The Briefly for March 12, 2019 – The “Half a Chrysler Building of Cocaine” Edition

The MTA claims the subways are moving faster, the rise of vegan diners, James Dolan will ensure no one ever sees the Knicks, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The previous owners of the Chrysler Building lost $650 million in the $150 million sale of the building. Not a bad deal for 1.2 million square feet. (HuffPost)

Rent in Rego Park and Jackson Heights are leading the way in Queens rent increases according to a February 2019 Rental Market Report. (QNS)

If Knicks owner and awful songwriter James Dolan banned everyone who heckled him to sell the team, there would be no one left in MSG. (Gothamist)

The TWA Hotel at JFK will also include artifact and memorabilia exhibitions. A curator for the New York Historical Society is working on the project. (6sqft)

Jake’s Dilemma, an Upper West Side bar, is being review bombed on Yelp for refusing service to someone in a MAGA hat. The MAGA adorned Dion Cini was banned from Disneyland and Disney World after continually unfurling Trump 2020 banners on rides, so you know he’s a real winner. (Eater)

Jake’s Dilemma suspended the hero bartender, despite owner Mitch Banchik admitting the MAGA man was being obnoxious and was given warnings before being asked to leave. (BrooklynVegan)

Federal agencies seized $77 million of cocaine at a port near the city in the largest bust in 25 years. One more bust of that size and they could have bought the Chrysler Building! (Gothamist)

The diner may be on the decline, but there are new standouts looking to evolve the diner concept with vegan alternatives. (Grubstreet)

Meet the women who founded New York City’s modern and contemporary art museums. (6sqft)

The city’s Department of Education is visiting homeless shelters to help families apply for free pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. Families have until March 15 to apply. (Gothamist)

Does a Spider-Man superfan know more about NYC than a local? Let’s skip the entire “What qualifies someone to be a local?” conversation. That’s never helpful. (Gizmodo)

Meet Fauzia Abdur-Rahman, the jerk chicken queen of the Bronx. (Munchies)

Why do New Yorkers walk so fast? The proper answer is that we don’t. You walk too slow. (Gothamist)

The GVSHP submitted a request to landmark the interior of the West Village’s historic White Horse Tavern after the building was purchased by a questionable consortium of developers. (Curbed)

The woman who sprayed multiple people with pepper spray on Friday reportedly claimed she hated white people before spraying them. Tasha Herd was charged with multiple hate-crime felonies and misdemeanors in connection to the attacks. (NY Times)

The city’s school are going meatless on Mondays for the 2019-2020 school year. It’s healthier for students and better for the environment. (amNY)

Aly and Charlie Weisman went out in search of the city’s best bagel and lox. (Food Insider)

The Brooklyn Diocese is demanding an apology from Pete Davidson after comparing the Catholic Church to R. Kelly. Those in glass cathedrals shouldn’t throw stones. (Gothamist)

The MTA says trains are moving faster at 50 stations across the city. Have you noticed the difference? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The smallest pedestrian bridge in Central Park. (Ephemeral New York)

The joys of getting lost. (Atlas Obscura)

The global Time Out Index has revealed that NYC is the best city in the world. Duh. (Time Out)

There have been 182 cases of measles in the city, almost exclusively within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. (NY Times)

Where to get brunch if you hate brunch. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for March 11, 2019 – The “We Have A Rabid Trash Panda Problem” Edition

Jumaane Williams is and is not the Public Advocate, Hanksy meets Hanks, the best walk-in restaurants, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The prep-work on the L train tunnel ends this week. Here are the late night subway changes this week. (Subway Changes)

Ida Elionsky, the first woman to swim around the island of Manhattan, will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. (amNY)

What a wild year of the city’s raccoons. Rabid raccoons were discovered in Manhattan for the first time in eight years. Be careful around Inwood Park. (NY Post)

When Hanksy met Tom Hanks. (Bowery Boogie)

No matter how much you are annoyed by a subway conductor telling you to stop holding the doors open, it’s no reason to punch them. (Gothamist)

They were filthy and full of filth flies, roaches, mice, and who knows what else. A look back at the restaurants closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

New York is one of only one of eight states that uses fusion voting, which is the practice of multiple parties having one candidate. Why are the state’s democrats trying to kill it? (Gothamist)

Watch local hero Jeff Seal attempt to clean a subway station. (Gothamist)

After over 30 years, both Sushiden locations appear to be closed. (Eater)

This month marks the 20th “Mr. Lower East Side Pageant,” hosted by Reverend Jen, the curator of the Troll Museum. (Bowery Boogie)

7 city landmarks you didn’t know were designed by women. (Curbed)

Congratulations on five years of Tinder Live, which is as much of a comedy show as Tinder itself. (Bedford + Bowery)

The clock at the center of Grand Central Terminal is worth enough to make a heist movie about trying to steal it. (6sqft)

Conor McGregor completed his court mandated community service for his attack on a UFC van after a press event. The community service included five days of manual labor at two Brooklyn Churches. (NY Post)

Good Records NYC is closing, but that isn’t the end of a record shop at that address. (EV Grieve)

What’s not to love about living in New York City? The slow-walking tourists? The constantly reading small businesses going way to national chains? Or maybe it’s the people who occasionally spray crowds of people with unknown chemicals. (West Side Rag)

Jumaane Williams is the Schrödinger’s Cat of the city’s Public Advocate position. He hasn’t resigned from his position on the city council, which is necessary for him to legally hold his elected office. (Patch)

11 Notorious B.I.G. landmarks in NYC. (StreetEasy)

If you thought the Amazon tax incentives were big, wait til you get a load of the Hudson Yard incentives. (NY Times)

The national Transit Workers Union is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars mocking Mayor Bill de Blasio as a “fauxgressive” as he traipses around the country pretending like he isn’t planning a 2020 presidential bid. (NY Post)

If you don’t have a Girl Scout in your life, or a Girl Scout parent in your office, a Girl Scout cookie pop-up shop is now open. (Time Out)

The city’s dockless bike-sharing program was extended three months for “further evaluation.” Don’t throw these bikes in the river. Don’t do it. (Patch)

This is the reason that West Village denizens are worried about the new owner of the White Horse Tavern. (Gothamist)

The best walk-in only restaurants when you didn’t make a reservation. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for November 16, 2018 – The “A Few Inches of Snow Should Not Be the Apocalypse” Edition

That was only the first snow of the season, the 10 best restaurants in the city, Danny DeVito Day, Simcha Felder switches sides (again), LIC’s history of booms, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It’s the weekend, so take precautions before riding the subway. Like a magician, the MTA will make the L and Q mostly disappear, and multiple other lines are running partial service. All the weekend subway changes. (6sqft)


Winter Storm Avery

What hell happened during Thursday’s storm that the city’s government was so unprepared to deal with the snow?

Turns out the snow storm was worse than predicted. (Gothamist)

The Port Authority shut down before 6pm because of overcrowding. (NY Post)

Staten Island turned into a borough-wide parking lot. (SI Live)

The Bronx was at a standstill. (Welcome2TheBronx)


You’d be surprised at how the MTA finds faulty subway signals. (Gothamist)

The 6 best pumpkin soups in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

With Silvercup, Chiclets, Dentyne, PS1, Sunshine Biscuits, and finally to Amazon, Long Island City’s history is one of booms. The neighborhood’s occupancy rate of 98.2% isn’t slowing interest, with real estate searches for LIC spiking nearly 300% in the past few days. (amNY, 6sqft)

The state senate’s biggest marijuana booster is in Nevada, touring the world’s largest marijuana dispensary. Hmmm… (Bklyner)

How can dating in the city get worse? Add 25,000 tech bros to the mix. (NY Post)

Fares are going up in March, ridership is declining, and drastic cuts are coming to service. The MTA’s future is unsustainable. (NY Times)

New York has a taxi driver suicide problem. Roy Kim was the eighth driver in the last year who committed suicide. (Gothamist)

In an attempt to keep up with Uber and Lyft, yellow taxis are offering a 50% discount during rush hours if you use the app Waave. (6sqft)

A new exhibit at the 9/11 museum spotlights the Mohawk ironworkers who helped build One World Trade. The Mohawk ironworkers helped build New York’s iconic skyline, having a hand in the construction of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the George Washington Bridge. (amNY)

Tea & Sympathy, open since 1980 and a subject of discussion during the gubernatorial Democratic primary, is in danger of closing. The cost of staying in the West Village, $28,000 a month, has caught up with the tea house. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

The potentially dangerous flaw in the new Delancey Street bike lane. (Gothamist)

Subway chief Andy Byford is bragging about how he shamed a turnstile jumper into buying a MetroCard. If he can convince 13,333,333,333 more people to buy Metrocards, he’ll pay for his fantasy $40 billion subway plan. (NY Post)

The 10 best restaurants in the city, according to Pete Wells. (NY Times)

Amazon Cuomo thinks that state lawmakers deserve a raise. (NY Post)

Remember the homeless man and the couple who raised money for him and that turned into a mess? Well it turns out the whole thing was a lie! All three are being charged with second-degree conspiracy and theft by deception. (NY Times)

Democrat Simcha Felder, the city’s political equivalent of a Mets fan that runs out to buy a Yankees hat and jersey the day after they make it to the World Series, does not have plans to attend the Republican conference, which he’s been attending since 2012. (Politico)

Danny DeVito Day is a holiday worth celebrating. (NY Times)

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