The Briefly for February 8, 2019 – The “MTA Is A Disgrace For This State, We All Know It” Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, the Grand Hyatt on 42nd will be torn down, an NYPD captain attacked a cyclist, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you normally ride the 4, 5, D, N, and Q trains, get ready for a rough weekend. If you’re along the L, you already know what to expect. The weekend is only a few hours away, make sure to check the trains for closures and diversions before you head out. (6sqft)

The city will have to cut $750 million from its 2020 fiscal budget to make up for a near billion dollar shortfall of tax revenues. (amNY)

Andres Lopez Elorez was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in smuggling liquid heroin stuffed inside puppies. (NY Times)

“The MTA is a disgrace for this state, we all know it,” said the man who has so much control over the MTA that he was able to cancel the entire L train shutdown. (Curbed)

Why did an NYPD captain apparently tackle a man riding a bike in Midtown? (Streetsblog)

This is pretty cool. The city’s budget includes money to install technology at 300 intersections that will hold green lights and shorten red lights for keep city buses moving faster. (Streetsblog)

How’s the rezoning going in Gowanus? The community’s not thrilled. (Bklyner)

Did MTV cancel “Made in Staten Island?” Maybe those 9,300 signatures on change.org made a difference. (amNY)

If you don’t love the Mandarin Duck while he molts, you don’t deserve him at his best. (Gothamist)

Happy national pizza day on Saturday. Never forget John Stewart’s epic anti-Chicago deep-dish “pizza” rant.

Margaret Cho, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and more join Red Room Orchestra for two back-to-back evenings of live music from Twin Peaks and the films of Wes Anderson at Symphony Space on February 15 & 16. (Sponsored by Symphony Space)

Metropolitan Republican Club, the epicenter of the Proud Boys fights last year, has a new president. Ian Reilly formerly advised a group that endorsed shooting migrants, forgetting the Holocaust, and marched with neo-Nazis. (Gothamist)

The oil smell in the L train tunnels has lingered all week. The smells have made at least three MTA workers sick and caused the train to stop service for a period of time on Wednesday. (Brokelyn)

The 10 most charming spots in the Greenwich Village Historic District. (6sqft)

“Statues for Equality” will bring 10 bronze sculptures of women to the city. The 10 will raise the number of statues of women in the city by 200%. (6sqft)

The 25 most expensive homes for sale, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. (Curbed)

Whoops! Public Advocate candidate Ron Kim forgot to mention his ownership of multiple luxury properties to a state ethics agency. (The Real Deal)

The 10 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time. (Viewing NYC)

Say farewell to the Grand Hyatt on 42nd. Donald Trump’s first major Manhattan project is being torn down and replaced. (NY Post)

Etna Tool & Die was a staple of Bond Street for a century in a neighborhood with apartments selling for over ten million dollars. The building’s new owner has no intentions of giving in to the neighborhood’s pressures. (NY Times)

The most romantic restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 17, 2018 – The “Get Ready For Metal Detectors in the Subway” Edition

Late-night subway changes, the most expensive neighborhoods, someone is sealing cats inside buckets, a federal takeover of the NYCHA has a deadline, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Whoever the hell is sealing cats inside five gallon buckets and abandoning them near trash cans on the street, you are the lowest scum on earth. This has all the makings of an urban myth, but each time the cats were saved and are with the Animal Haven shelter. (HuffPost)

21-year-old MD Rajon was the 11th cyclist killed on the road in the city in 2018. (Streetsblog)

Governor Cuomo on the L train shutdown: “New Yorkers are willing to bear the expense and the burden of change.” Right, like we had any choice about this. (NY Post)

The NYPD has found a way to make the subways even worse than the current state of the transit hellhole: metal detectors. (Gothamist)

amNewYork’s 2018 Transit Wish List is the most depressing holiday wish list of all. (amNY)

The #1 reason companies cite when deciding not to expand their offices to New York is the condition of our transportation system. (NY Times)

The 10 most expensive neighborhoods in the city. (The Real Deal)

43% of the fish purchased in the city is mislabeled, according to a new lawsuit from the NY Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office. (NY Post)

The seemingly infinite construction on the corner of Houston and Bowery is finally coning to an end. The project started in 2004 and was scheduled to be finished by Labor Day of 2017. (Bowery Boogie)

The diary of Philip Hone, a socialite and short-termed mayor, from the 1820’s-1850’s includes the opening of NYU, the great fire of 1835, the stock market crash and shows that New Yorkers have always had some of the same thoughts and concerns. (Ephemeral New York)

A real international affair. An Argentine diplomat’s husband beat up a United Nation Worker at a drunken party at the Cuban embassy, but won’t face charges due to his wife’s diplomatic immunity. (NY Post)

Hoboken’s SantaCon did not disappoint with nearly 500 complaints, 14 arrests and four hospitalized police officers. (NY Post)

Jazmine Headley broke her silence about the December 7 incident where her child was ripped from her hands by police at a social services office in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Leaving a traffic cone behind to keep your parking spot is an illegal but clever way to reserve your parking spot, but Ridgewood’s 104th precinct is starting to catch on. (TimesLedger)

The NYCHA has a January 31, 2019 deadline to make a deal with federal prosecutors before a federal takeover. (Politico)

New York’s flora faces a new threat from a “superbug” that hitched a ride on Christmas trees from out of state. The Spotted Lanternfly is native to Southeast Asia and could be a serious problem to the city’s parks. (NY Post)

This is how The Rockettes’ shoes are made. (Viewing NYC)

Lawmakers from Eastern Queens are arguing against congestion pricing because they say it unfairly targets city residents who live in commuter deserts. (amNY)

Colin Kroll, the CEO of HQ Trivia and co-founder of Vine, was found dead of an apparent cocaine and heroine overdose at 34 in his Manhattan apartment. (NY Times)

There is no 3 train, the F is always local in Queens, the N and Q is express-only in Manhattan and other inconveniences when it comes to the late-night subway service changes. (Subway Changes)

Unagi, a seafood restaurant with a live eel tank, claims it is helping the endangered species of eel that issuing kept in a tank to be killed and served for lunch, by popularizing the fish. Right. (Eater)

The anti-tourist guide to celebrating the holidays in NYC (StreetEasy)

Too cold outside to make it to Bryant Park for ice skating? Watch the webcam instead. (Bryant Park NYC on YouTube)

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The Briefly for December 12, 2018 – The “Cuomo Prepares His Legal Pot Plan” Edition

The best restaurants of 2018, NYCs parking summons advocate can’t be reached, the bright lights of Dyker Heights, the Amazon HQ2 guidance committee and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Luxury? That’s so last year. New York’s ultra-luxury real estate market is booming. (The Real Deal)

Governor Cuomo has been tight-lipped on what https://nypost.com/2018/12/11/cuomo-to-release-plan-for-legalizing-recreational-use-of-marijuana/”>New York’s legal marijuana law will look like, but aides are saying it will be included in the 2019 state budget. (NY Post)

The roadblock to single-payer healthcare in New York state was the Republicans. Now with the Democrats firmly in power, labor unions could be the next to stand in its way. (Gothamist)

Ryan Sutton’s restaurants of the year. (Eater)

The lawsuit preventing the Natural History Museum from expanding has been dismissed. The $383 million Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will move forward as planned. The original finish time frame was 2020, it has not been updated yet. (6sqft)

The top 10 dishes of 2018 from The New York Times.

This year’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights are an unrivaled visual spectacle. (6sqft) Unfortunately, so is the insane traffic and overflowing trash bins . (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

It only took the MTA one day to screw up the speed increases on the N and R lines in Brooklyn. (Bklyner)

The city and state’s proposal to Amazon for HQ2 was uploaded for you to see all the cringe-worthy images that were included. (Curbed)

Jazmine Headley, the mother arrested for sitting on the floor after waiting four hours in a government office, had her charges dropped by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. (NY Post)

Little Pakistan is the unofficial name for a portion of Coney Island Avenue. The Pakistani American Youth Organization is looking to make it official. (amNY)

Pete Wells’ best restaurants of 2018. (NY Times)

The 45-person the Amazon HQ2 advisory committee will offer “guidance” as the project moves forward. (amNY) Missing from the committee? Representation from their neighbors to the south in North Brooklyn. (Greenpointers)

From Donna Summer to Margaritaville: The worst Broadway shows of 2018. (amNY)

Spending a night with the working dogs of Governor’s Island. (Gothamist)

Where is Jean-Georges’ newest restaurant? JFK Airport. (Eater)

This Thursday at midnight, Governor Cuomo will take a photo opportunity guided tour of the L train’s tunnels. (Bklyner)

New Yorkers fight 2.4 million parking tickets a year. NYC’s Parking Summons Advocate Jean Wesh, whose job it is to provide assistance to those people, investigates a mere 1.5 of those a day. How do you contact him for help? It’s literally impossible. (NY Post)

The body of a man was found on the shore of the East River near 20th Street on Monday morning. The cause of death is yet unknown. (Town & Village)

Congratulations to the West Side Rag being presented the 2018 Community Service Award from the West Side Federation of Neighborhood & Block Associations. (West Side Rag)

Simcha Felder, the Brooklyn Democrat who voted with state Republicans for years, was shut out of committee leadership posts, while multiple freshman State Senators were given leadership positions. (NY Post)

What’s worse than NYC’s SantaCon? Hoboken’s SantaCon. (Gothamist)

Joseph C. Desmond was arrested in the suspected road-rage killing of Faizal Coto, a 33-year-old member of the FDNY. (NY Times)

The HOLLA🎄D TONNEL. (NY Post)

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