The Briefly for February 26, 2019 – The “Trial of Socialite Grifter is the New Trial of El Chapo” Edition

Inside a multi-million dollar Airbnb scam, the Public Advocate election, Eater’s massive guide to NYC Chinese food, the mystery of the barnacle Citi Bike, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s the last guide to today’s election that you’ll see in The Briefly. (Patch)

Polling places opened at 6am and will be open until 9pm. Find your polling location.

Double check to see if you are registered if you have any doubts.

The Board of Education’s attempts to keep translators out of polling locations has failed. A state judge rejected the lawsuit and the city will add Russian, Yiddish, Haitian Creole, and Polish translators to 48 locations in addition to Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Bangala. (Patch)

El Chapo’s trial is over just in time for the city to get ready for the trial of the socialite grifter Anna Delvey. (NY Post)

‘“We’re not criminals,” he said at his lawyer’s office, while puffing from a Juul he kept in a black leather pouch fastened to a chain around his neck. He shrugged: “I don’t own a yacht or a big penthouse.”’ Inside a $20 million Airbnb scam across 130 apartments in the city which housed nearly 76,000 guests using 100 host accounts and 18 corporations in order to obfuscate the con. (NY Times)

A map of the city’s farmers’ markets, CSAs, food boxes, and fresh pantries. (City Council)

Have you witnessed the subways “dramatic” improvement in service? I guess it depends if you consider 76.6% a good grade. (Curbed)

A cab driver who fatally hit a young woman and drove away on Sunday was released from police custody without being charged. No reason for the lack of charges was given. (NY Post)

Rockaway Beach is literally disappearing. (CBS New York)

The MTA announced four public meetings to go over the new L train non-shutdown repairs. (6sqft)

A new coalition of people in the sex trades wants New York to become the first state to fully decriminalize sex work. (The Appeal)

The city’s newest and greatest mystery is the Citi Bike covered in barnacles. (Gothamist)

Say goodbye to MetroCards, say hello to OMNY. It stands for One Metro New York and is the future of paying for your crappy subway and bus service. (BrooklynVegan)

The city will be hit with a Bernie Bro-nado this weekend as Bernie Sanders will stage his first 2020 campaign rally at Brooklyn College. (amNY)

This is what an escalator looks like when it malfunctions and it is terrifying. (amNY)

Will the Brooklyn Promenade’s potential highway replacement bring back an old idea of a cross-Brooklyn underground highway? Is Brooklyn ready for its own version of Boston’s The Big Dig? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Today is the 26 year anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo signed the “Red Flag” gun control bill into law. The law prohibits anyone showing signs they are a threat to themselves or others from buying or possessing any type of firearm. New York is the first state that authorizes teachers, family members, and school administrators to fight school shootings by seeking preemptive action. (Politico)

The latest school to find itself in hot water after students were caught on video being presidential-level homophobic, misogynistic, and racist is Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Lola Jean will be trying to set “The World Squirting Record” tonight as part of a kinky carnival. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

Timothy Glover, hero, was charged with criminal mischief in the second-degree for beheading Diddy’s statue at Madame Tussaud’s. (NY Post)

The City Council is readying a pied-à-terre tax on non-primary residence apartments purchased for over $5 million. (amNY)

It’s a sprint for the city to finish the necessary work on 5,800 NYCHA apartments that need to have lead-contaminated paint issues resolved before the end of the month to comply with a federally imposed deadline. (NY Post)

Eater has published its massive and exhaustive guide to Chinese food in NYC. (Eater)

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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 December 5, 2018 – The “Winter, and SantaCon, is Coming” Edition

The best bagel shops, mapping NYC in Wikipedia, the mayor is on the run (from reporters), Andy Byford asks the city for $40 billion, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A map of NYC’s Wikipedia pages. (Katie Hempenius)

A “modern-day Willy Wonka” bought the Brooklyn food incubator that closed unexpectedly, Pilotworks. Old tenants have been invited back, pending permit approvals. (Eater)

Who owns your building? WhoOwnsWhat.nyc will answer that question and make it easier for tenants facing harassment to cut past LLCs and opaque layers of ownership to hold their landlords accountable. (Curbed)

At this point the mayor is practically running away from reporters and using his security as blockers to avoid answering questions about the firing of the OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito. (@gracerauh)

Madonna, nightmare neighbor, lost a three-year legal fight against her co-op board and won’t be allowed to have guests in her apartment without being physically inside it. (6sqft)

Birdlink is a public art installation that doubles as a stop for birds migrating up and down the East coast. First tested on Governor’s Island, Anina Gerchick’s creation is currently in Williamsburg and will make its way to Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side in 2020. (Hyperallergic)

Got an appetite? Why not give the Mi Noddle Bar’s Supersize Mi challenge a try? It’s six pounds of pho that costs $65 if you can’t finish it within 90 minutes, but if you can you’ll get your photo on the wall, the meal for free, a $100 credit, and a free appetizer for life. (Eater)

Where you should go instead of SantaCon this Saturday. (Curbed)

18 restaurants that decked the halls for the holidays. (Eater)

Where is Andy Byford going to find the $40 billion necessary to save the subways? He’s asking the city to “bite the bullet” when it comes to paying up. (Gothamist)

The New York City Lyftie Awards have been announced. The most visited bar, concert venue, gym, brunch spot, late-night restaurant, and more. Did your favorite make the list? (Viewing NYC)

You can turn your wishes into garbage by writing them on Post-In Notes in Times Square that will be turned into confetti when the ball drops. (Time Out)

Frenchette is Eater’s restaurant of the year. See the rest of the Eater Awards. (Curbed)

A guide for holiday tipping in the city. (StreetEasy)

Not to be outdone by the closed East river train tunnels, the WTC PATH station will close for 45 weekends in 2019 and 2020. (Curbed)

Aby Rosen’s bars inside the Gramercy Park Hotel are accused of forcing the women on staff to share their tips with the men because “you girls make too much money.” (Eater)

Queens residents prefer the new Amazon headquarters by a 2-to-1 margin, despite political opposition. (Politico)

Nick Cave’s Drive-By Remix is takes over Times Square every night this month between 11:57 and midnight. (Gothamist)

The NYPD sent 20 officers to “evict” a one-legged homeless man in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Dr. Robert Hadden’s decades of alleged sexual abuse is at the center of a lawsuit against Columbia University by 17 women. (NY Post)

The 14 best bagel places in the city. (Thrillist)

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