The Briefly for December 7, 2018 – The “Have You Seen the Chipotle Holiday Windows This Year?” Edition

It’s legal to swipe your MetroCard for someone, SantaCon alternatives, the weekends subways, a taste of Austin in NYC, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subways aren’t a complete mess, but there is no M train, the J isn’t running between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the G isn’t running between Queens and Brooklyn and everything else you need to know about getting around this weekend. (6sqft)

The City Council support’s Albany’s “Medicare for All” bill, which would extend coverage to one million uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants. Estimates say the cost of $139 billion would yield a net gain of $19 billion. (NY Post)

It is legal to swipe someone into the subway with your unlimited MetroCard? Yes. Make a habit out of it. (6sqft)

Saks, Bergdorf, Bloomingdale’s, and now… Chipotle? (amNY)

The Housing Rights Initiative won a class-action lawsuit against Kushner Companies for $88k, but they have their goal at over $1 million for a “deceptive, systematic and pervasive pattern of misconduct to skirt rent stabilization laws.” (Curbed)

The American Museum of Natural History is looking into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Neil deGrasse Tyson by four women. (Gothamist)

If you’re still looking to bar hop on Saturday but want to avoid SantaCon, the second annual anti-SantaCon pub crawl kicks off at Brooklyn’s Parklife on Saturday. (Brooklyn Based)

Bagel orders should be made quickly, but don’t be this asshole if they’re not. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be no more. Make way for another Ample Hills. (Eater)

The human dreidel is on the loose. (Gothamist)

56% of New Yorkers approve of Amazon’s HQ2 in Queens, with only 26% disapproving. Which side are you on? (6sqft)

Hill Country Food Park is looking to bring the feel of Austin, TX to Downtown Brooklyn. The real headline here is that it will be the new home to the legendary dive, Hank’s Saloon. (Gothamist)

Mail fishing has become a problem the NYPD is attempting to take on, with the latest fishing spots being on Skillman Ave in Sunnyside. If the check’s in the mail, make sure you trust where you drop it. (Sunnyside Post)

Add “street flooding” and “puddles” to the list of things that are getting worse and it’s not your imagination. (Localize.city)

Can you walk to LaGuardia? Google Maps says no, but there’s a way. (Curbed)

The FDNY’s Chief of Department James Leonard was removed from his post during a probe into alleged mistreatment of the First Deputy Laura Kavanaugh. (NY Post)

A look at how the cashless economy is biased towards the poor and advances segregation in retail environments. (NY Times)

9 subway stations with unexpected masterpieces. (StreetEasy)

Andy Byford, herald of the unfunded $40 billion “Fast-Forward” plan, has brought us Pete Tomlin. Tomlin will be responsible for replacing the century-old signal system that is so fond of taking a shit while you’re trying to commute. (amNY)

How can the NYCHA get worse? Ladies and gentlemen, our mayor has met with Ben Carson. (NY Post)

The hottest new restaurants in Brooklyn. (Eater)

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The Briefly for December 5, 2018 – The “Winter, and SantaCon, is Coming” Edition

The best bagel shops, mapping NYC in Wikipedia, the mayor is on the run (from reporters), Andy Byford asks the city for $40 billion, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A map of NYC’s Wikipedia pages. (Katie Hempenius)

A “modern-day Willy Wonka” bought the Brooklyn food incubator that closed unexpectedly, Pilotworks. Old tenants have been invited back, pending permit approvals. (Eater)

Who owns your building? WhoOwnsWhat.nyc will answer that question and make it easier for tenants facing harassment to cut past LLCs and opaque layers of ownership to hold their landlords accountable. (Curbed)

At this point the mayor is practically running away from reporters and using his security as blockers to avoid answering questions about the firing of the OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito. (@gracerauh)

Madonna, nightmare neighbor, lost a three-year legal fight against her co-op board and won’t be allowed to have guests in her apartment without being physically inside it. (6sqft)

Birdlink is a public art installation that doubles as a stop for birds migrating up and down the East coast. First tested on Governor’s Island, Anina Gerchick’s creation is currently in Williamsburg and will make its way to Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side in 2020. (Hyperallergic)

Got an appetite? Why not give the Mi Noddle Bar’s Supersize Mi challenge a try? It’s six pounds of pho that costs $65 if you can’t finish it within 90 minutes, but if you can you’ll get your photo on the wall, the meal for free, a $100 credit, and a free appetizer for life. (Eater)

Where you should go instead of SantaCon this Saturday. (Curbed)

18 restaurants that decked the halls for the holidays. (Eater)

Where is Andy Byford going to find the $40 billion necessary to save the subways? He’s asking the city to “bite the bullet” when it comes to paying up. (Gothamist)

The New York City Lyftie Awards have been announced. The most visited bar, concert venue, gym, brunch spot, late-night restaurant, and more. Did your favorite make the list? (Viewing NYC)

You can turn your wishes into garbage by writing them on Post-In Notes in Times Square that will be turned into confetti when the ball drops. (Time Out)

Frenchette is Eater’s restaurant of the year. See the rest of the Eater Awards. (Curbed)

A guide for holiday tipping in the city. (StreetEasy)

Not to be outdone by the closed East river train tunnels, the WTC PATH station will close for 45 weekends in 2019 and 2020. (Curbed)

Aby Rosen’s bars inside the Gramercy Park Hotel are accused of forcing the women on staff to share their tips with the men because “you girls make too much money.” (Eater)

Queens residents prefer the new Amazon headquarters by a 2-to-1 margin, despite political opposition. (Politico)

Nick Cave’s Drive-By Remix is takes over Times Square every night this month between 11:57 and midnight. (Gothamist)

The NYPD sent 20 officers to “evict” a one-legged homeless man in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Dr. Robert Hadden’s decades of alleged sexual abuse is at the center of a lawsuit against Columbia University by 17 women. (NY Post)

The 14 best bagel places in the city. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Bird Hipsters Cared About Ducks Before It Was Cool” Edition

The Manhattan Ikea has an address (and Bloomingdale’s has a new neighbor), Joseph Esposito is Schrödinger’s head of OEM, the MTA focuses on fare evaders, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Monday’s awful commute was brought to you by the F and G trains, with support from the N. No word yet on how the new signals on the 7 train functioned. (NY Post)

The couple who lost their engagement ring during a botched engagement in Times Square were reunited with their ring. (Gothamist)

The only place to get your Game of Thrones MetroCards are at Grand Central Terminal starting today. (Gothamist)

The planned Manhattan Ikea has an address. At the corner of E 59th Street and Third Ave, Bloomingdale’s will have a new Swedish neighbor. (6sqft)

Where’s the center of NYC? (Untapped Cities)

The most chronically flooded streets in the city. (Curbed)

NYC’s brand new breed, the Bird Hipster, cared about seeing birds before it became everyone’s Mandarin Crush Monday. (NY Times)

Two Boots has a tax problem. The Hell’s Kitchen location was seized by the state for $175,426 in unpaid taxes. You could really help them out by buying 6,060 large “The Dude” pies. (Eater)

Modern day Santa Claus, who is very real and busy at work making LOL dolls and Nintendo Switches, was created by a group of NYC artists in the early 1800s. (6sqft)

The rats have taken the subways. (Gothamist)

At 1:37pm, Joseph Esposito, the head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, was fired for the city’s handling of the November 15 snow storm. At 2:37pm, Mr. Esposito was still in his office, working, despite being “fired” last Friday. At 12:26am, he was staying in his job until a successor is found. Why is the mayor so bad at firing top officials? (NY Post, NY Times, and NY Post, respectively)

Before 9/11, immigrants could get drivers licenses in New York, regardless of their legal status. Immigrant rights advocates are pushing to get that law back on the books. (Gothamist)

The worst commutes of 2018, in book form, dedicated to Governor Cuomo. (Riders Alliance)

The MTA and NYC Transit President Andy Byford are focused on fare evasion, because that is the real problem with our transit. (NY Post)

More bad news for Brooklyn’s Winterfest. They cut back days, limited the hours, hired a new event manager, issued refunds, and all previously paid attractions are free. (Gothamist)

The NYPD discouraged NYC’s Deputy Human Rights Commissioner from reporting a racist encounter on the 1 train. (Gothamist)

New York is the third worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country, according to The Americans for Tort Reform Foundation. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe has a new home on Montague Street. One of the city’s few places you can get a fresh cup of coffee and a rescue kitten to go. (Brooklyn Paper)

Bleecker Street, 2018 New York City’s version of Stars Hollow. Things really have changed. (NY Times)

If you’ve run out of date ideas for cuffing season, here’s a list for you. (Thrillist)

The 10 best dishes at Chelsea Market. (Eater)

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