The Briefly for July 15, 2019 – The “I’ve Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway” Edition

Our absent mayor was absent during the blackout, the reinvention of the rainbow cookie, de Blasio hires his son to save his 0% campaign, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The late-night disruptions this week are minimal unless you’re on the L train in Brooklyn. Service is suspended between Lorimer and Broadway Junction. (Subway Weekender)

A gallery of how broadway shows and professional musicians handled the blackout, along with New Yorkers stepping up to direct traffic, and a video of the lights turning back on. (Huff Post)

When the power went out, the first question was “why?” The second question was where the hell is our mayor? (NY Times)

Where was the mayor? He has an average 0% support and yet he was spending the day in Iowa. (Politico)

When he was asked on the air on CNN at 9 pm, two hours after the blackout began the mayor said he was still weighing his options. (Politico)

While a portion of the city sat in darkness, it was Corey Johnson that provided public leadership on the news, Twitter, and during Sunday’s press conference. Our absentee mayor continued to be absent. (Chelsea Now)

Want to live in a city where you can save money for a rainy day? Too bad, you live in New York. (CNBC)

If you’re the person that’s been praying for consistent hot temperatures, this is the week where all your friends will give you the side-eye. Welcome to the first sweltering week of summer. (amNY)

The state legislature passed the Utility Responsibility Bill and now it waits for the governor’s signature. The bill would protect homeowners if any damage was done to their property by utility companies. (QNS)

Do you know the difference between a studio and a one-bedroom apartment? Did you know a bedroom needs to be a minimum of 80 square feet with a ceiling height minimum of eight feet? (StreetEasy)

R. Kelly has been arrested and indicted of racketeering and violating federal anti-sex trafficking laws. These are in addition to the charges he’s facing in Illinois. He faces up to 70 years in prison. (Patch)

The rainbow cookie is already perfect, but some chefs can’t leave well-enough alone. (Eater)

Whoever the monster is that stole the key to the city received by Allie Long, a member of the US Women’s National Team, understand that you have made very powerful enemies. (Gothamist)

Your landlord can threaten to let your apartment fall into disrepair, but they can’t actually do that. Learn about the warranty of habitability and what it means for your apartment. (Gothamist)

This week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health includes “BKLYN Wild” in the Time Out Market, which broke the 100 violation point mark with a 102 score. (Patch)

Governor Cuomo, who has insisted that he is not in control of the MTA, has they need you to adopt or foster an animal. (amNY)

This Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and the city is celebrating multiple ways. (Gothamist)

Inside a mostly abandoned mall in Queens, Board of Elections worker are counting out the fate of the Queens District Attorney’s office. (Gothamist)

A lawsuit is challenging the legality of the “spot rezoning” that was necessary to allow the 80 Flatbush development project a reality. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Abel Cedeno says he had been bullied for being gay, took the stand in his own defense at his manslaughter trial for the murder of two of his high school classmates with a knife. (NY Times)

The city unveiled its plans to protect the east side of Manhattan from the Lower East Side to 25th St with the design of the East River Park. The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project’s walls and design would protect the area from a 16 foot level of sea rise, which is the “100-year flood + waves” level. (Curbed)

A human leg was found in a channel in the waters of Coney Island. (Brooklyn Paper)

If you think you apply for affordable housing in the city, registration is a fairly simple process. (Curbed)

The city council’s Committee on Small Business is calling on Letitia James’s office to look at the settlement agreement that allowed Grub Hub to buy Seamless in 2013 in light of the reports about Grub Hub’s business tactics. (Grub Street)

JetBlue installed Does Starbucks sell newspapers? If you answered no, you’ll soon be proven right because the company announced that they will stop selling The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today at its 8,600 locations nationwide. (NY Times)

RIP Hector Figueroa, former president of the Service Employees International Union and a key player in the fight for a $15 minimum wage. (NY Times)

Mayor de Blasio is polling at a 0% average in the Democrat presidential primary. Will hiring his son help his campaign? It literally couldn’t hurt it. (NY Times)

A preliminary report is suggesting that the impending MTA overhaul reduce the number of groups within the organization from 40 into six departments to centralize and simplify. The MTA’s board is expected to vote on a final version of the plan on the 24th. (amNY)

The President’s ICE enforcement action started on Saturday in the city, but early reports indicate that no one opened their doors for ICE and as a result, no one was detained. (amNY)

The race to replace José E. Serrano after he steps down as a result of a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis will be contended by Ruben Diaz Sr, an openly homophobic city councilperson, and Ritchie J Torres, the first openly gay person to hold office in the Bronx. (NY Times)

Need a late-night fix and you already had pizza for lunch? A list of late-night delivery spots that aren’t just pizza. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for April 15, 2019 – The “Last Week of the $2.75 Subway Fare” Edition

The next level of stop-and-frisk, Citi Bike pulls its electric fleet, an alcohol-free bar, a $42 steak for your dog, a body in the Botanical Garden, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The weather this week will bring an “unsettled pattern” to us, which is code for “the weather’s gonna suck.” (amNY)

How to tip. Regardless of how you feel about the practice of tipping or how service workers are paid, we still tip. (Grub Street)

If you love your dog, no really love your dog, the Wilson has a dog’s only menu that includes a $42 ribeye steak. (Eater)

MTA fare is going up on April 21, so you have until Subway to fill up your MetroCards with bonuses. (NY Times)

The L project starts on April 27, but don’t let the MTA fool you. Starting tonight for the next two weeks there will be no service between Brooklyn and Manhattan from 10:30pm through 5am. (6sqft)

A Chipotle, a Pizza Hut, and all the other restaurants ordered closed last week by the Health Department. (Patch)

Out with the gross and in with the new. Say hello to the city’s new restaurants. (amNY)

Six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a garden level, a pool and two saunas and it can be yours for a $195,000/month lease. (Patch)

New York is not the most expensive place on earth to build. It’s the second most expensive. (The Real Deal)

From the man who claimed that homosexual community controls the city, here comes a Congressional run. (Patch)

The NYCHA can’t seem to get repairs one on time, but they sure didn’t wait a second longer than they had to when evicting a 72-year-old man recovering from amputation surgery in the Bronx over $812. (amNY)

Deep breath in. Hold it. An alcohol-free bar has opened in Greenpoint. And exhale slowly. (Greenpointers)

Forget MoviePass, here comes the Alamo Season Pass. (Gothamist)

Punk Island released its first batch of bands for the free festival on June 22. (BrooklynVegan)

The MTA has until June 30 to put its fare evasion strategy to paper, thanks to legislation in the state’s budget in an attempt to get the NYPD, the boroughs’ DA offices, and the MTA on the same page. (Patch)

Employees at the American Museum Natural History are threatening resignations and boycotts over the museum’s refusal to cancel a gala celebrating confirmed monster and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. (Gothamist)

Giving students a say in how their school’s budgets are allocated? What a novel idea. (Gothamist)

Riding a bus in the city is bad enough before you start throwing cups of pee in anyone’s face. (CBS Local)

Did you say Bryant Park beads? No. BEES. (Bryant Park BeeCam)

The MTA’s weekend reputation isn’t going to get any better with stories like this. The MTA shut down subways to Roosevelt Island after the stations were overwhelmed by people trying to get to the Cherry Blossom Festival. (Gothamist)

Remember those 1,000 new electric bikes that Citi Bike was going to add to their fleet? They’ve been pulled due to some questions about their brakes. (Streetsblog)

A body was found in the Bronx River inside of the New York Botanical Garden on Saturday. There were no signs of trauma and the medical examiner’s office is investigating. (amNY)

Listen, birds are cool now, so look to the skies. (Patch)

After the New York Post put an image of September 11 on its cover to make a questionable and tasteless point, multiple groups are calling for a boycott. That will include The Briefly. No more links to the Post for a while. (NY Times)

A look inside Amazon’s Staten Island fulfillment center, robots and all. (amNY)

Chameleon, the Financial District’s local comic shop on Maiden Lane, closed after 30 years. An increase would have put his rent over $10,000 for five hundred square feet, just East of Broadway. (NY Times)

It’ll be the newer New Museum. The New Museum is looking to expand into a new seven-story structure next to where the museum currently stands on Bowery. (Bowery Boogie)

17 places to get an affordable brunch. What does “affordable” mean? That depends. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 15, 2019 – The “Billion Dollar Breakup with Free Delivery” Edition

Amazon leaves behind a mess by pulling out on Valentine’s Day and five stories that are 100% unrelated to Amazon HQ2 in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway diversions and changes gets a bonus day thanks to Presidents’ Day on Monday. If you’ve gotta get around on Monday, the weekend’s schedule might impact how you do so. (6sqft)


Amazon broke up with New York on Valentine’s Day! (The Indypendent)

Amazon assumed Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo spoke for New York. They miscalculated the power of local politicians. (Politico)

Remember how Amazon was going to rent one million square feet in the Citibank building? That deal is off. Anyone need a million square feet of office space in Long Island City? (The Real Deal)

As late as Wednesday night, Amazon and labor leaders agreed to discuss ground rules for worker unionization. (NY Times)

10 things NYC should do now that the Amazon HQ2 deal is over. (Curbed)

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.” -Amazon

The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.” -Governor Andrew Cuomo

I was flabbergasted” -Mayor Bill de Blasio

“We all want jobs to come to Queens, and Amazon used the promise of job creation to extract major concessions for this project.” -Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

“This process was clearly flawed and did not include the affected community nor their legislative representatives until after the deal was signed.” -State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

“This is another indication proving what I have been saying is correct.” -City Councilmember and Elected Homophobe Ruben Diaz Sr, tripling down on his statement on how the city is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

This is devastating. We just sent a message that New York City is closed for business.” -Eric Benaim, CEO of Modern Spaces

“I hope this is the start of a conversation about vulture capitalism and where our tax dollars are best spent. I know I’d choose mass transit over helipads any day.” -Speaker of the City Council and acting Public Advocate Corey Johnson

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Long Island City will forever be known as the city that let the big one get away, and there are two people overwhelmingly responsible for it.  You own this Mike Gianaris and Jimmy Van Bramer, you own it.” LIC Talk Editorial

“Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves.” -State Senator Michael Gianaris

Why I’m Leaving New York,” by Jeff Bezos -@DaveWeigel, winning the Twitter reaction to today’s news.


St Marks Place, West 4th Street and other misnamed streets. (StreetEasy)

Solo dining is up 80% in the last four years. (Eater)

Speaking of, 13 of the best places to be alone in the city. (Gothamist)

Hate crimes are up 81% from last year, with two thirds of them anti-Semitic incidents. (Patch)

17 restaurants that aren’t “hot” but are still “cool.” That’s the real headline. Blame The Infatuation. (The Infatuation)

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