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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The Briefly for September 11, 2018 – Bridgegate vs Bagelgate

9/11, a Bridgegate for Andrew Cuomo to call his own, Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order is disgusting, the mayor won’t make an AG endorsement but his wife will, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The weather calls for clouds, but the Oculus at the World Trade Center is supposed to open at 8:46am, the moment the first plane hit the North tower. At 10:28am, the moment the North tower of the WTC collapsed on 9/11, “The Way of Light” floods the inside of the building with sunlight (when possible).

An interview with “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” exhibition designer Jonathan Alger on how sports healed NYC and the nation after 9/11.

17 years later, what’s the status of World Trade Center construction?


No matter how you feel about her as a candidate, we can all agree that Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order at Zabar’s was a disgusting crime against humanity. Cinnamon raisin bagel with red onions, capers, tomato, cream cheese, and lox. “That’s what I want—a full load,” as she was quoted.

A painter discovered a piece of Manhattan history, neon signs from the 2nd Ave Deli.

A roundup of fall’s new art exhibitions, openings, and events from 6sqft.

NYPD offer outside methadone clinic: “Go shoot your f*cking heroin and die.”

NYC is no longer in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence, the storm turned its direction towards the Carolinas.

Eight City University of New York schools schools rank in the country’s top 50 according to US News & World report.

The mayor isn’t endorsing an attorney general candidate. Chirlane McCray, his wife who isn’t a coward when it comes to making an endorsement, endorsed Zephyr Teachout.

Uh oh, is Andrew Cuomo about to get a Bridgegate of his own?

A look down at the sidewalk mosaics of Little Italy by Ephemeral New York.

Graphing NYC’s immigration from 1970 through 2017.

A behind-the-scenes look at the extremely impressive Kong from the new King Kong production on Broadway from The New York Times.


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