Image of Cuomo L train shutdown

Gov. Cuomo shut down the L shutdown — or at least that’s what it looks like. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Around NYC is a roundup of noteworthy local stories the StreetEasy editorial team read this week:

The full shutdown of the L train stopped in its tracks. Governor Andrew Cuomo called a halt to the MTA’s much-discussed plans for a 15-month shutdown of L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. He says a new technology is available that will allow the train to run normally on weekdays, while crews can fix the Canarsie tunnel over nights and weekends. But the full MTA board has yet to approve the plan. [The New York Times]

Recent news about the L train has been a source of consternation, confusion, drama, surprise, and now, potentially, relief. There isn’t a musical yet, but there is a board game. [amNewYork]

A loose dog on the tracks of the Williamsburg Bridge caused two-hour delays on the J, M and Z trains. The dog, Jake, was saved by the joint efforts of the NYPD, MTA, Instagrammers and Reddit users. Jake is now safely home with his person. [Gothamist]

It will cost $60 billion to fix the subway, but there are ways to fund it. Here are five possible ways to raise the revenue needed to fix the subway. [CityLab]

A federal judge ruled in favor of Airbnb, blocking a law aimed at restricting home-sharing services in New York City. The law, intended to regulate companies that profit from short-term rentals, would have required Airbnb and HomeAway to disclose data about host addresses. [The Street]

The Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island was a wild success this year. Thanks to warmer temperatures, thousands of revelers took to the waters at Coney Island on New Year’s Day. The photos are A+. [Newsweek]

Happy 2019!

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