The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Legalize Weed to Save the Subways” Edition

City Hall is in chaos over Mayor de Blasio’s botched firing, parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plans racist, the 7 train’s new signals aren’t helping, and other uplifting stories in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bill de Blasio, absentee mayor. (NY Times)

Are you ready for NYPD tactical drones? (NY Post)

The 10 worst dishes of the year, including one sandwich from Arby’s, from Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema.

Could legal weed save our subways? (NY Times)

12 new public art installations to pair with a hot drink of your choosing. (Untapped Cities)

Santacon is this Saturday, starting at 10am. In a defensive move, the LIRR, Metro North, and NJ Transit have all banned alcohol consumption. If you need to be on a train that day, may the odds be ever in your favor. (Gothamist)

With Santacon descending onto the unwilling city this Saturday, here are a list of the bars to avoid. (Time Out)

Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan enjoyed nine undisclosed trips paid for by Election Systems and Software, makers of the ballot scanning machines that plagued the city on Election Day. He never received the necessary waiver from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board to sit on the conpany’s board of advisors. (Gothamist)

George R.R. Martin: pizza critic? (Gothamist)

The 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC. (The Real Deal)

The Staten Island NYPD officers Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran, accused of planting pot in a black teenager’s car, have, surprise surprise, a history of accusations of racial profiling. (Gothamist)

The Apollo Theater is expanding for the first time since 1934. The foundation that oversees the Apollo will take over the Victoria and open 99 and 199 seat performance spaces and should open in 2020. (NY Times)

“The richest man in America, who’s a direct competitor, has just been handed $3 billion in subsidies. I’m not asking for money or a tax rebate. Just leave me alone.” -Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden (6sqft)

Thanks to a new legislation, Uber and Lyft drivers will be paid at least minimum wage. (NY Post)

Upset about the Amazon Long Island City deal? You could install the “Black Amazon for Me” Chrome extension, but we all know you won’t. (amNY)

The 7 trains brand new signals, installed late and over budget, weren’t installed optimally. At this point, is anyone surprised that the MTA spent too much money and took too much time to poorly install signals that haven’t helped? (amNY)

Squibb Bridge was installed in 2013 to connect the Brooklyn Promenade to Brooklyn Nridge Park, but the last five years have been full of closures, structural problems, and a lawsuit. The bridge is going to be replaced by 2020. (Curbed)

As we’re hitting the home stretch of 2018, we could be looking at a new record low number of homicides. Despite the downward trend, rape complaints continue to increase, following a two year trend. (amNY)

Parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plan racist, which shows just how complicated this situation is. (NY Post)

What the hell is going on in City Hall and why can’t the mayor get his administration under control? (NY Post)

Everything to know about the restaurants in the Hudson Yards. (Thrillist)

The first map of Central Park for people with disabilities or otherwise “limited mobility” is now available. (West Side Rag)

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The Briefly for November 28, 2018 – The “Hold On to Your Knutstorp, Here Comes a Manhattan IKEA” Edition

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway might finish by 2027, the 7 train’s new signal woes continue, a mysterious paralyzing disease hits NYC, 13 steakhouses, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There isn’t much budget for restoring artwork with NYCHA’s $32 billion deficit. The friezes from sculptor Richmond Barthé are in desperate need of maintenance. (amNY)

Brooklyn’s got some new frost-resistant water fountains in Prospect Park. (Brooklyn Paper)

You can either line up at 3pm to get a spot to see tonight’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, or you can stay home and watch it on TV, Facebook, Twitter, or NBC’s website. (Curbed)

The infamous “Five Shots of Anything for $12” Continental in the East Village has a closing date, December 15. (Page Six)

10 lesser-known Andy Warhol spots in the city. (6sqft)

If you want NYC Celebrity of the Year Mandarin Duck footage, you’re in luck. (Gothamist)

The city has a new Chinese food destination neighborhood: Forest Hills. (NY Times)

13 classic steakhouses in the city. (Eater)

See the water damage the MTA regularly fixes in subway tunnels and stations. (Viewing NYC)

Yeah, everyone hates that Trump-loving gay couple the NY Times profiled. (HuffPost)

Snug Harbor’s Winter Lantern Festival will give you a reason to visit Staten Island. (Time Out)

The second day of the brand new signals meant to make 7 train service more reliable was full of signal-related failures. (NY Post)

Legal e-scooters are one step closer to being a reality. (Curbed)

Are you sitting down in your POANG? IKEA is coming to Manhattan. (6sqft)

18 solid restaurants in Long Island City. (Eater)

A mysterious paralyzing disease, called AFM, has shown up in New York City. It’s been described as “polio-like.” If you have weakened muscles and reflexes a week after a cold, get yourself to a doctor. (Gothamist)

RIP Tom Margittai, the man who revitalized the Four Seasons. (NY Times)

Sanitation Salvage, the private garbage company responsible for over 50 accidents and two deaths, is surrendering its license and going out of business. (NY Post)

The city is considering alternatives to their “tear down the Brooklyn Promenade” approach to replacing the BQE, but isn’t making any promises. (Brooklyn Paper)

The City Council is trying to make it illegal for businesses to go completely cashless. (Politico)

What does a nightmare commute look like? How about two people getting into a fight while getting onto a subway, followed by spraying a “mace-like” substance into the crowd, sending four people to the hospital. (NY Post)

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway is underway, but won’t be completed until 2027 at the earliest. 20 years for six subway stations. (Second Avenue Sagas)

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The Briefly for November 27 2018 – The “Monument to NYC’s UFO Abduction of ’77” Edition

The 7 train has new signals and new delays, the NY Post bullies the NYPD, the G train is getting worse, where people eat in Times Square, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city’s Third Party Transfer program allows the city to foreclose on properties with unpaid water bills, debt and disrepair and sell those to developers for $1 plus $8,750 per unit. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says the program may be tainted with fraud. (The Real Deal)

The 7 train’s brand new signals came online for Monday’s commute. Less than an hour later? Delays. The MTA will never stop being the MTA. (NY Post)

Have you seen the monument to the New York harbor UFO abduction in the summer of 77? (Gothamist)

As bad as the G train might get, it’s gonna get much worse at Greenpoint Ave. (Free Williamsburg)

Shot in the head, and expected to survive. A worker in a Queens Duane Read is the luckiest person in New York City. (NY Post)

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is being lit on Wednesday, which means street closures, slow pedestrians, and thousands of people being miserable in the holiday spirit together. (Curbed)

Winterfest Brooklyn’s organizers are promising a change after the first weekend, before it becomes a frosty Fyre Festival. (Bklyner)

After a string of alleged burglaries, robberies, and break-ins targeted at Jewish institutions, a Dyker Heights man could face decades in prison. (Brooklyn Paper)

Inside Industry City’s new Japan Village food hall. (Eater)

Red Hook is getting a little more pedestrian friendly with new crosswalks along Columbia Street. (Brooklyn Paper)

Tonight is the last night of the Night Mayor’s listing tour. (EV Grieve)

The burned body found at a Staten Island elementary school was 30-year-old Yelena Rabkina, a woman with a history of mental illness who lived 15 miles north of where her body was found. (NY Post)

The five “best” suburbs outside the city. No, these do not include the 18% of New Yorkers who think they live in a suburb. (6sqft)

How was your Thanksgiving?” “You know, got into a fight with my 32-year-old brother, I stabbed him and then set our basement on fire and I was tased.” (NY Post)

Here’s where New Yorkers actually eat in Times Square. (Eater)

Meet the man who is walking every block in the city. (Bedford + Bowery)

Six months after Mayor de Blasio announced a safe-injection site pilot program, progress seems to have stalled. The culprit? The state. (Gothamist)

The Thanksgiving feast where guests ate off naked bodies. Yes, it was in Bushwick. (Bushwick Daily)

How to survive alternate side parking without going all Alec Baldwin on your neighbors. (Bedford + Bowery)

10 secrets from inside the Masonic Hall and Grand Lodge in Chelsea. (Untapped Cities)

The NY Post is boasting about bullying the NYPD into removing a small homeless encampment on 41st St in Times Square.

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