The Briefly for November 13, 2019 – The “Staten Island Revisits Secession from New York City” Edition

The city’s first hair discrimination case is settled, Penn Station is about to get worse, a 22.5-foot arm appears in Brooklyn, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Queens has a new Boulevard of Death, and it’s Jewel Ave. (Streetsblog)

The first hair discrimination case in the city has been resolved. Sally Hershberger and partner Sharon Dorram lost a $70k lawsuit after former workers were told that their hairstyles didn’t fit a dress code, specifically that “afros and box-braid hairstyles did not reflect the upscale image of the neighborhood.” (The Root)

Staten Island wants to secede from NYC. (Gothamist)

Penn Station’s multi-year renovation means that the already depressing station will become even more dour when it loses about 17 businesses including Shake Shack, Magnolia Bakery, two Starbucks, a Pretty and Godiva. (Eater)

Can an opinion be wrong? In the case of the “Can We Talk About Womanspreading?” opinion piece that ran in the Daily News, the answer is yes. Claire Lampen read it, so you don’t have to. (Gothamist)

Last night’s sunset was spectacular. (@mikiodo)

What’s the point of adding 500 cops to the subways to police fare evasion? Rationally minded folks aren’t the only ones asking that question, the MTA’s board is also starting to ask that same question. (Gothamist)

More cops of better service? The number of crimes on the subway are down, no matter what fantasy Governor Cuomo wants to create to justify spending more than half a billion dollars on new subway cops. The governor if you ask 100 people on the subway if they want more cops on the subways, 75 would say yes, so amNewYork went down and started asking. (amNewYork)

Dr. Sun Yat-sen received a monument in Chinatown at Columbus Park, adding Dr Sun’s name to the park’s plaza as well. He was a pioneer in the reform of China in 1911 and the monument has “All Under Heaven Are Equal” inscribed on the pedestal. (amNewYork)

This week is the best week for forest bathing. What’s forest bathing? I don’t really know. It’s kind of like taking a walk in the trees but different? (Gothamist)

The East Side Costal Resiliency (ESCR) project is headed for a full City Council vote on Thursday, which will decide the future of the East River Park and how the Lower East Side is protected from storms and the rising sea. (Curbed)

There are 40 NYCHA developments without gas, some without gas since April. City Comptroller Scott Stringer argues that if gas is not supplied for an extended period of time that the NYCHA should be offering food reimbursement and monthly bill abatements to compensate. (amNewYork)

Is the one minute you can spend inside the “Infinity Mirrored Room” at David Zwirner in Chelsea worth the potentially very long wait? (NY Times)

Looking for restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner this year? (Patch)

How to choose an apartment based on the school district. (StreetEasy)

With the help of Lin-Manuel Miranda and some Hamilton collaborators, the Drama Book Shop will be opening its new location on W 39th in the spring and operated by the company that operates Hamilton’s gift shop. (NY Times)

Third Ave in Sunset Park between 20th and 30th Streets underneath the Gowanus Expressway is becoming a hub for RV parking. (amNewYork)

A rezoning in Woodside was given the thumbs up by Community Board 2 that will bring 60 apartments to 52nd St near Queens Blvd with parking, a community facility, and commercial space. (Sunnyside Post)

Last weekend saw a spike in hate crimes reported in Brooklyn, most anti-Semitic in nature. (amNewYork)

The National Grid / Governor Cuomo war of words hasn’t ended. The governor once again raised the threat of revoking National Grid’s license to operate in the southern part of the state. (NY Times)

Someone broke into the conductor cab on a 1 train and bean screaming “I have a fucking gun!” into the train’s PA system. Chaos ensued, as you might expect, but no one was found with a gun and no injuries were reported. (Gothamist)

RIP Charlie Gordon. Astoria’s Sandwich King, who established Sal, Kris & Charlie’s Deli in Astoria. (LIC Post)

Unity is a 22.5-foot bronze sculpture of an arm pointing towards the sky in Downtown Brooklyn by Hank Willis Thomas. The piece is “in homage to, and celebration of, the unique and multifaceted character of the borough of Brooklyn. There is one finger raised, but it’s not the Brooklyn salute you might assume. It’s the index finger. (Untapped New York)

Hall & Oates is hitting the road and MSG is on their list for February 28. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Single-Story Project,” from Adam Friedberg on view at the Center for Architecture captures 100 one-story buildings in the East Village and Lower East Side. It seems almost impossible that with the city as dense as it is that there are that many one-story buildings remaining. (Curbed)

Take a look inside Norah Jones’ $8 million circa-1843 Cobble Hill home, which includes a master suite terrace and a hot tub and pool in the backyard. (Curbed)

Are your neighbors’ security cameras spying on you? (NY Times)

The hottest restaurants in Queens this month. (Eater)

The Briefly for October 23, 2019 – The “Do You Know Your Answer to These Five Questions?” Edition

The worst landlord in the city, a new exemption for jury duty, two Proud Boys are proudly going to jail, the best 24-hour restaurants, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Stop taking photos on the Highbridge stairs that were seen in the incel motion picture Joker. (Gothamist)

Video: Heroes Desus & Mero took to the Bronx to tell idiots to not get robbed while on their ways to dance on the stairs. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Yesterday I told you that the 7 train was the best-performing train in the city. Today, the 7 train is the #1 train when it comes to giant rusty bolts falling from its tracks and destroying car windshields below. (Gothamist)

Congratulations are in order for Phillip Wischerth, who is the landlord in the city who has evicted the most tenants. I never said we were congratulating him for something good. (Patch)

2019 Election: Do you know the five questions on the ballot this year? Of course, you don’t. Here they are. (Gothamist)

Midtown Comics is headed to Astoria to open a new store, further blurring the line of “where does Midtown end and where does Astoria begin?” (Give Me Astoria)

This weekend is your last opportunity to hit the Hester Street fair for the year. (The Villager)

Most people don’t get personal tours of the NYPD’s Manhattan headquarters, but German porn star Annina Ucatis doesn’t appear to be “most people.” (Patch)

Two members of the terrorist group Proud Boys will spend four years in prison for their part of a brawl with Antifa protestors. (NY Times)

Breastfeeding mothers are now exempt from jury duty as of Monday. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The MTA is redesigning the bus network in the Bronx adding two new local routes and an express line, but advocates say the plan falls short of being “truly transformational.” (Curbed)

City Council Member Andy King is facing potential suspension, fines, removal from his committee posts and the installation of a monitor to oversee his office in response to a laundry list of ethics violations substantiated by his fellow lawmakers. (Politico)

The best 24-hour restaurants in the city. (Thrillist)

The Briefly for October 16, 2019 – The “Cuomo Uses the N-Word on the Radio” Edition

Traffic on the Kosciuszko is worse after the new bridge, a body was discovered under a manhole, Michelin’s NYC Bib Gourmand picks are out and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

If you’ve been enjoying the weather for the last week, tough shit, you’re in for a rude awakening later today. (Gothamist)

The results of the new Kosciuszko Bridge, which cost $873 million to build, are in. Traffic SLOWER headed towards Queens. Almost a billion dollars and it’s made traffic worse. Good job all around. (Greenpointers)

There is a new breed of bro in the city. Are you ready for the sushi bro? (Eater)

Here’s a new entry into the NYC nightmare books: A decomposing body was found under a manhole on W 58th and Broadway. There is no indication of how it happened and no cause of death has been determined yet. (Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo, while fully awake and during a radio interview, casually used the N-word while discussing slurs used against Italians. (@yashar)

The governor dropped the N-word just after talking about the importance of apologizing after making offensive comments. (Gothamist)

Now that the 14th St busway has been a success, everyone is looking around the city for the next street for a car traffic ban. Is Fordham Road in the Bronx next? (Welcome2TheBronx)

The Times takes a look at Yorkville, the Upper East Side neighborhood that was connected to the rest of the city with the second avenue subway. (NY Times)

If you’ve never been to Red Hook, you’ve never seen the abandoned trolley behind the Fairway. Even if you’ve seen it, maybe you don’t know the history behind it. (Untapped Cities)

A tour of Astoria’s best Greek tavernas and sweets. (Brooklyn Based)

The plans for the city’s Rikers-replacing neighborhood jails have shrunk. Thanks to a new estimate that there will only be 3,300 people incarcerated in NYC by 2026 (the year Rikers will close), all four replacements have significantly shrunk in size. (Curbed)

The mystique surrounding some doodles by artist Yoshitomo Nara in Niagra bar on Avenue A is strong. This week some people this week estimated they could be worth upwards of $5 million and simply taking a photo of them got one of Gothamist’s writers booted from the bar. (Gothamist)

State Sen. Brian Benjamin is taking a cue from Kamala Harris’s playbook and proposed a bill that gives tax relief to New Yorkers paying more than 30% of their income on rent, as long as their income was under $125k/year. (6sqft)

Here are Michelin’s NYC Bib Gourmand picks for 2020, restaurants with high-quality meals for under $40. (Gothamist)

There’ll be a Wu-Tang Clan art pop-up on October 24 and 25. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The New York Immigrant Freedom Fund pays immigration bonds for community members who are unable to afford it and have raised over $2 million to bond out 300 people in the New York area. (Gothamist)

There are NYPD oversight measures on the ballot this year, but how significant are they? (Gotham Gazette)

The best Indian restaurants in the city. (The Infatuation)