The Briefly for New Year’s Eve, 2019 – The “Best of the Year, Best of the Decade” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The best restaurants, the dumbest things de Blasio has said, the best on Broadway, the most popular baby names, Times Square on NYE, and more

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Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Vita Coco and Postmates are giving out hangover recovery kits on New Year’s Day. Plan accordingly. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Everything you need to know about the Coney Island Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. (Meaghan McGoldrick for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Rachel Harrison, Hans Haacke and the top ten art exhibitions of the year. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

13 good things that happened in 2019. (Amy Plitt)

76,000 people left New York in 2019, more than any other state. To those who left, we all say “See ya!” (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The world’s longest boa, the world’s tallest politician, a $70,000 dreidel, and the rest of the year in world records set by New Yorkers. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Look for a live stream of Times Square? (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

How to get around on New Year’s Eve. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

If you’re the kind of psychopath who must do Times Square tonight, here’s what to expect for security. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

The dumbest things said by Mayor de Blasio in 2019 .(Streetsblog)

The Times gets a little navel-gazey looking back at nine ways the city changed in the past decade. (Gina Bellafante for NY Times)

The Women’s March movement, a solo LEGO art exhibition, the Mermaid Parade, and the rest of the best photos of 2019. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Looking at the best and worst of the year in Broadway theater. (Matt Windman for amNewYork)

A Strange Loop from Michael R. Jackson tops Adam Feldman’s top ten theater productions of the year. (Adam Feldman for Time Out)

The top baby names of 2018 were released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Emma was the top name for girls for the second year in a row and Liam topped the boys for the third year straight .(Mark Hallum for amNewYork)

The two biggest design stories of the year, the Hudson Yards’ Vessel and the Hunters Point Library, are both stories of accessibility failures. (Alexandra Lange for Curbed)

Delays, fare increases, construction, fare increases, unexpected express trains, fare increases, and the rest of the best and worst of the decade in NYC transit . Seriously there was five fare increases this decade.(Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Ryan Sutton’s best restaurants of the year: Kāwi and Llama San and 13 runners up. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Eater asked 19 writers, editors, directors, and photographers their favorite new restaurants this year. It’s like eavesdropping at a party you have to attend. (Eater)

From the “overheard at a party” category, the top complaints about dining in the city. (Eater)

The cheese and tomato sandwich at USHA Foods, Mama’s Special at Leo’s Latticini, and the full list of Robert Sietsema’s 11 best sandwiches of the year. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The top dishes of the year according to Ryan Sutton were the rice cake fundido at Haenyeo, the Duck Nigiri at Llama San, and The Electric Lemon Curd at Electric Lemon. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Ceviche at Restaurante Y Panaderia Guatemalteco, The Brighton Beach at Wheated and the the complete list of Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of the year. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

A suitable way to end the year: Widow Rat. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The Briefly for December 30, 2019 – The “Are FaceTime Calls on the Subway A Form of Terrorism?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Hudson Yards may never be completed, the Chelsea flea market closed, the flu ramps up, a brand new “dive” bar, what makes Scarr’s Pizza the best, and more

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Sometimes it all goes according to plan and sometimes you’re the guy who stole a cherry picker, spray painted “BIRD GOD” on the arch in Grand Army Plaza, got stuck and had to be rescued and arrested by the NYPD. (Gabe Herman for amNewYork)

Does any construction project in New York ever complete? The Hudson Yards were supposed to be completed by 2024, but now the developer isn’t giving a timetable for when they’ll be done. (The Real Deal)

This isn’t a new concept, Atlantic Yards was supposed to be a ten year project, but now it’ll scheduled to for at least 25 years. It’s becoming more and more common that the first phase of these massive, neighborhood-disrupting construction projects is completed with much fanfare and the rest of the projects, which usually include schools for the neighborhood, quietly linger forever. (Pamela Wong for Bklyner)

Are you one of the monsters who has FaceTime video calls while on the subway? Well good news for you, the MTA will add phone and wifi access to the L train tunnels below the East River. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

The Times Square ball drop by the numbers. (Diane Pham for 6sqft)

Photos: Take a look at the Times Square NYE ball, since you’re not crazy enough to go see it drop in person. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

How to spend New Year’s Eve 2020 in NYC without going near Times Square. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

“We are not adequately preparing to launch a successful congestion pricing program by January 2021” writes Corey Johnson. Congestion pricing is supposed to drive, no pun intended, people to use public transit rather than their cars when traveling into Manhattan. The MTA, trying to find the silver lining to the recent downturn in ridership, says that the downturn actually created capacity for those who will switch back from cars to public transit. (Vincent Barone for amNewYork)

The Annex Antiques Fair and Flea Market in Chelsea, NYC’s largest flea market and counted Andy Warhol among those who frequented it, has lost its lease. After 45 years, finding a new home for the flea market is nearly impossible, as any raw space in the area has been swallowed up by developers. (Katie Van Syckle for NY Times)

The East Village’s Zum Schneider is closing in February after their landlord was “not interested” in renewing their lease. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

New Yorkers with the flu exploded from 1,130 reported cases to 3,010 reported cases over the two weeks ending on December 21. The flu season doesn’t end until May, so there’s still plenty of time to get your shot. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

At the opening of Stonewall House, the city’s first LGBTQ-friendly affordable senior housing development, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams invoked slavery and predicted that the residence could lead to trouble in the neighborhood. His comments were confusing, questionable in nature, and invoked an us-vs-them mentality that flies in the face of the purpose of Stonewall House. Adams didn’t return calls about this speech, but maybe he will when he’s trying to be the city’s mayor in 2021. (Matt Tracy and Paul Schindler for Gay City News)

In the wake of Tessa Majors’s murder in Morningside Park, an undisclosed white supremecist group is targeting Barnard College and Columbia University staff with racist robocalls. The NYPD’s Racial and Ethnically Motivated Extremism group is looking into the calls. (Julia Reinstein for BuzzFeed News)

The mayor will ramp up police presences in Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park as well as implementing a new school curriculum focusing on the danger of hate crimes after a Hanukkah rife with anti-Semitic attacks. The new Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes will be overseeing the efforts. (Sanjana Karanth for HuffPost)

When Justin Theroux opened Ray’s Bar, there was a lot of questioning whether it was even possible to open a brand new bar and call it a dive bar. Enter Dolly’s Swing & Dive, meant to evoke Dolly Parton. The owners push the concept of a dive bar by claiming they’re taking the things they like about a dive bar and “made it a little more grown up.” Can a dive bar have a crab-and-shrimp roll you’d be willing to eat? (Bao Ong for Time Out)

The Nevins Street raccoon, named Chepe by the MTA, continues to evade capture by the NYPD. I bet they’d catch it in a heartbeat if it jumped a turnstile. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Video: What makes Scarr’s Pizza’s one of the city’s best and healthiest? House-milled flour. (Murilo Ferreira for Eater)

Video: Selfish lady holds up traffic for 2 blocks because she won’t move her double parked car, with over a million views on YouTube. Welcome to Forest Hills. (ActionKid)

12 new restaurants worth checking out while the rest of New York is still on vacation.(Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

The Briefly for December 27, 2019: The “Rudest City? I’ll Show You How Rude This City Can Get” Weekend Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The electric bike bill is dead, the “gentrification tax” debate, meet State Assembly hopeful Emily Gallagher, the most beautiful restaurants of 2019 & more

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It’s not the weekend without subway disruptions. (Subway Weekender)

The city’s lights never dim, but why? Turns out New York earned the nickname “The City That Never Sleeps.” (Derek M. Norman for NY Times)

New York City has a idling problem. Yes, idling trucks have been in issue for years, but one truck is nothing compared to cruise ships, which pump the city’s air full of 1,200 tons of toxic fumes every year. (Lisa M. Collins for NY Times)

New York City is the rudest city in America according to the dumb yokel idiots at Business Insider. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

If 2019 was the year of the “pied-à-terre tax” debate, 2020 will be the year of the gentrification tax debate. Currently, homebuyers pay taxes based on the assessed value of the home, which is usually lower than the market value in gentrifying neighborhoods. The lead to change the law is being led by Republican City Councilmember Joe Borelli. Speaker Corey Johnson has said it’s “highly unlikely it will get fixed” this session. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

We missed a white Christmas and it looks like we’ll miss a white New Year’s Eve as well. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

What were the top restaurant standbys of the year for the staff of Eater? (Eater)

Don’t play on the ice in city parks. Two boys earned that lesson the hard way, but they were rescued by a friend. If you’re ever in this unfortunate circumstance, these are why there are rescue ladders all around. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Did you recently buy Egg White Salad and Old Fashioned Potato Salad from Trader Joe’s? There’s a recall. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

They’ve been mum on details, but the NYPD has located the third suspend in Tessa Majors’s stabbing. (Mark Hellum for amNewYork)

What’s in a nickname? What’s the origin of The Big Apple? (Zachary Solomon for StreetEasy)

Governor Cuomo wants to put a high-speed train system to connect New York City with upstate and is assemble a panel of engineers to review feasibility. For a low cost of $14 billion, the trains will go 77 mph instead of 51 mph. The current average speed of the subway is 17mph. Maybe we could use $14 billion to improve that instead. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The governor vetoed the electric bike and scooter bill that overwhelmingly passed the legislature in Albany. The legislature is out of session, so despite veto-proof majorities, it’s nearly impossible to override the veto. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Congratulations to the jackass who drove their car into the protected pedestrian lane of the Pulaski Bridge. (Greenpointers)

Mulchfest has begun! (Todd Maisel for amNewYork)

Meet Greenpoint’s Emily Gallagher, an activist and primary challenger against the 77-year-old Joe Lentol who has been in the State Assembly since 1973. Gallagher is running on a progressive platform of environmental sustainability, housing justice, and transit improvement. (Claudia Irizarry Aponte for The City)

The most beautiful restaurants of the year. (Serena Dai for Eater)