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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The Briefly for May 16, 2018 – Paid Sick and Safe Leave, Dog Flu, Betsy DeVos Visits, Moving A Shark, Fergie Rides the Rails, and More

There’s a Laurel Ave in Brooklyn, but no Yanny anywhere in the city. Debate settled.

bkskymay18-4 by bslax28 via Flickr

The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law is now the law of the city. It allows victims of domestic violence, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, or human trafficking to go on paid leave. It includes paid leave for a family member to support the victim. This applies to employers with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year. Employers with under five employees must provide unpaid safe and sick leave. You accrue one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 40 hours per year and 40 hours can be carried over from one year to the next.

Have you ever been as happy as Fergie was on the subway during last night’s storm?

There’s a dog flu outbreak in Brooklyn that is fatal for up to 10% of dogs who contract the flu.

A trio of bills aimed at encouraging voter turnout would amend the state’s constitution to allow voting by mail without stating a reason, expand voting hours, align state primaries with federal primaries, maintain complete and accurate voter lists, and establish an early voting system. New York ranked 42 in voter turnout in 2016.

Filming around the city: Sunlit Night (Jenny Slate) at Adams St and Plymouth St, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  (Rachel Brosnahan) at Broadway and Driggs, Brooklyn, The Torture Report (Jon Hamm) at Orange St and Henry St, Brooklyn, The Punisher at Hampton St in Jackson Heights, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) at Greenpoint Ave in Brooklyn.

Spring visit to Central Park and 3 Midtown museums by Terry Ballard via Flickr

Moving a shark isn’t as easy as buying a goldfish. NY Times shows how sharks are being moved to Coney Island ahead of the aquarium’s June 30 shark exhibit opening.

There will be eight new Target stores in the city by the end of next year, the latest opens on July 21 and will be on the corner of 14th and Avenue A.

“Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America.” –local racist Aaron Schlossberg at Fresh Kitchen in Midtown who called ICE on a woman speaking Spanish.

The city’s trash bins haven’t changed in design since the 1930s. Think you have a better design? Prove it!

Frames by Billie Grace Ward

E-bikes continue to remain illegal, but the city is moving forward to exempt the much more expensive than the ones being confiscated from delivery workers ($5,000 vs $1,500) e-Bikes. Jump, a Brooklyn-based e-bike sharing company acquired by Uber, is spending $25k/month lobbying for the change.

Say hello to Velina Mitchel, the new voice of the MTA.

Betsy DeVos was in the city yesterday to visit exactly none of the 1,800 schools in the city, choosing to visit a yeshiva instead and not speak to the press. Last week the NY Post published an interview with former yeshiva students who claimed they were being denied an education that includes science, math and English books.

What would you do if you found $52,000 in buried treasure in your backyard?