queen’s tallest tower just shrunk by 200 feet.

Chump Schumer? Progressive democrats worry Senator Schumer isn’t doing enough to block Trump’s pick of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for SCOTUS. City Councilman and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams was arrested outside Trump Tower while protesting President Trump’s SCOTUS pick.

The city shut down the parking lot in Bushwick where 4-year-old Luz Gonzalez was killed in a hit-and-run in June.

The first air conditioner in the world was invented in Brooklyn in 1902. Just one more reason NYC has always been the coolest.

Summer is the rat season. What neighborhood has the most rat complains in the city? RentHop has the answer.

Filming around town: Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Franklin and Varick, The Sun Is Also A Star is at 30th and 5th, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at Noble St and West St in Brooklyn, and Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG is at 86th St and Ridge Blvd in Brooklyn.

The iconic Freddy’s Doggy Fashion Show in South Slope is canceled due to “too much red tape.” Freddy’s’ manager Donald O’Finn is hoping to have a pet parade down Fifth Avenue instead, but will settle for an informal pup meet up this year.

A three-alarm fire in Sunset Park on Monday afternoon was likely related to the enormous electrical outage in Dyker Heights.

Northwell hospitals will get armed guards as part of a program put in place after a shooting at a hospital in the Bronx last year.

The FDNY deemed the June 14 fire at Red Hook’s historic Bowne Warehouse as suspicious.

Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 20 years claims that he is owed about $160,000 for more than 3,000 hours of overtime.

“The heroin epidemic on Staten Island continues to rage like an out-of-control fire” – District Attorney Michael McMahon. Staten Island saw ten reported heroin overdoses on July 4th alone.

The Uber drive who kicked a lesbian couple out of his car was recommended to not have his license suspended after a hearing revealed that he was not as forceful as was reported by the couple and their kissing was closer to heavy petting.

Featured Photo: Forever Young by Rad paste up by Raddington Falls by Rob Blatt.


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