The Briefly for February 26, 2019 – The “Trial of Socialite Grifter is the New Trial of El Chapo” Edition

Inside a multi-million dollar Airbnb scam, the Public Advocate election, Eater’s massive guide to NYC Chinese food, the mystery of the barnacle Citi Bike, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s the last guide to today’s election that you’ll see in The Briefly. (Patch)

Polling places opened at 6am and will be open until 9pm. Find your polling location.

Double check to see if you are registered if you have any doubts.

The Board of Education’s attempts to keep translators out of polling locations has failed. A state judge rejected the lawsuit and the city will add Russian, Yiddish, Haitian Creole, and Polish translators to 48 locations in addition to Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Bangala. (Patch)

El Chapo’s trial is over just in time for the city to get ready for the trial of the socialite grifter Anna Delvey. (NY Post)

‘“We’re not criminals,” he said at his lawyer’s office, while puffing from a Juul he kept in a black leather pouch fastened to a chain around his neck. He shrugged: “I don’t own a yacht or a big penthouse.”’ Inside a $20 million Airbnb scam across 130 apartments in the city which housed nearly 76,000 guests using 100 host accounts and 18 corporations in order to obfuscate the con. (NY Times)

A map of the city’s farmers’ markets, CSAs, food boxes, and fresh pantries. (City Council)

Have you witnessed the subways “dramatic” improvement in service? I guess it depends if you consider 76.6% a good grade. (Curbed)

A cab driver who fatally hit a young woman and drove away on Sunday was released from police custody without being charged. No reason for the lack of charges was given. (NY Post)

Rockaway Beach is literally disappearing. (CBS New York)

The MTA announced four public meetings to go over the new L train non-shutdown repairs. (6sqft)

A new coalition of people in the sex trades wants New York to become the first state to fully decriminalize sex work. (The Appeal)

The city’s newest and greatest mystery is the Citi Bike covered in barnacles. (Gothamist)

Say goodbye to MetroCards, say hello to OMNY. It stands for One Metro New York and is the future of paying for your crappy subway and bus service. (BrooklynVegan)

The city will be hit with a Bernie Bro-nado this weekend as Bernie Sanders will stage his first 2020 campaign rally at Brooklyn College. (amNY)

This is what an escalator looks like when it malfunctions and it is terrifying. (amNY)

Will the Brooklyn Promenade’s potential highway replacement bring back an old idea of a cross-Brooklyn underground highway? Is Brooklyn ready for its own version of Boston’s The Big Dig? (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Today is the 26 year anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. (amNY)

Governor Cuomo signed the “Red Flag” gun control bill into law. The law prohibits anyone showing signs they are a threat to themselves or others from buying or possessing any type of firearm. New York is the first state that authorizes teachers, family members, and school administrators to fight school shootings by seeking preemptive action. (Politico)

The latest school to find itself in hot water after students were caught on video being presidential-level homophobic, misogynistic, and racist is Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. (NY Post)

Lola Jean will be trying to set “The World Squirting Record” tonight as part of a kinky carnival. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

Timothy Glover, hero, was charged with criminal mischief in the second-degree for beheading Diddy’s statue at Madame Tussaud’s. (NY Post)

The City Council is readying a pied-à-terre tax on non-primary residence apartments purchased for over $5 million. (amNY)

It’s a sprint for the city to finish the necessary work on 5,800 NYCHA apartments that need to have lead-contaminated paint issues resolved before the end of the month to comply with a federally imposed deadline. (NY Post)

Eater has published its massive and exhaustive guide to Chinese food in NYC. (Eater)

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The Briefly for Christmas, 2018 – The “Chinese Food and Movies” Edition

We’re forgoing the news today and focusing on two things: the city’s best Chinese food and Christmas movies filmed in the city. Merry Christmas from The Briefly.

Government offices, schools, courts, and the DMV are closed today. There’s no mail delivery no alternate side parking, no meters, no garbage or recycling pickup, the libraries are closed, and the Staten Island Ferry’s only running every 30 minutes from 7am to midnight. the subways and buses are a mess. Merry Christmas.

What’s the best Chinese food in NYC? Let’s take a look at the lists.

Time Out’s 26 best Chinese restaurants list is numbered, featuring Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Grand Sichuan in the first and second spots.

Eater’s 26 terrific NYC Chinese restaurants isn’t ranked, but 108 Food- Dried Hot Pot and Grain House are the highest rated of what’s on the list.

Serious Eats’ where to eat Chinese food in New York City is broken out into sit-down restaurants, dumplings, noodles, dim sum, hot pot, and snacks, sweets and drinks.

Grub Street declared the absolute best Chinese restaurants in New York with Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen and Mission Chinese topping the list.

Thrillist doesn’t list the top, but breaks out the best Chinese restaurants in 32 different neighborhoods.

Vogue has ten suggestions on where to eat right now, which was back in January.

Zagat has something to say on the topic, of course, listing their best Chinese restaurants, with Decoy and Pacificana topping their list.

What goes together like Chinese restaurants and Christmas? New York City and Christmas movies. Let’s take a look at some of the city’s iconic locations from Christmas movies.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York taught us the height of luxury is The Plaza, a limo, and our very own cheese pizza.

Elf showed us on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel is seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, and the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops.

When Harry Met Sally made one specific table at Katz’ Deli famous.

Your own personal hell might be a sewer grate under Trump Tower, if Scrooged is to be believed.

No list of movies is complete without Nicolas Cage. Yes, here are the filming locations for that INSTANT classic, The Family Man.

Want to avoid a takeover by Vigo the Carpathian? As Ghostbusters 2 showed us, drop that negativity attitude and sing hand in hand with your fellow New Yorker. Yes, it was technically New Year’s Eve, but this is our list.

It would a crime to leave Miracle on 34th St off the list.

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