The Briefly: Brooklyn Botanic Garden triumphs over condos and more NYC news


Pigeons at Grand Army

Photo: Rob Blatt


What’s happening in NYC? Rob Blatt’s email The Briefly is bringing us up to speed. This week’s distillation has us excited about a secondhand shop, a short story machine, and a bartender who left mixology to become a mortician. Sign up for The Briefly to stay on top of all the key and quirky news stories around New York.

• Madewell and ThredUp are teaming up to create a second-hand Madewell store in Williamsburg called “Circular Store” with prices ranging from $10 to $40 according to the article. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Time Out)

• A history of Eric Adams’s record with the Atlantic Yards from a speaker at the first protest against the arena to the donations to his campaign and nonprofits to his support for the arena and development. (Norman Oder for Atlanti Yards/Pacific Park Report)

• Where to work remotely outside in Greenpoint. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Greenpointers)

• The Fight For Sunlight appears to be over and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden won. The City Planning Commission voted against unanimously against the development at 960 Franklin. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be an apartment building at 960 Franklin, it will be within what’s currently allowed. (Gabriel Sandoval for The City)

• A unique vending machine is making its home at the Center For Fiction in Fort Greene. With the press of a button, the Short Story Dispenser will print you out a 1, 3, or 5 minute short story for free and will be available starting October 2. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Report: Indian Table in Cobble Hill, focusing on Goan cuisine with standout dish goat biryani, which Robert Sietsema calls the best in town, and bacon naan. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

• Interview: Danielle Hengge, who pivoted from bartender at Butter & Scotch to mortician. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

• Bushwick Starr has a new home on Eldert St with the opening estimated to be in about a year. The theater directors have a full season of showed planned for the 2021-22 season at other venues. (Sarah Bahr for NY Times)

• The coolest museums in NYC. City Reliquary, The Waterfront Barge Museum, and Interference Archive made the list. (Andrea Lopez for Untapped New York)

• More praise for Mo’s General, which Brooklyn Magazine calls the pizza slice shop/general store/coffee shop/bakery “the perfect neighborhood spot.” (Scott Lynch for Brooklyn Magazine)

• The City Planning Commission gave an approval to the Gowanus rezoning. It means more than 8,000 new apartments with 3,000 deemed “affordable,” and $150 million in rehabilitation to the nearby NYCHA housing. Next, it heads to the City Planning Commission for a vote. (Greg David for The City)

• The most popular and affordable NYC neighborhoods for roommates. None of the neighborhoods are at the ass end of the L. (Brick Underground)

• Someone else paid attention to the six hours of virtual meetings about congestion pricing and summed it up so you didn’t have to pay attention. Here’s the round up. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

• We’re not even in full-blown spooky season and there’s already news about a pop-up Christmas bar at Thief in Williamsburg. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Time Out)

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