The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Legalize Weed to Save the Subways” Edition

City Hall is in chaos over Mayor de Blasio’s botched firing, parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plans racist, the 7 train’s new signals aren’t helping, and other uplifting stories in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bill de Blasio, absentee mayor. (NY Times)

Are you ready for NYPD tactical drones? (NY Post)

The 10 worst dishes of the year, including one sandwich from Arby’s, from Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema.

Could legal weed save our subways? (NY Times)

12 new public art installations to pair with a hot drink of your choosing. (Untapped Cities)

Santacon is this Saturday, starting at 10am. In a defensive move, the LIRR, Metro North, and NJ Transit have all banned alcohol consumption. If you need to be on a train that day, may the odds be ever in your favor. (Gothamist)

With Santacon descending onto the unwilling city this Saturday, here are a list of the bars to avoid. (Time Out)

Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan enjoyed nine undisclosed trips paid for by Election Systems and Software, makers of the ballot scanning machines that plagued the city on Election Day. He never received the necessary waiver from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board to sit on the conpany’s board of advisors. (Gothamist)

George R.R. Martin: pizza critic? (Gothamist)

The 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC. (The Real Deal)

The Staten Island NYPD officers Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran, accused of planting pot in a black teenager’s car, have, surprise surprise, a history of accusations of racial profiling. (Gothamist)

The Apollo Theater is expanding for the first time since 1934. The foundation that oversees the Apollo will take over the Victoria and open 99 and 199 seat performance spaces and should open in 2020. (NY Times)

“The richest man in America, who’s a direct competitor, has just been handed $3 billion in subsidies. I’m not asking for money or a tax rebate. Just leave me alone.” -Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden (6sqft)

Thanks to a new legislation, Uber and Lyft drivers will be paid at least minimum wage. (NY Post)

Upset about the Amazon Long Island City deal? You could install the “Black Amazon for Me” Chrome extension, but we all know you won’t. (amNY)

The 7 trains brand new signals, installed late and over budget, weren’t installed optimally. At this point, is anyone surprised that the MTA spent too much money and took too much time to poorly install signals that haven’t helped? (amNY)

Squibb Bridge was installed in 2013 to connect the Brooklyn Promenade to Brooklyn Nridge Park, but the last five years have been full of closures, structural problems, and a lawsuit. The bridge is going to be replaced by 2020. (Curbed)

As we’re hitting the home stretch of 2018, we could be looking at a new record low number of homicides. Despite the downward trend, rape complaints continue to increase, following a two year trend. (amNY)

Parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plan racist, which shows just how complicated this situation is. (NY Post)

What the hell is going on in City Hall and why can’t the mayor get his administration under control? (NY Post)

Everything to know about the restaurants in the Hudson Yards. (Thrillist)

The first map of Central Park for people with disabilities or otherwise “limited mobility” is now available. (West Side Rag)

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The Briefly for November 29, 2018 – The “Your Delivered Packages Are Becoming A Problem” Edition

A closer look at the Amazon HQ2 tax breaks, the Fearless Girl is no longer staring down the Charing Bull, the best splurge meals in the city, Central Park destroyed, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Have you RSVP’d to break 6ix9ine out of federal prison?

Amazon Cuomo makes a plea to the president to fund The Gateway Program, a new train tunnel for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit under the Hudson. (NY Times) Cuomo claimed the meetings were positive, but with no actual progress. (Politico)

Central Park, destroyed by a (theoretical) eco-terrorist attack. (6sqft)

Have you been noticing the amount of packages sitting in the lobby of your building piling up? You’re not alone and it’s becoming a problem. (The Real Deal)

The 20 best splurge meals in the city. (Eater)

Fearless Girl, who stared down Wall St’s Charging Bull since March 2017, is gone. (amNY)

More anti-Semitic vandalism, this time at Columbia University. (Gothamist)

The incoming investigation commissioner isn’t planning to take any shit from Mayor de Blasio. (NY Times)

Roman’s, Diner, and Marlow & Sons Are giving up on their “no tips” policy starting December 17. (Eater)

Inwood’s Carrot Top Pastries is closing in January after 40 years. The building the bakery is in has been without gas since December 2017 and business has suffered tremendously as a result. (amNY)

Mayor de Blasio’s “replace Rikers” plan has started to fall apart. The Manhattan location has been scrapped. Will the mayor fulfill his dream of breaking ground before he exits office? (Curbed)

The guide to dining in the Theater District. (Eater)

An Uber driver is accused of dragging a man with his car after allegedly verbally berating the passenger and his husband with homophobic slurs. The man who was dragged was refunded, the driver’s Uber account was suspended, and the NYPD is investigating. (NY Post)

A closer look at Amazon’s HQ2 tax breaks. (Gotham Gazette)

Photos from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. (Untapped Cities)

This is the happiest news you’ll read all day. Hooray for Pickles and Violet, reunited with their humans after both going lost. (Bklyner) A close second? Mark Ruffalo lost his backpack in a cab, and it was returned to him after a public call to assemble for the Avenger. (@MarkRuffalo)

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The Briefly for November 14, 2018 – The “Can We Talk About Something That’s Not Amazon?” Edition

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for less than some apartments in Manhattan, the roller disco is moving to Industry City, and maybe Amazon did something?

The MTA is buying Grand Central Terminal for $35 million, which is less than 44 apartments currently listed for sale by Compass. The 280-year lease was up and the MTA either had to purchase the building or sign a new 270-year lease. (Bloomberg)

10 of the smallest things in NYC. No, your Upper East Side apartment isn’t on the list. (Untapped Cities)

With Democratic control, is 2019 the year that New York gets single-payer healthcare? (Gotham Gazette)

Get yourself ready for the NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar for 2019. (Gothamist)

Momofuku Ko, Superiority Burger, Via Carota, and Xi-an Famous Foods landed on Eater’s annual list of essential restaurants.

Meet Paul Sweet from the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ornithology, who wants you to know that the “hot” duck in Central Park ain’t shit. Who hurt you Paul? (Gothamist)

50 cheap eats destinations in NYC. (Eater)

Lola Star is taking her Dreamland roller rink dance parties to Industry City through the winter. (Time Out)

Would you turn over one year of search history and three years of social media posts in order to buy a gun? That’s what a proposed bill by city officials proposes. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


Just as expected, here comes Amazon. (Amazon)

NYC announces subway just for Amazon employees. (The Onion)

Did the city overpay for HQ2? (NY Times)

The city and state worked on the deal without input form the City Council, who would otherwise have a voice in the land review process. (Politico)

It’s hard to find a single positive response to the mayor defending his support of LIC HQ2. (@NYCMayor)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of many people expressing distrust of LIC HQ2. (NY Post)

Everything Amazon is getting, including a helipad. (Gothamist)

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