The Briefly for April 30, 2019 – The “Luxury Living in a Toxic Waste Flood Zone” Edition

A gun buyback program in Queens, the NYPD strays from following the law, the new Airbnb/office building hybrid takes Rockefeller Center, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Borough President Melinda Katz put forward a plan to address Queens’ gun violence, including a 24/7 gun buyback program and new education programs. We’re two weeks from the primary for the Queens District Attorney and Katz is a candidate. (QNS)

The allergy forecast continues to be at “high” or “very High” without a sign of “moderate” in sight. Stay indoors. (Patch)

The 6 oldest buildings in the Bronx. (Untapped Cities)

30-story buildings on toxic waste sites that are in flood zones. Welcome to the Gowanus rezoning. (Curbed)

Another hidden tax. Restaurants have begun charging customers fees for paying with a credit card. (MarketWatch)

Photos from Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. (Gothamist)

Watch a time-lapse of the Goethals Bridge construction. (EarthCam)

Sounds like no one like Rhode Island style “pizza.” (Eater)

Welcome to the neighborhoods in the city with seven playgrounds for every 10,000 kids, the playground deserts. (Patch)

10 stories of a 33 story office building in Rockefeller Center will be converted from offices to Airbnbs. This is one of a few office/hotel hybrids coming to the city. (Curbed)

Take a historic tour of the 2,200 buildings of Greenwich Village, 50 years after it was given landmark designation. (6sqft)

Seems like The Palm is the new Spotted Pig. The chain is accused multiple times over of nurturing an atmosphere of sexual harassment. The restaurant’s attorney denies the claims. (Eater)

The story of how McGuinness Blvd became McGuinness Blvd, from its start as the cobblestone Oakland Street. (Greenpointers)

AOC had her first town hall, fielding questions about the Green New Deal and Amazon HQ2. (QNS)

Legal Aid is suing the city in an attempt to get the NYPD to actually follow the law and stop penalizing workers who use electric bikes for deliveries. (Gothamist)

The big boards at Grand Central Terminal are going all digital and it’s hard not to see that as a loss, no matter how convenient the upgrade may be. (Gothamist)

Uber and Lyft’s explosive growth in the city has stopped on a dime, as neither are hiring new drivers. The city’s pay regulations appear to be having the intended effect. Since the $17.22 minimum wage for drivers went into effect, drivers have earned $56 million more than they would have otherwise. (Politico)

The B39 bus gets the New York Times profile treatment. (New York Times)

Six of the season's best neighborhood food festivals. (6sqft)

Everything new you need to know about camping on Governors Island. (Time Out)

“IT WAS PROFISIZED [sic] IN THE LATE 20th CENTURY. AN Angel OF DEATH SHALL WASTE THIS PLACE. NOW I ASK YOU DO YOU BELIEVE IT TO BE TRUE?….THE DOCTOR.” No one asked for this on their mozzarella cheese packaging. (Gothamist)

“By entering these premises you agree not to run for President of the United States in 2020 or in any future presidential race,” says the signs at the YMCA that Mayor de Blasio visits to work out. Not all heroes wear capes. (Patch)

Early voting is likely coming to NYC. The mayor proposed 100 early voting sites for the 2019 general election, the 2020 presidential primary, and the 2020 June primary. (amNY)

The Right to Know Act went into effect in October, which mandated that NYPD officers give business cards to people they stop and ask permission to perform stop and frisk searches. According to the Justice Committee, they haven’t been doing either. (Patch)

The MTA’s express buses are no longer accept cash, but without the OMNY system and without MetroCard machines at express bus stops, some New Yorkers are feeling their commutes threatened. While less than 1% of people use cash, that 1% likely depend on it for their ability to pay the $6.75 fare. (Gothamist)

The five best burritos in New York this week. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for April 29, 2019 – The “Here Comes Another Disease We Have to Worry About” Edition

We have begun the era of the L Train Slowdown, there’s a struggle for control of Governor’s Island, Pete Davidson moves in with his mom, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here are the late night subway diversions you can expect this week. (Subway Changes)

Rockefeller Center is turning into a sculpture park for Frieze New York. Tell that to your friend that wants to drag you up to Storm King. (Untapped Cities)

Are the NYPD’s gang raids about justice or vengeance? A new report from CUNY Law Professor Babe Howell shows most of the people caught in gang raids in the Bronx were not accused of violence. Many of the arrested’s offenses were already resolved or dismissed at the state level. (Gothamist)

Great to hear that we have another horrid disease to worry about. Chagas disease, the “kissing bug,” which is usually never found North of South Carolina. Climate change? What climate change? (Patch)

The state’s budget is at the heart of the constant back-and-forth between the state’s legislature and the governor. Queens Assemblymember Brian Barnwell is looking to change that with a proposed constitutional amendment that will wrestle some of the control away from the governor. (Gothamist)

“What do those hawks that fly around the city eat?” Well this one ate a damn pigeon in broad daylight while standing on top of a car. (Viewing NYC)

The city abandoned plans to bring 200 dockless bikes to Coney Island. Locals were worried that allowing bikes to be stashed anywhere would be chaos, even for a neighborhood nicknamed ‘Sodom by the Sea.’ (Brooklyn Paper)

How “protected” could a bike lane be if the only protection is some paint? (Streetsblog)

A look at the nine different bills that could change how rent works in New York state. (amNY)

This week’s high score violation points among the nine restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health is 99. (Patch)

The 2019 Astoria outdoor dining guide. Make a note for when you find yourself in Astoria this summer with no idea where to eat. (We Heart Astoria)

BABY LEMUR! (Wildlife Conservation Society)

The Lit. Bar is open, and the Bronx finally has a bookstore. (Curbed)

How much would you be willing to pay for a used MTA garbage can? Bet it’s not $375! (Gothamist)

RIP Michael Fesco, whose gay clubs were trendsetters in Manhattan and Fire Island. (NY Times)

The man who allegedly threw a cup on urine on two MTA workers has been arrested. Still super gross. (NBC New York)

New York Archdiocese named 115 priests and five deacons who were accused of sexually abusing a child. (NY Times)

The Daily Meal’s 101 best pizzas in the nation include 29 NYC pizzas. Not #1, which makes the whole list suspect. (Patch)

How New York is this beer? It’s literally made from bagels. (6sqft)

Ever move back in with your parents after a bad breakup? Pete Davidson bought a $1.3 million house with his mom on Staten Island. (The Real Deal)

It would be more surprising if the L Train Slowdown happened flawlessly. The problems with the slowdown started 30 minutes before the slowdown did. Before the trains were expected to arrive, the first train took 40 minutes. Eventually, the MTA hid their shame by taking their countdown clocks offline. But really, it the L train service any worse than what the MTAs been shoveling our way for years? (Gothamist)

It wasn’t a total disaster of a weekend, but let’s not get our hopes up too high. (amNY)

There’s a block in Jamaica where it appears the raccoons have taken over. Welcome to Trash Panda City. (Patch)

A look at the history of 143 East Houston, from church to fight club to Sunshine Cinema to wrecking ball. (Ephemeral New York)

Of New York City’s 10,000 bodegas, 4-6,000 of them are owned by Yemeni-Americans. In 2017, they closed their shows to protest President Trump’s travel ban. Now they’re taking a stand against the New York Post. (NY Times)

There’s a power struggle over who can control the fate of Governor’s Island as former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, Mayor de Blasio’s point person for his real estate initiatives, seemed to have pushed out Michael Samuelian, the President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island, in a political power play. (Politico)

If you’re registered to vote and live in the city, the city’s Board of Elections has posted your name, address, and political party affiliation online. (WNYC)

Sick of tapas? Where to eat when you’re sick of being told to order 2-3 small plates each. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for November 30, 2018 – The “Joyless, Arbitrary, Spiritually Empty” Edition

The weekend subway changes, rezoning North Brooklyn, Mrs. Maisel’s Greenwich Village, the snootiest area of the city, the subway station with the most crime, and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

The weekend’s subway nightmares, explained. (SubwayStats)

Take your pick: a dog film festival, a cat film festival, or a horse film festival. They’re all this weekend. (NY Times)

Amazon’s 4 Star store in SoHo: “among my most dismal shopping experiences in recent memory: joyless, arbitrary, spiritually empty.”

The Gowanus Canal is partially clean for the first time in 150 years. Can it ever be truly clean? (Curbed)

Citi Bike will triple the number of bikes in the next five years as a result of the city allowing its parent company, Motivate, to be bought by Lyft for $100 million. (amNY)

Take a tour of Anable Basin, the future home of Amazon’s HQ2. (Curbed)

If you’ve noticed businesses taking down awnings and replacing them with signs, you’re not alone. Is it a conspiracy? The Department of Buildings has started enforcing old laws that placed limits on letter size and awning size with fines that start at $4,000. City Council members have floated a theory that an awning company has called in complaints to drum up business. (Bklyner)

Mic, who occupied two stories of World Trade Center One, laid off most of its staff and is in talks to sell to Bustle. (Gothamist)

10 secrets of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. (Untapped Cities)

Four days of the new “modern” signals on the 7, four days of significant delays, and that was only a small part of what made Thursday’s commute awful. (Gothamist)

While likely not a surprise, Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report that argues the city doesn’t do enough for the city’s neediest families, despite Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing agenda. (Curbed)

Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center has the distinction of having the most reported crimes of any subway stop in the city, with the Port Authority coming in second. Here are the 25 subway stations with the highest numbers of crime. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Hanukkah approaches, plan properly. (amNY)

A tour of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Greenwich Village. (GVSHP)

Life isn’t difficult enough for cyclists in the city before some nut job starts tossing thumbtacks into Sunnyside’s protected bike lanes. (Sunnyside Post)

What’s the snootiest area in the city? Before you click, try to guess. (StreetEasy)

A portion of LaGuardia’s new Terminal B opened on Thursday, including a fool hall, retail, and also some gates for airplanes to come and go from. Amazon Cuomo was there to cut the ribbon. (6sqft)

The NYPD is getting a new handbook on how to treat victims of crime. According to Commissioner James O’Neill, it’s about “simple human interaction.” (NY Post)

Irate Winterfest attendees are receiving refunds after attending the underwhelming first few days of the event in the Brooklyn Museum’s backyard. The Brooklyn Museum has been quick to point out that the event is being run by an outside company. (Bklyner)

Do opponents have any hope of stopping Amazon in Long Island City? (Gothamist)

A 125th St Whole Foods security guard choked a man unconscious. Turns out they take it seriously when you intentionally mislabel bulk goods. (NY Post)

RIP Bleecker Bob, owner of the appropriately titled Bleecker Bob’s. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

For 20 years, “Santa’s Corner” in Whitestone has been the epitome of “there’s no such thing as too many Christmas light on one house.” (TimesLedger)

The New York State Pavilion in Queens is receiving a $16 million federal grant from FEMA to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. (TimesLedger)

Can a rezoning of parts of Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg save North Brooklyn from itself? (Brooklyn Paper)

Unsolicited dick pics being sent over AirDrop on iPhones is a problem and a new City Council bill could make it punishable by a $1,000 and a year in jail. (NY Times)

Kyle Borello, 31, was arrested for riot and attempted assault charges for last month’s Upper East Side fight involving The Proud Boys, a SPLC designated hate group and FBI classified extremist group with white nationalist ties. (NY Post)

13 of the hottest new cocktail bars. (Eater)

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