The Briefly for February 11, 2019 – The “Controlled by the Homosexual Community” Edition

Cuomo’s approval rating takes a dip, the origins on NYC pizza are questioned, Rosemary’s and Raul Candy Store are closing, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Oh, you think just because the weekend is over that the subway service changes are too? Nope. Here are this week’s late night closures, diversions and express trains. (Subway Changes)

Raul Candy Store on Avenue B is closing at the end of the month after 45 years. As Jimmy McMillan would say, “The rent is too damn high.” Whatever candy is left on February 28 will be free. (NY1)

The City Council is “controlled by the homosexual community,” according to Councilmemeber and noted homophobe Rubén Díaz Sr. (NY Post)

Díaz Sr doubled down when asked about his statement, stating “they control the politics in the state.” And cited gay relatives as his excuse for his comments. “I’m surrounded by gay [people].” The LGBTQ caucus is demanded his resignation. (NY Post)

From Welcome2TheBronx’s Ed García Conde: What You Should Know: Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr Shouldn’t Apologize—He Needs to Resign

The TWA Hotel at JFK opens in May, the first rooms will be available for booking on Thursday at noon. (Curbed)

Did Gennaro Lombardi really bring pizza to NYC? Research is starting to question accepted pizza lore. (Gothamist)

How roni cup pizza took over NYC. Here’s where to find the best roni cup. (Eater)

Rosemary’s, which opened in 1955 on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, will close at the end of February. Demolition and construction on either side of the bar puts it at structural risk. Join in the fun on the 28th by trying to drink the bar dry to say farewell. (Gothamist)

Dan Smith will teach you guitar. (Bedford + Bowery)

The Museum of the Dog is open fur all. (amNY)

A personal essay of the impact of an ultra-Orthodox education on high school girls and the long-term ramifications it can have on their lives and careers. (HuffPost)

Amazon doesn’t think NYC has been “welcoming” enough. “Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right.” -Mayor Lenny, Ghostbusters II (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo is ready to blame Democrats if Amazon pulls out, and not the secretive process he engaged in without input from the politicians who oppose the deal as it stands today or Amazon’s spotty history worker treatment and opposition to unions. (Politico)

The MTA says they maybe found the source of the oil smell in the L train tunnels that caused some riders and workers to faint and vomit last week. Monday’s commute will tell the story if it was addressed over the weekend. (Gothamist)

“My favorite M.T.A. decision — because you have to laugh, otherwise you cry — is the one they made to pick a product to clean the subway stations … What product did they pick? Tide.” Listen governor, no one cares what the MTA uses to clean the subways as long as they actually clean them. (NY Times)

Did the MTA deliberately distort the reasons for more than 500,000 subway delays? City Comptroller Scott Stringer accused the MTA of lying and covering up major incidents and construction as “unknown” delays. (NY Post)

Cuomo’s approval ratings are at their lowest. Only 35% of those polled said he was good an “excellent” or “good” job. (NY Times)

The former NYC jail union boss is headed to jail for five years for taking a $60k bribe to invest $20 million of pension money into a hedge fund that failed. (amNY)

Say hello to the black blob oozing out of a vent in the 23rd Street subway’s stairwell. (Gothamist)

Jason Reeves was arraigned on Friday for the alleged murder of his mother in Crown Heights. She was found dead in her closet with stab wounds. (Bklyner)

Turns out de Blasio’s “city-wide” healthcare plan doesn’t include Staten Island. (NY Post)

President Trump’s US Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Lynne Patton will be living in various NYCHA buildings for the next four weeks instead of her usual digs in Trump Tower. Patton was appointed to the job in 2017 after serving the president as a daily aide and event planner and has no prior governmental experience. (NY Post)

Since the mayor seems incapable of doing anything about parking placard abuse, the City Council is ready to take action. (Streetsblog)

The best Mexican restaurants in Manhattan. (The Infatuation)


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The Briefly for December 10, 2018 – The “Aftermath of SantaCon” Edition

The subways are getting faster (no seriously), the best dishes in NYC, unvaccinated children are banned from Brooklyn schools, the rent is too dan high, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

No week is complete without scheduled subway changes and outages. (Subway Changes)

Unvaccinated children are banned from all schools in parts of Brooklyn, public or private, until a measles outbreak has been contained. This is regardless of religious or medical exceptions. Patient zero was an orthodox family that took one of their children to Israel and brought the virus back to Brooklyn. There have been 39 confirmed cases in Brooklyn Yeshivas. (U.S. World and News Report)

The subway is going to get faster. (NY Times)

We’ve seen the worst, now here are Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of 2018. (Eater)

If you’re a collector of doomed NYC landmarks, here’s an auction for you. Pieces of the never-was Staten Island wheel are up for sale. (NY Post)

Moishe’s Bake Shop has cried wolf a few times in the past, so it’s hard to say if this is the true end of the near 50-year-old bakery. (Bowery Boogie)

The NYPD officer accused in Eric Garners illegal chokehold death, Daniel Panteleo, is set to have a disciplinary trialthe NYCHA may break itself up into five different agencies. Will they be N, Y, C, H, and A? (The Real Deal)

Ever get so mad you wanted to punch a city bus? You’re not the only one. (Gothamist)

This trash panda would have gotten away with this jewel heist if it wasn’t for the pesky NYPD. (NY Post)

Have we lost sight of what congestion pricing is about on a fundamental level? (Curbed)

If you’re looking to treat yo self to some wine, Amy Poehler’s wine shop in Park Slope is now open. (Eater)

“I like to get drunk and look at Santas and listen to Christmas music” (Gothamist)

How could you hate SantaCon? Easy. (@fuctupmike)

William Hung, the SantaCon of singing, came out of hiding this year. (Blast)

#SaltBae coming soon” sounds more like a threat than an announcement. (Eater)

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg’s quarter billion dollar park on Pier 55 is taking shape. (NY Times)

A state new law will require public, charter, and private schools to report allegations of sex abuse. Amazingly, this wasn’t the law prior to last week. (NY Post)

Handcuffing a woman giving birth is illegal in New York state, but according to a new lawsuit it didn’t stop the NYPD from doing exactly that. (amNY)

If you’re planning on relying on CitiBikes to get you out of Bushwick during the L train shutdown, don’t. a href=”https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2018/12/07/citi-bike-adding-just-five-bushwick-stations-ahead-of-the-l-train-shutdown/”>Only five stations are being added in Bushwick, which is below the 28 station per square mile standard. (Streetsblog)

A rent hike claims another business. This time it’s the 15-year-old Flatiron Lounge, whose rent is set to rise from $22,000 to $30,000 per month. (Eater)

The first CB2 meeting about the Amazon headquarters went about as smooth as you might expect. CB2 has a seat at the negotiating table, but the attendees want “no negotiations, no concessions.” (LIC Post)

Where’s the mayor? Good question. He’s spent 20% of his second term out of town. (NY Post)

A woman broke her spine in an alleged subway attack by a homophobe. The NYPD is still searching for the man and there is a video available. (Gothamist)

Congratulations and happy 12th anniversary to Queens Crap.

What started as an argument over a woman sitting on the floor of a food stamp office ended with the NYPD ripping her one-year-old daughter from her hands and an arrest. (NY Times)

Add the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins to the people criticizing the Robert F. Kennedy mass bailout program and not the bail system itself. (NY Post)

The city’s best beer bars. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 3, 2018 – The “Manhattan Apartments Are So Small…” Edition

Inside the Carnegie Deli, the real reason Amazon picked NYC, the city’s “FULL SNOW RESPONSE” is ready for the next storm, the fight over the “World’s largest” menorah and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Manhattan has the second smallest apartments in the country. At 733 square feet, they’re 22 feet larger than the ones in Seattle. The national average is 904. (The Real Deal)

Have you seen Rat Rock in Morningside Heights? Despite The New York Times calling it “one of the city’s most amazing natural wonders,” it’s not much of a sight to see. (Atlas Obscura)

In a desperate attempt to not be embarrassed by a few inches of snow, the city created something called a FULL SNOW RESPONSE for when more than two inches of snow are predicted. (Gothamist)

“Fighting” Shirley Chisholm will be honored with a monument in Prospect Park as part of the SheBuiltNYC program. Chisholm championed racial and gender equality, helping the poor, ending the Vietnam War, was the first woman to run for president on the Democratic ticket, and that’s just the start. The monument will be installed near the Parkside Ave entrance in 2020. (Curbed)

Inside The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Carnegie Deli pop-up. (Untapped Cities)

Coney Island is lit up for the holidays for the first time in decades. (Brooklyn Paper)

There’s a basement farm in Tribeca that supplies the city’s restaurants with freshly grown herbs. (Gothamist)

The first of three hearings about how the Amazon HQ2 deal came to be will take place on December 12. (6sqft)

How hard is painting a straight double yellow line? It seems like it’s harder than it seems, based on the Department of Transportation’s handiwork on Neptune Avenue. (Bklyner)

Step back 111 years with these recently colorized photo an elephant parade in Coney Island. (Viewing NYC)

Ground was broken on a $2.8 million Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Elmhurst Park last week. (amNY)

Two more Proud Boys were arrested. Kyle Borello, 31, and Jake Freijo, 26, were charged with misdemeanor riot and attempted assault charges. The Proud Boys are a SPLC designated hate group and the FBI classifies it as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism.” (Gothamist)

The Strand is fighting against landmark status. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

At least eight hospitals in the city were caught by Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office for illegally billing sexual assault victims for rape kits. (Gothamist)

How two menorah’s that are the exact same height are fighting for the title of “world’s largest.” (6sqft)

Everything you need to know about the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop without actually having to go to Times Square. (StreetEasy)

12 Hannukah specials in city restaurants. (Eater)

Taxi prices will go up in January and the city is looking to level the playing field by passing legislation that forces Uber and Lyft into a comparable price hike. (NY Post)

As if things couldn’t look worse for the NYCHA, an executive’s secretary was arrested after finding 1,800 sleeves of heroin in her apartment. (NY Post)

The 23rd St F/M station has re-opened and features a set of colorful William Wegman Weimaraner mosaics. (Gothamist)

The real reason Amazon picked Long Island City for HQ2. (CityLab)

Meet the Staten Island lawyer accused of creating fake social media profiles to sway local elections. (NY Times)

The Verrazzano Bridge is already the most expensive bridge to cross in the nation before the MTA raises the price by $2 in March. (NY Post)

Are you the butterfinger who dropped your engagement ring down a grate while proposing in Times Square? The NYPD found your ring and is looking to give it back. (NY Post)

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory may be shutting down. Their license is up with the city and the city is looking for new proposals. (NY Post)

Orthodox Jewish parents have to balance their concern about a lack of a proper education their children may get at yeshivas with how they may be shunned within their own communities. (NY Post)

Watch Ryan Seacrest go on a painfully awkward pizza tour of the city. (Live with Kelly and Ryan)

After its second weekend, Winterfest continues to disappoint. Organizers sold tickets to attractions that didn’t exist, vendors have begun to pull out, and the Brooklyn Museum has publicly stated their disappointment. (NY Post)

It would seem wrong to hold the New York State Yo-Yo Contest anywhere but Coney Island. (Brooklyn Paper)

17 comforting places to get hot pot. (Eater)

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