The Briefly for January 2, 2020 – The “De Blasio Argues $30 Pizza, Not the $51 Billion MTA Plan” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: 2020’s new laws, a tribute to Tom’s Restaurant, the MTA embrace’s “Train Daddy” Andy Byford, Prohibition Bakery closes, and more

Today – Low: 40˚ High: 47˚
Possible light rain overnight.

Photos: Times Square celebrates the coming of a new decade. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Why does anyone camp out all day in Times Square to watch the ball drop? Here are some answers. (Jen Chung, who got the Times Square assignment, for Gothamist)

Photos: Cleaning up Times Square. (Ben Yakas, Gretchen Robinette for Gothamist)

A full 2020 calendar of meteor showers, supermoons and lunar events you can see from the city. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Welcome to Little Aidan Zobnin and Anthony Saraceno Jr., New York City’s midnight babies for 2020. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

Election Day. When is the NYC Marathon? When does the U.S. Open start? Comic Con is what days? A look ahead at major events in the city for 2020. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

Five laws that will hit the city in 2020: the plastic bag ban, $15 minimum wage for all, cash bail, the end of pot testing, and pre-registering to vote for teens. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

More new laws coming this year: Discovery reform and the end of “blindfold laws,” insurance companies will be required to cover in vitro-fertilization and adoptees can access their birth certificates after turning 18. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

“Another Tech Guy Tries to Disrupt Food Space” and other predicted 2020 headlines from Eater’s peanut gallery. (Eater)

Clamoring for more holiday cheer? A list of the best holiday pop-up bars in NYC. Most are open this weekend. (Bao Ong with Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Is one of your 2020 resolutions to get more civically involved? Here’s how to join your community board. (Curbed)

Mayor de Blasio has the opportunity to directly influence the MTA’s $51 billion capital plan for 2020-2024, but he is declining to be directly involved. Everyone else with appointment power for the review board has named themselves at the governor’s request. Thanks for stepping up and representing the city Mr. Mayor. (Dana Rubenstein for Politico)

The mayor doesn’t want to get involved in the MTA’s capital plan, he’ll get involved in trying to shame Domino’s for selling $30 pizzas in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The mayor, never one to have a connection with the city he’s supposed to be in charge of, seems to forget that most pizzas in Times Square, albeit not from Domino’s, costs around $30. (Lee Moran for HuffPost)

An illustrated tribute to Tom’s Diner in Prospect Heights. (Jessica Olien for NY Times)

Even the MTA has begun using the nickname Train Daddy for President Andy Byford. (@nyctsubway)

Photos: The 2020 Coney Island New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

Video: Take a walk from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Chinatown with a 360° view. (ActionKid)

Sometimes the performer on the subway is playing the didgeridoo, sometimes it’s the equivalent of a punk rock music festival. (The Villager)

Elon Musk spent last week being a genius inventor on Twitter, coming up with the idea… for the subway. What a genius! Traveling underground! (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Video: How much wind is too much? Watch a wind turbine in Co-op City fall apart under heavy winds. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

It took a death, but the Department of Buildings is doubling the size of their facade inspection team from 12 to 24. Every building in the city over six stories has to undergo a physical inspection. That still seems like it isn’t enough. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The NYPD’s Michael J. Reynolds, a white man, traveled to Nashville for a bachelor party and ended up kicking in a black woman’s door while drunk, threatening her and her sons with a racist slur and violence. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years’ probation. There’s a petition signed by 10,000 people calling for his firing, but he’s still an officer. As a reminder, it took five years for Daniel Pantaleo to be fired. (Ed Shanahan for NY Times)

Northeast Queens’ biggest stories to watch in 2020. (Jenna Bagcal for QNS)

Nightmare: A 36-year-old fell 15 feet off the roof of a building on Mott Street and was trapped between two buildings. She was rescued from between the buildings and her name has not been released. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Prohibition Bakery, the boozy bakery in the basement of Subject Bar on Suffolk St, closed on Christmas Day. It’s a different story than most closings, instead of rent it was “an enormous drain of time and energy, and frankly had stopped bringing me any real happiness.” (Stacie Joy for EV Grieve)

Having defeated Airbnb, the Hotels Trade Council is happy to accept its role as a political heavyweight. It’s the latest focus is to convince the City Council to require hotels to acquire a special permit to essentially ban the construction of new hotels. (J. David Goodman for NY Times)

Republican State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolbys wrote an op-ed urging New Yorkers not to drink and drive. He was arrested on New Year’s Eve after crashing his car while drunk just outside of Rochester. (NY 1)

Chicken and waffles. Eggs Benedict. Meatloaf sandwich. 18 hangover-busting dishes. (Eater)

The Briefly for New Year’s Eve, 2019 – The “Best of the Year, Best of the Decade” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The best restaurants, the dumbest things de Blasio has said, the best on Broadway, the most popular baby names, Times Square on NYE, and more

Today – Low: 33˚ High: 46˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Vita Coco and Postmates are giving out hangover recovery kits on New Year’s Day. Plan accordingly. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Everything you need to know about the Coney Island Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. (Meaghan McGoldrick for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Rachel Harrison, Hans Haacke and the top ten art exhibitions of the year. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

13 good things that happened in 2019. (Amy Plitt)

76,000 people left New York in 2019, more than any other state. To those who left, we all say “See ya!” (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The world’s longest boa, the world’s tallest politician, a $70,000 dreidel, and the rest of the year in world records set by New Yorkers. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Look for a live stream of Times Square? (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

How to get around on New Year’s Eve. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

If you’re the kind of psychopath who must do Times Square tonight, here’s what to expect for security. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

The dumbest things said by Mayor de Blasio in 2019 .(Streetsblog)

The Times gets a little navel-gazey looking back at nine ways the city changed in the past decade. (Gina Bellafante for NY Times)

The Women’s March movement, a solo LEGO art exhibition, the Mermaid Parade, and the rest of the best photos of 2019. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Looking at the best and worst of the year in Broadway theater. (Matt Windman for amNewYork)

A Strange Loop from Michael R. Jackson tops Adam Feldman’s top ten theater productions of the year. (Adam Feldman for Time Out)

The top baby names of 2018 were released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Emma was the top name for girls for the second year in a row and Liam topped the boys for the third year straight .(Mark Hallum for amNewYork)

The two biggest design stories of the year, the Hudson Yards’ Vessel and the Hunters Point Library, are both stories of accessibility failures. (Alexandra Lange for Curbed)

Delays, fare increases, construction, fare increases, unexpected express trains, fare increases, and the rest of the best and worst of the decade in NYC transit . Seriously there was five fare increases this decade.(Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Ryan Sutton’s best restaurants of the year: Kāwi and Llama San and 13 runners up. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Eater asked 19 writers, editors, directors, and photographers their favorite new restaurants this year. It’s like eavesdropping at a party you have to attend. (Eater)

From the “overheard at a party” category, the top complaints about dining in the city. (Eater)

The cheese and tomato sandwich at USHA Foods, Mama’s Special at Leo’s Latticini, and the full list of Robert Sietsema’s 11 best sandwiches of the year. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The top dishes of the year according to Ryan Sutton were the rice cake fundido at Haenyeo, the Duck Nigiri at Llama San, and The Electric Lemon Curd at Electric Lemon. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Ceviche at Restaurante Y Panaderia Guatemalteco, The Brighton Beach at Wheated and the the complete list of Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of the year. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

A suitable way to end the year: Widow Rat. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The Briefly for December 12, 2019 – The “New Subway Signals Have Been Foiled by Snow” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: LIC gets a Trader Joe’s, a plan to punish bad drivers in the NYPD, the Javits center construction is set to be mostly complete by the spring, and more

Today – Low: 32˚ High: 35˚
Clear throughout the day.

With four Republican state senators not seeking re-election in 2020, the path is open for the state’s Democrats to form a supermajority. (Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

Is there room in NYC for this Frankenstein’s monster of wafer-thin pizza? We accepted Detroit-style, we’d even begrudgingly allow Chicago-style to come in to the city, we we’re hot about Rhode Island-style, but this? Has pizza science finally gone too far? (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

There are calls for Mayor de Blasio to cancel SantaCon. While SantaCon being an event sponsored by the mayor’s office, there is a petition you can sign. (EV Grieve)

Columbia University made a promise 14 years ago to create a new public school in exchange for a 49-year rent-free lease on a piece of land. Imagine the surprise when Columbia presented a plan to build a 400-foot-tall residential tower on that land. Columbia has been slowly expanding its footprint and the neighborhood is justifiably worried. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

People move to NYC every day, so every day it’s useful to have a link that answers the question “what’s a bodega?” (Lauren Paley for StreetEasy)

The 7 train’s new signal communication was foiled on Wednesday by… some snow and slush. Yup. The MTA spent $800 million on new signals and there’s a “known phenomenon” that’s been known about since March. When a transponder malfunctions due to snow or slush, the train essentially becomes “lost” to the MTA’s computers and its speed is reduced from 50 mph to 25 mph. Very reassuring. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

New York City, get ready to be REMEd. Of course REME is the new Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism unit of the NYPD targeting far-right and extremist hate groups like The Proud Boys or Atomwaffen Division. This comes in response to the shootings in New Jersey. (Ali Watkins for NY Times)

Turns out, those no-doors, dangle-your-feet-over-NYC-for-maximally-impressive-content- helicopter experiences may be pretty unsafe — by design. (Claire Lampen for Gothamist)

Anti-violence programs across Coney Island are getting $850,000 in city funding to address an uptick in gun violence in the community, starting with gaps in social services. (Meaghan McGoldrick for Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A remote starting feature on a Lexus caused the death of 21-year-old Michael Kosanovich last week on 148th St in South Jamaica. Kosanovich was crushed between the Lexus and another car when the Lexus rolled forward after being started. Pedestrians were able to push the car off of him, but the car slipped and pinned him between the cars for a second time. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Former President Clinton visited Bed-Stuy’s Cornerstone Baptist Church to check out the energy-efficient upgrades the church was able to install thanks to a commitment from the Clinton Global Initiative University. (Raymond Hagans for The Brooklyn Reader)

The latest episode of the What’s The [DATA] Point? podcast takes a look at the $28.8 billion cumulative four-year budget gap for New York between 2020 and 2023. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

From the team behind the excellent pizza and wine restaurant Ops comes Leo, a new pizza place in Williamsburg split between a cafe/slice shop and a restaurant. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

Harvey Weinstein and more than 30 actresses and former employees accusing him of sexual harassment and rape reached a tentative $25 million settlement that would not require Weinstein to pay a single dime out of his own pocket. The money would come from the $47 million settlement closing down the Weinstein Company. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The best and worst architecture of 2019. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

A two-year-old boy was caught between a moving 2 train and the platform at Fulton Street during rush hour on Wednesday. He died at the hospital. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

The Dry aged Red Hook Tavern burger at Red Hook Tavern, the gruyère fritters at Crown Shy, the Sicilian slice and regular slice at F & F Pizzeria, and the rest of Pete Wells’s top 10 dishes of 2019. (Pete Wells for NY Times)

Long Island City is getting a Trader Joe’s. (Eddie Small for The Real Deal)

The Department of Transportation has a plan to address the insanity on the roads surrounding Essex Place, but it’s gonna take some time. Not months, but years, and by then congestion pricing will be in place. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

A combination of miscommunication and faulty construction lead to the slow response to 80 homes’ basements being flooded with raw sewage on Thanksgiving weekend. (Max Parrott for amNewYork)

What to see right now in the city’s art galleries. (Martha Schwindener for NY Times)

The construction at the Javits center is on-time, on-budget, and expected to be “substantially complete” by the spring. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

The cleanup of the Newtown Creek has hit some murky waters. The EPA decided on a plan that reduces the combined sewer overflow pollution by 61% rather than an option that would eliminate it completely. Combined sewer overflow basically boils down to the neighborhoods toilets flushing directly into the creek when the sewer system is overloaded. (Scott Enman for Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Interested in the city’s combined sewer overflows? You might enjoy the @combinedsewer Twitter account. It tweets when the city’s sewer system can’t handle a combination of sewage and rain and the overflow is released into the city’s waterways. (@combinedsewer)

The de Blasio administration is getting moving on actually punishing NYPD officers with parking placard for being unable to follow the law while behind the wheel of their own cars. Starting next year, NYPD officers and employees will lose their city-issued parking placard if they get too many moving violation tickets. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Whoops! A mixup meant that a dozen city classrooms didn’t receive the emergency lead-removal that were supposed to before the school year started. (Christoper Werth for Gothamist)

A calculator to help you decide if you should be renting or buying in NYC. (Nancy Wu for StreetEasy)

The best sports bars in the city. (The Infatuation)