The Briefly for March 22, 2019 – The “Trapped on the Subway with the Mayor” Edition

This weekend’s subway changes, Grimaldi’s was sold, another loose farm animal, 17 great non-Chick-Fil_A chicken sandwiches, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re on the 3, 4, 6, or L trains, you’re one of the lucky ones this weekend. This weekend’s subway changes are here, and they ain’t pretty. (6sqft)

Meet Rihanna Jones, the Bed-Stuy woman trying to make the afro hair emoji happen. (Patch)

What do you do if you’re trapped on the Q train for an hour? Sing Jackson 5, of course. (@Empathetics)

What’s worse than being trapped on the subway? Trapped on the subway and having to listen to the mayor talk. (Patch)

How unpopular is Mayor de Blasio? He’s less popular than the president, and Trump’s approval rating in New York is an embarrassing 28%. (Patch)

A seafood lover’s guide to New York’s newest restaurants. (Grub Street)

A sketchy interview with New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg. (Gothamist)

Post-Finding Neverland, New York has decisions to make about how intertwined we want Michael Jackson through our city. (Gothamist)

The artist behind the East Village mural of Michael Jackson says he doesn’t support taking the mural down. (The Villager)

CitiField’s new food has a better chance of being a success than the Mets do this year. The new entrants to the lineup includes a pizza cupcake, dulcinea, dumplings from Destination Dumplings, sliders, hot dog sliders, Emmy Squared’s colony pizza and Le Big Matt. (amNY)

13 places in Greenwich Village that witnessed history. (6sqft)

Macy’s Flower Show opens this Sunday, with a Journey to Paradisios theme. Bring a coat, it’ll be a cool 60 degrees inside all day to preserve the flowers. (amNY)

Vessel’ is a temporary name for the 15-story stair sculpture in the Hudson Yards. The owners are soliciting ideas for a new name. (Gothamist)

The New York City version of the vintage Pace Picante salsa commercial is Grimaldi’s being bought by a company from Arizona. (Eater)

NYPD Sgt. Howard Roth agreed to pay $6,000 after he tried to use his badge to get special treatment from the Taxi and Limousine Commission and then making threats when he didn’t get it. (NY Post)

The racial disparities in Stuyvesant High School’s admissions is only one part of a much bigger problem city-wide. (NY Times)

The Second Ave. Sagas podcast is back and the first episode of the revival is a 45-minute interview with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. (Second Ave Sagas)

The city was recently sued under the Americans for Disabilities Act after 75% of the curbs in Lower Manhattan presented a variety of safety hazards. The city agreed to survey all 162,000 sidewalk curbs to make sure they are all accessible to those who are mobility and vision-impaired. (Gothamist)

12 coffee shops perfect for working. (Eater)

Every blue mailbox in the city will be revamped in hopes of preventing mail fishing. This means the end of sending anything other than letters due to the slot size. (NY Times)

Pot legalization was dropped from the state budget, officially ending hopes of legalization by April 1. Governor Cuomo is hoping there will an agreement about it by June. (CNN)

“Saw an illegal dirtbike doing a wheelie thru the hood aka the official start of Spring” (@desusnice)

A sheep was found tied to a tree in Coney Island Creek Park late Thursday night. This farm animals getting loose situation is baaad. (NY Post)

Real estate agents twist the truth more than a short, insecure guy on OK Cupid. What does “great bones” mean, anyway? (NY Times)

If you’ve got the money (and space), this 8,000+ VHS tape collection of over forty years of boxing matches collected by a classical pianist that lived in a 137th St apartment could be yours. (NY Times)

17 great chicken sandwiches that aren’t from Chick-Fil-A. (Grub Street)

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The Briefly for March 20, 2019 – The “The Bronx is the Sickest Borough” Edition

Manhattan’s IKEA has an opening date, the 7 train continues to crumble, a history of farm animals on the lamb, a car crash in Times Square, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

11 suggestions of where to go in Queens once it isn’t miserable outside. (QNS)

The Underbelly Project documented a night of literal underground art. Somewhere in the subways is an abandoned tunnel full of art created in one night. (Untapped Cities)

When The Met decided to give up its pay-what-you-wish admission for $25, it also agreed to share $2.8 million of the revenue with over 175 cultural institutions across the city. (6sqft)

People in the Bronx are the sickest in all of New York state. Sick as in ill, not sick as in “siiiiick skateboard, bro! Let’s go drink some SoBe” (Patch)

Cast in point. The Bronx is better than the rest of the city and state… at getting chlamydia. The three counties with the highest infection rates in the state are the Bronx, Manhattan, and then Brooklyn. (Patch)

How Orwashers has made the most legendary bread in the city for over a century. (Food Insider)

15 architects whose work shaped the look of historic Brooklyn. (Brownstoner)

FLÄRKEN! The Upper East Side’s IKEA opens on April 15. (6sqft)

Meet Charlie, the Golden Retriever who thinks he’s the mayor of the Upper West Side. What’s his stance on congestion pricing? (West Side Rag)

To all the young geniuses breaking into this building” (EV Grieve)

The case of Jeffrey Blount, the Parks Department employee who resigned in exchange for the city not telling his future employers that he was fired for threatening the jobs of multiple women to pressure them into having sex with him, is one example of how the city enables abusers to get away with their actions. (Jezebel)

So what’s with his gun case mounted to the wall on the subway platform? (Gothamist) http://gothamist.com/2019/03/19/gun_case_subway.php

Did you know it’s legal in New York for medical students to conduct a nonconsensual pelvic exam on an unconscious patient? The state’s legislature is looking to change that. (Gothamist) http://gothamist.com/2019/03/19/pelvic_exam_bill_ny.php

Only 12 of 803 students admitted to Bronx Science for the fall of 2019 are black. (Welcome2TheBronx) https://www.welcome2thebronx.com/2019/03/19/only-12-out-of-803-students-admitted-to-bronx-science-for-fall-2019-are-black/

Mostly Motzart announced this summer’s festival and will finally bring “The Magic Flute” to the city. (NY Times)

Cobble Hill came to a standstill on Tuesday morning while the NYPD stood off with a man who barricaded himself in his apartment with a baseball bat and what was believed to be a gun. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Central Park mandarin duck, and all of the city’s wildlife, is for everyone. Don’t harass them. (New York Cliche)

American Woodcocks, the Eastern Phoebe, American Robins, Blue Jays, and more. How to spot birds in the city during the spring migration. (amNY)

This year’s flu was a mild one, but the season ain’t over yet. (amNY)

Kushner Companies is illegally operating nine apartment buildings in the East Village and Williamsburg, according to an investigation by City Council member Ritchie Torres and watchdog group Housing Rights Initiative. (Curbed)

The 7 train just won’t stop crumbling. (Gothamist)

In honor of the cow that got loose in the Bronx, a brief history of farm animals loose in the city, including a cameo by Jon Stewart. (amNY)

Two people were injured when a car hit a concrete barrier in Times Square on Tuesday morning. (NY Post)

Would the Financial District be better off without cars? The Financial District Neighborhood Association is calling for a slow street” pilot from City Hall to Pearl Street. (Curbed)

The owners of the Vessel have reversed course when it comes to owning any photos you take while visiting. (NY Times)

The Governor will sign legislation adding hundreds of new speed cameras near schools across the city. The bill leaves the cameras active for a longer period of the day and widens the area around schools cameras can be placed, among other reforms. (Brooklyn Paper)

Ranking the city’s most notable mob funerals. (NY Post)

“Do Both” is the mashup of a TED Talk and burlesque show created by a Ph.D that’s expanding to New York this weekend. No, it’s not happening in Bushwick. (Sex with Timaree)

The best bars for singles who are ready to mingle. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for March 19, 2019 – The “Arrested for the Murder of a Man Who is Still Alive” Edition

Specialized high schools still lack diversity, the photos you take at the Vessel don’t belong to you, the man who shot the Gambino boss, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Newtown Creek is the city’s “other” Gowanus when it comes to toxic waterways that people want to kayak and boat on. (QNS)

The pied-à-terre tax is gaining steam while real estate industry insiders are suggesting lowering taxes even further. (Curbed)

Mesmerizing photos from inside the Hudson Yards’ Vessel. (6sqft)

Here’s an interesting “turns out.” Turns out the photos you take at the Vessel don’t belong to you. They belong to ERY Vessel LLC. (6sqft)

A Florida man was arrested last week for killing an NYPD officer 20 years ago. Someone should tell the NYPD officer, who is still alive. (Patch)

Does anyone actually shop at the Oculus? (r/AskNYC)

“You can’t fit a construction beam onto the subway!” Hold my beer. (@ECM_LP)

A second body was discovered floating in the water by the Brooklyn Army Terminal over the weekend. The NYPD is seeking clues to the identity of the first body found in the water by releasing photos of tattoos on the body. (Bklyner)

Spring is ready to start on Wednesday with a supermoon. (Patch)

The Astoria Blvd N/W station is closed for nine months while it gets a renovation. All service north of Queensboro Plaza will be out of commission for the next 13 weekends. (Gothamist)

BAM is expanding down Fulton Street with the BAM Strong project, set to open in October. (The Brooklyn Reader)

2/3 of voters say that Amazon pulling out was bad for New York. (LIC Post)

It’s like affordable housing, but for retail. City Council member Raphel Espinal’s bill was discussed by the council on Monday, which would mandate affordable commercial rents on the ground floor of any building receiving more than $1 million or more in financial aid from the city. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Ooooh Yeah, the New York Daily News” – Macho Man Randy Savage in 1994 (Kingdom of Madness – YouTube)

Kudos to Fallon Schwurack for opening up her finances and life to show how she’s making it happen in her 30s in the city while pursuing a career in dance. (CNBC)

The mystery surrounding the bones found in a Queens backyard continues to unfold. (Gothamist)

A look inside Bluestockings, a 10-year-old feminist bookstore on the Lower East Side. (amNY)

Why is it that poorer neighborhoods seem to have the oldest buses in the MTA’s fleet? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The 24-year-old charged with shooting the leader of the Gambino crime family says he did so because he was high and feared for his life. (NY Times)

Next month it might actually be warm for a few days. (Patch)

Should serial subway sex offenders be banned from public transit for life? Council member Chaim Deutsch wants to see it happen. (NY Post)

The city’s nurse strike has a potential date of April 2 if a deal isn’t made. (amNY)

The latest specialized high school acceptance rates still don’t reflect the city’s diversity. (Gothamist)

You have more fingers than the number of black students who were offered admission to Stuyvesant High School. (Patch)

Maybe if Mayor de Blasio wants to create 100,000 new jobs, he should start by filling these 14 high-level jobs within his own administration. (NY Post)

The best new restaurants in the city. (The Infatuation)

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