The Briefly for November 28, 2018 – The “Hold On to Your Knutstorp, Here Comes a Manhattan IKEA” Edition

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway might finish by 2027, the 7 train’s new signal woes continue, a mysterious paralyzing disease hits NYC, 13 steakhouses, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There isn’t much budget for restoring artwork with NYCHA’s $32 billion deficit. The friezes from sculptor Richmond Barthé are in desperate need of maintenance. (amNY)

Brooklyn’s got some new frost-resistant water fountains in Prospect Park. (Brooklyn Paper)

You can either line up at 3pm to get a spot to see tonight’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, or you can stay home and watch it on TV, Facebook, Twitter, or NBC’s website. (Curbed)

The infamous “Five Shots of Anything for $12” Continental in the East Village has a closing date, December 15. (Page Six)

10 lesser-known Andy Warhol spots in the city. (6sqft)

If you want NYC Celebrity of the Year Mandarin Duck footage, you’re in luck. (Gothamist)

The city has a new Chinese food destination neighborhood: Forest Hills. (NY Times)

13 classic steakhouses in the city. (Eater)

See the water damage the MTA regularly fixes in subway tunnels and stations. (Viewing NYC)

Yeah, everyone hates that Trump-loving gay couple the NY Times profiled. (HuffPost)

Snug Harbor’s Winter Lantern Festival will give you a reason to visit Staten Island. (Time Out)

The second day of the brand new signals meant to make 7 train service more reliable was full of signal-related failures. (NY Post)

Legal e-scooters are one step closer to being a reality. (Curbed)

Are you sitting down in your POANG? IKEA is coming to Manhattan. (6sqft)

18 solid restaurants in Long Island City. (Eater)

A mysterious paralyzing disease, called AFM, has shown up in New York City. It’s been described as “polio-like.” If you have weakened muscles and reflexes a week after a cold, get yourself to a doctor. (Gothamist)

RIP Tom Margittai, the man who revitalized the Four Seasons. (NY Times)

Sanitation Salvage, the private garbage company responsible for over 50 accidents and two deaths, is surrendering its license and going out of business. (NY Post)

The city is considering alternatives to their “tear down the Brooklyn Promenade” approach to replacing the BQE, but isn’t making any promises. (Brooklyn Paper)

The City Council is trying to make it illegal for businesses to go completely cashless. (Politico)

What does a nightmare commute look like? How about two people getting into a fight while getting onto a subway, followed by spraying a “mace-like” substance into the crowd, sending four people to the hospital. (NY Post)

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway is underway, but won’t be completed until 2027 at the earliest. 20 years for six subway stations. (Second Avenue Sagas)

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The Briefly for August 28, 2018 – The City’s Speed Cameras Return In Time for School

The city worked with Governor Cuomo to sidestep the State Senate to reactivate the school speed cameras in time for the start of school, the BQX trolley’s future is in doubt, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Speed cameras are coming back to the city, but without the State Senate. It’s a Rube Goldberg contraption, so listen to this: Governor Cuomo signed an executive order declaring a public safety emergency and will sign a second executive order that will allow the city to access the traffic data collected from the cameras. The city council is putting together a piece of complex legislation to reinstate the use of the data from the cameras to allow the NYPD to issue tickets to people found speeding in school zones. 133,000 drivers were found to be speeding in the first two weeks after the cameras went dark on July 25.

Eater says NYC pretzels are garbage compared to Philly’s figure 8 pretzels, and this will be the last link to Eater for the rest of the week. They are in an official time out.

Welcome2TheBronx™ has five West African restaurant suggestions in the Bronx.

Without federal funding, Mayor de Blasio’s BQX trolley pet project is DOA. The federal government has only issued $25 million of the $1.4 trillion in funds allocated for new transportation projects in 2018.

The future of Coney Island’s Abe Stark ice rink is in doubt. The city has already signed off on demolishing the building and considering allowing a private developer to rebuild it, but hasn’t announced a decision yet.

Get mad at Brokelyn, because they probably forgot your favorite record store in their 10 best record stores in Brooklyn.

Airbnb is suing the city saying the new disclosure law aimed at short-term rentals is a violation of Airbnb user privacy, calling it systemic, ongoing, bulk surveillance.

Liberty Island was evacuated after a hundred pound propane tank caught fire. The island was evacuated and one person was injured.

Hank’s Saloon will close on Atlantic Ave, but they will be opening a new location inside a new Downtown Brooklyn food hall. If that doesn’t sound like the Hank’s you know and love, you’d be right. “We can never recreate Hank’s as it is now, nor should we” reads the Facebook post. The new venue will also have live music.

10 minutes of 1970s and 1980s NYC commercials.

Sad to report that the cat who functioned as the mascot of Coney Island’s 60th precinct was hit by a car and killed. RIP Marty.

Today starts the city’s regulation on smoking in apartment buildings. As of today, Local Law 147 mandates a smoking or no smoking policy has to be clearly posted in the building.

The 110th Street and Cathedral Parkway B/C station is set to reopen over Labor Day weekend. The 86th and 72nd Street stations are still closed and being serviced by the MTA’s ghost bus.


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The Briefly for August 27 ,2018 – Get Ready for the Governors Island Mall and Hotel Complex

The city is looking to rezone Governors Island, the Grand Army Plaza Arch is getting a restoration, the zip code with the highest rent is in Manhattan and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Because nothing is safe from development, the city is looking to rezone Governors Island.

Reminder: The 167th St B/D station closes today for renovation

Quickly, name a park in the city that’s named for a poet (not Shakespeare).

Private garbage hauler Sanitation Salvage’s license has been suspended following two deaths due to dangerous working conditions over a six month timeframe.

Two city buses were sprayed with a noxious substance this week. Are we living in a Batman movie?

The New York Times has discovered Coney Island’s Brooklyn Cyclones. No one tell them about the Staten Island Yankees.

Five Brooklyn bars that are as pretty as their happy hour prices, according to Brokelyn.

Eating an oyster from New York’s waterways isn’t a great idea today, but New York was once the oyster capital of the world.

How to legally party in the city’s parks.

Battery Park has the most expensive rent in any zip code in the United States. 26 of the top 50 zip codes are in Manhattan.

Streetsblog takes a look at three different ways the MTA’s finances are screwed.

The New York Times takes to look at the cozy history of Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump.

The Grand Army Plaza Arch is getting an $8.9 million restoration, which will include a cleaning, repairs, and updated lighting.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez introduced a bill that would prohibit ICE and boarder patrol from wearing uniforms that use the word “police” in order to easily distinguish the difference between local police and federal immigration officers.

City Councilman Mark Levine is urging the city Parks Department to terminate its contracts with businesses owned by President Donald Trump.

14 of Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s favorite West African eateries in NYC.

A cop who has been held up as a model example of NYPD diversity was arrested for allegedly forcibly touching two people — including the wife of a police sergeant. Whoops.

Part of Julie Salazar’s platform for state senate is decriminalizing prostitution, repealing the state’s loitering for prostitution law, and repealing the prostitution exception in New York’s rape shield law, and has the support of current and former sex workers while canvassing. Salzar’s opponent, incumbent Martin Malave Dilan, says he is open to discussions about it.

I live completely rent-free in dream destinations by pet-sitting” is the new “A Week In New York City On $25/Hour And $1k Monthly Allowance.”


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