The Briefly for May 16, 2019 – The “Maybe NYC is Better Off With An Absentee Mayor?” Edition

The TWA Hotel is open, the best tiki bars in the city, the governor blocks the Williams gas pipeline, a helicopter crashed in the Hudson, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A new bill is looking to ban landlords from using facial recognition technology in their buildings and would allow tenants to pursue civil lawsuits against any landlord who did. (Gothamist)

You’ve got four chances to check out Manhattanhenge this summer, starting in two weeks. (amNY)

By the time you read this, there’s a good chance that our dummy of a mayor has decided to not listen to New Yorkers, or his friends, or common sense, or the rest of the country, and launched his presidential bid on Good Morning America. Maybe the city will be better off if he’s never around? (Splinter)

The City Council wants to provide the NYPD with more funding for the understaffed Collision Investigation Squad to investigate the 2,000 – 3,000 fatal crashes annually, of which they respond to just over 5% of. James O’Neill, NYPD commissioner, isn’t interested. (Streetsblog)

A dump truck driver struck and killed a 58-year-old man while he was crossing W. 21st Street in Coney Island on Saturday. (Brooklyn Paper)

The TWA Hotel is open in all its retro glory. (Curbed)

More photos from inside the TWA Hotel. (6sqft)

Has the TWA Hotel truly opened if there was not a list of ten fun facts about it? (Untapped Cities)

New York City is nothing without its eccentricities, including Washington Square Park’s Bubble Man, Stephen Duncan. (GVSHP)

The best happy hours in Brooklyn. (The Infatuation)

There are over 1.6 million feet of sidewalk sheds in the city, and now there’s an interactive map to keep tabs on them all. (Viewing NYC)

Over 120,000 New Yorkers rely on the MTA’s Acess-A-Ride to get around the city, but just because they rely on it, it doesn’t mean it’s at all reliable. (NY Times)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, except when it comes to the big dumb idiots at Big Seven Travel, which declared the Boston Accent “sexier” than the New York accent. (Patch)

A look at Cafe Phin, the city’s only authentic Vietnamese coffee roaster. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will no longer accept gifts from the human monsters of the Sackler family, architects of the country’s opioid crisis. (NY Times)

The gala honoring Brazil’s president and the man who is so outwardly homophobic it wouldn’t be a shock if he was secretly gay himself Jair Bolsonaro happened without his presence, but not without interruptions and protests. (Gothamist)

How did the subway lines get their letters or numbers? Let’s take a look. (amNY)

LaGuardia and JFK are nowhere near the top-ranked airports in the world, which is no shock to anyone who has the dubious pleasure of traveling through them. (Patch)

Don’t look now, but the company responsible for Northside Festival and Brooklyn Magazine, which had held tens of thousands of dollar from former employees, seems to have ghosted. The website for the festival says the 2019 information is “coming soon.” (Gothamist)

Check out the architectural finalists for the city’s Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC competition, which challenged firms to design affordable housing on small lots across the city. (Curbed)

A “severely decomposed” body was found in the basement of a Brooklyn Heights building by maintenance workers. An NYPD investigation is ongoing. (Bklyner)

Marijuana isn’t legal for recreational use, but that hasn’t stopped the state legislature from moving on to “important” issues like trying to make texting or using or looking at any portable electronic device while crossing the road punishable by fines. (Gothamist)

A helicopter operated by “the Uber of helicopters” Blade landed in the Hudson River on Wednesday with no serious injuries or deaths, so it’s safe to watch the videos of it all going down without guilt. (Gothamist)

Non-profit internet service provider and privacy-friendly company NYC Mesh is expanding its service to Greenpoint. (Greenpointers)

Governor Cuomo’s administration blocked the Williams gas pipeline that would terminate just off the Rockaways, pointing out it would result in a failure to meet the state’s water quality standards. The company plans on reapplying, but with the governor’s focus on environmental issues, the chance of approval seems very low. (Politico)

The absolute best places for tiki drinks in the city. (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for May 15, 2019 – The “Carlos Danger Is At Large” Edition

A Queens city councilmember admits to sexual harassment and keeps his job, answering Broadway’s mysteries, Pride by the numbers, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Welcome to Trump Tower, one of NYC’s least desirable luxury buildings. (Bloomberg)

The expanded Statue of Liberty museum is opening on Thursday featuring the original torch and other artifacts and exhibits highlighting the statue, island, and history. Only 20% of the people who step foot on the island visit the current museum. (amNY)

Amnesty International U.S.A. was set to sign a new lease at 88 Pine St until the new landlord said no. That landlord? The Chinese Government. (The Real Deal)

NYC Pride by the numbers on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. (amNY)

Carlos Danger is at large after serving 18-months in prison for sexting with a minor. (NY Times)

Uh oh. This is the start of talk of a subway strike. (NY Times)

Six historic LGBTQ sites may become NYC landmarks. (6sqft)

The trial of NYPD’s Daniel Pantaleo, accused of killing Eric Garner with an illegal choke, continued with Pantaleo’s lawyer blaming Eric Garner’s death on Eric Garner. (Gothamist)

Can a chef who’s earned a two-star Michelin rating change school lunches for the better? (NY Times)

A wine and artisanal food festival at Industry City was interrupted by anti-rezoning protest, specifically aimed at the commercialization of the industrial sector. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci is bringing his masterpiece St. Jerome Praying in the Wilderness to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Time Out)

Council Member Barry Grodenchik has resigned as chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation after admitting to paying improper attention to a Council staff member, including blowing a kiss to her across a table at a meeting. Gross. (Politico)

Don’t worry, he is “deeply sorry,” and he will not be losing his job on the City Council. (Gothamist)

There was a worry that if New Jersey passed marijuana legalization that New York would have to follow quickly. New Jersey legalized electric bikes and scooters, maybe this will be the kick in the pants that New York finally needs? (Streetsblog)

Photos from inside the Whitney’s Biennial. If you make your way to the Whitney, expect protests against board member Warren Kanders, who has ties to a manufacturer of tear gas canisters used against asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border. (Gothamist)

Rockaway Beach will be fully open this summer after a $10.7 million renovation to prevent catastrophic erosion. 348,000 cubic yards of sand were added to the beach. (Curbed)

Meet Liz Thomas, the professional long-distance hiker who is about to set out on a 175-mile, 100+ park, five borough hike across NYC. (Patch)

If you’ve seen groups of people camping near Central Park for a week, it’s not a protest or a performance art piece or anything like that. BTS is coming to Summerstage. (Gothamist)

The best parks for outdoor grilling. (amNY)

Are Summer Fridays a New York thing, or does it exist everywhere? (StreetEasy)

Today is the first hearing for the proposed fur ban, which pits activists against the fur industry. If New York enacts the ban, it would be following in the footsteps of San Francisco and Los Angeles. (amNY)

Video: A tour of the most expensive neighborhood in New York City. Take a guess on what you think it is before clicking. (Eric Conover)

Congrats! NYC is one of the worst places in the country to try and start a career. (Patch)

Congratulations to City Councilmember-elect Farah Louis on her victory in the special election to fill the vacant 45th City Council district seat. Louis received 41.81% of the vote, which was enough to win. (Kings County Politics)

Answers to the six biggest questions asked on Broadway each night. (NY Times)

The Wednesday Walk: “A Saturday afternoon circuit for some fatty food, but also when you want to seem a little cultured” (GoRoam)

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The Briefly for May 9, 2019 – The “Is This Where They Dump the Bodies on Law & Order?” Edition

The NYPD’s use of chokeholds continues, there has been no state movement on legal marijuana, a boozy Taco Bell in the West Village, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The City Council pass a legislative package with 17 bills aimed at protecting tenants’ rights. (amNY)

The hunt for the city’s best cheesecake. (Grub Street)

We are six weeks away from the second 2019 deadline for the state’s legislature to do something about legalizing recreational marijuana. In order to make it work, the governor is going to have to start throwing his weight around. (Gothamist)

New York is often shaped in the minds of visitors by the shows and movies that portray it. From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Seinfeld to Law and Order, every non-New Yorker’s New York is an imaginary city. (Curbed)

The life of a polyamourous Hasidic swordfighter in, yes, how did you know, Bushwick. (Bushwick)

The top 10 secrets of Barnard College. (Untaped Cities)

“All of the pre-made food looks so sad.” The reviews of the city’s Amazon Go store are in. (Gothamist)

The NYPD spent $35 million trying to retrain officers after Eric Garner died a chokehold. Record show that chokeholds are still being used by NYPD officers, very few face discipline, some have lost vacation time, and none have been fired. (NY Times)

Is the West Village ready for a boozy Taco Bell? (Commercial Observer)

Don’t pet the dog. All the things you’ve never asked commuters with service dogs and what they want you to know. (Gothamist)

M & S Schmalberg, the makers of silk flowers for over a century, gets the NY Times profile treatment. (NY Times)

The Prospect Park Perimeter is getting a new bike lane along Ocean Ave. (6sqft)

On an intersection, just one block from the Brooklyn Museum, the rats have begun a hostile takeover. (Gothamist)

28 portraits of this year’s Tony nominees. (NY Times)

176 pounds of cocaine was seized, worth nearly $3 million, in the city’s recent drug bust that resulted in 19 arrests. (Patch)

In New York State, you can be arrested for not paying a parking ticket, which becomes part of your criminal record. State lawmakers are looking to change that. (NY Times)

No keys? No way. Hell’s Kitchen tenants sued and won the rights to have physical keys for their apartments after a landlord installed a keyless entry system that they claimed violated their right to privacy. (Gothamist)

If you’ve wondered but have been too scared to ask where the Museum Mile is or what’s a part of it, this Miracle Mile guide is your answer. (NYCGo)

New York City is the second worst place to work if you don’t have at least a bachelor’s degree. (Patch)

In praise of the ten-egg breakfast. (Grub Street)

The New York Times reviews The Met’s ‘Camp,’ calling it “Frustrating.” (NY Times)

The city is looking at banning “ghost” guns. Not the Ghostbusters’ proton packs, but gun frames to which other components attach to. They lack serial numbers, don’t require background checks and would allow you to build an untraceable gun. (Gothamist)

From Fox and Friends to Famiglia Pizza: The lowlights of NYC: Donald Trump’s New York. (Huff Post)

13 places to have post afternoon tea in NYC. (Eater)

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