The Briefly for September 13th, 2019 – The Weekend “Are the Subways No Longer A Daily Disaster?” Edition

Gov Cuomo writes a letter to himself, the city lifts its gay conversion therapy ban at the behest of LGBTQ advocates, the pizza festival returns, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Friday the 13th and a full moon? NYCs gonna be spoooooky tonight.

We’re back to heavy service delays, disruptions, and construction this weekend, so check your trains before you go. (Subway Weekender)

The subway is no longer “a daily disaster,” according to the Times. (NY Times)

The New York Pizza Festival returns to the Bronx next month. (Welcome2TheBronx)

An app from the NYPD to report crimes? This will not go well. (amNY)

The City Council is repealing its ban on gay conversion therapy at the request of LGBTQ advocates. While it doesn’t make sense on the surface, advocates are worried that the right-leaning federal court system will declare the practice unconstitutional. There can’t be a lawsuit if there is no ban. A new state law will continue to ban conversion therapy practices, so don’t worry that new businesses will pop up all over the city offering these “services.” (Patch)

City and state politicians are calling on the DOT to re-open the dedicated bike path on the Triborough Bridge. (amNY)

Two companies that sell at-home (and inadmissible in court) rape kits have received cease and desists from the New York Attorney General Letitia James. (Gothamist)

A man was found tied up in the basement of a Bronx bodega, where he was trapped for three days. The man says he was grabbed off the street, thrown into a car, beaten, and held against his will The owner of the bodega was arrested and the NYPD are looking for an employee. (Patch)

How to eat in Greenpoint for 24 hours. (Eater)

After being a straight-C student for a few years, York College’s cafeteria was shut down by the Health Department after failing an inspection. (Patch)

How plausible were the apartments in Friends? (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is back to pretending like he’s not in charge of the MTA. This time around, he’s “asking” the MTA’s board in the form of a letter to publicly release the MTA Capital Plan, which lays out changes from 2020 to 2024. (Second Ave Sagas)

The five best octopus dishes around NYC. (Eater)

The dates and lineup for the fall Brooklyn Flea have been released. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The pied-à-terre tax, the tax on the second homes the rich keep in the city, is not dead yet. It was assumed after the “mansion tax” went into effect in July that the pied-à-terre tax was dead. (Curbed)

Eric Adams is digging in his heels in the face of criticism of his rat murder-sludge-bucket contraption. (Gothamist)

Where to find the best mooncakes. (Time Out)

Leslie Jones is leaving SNL, but they are adding Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis & Bowen Yang to the cast. (Gothamist)

Don’t freak out, but four cases of West Nile were discovered in New York City. It’s actually good news because last year at this time 36 people had been infected. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Not everyone hates having the Trump name on their buildings. The Trump International Hotel and Tower’s condo board voted to keep the name. Donald Trump Jr is on the condo’s board. (6sqft)

Where to take your hangry tourist friends and family that is both relaxing and still exciting. (Eater)

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.