The Briefly for January 8, 2019 – The “How the Federal Shutdown Could Lead to MTA Cutbacks” Edition

Lin-Manuel Miranda saves the Drama Book Shop, Williamsburg rents will rise, Amtrak considered using Cuomo’s tunnel fixes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city’s latest public service announcement makes the equivalency of danger between giving cigarettes or sugary drinks to children. (Metro)

Discover the history of each one of the East Village’s 2,200 buildings with the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society’s new online tool. (6sqft)

New York did pretty well at the Golden Globes from Rachel Brosnahan winning best actress to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse winning best animated film. (amNY)

Those billboards on the water are not only an eyesore, but are also illegal, according to the Mayor’s press secretary. (Gothamist)

Amtrak is eyeing the governor’s L train plan with a little bit of envy, calling it a “common sense solution” for their damaged tunnels between Manhattan and Queens. (6sqft)

A three-foot gap in the Belt Parkway was the cause of FDNY firefighter Steven H. Pollard’s death on Sunday night. Pollard fell through the gap while saving two victims in an overturned car. (NY Post)

Tell every single person you know who has ever spent any time upstate (defined as North of the Bronx). The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is hiring 500 employees, 150 full-time for their opening in the fall. (Greenpointers)

New York’s abortion laws predate Roe v. Wade by three years and haven’t been updated since. Governor Cuomo and Hillary Clinton called for the state legislature to pass the Reproductive Health Act and the Contraceptive Care Act to modernize the state’s laws. (amNY)

Take a peek inside Brooklyn’s biggest bank, which will soon sit at the base of its tallest building. (6sqft)

The city has six more weeks without its monthly reimbursements from the FTA, which will not happen if the Trump shutdown does not conclude, until the MTA will have to start making budget cuts. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Williamsburg rents will rise thanks to the change in the L train shutdown, according to experts. Also according to literally anyone in the city with half a brain. (amNY)

No one’s sure who the hell has to approve the Cuomo’s shutdown of the L train shutdown. Will Trump’s Federal Transit Administration have to sign off on the plan too? (Politico)

Who hides hundreds of thousands of dollars in their oven if they are out of their apartment for months at a time? Lady Gaga’s ex-boyfriend Rob Fusari did, and $265,000 was lost when he was evicted from his apartment. (NY Post)

Either this woman is evading a subway fare or she’s purposefully mooning the camera. (reddit)

It’s hard to hate Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda and three Hamilton collaborators are buying the theater district’s Drama Book Shop rather than let it be driven out of business by raising rents. (NY Times)

Got $1,100 lying around? Then you can afford dinner for two at Eleven Madison Park after their new year’s price hike. (Eater)

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The Briefly for January 4, 2019 – The “Shutdown of the L Train Shutdown” Edition

A deep dive into the news about Governor Cuomo’s shutdown of the L train shutdown, with details about the timeline, the work being done, the reactions and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The holidays are over, welcome back to the weekend insanity of the MTA’s scheduled subway closures. This weekend starts the end of 7 train service between Queens and Manhattan and a ton of other closures and disruptions. (6sqft)


Let’s take a complete look at the L train un-shutdown.

The rumors hit the @TransitCenter Twitter account at midnight.

The Governor held a press conference to break the news at 12:45pm. (NY Times)

No L-pocalypse” -MTA chairman Fernando Ferrer. (Time Out)

This throws three years of planning out the window. (Second Avenue Sagas)

“There would need to be some night and weekend closures of only one tube, so service would still work because there are two tunnels.” -Governor Cuomo (Brooklyn Paper)

“No, I am not in charge of the MTA…Yes, I did ask this group, I convened this group, I got them access, I facilitated their research, they came up with their conclusion, they presented it to the MTA, and the MTA said it’s a better way to do it.” -Also Governor Cuomo (Greenpointers)

5 bars near the L train Jefferson stop (Bushwick Daily)

The repairs will proceed on a 15-20 month time frame and regular weekday service will continue and nights and weekends will run on a single track. (Second Avenue Sagas)

The methods are innovative and have been implemented in Europe, but never in a tunnel restoration project. (Brooklyn Eagle)

“Either the academics are wrong or the MTA and its vendors are totally incompetent.” -Reinvent Albany’s John Kaehny (Politico)

There will still be additional service on the J/M/Z and 7. (Curbed)

The academics used were experts from Columbia and Cornell Universities. (BrooklynVegan)

The unstable walls in the tunnel that contain ducts for power and communications cables and serves as a maintenance and emergency walkways will be removed and weakened ones will be reinforced. (6sqft)

The existing walls will still be fortified and fitted with sensors to detect further damage, but the power and communication cables will be “racked” to the walls of the main tunnels instead of inside the existing walls. (amNY)

Racking the cables to the wall gives engineers easier access to them. This method is currently being used in London, Riyadh and Hong Kong. (Streetsblog)

The new project will take around the same time and come within the current $477 million contract to replace the tunnel with Judlau and TC Electric and approved by the MTA’s board. (amNY)

The plans for a high-occupancy lane on the Williamsburg Bridge will likely not be moving forward, according to Andy Byford. (NY Times)

While it’s still inconvenient, the people who got reduced rents based on the shutdown are ecstatic. (NY Post)

The City Council is still pushing for transportation alternatives like the CitiBike expansion, new bike lanes, and widening the sidewalks on 14th St. The bike lanes that are already built and the CitiBike expansion are the only confirmed improvements. (Streetsblog)

Where to eat along the L train. (The Infatuation)


If you read these stories about how elevator mishaps killed New Yorkers, you may never want to step foot in an elevator again. (The Real Deal)

Candy Nations, Summer in Winter and 21 more public art installations not to miss this month. (Untapped Cities)

A judge blocked the law that would have forced Airbnb to disclose private information about listings on the site. (NY Times)

Jake the dog was missing since December 30 and has been safely reunited with his family after causing a subway traffic jam on the Williamsburg Bridge. (Gothamist)

If you’re gonna rob an Apple Store of $75 worth of tech, make sure to cover your face. (NY Post)

Noted racist Aaron Schlossberg is suing after his recorded tirade went viral and he learned that actions have consequences. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for January 2, 2019 – The “Which Subway Stations Party the Hardest?” Edition

McNally Jackson isn’t moving, the Continental is close (or is it), the PATH trains lose $400 million/year, the city’s first homicide of 2019, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

It took 4 hours and thirty minutes, but NYC’s first homicide of 2019 happened in East New York in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Throw that Christmas tree into a wood chipper! You can leave it on the curb too, but that’s not nearly as much fun. (Gothamist)

Stop throwing your unused prescription medication in the toilet. The Drug Take Back Act requires chain and mail-order pharmacies to provide safe ways to dispose of your medication. (Waste Advantage Mag)

2nd Ave and Bedford Ave party hardest of any subway stations in the city. (Camden Willeford)

When it comes to offering new and modern methods of transportation, the west coast is kicking our ass. (NY Times)

Will Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bloomberg, or Governor Cuomo run for president and 33 more questions for New York politics in 2019. (Gotham Gazette)

At his inauguration on Ellis Island, Governor Cuomo placed New York in opposition to President Trump and his policies. (NY Times)

Watch Governor Cuomo’s entire 2019 inauguration address. (Global News)

Congratulations to The Court Square Blog for five years and over 2,000 stories of coverage. (The Court Square Blog)

The East Village dive Continental closed for good on New Year’s Eve, but a sign in the window promises (or threatens, depending) a return in the neighborhood soon. (EV Grieve)

PATH trains lose $400 million a year and there is no possible hope to close that gap. (NY Times)

McNally Jackson Books will not be moving, despite making a big stink about rising rents three months ago. (Bowery Boogie)

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