The Briefly for February 13, 2020 – The “Are We Ready for an NYC Yang Gang?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Cuomo negotiates for the Trusted Traveler Program to return, Pennsy is closing, a spiked seltzer festival is coming, the Knicks are worth too much, and more

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Pennsy, the food hall attached to Madison Square Garden, is closing at the end of the month. The closure is part of a renovation of the area by Vornado Realty Trust, the landlord, and extend the first four floors of the building. Hiding in this news the announced closure of The Cinnamon Snail, the amazing vegan eatery with fantastic desserts, for good. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

What the hell is going on at Etiquette in Williamsburg, a cafe and bar that features a queen-sized bed. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

Photos: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show, which adds light installations and sculpture to the show. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

2021’s mayoral candidates think we need more education about ranked choice voting. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Will the math add up for Andrew Yang to run for mayor? (Emily Ngo for NY1)

Governor Cuomo seems to have come to an agreement with the Trump administration that would allow New Yorkers back into the Trusted Traveler Program without giving the federal government unfettered access to the state’s DMV records. (Azi Paybarah and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

The NYPD arrested a journalist for filming an arrest of a man in Chinatown. It is 100% legal in NYC to photograph or video record anything that is happening in public, including police actions, as long as you’re not in the way. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

NYC is coronavirus free! All suspected cases were negative. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Photos: Backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Photos by Milo Hess for amNewYork Metro)

Meet Momo, the city’s hospital system’s very good first resident therapy dog. (Lydia Hu for NY1)

Here comes the city’s first ever spiked seltzer festival on May 16. Oh boy. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

The inside story of the long, slow, and painful death of Fairway. (Hannah Howard for Grub Street)

Come on restaurants, post your menus with prices online. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

How to make a reservation in NYC. It’s not always as simple as opening an app. (Alan Sytsma for Grub Street)

These are the city’s top high schools, with Trinity High School coming in at #1 overall and Stuyvesant as the top public high school. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

With a seven season losing streak, the Knicks have been a very bad team for a long time, but that doesn’t seem to impact their value. The team was valued at $4.6 billion, making it unlikely that someone is rich enough to take the team from James Dolan’s grubby hands. (Gus Saltonstall for Patch)

The R-42 subway cars have been retired from service after fifty years years of use. (NY1)

Photos: The last ride for the R-42s with a cameo from Train Daddy Andy Byford. (Sydney Pereira, photos by David “Dee” Delgado for Gothamist)

Tension surrounding Morningside Park has not eased since the murder of Tessa Majors. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Video: A walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, through the city’s ugliest subway station, and Battery Park. (Action Kid)

Lawyers representing undocumented immigrants are fighting to stop ICE officers from making arrests at courthouses, which they say are interfering with court cases. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

There is a potential battle in Albany brewing over bail reform, with Governor Cuomo saying the door is open for possible changes, some state senators have jumped on the opportunity to voice their displeasure with the bill they passed last year before anyone has had time to properly judge its repercussions. Albany will always find a way to fight with itself. (Zack Fink for NY1)

When Mario’s Pizza on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx opened in 1915, the biggest concern was World War I, 100 years later it’s still going strong. (The pizza place, not the war) (Jason Cohen for Bronx Times)

Debutante Balls still exist in Manhattan. (James Barron and Elizabeth D. Herman for NY Times)

The 38 best beer bars in NYC. (Hannah Albertine, Bryan Kim, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Mackenzie for today’s featured photo

The Briefly for November 20, 2019 – The “These Transit Nightmares Are Real and Preventable” Edition

What happens to the star atop the Rockefeller Center tree, New York sues Juul Labs, behind the scene’s at Scarr’s Pizza, the best restaurant openings and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

A tribute to the hustle of New York City’s fauna, like Soda Can Raccoon and Murder Cat. (NY Times)

Checking in on the red tailed hawks in Tompkins Square Park. (Laura Goggin Photography)

The D train provided a literal nightmare last Friday night when it sat in a tunnel without moving, without cell service, and without announcements. People on the train say it was for two hours while the MTA claims it was only 76 minutes. That’s the kind of experience that makes someone stop taking the train completely. (Gothamist)

The June 2018 ceiling collapse at the Brooklyn Heights subway station could have been prevented. That’s the word from the MTA’s Inspector General, which released a report on the indecent and also points at the MTA’s ineffective inspections of stations and lack of knowledge of terra cotta. It pairs well with a 2010 report which states the MTA’s engineers don’t have enough knowledge of arched brick and suspended ceilings. Reassuring. (Gothamist)

He was expelled from the state senate when he was charged with beating and slashing his then-girlfriend, plead guilty to misappropriating over $100,000 in city funds when he was on the City Council, and now Hiram Monserrate thinks he should get back into elected politics. (Gothamist)

The mayor signed the “Streets Master Plan” into law. The plan that will eventually bring 250 miles of bike lanes won’t kick in until after the 2021 mayoral election. (Patch)

This weekend Netflix will be de-aging Little Italy to 1975 like it did for the stars of its movie “The Irishman.” (Time Out)

Does the Rockefeller Christmas tree use the same 900-pound Swarovski crystal star every year? (Gothamist)

A GoFundMe has popped up in support of Elsa, the churro vendor whose arrest went viral. The GoFundMe was set up in partnership with the Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project and will pay Elsa’s lost wages, cost of food, fines, and confiscated carts. any leftover funds will be distributed to vendors in similar situations. (Jackson Heights Post)

The city is suddenly overrun by ice skating rinks. Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, DUMBO, Central Park, Prospect Park, and now The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport is added to the list. (6sqft)

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square festival and tree lighting will take place on December 2. (amNewyork)

The city will acquire 14 cluster sites, buildings whose landlords are paid by the city to temporarily house homeless families, and cover them into permanent housing for 200 families. Mayor de Blasio has said he will end the practice, which was put it place by Mayor Giuliani. (amNewYork)

Two corrections officers on duty during Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide were arrested after reportedly skipping their required half hour check-ins with Epstein — on suicide watch — then later fabricated forms to cover their absences. (Patch)

The 2020 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar, a calendar of “sexy” cab drivers, will be the last. (Gothamist)

The attorney general’s office is suing Juul Labs for targeting kids with e-cigarette campaigns that underplayed the safety risks and emphasized the flavor. (Patch)

A greatest hits of things Mayor Bloomberg has said about stop-and-frisk that he will have to apologize for, like how the NYPD stopped white people “too much,” or how parents should start their own stop-and-frisk programs in the home. (Gothamist)

A preview of what Hudson River Park’s Pier 97 will look like after its $33 million renovation into a park. Pier 97 is at 57th and 12th in Manhattan. (Curbed)

Video: Go behind the scenes at Scarr’s Pizza, one of the best places to get a slice of pizza in the city. (Viewing NYC)

Rep. Nydia Velázquez wants to establish a $1 billion federal program to essentially make mass transit free for people with disabilities, people over 60, and anyone making less than 300% of the federal poverty line. (Daily News)

The best restaurant openings of 2019. (Thrillist)

The Briefly for November 19, 2019 – The “Is The Rent Finally Too Damn High?” Edition

No one buys Bloomberg’s remorse, the opening of the new Milk Bar, Midtown BINGO, what to do if you find a coyote in Central Park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

A Midtown BINGO card, to make going to Midtown only slightly less terrible. (Gothamist)

There are signs that, to quote Jimmy McMillan, “the rent is too damn high.” The volume of apartments for rent has increased for the fourth month in a row, raising the vacancy rate across the city. (amNewYork)

Got 100 years? That’s all it’ll take the average New Yorker to save up enough money to buy a home here. (Patch)

Chef Amanda Cohen, best known for Dirt Candy on the LES, is unveiling Lekka, a new restaurant. The main event is a new veggie burger. The entire restaurant, including the name, has a South African influence. Lekka opens today. (Grub Street)

The globes on the Manhattan Bridge are coming back as part of a $75.9 million rehabilitation of the bridge. (Untapped New York)

Video: One of the three new Staten Island ferries getting launched into the water. The first is expected in the city in August. (Untapped New York)

The MTA is not known for being gentle, and their work in the 86th Street R station in Bay Ridge is no exception. Renovations have damaged the station’s historic tile work, which dates back over a century. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Martin McDonagh’s dark drama about a British executioner “Hangmen” is coming to Broadway with previews in February. “Hangmen” won the Olivier Award for best new play in 2016 in London. (NY Times)

No one is buying Michael Bloomberg’s “remorse” over stop-and-frisk. (The Root)

Holiday pop-up bar season has come for us all. (Eater)

Here come the holiday markets. (6sqft)

There’s a parent-led concerted effort going on in District 15 to integrate their middle schools and the results are encouraging. District 15 covers Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Sunset Park, Cobble Hill and Windsor Terrace. (Gothamist)

Don’t believe the NY Post when it comes to the city’s supervised release program. Despite the headlines, the city doesn’t give everyone “gift cards, cell phones, and Mets tickets.” The supervised release program is in place to help ensure people make their court dates, and appearances have held steady at 88% when intake has increased over 50%. Pretty good track record. (Gothamist)

The Playboy Club is dead and changing into the Live Nation Theater at Cachet Hotel. Turns out not many people were interested in a $100,000 membership. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The boyhood home of Donald Trump was for sale in an auction and no one bid on it. Maybe if everyone puts in money we can buy it and throw a sledgehammer party to demolish it. (6sqft)

In tribute to the Diamond District, which sits on W 47th between Fifth and Sixth, “one of the last New York blocks left in Manhattan.” (Gothamist)

After being pressured to leave Bed-Stuy, Charlotte Taillor’s BDSM Collective and Domination School Taillor Group has settled into their home in Bushwick to host kink/BDSM workshops, self-defense classes, and private sessions, all of it legal. (Bushwick Daily)

Photos: Opening day at the new flagship Milk Bar, including the “neon hallway.” (Gothamist)

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams told the City Council’s Public Safety Committee Monday that they should pass a bill mandating the public release of NYPD body camera footage. (amNewYork)

Esquire’s list of the best new restaurants in America for 2019 is out and it includes NYC’s Rezdôra, Kawi, Oddo, Wayan, and Red Hook Tavern. (Patch)

The city is making a big push to offer services to the homeless in Outreach NYC, but the program is being met with skepticism. Yes, the outreach is improving, but the shelter system itself still has all of its own problems. (Gothamist)

Photos: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden unveiled its new Robert W. Wilson Overlook, which gives viewers a sweeping view of the Cherry Esplanade. (Curbed)

There have been more and more coyote sightings in Central Park. If you come across one, stay calm and try to avoid it. If it comes up to you, try to make yourself look bigger and make loud noises until it retreats. (Gothamist)

Pot arrests have dropped dramatically in the city, but the people arrested are still predominantly black and Hispanic, making up 90 percent of arrests last quarter. OF the 260 people arrested for possession, less than 20 were white. (Patch)

Ben Kallos, running for Manhattan Borough president, got a cease and desist from Marvel Comics for dressing up like Captain America in a recent political mailer. (Patch)

The death of 25-year-old Brooklynite Ola Salem, found in a wooded area of a Staten Island park, was ruled a homicide. (Gothamist)

The MTA is planning to renovate the 52nd Street, 61st Street, 69th, 82nd, 103st and 111th Street stations along the 7 line with renovations getting started in the second half of next year. (Jackson Heights Post)

The best burgers in the Upper West Side. (I Love The Upper West Side)