The Briefly for October 10, 2019 – The “Subways Could Be Running 50% Faster” Edition

The voter registration deadline is coming up, unmasking the identity of real estate buyers, corruption along the 4th Ave bike lane, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The deadline to vote in this year’s general election is October 11. Get moving if you haven’t registered. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Early voting runs from October 26 through November 3 this year, but not every polling site will be an early voting site, so make sure to check where to take part in early voting. (amNY)

Construction has begun on Google’s 1.3 million square-foot Hudson Square campus. (6sqft)

A new report from the MTA notes that the subways are slower than they were 20 years ago and could be running 50% faster and to make it happen they only have to make four improvements. Don’t hold your breath, because one of the improvements is fixing the signal problems that plague just about every line. (6sqft)

It’s finally fall and Brooklyn Based has 18 ways to celebrate pumpkin season, none of them the PSL. (Brooklyn Based)

What to see in the city’s art galleries right now. (NY Times)

Excuse me, bagel tacos? (Gothamist)

The battle for Boerum Hill’s WBAI, which has been in operation since the ’60s, has gone legal between the Pacifica Foundation and the employees of the station. (Brooklyn Paper)

An interview with artist Shai Dahan, whose new Swedish Dala horse mural can be found on Broome St. (Brooklyn Street Art)

The 4th Ave bike lane in Brooklyn’s paint was barely dry before the 72nd Precinct decided that they would use it for parking. This is corruption. (Gothamist)

Where to get an Impossible Burger on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Tips and advice to upgrade your candy game this Halloween. (Grub Street)

There is a peanut-related recall of some Ample Hills ice cream, so if you or you know someone with allergies and a love for Peppermint Patty ice cream, here is your heads up. (Patch)

Video: Step inside the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company and embrace your inner superhero… or villain. (Viewing NYC)

“Dedicated to the many tourists that go missing every year in New York City. And a reminder as to why the parks close at dusk. Erected by the Ed Koch Wolf Foundation and the NYC Fellowship.” A monument to the missing tourists taken by wolves appeared in Battery Park this week. (Untapped Cities)

The Bain Center, a literal jail on a boat in city waters, holds up to 800 prisoners a day that was brought to the city in 1992 as a temporary solution but has stuck around ever since. It’s scheduled to close by 2026. (NY Times)

Behind the scenes at the Forgotten NY blog. (amNY)

The famous and ultra-rich don’t buy homes in their names, they buy them using LLCs to hide their identity, but a bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo in September is going to possibly make the purchasers of real estate publicly available information. (Curbed)

Do you like The Strokes? How much? How about so much that you’ll rent an apartment in Nolita from their guitarist for $6,750 a month? (6sqft)

The best upscale seafood in NYC. (Grub Street)

The Briefly for September 30, 2019 – The “14th St Busway has Risen from the Dead” Edition

The one impeachment holdout in New York’s delegation, the best pizza on the UWS, Battery Park City’s green dog poop, it’s gonna be a hot hot week, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This week’s late-night subway disruptions are pretty rough, so check the routes before you go anywhere late. (Subway Weekender)

Summer is stretching into this week with temperatures predicted to hit 90 degrees on Wednesday. (Patch)

The only Democrat in the House of Representatives not calling for the impeachment of the president is Staten Island’s Max Rose. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Cuomo wants it both ways when it comes to the impeachment. (Patch)

The 14th St subway is back and may even start as early as this week. (Streetsblog)

Battery Park City is going to compost the dog poop at its dog runs. (Tribeca Citizen)

The Dayspring Church, built in 1924 on Roosevelt Island, will become a speakeasy restaurant. (Eater)

The best pizza slice shops on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

If you’ve got $118 million, you can buy yourself two penthouses in the Hudson Yards. (Curbed)

Protest sleep-outs in City Hall Park have existed since 1985. The protests have been suspended since 2012 due to Mayor de Blasio’s promises to alleviate the situation, but last week the protests began anew. (Gothamist)

The worst commuter train in America is in New Jersey. Ha! (NY Times)

Meet the 92nd Street Y’s new chief executive Seth Pinsky, the head of the Bloomberg administration’s economic development arm. (NY Times)

In celebration of the graffiti-tagged subway cars of the city in the 70s. (Gothamist)

It’s illegal for trucks to idle for more than three minutes. If you report idling trucks, you could get a reward. (Greenpointers)

There are new deadlines for voter registration in New York. You can change your party enrollment until February 1 to vote in the April presidential primary. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Legal Aid Society is raising money to help pay for fees associated with green cards, visas and other documents that give immigrants legal status. Help your fellow New Yorkers. (Patch)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex is joining the calls for a bailout of the city’s taxi drivers, calling their plight “indentured servitude.” (NY Times)

This week’s list of restaurants closed by the Department of Health is pretty tame compared to most weeks. (Patch)

Korey Johnson, the man who allegedly ran down and killed a cyclist in Brooklyn with his SUV, was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree reckless endangerment, and faces 25 years to life if convicted. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The preparation for the Macy’s holiday windows has already begun in Red Hook. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The latest public work from Kehinde Wiley, known for President Obama’s portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, is Rumors of War a nearly 30-foot tall sculpture that is evocative of a confederate monument but instead features a young African-American male in contemporary clothes. (Time Out)

The L Train Slowdown will end by April 2020 rather than July 2020, three months earlier than scheduled. (amNY)

If you didn’t understand what was happening in the Tekashi69 court case, here’s the Old Gray Lady to explain it. (NY Times)

The City Council is looking into the impact of film shoots in residential neighborhoods and is considering a suite of bills to strengthen residents’ rights. (Bowery Boogie)

Where to go when you’ve eaten everywhere in the West Village. (The Infatuation)

The Briefly for September 23, 2019 – The “A Failed Presidential Candidate” Edition

Another cyclist was killed by a driver, this week’s late-night subway disruptions, five major problems waiting for the mayor, the best dive bars and more in today’s daily NYC news update

This week’s late-night subway disruptions are bringing the pain. Make sure to check before you stay out late. (Subway Weekender)

The mayor is no longer a failing presidential candidate, he’s a failed presidential candidate. RIP the de Blasio Campaign 2019 – 2019. (Politico)

Now that the mayor decided to do his job full-time again, here are five major problems waiting for him. (NY Times)

The 21st bicyclist to be killed by a driver on New York’s streets is 14-year-old Mario Valenzuela. Mario was killed by a 33-year-old man who was driving a private sanitation truck making a right turn on Borden Avenue in Queens. (LIC Post)

Shore Parkway is getting a protected bike lane, despite Community Board 11’s protests. Amid a record year for cyclists killed by drivers, neighborhoods who push back against lanes using thinly-veiled excuses are making a clear decision between the lives of their neighbors and the desire to drive a car however they please. (The City)

Are you ready for the MTA to upgrade its signals? Are you ready for extensive disruptions while it does so? We’re talking line shut down on nights and weekends on the 4/5/6, N/W, A/C, G, E, and F lines. There’s always the bus… (amNY)

Here are the first 48 subway stations getting accessibility upgrades as outlined in the 2020 – 2024 capital plan. (Streetsblog)

The Park Slope Food Coop received more media coverage than it deserves, but this story about how the super liberals of the Park Slope Food Coop have fought against unionization of its full-time workers is an eye-opener. (NY Times)

A sneak peek inside the new library in Hunters Point. (Untapped Cities)

Five Gowanus sites are being considered for landmark status this week as preservationists are pushing to protect as much of the neighborhood as possible ahead of a possible rezoning. (Brownstoner)

In the battle between Industry City and City Councilmember Carlow Menchaca over plans for the site’s future, Industry City blinked and will delay their plans for expansion after acquiescing to Menchaca’s concerns. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Whoever is the monster that stole this child’s saxophone, you need to return it. (Gothamist)

One of the hottest 2020 elections in New York will be the retiring Rep. José Serrano’s congressional seat in the South Bronx. (Politico)

Holtermann’s Bakery, in business for over 150 years in Staten Island, gets the Atlas Obscura nod for its timeless desserts, calling out its “real deal” Charlotte Russe. (Atlas Obscura)

Uber is suing the city for its cap on the company’s growth and a law passed in August which restricts the amount of time a driver can drive in Manhattan without a fare, calling the laws “arbitrary and capricious.” (Politico)

Congratulations to Uma Smith of Bed-Stuy, who won a James Dyson award for her invention Cocoon, a pillow that can be placed under someone’s head during a seizure that also contacts bystanders on how they can help. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you’ve ridden the Long Island Rail Road this month, there’s a chance you’ve been exposed to the measles. (Gothamist)

What to eat and do in Greenpoint. (amNY)

Here are the restaurants the Department of Health shut down this week for violations, including Hook’d on the Hudson, leading the pack with a jaw-dropping 141 points. (Patch)

The best gluten-free pizza on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

The Village Halloween parade is returning this year with the theme “Wild Thing!” Let’s try harder with the costume creativity this year, shall we? (Brooklyn Vegan)

An apartment with a pool? Tired. An apartment with an indoor wave pool? Wired! (Viewing NYC)

The Times goes behind the scenes on their 20 photographers/65 block parties magazine feature. (NY Times)

Have you seen the house on the top of a building on the Upper West Side? (I Love the Upper West Side)

There was a minor fire in Terminal 5. The damage was minimal and no one was injured. (Gothamist)

The best dive bars in NYC. (Thrillist)