The Briefly for February 12, 2020 – The “Maybe You Have A Better Idea for This?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The latest on brokers fees, can you ever actually leave New York, a 10 layer sandwich to behold, Bloomberg doesn’t want you to hear this, and more

Today – Low: 38˚ High: 45˚
Rain in the evening and overnight.

Thursday is the deadline for you to change political parties in New York state. (NY1)

A draft of Citi Bike’s Bronx expansion, mapped. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

A water main breaks in New York City literally every day. There gas been more than 400 recorded water main breaks every years since 1998. It’s rare, but becoming decreasingly so, that they cause subway delays. (James Barron for NY Times)

The city, having given up on the idea of fixing the Brooklyn Bridge’s promenade, is asking you, yes you, to help come up with “creative improvements.” For being a finalist and solving a problem the city has been plagued with for years, you’ll earn yourself $13,000 and you’ve only got until April 5. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Video: The locksmith working out of Manhattan’s smallest building. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Thinking about moving? A guide of where to live in NYC• in 2020. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

Victor Calise could be the MTA’s first disabled board member. The mayor nominated Calise to fill the seat made vacant in April 2019 and still has another nomination to make. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Is J.G. Melon’s burger still among the city’s best burgers? According to Eater’s Ryan Rutton, it’s a simple answer of “no.” Order the chile con carne instead. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Nothing to see, just a car engulfed in flames in Crown Heights. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Photos and Video: Inside the home of Denny Daniel, which doubles as The Museum of Interesting Things. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

If you’re someone who has to conquer the biggest and the baddest challenges out there, maybe this 10-layer Mexican sandwich is your speed with hot dogs, ham, refried beans, beed Milanese, and more. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The REAL ID law is going to cause nightmares for everyone. Come October, you won’t be able to get on a domestic flight using your drivers license unless it’s a REAL ID license. The only way to get it is to physically go to the DMV, which is bound to cause a rush towards the end of the summer. Here’s what you need to know. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Where to eat in Manhattan’s Chinatown. (Eater)

It’s not common that a speakeasy and its cover story are both useful, but the newly opened The Little Shop near the South Street Seaport is a fully functioning bodega and speakeasy all wrapped into one. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Five legends of the Upper West Side. (Edgar Catasus for I Love the Upper West Side)

Get ready for a hand-painted Alice in Wonderland pop-up to dominate your Instagram feed starting next month. Behind the pop-up is Alexa Meade, the artist behind Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman music video (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

What happens when you leave New York City?” Easy answer, you fall of the face of the earth. (David Crook for StreetEasy)

The Tavern by WS at Hudson Yards is “better than it should be.” Two stars. (Pete Wells for NY Times)

First you didn’t have to pay a brokers fee and now you have to? Here’s what’s going on with the brokers fee system. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

Whoops, someone released a clip of Mike “please don’t say anything bad about me, I’ve spent a quarter billion dollars on this doomed presidential run” Bloomberg saying “The way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them against the wall and frisk them,” in defense of Stop and Frisk. Bloomberg apologized for Stop and Frisk last November and maybe he thinks that’s all he’ll ever have to say on this subject? (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The First Avenue L train station in Manhattan has a second new entrance on Avenue A. The entrance is not yet handicapped accessible and the MTA hopes elevators will be open by June. (Muhammad Rahman for Gothamist)

Meet the young district leader candidates looking to challenge Brooklyn’s democratic party’s status quo from the literal bottom up. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

13 bars to find a shot and beer combo for $5 or less. Unsurprisingly, I’ve been to all of these bars. (Erik Helin for Thrillist)

Thanks to my beautiful wife Meg Blatt for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for September 4, 2019 – The “11-Hour Mayoral Work Month” Edition

The measles epidemic is over, the mayor’s community jails idea moves forward, the 20 best burgers, Cuomo’s license plate vote might have been rigged, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

A hippo ballerina. Crawling from Greenwich Village to Union Square. The midnight moment. 20 new public art installations not to miss in September. (Untapped Cities)

From Bushwick to the Bronx. The best urban farms in NYC. (Curbed)

Mayor Bill de Blasio spent 11 hours working in City Hall in May. (MSN)

Mayor de Blasio declared the measles epidemic over. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

This week, the parents of 26,000 kids in New York state face a decision: Get your kids vaccinated or get them out of school. (NY Times)

Okay, so you’ve stepped in a giant street puddle wearing flip-flops. What’s next? (Curbed)

Congrats New York, we’re the 9th worst US city to drive in. (Patch)

Was Governor Cuomo’s NY license place voting rigged in favor of the Cuomo bridge design? (NY Times)

Whoops, Cuomo’s push to ban fusion voting might violate the state’s constitution. (Gothamist)

Korey Johnson was charged with murder and manslaughter for the alleged killing of a man who attempted to break into his car. (Gothamist)

A 3-year-old boy was hit and killed by a 73-year-old driver in Far Rockaway on Monday morning. The driver of the car stayed at the scene and no arrests were made and the investigation is ongoing. (amNY)

With 1,103, Bushwick will see the most new apartments of any neighborhood in the city in 2019. Jamaica and Astoria are in 2nd and 4th with less than half of the number of Bushwick. (Bushwick Daily)

Of the city’s 1,840 public schools, 244 are exposed to high levels of pollutants from nearby highways. One future consideration for a school’s ranking may be the risk of long-term cardiovascular disease to the students. (Curbed)

As of 1:30 on Monday, there was a Popeye’s in Manhattan with about 10 chicken sandwiches left. Good luck. (Eater)

Mayor de Blasio’s community jails idea was approved by the New York City Planning Commission, despite an entire room of protestors. The plan goes to city council next for a vote. (Patch)

A long feature on the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters concert at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. (Gothamist)

Here’s a $27-a-night Airbnb in Brooklyn that is a literal closet under a set of stairs. Yup, the Harry Potter room. (Insider)

“The Lehman Trilogy,” a play based on the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, is headed to Broadway for sixteen weeks in 2020. (NY Times)

The Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes is officially open. Part of their work will be to encourage New Yorkers to report hate crimes, so an increase in reports in the future won’t mean they aren’t doing their jobs. (Patch)

If you found $9,000 on the train, would you return it to its owner? (amNY)

The 20 best burgers in New York City. (The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Judith for today’s featured photo.