The Briefly for January 7, 2018 – The “Surviving A Fall Onto the Subway Tracks” Edition

Fair Fares launches with little fanfare, Albany’s been pocketing hundreds of millions of cell phone taxes, Amazon’s charm offensive starts, Oreo squirrel, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The No Pants Subway Ride is this weekend, plan accordingly. (Gothamist)

That L train un-shutdown? It still needs the MTA board’s approval. (amNY)

Forget eggroll squirrel, here comes Oreo Squirrel! (West Side Rag)

He fell onto the subway tracks and SURVIVED! An unidentified man fell onto the track and laid underneath the train as it went over him. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but he walked away uninjured. (NY Post)

Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened across from the Barclays Center. Only qualifying patients for now. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Kindergarten impossible. How did this 5-year-old boy escape his school and get on a subway platform without being noticed? (Gothamist)

I Eat from UWS Dumpsters and So Should You” Not me, that’s the headline. (West Side Rag)

The holidays are over, we’ve landed back in full-steam-ahead early January, you know what time it is? Girl Scout cookies. If you don’t have a Girl Scout in your life, here’s how to score some Tagalongs. (amNY)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill continues to think of new reasons to worry about marijuana legalization. Last week it was the retirement of marijuana-sniffing dogs, this week the excuses are underage use (which did not go up in Colorado after weed became legal) and grow house explosions. (NY Post)

The history of NYC style pizza in under eight minutes. (DidYouKnowFood)

The 168th and 181st 1 train stations in Washington Heights will be closing for nearly a year, here’s how to get around during the closure. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio launched the Fair Fares program, as you’d expect from our mayor, with too little information for too little people and late. (Politico)

A portion of Northern Boulevard around 114th Streets collapsed into a construction site on Friday and it is indefinitely closed between 111th and 114th and indefinitely. There were no injuries and no utility disruptions. (Jackson Heights Post)

Apartment owners in the Citylights co-op in Long Island City are protesting the scheduled end of their 20-year real estate tax abatement. Since 1997, the co-op has been paying a discounted tax rate on apartments that originally sold between $10k and $65, which are now worth close to 16x their original value. (LIC Post)

Two firehouses in Queens were closed due to a scabies outbreak. Scabies is… gross and let’s not discuss that it’s caused by bugs that crawl under your skin and lay eggs. (NY Post)

Brooklyn lawyer Rashaun Kelley was arrested in connection to a series of sexual assaults which date back to 2014. He faces sex abuse, burglary and attempted rape charges. (CBS New York)

“Happy New Year from your future neighbors at Amazon.” Amazon has started their charm offensive. (Amazon)

A profile of Figure Skating in Harlem, where young women of color train to compete in a spot dominated by whites. (NY Times)

The First Street Garden Art Park has a new mural to match one of Congress’ new faces: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (@lexibellaart)

RIP to one of NYC’s centenarians, “Big Helen” Sieczkowski, who passed away on January 2nd at 100 years young. (Bklyner)

Unsurprisingly, New York was not on the list of cities where you can buy a home with an annual salary of $60k or less. (The Real Deal)

The head of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission will step down with no successor announced by City Hall. After the sixth suicide by a cab driver in the last 13 months, there have been calls for Meera Joshi to step down from drivers and politicians. (Crain’s New York)

Albany “diverted” hundreds of millions of dollars over the last ten years meant for emergency communication services, according to the FCC. NY uses the money for “non-public safety or unspecified uses.” The governor’s office refutes that claim. (NY Post)

The Bronx Riviera is planning a roaring comeback with a $75 million renovation of the landmarked Orchard Beach pavilion. The project is still in the planning phase, a date has not been set for completion. (amNY)

Our mayor, the cartoon character. (NY Times)

The city spent $4.1 million over three years to give deer vasectomies in Staten Island in hopes of reducing the number of road accidents, but 2018’s 103 accidents with 17 injuries marked an all-time high. (NY Post)

If you don’t know Paul Manship’s name, you’ve seen his work. His sculptures inhabit Central Park like the “Group of Bears” or the gates to the Children’s Zoo, but Prometeus, which looks over the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, is likely his best known work in the city. (Ephemeral New York)

A map of every bagel shop in New York City. (Brooklyn Bagel Blog)

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The Briefly for December 19, 2018 – The “We Are Second Most Caring City in America?” Edition

Confronted with his own parking abuses, State Senator Kevin Parker tweeted “Kill yourself!”, this Midtown hot dog stand is 🔥, MTV’s Staten Island obsession continues, the best dishes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Two women were slashed in the face because they tried to pet someone’s dog on the bus. The bus rider-slash-slasher is still at-large, the NYPD is looking for tips to find her. (Gothamist)

Gramercy Park is open for one hour every year on Christmas Eve. Us peasants are otherwise never allowed to step foot inside. (6sqft)

Fried chicken, crab boils, and the rest of the year’s best dishes. (Eater)

Real estate is already getting more expensive in Long Island City. (Curbed)

A near-naked body was found inside of a bird sanctuary in Queens over the weekend. The NYPD ruled his death a homicide. (NY Post)

“Soggy fish and chips and an ammonia-tinged tartare.” The worst new restaurant of 2018 has arrived. (Eater)

Get ready to see a lot more of City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. He will start making weekly appearances on Fox 5’s Good Day New York. (NY Post)

The real victim of the Winterfest disaster is the small businesses who paid thousands of dollars to sell, only to be aligned with such a turd of an event. There are still dozens of vendors who are there four days a week who would like to see you there, despite the event organizers. (Bklyner)

Welcome to “Escape from Hell,” the L train shutdown board game. (Bushwick Daily)

The Donald J Trump Foundation will be dissolved and its assets distributed to other nonprofit groups as a part of a deal with the New York Attorney General. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Food hall fever has spread to Washington Heights with the North End Food Hall, which is scheduled to open in the spring. Expected food vendors are Dashi Ramen, Salt and Bone Smokehouse, and Harlem Public. (Eater)

Say hello to Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker, who tweeted “Kill yourself!” to the Deputy Communications Director of the New York Senate Republican Majority after she exposed his abuse of his parking placard. (Gothamist)

Five subway stations on the A and 1 lines in Washington Heights will close so the MTA can replace the elevators. (amNY)

If only to underscore the city’s issues with private trash companies, a man was hit by a K&A Carting truck outside an event held by Mayor de Blasio in Chinatown. The mayor’s security detail assisted the man before seeing him off to Bellevue Hospital. (NY Post)

We’re the second kindest city in America? Turns out only Madison, Wisconsin is more caring than us. (Bedford + Bowery)

The fight over a proposed dog run in Irving Square Park embodies Bushwick’s battle with its changing identity. (Bklyner)

Update on the story about the husband of a UK diplomat: The United Kingdom waived diplomatic immunity and Youseff Amroche was arrested for felony assault, unlawful imprisonment, and reckless endangerment. (NY Post)

Here comes “Made in Staten Island,” MTV’s latest reality show. (amNY)

7 ways to fix the MTA. Anyone have $60 billion lying around? (NY Times)

Seven too little for you? Here are 23 solutions for the MTA, courtesy of the Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup. (amNY)

That’s a hot hot dog! (NY Post)

Through Love Your Local, Small Business Services awarded $1.8 million in grants to 20 businesses with up to $90,000 per business. (Metro)

The number of chain stores in the city decreased for the first time in eleven years. (amNY)

19 restaurants good for group dinners. (Eater)

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The Breifly for July 12, 2018 – Manhattanhenge, Another NYCHA Disgrace, Ocasio-Cortez Wins Twice, and More

Everything is aligned in Manhattan, a set of 31-foot fingernails comes to Times Square, NYCHA embarrasses the city again, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Manhattanhenge returns tonight at 8:20 and tomorrow night at 8:21.

Movimiento Cosecha shut down Amazon’s book store on 34th in protest of their supplying ICE with surveillance equipment.

Another NYCHA embarrassment. Dozens of apartments lost gas in the Rockaways last week and officials are estimating it could take up to two months to fix. In the meantime, they are distributing single-pot hot plates.

The best vegan pizza in the city, according to amNewYork.

Without a dedicated bus lane on the Williamsburg Bridge, the DOT’s shuttle bus plan for the L shutdown is a recipe for gridlockpocalypse.

“Careless cooking” caused a four-alarm fire at Szechuan Gourmet on 39th.

Marty Golden has come to his senses and is calling for the state senate to reconvene to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. While Golden looks good in this moment, do not forget that his refusal to back the commonsense put the senate in a place where it had to be reconvened.

Eater updated their map of legit happy hour deals.

Meet Mary French, the woman archiving New York City’s 140 cemeteries.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a second primary that she wasn’t involved in. The same night of her Democratic win in the 14th district, she also won the primary for the Reform Party in the 15th district with nine write-in votes. She declined the nomination.

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Planned Parenthood endorsed Andrew Cuomo for Governor, citing his experience. “We need an experienced leader who will fight to protect New Yorkers from federal attacks on our rights an values.” -Robin Chappell Golston, Planed Parenthood President

Harvey Weinstein’s bail was set at $1 million, roughly 1% of his net worth. Is setting bail another way that the 1% receives preferential treatment?

Help liberate NYC from broken AC on the subway with Gothamist’s #WetheCommuters campaign.

The major power outage in Dyker Heights was caused by a ConEd worker who damaged equipment during routine maintenance.

City Winery will need a new home by 2020 to avoid being demolished by Mickey Mouse.

Legionnaires’ disease hit multiple people in lower Washington Heights in the last week with no reported deaths. If you have pneumonia-like symptoms, see a doctor asap.

A set of 31-foot long fingernails are the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square. Shridhar Chillal hadn’t cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952.