The Briefly for May 17, 2019 – The “The Mayor is Bored of New York and Hates Being Mayor” Edition

Broad coverage of our mayor’s inadvisable run for president, the best beach day trips, Corey Johnson’s criminal justice reforms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subways don’t look any worse than normal, with some diversions for the Brooklyn Marathon on Saturday. The 1, 3, J, and A trains all terminate early (no trains to Rockaway Beach, only buses and ferries). (Subway changes)

The best beach day trips from NYC. (6sqft)

“A former top aide for De Blasio told me this is exactly right: He is utterly bored and hates being mayor. He doesn’t expect to win but he just wants to get out of NYC.” (@eisingerj)

Ugh, he’s running for president. (NY Times)

The mayor’s campaign video, featuring him being chauffeured around the city in an SUV, had a theme of “working people first.” (Splinter)

The New York Times actually found someone who vocally supports the mayor’s presidential bid, which means she is one of the 25% of New Yorkers that aren’t opposed to him running. (NY Times)

The video alsofeatures the Brooklyn Promenade, the area the mayor proposed tearing down and replacing with a temporary six-lane highway. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Meet Dean Fuleihan, the city’s deputy and de facto mayor when ours decides that he’s bored fo the city and wants to leave. (NY Times)

Streetsblog has the right idea. With his presidential run, it is time for the mayor to resign. (Streetsblog)

It’s good to remember that the mayor has no control over the subways, and according to the Citizens Budget Commission if he did, it would be “too much pressure” and “miserable.” (Streetsblog)

Mayor de Blasio hasn’t even resigned out of boredom yet and Corey Johnson just earned his first endorsement for mayor. (City and State NY)

Corey Johnson announced on Thursday a package of proposals aimed at reforming New York City’s criminal justice system to be more fair and equitable, building on changes championed by progressive politicians and advocates in New York and Albany over the last several years. (Gotham Gazette)

The most splurge-worthy city restaurants, according to 14 chefs. (Grub Street)

Forest Hills and Riverdale topped the list of the best neighborhoods for first-time buyers. (Curbed)

What to see right now in the city’s art galleries. (NY Times)

Gothamist tested the lead levels in various parks around the city, and you’re not gonna be thrilled with the results. Especially if you go to the Prospect Park Bandshell. (Gothamist)

“Everything” you need to know about eating and drinking at the TWA Hotel. (Grub Street)

A look at a vintage map of the mall at the World Trade Center pre-2001. (Viewing NYC)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer is calling for free abortion care for all people who can’t afford it. He’s seeking $250,000 out of the city’s $92.5 billion proposed budget for the New York Abortion Access Fund. People with VA coverage or federal workers cannot use their medical insurance for abortion care and this would also cover visitors and tourists as well. (Gothamist)

Time to hit Tinder on W 72nd St. Seven summer date ideas on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

The state’s legislature is ready to force the MTA to install elevators at any subway station undergoing a closure or renovation that would last at least six months. The bill is targeted at the MTA’s “Enhanced Station Initiative” which has been closing stations across the city for changes that are considered largely cosmetic. (amNY)

“Where can bad bitches on vacay dine ‘Sex and the City’ style?’ Blass Kayla Kumari Upadhaya, who actually answered this reader question for Eater. (Eater)

Take a look at the new renderings of Penn Station’s new main entrance. (Curbed)

I. M. Pei passed away at 102 on Thursday, but the city still bears the famed architect’s fingerprint. (Curbed)

The best happy hours in Manhattan. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for June 6, 2018 – The City’s Lost Diners, Gowanus Rezoning, Keeping Garments in the Garment District, and More

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first episode of Sex and the City, so get ready to be flooded with nostalgia about an awful TV show.

Members of the Asian community says the plan to change high school admissions in the city unfairly targets them. The fight over how to integrate and create a fair environment for students is not getting easier.

Known creep Harvey Weinstein plead not guilty at his arraignment.

The city unveiled a plan to create a new zoning rule in the Garment District to preserve 300,000 square feet of, you know, garment businesses. The city is spending $20 million to acquire a building that will be operated by a non-profit and will give a maximum cost per square foot for that space. Of the current 9 million square feet in the district, 700,000-900,000 are used for garment manufacturing.

For the last two and a half years Riley Arthur has documented the city’s diners, having photographed 250 in the last two and a half years. Untapped Cities focuses on ten diners the city lost.

A room surviving from the city’s Gilded Age. Created by Stanford White less than a year before he was murdered, this 1906 gem shines from inside the French Embassy. Atlas Obscura has photos and a short writeup.

StreetEast has a short writeup about how to get an apartment without a credit check.

RIP Kate Spade

6sqft has a list of 20 underground and secret city attractions you should check out.

While The Fast Forward plan to fix the subways has an unknown cost with estimates coming between $19 and $43 billion over time, Gothamist makes the argument that there isn’t much choice at all if we want to continue having a subway system.

Expect City Councilmember Mark Treyger to introduce a bill on Thursday that will ban gun raffles. The state already bans alcohol as a prize for raffles or lotteries.

Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship location is closing after selling the building to, of course, WeWork.

An argument for decriminalizing marijuana in Queens from Councilmembers Adrienne Adams, Rory Lancman, Daneek Miller and Donovan Richards.

Turns out listicles of why people love New York haven’t changed in 40 years.

This Harry Potter-themed “potions” class seems like a great way to accidentally cause a fire or explosion.


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