The Briefly for February 6, 2019 – The “Do You Smell Maple Syrup or an Oil Spill?” Edition

Historians plan to block the Brooklyn Promenade construction, the NYCHA gets a new leader, an atomic Super Bowl meltdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Get a feel for the city’s housing crisis with an interactive map of 20,000 evictions in 2018. (Curbed)

How to watch tonight’s ten person Public Advocate debate. (Patch)

Has it already been ten years since the mysterious maple syrup smell took over the city. Was it Northrax? Nope. It was a a perfume and food additive processing plant. (Gothamist)

The MTA is having a banner week. Maybe they’re celebrating the anniversary? A noxious gas filled the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn on Tuesday as a result of an oil leak. (Brooklyn Paper)

Know your pain before you arrive. JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia’s websites now show real-time information on the wait times for taxis and TSA checkpoints. (Curbed)

The mayor expanded dual-language pre-K programs, which will now include French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, and Hebrew in addition to Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Bengali, which are already available. The expansion has a dual purpose of also giving the mayor more control over the city’s schools. (Chalkbeat)

Why city parking is so annoying and how to master it. (Thrillist)

Historic preservation groups may sue the city if the city’s BQE plans move forward that removes the Brooklyn Promenade. (Curbed)

Apple may open a new office at Hudson Yards. Another tech company making a home in NYC without negotiating subsidies. (6sqft)

Why are condos more expensive than co-ops? (StreetEasy)

If you hate large sandwiches, this tiny egg sandwich is for you. (Eater)

Five mothers filed complaint against the NYPD after they say they were forced to pump breast milk in front of their colleagues, a violation of a 2007 law. (NY Post)

The 9 most romantic spots in NYC and also the Staten Island Ferry. (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is claiming the state senate is playing politics with the Amazon HQ2 deal by appointing Senator Michael Gianaris to the Public Authorities Control Board. The governor has to approve Gianaris’ appointment to the board. Will he? “Well we’re not there yet.” (Gothamist)

State Senator Michael Gianaris gets the NY Times profile treatment. (NY Times)

Trump Tower: Luxury living for the morally bankrupt. (EV Grieve)

The FDNY saved 46 puppies and two cats from a burning pet store on the Upper East Side. No puppies were injured. (NY Post)

It’s a bad week for Broadway shows. “Anastasia” will lose on March 31. (NY Times)

NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia will serve as interim head of NYCHA, Garcia is the head of the Department of Sanitation and also the city’s lead czar. (Pix 11)

MoMA will close for four months to re-envision how the collection is presented, from June 15 to October 21. (Patch)

The East Village’s Atomic Wings had a super atomic meltdown during the Super Bowl. (Eater)

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The Briefly for October 18, 2018 – The “This Will Make the L Train Shutdown Look Easy” Edition

The MTA has not properly maintained the subways, NYC’s haunted history, the mayor is accused of selective animal-cruelty enforcement, this November’s election is going to be confusing, and more.

The L train is not running between Broadway Junction and 8th 8 Ave, from 10:45 pm until 5 a.m. every weekday until November 30. The MTA is also reducing service to one train every 12 minutes between Myrtyle-Wckoff and Rockaway Parkway from 11am to 3pm. Add that to the L not running at all on the weekends during October. Good lord. (Gothamist)

According to the Department of Transportation commissioner Polly Tottenberg, the challenge the impending BQE construction poses to the city “makes the L train look like a piece of cake.” Oh, cool.

15 ways to celebrate Halloween. (Untapped Cities)

Activists are accusing Mayor de Blasio of refusing to enforce animal-cruelty laws against Orthodox Jews who ritually slaughter tens of thousands of chickens Brooklyn streets ahead of Yom Kippur. The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaproros wants to show in court that the selective enforcement favors a particular class. (NY Post)

November 6’s election ballots will be two pages for the first time which is expected to cause multiple logistics issues at polling locations throughout the city. Uh oh. (Bklyner)

A sample election ballot.

Could one way to reduce the burden on the subway system be lowering the cost of in-city trips on the LIRR and Metro-North to subway fares? (Curbed)

LA chef Ilan Hall is back in NYC with Ramen Hood, a pop-up vegan noodle bar at the Chef’s Club in SoHo. (Gothamist)

Speaking of challenges Tottenberg also said “I’m the first to admit we have a long way to go.” when talking about parking placard abuse. She’s recommending automatic license plate readers, which likely won’t be a hit with civil liberties groups. (NY Post)

Three Crown Heights parks will see their first improvements in 20 to 30 years. It’s a double edged sword, as investments in these parks could result in higher rents and sale prices in the already fragile neighborhood. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Ferry buffs, sorry to see that Hurricane Michael forced a delay in the delivery of new boats for the Staten Island Ferry. The first boat was opting in late 2019 and there is no new delivery date yet. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo is actually praising Mayor de Blasio. Cuomo is joining de Blasio in calling for a boycott of NY1 by any state officials over an ongoing strike by the electrical workers union. (NY Post)

A new audit of the MTA between 2015 and 2017 shows, surprise surprise, the MTA has not properly maintained the system. 76% of inspections are not completed on time and thousands of inspections never happened at all. (NY Post)

Low-level offenders (disorderly conduct, littering, drinking alcohol in public) with outstanding warrants have the opportunity to clear their record in Woodside on Saturday. (Sunnyside Post)

Trump Place at 200 Riverside Blvd will now be known as…200 Riverside Blvd. The building is the latest of many in Manhattan to dump Trump signage due to the actions of our current president. (NY Times)

The former NYPD detective on the Harvey Weinstein case allegedly told one of his victims that she could delete text messages from her phones before turning them over to prosecutors. She didn’t, but that sounds shady to say the least. (Gothamist)

The baby Trump balloon is making its way to the city for the Impeachment Parade on October 27. (amNY)

10 spots that will reveal the city’s haunted history. (6sqft)


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The Briefly for July 3, 2018 – The Ferry Will Write You A Late Note, Trump-Kim in NYC, Pirate Radio is Alive, and More

Holy shit the next Trump-Kim summit might happen in NYC, You can get a late pass to work from the Staten Island Ferry, the head of the transit authority hasn’t met with the mayor in seven months, LinkNYC stations are playing creepy music, and more

The Immigrants statue in Battery Park
The Immigrants in Battery Park

All the Fourth of July changes to the MTA schedule.

If the Staten Island Ferry is running late, they will write you a late pass for work. No, seriously.

Part Flatbush was declared Little Haiti by a city council resolution.

The next Trump-Kim summit could happen in the city, and holy fucking shit that sounds like a bad idea.

26 places to visit right now, according to Curbed.

The cost of fixing the lead paint problem across the city’s housing projects is estimated at $31.8 billion and the NYCHA is $24.9 billion short.

Photos from the supremely unlikely Rooftop Films/Insane Clown Posse collaboration.

Harvey Weinstein faces new charges and could be headed to jail for life.

Why are LinkNYC stations playing a creepy version of the Mister Softee song?

Filming Around Town: The Deuce, starring James Franco, is at 22nd St and 41 Ave in Long Island City, Aviva is at 72nd and 5th and Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones is at Hoyt Ave and 23rd in Astoria.

“I thought he was cheating on me so I lit his clothes on fire.”

There are over one million bodies buried on Hart Island, including scores of unclaimed victims of AIDS from the 80s and 90s.

Don’t leave your dog inside your hot car! It’s 2018, why are we still having this conversation?

The taxi commission is considering a new rule that would guarantee an Uber/Lyft driver a minimum wage of $17.22 after expenses, which would increase drivers’ earnings by 22.5%, of $6,345 per year.

Madonna had to be told to stop harassing her neighbors on the Upper West Side.

Lyft bought Citi Bike’s parent company, which will remain Citi Bike branded. This is a tit-for-tat move against Uber, who bought the bike-sharing company Jump.

Jump into the fountains! It’s totally legal to take a dip in the city’s fountains.

Pirate radio is alive and well in Brooklyn, just don’t be a cop about it.

Someone in a Trump/Pence shirt with Alex Jones stickers punched a stranger on the 4 train and screamed homophobic slurs, reinforcing everyone’s assumptions about anyone who might be wearing a Trump.Pence shirt.

Andy Byford is the president of the New York City Transit Authority and hasn’t met with the mayor yet. He’s been on the job since November.

Officers Roberto Anton and Lisa Lovell of the 73rd Precinct are under investigation for not getting out of their patrol car while responding to a shooting in Bushwick on Saturday.


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