The Briefly for November 19, 2019 – The “Is The Rent Finally Too Damn High?” Edition

No one buys Bloomberg’s remorse, the opening of the new Milk Bar, Midtown BINGO, what to do if you find a coyote in Central Park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

A Midtown BINGO card, to make going to Midtown only slightly less terrible. (Gothamist)

There are signs that, to quote Jimmy McMillan, “the rent is too damn high.” The volume of apartments for rent has increased for the fourth month in a row, raising the vacancy rate across the city. (amNewYork)

Got 100 years? That’s all it’ll take the average New Yorker to save up enough money to buy a home here. (Patch)

Chef Amanda Cohen, best known for Dirt Candy on the LES, is unveiling Lekka, a new restaurant. The main event is a new veggie burger. The entire restaurant, including the name, has a South African influence. Lekka opens today. (Grub Street)

The globes on the Manhattan Bridge are coming back as part of a $75.9 million rehabilitation of the bridge. (Untapped New York)

Video: One of the three new Staten Island ferries getting launched into the water. The first is expected in the city in August. (Untapped New York)

The MTA is not known for being gentle, and their work in the 86th Street R station in Bay Ridge is no exception. Renovations have damaged the station’s historic tile work, which dates back over a century. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Martin McDonagh’s dark drama about a British executioner “Hangmen” is coming to Broadway with previews in February. “Hangmen” won the Olivier Award for best new play in 2016 in London. (NY Times)

No one is buying Michael Bloomberg’s “remorse” over stop-and-frisk. (The Root)

Holiday pop-up bar season has come for us all. (Eater)

Here come the holiday markets. (6sqft)

There’s a parent-led concerted effort going on in District 15 to integrate their middle schools and the results are encouraging. District 15 covers Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Sunset Park, Cobble Hill and Windsor Terrace. (Gothamist)

Don’t believe the NY Post when it comes to the city’s supervised release program. Despite the headlines, the city doesn’t give everyone “gift cards, cell phones, and Mets tickets.” The supervised release program is in place to help ensure people make their court dates, and appearances have held steady at 88% when intake has increased over 50%. Pretty good track record. (Gothamist)

The Playboy Club is dead and changing into the Live Nation Theater at Cachet Hotel. Turns out not many people were interested in a $100,000 membership. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The boyhood home of Donald Trump was for sale in an auction and no one bid on it. Maybe if everyone puts in money we can buy it and throw a sledgehammer party to demolish it. (6sqft)

In tribute to the Diamond District, which sits on W 47th between Fifth and Sixth, “one of the last New York blocks left in Manhattan.” (Gothamist)

After being pressured to leave Bed-Stuy, Charlotte Taillor’s BDSM Collective and Domination School Taillor Group has settled into their home in Bushwick to host kink/BDSM workshops, self-defense classes, and private sessions, all of it legal. (Bushwick Daily)

Photos: Opening day at the new flagship Milk Bar, including the “neon hallway.” (Gothamist)

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams told the City Council’s Public Safety Committee Monday that they should pass a bill mandating the public release of NYPD body camera footage. (amNewYork)

Esquire’s list of the best new restaurants in America for 2019 is out and it includes NYC’s Rezdôra, Kawi, Oddo, Wayan, and Red Hook Tavern. (Patch)

The city is making a big push to offer services to the homeless in Outreach NYC, but the program is being met with skepticism. Yes, the outreach is improving, but the shelter system itself still has all of its own problems. (Gothamist)

Photos: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden unveiled its new Robert W. Wilson Overlook, which gives viewers a sweeping view of the Cherry Esplanade. (Curbed)

There have been more and more coyote sightings in Central Park. If you come across one, stay calm and try to avoid it. If it comes up to you, try to make yourself look bigger and make loud noises until it retreats. (Gothamist)

Pot arrests have dropped dramatically in the city, but the people arrested are still predominantly black and Hispanic, making up 90 percent of arrests last quarter. OF the 260 people arrested for possession, less than 20 were white. (Patch)

Ben Kallos, running for Manhattan Borough president, got a cease and desist from Marvel Comics for dressing up like Captain America in a recent political mailer. (Patch)

The death of 25-year-old Brooklynite Ola Salem, found in a wooded area of a Staten Island park, was ruled a homicide. (Gothamist)

The MTA is planning to renovate the 52nd Street, 61st Street, 69th, 82nd, 103st and 111th Street stations along the 7 line with renovations getting started in the second half of next year. (Jackson Heights Post)

The best burgers in the Upper West Side. (I Love The Upper West Side)

The Briefly for November 4, 2019 – The “What Makes Anyone A New Yorker?” Edition

The five ballot questions, NYC marathon, the Decolonize This Place demonstration, the NYPL lions are back, the best cocktail bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This week’s late-night subway disruptions are hitting hard on a few lines and L service is out on two large portions of the line. Check the changes before you go. (Subway Weekender)

Queens is deciding its next District Attorney, with Democrat Melinda Katz running against Republican Joe Murray. If it feels like Queens already decided on a candidate, you’re remembering the Democratic primary where Katz won a stretched out primary against Tiffany Caban. With Tuesday’s election (no early voting today), here are 19 Melinda Katz campaign promises. (Gotham Gazette)

Study up on the five ballot questions that you’ll be voting on tomorrow. (NY Times)

What makes someone a New Yorker? Does living in New York make you a New Yorker? According to the governor, the answer is no. (Politico)

It’s not news when some old, racist, asshole moves from New York to Florida, no one bats an eye. This time it’s the president. (Patch)

Good riddance” – Andrew Cuomo (Huff Post)

Trump’s attempted move to Florida will likely trigger an audit of his entire life to determine residency. I’m willing to bet he won’t be thrilled about that. (amNewYork)

“Goodbye, don’t come visit us. We’re the greatest city in the United States. We don’t need you.” -Corey Johnson (The Root)

Every Thanksgiving since 1967, Arlo Guthrie has performed at Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving night. This year will be his last performance. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The City Council passed a bill that will attempt to reduce the private trash hauling industry’s greenhouse emissions and safety. The bill will create 20 collection zones in the city and limit the number of companies that can operate within each zone. (amNewYork)

The $250 million floating park on the Hudson River is starting to take shape. (Gothamist)

A look at the new Hans Haacke survey at the New Museum. (NY Times)

Photos: An impressive gallery of 300 shots from movies and their real-life NYC locations. (filminglocations)

Debating neighborhood boundaries will be an endless debate between New Yorkers. Distorting those boundaries will always be an art among real estate agents. What neighborhood do you really live in? Check the NYC Census 2020 map and turn on the rage machine. (Patch)

52,000 runners took to the streets on Sunday to brave the 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon. (amNY)

From collecting one million pounds of shed clothes to how menstruation impacts the marathon, the marathon stories from the students of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. (New York City News Service)

Congratulations to Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei for their marathon victories. Joyciline Jepkosgei finished in two hours, twenty-two minutes and thirty-eight seconds, seven seconds shy of the record. This was Geoffrey Kamworor’s second victory in three years. (Huff Post)

This video of a bunch of rats fighting to get through a door on the subway is terrifying. (Gothamist)

A ride on the AirTrain is $7.75 as of November 1. (LIC Post)

Two restaurants hit the mythical 100-point violation mark and another hit 97 points among the list of restaurants closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

The NYPD has fought back against accountability and transparency when it comes to body cameras by putting guidelines in place to allow the department to “decide” if footage should be released and allows for released footage to be redacted before public release. The NYCLU argues that the guidelines show the department doesn’t understand the purpose of the cameras in the first place. (Gothamist)

Street parking has been free in the city since 1950. That could be coming to an end. (Gothamist)

Which neighborhoods have the most Michelin star restaurants? (Spoilers, it’s Midtown and NoMad tied at 6) (StreetEasy)

The NYPL lions are back after restoration. (Untapped New York)

Video: Time-lapse of the NYPL lions getting cleaned. (Gothamist)

Tensions are growing over the over-policing of the transit systems as it pertains to the 500 new police officers tasked with preventing fare evasion. 1,000 demonstrators took a “they can’t stop us all” Area 51 approach on Friday night by jumping turnstiles in protest. (Huff Post)

Photos and Videos: The Decolonize This Place protests on Friday. (Gothamist)

17 legendary musicians who called Greenwich Village home. (6sqft)

The 12 best cocktail bars in the city (Eater)

Thanks to reader MG Ashdown for today’s featured image.

The Briefly for September 11, 2019 – The “Persistence of the NYC Dollar Slice Joint” Edition

The mayor’s failed mayoral campaign promises, how to make the L train slower, a man jumped in the Gowanus, the city buys more ferries, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The city removed the jimson weed plant at 93rd and Columbus, but there’s another plant three blocks away on 96th and Columbus. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Jumping into the Gowanus Canal, which has served as a toilet for the city for nearly a century, is pretty high on the “stupidest things you can do in NYC” list, but that didn’t stop some idiot from doing it on Saturday night. He was brought by the NYPD for a psychiatric evaluation. (Brooklyn Paper)

Almost nothing is as New York City as the dollar slice joint. Accessible, fast, open all night and welcoming to everyone, these relatively new city staples popped up after the 2008 recession. While Barney’s and Dean & Deluca can’t keep up with NYC real estate, the dollar slice joint persists. (Huff Post)

Is Broadway ready for Robert O’Hara’s “Slave Play?” (NY Times)

The mayor ran for office on a promise to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest New Yorkers. After six years under his leadership, the gap has not changed according to a new report from the Manhattan Institute and the changes that have occurred can be attributed to state-wide and not city-wide initiatives. (Politico)

Animal rights groups weren’t thrilled with the “humane” rodent murder-bucket of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, calling his demonstration grotesque, barbaric, and sadistic and pointed out there are other generally accepted humane ways to eliminate rats that they city hasn’t implemented. (amNY)

The city’s $1.3 billion plan to protect the east side waterfront from Montgomery to E 25th St will get an independent review before moving forward. The city has a deadline of September 2022 to spend federal funding recovery funds allocated to the project (Curbed)

Of Bon Appétit’s 50 best new restaurants in America, 4 are in NYC. (Grub Street)

Were the predatory lending practices that targeted cabbies illegal? The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is investigating if bank, wire, or mail fraud occurred. The NY Attorney General and the mayor’s office are also investigating. (Patch)

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are returning to Broadway in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which will begin previews in March. (NY Times)

Every year there are between 100 and 200 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in the city. The latest was found in residential towers in the Bronx’s Bedford Park. (Norwood News)

One in 15 of the city’s middle schoolers is vaping. (Patch)

The L train doesn’t need to run any slower than it already does, so whoever the jackass was that put their bicycle on the tracks, you are not appreciated. (Brooklyn Paper)

The city is buying three more ferries to add to its fleet for a total cost of $126 million. Taxpayers subsidize each ride by $10.75 on top of the $2.75 fare. The New York City Economic Development Corporation calls this “smart planning.” Is there any wonder that the city’s comptroller’s office isn’t happy with this “smart” plan? (Gothamist)

Photos from Bushwig 2019. (Gothamist)

Photos from DragCon 2019. (Gothamist)

The first of a two-part interview from The Root with Mayor de Blasio was released, covering topics like the Daniel Pantaleo firing, stop and frisk racial disparities, decriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage, and more. (The Root)

The helicopter company that was facing backlash for taking dogs on doorless flights around Manhattan will no longer allow animals on their doors-off flights. (Patch)

A video montage of non-consensual touching by costumed weirdos in Times Square, prepared by the Times Square Alliance. (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo is seeking $2 billion in restitution from opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers to help New Yorkers who have paid too much in insurance premiums over the past decade because of the opioid epidemic. (amNY)

A driver on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn killed a 10-year-old boy after his SUV jumped the curb. No arrests were made or tickets were issued at the scene. (Streetsblog)

According to workers, Chipotle is abusing its employees nearly as much as its abusing the stomachs of anyone who eats there. (NY Times)

22 hidden gem private dining rooms in NYC. (Eater)


The Times’ coverage of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (NY Times)

The six moments of silence to honor the 2,983 victims of the attacks. (amNY)

Traditionally, the skylight of the Oculus opens on 9/11, but this year it will remain closed due to repairs after it was found to be leaking earlier this year. (Patch)

Remembering 9/11 from the staff of the Windows on the World restaurant, which was located on the 107th floor of the North Tower at the World Trade Center. (Grub Street)

Honoring the Ladder 118/Engine 205’s lost. (Brooklyn Heights Blog)