The Briefly for February 11, 2019 – The “Controlled by the Homosexual Community” Edition

Cuomo’s approval rating takes a dip, the origins on NYC pizza are questioned, Rosemary’s and Raul Candy Store are closing, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Oh, you think just because the weekend is over that the subway service changes are too? Nope. Here are this week’s late night closures, diversions and express trains. (Subway Changes)

Raul Candy Store on Avenue B is closing at the end of the month after 45 years. As Jimmy McMillan would say, “The rent is too damn high.” Whatever candy is left on February 28 will be free. (NY1)

The City Council is “controlled by the homosexual community,” according to Councilmemeber and noted homophobe Rubén Díaz Sr. (NY Post)

Díaz Sr doubled down when asked about his statement, stating “they control the politics in the state.” And cited gay relatives as his excuse for his comments. “I’m surrounded by gay [people].” The LGBTQ caucus is demanded his resignation. (NY Post)

From Welcome2TheBronx’s Ed García Conde: What You Should Know: Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr Shouldn’t Apologize—He Needs to Resign

The TWA Hotel at JFK opens in May, the first rooms will be available for booking on Thursday at noon. (Curbed)

Did Gennaro Lombardi really bring pizza to NYC? Research is starting to question accepted pizza lore. (Gothamist)

How roni cup pizza took over NYC. Here’s where to find the best roni cup. (Eater)

Rosemary’s, which opened in 1955 on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, will close at the end of February. Demolition and construction on either side of the bar puts it at structural risk. Join in the fun on the 28th by trying to drink the bar dry to say farewell. (Gothamist)

Dan Smith will teach you guitar. (Bedford + Bowery)

The Museum of the Dog is open fur all. (amNY)

A personal essay of the impact of an ultra-Orthodox education on high school girls and the long-term ramifications it can have on their lives and careers. (HuffPost)

Amazon doesn’t think NYC has been “welcoming” enough. “Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right.” -Mayor Lenny, Ghostbusters II (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo is ready to blame Democrats if Amazon pulls out, and not the secretive process he engaged in without input from the politicians who oppose the deal as it stands today or Amazon’s spotty history worker treatment and opposition to unions. (Politico)

The MTA says they maybe found the source of the oil smell in the L train tunnels that caused some riders and workers to faint and vomit last week. Monday’s commute will tell the story if it was addressed over the weekend. (Gothamist)

“My favorite M.T.A. decision — because you have to laugh, otherwise you cry — is the one they made to pick a product to clean the subway stations … What product did they pick? Tide.” Listen governor, no one cares what the MTA uses to clean the subways as long as they actually clean them. (NY Times)

Did the MTA deliberately distort the reasons for more than 500,000 subway delays? City Comptroller Scott Stringer accused the MTA of lying and covering up major incidents and construction as “unknown” delays. (NY Post)

Cuomo’s approval ratings are at their lowest. Only 35% of those polled said he was good an “excellent” or “good” job. (NY Times)

The former NYC jail union boss is headed to jail for five years for taking a $60k bribe to invest $20 million of pension money into a hedge fund that failed. (amNY)

Say hello to the black blob oozing out of a vent in the 23rd Street subway’s stairwell. (Gothamist)

Jason Reeves was arraigned on Friday for the alleged murder of his mother in Crown Heights. She was found dead in her closet with stab wounds. (Bklyner)

Turns out de Blasio’s “city-wide” healthcare plan doesn’t include Staten Island. (NY Post)

President Trump’s US Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Lynne Patton will be living in various NYCHA buildings for the next four weeks instead of her usual digs in Trump Tower. Patton was appointed to the job in 2017 after serving the president as a daily aide and event planner and has no prior governmental experience. (NY Post)

Since the mayor seems incapable of doing anything about parking placard abuse, the City Council is ready to take action. (Streetsblog)

The best Mexican restaurants in Manhattan. (The Infatuation)


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The Briefly for January 24, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown Alternative Plans are Here” Edition

The MTA board member challenge, the housing violation and asthma connection, LaGuardia Lake, electric scooters may become viable, Alec Baldwin plead guilty, and more in today’s daily NYC news update.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the city’s gun law that limits residents from transporting their guns from their homes. (NY Times)

Your horror of a Wednesday morning commute was brought to you by a water main break that flooded the tracks in Chelsea and someone on the tracks at Bryant Park. (NY Post)

The MTA Board Member Challenge: Can you name a single member of the MTA’s board? (NY Times)

Here are the possible details of the L Train Unshutdown (editor’s note: we need a better name for this), according to a leaked memo. It’s not pretty. (Streetsblog)

Say hello to the Peanut Butter Dream Waffle, the Leslie Knope-worthy Frankenstein’s Monster from Clinton Hall. Nutella, peanut butter cups, waffles, and peanut butter pie all for $25. (Brokelyn)

LaGuardia Airport was once likened to “some third world country” by America’s uncle Joe Biden. It didn’t help when a sprinkler head burst in Terminal B, creating an indoor lake for travelers to walk through. (Gothamist)

Photos from inside Ellis Island’s abandoned hospital complex. Spoiler alert: It’s creepy. (Untapped Cities)

7 dinner suggestions for Valentine’s Day under $75. (amNY)

Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted assault and second-degree harassment when he punched someone over a parking spot. He’ll complete a short anger management class and pay a $120 fine. (amNY)

Housing violations and high asthma rates have a connection, according to a new analysis. (Curbed)

Do New Yorkers prefer Cuomo or Gillibrand for president in 2020? Trick question. We prefer Bloomberg. (Politico)

The DOT has an open call for artists that end on February 15. (DOT)

Watch the construction of the TWA Hotel in the only way to watch construction: time-lapse. (6sqft)

Demolition permits for 80 Flatbush Ave and Katie Merz’ mural (highlighted in The Briefly last week) have been filed. The project is set to complete in 2025. (Bklyner)

Two of the students in the Poly Prep High School blackface video have transferred. Everyone involved, including the parents, have awful excuses for the video. (Gothamist)

The story of Transmitter Park, from the hunting grounds of Native Americans, to WNYC’s A.M. transmitter site, to public park. (Greenpointers)

The three cities in “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “High Maintenance,” and “Broad City” still make one New York. (NY Times)

Here are the details on a supposed “secret” subway and bus fare hike alternate plan. It’s a secret and the New York Times and Gothamist have written about it? (Gothamist)

America’s most expensive home is on Central Park South. A 24,000 square foot apartment on Central Park South sold for $238 million and will serve as a second home for a Chicago billionaire. (Curbed)

From the “Everyone you know on Facebook probably already shared this story” file: Chick-Fil-A is reportedly taking over the Old Blue Water Grill space in Union Square when it closes after more than 20 years. (Gothamist)

The Dream Act was passed by the state’s legislature and will provide financial aid to the 146,000 undocumented minors in New York state. The DREAM Fund will be funded by private contributions and will not be funded by the state. (NY Times)

Has the F train randomly turning express F’ed your commute lately? City Councilmember Brad Lander is created an F train express incident form with a hope of shining a light on the issue. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Is the city ready to allow electric scooters on our streets? (Mashable)

Commissioner James O’Neill says the NYPD is turning to apps, basketball leagues, and virtual reality to help reduce violent crime in six targeted neighborhoods. (NY Post) Watch the full State of the NYPD speech. (CBS News)

Meet Goliath, the hero boxer and very good boy, who saved his human’s life while their home in East New York caught fire. The fire destroyed three homes and aside from a broken arm, everyone is safe. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

RIP Jimmy “Blanco” Becker, Orchard St’s “man in white.” (Bowery Boogie)

Throw an ax, take a dip, play laser tag, and other indoor activities to help beat back the winter blues. (Thrillist)

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