The Briefly for November 7, 2019 – The “Lubing Up the Cube in Astor Place” Edition

A list of lying NYPD officers, low voter turnout in this year’s elections, no one wants to live in Turtle Bay, the best coffee shop in the US, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The sweet spot for rent in the city might be $2,700 and four other things you need to know about the city’s real estate market. (StreetEasy)

The life, death, and rebirth of the Orchard Street pedestrian mall, the only street in the city that closes on Sundays to become a pedestrian mall. (Bowery Boogie)

A look at how gentrification has changed Fort Greene. (NY Times)

How does the cube in Astor Place stay able to spin? It gets lubed. (EV Grieve)

Commercial rent control may be how the city fights the retail vacancy crisis. (Gothamist)

Death certificates for overdoses in New York state must state a type of opioid thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Tuesday. (amNewYork)

“The Seated IV” from Wangechi Mutu, which sits outside the Met as part of the facade, will be on display until June, instead of coming to an end in January. (NY Times)

Gothamist/WNYC has been fighting to get the secret list that each of the five borough District Attorneys maintains of cops who have been accused of dishonesty. Thanks to a successful Freedom of Information request, a three-page list of liar cops from the Brooklyn DA’s office was released on Wednesday. (Gothamist)

Who wants to live in Turtle Bay or Midtown? That question might be harder to answer than you think. Of the entire city, those are the two neighborhoods with the most real estate price drops in October. (amNewYork)

The best restaurants in Inwood. (The Infatuation)

Not much of the city voted on Tuesday. Only 13.9% of registered voters actually voted. While early voting was supposed to make voting easier, the locations were limited to 33 across the entire city. The mayor is hoping to increase that number to 100 for the 2020 election. (amNewYork)

James O’Neill is leaving his commissionership with the NYPD for a security job at Visa. (Patch)

The best coffee shop in the USA is Sey Coffee on Grattan Street in Bushwick, according to Food & Wine magazine. (Patch)

The definitive guide to the Hudson Yards development boom. (Curbed)

A $50 million triplex penthouse on Central Park West, once belonging to Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, can be yours if you’ve got $50 million lying around. (StreetEasy)

The president will return to the city that hates him to kick off Monday’s Veteran’s Day parade in Manhattan. This just went from parade to shit show. (amNewYork)

Where to go for affogato, the city’s newest must-try dessert, vanilla gelato with espresso poured over it. (Eater)

The Long Island City Clock Tower is going to go through a restoration that will start and end next year. (LIC Post)

120,000 pounds of clothes were collected for donation at the start of the NYC Marathon, with those clothes going to Goodwill. Since 2012 a million pounds have been collected and donated. (amNewYork)

Once the L train’s signal updates are complete, the M train is the next line to be upgraded and inconvenienced by late-night service disruptions while they’re being installed. (amNewYork)

Billy Eichner remains the only person I want one of the hundreds that call Met Life Stadium home. (Gothamist)

The best restaurants in Sunnyside and Woodside. (Grub Street)

The Briefly for November 6, 2019 – The “Where Have All The Duane Reades Gone” Edition

Election results, the ultimate guide to eating at Wegmans, ICE continues to make courthouse arrests, the best bear, never enough food halls, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

In a new effort by the MTA and law enforcement to crack down on fare evasion, New York City reportedly opened a $500 million decoy subway station this week to catch turnstile jumpers. (The Onion)

Something is wrong when even Duane Reade is reducing its footprint in the city. (Gothamist)

The 2019 New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. (City and State)

Only 1.14% of the registered voters in the city turned out to vote early this election. Come on, people! Let’s pick it up next time around. (amNewYork)

Jumaane Williams was re-elected as the city’s public advocate with 74.13% of the vote. (Patch)

All five ballot referendums were emphatically answered by voters as “YES!” Ranked-choice voting was approved by 72.94%. Civilian Complaint Review Board reform was approved by 77.05%. Ethics and governance approved with 77.05%. Establishing a rainy-day find was approved by 70.51%. and ULURP changes were approved by 75.83%. (amNewYork)

Melinda Katz is Queens’ new District Attorney. (QNS.com)

Central Park will be adding signage to acknowledge that in 1857 the city kicked the mostly African American inhabitants of Seneca Village off their land in order to create the park. (Curbed)

David’s Briskey House in Bed-Stuy is a legendary Jewish deli run by a Yemeni, proving that food belongs to no one. (Atlas Obscura)

The NYC filming locations for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. (Untapped New York)

Alanis Morisette will be celebrating the opening of the ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Broadway musical with an acoustic performance of the album at the Apollo Theater. (Brooklyn Vegan)

There will be a wall in the Gowanus Canal, and National Grid is going to pay for it. It’s true, as a part of the Superfund cleanup, National Grid will build a wall to prevent liquid tar from re-contaminating the canal on the old Fulton Manufactured Gas Plant. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Video: A feature on Macon Hardware in Bed-Stuy, and Clara Hayes, the 92-year-old unofficial mayor of the block and proprietor, who runs the place. (Viewing NYC)

If you’re purchasing health insurance from the marketplace, you’ve got until December 15 to enroll for coverage for January 1. (amNewYork)

What to do in the Bronx that’s not baseball, the zoo or the Botanical Garden. (6sqft)

Don’t say Alec Baldwin punched you if Alec Baldwin didn’t actually punch you. (Gothamist)

Your reward for voting is this series of adorable videos of Sonya the brown bear acting like a little puppy when seeing her former caretaker. (Gothamist)

Are there enough food halls in Midtown? Never! Here come two more. (6sqft)

A list of demands for Dermot Shea, the city’s new police commissioner. (Streetsblog)

When Mayor de Blasio announced Dermot Shea was to be the city’s next police commissioner, he passed over Benjamin Tucker, the second-highest-ranking overall and the top black police official. This is the third time that the mayor passed over Tucker for the position, instead, he picked Benjamin Bratton, James O’Neill, and now Dermot Shea. (NY Times)

If crime declines, should the number of cops follow it? (Gothamist)

ICE has continued to arrest immigrants at courthouses in New York. The Immigrant Defense Project has counted 112 incidents and sightings and that agents are ignoring the state’s rule that prevents federal agents from making arrests in courthouses without a warrant. (amNewYork)

The Dreamland Roller Disco has landed in a new Brooklyn location. The latest incarnation is at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn. (Time Out)

The ultimate guide to eating at Wegmans. (Gothamist)

The Briefly for November 5, 2019 – The “Another Loss for Trump” Election Day Edition

Everything you need for election day, NYC has a new top cop, a Chicago-style bean is coming to NYC, the best French bistros and brasseries, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Today is election day! (amNewYork)

Look up your nearest polling location.

Here’s what is on today’s ballot. (Patch)

A guide to the 2019 New York elections. (Politico)

Need more information about the charter questions? (Patch)

There will be extra language interpreters at 100 poll sites today, thanks to a lawsuit that the Board of Elections tried and failed to block in court. (Gothamist)

A federal appeals court ruled that President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over his tax returns to New York prosecutors. The next stop for this case is the Supreme Court. (Huff Post)

A look at what the midtown skyline will look like with the addition of the new 707-foot tall 270 Park. (New York YIMBY)

Kiss announced 75 additional tour dates to their End of the Road farewell tour, with their last show in NYC on July 17, 2021. (Brooklyn Vegan)

With the help of the new Wegmans, the Brooklyn Navy Yard hit a record of 589 new hires in a year. This is the first time the Navy Yard surpassed 10,000 jobs in the 53 years the city has been operating it. (amNewYork)

Look, I don’t want to be the asshole that tells you about this for the first time, but it’s possible that we’re gonna see some snow towards the end of this week. (Patch)

Children under the age of two in car seats must be in rear-facing car seats, according to a law that came into effect at the beginning of November. (amNewYork)

Dov Hikind, a former state assemblyperson who advocated in favor of racial profiling by the NYPD, was against same-sex marriage, wore blackface to a 2013 Puris celebration, and was indicted on corruption charges while in office, will be unblocked by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter thanks to the settlement of a lawsuit against AOC. Can’t imagine why she blocked him, he seems like such a swell guy. (NY Times)

An interview with Drag Queen Marti Gould Cummings, candidate for City Council District 7 in 2021. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Say hello to the new First Avenue subway station entrance at Avenue A. (Curbed)

Police Commissioner James O’Neill has resigned. Dermot Shea, the chief of detectives, will be his replacement. (NY Times)

O’Neill’s three-years as commissioner were marred with the 2016 Chelsea bomber, multiple terror attacks, and a sharp rise in NYPD suicides, but he also issued a formal apology for the NYPD’s actions that caused the Stonewall riots and oversaw the firing of Daniel Pantaleo, whose chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner. (amNewYork)

Here’s what’s known about Dermot Shea, the next commissioner. (NY Times)

“At a time when the relationship between police and communities of color couldn’t be worse – we chose yet another white guy?” -Assemblyperson Catalina Cruz, who represents Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona. (Sunnyside Post)

The Briefly is a celebration of the news that comes from all over the city every day and from over 80 different sources. Sometimes I ignore a story like this, but I love seeing this type of reporting. Rite Aid installed self check out machines at their store in Carroll Gardens. If you know of a hyperlocal blog and you haven’t seen it linked here, please email it to me. (Pardon Me For Asking)

Student suspensions are down by 10.5% in the city’s schools this year. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

There was madness at Popeye’s across the city on Sunday, as their chicken sandwich made its return. (Time Out)

Babe Ruth is known for his time with the Yankees, but a jersey from his season of coaching the Brooklyn Dodgers is up for auction. (Atlas Obscura)

We’re getting our own Chicago-style “bean” at 56 Leonard St. Unlike the Chicago version from the same artist, this one will be wedged into the base of an apartment building. (Time Out)

20 of the best French bistros and brasseries. (Eater)