The Briefly for January 5, 2021 – The “Thresholds? We Don’t Need No Stinkin Thresholds!” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Moynihan Train Hall opens, the city is failing its vaccine rollout, the best new restaurants of 2020, NYC’s first baby of 2021, and more

Today – Low: 33˚ High: 41˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Slash came out in support of city renaming a portion of St. Marks Jimmy Webb Place. There is a change.org petition if you want to add your name in support. (Bowery Boogie)

The top new restaurants in the city in 2020 from writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and elected officials. (Eater)

Video: Walking through the new Moynihan Train Hall in Penn Station. (ActionKid)

Photos: Inside the new Moynihan Train Hall. (Sophia Chang with photos by Jake Dobkin for Gothamist)

Did you know that old Penn Station had a women-only waiting room? (Ephemeral New York)

Photos: The art of the new Moynihan Train Hall. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

This January marks 75 years since the shutdown of the City Hall Station. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

12 restaurants with heated outdoor dining in Queens. (Erika Adams for Eater)

There’s a new push to build a windmill farm off the shore of Sunset Park, spearheaded by Senator Charles Schumer, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca. (Ariama C. Long for Kings County Politics)

Governor Cuomo has long said that if the city hits a 7-day 9% positivity rate for Covid-19, he would close the schools in the city. The city hit 9% and Governor Cuomo decided schools will stay open. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

The more infectious UK strain of Covid-19 was found in New York state in Saratoga Springs. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

The city has only used 25% of its Covid-19 vaccine allocation. The mayor announced a goal of one million vaccinations by the end of January. That’s going to be a tough task considering the city has only administered 110k vaccines as of this morning. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The Coney Island History Project launched a new podcast, Coney Island Stories Podcast. If you missed the opportunity to get the sand in your shoes this year, take a dip into some history. (Coney Island History Project)

Bird Alert! A bald eagle was spotted in Central Park. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

Meet the NYC queens on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The NYPD will file charges against “SoHo Karen,” who accused a Black child of stealing her phone and scratched and tackled him in the process. (Ishena Robinson for The Root)

City Sheriffs broke up three New Year’s Eve parties, including a 300 person karaoke party in Queens. (Michael Wilson for NY Times)

Farewell to Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse, closing after 47 years, but it sounds like they have plans of reopening. (EV Grieve)

Max Rose is not running for mayor, saving himself a quick L. (NY1)

The NYPD’s 73rd Precinct tried a radical experiment for five days in December in what could be a model for the future. They removed police officers and replaced them with community members preventing minor incidents. (Yoav Gonen for The City)

10 new public art installations in NYC for January. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plans to appoint Cea Weaver, the campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, to the City Planning Commission. This would be one of thirteen seats on the commission. (Akiko Matsuda for The Real Deal)

Congrats to Ivett Rodriguez on the birth of her son Jaxel, the first baby in NYC to be born in 2021. (Robert Pozarycki for Brooklyn Paper)

Mayor de Blasio announced the there will be a special election on March 23 for the empty 11th and 15th City Council seats. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

This week is your last opportunity to own a piece of Gem Spa, the auction ends January 7. (Flaming Pablum)

Marine Park Democratic District Leader Lori Maslow resigned after a weird weekend Twitter rant against Chinese people. She’s since deleted her Twitter account. (Brian Braiker for Brooklyn Magazine)

A technical glitch that took down the NYC Department of Correction’s Inmate Lookup Service last month has left some incarcerated New Yorkers without access to their lawyers or families. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

State Senator Brian Benjamin is running for City Comptroller, the chief fiscal officer for the city, but The City has uncovered multiple phantom donations, including one from a two-year-old, to his campaign. Benjamin says that he will “return” the money. To whom? Not a great omen for someone who wants to oversee the city’s finances. (Clifford Michel for The City)

Six women have been assaulted at the Morgan Ave L Station since November. If you’re using this station, please be alert when you do. (Matt Fink for Bushwick Daily)

From the “No Sympathy” department comes this story from the Times on how difficult it is to find parking in NYC ever since car ownership soared this year. I used to live downstairs from a guy in Park Slope who never moved his car for street cleaning because, as he explained it, paying for every ticket you get because you don’t move your car is cheaper than paying for a spot in any garage in the neighborhood. (Christina Goldbaum for NY Times)

Be careful when crossing 1st Ave and 7th St, because the freshly prepared intersection is now the hole to some sinkholes. (EV Grieve)

Apartment Lust: An historic $4.4 million house in Park Slope’s historic district, complete with garage, two outdoor areas, a full bath in an unfinished basement, and four stories. (Susan De Vries for Brownstoner)

Know a restaurant that opened in 2020? Time Out is making a list. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

Robert Sietsema’s 2020 in sandwiches. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for December 11, 2020 – The “Rats Run This Chipotle Now” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: A raccoon is saved, the world’s largest menorah, the headless Santa, Andrew Yang weighs his options for mayor, NYC’s iconic food, and more

Today – Low: 43˚ High: 53˚
Clear throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 39˚ High: 57˚

A deep dive into the Art Deco works of Ralph Walker. (Jeff Reuben for Untapped New York)

Service on the E and M lines will be rerouted between Christmas and New Year’s Day between Roosevelt Avenue and West 4th Street from 5 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26 to 5 a.m. on Monday., Jan. 4. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post)

A guide for first-time buyers of co-ops in NYC. (Ann Lien for StreetEasy)

Video: The city still has our love for our trash panda overlods. Check out this raccoon rescue from the ledge of a building in Tribeca. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The rats may be slowly taking over the city from the raccoons. A Chipotle in the Bronx have been taken over by rats, who have been biting the staff and eating the avocados. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

The voters in New York City chose to utilize ranked-choice voting with a referndum in 2019 election, but that isn’t stopping the City Council from speaking out against it, calling it voter suppression. (Brigid Gergin for Gothamist)

Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo; the co-chairs of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, Adrienne Adams and I. Daneek Miller; and Councilmembers Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Farah Louis, and Robert Cornegy, a candidate for Brooklyn borough president, along with 10 community organizations are suing to stop ranked choice voting. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

A little Christmas horror anyone? the headless Santa of Rite-Aid on 1st Ave. (EV Grieve)

Welcome Chaun Donovan to the packed list of mayoral contenders. Donovan served under Mayor Bloomberg as the head of housing and under President Obama as the head of HUD and OMB. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Andrew Yang is still weighing his options when it comes to running for mayor. (Sally Goldenberg for Politico)

We had our first snowfall of the season this week. It’s time to ask the usual question this time of year: Will we have a white Christmas this year? (Adam Nichols for Patch)

How to send a letter to Santa. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Pizza is NYC’s most iconic dish, according to the people who answered the Time Out Index survey. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

Donald Trump’s childhood home is up for sale and you can still swoop in and create NYC’s largest public toilet because the fundraiser trying to buy the home for $3 million only raised $125. (Sarah Maslin Nir for NY Times)

Where to east in Bushwick. (Olivia Laskowski for Eater)

Winter is coming. Well, it already snowed once. 15 things New Yorkers do to prepare for winter. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Brooklyn Assembly Member Robert Carroll has one of the worst ideas of the year, and this year has been full of awful ideas. Taxing every delivered package by $3. Thanks, McLovin. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Along with taxing every delivered package in the city, there’s also talk about killing unlimited MetroCards. (Benjamin Kabak for Second Ave Sagas)

Happy Hanukkah to all readers celebrating. The world’s largest menorah is on display outside the Plaza Hotel. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

McSorley’s doesn’t change much. Say hello to Teresa Maher de la Haba, the first female bartender, representing one of top five changes in the bar’s history. (Molly Wilcox for Bedford + Bowery)

Pat Kiernan’s contract with NY1 is now at the center of the lawsuit by five of his female colleagues over gender and age bias. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

I’m a sucker for a very specific list. The best West Village & Tribeca restaurants on Caviar. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

New York representatives Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin are on the list of the 106 Republicans that refuse to accept reality. Neither represents the city. (Stephanie K. Baer for BuzzFeed News)

Apartment Porn: Unfortunately you missed out on this $57 million duplex penthouse on W 57th with Central Park views, four bedrooms and five and a half baths. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Some more good news? There was a humpback whale spotted swimming in the Hudson River. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

There aren’t many surprises in NYC’s top Google searches of 2020. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Here’s where all the surprises are: Dredgers found two cars at the bottom of the Gowanus. (Katia Kelly for Pardon Me For Asking)

January 19 is the official start of the Gowanus rezoning. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

Photos: Who doesn’t love a good holiday window? (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

NYC filming locations for HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Where to find some fancy latkes for Hanukkah. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Data Visualization: Comparing the coverage of the subway vs the replacement buses, overlaid with racial and occupational data. (@julestrainman)

The statue of Christopher Columbus in Downtown Brooklyn appears to be on borrowed time. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of 2020. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo from the Hudson Yards!

The Briefly for October 9-10, 2020 – The “$75 Hot Dogs for People Who Hate Having $75” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Protests in Boro Park, another shutdown takes hold, the Trump Wall of Lies defaced, the MTA’s secret Money Train, & the everything pizza bagel

Today – Low: 60˚ High: 68˚
Clear throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 58˚ High: 76˚

Today is your last day to register to vote. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Bed-Stuy is the fourth coolest neighborhood in the world, behind Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, Downtown Los Angeles, and Esquerra de l’Eixample, Barcelona, citing The Billie Holiday Theatre, Harold and Maude Vintage, and Peaches HotHouse while calling it the “greatest incubator of the future.” (Will Gleason for Time Out)

That didn’t take long. The Bushwick “Wall of Lies” from President Trump was vandalized with “Vote Trump or Die” and “Stand Back and Stand By.” (Jessy Edwards for The Brooklyn Reporter)

What abomination is this? Pizza with everything bagel crust. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

“Italy has one of the richest histories in Western civilization and was the birthplace of the Renaissance which gave us countless great thinkers, artists, scientists and the likes to choose from that didn’t cause the strife and crimes against humanity that Columbus is guilty of. This isn’t about rewriting history, this is simply about righting a wrong.”
-Ed García Conde, From The Bronx to Italian Americans With Love: It’s Time to Let Go of Columbus for Welcome2TheBronx

The MTA had an armored money train that traveled to a secret “money room” in Downtown Brooklyn as recently as 2006. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

“There is something here that needs to be fixed right away. And that’s why I’m being abundantly clear it will be fixed today and made public. Violence is unacceptable.” The mayor said a lot of words but provided no specifics of how policing was going to change on Thursday night. (Christopher Robbins and Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Meet Harold “Heshy” Tischler, who is running for City Council, had this to say about Chirlance McCray: “And if you think, Mrs. de Blasio…retard, woman, crook, whatever you are, you think you’re gonna get elected to borough president? You will not be elected.” This is disgusting and I suggest that Mr. Tischler apologize, end his campaign for City Council, and think long and hard about what it takes to be an adult. Mr. Tischler made these comments during a protest against new state-imposed restrictions due to a flare-up in Covid-19 cases in Borough Park. (Jocelyn Grzeszak for Newsweek)

In the second night of protests in Borough Park, Jacob Kornbluh, an Orthodox Jewish reporter, was chased through the streets and called “Nazi” and “Hitler” by a large violent crowd let by Heshy Tischler. Borough Park’s Covid-19 positive test rate was 10.6%. (Ben Verde for amNewYork Metro)

“This impending holiday would be less of a concern if ultra-Orthodox communities were universally following the city’s coronavirus guidance. But many of them are not. And while the responsibility for this conduct clearly rests foremost with them, the city has done everything it can to ensure that its entreaties go unheard and its declarations are rejected. This is not responsible governance, and it could cost people their lives.”
-Yair Rosenberg, There’s a Way to Avert the Looming Coronavirus Crisis in Hasidic Brooklyn. But the City Needs to Choose It Right Now. for Tablet

As you might expect, there is already a lawsuit claiming the state’s new Covid-19 shutdown is “unconstitutional.” (Georgia Kromrei with research by Orion Jones for The Real Deal)

“I understand it will be confusing to some to implement, but that’s because we’re not used to this kind of geographically tailored COVID plan.” -Dr. Jessica Justman, an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health who argues the state’s plan is worth trying. (Fred Mogul for Gothamist)

Here’s what is known about the city’s latest Covid-19 shutdowns. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

The city released an interactive map to see if you fall within the boundaries of the vague zones drawn by the state. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

NYU passed the state’s threshold of 100 Covid-19 cases in 14 days, which should trigger a school to transition to all-remote learning. NYU will stay open. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

More than half of the city’s public school students are now enrolled in remote learning. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

With lease signings near pre-pandemic levels, it seems that the Manhattan “exodus” is slowing down. (Greg David for The City)

Photos: A look back in time at the Limelight. If you’re old enough and we in the city, you’ve got a few stories about wild nights at the Limelight. (Daniela Kirsch, photos by Steve Eichner for Patch)

Cringe-city, population” this video de Blasio made mocking President Trump. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Maya Wiley has made her mayoral hope official. Wiley is a former lawyer for the city and an MSNBC analyst. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Where to eat the Filipino dish sisig. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Video: Check out the Meatpacking District in 1993. (Nicoleta Papavasilakis for Untapped New York)

Photos: October 4 was the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, which means photos of animals getting blessed. (Jamie DeJesus for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Yeah, you might know that Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux co-designed Central Park, but dig deeper and learn about Andrew Haswell Green, the driving force behind getting Central Park made. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Cy Vance Jr got the go-ahead from yet another judge to see President Trump’s tax returns. (Sylvia Varnham O’Regan for The Real Deal)

RIP Jim Dwyer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, columnist, and author. (Robert D. McFadden for NY Times)

Photos: A look at Pier 55, the new floating park on the Hudson River. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

If you need an uplifting story for your Friday, here’s how neighbors in Ditmas Park rallied to save Benji the cat. (Zainab Iqbal for Bklyner)

An interactive map with what’s open in the East Village. (EV Grieve)

The lawsuit was appealed as high as it could go, and the 21 artists in the lawsuit against the 5Pointz developer who destroyed their work in violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act will finally be awarded the $6.75 million they are owed. (Christian Murray for Queens Post)

The Standard High Line Hotel is selling a $75 hot dog. $75!!! (Bao Ong for Time Out)

Thanks to reader Terri for today’s featured photo of Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine’s installation at the Prospect Park Bandshell.