The Briefly for January 30, 2019 – The “Two People in 220 Square Feet for 24 Years” Edition

Cuffing season for the Mandarin Duck, gun control passes in the legislature, 24 years in a 220 square-foot apartment, what you should tip, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re gonna be someone who orders delivery in this weeks bitter cold, tip at least 30% if you’re one of those monsters that orders Seamless in the middle of a storm. (Mother Jones)

Meet the couple that have lived in a rent-stabilized 220 square foot apartment with no kitchen and a shared bathroom for 24 years in the Chelsea Hotel. (6sqft)

The de Blasio staffer with a history of sexual harassment accusations passed through the Department of Investigation’s “thorough” background check. (Politico)

Malaysia Goodson, a 22-year-old mother, died while falling down the stairs of the 7th Avenue B/D/E station with her 1-year-old daughter in a stroller. Her daughter survived and is with family. The station does not have an elevator, highlighting the city’s mass transit accessibility problem. (amNY)

The NYPD believes her death was caused by a medical episode and not the fall. (NY Post)

The new Hank’s Saloon is open and waiting for patrons to turn the place into the dive it once was. (Brooklyn Paper)

The flurry of bills passed by the state’s legislature continues, with the latest round of bills aimed at gun control. The bills prevent teachers from carrying guns on school grounds, allow petitioning to remove guns from dangerous people, extends background checks, bans bump stocks, requires state gun buybacks, and mandates out-of-state applicants give authorities their mental health records. (amNY)

St. Mark’s Comics is closing at the end of February after 36 years. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

An illustrated guide to New York City’s architectural styles. (Curbed)

A Quentin Tarantino themed bar is opening this week. No, it’s not in Bushwick. Yes, it’s in Williamsburg. (Patch)

The Mandarin Duck story has taken a new turn: mating season. (Gothamist)

Good news for drivers: Waze now works in NYC tunnels. (amNY)

Reported is a smartphone app that allows you to report reckless driving from taxis. In 2018, users filed 3,800 complaints. (Streetsblog)

A hospital error resulted in a woman instructing the hospital to pull the plug of a man she was told was her brother. It wasn’t her brother. (Gothamist)

Add the Teamsters to the list of groups against Amazon’s HQ2. (Metro)

This photo of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge under construction in 1963 is wild. (Viewing NYC)

The couch in a tree on the Upper West Side has been taken down. How it got up there is still a mystery. (NY Post)

What does parking placard abuse look like? This. (@rebranddrivong)

Where to eat near 11 comedy clubs. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for October 2, 2018 – Hell is Being Stuck in a Subway Elevator

Zagat is back, Louis CK drops in at the Comedy Cellar again, a $15k/month Instagram apartment, the juvenile delinquency was raised, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The age of juvenile delinquency in New York changed to 17 on Monday and will raise to 18 on October 1, 2019. Before Monday there were 93 17- and 17-year -olds at Rikers Island. The teens will be moving to the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx. (amNY)

What’s worse than being stuck on the subway? Being stuck inside a subway elevator for an hour without air conditioning while debris crashes down on the roof and not everyone speaks the same language, like these people at the Clark Street subway stop were. (Gothamist)

An elevator is going to be built at the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum 2/3 station to make the station ADA compliant. The elevators should be ready by the fall of 2020. (BKLYNER)

59 outdoor art installations not to miss in October. (Untapped Cities)

Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. (6sqft)

Two landlords are being sued for renting out out hundreds of apartments that should have been rent-stabilized but were not. The class action lawsuits are credited to the Housing Rights Initiative’s investigations into abuse by landlords. (Curbed)

What does the intersection of the future look like in New York City? The DOT unveiled a new plan aimed at reducing deadly pedestrian and bicycle accidents with cars. (Curbed)

For $15,000 a month, you can rent an apartment that was specially designed to look good on Instagram, or you could do literally anything else with that money. (NY Times)

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An oral history of Zagat, from the rise to the review juggernaut to the confusing acquisition by Google and recent sale to The Infatuation. (Fast Company)

A man was talked out of jumping from the Williamsburg Bridge on Sunday morning. The man on the bridge was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. (BKLYNER)

20 destination restaurants in Greenpoint. (Eater)

What’s in a name? Ask the group trying to rename Hunter’s Point South Park to something memorable. (6sqft)

CitiBike is adding 500 brand new bicycles to its fleet this week which sport a slightly new design. (Streetsblog)

The night mayor, whose job description is somewhat nebulous, is starting a listening tour in Brooklyn tonight. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s $2.5 billion master plan will reportedly bring 10,000 new jobs to Brooklyn with 5.1 million square feet of manufacturing space. (The Brooklyn Reader)

The Verrazzano Bridge has a new Z. (amNY)

Watch the sunset over the Brooklyn Bridge in this time-lapse video captured by Neil van Niekerk. (Viewing NYC)

“We don’t expect Louis back anytime soon.” The owner of the Comedy Cellar was made out to be a liar. Career creep Louis C.K. performed at the Comedy Cellar unannounced for the second time since sexual misbehavior accusations were made against him. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is attempting to take credit for releasing 14,000 emails after a court order forced his hand. He might tout “transparency,” but the reality is “lost a battle in court to prevent this.” (NY Post)

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The Briefly for July 20, 2018 – The Steam Pipe Explosion, LaGuardia’s $8 Billion Overhaul, Ice Cream Breakfast Sandwich, and More

Rikers inmates will no longer be charged for phonically, a two-way toll on the Verrazzano will relieve Manhattan traffic, an ice cream breakfast sandwich, and more in the NYC daily news digest.

Looking to picnic this weekend? Curbed has the seven best parks to host a summer picnic.

A brief history of the Kushner Companies and tenant lawsuits.

Playground Coffee’s non-profit roots lay in Bed Stuy’s Home Depot driving Zenat Begum’s father’s hardware store out of business.

amNY guides you through spending a day in East New York.

The danger from Thursday’s steam pipe explosion comes from the asbestos shot into the air, contaminating anyone and anything it touched. Anyone who was nearby needs to have their clothing decontaminated and hopefully you’ve taken a shower since it happened.

There’s a street in Queens that’s just named “Boulevard.” Sure, why not?

An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street
An Open Hydrant on 3rd Street

LaGuardia’s $8 billion overhaul is making headway. Thankfully the subway system has picked up the slack as the city’s ongoing sad punchline.

Filming around town: Erase w/Denis Leary is at North Dr and 144th St in Queens, HBO’s Crashing w.Pete Holmes is at Bleecker and 6th Ave The Deuce w/James Franco is at Knickerbocker Ave and Harrison Place in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at Court St and Remsen in Brooklyn, Awkwafina (Music video we assume? )is at 21st Ave and Crescent St in Queens, CBS’ Bull is around Varick St and Franklin St, God Friended Me is at 86th and York, and John Wick 3 w/Keanu Reeves is at Water and Wall St.

“The pros outweigh the cons” when it comes to legal marijuana, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

The NYPD is launching an internal trial and disciplinary process for Officer Daniel Pantaleo ad Sgt Kizzy Adonis for Eric Garner’s death.

Brokelyn’s summer bucket list is a good place to start when planning the rest of your summer.

The Color Factory will be the next place your friends will go to look interesting on the internet.

Forget your egg and cheese, Pasta Flyer’s Sicilian Breakfast Sandwich features vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry gelato on a mini brioche bun.

The NYPD has to start a pilot program to determine if it should be recording all encounters with civilians as a result of a lawsuit over the city’s stop-and-frisk policies.

The City Council passed a bill this week to end the practice of charging Riders inmates for domestic phone calls. Inmates paid $8 million last year oh phone calls.

A two-way toll on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge would drastically reduce traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan.

A Week In New York City On $25/Hour. Filed under “have you seen this shit?”

The city filled one of the potholes that artist Jim Bachor covered with a tile mosaic of Donald Trump, in seeming record time after the mosaic received media attention.


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