The Briefly for December 27, 2018 – The “Losing Your Job Over Poppy Seed Bagels” Edition

An NYPD’s accidental shooting victim sues the city, Long Island City primes its real estate, NYC’s immigration courts are a mess because of the government shutdown, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Let’s explore some NYC ghost stories, from the hellbeasts, to the Staten Island murder mansion, to the hellmouth at Hell’s Gate. (Gothamist)

There’s a ghost subway tunnel that sits above the Broadway stop on the G. The Second System was an abandoned 1929 expansion of the subway system, which would have included an additional tunnel between Williamsburg and Manhattan. That would have been helpful with the impending shutdown of the L. (Greenpointers)

America’s oldest mosque is just around the corner from the Lorimer stop on the L. (Bedford + Bowery)

The FIRST STEP Act, which is aimed at reforming the federal prison system and reducing recidivism, has roots in New York. US Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who represents parts of Queens and Brooklyn, crafted the bill. (Kings County Politics)

IT’s the most wonderful time of the year: Mulchfest! (6sqft)

If you think that you can’t fail a drug test because of poppy seed bagels, you might want to talk to officer Eleazar Paz. Paz was just reinstated to his post on Riker’s Island after being fired over his failed test in January. (NY Post)

Rising rents will claim Chelsea’s The Half King on January 2 after 18 years. (Eater)

Turns out the Queens podiatrist that helped President Bone Spurs dodge the Vietnam War draft did so for preferential treatment from his landlord: Trump’s daddy. (Gothamist)

A tribute to Larry Eisenberg, The New York Times‘ most prolific commenter (whose 13,000 comments were mostly in limerick form), who died on Tuesday at 99-years-old. (NY Times)

Eight minutes of NYC in the 1920’s. (Viewing NYC)

The home of the $18 coffee has closed. Yes, it was in Brooklyn, how did you know? (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

New York is the 15th state to establish a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors. New protections include the right to consult with a victim assistance organization during physical exams and interviews, examinations, preventive HIV treatment and other services at no cost, among others. (amNY)

The federal immigration courts in the city have been thrown into chaos due to the federal shutdown. The Javitz Building’s immigration court, which has a backlog of 105,000 cases, is closed while the Varick Street court remains open. (Gothamist)

The city’s minimum wage increases on December 31. For employers with 11 or more employees, $15 is the new minimum wage. Companies with less than 11 employees will have a $13.50 minimum wage. (amNY)

82% of shots fired by police miss their targets. Irene Ureña Perez was accidentally shot in the abdomen by one of the 27 shots fired plainclothes NYPD officer Juan Gomez while in pursuit of a suspect in early December. Perez is still recovering, has endured multiple surgeries and is suing the city for $10 million. (Gothamist)

Two of the men who were caught on video allegedly assaulted an NYPD officer on a subway platform in Chinatown have been arrested. (NY Post)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s 2018 transit wishlist. (Streetsblog)

As Long Island City girds itself for the delivery of Amazon’s tech bros, prices on prime real estate are going up. (NY Times)

The top restaurant standbys of 2018. (Eater)

30 New Year’s Eve events $35 and under. (the skint)

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The Briefly for December 26, 2018 – The “A Bronx Zoo Inside A One Bedroom Apartment” Edition

The 8 hour city bus joyride, subway closures for the rest of the year, New York’s diminishing population , no more 7 train on nights and weekends, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The gender pay gap among city workers is three times larger than in the private sector. The City Council’s Introduction 633 will mandate an annual report that will highlight gender, ethnic, or racial pay gaps. (Metro)

There will be no overnight or weekend 7 train service between Manhattan and Queens in January of February. Happy New Year! (Sunnyside Post)

The E, M, and J trains will hobble into 2019 with extensive delays through the end of the year. (6sqft)

Two 80 pound snapping turtles, an eel, a dove, multiple smaller turtles, fish, a pit bull puppy, and a possum were seized by Animal Care and Control from one bedroom apartment in the Bronx that Richie Rodriquez shared with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. (Gothamist)

Over 2,500 adults in New York state are in solitary confinement between 23 and 24 hours a day. The HALT Solitary Confinement Act passed the State Assembly in June but not the State Senate. Activists are lobbying the Governor to alter solitary confinement to 15 hour days using his powers over the state’s Department of Corrections. (Gothamist)

New York lost 48,510 people between July 2017 and July 2018, which could mean that New York would lost two congressional seats after the 2020 election. (NY Post)

Can Vinateria’s chef Mimi Weissenborn make Eggs Benedict in a tiny Upper East Side kitchen with zero counter space? (Refinery 29)

CBGB’s makes a return to NYC… in miniature as part of the Transit Museum’s 17th Annual Holiday Train Show. (EV Grieve)

The five homeless men who wound up in a fight with an NYPD officer on Monday night have been released without charges. (NY Post)

Meet the Romp family, who have sold Christmas trees in the West Village since 1988. (Gothamist)

The city, the city’s worst landlord, is unsurprisingly behind schedule on fixing peeling and possibly lead-tinted paint in NYCHA apartments. In order to meet its commitment to a federal judge, the city has to fix 2,800 apartments by the end of February. Only 190 apartment have been tended to since December 11. (NY Post)

By the time the MTA realized someone stole a city bus from the Bronx, it was eight hours later and the thief had already returned it. (NY Post)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has a plan to help middle-income New Yorkers who buy homes. The plan will create 85,000 new apartments by taxing all-cash and mortgaged home purchases evenly, which will lower taxes for middle-income purchasers and impose a new tax on all-cash buyers and raise $400 million in the process. (Town & Village)

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The Briefly for Christmas, 2018 – The “Chinese Food and Movies” Edition

We’re forgoing the news today and focusing on two things: the city’s best Chinese food and Christmas movies filmed in the city. Merry Christmas from The Briefly.

Government offices, schools, courts, and the DMV are closed today. There’s no mail delivery no alternate side parking, no meters, no garbage or recycling pickup, the libraries are closed, and the Staten Island Ferry’s only running every 30 minutes from 7am to midnight. the subways and buses are a mess. Merry Christmas.

What’s the best Chinese food in NYC? Let’s take a look at the lists.

Time Out’s 26 best Chinese restaurants list is numbered, featuring Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Grand Sichuan in the first and second spots.

Eater’s 26 terrific NYC Chinese restaurants isn’t ranked, but 108 Food- Dried Hot Pot and Grain House are the highest rated of what’s on the list.

Serious Eats’ where to eat Chinese food in New York City is broken out into sit-down restaurants, dumplings, noodles, dim sum, hot pot, and snacks, sweets and drinks.

Grub Street declared the absolute best Chinese restaurants in New York with Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen and Mission Chinese topping the list.

Thrillist doesn’t list the top, but breaks out the best Chinese restaurants in 32 different neighborhoods.

Vogue has ten suggestions on where to eat right now, which was back in January.

Zagat has something to say on the topic, of course, listing their best Chinese restaurants, with Decoy and Pacificana topping their list.

What goes together like Chinese restaurants and Christmas? New York City and Christmas movies. Let’s take a look at some of the city’s iconic locations from Christmas movies.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York taught us the height of luxury is The Plaza, a limo, and our very own cheese pizza.

Elf showed us on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel is seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, and the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops.

When Harry Met Sally made one specific table at Katz’ Deli famous.

Your own personal hell might be a sewer grate under Trump Tower, if Scrooged is to be believed.

No list of movies is complete without Nicolas Cage. Yes, here are the filming locations for that INSTANT classic, The Family Man.

Want to avoid a takeover by Vigo the Carpathian? As Ghostbusters 2 showed us, drop that negativity attitude and sing hand in hand with your fellow New Yorker. Yes, it was technically New Year’s Eve, but this is our list.

It would a crime to leave Miracle on 34th St off the list.

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