The Briefly for February 25, 2019 – The “53,269 Tons of Fatberg” Edition

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, Tuesday’s special election for Public Advocate, the East Village’s ongoing changes, parking placards, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here are this week’s late night subway changes. (Subway Changes)

The MTA is ending MetroCard bonuses, but a single ride will remain $2.75. (Daily News)

Tomorrow/Tuesday is the special election for Public Advocate, here is a last minute guide to the 17 candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

The city’s Board of Elections threatened to sue the city to block translators from being inside polling locations in tomorrow’s special election for Public Advocate. (NY Post)

As it stands now there will be translators for Russian, Haitian Creole, Yiddish and Polish 100 feet away from 48 different polling locations. If someone wants translation services, they can escort one of the translators into the polling location with them. (Gothamist)

It seems like the entire city is falling apart. The area under Grand Army Plaza’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch is barricaded off because pieces of the arch have begun falling off. That planned restoration can’t come soon enough. (Brooklyn Paper)

Farewell to St. Marks Comics and the Sidewalk cafe in the East Village. (amNY & The Villager Newspaper)

You know a neighborhood has changed when even the Hell’s Angels are looking to sell their clubhouse. (Curbed)

Drag Queen Story Hour expanded with with a drag-queen beauty workshop teaching young adults to express their gender however they want. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

This is what a “fatberg” looks like. A mass of congealed grease and, uh, “personal hygiene” products. (Gothamist)

What’s the point of all of the city’s Juliet balconies? Also, what is a Juliet balcony? (StreetEasy)

55% of New Yorkers don’t drive a car, but that won’t stop the mayor from framing the parking placard abuse conversation from the point of view of someone who does. Maybe because he is driven from Gracie Mansion to his favorite YMCA in Park Slope so he can work out. (Gothamist)

17 kid-friendly restaurants that adults will also enjoy. (Eater)

The greatest tragedy I have seen since I’ve been in politics.” -Governor Cuomo on the Amazon HQ2 deal collapse. (NY Post)

Remember the people who protested the anti-Amazon HQ2 politicians? They were reportedly paid to protest by Sammy Musovic, a real estate developer who has been renovating apartments in Long Island City. (Curbed)

If you’re the “I HAVE to Instagram my breakfast” type, Grub Street has a new recommendation for you. (Grub Street)

Sunshine Laundromat has a secret, it’s up to you to decide if it’s the secret bar or the pinball. (Atlas Obscura)

A class action lawsuit was filed against the warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center centered around the week the jail was without power or heat in January and February. (Gothamist)

220 Riverside Boulevard’s expulsion of the Trump name is almost complete. Jealous? (NY Times)

Remember the notices the city sent out about hairstyle-based discrimination? An Upper East Side Sally Hershberger salon is under investigation for racial discrimination for telling employees that Afros and box-braids did not reflect the image of the neighborhood. (NY Times)

Commercial vehicles aren’t allowed on the Belt Parkway. Someone should tell the Department of sanitation, who smashed a garbage truck into an overpass and caused a three-car accident. (NY Post)

The Armory Show was moved from Pier 92 to Pier 90 after Pier 92 was deemed structurally unsafe by city investigators, causing the cancelation of the Volta art fair. (NY Times)

The MTA is cutting back on their plans to make more subway stations handicapped accessible. This is a result of cutting Andy Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan from $40 billion to $30 billion. This is a plan that already has no funding and the MTA is already scaling it back. (Daily News)

14th Street won’t be getting a busway, but it likely see a new Select Bus Service that connects 14th St to the East Village and Lower East Side. (Chelsea Now)

If someone you love hates cheese, here are 26 recommended restaurants for the cheese-hater in your life. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for June 6, 2018 – The City’s Lost Diners, Gowanus Rezoning, Keeping Garments in the Garment District, and More

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first episode of Sex and the City, so get ready to be flooded with nostalgia about an awful TV show.

Members of the Asian community says the plan to change high school admissions in the city unfairly targets them. The fight over how to integrate and create a fair environment for students is not getting easier.

Known creep Harvey Weinstein plead not guilty at his arraignment.

The city unveiled a plan to create a new zoning rule in the Garment District to preserve 300,000 square feet of, you know, garment businesses. The city is spending $20 million to acquire a building that will be operated by a non-profit and will give a maximum cost per square foot for that space. Of the current 9 million square feet in the district, 700,000-900,000 are used for garment manufacturing.

For the last two and a half years Riley Arthur has documented the city’s diners, having photographed 250 in the last two and a half years. Untapped Cities focuses on ten diners the city lost.

A room surviving from the city’s Gilded Age. Created by Stanford White less than a year before he was murdered, this 1906 gem shines from inside the French Embassy. Atlas Obscura has photos and a short writeup.

StreetEast has a short writeup about how to get an apartment without a credit check.

RIP Kate Spade

6sqft has a list of 20 underground and secret city attractions you should check out.

While The Fast Forward plan to fix the subways has an unknown cost with estimates coming between $19 and $43 billion over time, Gothamist makes the argument that there isn’t much choice at all if we want to continue having a subway system.

Expect City Councilmember Mark Treyger to introduce a bill on Thursday that will ban gun raffles. The state already bans alcohol as a prize for raffles or lotteries.

Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship location is closing after selling the building to, of course, WeWork.

An argument for decriminalizing marijuana in Queens from Councilmembers Adrienne Adams, Rory Lancman, Daneek Miller and Donovan Richards.

Turns out listicles of why people love New York haven’t changed in 40 years.

This Harry Potter-themed “potions” class seems like a great way to accidentally cause a fire or explosion.


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