The Briefly for President’s Day, 2019 – The “A Tale of Two Long Island Cities” Edition

RIP Henny Rat, a new secret bar, the city council wants to cap broker’s fees, bodegas want to be able to sell weed, the Alamo Drafthouse is expending, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

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A quick list of what’s closed and what’s open for President’s Day when it comes to federal and city government buildings and the subways. (Patch)

White residents in Bed Stuy are being targeted by the city’s Airbnb enforcers, according to State Assembly Member Tremaine Wright. (The Real Deal)

Amazon leaving was the “worst day for NYC since 9/11,” and “this time, the terrorists were elected,” according to David Lichtenstein of the Lightstone Group, owns a 428 apartment building in Long Island City. Never forget. (The Real Deal)

What does the future hold for Long Island City real estate? “We were perfectly fine three months ago [before the Amazon announcement], and we’ll be perfectly fine going forward,” according to the CEO of Modern Spaces, which has 70% of the market share of Long Island City listings. (Curbed)

A city council bill is looking to cap broker’s fees at a maximum of one month’s rent. (The Real Deal)

It’s great that you’ve been inspired by Marie Kondo, but don’t put knives in bags of your donated clothing. (NY Times)

6 new art installations in the subways that are worth checking out. (Untapped Cities)

11 restaurants were ordered closed last week. Don’t read this list while eating. (Patch)

A ranking of the city’s eight food delivery services. (Grubstreet)

Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse is expanding. They signed a new lease that will add 25,000 square feet to the theater, which should open in 2020. (The Real Deal)

As if things weren’t already rough enough at the Bedford stop on the L, pieces of the temporary patching from construction are falling from the ceiling. (Gothamist)

Because the city hasn’t had enough dealings with billionaires in 2019, Elon Musk has outlined strategies to connect JFK, LaGuardia and Manhattan with a hyper loop system. (6sqft)

11 restaurants in the city made AAA’s five-diamond list. (Patch)

The folks behind Death & Company opened a new secret bar. Better get a jump on this one before it ends up on all the “best of” lists next to Please Don’t Tell. (Time Out)

Everyone chill. The Department of Health is slowing their crackdown on CBD infused food and drinks, with fines kicking in on July 1. (Eater)

Here comes New York’s fatberg. (Gothamist)

The updated MTA subway etiquette posters we need. (New Yorker)

Photos from the 20th annual Lunar New Year parade and festival. (718News)

Mice, filth, broken sewage systems, and that’s just the start of the problems in Trump branded restaurants across the city. (Daily News)

The governor’s latest revision to the state’s budget doesn’t include funding for the implementation of early voting. (Upstate Politics)

Carlos Danger is out of prison and in a re-entry center in Brooklyn. (NY Times)

Once weed is legal, bodega owners want a piece of the action. (NY Post)

Jagger Freeman was the second man arrested, charged, and held without bail in connection the alleged robbery attempt that ended with the NYPD shooting one of their own. (amNY)

RIP Henny Rat. (Gothamist)

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