The Briefly for November 18, 2019 – The “Curiously Timed Stop & Frisk Change of Heart by Bloomberg” Edition

De Blasio opposes commercial rent control, the Lizzo of scones in Prospect Heights, Cuomo goes after the Proud Boys, a $350 axe, and more in today’s Daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late night subway disruptions are taking large chunks of the 4, 6, 7, A, D, E, L, and Q lines out of service. (Subway Weekender)

Mayor Bloomberg is “sorry” for supporting stop-and-frisk and the trust he lost from supporting it still bothers him. He has had a very opportune change of heart that timed coincidentally alongside his future-failed presidential run. (HuffPost)

Mayor Bloomberg marketed stop-and-frisk as a way to reduce crime by deterring it before it happened. Instead it was a policy of indirect racial profiling of young black and Latino and was used in an unconstitutional manner. (NY Times)

It was not lost on anyone that a majority of the families first in line for a recent open house were white and wealthy. They were some of the 500 parents paying $200 for a newsletter that gives them the advantage when it comes to high school tours and open houses. (NY Times)

Meet Ashley James, the Guggenheim’s first full-time black curator. (NY Times)

Is anyone surprised to find Mayor de Blasio siding with the real estate industry when it comes to commercial rent control? (Gothamist)

A look at the violent history of Randy Santos, the man arrested for killing four homeless men in Chinatown, and claims he remembers nothing from the night he was found with a bloody metal bar in hand and recorded on video making the attacks. (NY Times)

A look at Decolonize This Place, the activist group behind the viral videos of the NYPD arresting churro ladies and teens in the subways. (NY Times)

Today starts an official effort by City Council staffers to unionize over pay disparities, long hours, and low wages. (Politico)

Congestion pricing goes into effect in January of 2021, which isn’t a lot of time for the MTA’s board to get moving on getting the details of the program together. (Streetsblog)

“Crawl back into your hole, Bigot Boys — there’s no place for hate in our state.” Governor Cuomo may not be the best with insulting nicknames, but it’s good to see him telling the neo-fascist group the Proud Boys to go to hell on behalf of all New Yorkers. (amNewYork)

Of the city’s $20 billion in contracts to private businesses, only 4.9% of them went to minority- or women-owned businesses, which seems like an insanely low number. (amNewYork)

This week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health is relatively tame, but still unnerving. (Patch)

Three people were convicted of manslaughter in the 2015 East Village building explosion that killed two men and triggered by an illegally installed gas line. (amNewYork)

The head of the state’s Committee on Open Government, Bob Freeman, committed a series of inappropriate touching and sexual harassment according to a report from the state’s inspector general. He was fired in June. (Gothamist)

What the hell is anyone in New York City going to do with a $350 axe? No matter, now you can buy one in Williamsburg. (Bedford + Bowery)

Getting real-estate developers to create low-income housing was a fight, getting them to remove “poor doors” was a fight, and getting them to treat all their tenants equally is just as much a fight. (Gothamist)

15 great Caribbean restaurants around the city. (Eater)

An extension of LaGuardia Airport? A solar farm? Homes? Let the speculation on what replaces Rikers Island begin! (NY Times)

Brooklyn Bazaar is closing at the end of the month and is having a liquidation sale. (Brooklyn Vegan)

This review of MeMe’s Diner in Prospect Heights compares its pretzel scone to Lizzo, so take that as high praise. (Grub Street)

Maya Lin’s Eclipsed Time hung from the ceiling in Penn Station for 25 years and while I’ve lived in or near the the city for 100% of that time, I never once noticed it while making my way around the dreadful station. It’s been disassembled and stored off-site while renovations continue, perhaps one day to be noticed and appreciated. (Untapped New York)

Photos: The Penn Station renovations have uncovered some pieces of the original station, the Guastavino tiles and vaulted ceilings of a passageway that was sealed up in the 80s. (Gothamist)

Things are not going great in the contract talks between the MTA and transit union workers. No talks of a strike like in 2005 just yet, even if a strike is technically illegal. (amNewYork)

A guide to NYC’s casual Italian restaurants. (The Infatuation)

The Briefly for November 11, 2019 – The “MTA Can’t Ruin Mercury’s Transit” Edition

The 28th cyclist murdered by drivers, Bloomberg is already the most disliked candidate, the new power lunch, more NYCHA problems, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Another Monday, another week of late night subway disruptions. This week’s inconveniences hit the 2, 3, 4, 6, A, D, E, L, Q, and R trains. (Subway Weekender)

Mercury will be visibly in transit in front of the sun from 7:30am to 1pm today. It’s probably easiest to see on space.com, but if you’ve still got your eclipse gear you can give that a try. (Time Out)

Retired Brigadier General Dr. Loree Sutton is the newest face to announce her candidacy for mayor in 2021 as a Democrat. General Sutton is the founding Commissioner for the Department of Veterans’ Services. (amNewYork)

The 28th cyclist to be murdered by someone behind the wheel of a vehicle was my friend Matthew Travis Palacios. Matt was riding his bike in the bike lane on 1st Ave at 2:30am on Saturday when a dump truck made an illegal turn, hit him and drive way, leaving him severely injured. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. I knew Matt through our involvement in local pro wrestling where he was always someone who made me feel welcome and whose star shined bright. He described pro wrestling as his lifeline. “Every night I come home and hear how someone got shot… like, what if I’m next? But with wrestling I feel like, finally, I have a shot.” RIP Matt. (Heavy)

Michael Bloomberg isn’t even officially in the 2020 race and he’s the most disliked candidate among Democrats. Despite that, he’s already polling at 4%, higher than Mayor de Blasio ever did. (Politico)

That dislike may be earned. When Mayor de Blasio took mayorship of the city it was after his “tale of two cities” campaign which highlighted the inequality created during the Bloomberg administration. (NY Times)

Is the Montauk Cutoff Queens’ High Line? It’s near the Sunnyside Yards, which is supposed to be Queens’ Hudson Yards. Maybe we should just let Queens be its own thing? (Forgotten New York)

It started as a thread of tweets and its ending with an investigation into Goldman Sachs by a New York regulator. For some reason, the algorithm which controls spending limits on Apple Cards, which is managed by Goldman Sachs, assigned a man a credit limit 20x that of his wife, despite her credit score being higher than his. The investigation is into gender bias. (HuffPost)

Salt Bae, the joke that won’t go away, settled a lawsuit with four employees he fired over tip distribution to the tune of $230,000. (Jezebel)

Stop and Frisk, another remnant of the Bloomberg administration, was deemed unconstitutional in 2013. That hasn’t stopped the NYPD, who was caught on video stopping and frisking three young men outside NYCHA buildings without justification. (Gothamist)

The MTA’s surge of police officers on the subways is going swimmingly. Here’s a video of NYPD officers removing a man who fell asleep on the platform waiting for an L train from the station. He wasn’t arrested. (Gothamist)

Having vanquished all other crime in the city, four NYPD officers handcuffed a woman selling churros at the Broadway Junction subway station and confiscated her churros and cart. (Gothamist)

Andy Byford, president of the New York City Transit Authority, has a new nickname: Train Daddy. (Patch)

Train Daddy is bringing bus boarding platforms to 14th St to make bus service even speedier along the street. Each platform will save the time buses take to pull over and stop and also sidewalk space for pedestrians. (amNewYork)

The MTA has signed on to the Paris Climate Accord. As it is pointed out, if the MTA improved its service, it could make the biggest impact on carbon emissions is to improve its service. The city already pledged its commitment to the accord in 2017. (Curbed)

Psychology professor at Kingsborough Community College Joshua Dietz is moonlighting as Josh Neal, a white nationalist and the co-host of a podcast alongside known neo-Nazi and literal punching bag Richard Spencer. (Gothamist)

Flavors of Italy in Manhattan is one of the flavors of restaurants closed by the Health Department last week. (Patch)

23 NYCHA buildings had heat outages this weekend as temperatures flirted with 40 degrees, with the total number of tenants without heat hitting 5,500. (Patch)

The power lunch is dead, long live the new power lunch at Sweetgreen. (Eater)

The NYCHA is spending $363 million to upgrade obsolete boilers, but they won’t be ready to be used until 2023. (The City)

The Charging Bull at Bowling Green is going to be moving. It’s had a hell of a year between being assaulted by a banjo and having a bucket of fake blood dumped on it. The bull will be moved somewhere close to the New York Stock Exchange, maybe to be reunited with the Fearless Girl statue? (amNewYork)

Twenty-seven people were arrested this week for allegedly taking part in a massive $18 million medical insurance fraud scheme, which included bribing 911 operators, medical personnel, and police officers for the confidential information of over 60,000 motor vehicle accident victims. (Gothamist)

Did you get your flu shot? There have been 189 confirmed cases of the flu in the state last week. (Patch)

Mary Frost went to “The Deplorables,” a pro-Trump Broadway charity event, so you didn’t have to. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Spikes, bolts, barriers and more of the city’s hostile architecture. (NY Times)

Dandra is a new sculpture in Tribeca Park of a pair of ten-foot-tell butterfly wings was installed to bring awareness to the trans and non-gender conforming community. It’s by Brazilian artist Robem Robierb, known for making Instagram-friendly art, and named for Dandra dos Santos, a trans woman murdered in Brazil in 2017. (Untapped New York)

Brooklyn’s hottest restaurants for November. (Eater)

The Briefly for March 14, 2019 – The “Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Mr. Mayor” Edition

Stop and frisk is down but not any less worrisome, the best pies for pi day, a 40 year old murder mystery buried in a Queens backyard, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Stop and frisks are reportedly down 98%. Turns out the remaining 2% are just as problematic as they used to be with only 11% of people stopped being white. (amNY)

From 2001’s plan for the 2012 Olympics to this Friday’s opening, a timeline on the major moments for the Hudson Yards. (Curbed)

In honor of pi day – the best pies in the city. (Grubstreet)

Mayor de Blasio’s budget for 2020 looks like a series of austerity measures for the city. (The Independent)

Forget it Jake, it’s Raccoon Town. (NY Post)

Plenty of New Yorkers give the finger when they’re upset, but taking a finger? That bites. (Gothamist)

Even though no one wants him to run and he’s polling at a literal zero, Mayor de Blasio said he won’t quit his day job if he decides to run for president. (NY Post)

A BQE replacement alternative idea from City Comptroller Scott Stringer: A temporary “trucks only” highway with a park on top. (Gothamist)

After 35 years, Park Slope’s Old Carriage Inn’s last day is St. Patrick’s Day. (Bklyner)

Wolverine is returning to Broadway. (amNY)

There’s an ongoing shortage of blood, and before you begin your partying on Sunday, there’s a blood drive at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church. (Greenpointers)

No one’s sure how this baby goat ended up on the Gowanus Expressway, but it was safely captured. (Gothamist)

Photos from in and around the Hudson Yard’s ‘Vessel’ sculpture. (Patch)

The best restaurants in Crown Heights. (Grubstreet)

Moishe’s and closing is the Ross and Rachel of 2019. Turns out it’s not closing, despite what Moishe Perl told reporters. It should be open in six to eight weeks after renovations. (Eater)

An interview with Dan Smith, who WILL teach you guitar. (Gothamist)

New York City’s elite were caught up in “Operation Varsity Blues,” they just weren’t Aunt Rebecca on Roseanne. (Gothamist)

Coney Island’s Shore Theater will become a hotel thanks to a thumbs up from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. There’s no timeline yet, but it’ll be good to see that scaffolding come down one day. (Curbed)

It’s the Bronx” is aiming to be the “SXSW of the Bronx.” (6sqft)

Do you deserve your seat on the subway more than someone else? (Gothamist)

You know that body cam recording of an NYPD cop giving her boss a hummer? Yeah, it was a fake. (NY Post)

More Anti-Semitic graffiti, this time in the Nassau Avenue stop on the G train on an ad for a book about the Notorious RBG. (Greenpointers)

The Chrysler… hotel? (Gothamist)

It’s all under a cloak of mystery, but four members of the City Council are under investigation for possible misconduct. (Patch)

Isabella Goodwin: From police matron to the city’s first female police detective. (NY Times)

A farm grows in Brownsville. (The Brooklyn Reader)

How Manhattan’s streets and avenues are numbered. Yes, it’s more than just “Manhattan’s a grid.” (StreetEasy)

The City Council is looking to make the city’s lead inspection regulations the toughest in the nation with a set of 10 new bills. (Patch)

Just a list of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s humanizing moments. (amNY)

The NYPD is investigating a 40-year-old mystery after a body was dug up in a backyard in Queens. (NY Times)

Where to go with someone who’s “just reaching out” to see how you like working at your company. (The Infatuation)

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