The Briefly for July 3, 2019 – The “Pick A Side: Iced Coffee vs Cold Brew” Edition

Everything you need for July 4, the drink of the summer, new school gender inclusion guidelines, lying roaches, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s the deal with the subways and buses on July 4. (6sqft)

Expect massive crowds and tight security if you’re checking out the fireworks over the east river. (Patch)

Safety tips for pet owners on July 4. (amNY)

Each year’s Fourth of July fireworks display in the city starts in the California desert, in 11 underground bunkers in high-security facilities. (NY Times)

What’s open and what’s closed on July 4. (Patch)

The New York Times is never why when it comes to controversy, and they jumped in head-first with this one. Is cold brew better than iced coffee? (NY Times)

Checking in with Tom’s Restaurant on the Upper West Side 30 years after Seinfeld‘s pilot aired. (Gothamist)

The top 10 secrets of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. (Untapped Cities)

Despite every last inch of Manhattan having been developed, there is still wildlife. With the year half over, coyote sightings in Central Park are at quadruple the level they were for all of 2018. If you encounter one, leave it alone and report it. (I Love the Upper West Side)

While conservatives around the country are mounting challenges to Roe v Wade, New York City has become more accommodating to those seeking an abortion. Charities helping women afford abortions are seeing a higher percentage of those women come from outside the city. The city even set aside a quarter of a million dollars in support for the New York Abortion Access Fund to assist people from outside the city be able to afford an abortion. (Gothamist)

The okapi diorama at the Museum of Natural History is considered to be one of the world’s most impressive taxidermy dioramas. Here’s the story behind the diorama and even the one riddle/practical joke that can be found if you look close enough. (Atlas Obscura)

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza issued new gender inclusion guidelines to better support the city’s 1.1 million students. The guide touches on sports, name and gender changes, dress codes, and more. While they are still only guidelines, they are being praised by advocacy groups as a good start. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Don’t be alarmed, but we’ve hit “the cockroaches are flying” time of year. (Gothamist)

Right now the city’s homeless shelters turn away people with pets, which becomes a real problem for the 10-25% of people experiencing homelessness who have pets. More than 98% of animals surrendered to the city’s Animal Care Centers in the last six months are due to their owners’ homelessness. Two bills making their way towards the city council could change that. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city’s restaurants have begun to embrace the latest food trend: chickpeas. (amNY)

Sometimes it’s better not to ask. Like, “What is that black, smelly liquid pouring out of the elevator at Grand Central?” Maybe that’s information we should never know. “Why was it gushing out and why did it smell like sewage?” These are more questions that should not be asked because you probably don’t want to know the answer. (Gothamist)

On any given day you can find multiple photos of NYPD vehicles using the city’s bike lanes like personal parking garages, which makes the mayor’s declaration that the NYPD is going to start taking drivers in the city’s bike lanes laughable. (Streetsblog)

Apologies to our mayor, who had his time in Iowa interrupted to discuss the three bicyclist deaths in the city in the last week. A “crisis,” but not enough of a crisis to deal with it within the confines of the city that he’s supposed to be in charge of. The mayor was short on details, aside from increased NYPD enforcement of pre-existing laws. (Gothamist)

The crackdown is not permanent, but a three-week targeted enforcement. (Streetsblog)

Fact-checking the president’s claims that New York’s taxes are driving people away. (NY Times)

Our president is a serial liar, so no one should be surprised that despite his claims that he’s never had an alcoholic drink that he regularly drank in New York City, according to a new book by Allen Salkin. (Vice)

The first section of a state park honoring the first African-American woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm, is open in Brooklyn. (Curbed)

The city is speckled with the history of the revolutionary war if you know where to look. (amNY)

Remember the city’s styrofoam ban? It’s in effect and the first fines have been issued. (Gothamist)

Central Park’s Belvedere Castle is open after a 15-month renovation. (Time Out)

The drink of the summer: The Gin and Tonic Plus (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for April 8, 2019 – The “One More Thing in the List of What Can Kill Us in the City” Edition

Subway graffiti cleaning costs are up over 300%, a new antibiotic-resistant superbug, the late night subway changes and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If it’s headed towards midnight and you need to get somewhere, better check the late night subway changes before you do. (Subway Changes)

Why is Mayor de Blasio talking about running for president? No really, why is he doing this? (NY Times)

The CDC added another antibiotic-resistant superbug to their list of urgent threats after three run-ins with the Candida Auris fungus in city hospitals. Add it to the list of things in the city that will one day kill us all. (NY Post)

The fight over the city’s ferry system continues. Scott Stringer has blocked the purchase of any new ferries and a new report from the Citizens Budget Commission shows how we’re spending $11-24 to subsidize every Ferry NYC ride. Maybe we could, you know, spend that money to fix the subways and buses? (Second Ave Sagas)

Where to eat in Hudson Yards, if you’re going to actually eat there. (The Infatuation)

The city has been testing facial recognition technology for drivers on the Triborough Bridge and not only did it fail, it failed to a magnificent degree. (Engadget)

Have you ever heard of the New York & Atlantic Railway? (NY Times)

The isn’t unlike the rest of the country, but sometimes without the same amounts of space. Things like an old school bowling alley, or paintball, or amusement park happens more towards the city’s fringes, but they’re all still here. The Bay Ridge Model Railroad Club, however, has its days numbered as the landlord of their space has told them to vacate their space. A GoFundMe wasn’t enough to save the club established in 1946, but a Trolley Museum in Kingston has volunteered to make a home for their model railroad. (amNY)

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. The state’s legislature is considering a bill that would allow the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance to release any New Yorker’s tax returns (like, you know, the president) to the House of Representatives for a “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.” (NY Times)

“There is absolutely no promposals to be conducted anywhere in the school or even around the school and that includes anywhere on your way to school or on your way home from school.” Yes, that sais PROMposals and no this isn’t the Onion, it’s a school in Queens. (NY Post)

Michael Laidlaw, the former head of Human Resources for NYC Social Services, was allowed to resign after groping and sexually harassing his assistant. (Bronx Justice News)

So the city couldn’t verify 86% of the “random” inspections of the rides in Coney Island, looking at 1,857 spot checks by the Department of Buildings’ Elevator Unit. An audit also found that over 13% of the years’ records for the last three years were completely missing. The city is blaming poor record keeping and not shoddy inspections on the discrepancy and that all the rides have been inspected before this weekend’s opening. (amNY)

Do renters get any tax breaks? (Streeteasy)

Will the state continue to poke holes in congestion pricing with exceptions? (Curbed)

The MTA’s graffiti cleaning costs were up 364% in 2018 compared to 2017, delays were up too. (The City)

Where to get a last-minute dinner in the West Village. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for April 5, 2019 – The “Even the Raccoons Are Moving to Manhattan” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, no one can agree on how to fix the subways, sales tax for online purchases is coming to New York, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re going to Wrestlemania and all the Wrestlemania adjacent events this weekend, you’ll want to know what fresh hell the subways will be over the weekend. (Subway Changes)

How many luxury condos in the city are “ghost apartments?” (The Real Deal)

There’s a private island between Hart and City Island’s, purchased by Alex Schilbi in 2011 for $176,000. Now he wants to turn it into a yoga, canoeing, and fishing retreat. (Welcome2TheBronx)

How the hell did a raccoon wind up in the 14th Street subway station? (Gothamist)

The 13 most anticipated restaurant openings of spring 2019. (Eater)

Sales taxes are coming to your online purchases in June. Another day, another tax. (NY Post)

How’s your Valyrian? Shake Shack has two Game of Thrones items on the menu, but you’ll have to order them in the George R. R. Martin fantasy language. (Gothamist)

A badly burnt body found in a Staten Island storage unit is believed to be missing teacher Jeanine Cammarata, who has been missing since Tuesday. (Gothamist)

You’re damn right Ben Stiller gives up his seat on the subway for others. (Viewing NYC)

Mark it on your calendars, Buffalo Exchanges $1 sale is on Earth Day, April 20. The proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Team. I’m not saying you should get super high and buy a bunch of weird clothes, but I’m also not not saying that. (Time Out)

The city just made it a little easier to search for affordable housing. Actually getting it is another story. (Curbed)

Watch Adam Platt, New York Magazine‘s restaurant critic, on his hunt for the perfect croissant. (New York Magazine)

10 best new hotels opening in NYC this year. (Curbed)

The mayor was trying to hide who was hosting his Boston fundraiser. The New York Times found out anyway. (NY Times)

Yeah, these new city jails are gonna be big, but the city wants you to know that they aren’t taking advantage of every possible square inch they could use. (Chelsea Now)

Governor Cuomo, the new head of the MTA, and the president of the New York City Transit Authority don’t see eye to eye on how to fix the subways. Shocking. (amNY)

Here’s what you need to know about The Shed now that it’s finally open. (NY Times)

“I expect all of you to use our subways and bus systems when possible,” doesn’t sound like the MTA is “demanding” staffers take mass transit. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Eagle’s new editorial director has some questions for you. Tell him The Briefly sent you. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I’m a Queens boy. Only very rich people can drive into Manhattan. You have to pay the toll. You have to pay parking . . . it probably comes close to $100 a day.” Does the governor know about all the bridges that don’t have tolls or the mayor who drives in and out of Manhattan every day to go to his Park Slope gym? (NY Post)

Even as Bed-Stuy gentrifies, Sugar Hill Restaurant & Supper Club has sat at the corner of DeKalb and Nostrand for forty years and has changed with the times. (NY Times)

The 10 best parm sandwich spots in the city. A cheesy list. (Gothamist)

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