The Briefly for September 13th, 2019 – The Weekend “Are the Subways No Longer A Daily Disaster?” Edition

Gov Cuomo writes a letter to himself, the city lifts its gay conversion therapy ban at the behest of LGBTQ advocates, the pizza festival returns, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Friday the 13th and a full moon? NYCs gonna be spoooooky tonight.

We’re back to heavy service delays, disruptions, and construction this weekend, so check your trains before you go. (Subway Weekender)

The subway is no longer “a daily disaster,” according to the Times. (NY Times)

The New York Pizza Festival returns to the Bronx next month. (Welcome2TheBronx)

An app from the NYPD to report crimes? This will not go well. (amNY)

The City Council is repealing its ban on gay conversion therapy at the request of LGBTQ advocates. While it doesn’t make sense on the surface, advocates are worried that the right-leaning federal court system will declare the practice unconstitutional. There can’t be a lawsuit if there is no ban. A new state law will continue to ban conversion therapy practices, so don’t worry that new businesses will pop up all over the city offering these “services.” (Patch)

City and state politicians are calling on the DOT to re-open the dedicated bike path on the Triborough Bridge. (amNY)

Two companies that sell at-home (and inadmissible in court) rape kits have received cease and desists from the New York Attorney General Letitia James. (Gothamist)

A man was found tied up in the basement of a Bronx bodega, where he was trapped for three days. The man says he was grabbed off the street, thrown into a car, beaten, and held against his will The owner of the bodega was arrested and the NYPD are looking for an employee. (Patch)

How to eat in Greenpoint for 24 hours. (Eater)

After being a straight-C student for a few years, York College’s cafeteria was shut down by the Health Department after failing an inspection. (Patch)

How plausible were the apartments in Friends? (6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is back to pretending like he’s not in charge of the MTA. This time around, he’s “asking” the MTA’s board in the form of a letter to publicly release the MTA Capital Plan, which lays out changes from 2020 to 2024. (Second Ave Sagas)

The five best octopus dishes around NYC. (Eater)

The dates and lineup for the fall Brooklyn Flea have been released. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The pied-à-terre tax, the tax on the second homes the rich keep in the city, is not dead yet. It was assumed after the “mansion tax” went into effect in July that the pied-à-terre tax was dead. (Curbed)

Eric Adams is digging in his heels in the face of criticism of his rat murder-sludge-bucket contraption. (Gothamist)

Where to find the best mooncakes. (Time Out)

Leslie Jones is leaving SNL, but they are adding Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis & Bowen Yang to the cast. (Gothamist)

Don’t freak out, but four cases of West Nile were discovered in New York City. It’s actually good news because last year at this time 36 people had been infected. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Not everyone hates having the Trump name on their buildings. The Trump International Hotel and Tower’s condo board voted to keep the name. Donald Trump Jr is on the condo’s board. (6sqft)

Where to take your hangry tourist friends and family that is both relaxing and still exciting. (Eater)

The Briefly for February 28, 2019 – The “Bodega Ham, Now With Extra Plastic” Edition

Subway and bus fare is going up, the mayor punts on controlling the MTA, NYC’s James Beard Award semifinalists, NYCHA promises to find lead, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bus and subway fares are going up on April 21. Single rides are staying put at $2.75 but weekly cards will go from $32 to $33, monthly cards will go from $121 to $127, and the bonus for putting more than $5.50 on your MetroCard is disappearing. (amNY)

You may want to avoid bodega ham for a little while. (Gothamist)

A new bill will clarify the definition of sexual harassment and strengthen the laws against it. Harassment must be “severe or pervasive” to be considered illegal at the moment. (QNS)

The barnacle Citi Bike was cute once, but stop throwing Citi Bikes into the rivers. (West Side Rag)

Ever since dropping the “Trump Soho” branding, the Dominick Hotel has seen a 20% increase in revenue. (The Real Deal)

Do not disturb? Hardly. The city’s worst hotels when it comes to noise complaints. (Localize Labs)

Daiso, the Japanese dollar store, is opening its first East coast store in the Flushing mall on March 8. (Eater)

The 18 best restaurants on the Upper West Side. (Grub Street)

Today is the last day for Raul Candy Store in Alphabet City after over 40 years. As a way to say goodbye, all the remaining candy in the store is free. (NY Post)

Even Mayor de Blasio’s wife isn’t sure he should run for president. (Patch)

The rights of students with disabilities haven’t been upheld in Success Academy, the city’s largest charter school network. (Patch)

Here’s the latest on the EPA’s Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal. (Bklyner)

If you’re on Park Avenue and wondering what those giant stretched yellow rubber things are, it’s “Tension Sculptures” by Brooklyn-based artist Joseph La Piana. (NY Times)

The mayor punted on the idea of the city being in control of the MTA, handing responsibility to the governor’s office. (Streetsblog)

Horticulture at Green-Wood Cemetery is deadly serious business. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here’s what you should now about Jumaane Williams, the city’s new Public Advocate. (amNY)

Where are we with legalizing marijuana? The state budget deadline of April 1 is fast approaching. (amNY)

A guide to the subway’s signal system. (Curbed)

An oral history of the Sidewalk Cafe, the home of antifolk. (Gothamist)

Micaela Diamond is 19 and has become Cher 100 times. (amNY)

NYCHA promises 100 percent confidence in finding lead in its developments. Right. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez is set to announce his support in giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses. (NY Post)

Can you help catch whoever stole Luna, the beloved two-month old bodega cat from Ismael’s Gourmet Deli in the Bronx? (News 12)

NYCs 2019 James Beard Awards semifinalists. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 8, 2019 – The “How the Federal Shutdown Could Lead to MTA Cutbacks” Edition

Lin-Manuel Miranda saves the Drama Book Shop, Williamsburg rents will rise, Amtrak considered using Cuomo’s tunnel fixes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city’s latest public service announcement makes the equivalency of danger between giving cigarettes or sugary drinks to children. (Metro)

Discover the history of each one of the East Village’s 2,200 buildings with the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society’s new online tool. (6sqft)

New York did pretty well at the Golden Globes from Rachel Brosnahan winning best actress to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse winning best animated film. (amNY)

Those billboards on the water are not only an eyesore, but are also illegal, according to the Mayor’s press secretary. (Gothamist)

Amtrak is eyeing the governor’s L train plan with a little bit of envy, calling it a “common sense solution” for their damaged tunnels between Manhattan and Queens. (6sqft)

A three-foot gap in the Belt Parkway was the cause of FDNY firefighter Steven H. Pollard’s death on Sunday night. Pollard fell through the gap while saving two victims in an overturned car. (NY Post)

Tell every single person you know who has ever spent any time upstate (defined as North of the Bronx). The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is hiring 500 employees, 150 full-time for their opening in the fall. (Greenpointers)

New York’s abortion laws predate Roe v. Wade by three years and haven’t been updated since. Governor Cuomo and Hillary Clinton called for the state legislature to pass the Reproductive Health Act and the Contraceptive Care Act to modernize the state’s laws. (amNY)

Take a peek inside Brooklyn’s biggest bank, which will soon sit at the base of its tallest building. (6sqft)

The city has six more weeks without its monthly reimbursements from the FTA, which will not happen if the Trump shutdown does not conclude, until the MTA will have to start making budget cuts. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Williamsburg rents will rise thanks to the change in the L train shutdown, according to experts. Also according to literally anyone in the city with half a brain. (amNY)

No one’s sure who the hell has to approve the Cuomo’s shutdown of the L train shutdown. Will Trump’s Federal Transit Administration have to sign off on the plan too? (Politico)

Who hides hundreds of thousands of dollars in their oven if they are out of their apartment for months at a time? Lady Gaga’s ex-boyfriend Rob Fusari did, and $265,000 was lost when he was evicted from his apartment. (NY Post)

Either this woman is evading a subway fare or she’s purposefully mooning the camera. (reddit)

It’s hard to hate Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda and three Hamilton collaborators are buying the theater district’s Drama Book Shop rather than let it be driven out of business by raising rents. (NY Times)

Got $1,100 lying around? Then you can afford dinner for two at Eleven Madison Park after their new year’s price hike. (Eater)

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