The Briefly for February 20, 2019 – The “Corporation Hunting Season Has Officially Begun” Edition

The hero/villain screaming obscenities at pre-K kids, Diddy(‘s wax statue) decapitated, raccoons take over a Canarsie subway station, and more in today’s daily NYC newsletter.

Today’s forecast is snow followed by rain and 50˚ on Thursday. (NY Post)

How to watch tonight’s Public Advocate debate. There are seven candidates in tonight’s debate, but 17 candidates will be on the ballot. Tonight’s debaters are State Assemblyman Michael Blake, City Councilman Rafael Eespinal, State Assemblyman Ron Kim, journalist and activist Nomiki Konst, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Obama staffer Dawn Smalls, and City Councilman Jumaane Williams. (Patch)

Is Uber the city’s next target after beating back Amazon? (NY Times)

They’re the kings of the dollar slice, but at Upside Pizza they’re looking to prove that they can create a respectable pizza. (NY Times)

A look at the Hudson Yards, a “billionaire’s fantasy city.” (New York Magazine)

10 secrets of Fordham University. (Untapped Cities)

All hail the subway bully kitten! (Gothamist)

Someone hates Diddy enough to decapitate his wax statue at Madame Tussauds. (Pitchfork)

How Greenpoint became a dining hot spot. (amNY)

There are 200,000 fire escapes in the city, and each one has to be inspected every five years. (StreetEasy)

The NYPD wants to play Duck Hunt with unauthorized drones over the city’s skies. (Gothamist)

Employers in the city had to be reminded that banning dreadlocks is not only racist, but it’s also illegal. (Patch)

The Staten Island Levee was unveiled by the governor, mayor, Chuck Schumer, and Congressman Max Rose. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build a 5.3 mile and $615 million sea wall that is scheduled to break ground in 2020 and be completed in 2024. (6sqft)

Lynne Patton, President Trump’s regional administrator at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, had to be rescued by the FDNY after being trapped in an elevator in an Upper West Side NYCHA building while she’s in the middle of her four week publicity stunt to live in NYCHA buildings. (Gothamist)

Last night was the first night of a cutoff of late night B and D service for the next three weeks in the Bronx. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Trash pandas have taken over the East 105th Street station on the L. Maybe they’ll take over the late night construction too. (NY Post)

The Strand hit the third stage of grief and has begun openly bargaining with the Landmarks Commission in an attempt to avoid landmark status. (Gothamist)

A state appeals court ruled against the police union that NYPD body cam footage is public and should be readily available to the public. (CNN)

[CORRECTED LINK] The Lams are a Chinese-American family living in a 350 square-foot apartment in Chinatown. Photographer Thomas Holton has been documenting their lives in photographs for the last fifteen years. (Gothamist)

Downtown Manhattan rents hit $3,724, an all-time high for January. (StreetEasy)

Is this Sunnyside woman a hero or villain for screaming at pre-kindergarteners to, and this is the quote, “shut the fuck up” during recess? (Gothamist)

The five weirdest tombs and mausoleums at Green-Wood Cemetery. (Untapped Cities)

Where to eat near Union Square. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 8, 2019 – The “MTA Is A Disgrace For This State, We All Know It” Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, the Grand Hyatt on 42nd will be torn down, an NYPD captain attacked a cyclist, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you normally ride the 4, 5, D, N, and Q trains, get ready for a rough weekend. If you’re along the L, you already know what to expect. The weekend is only a few hours away, make sure to check the trains for closures and diversions before you head out. (6sqft)

The city will have to cut $750 million from its 2020 fiscal budget to make up for a near billion dollar shortfall of tax revenues. (amNY)

Andres Lopez Elorez was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in smuggling liquid heroin stuffed inside puppies. (NY Times)

“The MTA is a disgrace for this state, we all know it,” said the man who has so much control over the MTA that he was able to cancel the entire L train shutdown. (Curbed)

Why did an NYPD captain apparently tackle a man riding a bike in Midtown? (Streetsblog)

This is pretty cool. The city’s budget includes money to install technology at 300 intersections that will hold green lights and shorten red lights for keep city buses moving faster. (Streetsblog)

How’s the rezoning going in Gowanus? The community’s not thrilled. (Bklyner)

Did MTV cancel “Made in Staten Island?” Maybe those 9,300 signatures on change.org made a difference. (amNY)

If you don’t love the Mandarin Duck while he molts, you don’t deserve him at his best. (Gothamist)

Happy national pizza day on Saturday. Never forget John Stewart’s epic anti-Chicago deep-dish “pizza” rant.

Margaret Cho, Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, and more join Red Room Orchestra for two back-to-back evenings of live music from Twin Peaks and the films of Wes Anderson at Symphony Space on February 15 & 16. (Sponsored by Symphony Space)

Metropolitan Republican Club, the epicenter of the Proud Boys fights last year, has a new president. Ian Reilly formerly advised a group that endorsed shooting migrants, forgetting the Holocaust, and marched with neo-Nazis. (Gothamist)

The oil smell in the L train tunnels has lingered all week. The smells have made at least three MTA workers sick and caused the train to stop service for a period of time on Wednesday. (Brokelyn)

The 10 most charming spots in the Greenwich Village Historic District. (6sqft)

“Statues for Equality” will bring 10 bronze sculptures of women to the city. The 10 will raise the number of statues of women in the city by 200%. (6sqft)

The 25 most expensive homes for sale, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping. (Curbed)

Whoops! Public Advocate candidate Ron Kim forgot to mention his ownership of multiple luxury properties to a state ethics agency. (The Real Deal)

The 10 highest grossing Broadway shows of all time. (Viewing NYC)

Say farewell to the Grand Hyatt on 42nd. Donald Trump’s first major Manhattan project is being torn down and replaced. (NY Post)

Etna Tool & Die was a staple of Bond Street for a century in a neighborhood with apartments selling for over ten million dollars. The building’s new owner has no intentions of giving in to the neighborhood’s pressures. (NY Times)

The most romantic restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for February 1, 2019 – The “Live from New York, It’s Saturday And Live” Edition

A 49 square foot apartment, the city signs partial control over the NYCHA to the Trump administration, weekend subway changes, congestion pricing comes to for-hire vehicles, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The good news is the 7 train is back to running between Queens and Manhattan. The bad news is it’s easier to list the subway lines with no scheduled outages or changes this weekend: 2, 3, 6, and Q. Everything else? Check on the trains before you go. (6sqft)

The federal government, Ben Carson, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have new authority over the NYCHA. HUD will have a say in appointing NYCHA’s next CEO and select a monitor to oversee operations. The city will dedicate $2.2 billion in funding, HUD will contribute $1.5 billion this year, and NYCHA will undergo a restructuring. (amNY)

Your taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc rides will soon cost more as congestion pricing is coming to your for-hire cars. (NY Times)

“SNL” stands for Saturday AND Live, right? Donald Trump Jr seems to think so. (@MattBinder)

If you think parking in the city is hard, wait until you try parking without any signage. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Is the closure of St Mark’s Comics the death knell for the Easy Village? Maybe not. The GVSHP is calling for an East Village Special Zoning District to Protect Small Businesses and Discourage Chain Stores to be created with a petition. That’s a mouthful! (GVSHP)

After 20 years, Greenpoint institution Enid’s is closing at the end of March. (Greenpointers)

A fascinating look behind the scenes at Saturday And Live’s cue cards. (Gothamist)

The New York City Economic Development Corporation tries to defend Amazon HQ2 with a 53 second video explaining what the city can do with $13.5 billion in taxes. (Viewing NYC)

Trader Joe’s in Union Square will end home deliveries. Time to go get your own peanut butter filled pretzels. (EV Grieve)

Cheers to the one man show that is the Booze History Museum of Staten Island. (NY Times)

NY Attorney General Letitia James’ office joined five other states to sue the Trump administration for reversing the “good neighbor” provision of the Clean Air Act. (Huff Post)

If you thought the bros at your gym were bad, wait until you see the “exclusive space for a performance-driven lifestyle” built for influencers. A gym whose application requires your Instagram handle. #eyeroll. (Gothamist)

39 Av-Dutch Kills on the N/W in Astoria is now open, and it includes the colorful glass work “Hellion Equilibrium” by Sarah Morris. (MTA/Flickr)

Legal marijuana might not be a part of the state’s budget, which is due April 1. (NY Post)

Every Petland Discounts store, include the 20 throughout the city, will close on April 18. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Manhattan is getting a beach in 2022, designed by the same firm that designed the High Line. (NY Post)

Misconduct suits against the NYPD rose 13% in 2018. (NY Post)

The bodega that Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz was murdered outside of will beomce the Bronx’s first safe bodega. A panic button will be installing among other security upgrades. The bodega has changed ownership and management since Junior’s death. (Bronx Times)

What would you sacrifice for $510/month in rent on the Upper West Side? How about this 49 square foot apartment? Oh yeah, no air conditioners, no kitchen, and a shared bathroom. (6sqft)

12 of the hottest brunch spots in the city. (Eater)

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