This is Rob Blatt, I'm the person who has written and sent out The Briefly just about every weekday for the last eighteen months. Unless I've given credit, all the photos included are from me too. The Briefly is a passion project of mine.
Thanksgiving has always been special for me and I wanted to share some of my thanks with you. Thank you for sending me your photos. Thank you for sending me your story suggestions. Thank you for the attention you've given this newsletter and for sharing in my love of New York.
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How are you getting around today? Here’s how getting around below ground is gonna work. (Patch)
The best spots to watch the parade. (6sqft)
What’s open today and what’s not. (Patch)
Photos: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation on the Upper West Side. (Untapped New York)
How to watch today’s parade. (HuffPost)
When this email goes out, we’ll have no idea if the balloons will be allowed to fly or not. (Gothamist)
What’s the worst that could happen? Watch the Cat in the Hat crash into a light post in 1997, injuring four people and putting one of the four into a month-long coma. (Viewing NYC)
Here’s another example from 1997: The Barney balloon’s untimely death thanks to wind and a flagpole around 50th St. (DelhiTheCat on YouTube)
Toss your Thanksgiving salads in the trash. There’s another romaine lettuce e.coli outbreak. (Gothamist)
Photos: The redesigned 80th floor “landing spot” of the Empire State Building. (Untapped New York)
What does James O’Neill have to say as he exits the position of top cop in NYC? Don’t criticize subway cops so much. Thanks for firing Daniel Pantaleo James, but don’t let the door hit you on the way out. (Gothamist)
Photos: Inside the newly saved Paris Theater. (Untapped New York)
Here comes the Holiday Nostalgia Rides! You can find the vintage trains on the A, F, and D lines on most Sundays in December. (6sqft)
Is there Black Friday in NYC? Yes, and here’s a compiled list of when the biggest chains open across the city. (Patch)
16 dazzling NYC holiday displays. (Curbed)
RIP Harlem’s Adelia Murphy, America’s oldest person at 114 years old. (amNewYork)
Looking back on 20 years of Pete’s Candy Store, who is celebrating its anniversary this weekend. (Bedford + Bowery)
This weekend is the last weekend of Brooklyn Bazaar. Friday’s show wasn’t sold out (at press time), but tickets are all gone for Saturday. You can still grab something in the liquidation sale. (Greenpointers)