The Briefly for December 12, 2019 – The “New Subway Signals Have Been Foiled by Snow” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: LIC gets a Trader Joe’s, a plan to punish bad drivers in the NYPD, the Javits center construction is set to be mostly complete by the spring, and more

Today – Low: 32˚ High: 35˚
Clear throughout the day.

With four Republican state senators not seeking re-election in 2020, the path is open for the state’s Democrats to form a supermajority. (Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

Is there room in NYC for this Frankenstein’s monster of wafer-thin pizza? We accepted Detroit-style, we’d even begrudgingly allow Chicago-style to come in to the city, we we’re hot about Rhode Island-style, but this? Has pizza science finally gone too far? (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

There are calls for Mayor de Blasio to cancel SantaCon. While SantaCon being an event sponsored by the mayor’s office, there is a petition you can sign. (EV Grieve)

Columbia University made a promise 14 years ago to create a new public school in exchange for a 49-year rent-free lease on a piece of land. Imagine the surprise when Columbia presented a plan to build a 400-foot-tall residential tower on that land. Columbia has been slowly expanding its footprint and the neighborhood is justifiably worried. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

People move to NYC every day, so every day it’s useful to have a link that answers the question “what’s a bodega?” (Lauren Paley for StreetEasy)

The 7 train’s new signal communication was foiled on Wednesday by… some snow and slush. Yup. The MTA spent $800 million on new signals and there’s a “known phenomenon” that’s been known about since March. When a transponder malfunctions due to snow or slush, the train essentially becomes “lost” to the MTA’s computers and its speed is reduced from 50 mph to 25 mph. Very reassuring. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

New York City, get ready to be REMEd. Of course REME is the new Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism unit of the NYPD targeting far-right and extremist hate groups like The Proud Boys or Atomwaffen Division. This comes in response to the shootings in New Jersey. (Ali Watkins for NY Times)

Turns out, those no-doors, dangle-your-feet-over-NYC-for-maximally-impressive-content- helicopter experiences may be pretty unsafe — by design. (Claire Lampen for Gothamist)

Anti-violence programs across Coney Island are getting $850,000 in city funding to address an uptick in gun violence in the community, starting with gaps in social services. (Meaghan McGoldrick for Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A remote starting feature on a Lexus caused the death of 21-year-old Michael Kosanovich last week on 148th St in South Jamaica. Kosanovich was crushed between the Lexus and another car when the Lexus rolled forward after being started. Pedestrians were able to push the car off of him, but the car slipped and pinned him between the cars for a second time. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Former President Clinton visited Bed-Stuy’s Cornerstone Baptist Church to check out the energy-efficient upgrades the church was able to install thanks to a commitment from the Clinton Global Initiative University. (Raymond Hagans for The Brooklyn Reader)

The latest episode of the What’s The [DATA] Point? podcast takes a look at the $28.8 billion cumulative four-year budget gap for New York between 2020 and 2023. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

From the team behind the excellent pizza and wine restaurant Ops comes Leo, a new pizza place in Williamsburg split between a cafe/slice shop and a restaurant. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

Harvey Weinstein and more than 30 actresses and former employees accusing him of sexual harassment and rape reached a tentative $25 million settlement that would not require Weinstein to pay a single dime out of his own pocket. The money would come from the $47 million settlement closing down the Weinstein Company. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The best and worst architecture of 2019. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

A two-year-old boy was caught between a moving 2 train and the platform at Fulton Street during rush hour on Wednesday. He died at the hospital. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

The Dry aged Red Hook Tavern burger at Red Hook Tavern, the gruyère fritters at Crown Shy, the Sicilian slice and regular slice at F & F Pizzeria, and the rest of Pete Wells’s top 10 dishes of 2019. (Pete Wells for NY Times)

Long Island City is getting a Trader Joe’s. (Eddie Small for The Real Deal)

The Department of Transportation has a plan to address the insanity on the roads surrounding Essex Place, but it’s gonna take some time. Not months, but years, and by then congestion pricing will be in place. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

A combination of miscommunication and faulty construction lead to the slow response to 80 homes’ basements being flooded with raw sewage on Thanksgiving weekend. (Max Parrott for amNewYork)

What to see right now in the city’s art galleries. (Martha Schwindener for NY Times)

The construction at the Javits center is on-time, on-budget, and expected to be “substantially complete” by the spring. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

The cleanup of the Newtown Creek has hit some murky waters. The EPA decided on a plan that reduces the combined sewer overflow pollution by 61% rather than an option that would eliminate it completely. Combined sewer overflow basically boils down to the neighborhoods toilets flushing directly into the creek when the sewer system is overloaded. (Scott Enman for Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Interested in the city’s combined sewer overflows? You might enjoy the @combinedsewer Twitter account. It tweets when the city’s sewer system can’t handle a combination of sewage and rain and the overflow is released into the city’s waterways. (@combinedsewer)

The de Blasio administration is getting moving on actually punishing NYPD officers with parking placard for being unable to follow the law while behind the wheel of their own cars. Starting next year, NYPD officers and employees will lose their city-issued parking placard if they get too many moving violation tickets. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Whoops! A mixup meant that a dozen city classrooms didn’t receive the emergency lead-removal that were supposed to before the school year started. (Christoper Werth for Gothamist)

A calculator to help you decide if you should be renting or buying in NYC. (Nancy Wu for StreetEasy)

The best sports bars in the city. (The Infatuation)

The Briefly for September 12, 2019 – The “Most Hipster NY Times Headline of All Time” Edition

Assaults on MTA employees are up, the Met’s facade gets an update, the L train can’t catch a break, get an engagement ring in a vending machine, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

For years, police officers used “I smelled an odor of marijuana” as an excuse to perform a search of any person or a vehicle without a warrant, but judges are finally catching on. (NY Times)

The Times, with the most hipster move of all time, highlights Dumbo before it was cool. (NY Times)

Gem Spa was transformed into a “Shitibank” over the weekend, playing on the rumor that CitiBank wants in on the corner real estate. A design firm created mock ads for the fake bank to highlight what could be if Gem Spa goes out of business. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

8 controversial works of NYC architecture. (Untapped Cities)

Supposedly completed in 1902, the exterior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is getting its first updates in 117 with The NewOnes, will free Us, four statues that are sitting in niches that were intended to house sculptures but have always been empty. (Untapped Cities)

The Vend at Rockefeller Center might be the oddest collection of vending machines in the city. Red vines? Okay. An engagement ring? Check. Astronaut ice cream? Yes. Ruth Bader Ginsberg action figure? Got that too. (Untapped Cities)

It’s the Feast of San Gennaro starting today, and here’s a guide. (6sqft)

Three giant, terrifying horse statues have arrived at the southeast corner entrance of Central Park. (Untapped Cities)

What a tribute. Between beer ads, the company with the floating billboards on the city’s waterways displayed a 9/11 “NEVER FORGET” message. Thanks, but no thanks. (Gothamist)

That’s almost as weird and tasteless as the video Rudy Guiliani tweeted after the ceremony at ground zero. (Patch)

A bill Governor Cuomo signed into law on Wednesday will offer benefits to more people sickened from their work at Ground Zero and make it easier for responders to claim sick leave and disability pensions. (Patch)

The driver who hit and killed a 10-year-old boy in Brooklyn was allegedly suffering from a seizure when the crash happened. (Gothamist)

Sculptures of DJ Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C., Phife Dawg of A Tribe Call Quest, and Prodigy of Mobb Deep will be installed at the Queens Public Library’s Central Library in Jamaica Queens. (amNY)

Assaults on MTA workers are up 39% this year, and the union is using that stat in their contract negotiations. The MTA’s union has been without a contract since May. (amNY)

The L train can’t catch a break this week, with a major delay hitting the trains beleaguered riders every day. What could Thursday have in store? (Brooklyn Paper)

Sacrilege for southerners, but here’s a list of the best BBQ in the city. (The Infatuation)

The Briefly for January 30, 2019 – The “Two People in 220 Square Feet for 24 Years” Edition

Cuffing season for the Mandarin Duck, gun control passes in the legislature, 24 years in a 220 square-foot apartment, what you should tip, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’re gonna be someone who orders delivery in this weeks bitter cold, tip at least 30% if you’re one of those monsters that orders Seamless in the middle of a storm. (Mother Jones)

Meet the couple that have lived in a rent-stabilized 220 square foot apartment with no kitchen and a shared bathroom for 24 years in the Chelsea Hotel. (6sqft)

The de Blasio staffer with a history of sexual harassment accusations passed through the Department of Investigation’s “thorough” background check. (Politico)

Malaysia Goodson, a 22-year-old mother, died while falling down the stairs of the 7th Avenue B/D/E station with her 1-year-old daughter in a stroller. Her daughter survived and is with family. The station does not have an elevator, highlighting the city’s mass transit accessibility problem. (amNY)

The NYPD believes her death was caused by a medical episode and not the fall. (NY Post)

The new Hank’s Saloon is open and waiting for patrons to turn the place into the dive it once was. (Brooklyn Paper)

The flurry of bills passed by the state’s legislature continues, with the latest round of bills aimed at gun control. The bills prevent teachers from carrying guns on school grounds, allow petitioning to remove guns from dangerous people, extends background checks, bans bump stocks, requires state gun buybacks, and mandates out-of-state applicants give authorities their mental health records. (amNY)

St. Mark’s Comics is closing at the end of February after 36 years. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

An illustrated guide to New York City’s architectural styles. (Curbed)

A Quentin Tarantino themed bar is opening this week. No, it’s not in Bushwick. Yes, it’s in Williamsburg. (Patch)

The Mandarin Duck story has taken a new turn: mating season. (Gothamist)

Good news for drivers: Waze now works in NYC tunnels. (amNY)

Reported is a smartphone app that allows you to report reckless driving from taxis. In 2018, users filed 3,800 complaints. (Streetsblog)

A hospital error resulted in a woman instructing the hospital to pull the plug of a man she was told was her brother. It wasn’t her brother. (Gothamist)

Add the Teamsters to the list of groups against Amazon’s HQ2. (Metro)

This photo of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge under construction in 1963 is wild. (Viewing NYC)

The couch in a tree on the Upper West Side has been taken down. How it got up there is still a mystery. (NY Post)

What does parking placard abuse look like? This. (@rebranddrivong)

Where to eat near 11 comedy clubs. (The Infatuation)

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