The Briefly for April 11, 2019 – The “Not the Best Place to Live, Not Even Close” Edition

A Y2K-like bug brought down some of the city’s GPS systems, Pat Kiernan has a new podcast, MTA workers fight the upcoming L Project, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

New York’s favorite news anchor, Pat Kiernan, has a new podcast. (NY1)

The state senate unanimously passed the Religious Garb Act, which will allow the wearing of “any attire, clothing, or facial hair” protected under the Human Rights Law for religious purposes. (QNS)

US News & World Report released the 2019 best places to live and we’re… not #1. Are you insane? We’re 90 out of 125. If you want #1, go move to Austin. (NY Post)

Maybe traffic cameras should, you know, police traffic regulations. That’s what State Assembly Member Michael DenDekker is proposing by adding bicycle lane violations to what traffic cameras enforce. (Sunnyside Post)

Murderinos, this one has your name written all over it. An 80-year-old Queens man was arrested for a Virginia double murder from 1973. (Gothamist)

Turns out those protective sidewalk covers don’t do much when the whole damn building collapses on top of them. No one was hurt when it happened in Williamsburg, except a few cars and maybe a penny-farthing bicycle or unicycle. It’s Williamsburg after all. (Gothamist)

A pizzeria shakedown straight out of a Jon Stewart comedy routine, but it’s real and the “mobsters” are facing up to 20 years in prison. (Brooklyn Paper)

These marijuana entrepreneurs have HIGH hopes for legalization. Get it? HIGH HOPES! Ugh. (Gothamist)

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

A guided dumpling crawl through Queens. (Eater)

After 35 years, bookbook on Bleecker Street will be closing. In order to stay open, the store would need a rent reduction and in 2019, that ain’t happening. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The five best grilled cheeses in the city. (Thrillist)

Foreclosures in the Bronx are up 28% in the first quarter of 2019. (Welcome2TheBronx)

The city’s shortest bike lane has been found. (Brooklyn Paper)

This weekend’s “Blessing of the Rides” in Coney Island is a New York City annual tradition. Here’s what to expect from the egg cream christening to the blessing itself. (amNY)

A group of transit workers is calling the L Project’s (the new and crappy name for the non-shutdown) air quality into question with flyers saying the silica dust in the air is a danger to anyone who breathes it in. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez’ office broke up a gun trafficking ring after an undercover detective purchased three dozen guns, including automatic weapons. (amNY)

The Harlem School of the Arts will undergo a $9.5 million renovation that will begin in August and update the brutalist style exterior of the building with a glass wall, and make other welcome improvements. (NY Times)

There is no law dictating that your apartment be 80% covered with rugs, but most leases include it in a clause. What are the consequences for not complying? Well, that’s a little harder to define. (StreetEasy)

A look inside Manhattan’s first Ikea. It looks a lot like an Ikea, but you’re gonna look anyway. (Curbed)

The inevitable lawsuit over the city’s vaccine mandate has arrived. (Gothamist)

Why is there a 3,000 square foot bounce house in Dumbo? Because art, of course. (Time Out)

NYC is being afflicted by a Y2K-esque bug in some of its GPS systems. This is a once every twenty year GPS reset and city officials are being very tight-lipped about it. (NY Times)

What’s going on with the smoldering anus in Union Square? (Gothamist)

Saturday is Record Store Day, the most important holiday for the vinyl obsessed and for record store owners across the city. (amNY)

A look at City Hall Station, the unused subway station where the 6 train turns around which shows the grandeur of how the subways could have been. (NY Times)

The best neighborhoods for college grads. (Localize Labs)

Is removing stops the right way to make a bus route faster? Consider the case of the M14. (Bowery Boogie)

An interview with Carlo Scissura, the head of the new BQE expert panel. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The best Easter brunch spots.

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The Briefly for April 1, 2019 – The “Congestion Pricing is Not An April Fools Joke” Edition

Participatory budgeting is here, a look at the state’s budget, the MTA starts cleaning up elevated tracks, the NYC brunch directory, and more in today’s daily NY news edition.

Quick note: There are no April Fools articles listed today.

Late night subway work this week will affect the 1, 3, 6, D, F, N, R, and G trains. (Subway Changes)

The state’s $175 billion budget passed early on Sunday, including cash bail reforms, a new mansion tax, a plastic bag ban, a property tax cap, and congestion pricing. (NY Times)

What you need to know about the state’s plastic bag ban. (Grub Street)

What’s not included in the state’s budget? Mobile sports betting. (NY Post)

Seven takeaways from the state budget. (NY Times)

It’s time to vote in participatory budgeting! There is $35 million to spend in the 32 communities in the city and you have a say in how it’s spent, and you can vote online! (nyc.gov)

Once you’ve voted, you can submit your own idea for the next cycle, like this idea for new bike racks. (PBNYC)

With the Hudson Yards open, the city has turned its eyes towards the next railroad yard to develop in Sunnyside, Queens. (Sunnyside Post)

Say hello to the city’s newest restaurants. (amNY)

An ode to the longtime neighborhood bar and what the loss of it means for the city. (Curbed)

Citi Bike is headed to where it’s never been before: Bushwick. (Gothamist)

Add the D train to the list of trains you want to steer clear of walking underneath. The MTA announced it will start cleaning the undersides of the D train’s elevated tracks after the 7 train started raining subway parts last month. The work is starting from the Stillwell Ave station. (Bklyner)

A history of NYC’s 13 triangle buildings. (Untapped Cities)

Summer school, but this is actually interesting. Prospect Park is looking or immigrant professors, researches, and lecturers to teach their “Open Air University,” which runs from June 11 to June 30. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Summerhill, Crown Heights’ “bullet hole” bar, has closed. (News 12)

Smorgasburg is coming back to its outdoor locations and Time Out has some suggestions about what you’re gonna want to taste. Here’s the full list of vendors/a>. (Time Out)

Former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis has been accused of rape. Porzingis claims the encounter was consensual. (amNY)

Sink your sweet tooth into Godiva’s midtown cafe, opening on April 18. (Eater)

It’s estimated 90,000 to 230,000 birds die in the city as a result of colliding with glass buildings. A proposed bill would require 90% of glass in new and altered buildings to be treated to reduce bird fatalities. (Curbed)

Inside the battle to fight off invasive species washing down the Bronx River from Westchester. (NY Times)

6sqft is hiring!

Should you wash your hands after being on the subway? No, because except Brooklyn. (Red Hook Star-Revue)

Former Assemblymember Dov Hikind is blaming a Bklyner reporter for organizing the protest against Councilmember Kalman Yeger’s comments that Palestine “doesn’t exist.” (Bklyner)

There’s at least one benefit of living in Staten Island: it only costs you $5.50 to cross the Verrazzano to Brooklyn. If you’re a Brooklynite (or anyone else), it’ll cost you $19. (Bklyner)

A deep dive into Industry City’s effect on Sunset Park and UPROSE, a decades-old community group whose goal was always to revitalize that area as a manufacturing hub. (The Indypendent)

If you have someone who always wants to go to brunch but never has an idea of where to go: The NYC Brunch Directory. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 7, 2019 – The “Mayor de Blasio Unsuccessfully PEGs the City Budget” Edition

The NYPL is getting a makeover, 248 city buses got graded and it wasn’t pretty, Industry City is starting to sound a lot like Amazon, where do the RHONY live, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Control over the MTA has always been central in the political city vs state fight. Governor Cuomo put his chips on the table by clearly stating if the city wants control of the MTA, they’ll lose the $10 billion the state contributes to the MTA. (amNY)

The New York Public Library is getting a $317 million makeover. (Curbed)

New York really tries hard to hide police misconduct records from the public. The Legal Aid Society created a searchable database of 2,300 lawsuits filed against the city since 2015. (NY Times)

Mayor de Blasio instituted a Program to Eliminate the Gap (PEG) for the city’s budget. The PEG is meant to cut $750 million from the city’s budget. The mayor’s budget increases the budget by $3 billion and the City Council isn’t pleased. (Gotham Gazette)

How to avoid the bait and switch encroaching into more and more rent agreements. (Thrillist)

Where do the women of RHONY live? Do they live places? Let’s find out. (StreetEasy)

A one-year-old boy rode the 1 train from 96th to 34th after his caretaker suffered a medical episode and was separated from the infant. The caretaker is a family friend and the family won’t press charges. (Gothamist)

A list of all the best new things to eat in New York.(Grubstreet)

After being open since 1977 and months of speculation, Moishe’s Bake Shop on 2nd Ave has closed. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The city’s restaurants, and all restaurants, are free from Mario Batali. Batali, who has more claims of sexual harassment against him than he has crocs, has dissolved his partnership and his old partners have formed a new company without him. (NY Times)

Maybe he can make himself some pizza dough cinnamon rolls to console his sadness. (Everywhereist)

Buying? Renting? What does your numerologist say? (6sqft)

Every beat cop, sergeant and lieutenant are now equipped with body cameras. (NY Post)

George Washington brewed beer, and you don’t believe that you can see his beer recipe in the New York Public Library. (Atlas Obscura)

Residents are fighting the city’s plan to replace the Elizabeth Street Garden with a housing project. A non-profit fighting the development claims the city’s environmental study wasn’t thorough enough, which seems like a good tactic to buy time. (Curbed)

248 city bus routes received grades. Only 1 got an A. (Patch)

“We haven’t spent $850 million. We’ve only spent, by the end of June, we’ll have spent $560 million.” Chirlane McCray’s Fox 5 interview didn’t go as planned. (NY Post)

If you’re under the 7 train in Sunnyside, the sky is falling. More debris fell from the elevated track and this time it hit a moving car. (Sunnyside Post)

The guy who started the Prince Street Pizza knockoff will soon be running the 140-year-old White Horse Tavern. (Eater)

The City Council passed a bill that would allow the Department of Buildings to issue stop work orders to “reckless” developers. (QNS)

Industry City is using Amazonian-like language in expressing their disappointment about their rezoning requests. City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca is threatening to kill the rezoning unless the process is delayed. (Curbed)

Watch a cop ride a seized bike past a school without wearing a helmet, lose control, crash, and walk away with a limp before abandoning the bike. (Daily News)

Rape charges were dropped against two Brooklyn cops who admittedly had sex with a teen girl while she was under arrest and handcuffed in their police van in 2017. The cops say that the sex was consensual, the woman disagrees. (NY Post)

It was a miracle on the E/F in Kew Gardens. A woman fell onto the tracks and the train couldn’t stop. She survived by lying on her back between the tracks and the train passed right over her. Don’t try this at home. (QNS)

Canarsie is not amused by the 40 ounce water bottle shaped like a 40 of malt liquor. “Get Ounced?” More like “Get Out.” (Brokelyn)

A judge ruled that the MTA must install elevators as it renovates subway stations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, no matter the cost. Unless technically impossible, it is now legally required. (Politico)

The state’s budget is full of Governor Cuomo’s non-fiscal initiatives, like making it illegal to ride in the backseat of a car without a seatbelt and closing three prisons upstate.

Is it time to install LED lights on the sidewalks to prevent pedestrians with their heads in their phones from getting ruined by vehicles? (Bowery Boogie)

The five best pancakes in the city. (Thrillist)

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