The Briefly for October 3, 2019 – The “Really Screwed by the Hudson Yards” Edition

The 14th Street busway begins today, NYC schools ban bacon, RIP Ming the tiger, the East River Park renovation plans changed, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

New York Comic Con starts today, so get ready for the subways to get more weird and awesome through Sunday. (amNY)

Say goodbye to bologna, salami, pepperoni, or bacon in city schools as they have banned all processed meats. (Grub Street)

If you think you understand the challenges of driving a city bus, see the world through their eyes. (amNY)

These are the Forever 21 stores expected to close in NYC. (Patch)

If you’ve felt screwed by the Hudson Yards, now you can make it a reality. Wolfgang & Hite has released a series of sex toys shaped like the buildings in the Hudson Yards. Yes, there’s a Vessel, and yes, it’s a butt-plug. (Curbed)

Today is the first day of the 14th St busway. Let’s find out if this makes the buses of 14th St any more tenable. (amNY)

New York state is on track to meet its goals to end the AIDS epidemic in the state by 2020. (NY Times)

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is safe for 2019, thanks to the Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group’s sponsorship. Let’s all look forward to seeing all those adorable pups in their cute outfits! (Bedford + Bowery)

Where did all those pedal-assisted Citi Bikes go? (Gothamist)

Staten Island Democratic Congressperson Max Rose has announced that he supports the impeachment inquiry, ending a week-long moment of indecision. (Politico)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s Riker’s Island community jail replacement program. (Politico)

It’s hard not to see the Greater New York Hospital Association’s donations of a million dollars the New York State’s Democratic Party and a Medicaid reimbursement increase of $140 million as quid pro quo. (NY Times)

The mayor wants to take credit for the decline in poverty in the city, but the truth isn’t as easy as he wants to believe it is. (Politico)

14 chefs give their opinion on where to eat on a day off. (Grub Street)

What if instead of spending on police preventing fare evasion, more money was spent on subsidizing low-income New Yorkers’ subway rides? (Gothamist)

Kevin Dennard hit and killed a homeless man who went by “Pops” with his car on Tuesday morning. Dennard has two previous convictions for drunk driving and admitted he had a few beers before hitting and killing Pops. Pops was the 83rd pedestrian to be killed by drivers this year. (Gothamist)

For those of you who love apartment-porn, here’s a $12.5 million townhouse with a 40-foot pool, a terrace, and a two-car garage on the Upper East Side. (6sqft)

Seeing sukkahs in Williamsburg around the time of the Jewish holiday Sukkot isn’t strange, but seeing them built in the middle of the street is very out of the ordinary. (Streetsblog)

A woman committed suicide by subway in Bensonhurst on Tuesday morning at Bay Parkway and 86th Street. Due to the elevated tracks, the FDNY was involved in washing down the street below. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

RIP James Robinson, who saw a gap in ambulance coverage in Bed-Stuy in the 80s and filled the gap with his own volunteer service. (NY Times)

The plans for renovations at East River Park as part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project have changed and the park will not close completely for three years in favor of slower work that will only require portions of the park to close at any moment. (Gothamist)

A deep look at Rafael Espinal Jr’s story from an English Language instructor for a GED program to City Council to a run at the Brooklyn Borough President’s office. (Kings County Politics)

Home prices are skyrocketing near these five subway stops. Four in Manhattan, one in the Bronx. (Patch)

Did you know America’s oldest public golf course is in the Bronx? (Welcome2TheBronx)

Schneps Media is buying amNY from Newsday. This won’t change my inclusion of their stories in The Briefly, but as Schneps Media continues to buy local news outlets, we will continue to lose what made those publications unique. Schneps owns amNY, QNS.com, the Brooklyn Paper, Brownstoner, Gay City News, Carribean Life, El Correo NY, Bronx Weekly, The Villager, Chelsea Now, Manhattan Express and over a dozen smaller neighborhood-focused outlets. 33 newspapers, 28 magazines, and 20 websites. Media consolidation of this nature is not healthy for the city. There has been no announcement that newsroom jobs are safe, as was made in the New York Magazine and Vox merger.

Now you can read the same stories on even more websites. (Brooklyn Paper, amNY, The Villager, and QNS.com)

Finally, the MTA will install netting underneath the raised subway tracks in Queens that seem to be regularly falling apart as part of the $51.5 billion MTA Capital Plan. (QNS.com)

Ming, the 400-pound tiger who lived in a Harlem housing project and discovered in 2003, has died at the age of nineteen. (NY Times)

The best places in Central Park to see fall foliage. (6sqft)

The Briefly for September 18, 2019 – The “Is Astoria the Coolest Neighborhood in the City?” Edition

How to make congestion pricing work, National Grid continues to hold customers’ service hostage, everyone hates the new license plates, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Elizabeth Warren hit Washington Square Park on Monday night to give a presidential speech on corruption. (NY Times)

Kopitiam is the only restaurant in the city to be on Bon Appétit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. (Grub Street)

Time Out put together a list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods to visit in the world. On the list? Astoria. Here are three spots in Astoria to visit.(Time Out)

How will congestion pricing pay for the MTA’s 2020-2024 capital plan? A flat fee of $6.62 that could go up to $9.18 during the day and $3.06 at night and with no exceptions. (Gothamist)

Uber and Lyft drivers are showing their true power over the city with a protest against Uber and Lyft’s non-compliance with the state’s minimum wage laws by driving slowly in packs down some of the city’s busiest roads like FDR Drive and the Brooklyn Bridge. (Gothamist)

If you don’t have $11 million on hand, you can still see what an 11-room residence looks like in the Dakota on West 72nd Street. (6sqft)

The Department of Transportation is installing 50 public charging stations for electric vehicles across the city with each station being able to charge two vehicles. (Jackson Heights Post)

Six places to go apple picking near the city without a car. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“I am unequivocally against, and will never, ever, allow Industry City to move forward with a rezoning proposal through ULURP in the form that they submitted to the City Planning Commission in February earlier this year.” – City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (Curbed)

Turns out 60% of voters polled are opposed to the new rule to replace license plates over ten years old. 75% of voters polled oppose the $25 fee for the newly designed plates. (Patch)

Donald Trump’s childhood home is up for auction in Queens. You’ve got until November 14 to bid. (Curbed)

National Grid continues to hold customers’ gas service hostage in protest of the state’s rejection of the billion-dollar Williams Pipeline that would terminate in the Rockaways over concerns it could contaminate the New York Harbor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Here are the views from the top of the city’s tallest residential building. (Curbed)

Is Sunnyside Yards the next Hudson Yards? (Greenpointers)

A food tour of Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro. (6sqft)

Rates of violence in Rikers Island is up across the board, including violence between inmates, inmates assaults against staff, use of force against prisoners, and use of force against adolescent inmates. (Politico)

The ten oldest and intact cemeteries in the city. (Untapped Cities)

The city has spent $673 million on NYC Ferry but hasn’t spent a dime on Citi Bikes. NYC Ferry averages 17,842 riders per day, Citi Bike recently hit a new record of 91,529 trips on Thursday, September 5. (Streetsblog)

Here’s who over 100 people will be crawling down 1.5 miles on Manhattan’s streets this weekend. (Untapped Cities)

26 of the Upper East Side’s best bars and resaurants. (Eater)

thanks to reader The Unisphere from Lindsey for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for September 9, 2019 – The “Attacked by a Metal Banjo” Edition

New York’s new license plates have been chosen, a new tomato plant grows on the East River, the Port Authority’s new bus depot comes up short, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This week’s late-night subway service change lottery losers are the 3, 4, 6, A, F, N, and Q trains. And always the L train. (Subway Weekender)

This is our new license plate. (Patch)

For the people who loved the tomato plant discovered along the East River, here’s some good news: there is another. (NY Times)

The Charging Bull was attacked with a metal banjo. (NY Times)

It’s a nasty cycle. Bus service degrades to a point where walking will get you where you need to be faster. As a result of the poor service, ridership declines. The MTA doesn’t see the cause, just the effect, and along routes like the B38 and B54, they cut service to match the lowered demand. Now with the degraded service, the buses are still slow, still unreliable and now there are less of them. The MTA can’t fix the problems with the buses because that’s the Department of Transportation’s street designs and the NYPD’s lack of enforcement of what can make traffic flow easily and keep the streets safe for vehicles pedestrians and cyclists. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Friends (The worst show to celebrate in the age of Trump) experience pop-up on Mercer Street is all sold out, so some photos of the inside are all you’ll get unless more tickets become available. (Gothamist)

Bill de Blasio’s campaign for president hopefully ends on October 1st and someone should throw a party in celebration, especially if it means the mayor will stop doing things like show up on Tucker Carlson’s show looking for anyone who will support him. (Gothamist)

277 people leave New York for good every day, making it the #1 city people want to leave in the country. (Bloomberg)

Here comes fall, which means here comes food festivals. (6sqft)

The Apple cube is back on 5th Ave, and it’s trippy as hell. (Gothamist)

The Port Authority presented some of its ideas to replace the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and none of them accommodated services like Megabus, which use the sidewalks of midtown for their pickups and dropoffs, into their plans. There was worry that the Port Authority would eventually screw up replacing the bus terminal, and they are already meeting expectations. (Gothamist)

Digging in on bad ideas is now a hallmark of the mayor’s public statements. (Streetsblog)

Here are this week’s restaurants shut down by the Department of Health, including Tasty Popcorn Chicken in Queens with a whopping 121 violation points. (Patch)

New Yorkers already received over 1.25 billion robocalls this year. (Patch)

The 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is an attempt to eat a slice of pizza in every borough in one day, only using public transportation. Think you have what it takes? (6sqft)

Take a look inside Bette Midler’s $50 million penthouse, which is for sale. (Curbed)

New York will soon get more Detroit-style pizza when Michigan chain Jet’s Pizza sets up its first outpost on Ninth Ave between 17th and 18th St. (Eater)

Last Thursday set the record for the most Citi Bike rides in a day with 90,000. (Streetsblog)

The historic boardwalk in Coney Island is landmarked, but still bears scars from Superstorm Sandy. If you walk west on the boardwalk, past the amusement zone, you’ll encounter a section of plywood boards that freeze over in the winter. You’ll see nails sticking up, you’ll see missing boards, plants growing through, and other hazards. Residents are sick of it and are demanding change. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The governor is flirting with the idea of holding the 2020 New York presidential primaries to February, one day after the Iowa caucuses. (NY Times)

Texting while crossing the street is safe, according to a new study by the Department of Transportation. Remember this the next time some old fuddy-duddy tries to argue otherwise. (NY Times)

Joe Namath is selling his (empty) $1.19 Upper West Side duplex. (I Love the Upper West Side)

There are more hate crimes against black people in NYC this year, but there were more arrests in cases with hate crimes against white people, according to numbers released by the NYPD. (Patch)

A look at five new restaurants in the city. (amNY)

A Times Square Elmo was arrested for groping a teenage girl. (Pix 11)

The history of Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden. (Ephemeral New York)

15 places to try when the company is picking up the tab for lunch. (Grub Street)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo!