The Briefly for November 16, 2018 – The “A Few Inches of Snow Should Not Be the Apocalypse” Edition

That was only the first snow of the season, the 10 best restaurants in the city, Danny DeVito Day, Simcha Felder switches sides (again), LIC’s history of booms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It’s the weekend, so take precautions before riding the subway. Like a magician, the MTA will make the L and Q mostly disappear, and multiple other lines are running partial service. All the weekend subway changes. (6sqft)


Winter Storm Avery

What hell happened during Thursday’s storm that the city’s government was so unprepared to deal with the snow?

Turns out the snow storm was worse than predicted. (Gothamist)

The Port Authority shut down before 6pm because of overcrowding. (NY Post)

Staten Island turned into a borough-wide parking lot. (SI Live)

The Bronx was at a standstill. (Welcome2TheBronx)


You’d be surprised at how the MTA finds faulty subway signals. (Gothamist)

The 6 best pumpkin soups in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

With Silvercup, Chiclets, Dentyne, PS1, Sunshine Biscuits, and finally to Amazon, Long Island City’s history is one of booms. The neighborhood’s occupancy rate of 98.2% isn’t slowing interest, with real estate searches for LIC spiking nearly 300% in the past few days. (amNY, 6sqft)

The state senate’s biggest marijuana booster is in Nevada, touring the world’s largest marijuana dispensary. Hmmm… (Bklyner)

How can dating in the city get worse? Add 25,000 tech bros to the mix. (NY Post)

Fares are going up in March, ridership is declining, and drastic cuts are coming to service. The MTA’s future is unsustainable. (NY Times)

New York has a taxi driver suicide problem. Roy Kim was the eighth driver in the last year who committed suicide. (Gothamist)

In an attempt to keep up with Uber and Lyft, yellow taxis are offering a 50% discount during rush hours if you use the app Waave. (6sqft)

A new exhibit at the 9/11 museum spotlights the Mohawk ironworkers who helped build One World Trade. The Mohawk ironworkers helped build New York’s iconic skyline, having a hand in the construction of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the George Washington Bridge. (amNY)

Tea & Sympathy, open since 1980 and a subject of discussion during the gubernatorial Democratic primary, is in danger of closing. The cost of staying in the West Village, $28,000 a month, has caught up with the tea house. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The potentially dangerous flaw in the new Delancey Street bike lane. (Gothamist)

Subway chief Andy Byford is bragging about how he shamed a turnstile jumper into buying a MetroCard. If he can convince 13,333,333,333 more people to buy Metrocards, he’ll pay for his fantasy $40 billion subway plan. (NY Post)

The 10 best restaurants in the city, according to Pete Wells. (NY Times)

Amazon Cuomo thinks that state lawmakers deserve a raise. (NY Post)

Remember the homeless man and the couple who raised money for him and that turned into a mess? Well it turns out the whole thing was a lie! All three are being charged with second-degree conspiracy and theft by deception. (NY Times)

Democrat Simcha Felder, the city’s political equivalent of a Mets fan that runs out to buy a Yankees hat and jersey the day after they make it to the World Series, does not have plans to attend the Republican conference, which he’s been attending since 2012. (Politico)

Danny DeVito Day is a holiday worth celebrating. (NY Times)

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The Briefly for November 15, 2018 – The “These Preparations Are Snow Joke” Edition

The best slices of pizza, the MTA’s new vacuum train, a lawsuit to stop de Blasio’s school admissions changes, NY’s library rivalry continues, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Amazon deal was a “hard bargain,” according to Mayor de Blasio. Anyone want to play poker against the mayor? (Politico)

The city is going overboard and is not kidding around with these snow preparations. (Gothamist)

10 of the best slices of pizza in NYC, according to Pete Wells. (NY Times)

The MTA has a new 600 horse power “vacuum train” to clear the tracks. Look for the VAKTRAK when you’re desperate for a train to come. (Gothamist)

If the city had an additional 1,000 ballot scanning machines that were not in use during the election, what the hell were they doing with them? (Gothamist)

“I want it to be real New York. I want it to be the local bridges, the local subways, the streets.” Here’s why Stan Lee’s superheroes lived in New York and not a fictional city. (NY Times)

Is WeWork, the city’s largest tenant, too big to fail? (The Real Deal)

The birth of mass transit in the city started with a horse-drowned “omnibus.” (GVSHP)

The MTA’s “Fair Fares” program, which provides discounted MetroCards to New Yorkers living below the federal poverty line, is finally launching. What’s the hook? There will be no single ride discounts. (Gothamist)

The amazing story of a cross-country book sorting rivalry between New York and Seattle. (Atlas Obscura)

The federal government’s plan to take over the NYCHA has been rejected due to a lack of sufficient funds ($2 billion didn’t cut it) and poor planning. (NY Post)

What does the NYC public advocate do? (amNY)

The NYPD arrested a man accused of fishing 346 checks out of mailboxes. Travis Everett is accused of fishing about $400,000 worth of checks from Queens boxes. (NY Post)

New Yorkers have always preferred the “worse” subway map compared to the “perfect” one. (Cheddar)

The Brooklyn Army Terminal stop on the NYC Ferry is temporarily closed while a new barge is built. It’s elected to re-open in three to four weeks. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Parent groups are getting a federal lawsuit ready to stop Mayor de Blasio’s plans to change specialized high school admissions. (NY Post)

An art historian is offering paid tours of street art. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Brooklyn Paper)

Realistically speaking, what can be done to stop the Amazon deal? Spoiler warning: Not much. (NY Times)

Never underestimate the allure of Nutella. The Nutella Cafe had over 100 people waiting in line for the grand opening. (Eater)

Meet App-App. It’s like Netflix, but for appetizers. Seriously. (Viewing NYC)

Eight neighborhoods that will feel the hurt when Amazon comes to town. (StreetEasy)

Get a load of this! The largest chocolate waterfall in North America (45-foot-long, 10-foot-high) is now in Union Square. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 14, 2018 – The “Can We Talk About Something That’s Not Amazon?” Edition

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for less than some apartments in Manhattan, the roller disco is moving to Industry City, and maybe Amazon did something?

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for $35 million, which is less than 44 apartments currently listed for sale by Compass. The 280-year lease was up and the MTA either had to purchase the building or sign a new 270-year lease. (Bloomberg)

10 of the smallest things in NYC. No, your Upper East Side apartment isn’t on the list. (Untapped Cities)

With Democratic control, is 2019 the year that New York gets single-payer healthcare? (Gotham Gazette)

Get yourself ready for the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar for 2019. (Gothamist)

Momofuku Ko, Superiority Burger, Via Carota, and Xi-an Famous Foods landed on Eater’s annual list of essential restaurants.

Meet Paul Sweet from the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ornithology, who wants you to know that the “hot” duck in Central Park ain’t shit. Who hurt you Paul? (Gothamist)

50 cheap eats destinations in NYC. (Eater)

Lola Star is taking her Dreamland roller rink dance parties to Industry City through the winter. (Time Out)

Would you turn over one year of search history and three years of social media posts in order to buy a gun? That’s what a proposed bill by city officials proposes. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


Just as expected, here comes Amazon. (Amazon)

NYC announces subway just for Amazon employees. (The Onion)

Did the city overpay for HQ2? (NY Times)

The city and state worked on the deal without input form the City Council, who would otherwise have a voice in the land review process. (Politico)

It’s hard to find a single positive response to the mayor defending his support of LIC HQ2. (@NYCMayor)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of many people expressing distrust of LIC HQ2. (NY Post)

Everything Amazon is getting, including a helipad. (Gothamist)

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