The Briefly for December 24, 2018 – The “Unemployed Drug Sniffing Dogs” Edition

The Garment District gets defensively rezoned, the most honest man in New York, the most common baby names of 2018, the best spots for day drinking, trashed trees, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Owning a piece of The Panorama of the City of New York is more attainable than owning a piece of the actual city. (Untapped Cities)

Looking back in time to the Christmas ads in the Village Voice from 1970. (Village Voice)

The City Council’s rezoning is helping keep the Garment District Garment. (The Real Deal)

Legal weed could have one unforeseen consequence: Some drug sniffing dogs will be out of a job. (NY Post)

How to get around and out of the city for Christmas. (6sqft)

Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village, the debut location of The Vagina Monologues, is set to close on January 2 after 40+ years. Rent started at $450/month in 1977 ($1,906.11 in 2018 dollars) and it’s now hit $33,000/month. (The Real Deal)

Five people were arrested for the murder of Ian Cruz, whose body was found half-naked in a bird sanctuary. (NY Post)

If you’re still in the city, here are 10 things to love about Christmas in NYC. (StreetEasy)

First Two Boots, now Grimaldi’s. The Limelight Shops in Chelsea’s Grimaldi’s was seized for over $117,333 in unpaid taxes, making it the third time a Grimaldi’s was shuttered for unpaid taxes in the last 10 years. (Eater)

Midwood Ambulance Services ambulatory service is accused of over-billing the government for $19 million for transporting Medicare patients. (NY Post)

If you’ve named your baby Emma, Liam, Olivia, Noah, Mia, or Jacob, congratulations! Those are the least original baby names city-wide. (Gothamist)

What do the Notorious B.I.G, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Woodie Guthrie have in common? (Gothamist)

Does New York really order more Chinese food on Christmas than other days? Hell yeah we do. (CityLab)

Say hello to Richard Taverna, the most honest man in New York. (West Side Rag)

Who’s throwing out Christmas trees already? (EV Grieve)

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The city has a new local racist who was caught on video. This local Upper West Side racist was accusing his black neighbor of “not living here.” (Gothamist)

The New York Hall of Science in Queens wants you to save that torn up wrapping paper… for SCIENCE! (amNY)

The secrets and hidden history of Queens’ Calvary and Saint John cemeteries. (amNY)

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain open through the federal government shutdown, including Governor Cuomo’s inaugural party on January 1, thanks to New York state footing the bill. Keeping the two sites open will cost the state $65,000 a day. (NY Post)

Taking the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge? Here’s some advice from a seasoned pro. (Brooklyn Paper)

Where to day drink in New York (The Infatuation)

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The Breifly for July 12, 2018 – Manhattanhenge, Another NYCHA Disgrace, Ocasio-Cortez Wins Twice, and More

Everything is aligned in Manhattan, a set of 31-foot fingernails comes to Times Square, NYCHA embarrasses the city again, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Manhattanhenge returns tonight at 8:20 and tomorrow night at 8:21.

Movimiento Cosecha shut down Amazon’s book store on 34th in protest of their supplying ICE with surveillance equipment.

Another NYCHA embarrassment. Dozens of apartments lost gas in the Rockaways last week and officials are estimating it could take up to two months to fix. In the meantime, they are distributing single-pot hot plates.

The best vegan pizza in the city, according to amNewYork.

Without a dedicated bus lane on the Williamsburg Bridge, the DOT’s shuttle bus plan for the L shutdown is a recipe for gridlockpocalypse.

“Careless cooking” caused a four-alarm fire at Szechuan Gourmet on 39th.

Marty Golden has come to his senses and is calling for the state senate to reconvene to pass the Every School Speed Safety Camera Act. While Golden looks good in this moment, do not forget that his refusal to back the commonsense put the senate in a place where it had to be reconvened.

Eater updated their map of legit happy hour deals.

Meet Mary French, the woman archiving New York City’s 140 cemeteries.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a second primary that she wasn’t involved in. The same night of her Democratic win in the 14th district, she also won the primary for the Reform Party in the 15th district with nine write-in votes. She declined the nomination.

Enjoy vertigo inducing views of the city without risking your life with vic.invades’s #LOOKDOWNSEASON.

Planned Parenthood endorsed Andrew Cuomo for Governor, citing his experience. “We need an experienced leader who will fight to protect New Yorkers from federal attacks on our rights an values.” -Robin Chappell Golston, Planed Parenthood President

Harvey Weinstein’s bail was set at $1 million, roughly 1% of his net worth. Is setting bail another way that the 1% receives preferential treatment?

Help liberate NYC from broken AC on the subway with Gothamist’s #WetheCommuters campaign.

The major power outage in Dyker Heights was caused by a ConEd worker who damaged equipment during routine maintenance.

City Winery will need a new home by 2020 to avoid being demolished by Mickey Mouse.

Legionnaires’ disease hit multiple people in lower Washington Heights in the last week with no reported deaths. If you have pneumonia-like symptoms, see a doctor asap.

A set of 31-foot long fingernails are the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square. Shridhar Chillal hadn’t cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952.