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)

The Briefly for September 6, 2019 – The “NYC Rodent Murder Sludge Bucket” Edition

A drag queen runs for City Council, ConEd gets yelled at, city beaches are prematurely closed, don’t trust the free subway wifi, and more in today’s daily NYC news update

This weekend’s subway service changes and disruptions are few in number, but the trains that are hit, are hit hard. Expect problems getting around on the 2, 6, J, N, R and SIR. (Subway Weekender)

Someone set up a makeshift stage for the mayor to drop out of the presidential race outside of the Park Slope YMCA. It’s not a bad strategy to get the mayor’s attention, he spends more time at the YMCA than he does at City Hall. (Brooklyn Paper)

Meet Deborah Lauter, the head of the city’s new Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes. (NY Times)

Is the city ready for its first drag queen on city council? Marti Gould Allen-Cummings thinks so and plans to run in Manhattan District 7. (amNY)

A death box full of sludge and dead rats. Welcome to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’s new “hygienic, humane, and sustainable” mass-murder bucket. (Splinter)

Eric Garner’s family still has a lot of unanswered questions about his death, including why he was charged with a felony cigarette sale charge when it requires 10,000 cigarettes or more to be applicable or why the police report said no force was used. Pantaleo is fired, but the family is pushing forward to seek broader justice. (The Indypendent)

The guitarist of the band Piss Factory settles into his new role: the heir to a tofu dynasty. (NY Times)

Yeah, you love karaoke, but do you love it enough to run a karaoke den out of your home? (Bedford + Bowery)

A look at why subway tile is so classic and how it’s evolving. (StreetEasy)

Do you know about the Pratt Cats and the history behind the cat houses on campus? (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat after a run in Central Park (but also after you take a shower, right?) (The Infatuation)

Neopolitan, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit Sicilian, and more. Where to find regional pizza styles in the city. (amNY)

City beaches are closed Friday and Saturday because of Hurricane Dorian-related conditions, ruining two of the three last days of beach season. Bummer. (Patch)

If you’re already missing summer, this split-screen video showing 100 years of history in Coney Island will have you feeling the sand in your shoes. (The New Yorker)

Photos from inside the 6,000-square-foot Artechouse, the space under Chelsea Market dedicated to new media artwork. (Untapped Cities)

29 fall restaurants openings you need to know about. (Grub Street)

He’s already got ethics charges against him, what’s a few more? The City Council Standards and Ethics Committee found evidence of conflict-of-interest violations and retaliation against staff members by Andy King, a council member from the Bronx. A closed-door hearing will be held September 13 for all charges. (Patch)

2019 has already seen more than twice the number of cyclists killed by drivers as in 2018. Mayor de Blasio’s natural instinct is to consider introducing new regulations for cyclists, not drivers. (Curbed)

Are you someone who finds satisfaction in watching something get clean? Watch the Museum of Natural History clean its 92-foot, 21,000-pound white whale and relax. (American Museum of Natural History)

ConEd sent people to get yelled at by City Council over this summer’s power outages. (Gothamist)

How to spend a day in Bushwick. (amNY)

Norm’s Pizza, a new pizza shop in Downtown Brooklyn, is the unholy marriage of the owners of dollar-slice 2 Bros. and the former Roberta’s pizzaiolo turned pizza consultant Anthony Falco. (Eater)

Must-see theater coming to the city’s stages this fall. (amNY)

Photos: ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom: The Art Show’ (Brooklyn Vegan)

At least four former city council members are considering running for their old seats after they were term-limited out. (Politico)

All the ways your information can be stolen while using the free wifi in a subway station. (amNY)

The hottest brunch spots in NYC. (Eater)

Thanks to reader Louisa for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for September 5, 2019 – The “Summer Vacation is Ending for the Mayor” Edition

More L train changes announced, stop dropping your AirPods on the subway tracks, renaming the city for women, a mystery tomato grows, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Since firing NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his illegal chokehold that lead to the death of Eric Garner, there has been a decline in arrests and summonses all across the city. (amNY)

Summer break is over for the city’s students but concerns about lead paint in classrooms is still going strong. (Gothamist)

The city’s new speed cameras turn on this week from 6 am to 10 pm. Cameras are located within a quarter-mile of the city’s 1,840 public schools and tickets will cost $50. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

No matter what the city eventually decides to do about the gifted and talented programs, New York City Chancellor Richard Carranza has said not to expect any changes this year. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

May de Blasio might drop out of the presidential race if he doesn’t qualify for the fourth debate. We may get a full-time mayor back on October 1. (NY Times)

Maybe de Blasio is better being a part-time mayor if his full-time thoughts would include considering requiring licenses for bike riders. (Streetsblog)

Video: The secrets of Grand Central Terminal. (Viewing NYC)

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, a terrible TV show, Warner Brothers Television is putting 30 replicas of the orange couch around the country, including multiple NYC locations. (amNY)

Warner Brothers attempted to put a couch in Greenwich Village, theoretical home to the irredeemable idiots on the show, but Community Board 2 said no. (Gothamist)

The city could see remnants of Hurricane Dorian on Friday with heavy rain and wind. (Patch)

Stop dropping your AirPods onto the subway tracks. The MTA is tired of retrieving them. (Gothamist)

How did a tomato end up growing out of a piling near the Brooklyn Bridge? (Gothamist)

Tax policy gave us the summer of spiked seltzer. (Grub Street)

What if the city’s subway stops were all named for women? That’s the idea behind the City of Women map, currently on display at the Transit Museum. Would naming a subway stop after Lena Dunham be worse than naming one after Peter Schermerhorn, who was best known for owning a rope factory? (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

The elevators in NYCHA buildings are constantly breaking down, which makes sense once you understand the budget to fix them is $74 million, which falls short of the needed $1.5 billion. (Curbed)

Video: Meet the city’s “Mother Pigeon,” performance artist Tina Piña Trachtenburg. (Video NYC)

A walking tour of 1949 Greenwich Village. (Curbed)

The MTA announced how it plans to make L train service worse on nights and weekends as it continues its L Train Slowdown work. These changes are to make accommodation for elevator and escalator construction. (Gothamist)

A look at where we are with the mayor’s $8.7 billion plan to replace Rikers Island with four community jails. (NY Times)

The 15 most anticipated restaurant openings of the fall, according to Eater. (Eater)

Thanks to Chris for today’s featured photo