The Briefly for January 31, 2019 – The “Amazon Threatens to Walk” Edition

Mayor de Blasio won’t stop talking about his fired staffer, the Winterfest saga continues, the unwilling public advocate candidate and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Winterfest organizer Lena Romanova used a pseudonym to harass vendors and the press. Complaints against Winterfest are being reviewed by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Latrice Walker is a candidate for Public Advocate, even if she doesn’t want to be. (Gothamist)

Amazon plans to sponsor computer science classes in more than 130 of the city’s high schools. (TechCrunch)

Amazon executives have expressed frustration in private at their treatment in New York and made veiled threats of walking from their Long Island City plans during a three hour city council meeting. Maybe some computer classes weren’t enough to win over the long list of groups who are against HQ2. (NY Times)

Reminder: Google is building a $1 billion campus with no bargained tax breaks from the city or state. (NY Mag)

A ranked list of the city’s best matzoh ball soups. (Grub Street)

Watch a snowstorm kick the city’s ass for 30 minutes in this 29 second time-lapse. (@mattmfm)

The MoMA PS1 Skyspace is closed while the 5 Pointz construction obstructs a view of the sky that’s supposed to be completely unimpeded. (Curbed)

Take a look at the photo of the guy reviewing the place and ask yourself “Does this man look like he would enjoy himself a Taco Bell that serves booze?” (NY Post’s uptight Steve Cuozzo)

The city released a draft of Gowanus’ rezoning. Just try not to think about the decades old toilet that’s currently running through the neighborhood. (6sqft)

Watch the Queens president Melinda Katz’ State of the Borough 2019 address. (Melinda Katz)

A very small number of the 30,000 New Yorkers eligible for half priced MetroCards have signed up for the Fair Fares program. (Gothamist)

The city’s high school dropout rate hit a record low in 2018. (Chalkbeat)

How to watch next week’s the public advocate debate. (amNY)

“We’re not happy with the service. And we do owe the public an apology” MTA president Pat Foye. Pat Foye wins this week’s “no shit” award. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio can’t stop digging himself deeper when it come to his former aide fired after sexual harassment accusations. Now he’s blaming the governor of Montana. (NY Post)

16 date night restaurants in the East Village. (Eater)

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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 Briefly for December 14, 2018 – The “A Private Midnight Tour of the L Train Tunnels” Edition

Long Island City’s rent hasn’t been Amazon’d yet, a goat beauty pageant in Central Park, the NYPD targets THC oil for arrests, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s something new, there are no major outages planned on the subways this weekend. Station closures and redirections are dotted around, but no line will be completely shut down. All the weekend’s scheduled subway changes. (6sqft)

Is the NYPD replacing marijuana arrests with THC oil arrests? (TimesLedger)

Everyone can relax! After his private tour of the L train tunnels, which disrupted service of the L train tunnels, Governor Amazon Cuomo has decided the shutdown is “vital and complicated.” The shutdown was announced in January of 2016, the Governor waited nearly three years to being his “investigation.” (NY Post)

Michael Brogan, Brooklyn’s dumbest man, called a senator with his own phone and threatened to shoot her (the senator is not named). He was arrested. (Daily News)

A five-alarm five injured twelve, including seven firefighters, Thursday morning in Sunnyside. The fire was brought under control and damaged multiple buildings, but not before a visually jarring backdraft was caught video. (Gothamist)

A guide to Grand Central Terminal. (Curbed)

Think Long Island City rent is already high? The Amazon effect hasn’t touched it yet. (The Real Deal)

The mysterious L train green goop has not yet been identified. (Town & Village)

The city’s latest noted-racist is Anna Lushchinkaya, who was recoded hitting and yelling racist slurs to a passenger. She was arrested after getting off the train. (NY Post)

The Park Slope Nitehawk Cinema has a opening date: December 19. (Brooklyn Paper)

Remember when Central Park held beauty pageants for goats? Prohibition was weird. (6sqft)

The most expensive neighborhood in the city is Tribeca. (Curbed)

Mystery solved! The person behind the creepy Mister Softee music that was coming from LinkNYC kiosks was Mark Thomas, the creator of the Payphone Project. (Gothamist)

Bystanders saved a woman who was shoved off the platform and onto the subway tracks at Union Square. The NYPD is investigating the incident. (NY Post)

The New York Times has discovered Brighton Beach through photographer Alexey Yurenev’s work. (NY Times)

Does Elon Musk have a secret office on Rivington Street? (Bowery Boogie)

Greenpoint’s Community Board 1 rejected the liquor license for beer and wine of Bury the Hatchet, the neighborhood’s new hatchet throwing bar, due to security concerns. CB votes are recommendations and the state’s liquor authority will make the actual decision. (Greenpoint Post)

State legislators are getting a raise, but are complaining that their new $130,000 salaries won’t be enough. The median salary in New York state is $64,894. (NY Post)

Staten Island and Brooklyn Democratic Congressmember-elect Max Rose is already seeing 2020 challengers pop up. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Recently outed local homophobe Allasheed Allah, the man who allegedly punched a woman in the back of the head on the subway that resulted in a fractured spine, was arrested on Thursday. (amNY)

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum (but not run by the Brooklyn Museum) continues to be a shit show. What do you expect from a company called “Millennial Entertainment”? (Bklyner)

The 1 and 9 in “2019” has arrived in Times Square. (Viewing NYC)

The critics of NYC’s best restaurants of 2018. (Eater)

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