The Briefly for January 10, 2019 – The “Meet the Anti-Legal Weed Buzzkills of New York” Edition

Paid vacation for all employees, the governor makes a bad “joke,” a Harry Potter coffee shop, the Dutch Reach, “The Awning Act” looks to save small businesses, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

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Two weeks of paid vacation for all private sector employees. That’s Mayor de Blasio’s latest announcement, leading to his State of the City address today (Thursday). The mayor released no specifics and hadn’t shared the plans with the City Council before making the announcement. (NY Times)

CUNY adjunct professors are considering a strike over low pay for comparable work. (Metro)

They swerved out of the way from hitting a 12-year-old boy, but NYPD officers jumped the sidewalk and his Jamaal Blake and his brother with their car. Jamaal will need surgery to insert metal rods in both his broken legs so he can walk again. He plans to sue the city for $25 million. (Daily News)

You wanna buy a New York City landmark? No, seriously, the Chrysler Building is for sale, which is currently 90% owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. (amNY)

It’s a gateway drug! But think of the babies! Meet the state buzzkills trying to stop the legalization of marijuana in New York. (NY Post)

If you drive in the city, learn the Dutch Reach. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

How to watch today’s State of the City address at 11am.

Coffee shopicus! A Harry Potter-inspired coffee house is coming to the East Village. Hopefully the wizards use the bathroom the modern ways instead of the old-fashioned ways. (Eater & io9)

All this hoopla over the L train. One hundred years ago there wasn’t even an L train to worry about, but measles were still a problem though. (Gothamist)

The city is not ready to take over the MTA according to the mayor. City Council Speaker and current Public Advocate Corey Johnson thinks otherwise. (NY Post)

Nothing like adding even more confusion to the city’s largest transit disruption in modern history. Andy Byford ordered a review of Cuomo’s L train shutdown alternative, saying he refuses to be “steamrolled.” (Curbed)

Where to eat if you’re avoiding gluten. (The Infatuation)

The story behind the viral summer-winter aerial photo of Manhattan. (amNY)

The City Council passed the “Awning Act” to protect small business from whoever has been reporting awnings for having improper font size or including phone numbers. The Bill awaits the mayor’s signature (The Brooklyn Reader)

Can a vacancy tax end the rampant empty storefronts across the city? The mayor says he will lobby Albany to implement the tax in what has turned out to be a busy first half of the week for de Blasio. (NY Post)

I’ll bring you all up on charges under the Me Too movement.” The governor, while asking the press to back up, cracked a “joke.” (@JonCampbellGAN)

The 10 best offbeat and hidden museums in the city. (6sqft)

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