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.

The Briefly for September 12, 2019 – The “Most Hipster NY Times Headline of All Time” Edition

Assaults on MTA employees are up, the Met’s facade gets an update, the L train can’t catch a break, get an engagement ring in a vending machine, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

For years, police officers used “I smelled an odor of marijuana” as an excuse to perform a search of any person or a vehicle without a warrant, but judges are finally catching on. (NY Times)

The Times, with the most hipster move of all time, highlights Dumbo before it was cool. (NY Times)

Gem Spa was transformed into a “Shitibank” over the weekend, playing on the rumor that CitiBank wants in on the corner real estate. A design firm created mock ads for the fake bank to highlight what could be if Gem Spa goes out of business. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

8 controversial works of NYC architecture. (Untapped Cities)

Supposedly completed in 1902, the exterior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is getting its first updates in 117 with The NewOnes, will free Us, four statues that are sitting in niches that were intended to house sculptures but have always been empty. (Untapped Cities)

The Vend at Rockefeller Center might be the oddest collection of vending machines in the city. Red vines? Okay. An engagement ring? Check. Astronaut ice cream? Yes. Ruth Bader Ginsberg action figure? Got that too. (Untapped Cities)

It’s the Feast of San Gennaro starting today, and here’s a guide. (6sqft)

Three giant, terrifying horse statues have arrived at the southeast corner entrance of Central Park. (Untapped Cities)

What a tribute. Between beer ads, the company with the floating billboards on the city’s waterways displayed a 9/11 “NEVER FORGET” message. Thanks, but no thanks. (Gothamist)

That’s almost as weird and tasteless as the video Rudy Guiliani tweeted after the ceremony at ground zero. (Patch)

A bill Governor Cuomo signed into law on Wednesday will offer benefits to more people sickened from their work at Ground Zero and make it easier for responders to claim sick leave and disability pensions. (Patch)

The driver who hit and killed a 10-year-old boy in Brooklyn was allegedly suffering from a seizure when the crash happened. (Gothamist)

Sculptures of DJ Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C., Phife Dawg of A Tribe Call Quest, and Prodigy of Mobb Deep will be installed at the Queens Public Library’s Central Library in Jamaica Queens. (amNY)

Assaults on MTA workers are up 39% this year, and the union is using that stat in their contract negotiations. The MTA’s union has been without a contract since May. (amNY)

The L train can’t catch a break this week, with a major delay hitting the trains beleaguered riders every day. What could Thursday have in store? (Brooklyn Paper)

Sacrilege for southerners, but here’s a list of the best BBQ in the city. (The Infatuation)