The Briefly for September 24, 2019 – The “Better Off Without the City’s Attention” Edition

The MTA’s buses are going slower, the NYPD will handle “emotionally disturbed” New Yorkers differently, a case for Riverside Pak, the best tapas, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Everyone’s got a to-do list for the mayor, here’s another list of eight issues for him to deal with. (Curbed)

Congratulations are in order to Mayor de Blasio. The mayor announced a plan to speed up the city’s buses 25% and buses are running slower than this time last year. Perfection. (Patch)

Philly pizza? Yup, Philly favorite Pizzeria Beddia Will have one night in the big city on October 1. (Grub Street)

The Oculus’s roof is supposed to open on 9/11 annually, but this year it remained shut due to a leak which was caused by last year’s opening and closing. It’ll cost an additional $200,000 to fix the leak. (Curbed)

The Friars Club made the celebrity roast a common occurrence, for better or worse. Here are ten secrets of the Friars Club. (Untapped Cities)

Video: A striking video about artists and advocates’ push to make Hart Island, New York City’s public cemetery, publicly accessible. (Untapped Cities)

The city was barely ready when the new “Raise the Age” law removed 16-year-olds from the normal court system and placed them in Family Court or “Youth Part” (which is a real part of the justice system). On October 1, 17-year-olds will be moved into these parts of the system and there are doubts the courts will be able to handle it. (The City)

National Grid has frozen 2,600 applications for gas hookups in its temper tantrum over Governor Cuomo’s refusal to add a new gas pipeline to Rockaway Beach, leaving 20,000 apartments and businesses without gas. (Gothamist)

Peak fall foliage will hit the city mid-October. (6sqft)

The former Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy will become a ten-story building with residential “co-living,” hotel rooms and community space. (6sqft)

An argument that Riverside Park is the lowkey best park in the city. (Gothamist)

How much do you trust the NYPD on a scale from 1-10? According to polls, it’s at a 6.6 for the month of August. (amNY)

City Hall will reveal a plan this week for how the NYPD will deal with mentally ill New Yorkers. Over the last decade, annual calls to 911 about “emotionally disturbed people” have doubled from 97,000 to over 180,000. (The City)

The NYPD list a state Supreme Court case and after a yearlong battle will have to reveal fare evasion data, which advocates say will reveal the NYPD’s racist policing policies. (Gothamist)

Vegandale is taking over Randall’s Island Park/a> this Saturday with 150 vegan food and drink vendors. (The Villager)

Everyone has the right to be stupid, even the people stockpiling vape juice ahead of an eventual ban. (Gothamist)

If the biggest problem you have with Roberta’s is that you don’t want to go all the way to Bushwick for pizza, you’re in luck. Roberta’s will be opening a Manhattan outpost in the spring. (Eater)

A replica of Josef Albers’s “Manhattan” is back at 200 Park Avenue. The original was iconic but also hid a deadly secret behind its Formica panels, asbestos. IT was removed in 2000. (NY Times)

Watch Greta Thunberg’s address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit. (Gothamist)

Meet Katherine Walsh, who will challenge incumbent Assemblymember Félix Ortiz’s State Assembly seat representing Sunset Park and Red Hook with a focus on the environment. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

When Wayne Algenio became the king of San Gennaro by eating 38 cannoli and 54 zeppoli in six minutes, each a week apart, the last thing he was thinking about was the 10,000 calories he just consumed. Here’s a closer look at what it takes to be a king. (Bedford + Bowery)

15 top-notch tapas restaurants in NYC. (Eater)

The Briefly for September 18, 2019 – The “Is Astoria the Coolest Neighborhood in the City?” Edition

How to make congestion pricing work, National Grid continues to hold customers’ service hostage, everyone hates the new license plates, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Elizabeth Warren hit Washington Square Park on Monday night to give a presidential speech on corruption. (NY Times)

Kopitiam is the only restaurant in the city to be on Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. (Grub Street)

Time Out put together a list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods to visit in the world. On the list? Astoria. Here are three spots in Astoria to visit.(Time Out)

How will congestion pricing pay for the MTA’s 2020-2024 capital plan? A flat fee of $6.62 that could go up to $9.18 during the day and $3.06 at night and with no exceptions. (Gothamist)

Uber and Lyft drivers are showing their true power over the city with a protest against Uber and Lyft’s non-compliance with the state’s minimum wage laws by driving slowly in packs down some of the city’s busiest roads like FDR Drive and the Brooklyn Bridge. (Gothamist)

If you don’t have $11 million on hand, you can still see what an 11-room residence looks like in the Dakota on West 72nd Street. (6sqft)

The Department of Transportation is installing 50 public charging stations for electric vehicles across the city with each station being able to charge two vehicles. (Jackson Heights Post)

Six places to go apple picking near the city without a car. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I am unequivocally against, and will never, ever, allow Industry City to move forward with a rezoning proposal through ULURP in the form that they submitted to the City Planning Commission in February earlier this year.” – City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (Curbed)

Turns out 60% of voters polled are opposed to the new rule to replace license plates over ten years old. 75% of voters polled oppose the $25 fee for the newly designed plates. (Patch)

Donald Trump’s childhood home is up for auction in Queens. You’ve got until November 14 to bid. (Curbed)

National Grid continues to hold customers’ gas service hostage in protest of the state’s rejection of the billion-dollar Williams Pipeline that would terminate in the Rockaways over concerns it could contaminate the New York Harbor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here are the views from the top of the city’s tallest residential building. (Curbed)

Is Sunnyside Yards the next Hudson Yards? (Greenpointers)

A food tour of Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro. (6sqft)

Rates of violence in Rikers Island is up across the board, including violence between inmates, inmates assaults against staff, use of force against prisoners, and use of force against adolescent inmates. (Politico)

The ten oldest and intact cemeteries in the city. (Untapped Cities)

The city has spent $673 million on NYC Ferry but hasn’t spent a dime on Citi Bikes. NYC Ferry averages 17,842 riders per day, Citi Bike recently hit a new record of 91,529 trips on Thursday, September 5. (Streetsblog)

Here’s who over 100 people will be crawling down 1.5 miles on Manhattan’s streets this weekend. (Untapped Cities)

26 of the Upper East Side’s best bars and resaurants. (Eater)

thanks to reader The Unisphere from Lindsey for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for September 17, 2019 – The “Can $51 Billion Fix the Subways?” Edition

NY has subpoenaed Trump’s tax returns, the best fast-casual in Midtown, ShaneGillis was fired from SNL, the MTA’s fraudulent on-time numbers, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

All 1.1 million NYC students will be excused on Friday if they skip school to participate in the nationwide protests ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit. (NY Times)

The citywide ban on cashless businesses has stalled, with the bill’s co-sponsors optimistically calling it “not dead.” (King’s County Politics)

A dive into the freshly released $51 billion MTA Capital Plan. (Second Ave Sagas)

The MTA Capital Plan incorporates many of Andy Byford’s ideas from his Fast Forward plan. (Gothamist)

The plan will pay for signals will be installed on 11 subway lines. (Patch)

The next phase of the Second Ave Subway is included in the plan. (6sqft)

What to know about Governor Cuomo’s flavored vape ban. (amNY)

The express F train is no longer a surprise, as of this week the F train express returns for two trains in each direction during morning and afternoon commutes. (amNY)

If you want to own a piece of Anthony Boudain’s life, his possessions are going to be auctioned off online next month. The money raised will go to his family and to a scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in his name. (Grub Street)

Remember the MTA’s announcement that their service is improving? Those numbers have been historically fraudulent. (Signal Problems)

Governor Cuomo’s attempt to handle the homeless population on the subways with finger-pointing highlights the blind eye he’s turned toward’s the state’s homeless problem. (Gothamist)

Sitting on the wall of Keens Steakhouse is a bloody and possibly cursed playbill from the Ford Theater from the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat omakase sushi for less than $100. (The Infatuation)

How the U.N. General Assembly will screw up traffic this month. (Curbed)

Inside the fight to rezone and revitalize Crown Heights. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

It’s no longer a question of when. State prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed eight years of tax returns from President Trump from his personal and corporate accounting firm. (NY Times)

The lawsuit over 80 Flatbush Ave’s development between the 400 & 500 State Street Block Association and Alloy Development was privately settled, paving a clear road for demolition and construction to begin in the spring. (Curbed)

The worry over moving New York’s presidential primary is over. The governor signed a bill that, once again, moves the primary to April. (QNS)

Video: A look at how Fay Da Bakery became the most iconic Chinese bakery in New York City. (Viewing NYC)

SNL un-hired Shane Gillis for his past racist and homophobic comments. (Gothamist)

Want to get into the spirit of San Gennaro without, you know, actually going to San Gennaro? Here are seven alternatives, from restaurants to pastry shops. (amNY)

Yesterday’s Briefly linked to a story about how 25% of the city’s luxury apartments built since 2013 have never been sold. Consider 432 Park a monument to that stat as it becomes the tallest residential building in the world. (Gothamist)

20 outstanding fast-casual restaurants in Midtown. (Eater)

Thanks to @miner0727 for today’s featured photo.