The Briefly for March 29, 2019 – The “The Final Year of Plastic Bags in New York” Edition

Mayor de Blasio is afraid to say “bike lane,” a protest in support of Kalman Yeger’s Palestine comments, the best pancakes, where to eat in the LES, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It’s the tail end of the month and no one can escape the weekend subway closures and diversions. (6sqft)

“We’re allowed our opinions… There is no such thing as Palestine… He tweeted the truth and we came here to stand up for him.” Welcome to the protest in support of Kalman Yeger’s “Palestine doesn’t exist” comment. Kalman Yeger is on the city’s immigration committee, and that is jeopardy now. (Bklyner)

Say farewell to single-use plastic bags at retail stores. (NY Times)

Barneys is going to give up more than half of its space on Madison Ave to cut back on its $30 million annual rent. This follows Lord & Taylor jettisoning their Fifth Ave store and the complete closure of Henri Bendel. (The Real Deal)

The state’s budget is due by midnight on Sunday, can the Governor and the legislature get their priorities in order to pass it? (Gotham Gazette)

Inside Whole Foods’ new convenience store in Chelsea. (Gothamist)

Want to live a long life? Move to Queens. Queens is in the top 20 counties in the country for life expectancy. (QNS)

Brooklyn’s most endangered buildings. (Curbed)

The Upper West Side’s best pancakes. KofiMania is running wild. (I Love The Upper West Side)

Kudos to the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for raising $60,000 during their New Year’s Day swim. The money will do towards half a dozen charities in and around Coney Island. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Some people argue at work and some Amtrak employees shoot their co-worker in the leg. (Gothamist)

Can the Knicks be freed from the tyranny of James Dolan? Can we ever be free from the awfulness of his band? (Gothamist)

New York is expanding its lawsuit the Sackler family, the billionaires behind OxyContin. (NY Times)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson added his voice to those calling for the abolition of the Specialized High Schools Admission Test, in addition to expanding the number of city-designated elite high schools. (Chalkbeat)

The mayor’s claim of “fewer vehicles” is hard to believe when he makes a promise to reduce the city’s fleet by 1,000 when he added over 5,000 since being elected. (NY Post)

The proposed rezoning of Gowanus will add 8,200 new apartments to the neighborhood by 2035, including 3,000 that will be below market rate. The city published a draft scope of work, a step towards a land use review. (Curbed)

How the city influenced its baseball teams. (Streeteasy)

A ride on an NYC Ferry will cost you $2.75, but it could be costing the city an additional $24.75. (amNY)

Grub Street just couldn’t help themselves. They went around and tried to order the “St. Louis Style” bagel at a number of bagel places. (Grub Street)

Why is Mayor de Blasio afraid of saying “bike lanes” when it comes to Queens Blvd? (Streetsblog)

Something else the mayor can’t seem to do is pick a new head of NYCHA by the April 6 deadline. (NY Post)

Tracy Morgan has not forgotten his Brooklyn roots and paid for a makeover to the Bed-Stuy Marcy Houses where he grew up and partnered with GrowNYC, Feeding America, and City Harvest to improve the Harrie Carthan Community Garden. (amNY)

Parents can now remove a doctor’s name from a birth certificate if their license was suspended for misconduct or abuse. (NY Post)

If you love being creeped out, you can now book an overnight stay at Madame Tussauds in Times Square. (Time Out)

Where to eat on the Lower East Side. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 28, 2019 – The “Everyone Flushes Their Dog’s Poop Down the Toilet, Right?” Edition

A bagel abomination, the NYPD fights new parking placard laws, the NYC James Beard Award finalists, no one wants to see more cops on buses, and more in today’s daily NYC news brief.

Here is an argument that Times Square is not the Gowanus Canal dining options and it is actually a good neighborhood for food. (Grub Street)

The latest bagel abomination is bagels sliced like loaves of bread instead of a sandwich. Arrest this man. (Gothamist)

The state and city’s Democrats have no love for the real estate industry. Can they successfully lobby the left to do their bidding? (The Real Deal)

The answer appears to be “yes.” The proposed pied-à-terre tax would affect 280 people, and in the face of opposition by the real estate industry, the state’s legislators have appeared to back down in favor of a transfer tax. The estimated difference in revenue is $250 million ($400 million for the transfer tax and vs $650 million for the pied-à-terre tax). A $250 million reduction for the benefit of 280 people. (Curbed)

You bring your dog’s poop home in bags and flush it down the toilet, right? Well, that’s what a deputy director at the Department of Sanitation thinks you should do. Legally, it is 100% legal to toss those poop bags in a public garbage can. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is seeking support (and signatures) in opposition of a rezoning that would cast a literal shadow over portions of the garden, causing irreparable harm to the plants. (bbg.org)

A truck driver hit and killed a cyclist in Midtown, the third driver from Approved Oil to kill a pedestrian or cyclist in two years. The driver allegedly fled the scene but was not charged with leaving the scene of a crash, which is a felony. (Gothamist)

Just when you thought a commute couldn’t get worse, a water main break caused 7th Avenue to close between 27th and 34th St. (NY Post)

NYC restaurants lost jobs (3.4%) for the first time in ten years in 2018. At the same time, the total number of restaurants increased by 2,000. (Eater)

The city’s 2019 James Beard Award finalists are in. Make your reservations while you still can. (Eater)

Time Out has some feelings about the list. (Time Out)

The city wants your feedback on these ideas for the Shirley Chisholm monument in Prospect Park. (amNY)

Yankees and vintage train fans have something to look forward to. Today’s home opener this year will be accompanied by a 102-year-old subway train bringing fans to the stadium on the 4 train. (6sqft)

Where to eat at Yankee Stadium. (Eater)

A new Grand Street Bridge will be complete by 2027. Now we just have to hope that the current span between Queens and Brooklyn will last that until then. (QNS)

Turns out no one wants cops on city buses enforcing everyone pay their fares. 75% of bus riders are people of color with a median income under $30k and advocates and politicians are see the idea of policing that specific demographic as racial profiling. (Streetsblog)

The death of one-year-old Darwin Gonzalez-Santana in December was ruled a homicide after fentanyl and heroin were found in his system. His father is not in police custody and his mother is already in custody for another offense. (NY Post)

Eight remnants of colonial NYC that you can still touch. (Untapped Cities)

For $25,000, you can dine (and attempt to influence) Governor Cuomo. Who needs campaign finance reform when it costs 19 ounces of gold to share a meal? (NY Times)

The review process for Mayor de Blasio’s Rikers Island alternative jail system is underway. (Bklyner)

Horrifically, someone fell face first onto the track of the L train in Brooklyn. Witnesses couldn’t get him off the tracks in time, but they were able to signal to the conductor to stop the train before he was run over. (Gothamist)

Mark your calendars, Fleet Week is May 22 – 28. (Gothamist)

Congestion pricing, explained. (Curbed)

If you don’t know what Williamsburg looked like in the 90s, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the neighborhood pre-hipster. (Bedford + Bowery)

The latest volley in the legal battle between the city and Ballyhoo Media, the operator of the floating LED billboards in the city’s waterways, is a lawsuit form the city with $25,000 fines for each day the city says Ballyhoo broke zoning rules. (Patch)

Mayor de Blasio said delivery workers who are caught using electric bikes won’t be directly targeted by legal action. The NYPD doesn’t care what he says. (Gothamist)

The socialite grifter’s lawyer has an interesting defense planned: She’s just like Sinatra. (NY Post)

The City Council has unlikely opposition in their quest to fight parking placard abuse: the NYPD. The city’s likely biggest abusers say that the job they’re doing is already top notch. (amNY)

TGI Friday’s, have you no shame? (NY Post)

An interview with Brittany Bond, the purveyor of Common Books, the pushcart bookstore that can be found in the Lower East Side year round. (Bowery Boogie)

A list of good places to break up with someone in public. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 20, 2019 – The “The Bronx is the Sickest Borough” Edition

Manhattan’s IKEA has an opening date, the 7 train continues to crumble, a history of farm animals on the lamb, a car crash in Times Square, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

11 suggestions of where to go in Queens once it isn’t miserable outside. (QNS)

The Underbelly Project documented a night of literal underground art. Somewhere in the subways is an abandoned tunnel full of art created in one night. (Untapped Cities)

When The Met decided to give up its pay-what-you-wish admission for $25, it also agreed to share $2.8 million of the revenue with over 175 cultural institutions across the city. (6sqft)

People in the Bronx are the sickest in all of New York state. Sick as in ill, not sick as in “siiiiick skateboard, bro! Let’s go drink some SoBe” (Patch)

Cast in point. The Bronx is better than the rest of the city and state… at getting chlamydia. The three counties with the highest infection rates in the state are the Bronx, Manhattan, and then Brooklyn. (Patch)

How Orwashers has made the most legendary bread in the city for over a century. (Food Insider)

15 architects whose work shaped the look of historic Brooklyn. (Brownstoner)

FLÄRKEN! The Upper East Side’s IKEA opens on April 15. (6sqft)

Meet Charlie, the Golden Retriever who thinks he’s the mayor of the Upper West Side. What’s his stance on congestion pricing? (West Side Rag)

To all the young geniuses breaking into this building” (EV Grieve)

The case of Jeffrey Blount, the Parks Department employee who resigned in exchange for the city not telling his future employers that he was fired for threatening the jobs of multiple women to pressure them into having sex with him, is one example of how the city enables abusers to get away with their actions. (Jezebel)

So what’s with his gun case mounted to the wall on the subway platform? (Gothamist) http://gothamist.com/2019/03/19/gun_case_subway.php

Did you know it’s legal in New York for medical students to conduct a nonconsensual pelvic exam on an unconscious patient? The state’s legislature is looking to change that. (Gothamist) http://gothamist.com/2019/03/19/pelvic_exam_bill_ny.php

Only 12 of 803 students admitted to Bronx Science for the fall of 2019 are black. (Welcome2TheBronx) https://www.welcome2thebronx.com/2019/03/19/only-12-out-of-803-students-admitted-to-bronx-science-for-fall-2019-are-black/

Mostly Motzart announced this summer’s festival and will finally bring “The Magic Flute” to the city. (NY Times)

Cobble Hill came to a standstill on Tuesday morning while the NYPD stood off with a man who barricaded himself in his apartment with a baseball bat and what was believed to be a gun. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Central Park mandarin duck, and all of the city’s wildlife, is for everyone. Don’t harass them. (New York Cliche)

American Woodcocks, the Eastern Phoebe, American Robins, Blue Jays, and more. How to spot birds in the city during the spring migration. (amNY)

This year’s flu was a mild one, but the season ain’t over yet. (amNY)

Kushner Companies is illegally operating nine apartment buildings in the East Village and Williamsburg, according to an investigation by City Council member Ritchie Torres and watchdog group Housing Rights Initiative. (Curbed)

The 7 train just won’t stop crumbling. (Gothamist)

In honor of the cow that got loose in the Bronx, a brief history of farm animals loose in the city, including a cameo by Jon Stewart. (amNY)

Two people were injured when a car hit a concrete barrier in Times Square on Tuesday morning. (NY Post)

Would the Financial District be better off without cars? The Financial District Neighborhood Association is calling for a slow street” pilot from City Hall to Pearl Street. (Curbed)

The owners of the Vessel have reversed course when it comes to owning any photos you take while visiting. (NY Times)

The Governor will sign legislation adding hundreds of new speed cameras near schools across the city. The bill leaves the cameras active for a longer period of the day and widens the area around schools cameras can be placed, among other reforms. (Brooklyn Paper)

Ranking the city’s most notable mob funerals. (NY Post)

“Do Both” is the mashup of a TED Talk and burlesque show created by a Ph.D that’s expanding to New York this weekend. No, it’s not happening in Bushwick. (Sex with Timaree)

The best bars for singles who are ready to mingle. (Thrillist)

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