The Briefly for January 16, 2020 – The “Most Important Story Today: Our Mayor’s Dumb Bagel Order” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news update: A look at the propsoed Rock Center renovation, a guide to donating in NYC, the impeachment features a Queens vs Brooklyn fight, and more

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Light rain in the morning.

The story of how Anne Carroll Moore successfully banned Goodnight Moon from New York’s Public Libraries for 25 years. (Dan Kois for Slate)

National Grid is digging a natural gas pipeline that runs through Bushwick and Williamsburg and connects to Maspeth. People are predictably angry. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

New Jersey tried to claim it has the best bagels. Stick to Bon Jovi and Springsteen, jerkwads. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

I don’t go out of my way to call Mayor de Blasio an idiot, even if 100% of respondents from The Briefly said they don’t think he’s doing a good job, but I can’t resist here. Our idiot mayor took to Twitter to declare the best bagel in New York is a toasted wheat bagel with cream cheese. Excuse me? Toasted wheat? What else would you expect from someone who eats pizza with a fork and loves the Red Sox? (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

Here’s the best part of the “idiot mayor orders bagel for idiots” story. The very specific bagel he is referring to, toasted wheat with cream cheese from the Bagel Hole in Park Slope is not possible to get at the Bagel Hole. The Bagel Hole does not toast bagels or even own a bagel toaster. The mayor deleted the offending tweet. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

While were on the subject of politicians with bad bagel orders, let’s not forget Cynthia Nixon’s abomination of a bagel order. (Whitney Filloon for Eater)

The Parks Department needs to remove and move nearly 15,000 tons of lead-contaminated soil from the Red Hook ballfields. Where will it go? Concrete is being recycled in the city and the rest is being hauled off in trucks to a landfill in Falls Township, PA. (Helene Stapinkski for NY Times)

Governor Cuomo was in Puerto Rico this week to survey the damage done by the series of earthquakes that have plagued the island. This is a task that would any normal president would be doing, but we do not live in normal times. (Anna Gronewald for Politico)

The A/C/E lines have been approved for a signal upgrade, which should start later this year with the signals replaced from Columbus Circle to High St by 2025. (Mary Frost for Brooklyn Eagle)

The Onion: Top 10 things to do in New York City. (The Onion)

The Parks Department had plans to renovate Fort Greene Park, but the New York Supreme Court has decided that the 30-acre landscape would not be subject to a redesign or the removal of 83 mature trees until a proper environmental impact review is conducted. (Sydney Franklin for The Architect’s Newspaper)

New Brooklyn bars and restaurants to check out this winter. (Jennifer Indig for Brooklyn Based)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents continued to arrest people in and around New York courthouses in 2019, flouting a state directive to curtail such operations, according to a new report from the Immigrant Defense Project. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Photos: Buzz-a-Rama is the city’s last slot car raceway. Run by Frank “Buzz” Perri, Buzz-A-Rama is open on the weekends in Kensington from September through June. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The IDNYC program is now making cards available in braille and have added new perks for cardholders, including more free one-year memberships to cultural institutions and free admission to the Queens Botanical Garden on Wednesdays. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

Congrats smokers, New York is the most expensive state for smokers. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Video: Watch Christmas trees go from curb to mulch. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

The state’s Board of Elections are considering buying a new system of voting machines that are less secure than our current systems, expensive, and can’t handle a ranked choice voting election, which we will see in the city in 2021. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

A guide to drinking and buying natural wine. (Hannah Howard for Grub Street)

Here are the eight candidates for Queens borough president that will be on the ballot on March 24: Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, Costa Constantinides, Donovan Richards; former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley; former Assistant District Attorney Jim Quinn, police reform advocate Anthony Miranda, William Kregler, Danniel Maio, and Dao Yin. (Allie Griffin got Jackson Heights Post)

The city effectively deregulated a so-called “play street” located outside of a Park Slope middle school earlier this month, eliminating recreational space for students in favor of placard parking for teachers and faculty. In an even more incompetent move, the city claims the special designation of “play street” was revoked in 2014, but no one removed the sign until a few weeks ago. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

What should you do if you one across a seal? It may seem like a weird question in New York City, but this week there have already been three seal sightings reported across the city. First and foremost, don’t approach it. Are you some kind of marine mammal expert? You’re probably not. Call the New York Marine Rescue Center’s 24-hour hotline (631-369-9829). (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Spring cleaning is coming soon. A guide to donating your clothes, furniture, books, and electronics. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

Renderings: See the proposed renovations to Rockefeller Center. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

The Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center has been replaced by a giant peacock. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Renders: The Hudson Yards shared renderings of the next phase of development in an attempt to dispel rumors of plans to build a wall to separate the Western Yards from the rest of us plebes. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries from Brooklyn will serve as the house managers for the impeachment hearings in the Senate, setting up a Queens vs Brooklyn battle on a federal level. (Paula Katinas for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Video: A walk from Wall Street to Downtown Brooklyn. (ActionKid)

A panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio and others intends to propose a public-private partnership to bailout thousands of taxi drivers trapped in exploitative loans that could cost as much as $500 million. (Brian M. Rosenthal for NY Times)

A look inside Brownie’s Hobby Shop, one of the city’s last true hobby shops. (Amanda Fairinacci for NY1)

Chief Martine Materasso is the first woman to lead the NYPD’s Bureau of Counterterrorism. (Jeanine Ramirez for NY1)

Some answers, not satisfying ones but they’re still answers, about what the hell is going on with Grand Central’s lack of accessibility. (Shumita Basu for Gothamist)

20 stellar jewish delis. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The Briefly for New Year’s Eve, 2019 – The “Best of the Year, Best of the Decade” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The best restaurants, the dumbest things de Blasio has said, the best on Broadway, the most popular baby names, Times Square on NYE, and more

Today – Low: 33˚ High: 46˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Vita Coco and Postmates are giving out hangover recovery kits on New Year’s Day. Plan accordingly. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Everything you need to know about the Coney Island Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. (Meaghan McGoldrick for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Rachel Harrison, Hans Haacke and the top ten art exhibitions of the year. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

13 good things that happened in 2019. (Amy Plitt)

76,000 people left New York in 2019, more than any other state. To those who left, we all say “See ya!” (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The world’s longest boa, the world’s tallest politician, a $70,000 dreidel, and the rest of the year in world records set by New Yorkers. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Look for a live stream of Times Square? (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

How to get around on New Year’s Eve. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

If you’re the kind of psychopath who must do Times Square tonight, here’s what to expect for security. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

The dumbest things said by Mayor de Blasio in 2019 .(Streetsblog)

The Times gets a little navel-gazey looking back at nine ways the city changed in the past decade. (Gina Bellafante for NY Times)

The Women’s March movement, a solo LEGO art exhibition, the Mermaid Parade, and the rest of the best photos of 2019. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Looking at the best and worst of the year in Broadway theater. (Matt Windman for amNewYork)

A Strange Loop from Michael R. Jackson tops Adam Feldman’s top ten theater productions of the year. (Adam Feldman for Time Out)

The top baby names of 2018 were released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Emma was the top name for girls for the second year in a row and Liam topped the boys for the third year straight .(Mark Hallum for amNewYork)

The two biggest design stories of the year, the Hudson Yards’ Vessel and the Hunters Point Library, are both stories of accessibility failures. (Alexandra Lange for Curbed)

Delays, fare increases, construction, fare increases, unexpected express trains, fare increases, and the rest of the best and worst of the decade in NYC transit . Seriously there was five fare increases this decade.(Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Ryan Sutton’s best restaurants of the year: Kāwi and Llama San and 13 runners up. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Eater asked 19 writers, editors, directors, and photographers their favorite new restaurants this year. It’s like eavesdropping at a party you have to attend. (Eater)

From the “overheard at a party” category, the top complaints about dining in the city. (Eater)

The cheese and tomato sandwich at USHA Foods, Mama’s Special at Leo’s Latticini, and the full list of Robert Sietsema’s 11 best sandwiches of the year. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The top dishes of the year according to Ryan Sutton were the rice cake fundido at Haenyeo, the Duck Nigiri at Llama San, and The Electric Lemon Curd at Electric Lemon. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Ceviche at Restaurante Y Panaderia Guatemalteco, The Brighton Beach at Wheated and the the complete list of Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of the year. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

A suitable way to end the year: Widow Rat. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The Briefly for December 24, 2019 – The “Your Cheapest Ride to the Airport is a Helicopter” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: What’s happening on Christmas, the perk the super-rich want in their apartment buildings, the 30 best Chinese food restaurants, Melinda Katz’s plans & more

Today – Low: 30˚ High: 46˚
Clear throughout the day.

I’ll be taking Christmas Day off and The Briefly will return with a new edition on the 26th.

What’s it gonna cost to get to the airport? UberX: $126.84. Uber Pool: $102.56. Uber Copter: $101.39. Wait, what? (@nicoleej0hnson)

Gramercy Park opens its gates for one hour tonight, Christmas Eve, from 6-7pm. It’s the only hour the park is open to the public for the entire year. (Ameena Walker for Curbed)

16 restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve and Day. (Claire Lampen for Gothamist)

No trash pickup, public transit on a Sunday schedule, alternate-side parking suspended. What’s open, what’s closed on Christmas day. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Where to celebrate Kwanzaa 2019 in NYC. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

New York City trades killing for reforms like they were both commodities. After six deaths in two days, the city is willing to enforce its traffic laws against drivers of trucks and SUVs. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

There are more than 5,300 open citations for buildings failing to maintain safe exterior walls, but it was the death of Erica Tishman that moved the city to try to figure out how to make building inspections easier and prevent more deaths. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

It was four deaths of homeless men in Chinatown that caused the city commit to spending $21 million to attempt to treat more mentally ill New Yorkers, up to an additional 900 people a year. The city will use Kendra’s Law, which allows courts to mandate treatment for individuals with a history of violence and hospitalizations. (Mirela Iverac for Gothamist)

How New York City celebrated Christmas in 1910. (Ephemeral New York)

A New Nightmare: Streets near Columbus Circle are closed thanks to falling ice. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

How much would you pay to hear something you already know? If you’re the MTA,you paid $900,000. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Female detainees at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan say they’re being forced to endure intolerably frigid conditions, as a creaking HVAC system blasts air conditioning into their cells on one of the coldest days of the year. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The cost of necessary repairs of the NYCHA were estimated to be $32 billion two years ago, one year ago it was $45 billion, and the latest estimate has hit $68.5 billion through 2028. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Two major parole reforms are possible in 2020. The first would give a parole hearing to anyone over 55 who’s served at least fifteen years of their sentence and the other changes the consideration for release based on rehabilitation, not sentence. A look at three advocates with firsthand experience on why the reforms are necessary. (Noah Goldberg for Brooklyn Eagle)

Congrats to Bernadette DeVito, the new Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Kings County Politics. (Kings County Politics)

Photos of the hawks in Tompkins Square Park on the hunt never cease to fascinate and horrify me. (Laura Goggin Photography)

Photos and Videos: In all honesty, the Insane Clown Posse party yacht looks like it was pretty darn fun. (BrooklynVegan)

Jimmy Van Bramer earned Cynthia Nixon’s endorsement for Queens Borough President. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post)

So what’s with all the new restaurants that chose a “diner” theme this year? (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

The city’s open enrollment for Fair Fares program will start Jan. 27, allowing anyone at or below the Federal Poverty line to purchase half-price MetroCards. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Sometime you hear a story the reminds you that New York City truly has everything. The next time you’re in the East Village, stop in at Casey Rubber Stamps on E 11th, a rubber stamp store that also makes custom stamps. (Gabe Herman for The Villager)

Newly elected Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is promising a big shakeup when she takes office on January 1, replacing most of the current executive staff to ensure they support her more progressive policies. (Beth Fertig and George Joseph for Gothamist)

Indoor pools? Marble walls? Movie theaters? Old news. The porte cochère is the perk the mega-rich want. (James Barron for NY Times)

Photos: Le Fournil, the French bakery that opened yesterday in the former Moishe’s space on Second Ave, is open. (EV Grieve)

Looking to climb the Vessel? Here’s how to get tickets. They’re free, but you still need tickets. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

The developer of the Vessel agreed to increase accessibility beyond the three of the 80 platforms currently available by January 31, 2021, thanks to an agreement with the Department of Justice. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The 30 best Chinese food restaurants. (Eater)

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