The Briefly for December 24, 2018 – The “Unemployed Drug Sniffing Dogs” Edition

The Garment District gets defensively rezoned, the most honest man in New York, the most common baby names of 2018, the best spots for day drinking, trashed trees, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Owning a piece of The Panorama of the City of New York is more attainable than owning a piece of the actual city. (Untapped Cities)

Looking back in time to the Christmas ads in the Village Voice from 1970. (Village Voice)

The City Council’s rezoning is helping keep the Garment District Garment. (The Real Deal)

Legal weed could have one unforeseen consequence: Some drug sniffing dogs will be out of a job. (NY Post)

How to get around and out of the city for Christmas. (6sqft)

Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village, the debut location of The Vagina Monologues, is set to close on January 2 after 40+ years. Rent started at $450/month in 1977 ($1,906.11 in 2018 dollars) and it’s now hit $33,000/month. (The Real Deal)

Five people were arrested for the murder of Ian Cruz, whose body was found half-naked in a bird sanctuary. (NY Post)

If you’re still in the city, here are 10 things to love about Christmas in NYC. (StreetEasy)

First Two Boots, now Grimaldi’s. The Limelight Shops in Chelsea’s Grimaldi’s was seized for over $117,333 in unpaid taxes, making it the third time a Grimaldi’s was shuttered for unpaid taxes in the last 10 years. (Eater)

Midwood Ambulance Services ambulatory service is accused of over-billing the government for $19 million for transporting Medicare patients. (NY Post)

If you’ve named your baby Emma, Liam, Olivia, Noah, Mia, or Jacob, congratulations! Those are the least original baby names city-wide. (Gothamist)

What do the Notorious B.I.G, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Woodie Guthrie have in common? (Gothamist)

Does New York really order more Chinese food on Christmas than other days? Hell yeah we do. (CityLab)

Say hello to Richard Taverna, the most honest man in New York. (West Side Rag)

Who’s throwing out Christmas trees already? (EV Grieve)

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The city has a new local racist who was caught on video. This local Upper West Side racist was accusing his black neighbor of “not living here.” (Gothamist)

The New York Hall of Science in Queens wants you to save that torn up wrapping paper… for SCIENCE! (amNY)

The secrets and hidden history of Queens’ Calvary and Saint John cemeteries. (amNY)

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain open through the federal government shutdown, including Governor Cuomo’s inaugural party on January 1, thanks to New York state footing the bill. Keeping the two sites open will cost the state $65,000 a day. (NY Post)

Taking the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge? Here’s some advice from a seasoned pro. (Brooklyn Paper)

Where to day drink in New York (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for December 21, 2018 – The “What A Federal Shutdown Means for New York” Edition

Weekend subway changes, Pilotworks is dead (again), the Nobel Peace Prize winning Santa, the E and M trains get their own mini-shutdown, Christmas in the city, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subway changes and construction. (Subway Weekender)

10 must-visit spots in Long Island City. You should probably visit before Bezos moves in. (Untapped Cities)

20 candidates in a 90 minute Q&A session. The Public Advocate election is getting crowded. (Bklyner)

The man who promised to save the dead Brooklyn food incubator Pilotworks has decided to back out of the deal. (Eater)

Here’s what a federal government shutdown would mean for New York City. (Patch)

The city’s Independent Budget Office says the city’s financial situation is “relatively strong,” but admits the city faces “significant uncertainty” around public services like the subway, the NYCHA, and public hospitals. (Metro)

Harvey Weinstein’s request to dismiss his sexual assault charge was denied and the case will go forward. (NY Times)

If you thought the L train shutdown or the BQE replacement was going to be a mess, just wait for the twenty year work on the Grand Central Terminal train shed. The train shed is the size of 20 football fields and runs from 42nd Street to 57th Street. (6sqft)

New York City is Atlas Obscura’s most popular destination of 2018. Duh. (amNY)

The man who portrays Santa in Bryant Park is a Nobel Peace Prize-winner for being a charter member of the American branch of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. What do you want for Christmas? This Santa already brought us a small slice of world peace. (amNY)

No matter how rough your SantaCon was, it wasn’t as bad as Christopher Visone’s, who just woke up from his medically induced coma. (Gothamist)

Parking Summons Advocate Jean Wesh will finally open his lower Manhattan office today after eight months being on the job. (NY Post)

Say goodbye to the E and M tunnel between Queens and Manhattan. It’s not exactly the L train shutdown, it will be closed from December 26 until December 31 for repairs. (LIC Post)

Calvert Vaux’s fingerprint is all over the city. Learn about the co-designer of Central Park and multiple landmarks across the city. (GVSHP)

So this is Christmas. How are you going to get around the city? (Curbed)

He snuck prostitutes into his apartment in suitcases and other details you didn’t want to know about Eliot Spitzer’s sex life. (NY Post)

L train shutdown be damned. Retail real estate in Williamsburg is the highest among 16 retail corridors in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

If you’d rather do anything than take the train to Dyker Heights on a winter night, you can check out the photos instead. (amNY)

The city is lying when they boast about building 20.9 miles of protected bike lanes in 2018. The real number is 23% less. (Streetsblog)

Congestion pricing will not take effect January 1, thanks to a lawsuit on behalf of the taxi industry, claiming the practice is discriminatory. The ruling by Supreme Court Justice Martin Schulman will delay the start until a full hearing can be scheduled. (NY Post)

A little league baseball field isn’t the ideal location for a four year parking lot for construction vehicles, but that’s what the West Side Little League is looking at. (West Side Rag)

State Senator Kevin “Kill Yourself!” Parker is signing up for Thrive NYC’s mental-health courses after his outburst on Twitter. No word on what he’ll do about his car sporting the wrong license plate, a lapsed inspection, and an un-authorized parking placard. (NY Post)

A story of two old friends who met on New Year’s Eve on 1979 while watching the ball drop from their respective taxis, and how their close friendship has changed over the years to provide a support structure against the harshness of an uncaring city. (NY Times)

A look at ABC No Rio’s four story “Passive House” building, set to begin construction next year. (Bowery Boogie)

The 12 best restaurants in Brooklyn Heights. (GrubStreet)

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The Briefly for December 20, 2018 – The “Elon Musk Does Not Have An Office on the Lower East Side” Edition

The mayor supports legal pot, Amazon can’t save the BQX, WeWork may be headed for a rude awakening, three boozy Taco Bells are headed to Manhattan and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

If you’ve paid for Spectrum internet access, you are owed between $75 and $150. The $62.5 million direct refund is a result of Spectrum’s settlement with the NY Attorney General’s office. (Gothamist)

Plotting the city’s parks in the only universally understandable way: a subway-style map. (6sqft)

WeWork is growing at an alarming rate. Is the boom headed for a bust? (The Real Deal)

That “Boring” company on the Lower East Side isn’t Elon Musk, it’s an art installation that requires an appointment and an NDA. (Gothamist)

The mayor is throwing his weight behind legal marijuana with a 71-page report that also makes recommendations like a NYC sales tax, a minimum age of 21, encouraging diversity in the pot business, and more. (amNY)

If you missed the Nitehawk cinema opening in Park Slope, there are photos. (Brownstoner)

From 0 to 20 in 15 seconds! These new “faster” subways aren’t exactly… fast. (Curbed)

The site of the holy matrimony between Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley will become part of Amazon’s HQ2. (Untapped cities)

Why doesn’t NYC have micro-apartments like other cities? It’s all about the price per square foot. (StreetEasy)

The Frigid Fyre Fest has hit a new low. The WinterFest organizers are now threatening vendors who speak to the press. (Gothamist)

Landlords don’t like legislation that limits their ability to raise commercial rent. (The Real Deal)

The city’s worst landlord isn’t someone named Trump or Kushner, it’s the the city. (Curbed) An example? Meet the Moran family, who has been without heat for nearly 20 years. (NY Post)

Part bar, part retail and part… Taco Bell!? Yup, three boozy Taco Bells are headed for Manhattan so you can Live Más. (Eater)

Two bills are headed for City Council that could reshape safety in bars (and three Taco Bells in Manhattan) by making “harassment free” signage mandatory and mandatory sexual harassment prevention and intervention training for all nightlife security. (Brokelyn)

19 curries to try in NYC. (Eater)

The Brooklyn District Attorney is set to wipe out 1,400 warrants in misdemeanor weed possession cases and 28 convictions in the next 90 days. (NY Post)

The death of a woman found in the trash chute of a luxury building was ruled an accident. Here’s no answer about how it happened, but there is no suspicion of foul play. (NY Post)

The lawsuit preventing the American Museum on Natural History from expanding was appealed and construction is suspended until the case is settled. (Curbed)

Shekema Young, who was arrested for allegedly slashing two women on the bus, says she’s innocent and the two victims were threatening to take Miss Beezy, her shih tzu yorkie mix. (Gothamist)

The NYPD rescued a frightened and freezing kitten from the undercarriage a car. Nothing else, just some good news for your Thursday. (NY Post)

Even Amazon’s money can’t save the mayor’s pricey and ill-advised BQX streetcar plan. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

New York’s rape shield laws are supposed to protect victims, but in most cases it makes it “almost impossible to successfully prosecute rapists, let alone millionaire celebrity rapists” like Harvey Weinstein. (Gothamist)

The president and CEO of New York Public Radio, Laura R. Walker, will be stepping down after 23 years. Walker acknowledged during her time she prioritized growth over people, and the last year of her employ was highlighted with accusations of harassment and discrimination against hosts of popular shows. (NY Times)

The best bars in the city, according to Thrillist.

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