The Briefly for March 6, 2019 – The “Does NYC Pose a Risk to Our Mental Health?” Edition

Corey Johnson’s State of the City, a dominatrix gets bullied, the worst place to store a dead body, new monuments to women, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Parking is difficult enough in the neighborhood around Columbia University before the NYPD decides to vacate a street just so they have somewhere to park during their flag football game. This is what abuse of power looks like. (NY1)

Manhattan’s 6 1/2 Ave turns 6 1/2 years old this month. (Untapped Cities)

Do we live in a city because we’re crazy or are we crazy because we live in the city? (Scientific American)

A ode to Pacific Standard, the Park Slope Bar slated to close this month after 12 years, and their trivia night. (Grub Street)

84 of the nation’s 607 billionaires live in New York City. The city’s richest resident also happens to be the former mayor. (Patch)

Speaking of Michael Bloomberg, he’s announced that in 2020 he will… not be running for president. (Huffpost)

Fair fares will be expanded to all eligible residents by 2020. (6sqft)

Landlords are always coming up with new ways to harass tenants, with the latest being a Ditmas Park “Ten Commandments” with a three strikes and you’re evicted policy. (Gothamist)

Watch Corey Johnson’s full State of the City address. (CBS New York)

Corey Johnson is ready to break the city’s car culture and is calling on Mayor de Blasio to lead, follow, or get out of the way. (Streetsblog)

Corey Johnson likely wants the mayorship in 2021, but before that he laid out a plan to have the city take control of the MTA. (Patch)

For those brave enough, here is the full 104 page plan from the City Council Speaker. (nyc.gov)

What to see in New York art galleries right now. (NY Times)

Are we ready for BAT? That’s Big Apple Transit, which would control entities previously managed by the MTA. The org chart is frightening. (6sqft)

Just when you thought the special elections were over! The Attorney General’s election caused a need for a special election for the Public Advocate, which is now causing a special election for the City Council for Brooklyn’s district 45. Whew. (amNY)

This is how fatbergs are born. (Gothamist)

The NYPD left a dead man sitting on the Herald Square subway platform partially covered plastic for an hour during the morning commute. (Splinter)

Don’t forget the MTA’s usual way of storing dead bodies – the employee’s break room. (Inquisitr)

Mapping the success of Artists & Fleas from a garage in Williamsburg to SoHo, Chelsea, and Los Angeles. (amNY)

Industry City isn’t big enough for its owners, who are pushing the city to rezone the area. A new rezoning would allow Industry City to more than double in size, including a pair of hotels. Neighborhood groups oppose the expansion, noting that the warehouses are currently supporting blue collar jobs and removing those jobs from the neighborhood would also remove the families that have been there for decades. (Curbed)

What does it take to bully a dominatrix out of a neighborhood? (Patch)

Yeshiva Kehilath Yako on Wilson Street refused to comply with the health department’s order not to send unvaccinated children to class and 21 cases of measles were traced back to the yeshiva. (Patch)

She Built NYC unveiled plans for four new monuments of Billie Holiday, Elizabeth Jennings Graham, Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías, and Katherine Walker. The monuments are expected to be completed by 2022. (amNY)

Where to get a burger at the bar by yourself. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for February 22, 2019 – The “Our City’s Parks Are No Longer Rocking” Edition

The 7 train is literally falling apart, the mayor announces a plan to fight placard abuse, the BQX takes another hit, the YMCA, and more in today’s daily NYC digest.

Nearly every subway line has closures this weekend. (6sqft)

The 7 train is falling apart, literally. A piece of the train tracks fell from its elevated track and impaled an SUV through its windshield. The driver wasn’t injured, but holy shit, is anywhere near the subway safe anymore? (Curbed)

Why we rent and not buy our homes. (StreetEasy)

The mayor announced a goal of moving the parking placard system to license plates from the laminated placards on dashboards. Unless the NYPD enforces the rules, this whole thing is pointless. (Politico)

The NYPD used to hand out hundreds of summonses for sex in the city’s public parks. Last year? Zero. Are New Yorkers no longer horny on main? (NY Times)

The mayor promised serious consequences if yeshivas continue to bar Department of Education inspectors from their buildings. The deadline passed and the city is still negotiating with the schools. (Gothamist)

A map of the mega projects changing the city. (Curbed)

A look inside the new Webster Hall, but no photos of the new bathrooms. (NY Times)

Webster Hall will reopen on May 1 with Patti Smith. (Time Out)

Two more suspects were arrested in connection to the MS-13 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue subway shooting. (NY Post)

The best parodies are barely noticeable, which means you could miss these amazing MTA parody ads if you don’t have a sharp eye. (Bklyner)

Brooklyn President Eric Adams is urging New Yorkers to join their Neighborhood Advisory Boards in order to distribute Community Service Block Grants, a program which dates back to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The capital of President Trump’s immigration crackdown is New York City with an 88.2% increase in arrests. (Patch)

A list of the 47 hate groups active and operating in the city, double the number from ten years ago. (Patch)

What the hell is the NYPD doing blasting a hip-hop diss track outside the Marcus Garvey Village? A spokesperson said the officers “used it as a way to start a conversation with young men on the street.” Right. (Gothamist)

An 8-month-old in a stroller rolled onto the tracks of the 72nd Street 1 train. Her father jumped onto the tracks and brought her back to safety. The baby went to the hospital with a bump on her head. (amNY)

What’s special about the McBurney Y in Chelsea? Have you ever spelled out “Y.M.C.A.” at a wedding? (Gothamist)

Despite no one wanting him to run, Mayor de Blasio continues to flirt with a presidential run with a trip to Iowa this weekend. (NY Post)

The AARP supports congestion pricing, undercutting critics who say seniors will be hurt by the tolls. (Streetsblog)

Joe Crowley, defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is also leaving his position as head of the Queens Democratic Party. June Bunch will serve as the interim chair until a new leader is selected. (NY Post)

Nomkiki Konst, the TV-pundit-turned-candidate for Public Advocate, gets the profile treatment from Politico. (Politico)

If you’ve got three and a half hours to kill, here are 15 minutes interviews with 14 of the city’s Public Advocate candidates. (Gotham Gazette)

Ten candidates for Public Advocate on congestion pricing, safety, transportation policy, bike lanes, and the job in general. (Streetsblog)

An Amazon-less city might be the death-blow to the BQX streetcar. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Just in time for the weekend, 12 hot new brunch places. (Eater)

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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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