The Briefly for October 10, 2018 – The “Pee On Me” Trump Statue Edition

A Guy Fieri spiritual successor is coming to Times Square, NYC’s third gender, say goodbye to Coffee Shop, McNally Jackson gets ready to move, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Everything you need to know about New York’s midterm elections on November 6. (Curbed)

You have until October 12 to register for the November 6 election.

A “Pee On Me” Trump statue appeared in Park Slope for dogs to tinkle on the president. It was installed by Porcupine Armadillo. (Gothamist)

The entire Banksy New York takeover, collected. (Village Voice)

New York From Behind takes the idea that the most interesting part of someone’s outfit is the front and turns it around. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

Turns out NJ Transit is just as much of a garbage fire as you might assume it is. (Gothamist)

Mapping the transformation of Hell’s Kitchen. (Curbed)

McNally Jackson is leaving the Prince Street location after 14 years, but fear not! They will be moving to a new spot nearby. (Curbed)

Union Square’s Coffee Shop closes this Sunday after nearly 30 years. (Eater)

Do you know the history of the interlocking “NY” on the Yankees uniform? (6sqft)

If you’re still mourning the loss of Guy Fieri’s restaurant from Times Square, here comes Fieri bud Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina! Now tell me, why can’t this be love? (Eater)

The mayor signed a law that allows a third gender option, X, on NYC birth certificates. The gender will not be available at birth. (amNY)

Anti-immigrant signs showed up in Sunnyside over the weekend. It’s the work of Vanguard America, which is led by a neo-nazi and a member responsible for the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. (Gothamist)

Pulitzer prize winning architect Richard Meier stepped down from his firm after five women accused him of sexual harassment and groping. (6sqft)

Brooklyn’s second axe throwing bar is opening this month. Why? Because it’s Brooklyn, that’s why. (Brooklyn Paper)


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The Briefly for September 18, 2018 – NYC vs DOJ, a Seven Alarm Fire, the U.N. and More

Midtown will slow down even more once the U.N. is in town, the DOJ comments about safe injection sites, de Blasio deflects school bus complaints and more.

What you need to know about the United Nations general assembly that’s starting this week.

The worst days of the year for driving in Manhattan aren’t Christmas or Thanksgiving, it’s when the U.N. is in session. In Midtown, traffic slows from the average of 4.7mph to 3mph and the city’s new message is simple: “Your trip through Midtown will take three times as long.”

The bridge that connects Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights is indefinitely closed. It seems that high moisture levels are causing the problem with the bridge. That’s outside. Near the water.

The creepy LinkNYC/ice cream jingle mystery is one step closer to being solved.

A seven alarm fire broke out at Kings Plaza Mall’s parking garage. Avon Stephens, 23, was arrested for causing damage to over 100 Mercedes-Benzes. A local dealership was storing cars there, not everyone who goes to Kings Plaza drives a Benz. No one suffered life-threatening injuries. He said he was sorry.

Rose III by Isa Genzken is a new 26-foot-tall sculpture of a rose in Zuccotti Park.

Cuomo defeated Nixon and Gothamist asks “Are the subways screwed forever?

Joe Crowley will remain chairman of the Queens Democratic Party after being defeated by Amexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He’s remained the chairman since 2006.

A 33-year-old man was found dead at Union Square after attempting to walk between train cars while moving.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Instagram, here comes Human’s Best Friend. It’s an Instagram bait installation, but it’s for dogs.

What’s going on with Australian coffee culture in the city?

The man behind the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, Alan Abel, has earned himself a second obituary in The New York Times 38 years after his first.

The Justice Department is calling NYC’s proposed safe injection sites a “violation of the Controlled Substances Act.” This is coming to a head after a letter from state Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) was sent to the DOJ.

Mayor de Blasio is blaming bus companies for the 82,225 complaints the DOE has already received in the first two weeks of school, but no action has yet been taken by his administration.


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The Briefly for August 21, 2018 – The N Train Goats, the Tinder Date Marketing Stunt, and More

The lovely N train goats, the woman who used Tinder to ensnare dozens of men to one spot in Union Square for some sort of marketing stunt, the man behind Staten Island’s little league success, a map of every trash can, and more.

The goats on the N train tracks were Monday’s purest news story. The goats are being sent to an animal sanctuary upstate after delaying Coney Island bound trains for two hours.

Someone managed to cover an entire Q train in graffiti while it was off-platform overnight.

Five witching hot spots in Brooklyn, according to Brokelyn.

Dig into your block’s history with the new NYC Street Map, which launched on Monday. Check out the history of your building, or see how the city has changed over the years.

The Lower East Side and East Village contain the highest concentration of community gardens in the United States. Untapped Cities takes a look at 11 of them.

Despite the press announcing that Mayor de Blasio was going to bike over the Brooklyn Bridge on his way to work this morning, he was nowhere to be found. The mayor’s office claims he never promised to make the ride, but his staff was there. The mayor’s office is pitching 1,000 pedal assisted electronic bikes as an option for stranded commuters during the L train shutdown. No word on what those riders should do when it snows.

A vintage photo from 1965 shows that Times Square used to experience times of relative darkness.

The city will be spraying for mosquitoes tonight in Queens, check the map to see if your neighborhood is being targeted.

Here’s the insane story (and video!) of how dozens of guys were lured to Union Square by one woman on Tinder. Of course it was a marketing stunt.

Take a look inside the diners that are keeping NYC traditions alive.

With all the talk about the city’s removal of trash bins throughout the city, you might want to know where the nearest bin is. The location of every trash bin in the city is available in one map.

The man who ran across four sets of subway tracks to stab someone claims he was doing so to stop a racist harasser. Bilal Abdullah, 52, is being held without bail and will undergo a psychiatric assessment.

Meet the man behind Staten Island’s Little League dynasty.


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