The Briefly for January 18, 2019 – The “L Train Shutdown is Officially 100% Dead” Edition

This weekend’s threatening weather, the scheduled weekend subway changes and cancellations, Westsider Books might not be closing, the NYPD spied on Black Lives Matter, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A holiday weekend plus a winter storm? What could go wrong with the subways? Here are the subway closures and changes of service scheduled for this weekend. (6sqft)

THE L TRAIN SHUTDOWN IS OFFICIALLY DEAD! (amNY)

Here’s what’s next for the L train non-shutdown. (NY Times)

Here are the street closure’s for Saturday’s Women’s Marches. (6sqft)

Time to watch The Empire Strikes Back, because all your Hoth jokes are going to be relevant this weekend. (Gothamist)

The weather this week may be unbearable outside, but a NYCHA housing development in East Williamsburg is one of many developments without heat or hot water this week. (Bushwick Daily)

Chain store volume saw the first ever year-over-year decline since the number has been tracked. No wonder the Upper West Side was rallying to save a Starbucks. (GVSHP)

Case in point: the Kohl’s in Rego Park will close due to real estate and operational cost. (TimesLedger)

The Right to Disconnect bill, which would have made it illegal to be punished for not responding to after-hours communications, is being blocked by Mayor de Blasio. (NY Post)

Take a peek at the private pool, gym, and views from the first residential tower of the Hudson Yards megaproject. (Curbed)

James Turrell’s “Meeting” at MoMA PS1 is supposed to give an unimpeded view of the sky, something extremely rare in the city. How rare is it? New developments are now impeding the skyspace piece. (Gothamist)

Made in New York allegedly swiped the recipe for Prince Street Pizza’s famous spicy pepperoni slice, but it does not hold up against the original. (Eater)

While rare, the leucistic grackle that has been seen in Central Park isn’t going to be stealing the social media attention away from the Mandarin Duck. Why? Because leucistic grackle sounds like some kind of throat disease. (Gothamist)

Are we the bedbug capital of America? Hardly. New York lands at #6 behind Baltimore, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus. (Gothamist)

The Gowanus Canal EPA cleanup hit a wall and can’t move forward until the federal shutdown comes to a close. (Brooklyn Paper)

New Yorkers stand to lose $500 million a month in benefits if the federal shutdown continues into February, which will turn into a real humanitarian crisis. (Curbed)

Black Lives Matter activists were spied on by the police, who called protestors “idiots” while bragging about all the overtime they were receiving, according to newly released emails from the NYPD. (NY Post)

Westsider Books might not be closing after all. A Go Fund Me sprung up to save the bookstore and owner Dorian Thornley stated if he could raise $50,000 he would consider staying open. After one day, the campaign is close to $37,000. (6sqft)

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first floor speech on Thursday. (Welcome2TheBronx)

A bit more about the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, or “goth moon,” this weekend. (Time Out)

Hussain Jawad of Queens was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing his wife to death and slashing his teenage daughter. His motive is unknown and his daughter is in stable condition. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio’s 34,160 affordable homes built or preserved in 2018 is an impressive number, but not to the Coalition for the Homeless. Only 16% of those apartments were designated for the homeless and those making under 30% of median income, $21k. (Gothamist)

Five ways to your hot chocolate on. (amNY)

15 proposals not in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech. (Gotham Gazette)

East River Park will be buried… so it can be saved. (NY Times)

The best spots for ramen in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for January 16, 2019 – The “A New Kind of Green Deal” Edition

Subway emergency exit alarms are coming back, the Star of the State address, the emergency L train shutdown meeting, the 23 New Yorkers running for Public Advocate, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

They take the local to Times Square, walk slow, don’t wait for everyone to get off the subway before getting on, and there was a record 65.2 million of them in 2018. The city’s tourism industry grew for the ninth year straight. (NY Times)

Live from the L train shutdown emergency meeting, it’s a blog! (Gothamist)

Watch the 2019 State of the State address. (CBS News)

An overview of the New York 2019-2020 state budget. (Democrat and Chronicle)

Five takeaways from the State of the State address. (NY Times)

Governor Cuomo’s $175.2 billion spending plan includes legal weed, congestion pricing, the removal of statute of limitations for rape, procurement reform and more. (Politico)

The state legislature voted to become the 15th state to ban gay conversion therapy. (Gothamist)

The governor is lobbying to pass legislation that would make it a felony to assault a journalist while they are on the job. (NY Post)

Find yourself some Netflix to binge on this weekend, because we’re in for a weekend full of shitty weather. If you’re ordering in, don’t be a dick and get that 30% or more tip ready. (Gothamist)

A useful list of restaurants that are extremely close to subway stops for when it’s too damn cold to go further than absolutely necessary. (The Infatuation)

The candidates for Public Advocate are in! Here are the 23 New Yorkers who want to become the next Public Advocate. (Bklyner)

An expert’s guide to renting a New York City apartment. (Curbed)

A third gender, X, is now available for IDNYC cards. (amNY)

What is going on here? No one roots for the landlords in Rent or Fox Books in You’ve Got Mail. Upper West Siders are petitioning to save a Starbucks from closing.(West Side Rag)

The alarms for subway emergency exits are coming back as the MTA continues to do anything except improve service to prevent subway fare evaders. (NY Post)

An early Valentine’s Day story: She attacked him with a samurai sword and left him to die, and he waited for her outside the courtroom as she went to trial. (NY Post)

Watch Babe Ruth and Lou Gerhig take batting practice from 1931 in restored 60fps footage. (guy jones on YouTube)

The sky is falling! Terra cotta tiles fell from the 7 train viaduct in Sunnyside, piercing a car’s windshield. (Sunnyside Post)

50 Jesuit priests were identified as having a history of sexual abuse over the last 60 years, who had assignments at the city’s best Catholic schools. (NY Times)

It’s official, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand launched a presidential exploratory committee. (Politico)

8 things to know about Kirsten Gillibrand. (amNY)

A Department of Education mentor and founder of the student club “The Gladiators,” Malik Barr, was charged with molesting a 14-year-old boy in his apartment. Barr as been removed form the school. (NY Post)

Infighting, politics, and accusations have lead to two different women’s marches happening in Manhattan this Saturday. (NY Times)

The city’s most iconic buildings, mapped. (Curbed)

There will be no citizenship question on the 2020 census, thanks to a lawsuit led by the New York Immigration Coalition. (Politico)

One half James Bond and the other Art Deco. Say hello to the new bi-level bar, Dear Irving on Hudson. (Time Out)

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The Briefly for January 15, 2019 – The “8% Rate of Success” Edition

Early voting passes the state legislature, Governor Cuomo thinks the city should foot half the bill for the subway, the best winter brunches, the Amazon-Chrysler building, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

10 short interviews about congestion pricing with state legislators. (Streetsblog)

The annual No Pants Subway Ride happened. There are photos. (Gothamist)

Voting reform passed the state legislature, which adds 10 days of early voting, consolidates state and federal primary dates, and pre-registers 17 and 17-year-olds when they sign up for a driving permit. A constitutional amendment was proposed that will allow same-day voter registration and allow anyone to vote absentee without an excuse.(CBS New York)

Signal problems caused delays during 92% of weekdays in 2018. Since the city enacted the Subway Action Plan, delays have increased. (Daily News)

The state is doubling the amount of speed cameras in the city’s school zones as part of Governor Cuomo’s state budget, increasing from 149 to 290, which matches the number of cameras the state’s legislature was trying to pass last year. (Streetsblog)

The best winter brunch spots. (Thrillist)

This is why we can’t have nice things. The city is suing Metropolitan Property Group for running an illegal Airbnb network in 130 apartments, which housing more than 75,000 guests from 2015 to 2018. (The Real Deal)

Okay, so “Amazon” is the new default answer for any question, but who will be the Chrysler Building’s new tenant? Yup, Amazon. (6sqft)

Here’s what to know about the city’s new, updated and existing ferry routes. (amNY)

Meet Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the the Metropolitan Opera new openly gay conductor. (NY Times)

Say farewell to Westsider Books on Broadway in the Upper West Side. Not every closing bookstore has a Lin-Manuel Miranda. (West Side Rag)

“Being from Staten Island gives you that ability to brush it off.” Being from Staten Island made the cast of MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” immune to criticism that they are tarnishing the pristine public image of Staten Island. (amNY)

The secret economy of diabetes test strips. (NY Times)

Everyone wants to be the one that fixes the subways, but no one wants to pay for it. (NY Post)

Do you have what it takes to drink this $375, 20 pound spiked hot chocolate? (Time Out)

Five things to look for in today’s state budget address today (Tuesday). (amNY)

The Port Authority removed the Saudi Arabia part of the “Candy Nations” art installation due to its proximity to the World Trade Center due to complains that point out the Saudi connection to the 9/11 attacks. (NY Post)

JFK and Laguardia airports have been providing food to TSA and Federal Aviation Administration workers while they aren’t paid during President Trump’s government shutdown. (Airport Voice)

The government shutdown means no family visiting at Metropolitan Correctional Center, the high-security federal jail in Manhattan that houses terrorists, white-collar criminals, and El Chapo. Prisoners are on a hunger strike after the second week of canceled visits due to staffing shortages. (NY Times)

Turns out a plan similar to governor Cuomo’s new L train non-shutdown was considered and rejected five years ago because of serious safety concerns. (NY Times)

He can decide the L train shutdown isn’t happening and declare emergency meetings of the MTA board, but Governor Cuomo still claims that he’s not in charge of the MTA. (Second Ave. Sagas)

The person handpicked by Mayor de Blasio to head up his BQX streetcar project left the United States for a new job in Saudi Arabia. (Politico)

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