The Briefly for December 13, 2019 – The “When Calling 311 is Not the Answer” Edition

Today’s daily NYC digest: The weekend’s weekend subway closures, all the info you need to avoid SantaCon, Bloomberg’s toxic legacy with lead, the best Italian restaurants, and more

Today – Low: 48˚ High: 49˚
Rain starting in the afternoon.
This weekend – Low: 33˚ High: 45˚

Lots of disruptions on the subways this weekend on the 1, 3, A, C, F, N, Q, and R trains. Check the scheduled shutdowns before you go. (Subway Weekender)

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a competitor to the Farmer’s Almanac, has a prediction for NYC weather on Christmas day: “It should be a snowy, picturesque Christmas Day.” (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The mayor has a new plan to address homelessness, which centers around training city workers to call 311. An op-ed, credited to current and former outreach workers, the plan “is a massive misdirection of effort and resources, and has the potential to undermine the city’s ability to house and serve the people it is supposed to be helping”. A worthwhile read breaking down why this doesn’t approach a solution to the problem. (Gothamist)

How to survive SantaCon if you feel you both hate your fellow New Yorkers and absolutely MUST participate. (Alexandra Alex for 6sqft)

Here’s a SantaCon map of places to avoid on Saturday. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Why all the SantaCon hate? Check out some horror stories of SantaCon’s past. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

CUNY started a $1 million pilot program to address food insecurity among the students at BMCC. 50% of students enrolled are food insecure according to self-reports. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork)

Alcoholic candy? Yup. Smith & Sinclair has brought boozy gummies to New York. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

Con Ed is planning on raising rates 16% on electricity and between 25% and 34% for gas over the next three years, and the chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection isn’t having it. The Public Service Commission must vote on the price hike before it can be implemented. (Bill Parry for QNS)

Mrs. Claus is paid about half of what a Santa is paid, making the pay closer to an elf than the big red fat man. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

This new development planned for the Williamsburg waterfront is really goin to divide people. Giant, unconventionally shaped buildings? Yes. A promise to build a new public park? Yes. A man-made beach? Yup. (Devin Gannon or 6sqft)

Ecco! has been on Chambers St for over 25 years, but the end of the “Italian saloon” may be nigh, as a new application for a liquor license for another location fo The Grey Dog was filed for the address. (Tribeca Citizen)

Public defenders and justice advocates are calling on new NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea to abolish a policing tool he’s strongly defended: the department’s gang database. (Ese Olumhense and Eileen Grench for The City)

Are we so starved for nature in the city that we’re willing to pay someone for pinecones for $1 to $5 and tree branches for $10? Yes we are. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

More than 1,000 mourners streamed onto a Williamsburg street Wednesday evening to pay their final respects to two of the civilian victims of the Jersey City shooting. The crowd carried the bodies of the dead through the street before they were taken to their final resting places. (Noah Goldberg for Brooklyn Eagle)

Apartment Porn: Take a look at Giorgio Armani’s new $17.5 million penthouse on Central Park West. (Michele Petry for StreetEasy)

A first-year student at Barnard College was killed in an upper Manhattan park early Wednesday evening. Police say the young woman was slain during a mugging. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Thursday morning was a shit-souffle of a commute, with nine different lines experiencing signal problems, door malfunctions, and activated brakes all before 9am. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Winters seems like a terrible time to surf the East River, but Santa took to the water for half an hour in frigid temperatures. (Claire Lampen for Gothamist)

Six picks for top holiday windows to see this year. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Photos: The 2019 holiday windows. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft, photos by James and Karla Murray)

Some of the city’s best and most affordable museums. (Gabe Herman for amNewYork)

New York City’s best museum gift shops. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

The Infatuation’s favorite new restaurants of 2019. (The Infatuation)

Undocumented immigrants can get legal drivers licenses in New York starting on Monday, as the state’s Greenlight law is set to take effect. (Zack Fink for NY1)

The 5 best restaurants in Cobble Hill. (Scott Enman for Brooklyn Eagle)

Suit up for a Sunday in the life of Storm Marrero, the first Afro-Latina singing ringmaster for the Big Apple Circus. (Alix Strauss for NY Times)

A look at the recent struggles of Birdcamp, a store and boarding facility for birds. Birdcamp has been an institution for nearly two decades for bird lovers on E 53rd and is in danger of closing. (Alix Strauss for NY Times)

Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy with lead is toxic and steeped in institutional racism. (Alexander C. Kaufman for HuffPost)

The city passed a law banning vendors from the Dyker Heights Christmas lights in an attempt to ease the difficulties the neighborhood was experiencing with the crowds, but the vendors found a loophole and have come back. (Meaghan McGoldrick and Paul Frangipane for Brooklyn Eagle)

NYC’s 31 top Italian restaurants. (Eater)

The Briefly for October 20, 2019 – The “Road Diet is Taking Over New York City” Edition

Andy Byford quit and unquit the MTA, Bernie’s rally draws over 26,000 in Queens, Trump makes the Gowanus more toxic, the best hotel bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The late-night subway disruptions are relatively minimal this week, hitting the 1, 2, 7, N, Q, and R lines. (Subway Weekender)

Photos: This year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. (Brooklyn Vegan)

When all the other New York love stories have been told, the “buskers across subway tracks” will finally have its spotlight. (@annamerlan)

Andy Byford quit his job as the president of the New York City Transit Authority last week. (Politico)

Byford’s resignation was rescinded. He was considering leaving the MTA because there is “no money to fix the system.” Part of the problem is with Governor Cuomo’s not-so-invisible hand guiding the system. (Gothamist)

Morris Park Avenue is going to undergo a “road diet,” which is a weird way to say that the road will be reconfigured to reduce vehicles on the road in an effort to reduce the number of ongoing injuries and fatalities. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Where should the next busway be installed in the city? (Curbed)

The 26th cyclist died as a result of the actions of a driver over the weekend. Ada Martinez died as a result of the injuries she sustained when hit by a Ford E-250 van last month. (Streetsblog)

Cameras on MTA buses have caught over 1,500 vehicles blocking bus lanes in the first 10 days of the program. Drivers will get one warning before being issued tickets. (Patch)

Mayor de Blasio’s presidential campaign always seemed pathetic, but you have no idea how pathetic it actually was. Here’s what the last few days of the campaign was like on the inside. (NY Times)

Where to go when you want a really good roast chicken. (The Infatuation)

Here are the restaurants ordered closed last week by the Department of Health. (Patch)

The new 7-level Nordstrom’s flagship opens this Thursday on West 57th and Broadway. (6sqft)

If you want to dance on the stairs featured in Joker, get ready to deal with a neighborhood that doesn’t want your bullshit. (Time Out)

Photos: Views of the city from a new 1,400 tower in Midtown. (Gothamist)

The City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner has identified the 1,645th person killed in the 9/11 attacks thanks to DNA testing. The man’s name is being withheld by his family, but it’s somewhat comforting to know that there is a family that can have the closure of confirmation, even if it’s 18 years later. (The Villager)

NYC Nightmare: A woman fell into a covered construction pit on the corner of 35th and 8th in Manhattan. (Gothamist)

The Ear Inn has a sordid history that goes back to 1817, but it also has a ghost named “Mickey.” (Atlas Obscura)

Food vendors will be banned from the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Display this year, as per a new bill from the City Council. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Triboro, the proposed and still theoretical train that would connect multiple underserved neighborhoods in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, is one step closer to reality. The MTA will study the feasibility of the route from the Bronx to Ridgewood. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Last weekend’s MSG show was the first Misfits show with Glenn Danzig, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, and Jerry Only in NYC since 1983 and the band’s supposed last show ever. Of course, there are photos, videos, and the setlist. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Photos: Bernie Sanders and AOC’s 26,000 person rally in Queensbridge Park. (Gothamist)

How can the Gowanus get more toxic? Add Donald Trump. (Pardon Me for Asking)

A guide to Richmond Hill and Ozone Park for those unfamiliar with Queens. (Gothamist)

Do you trust the NYPD? Watch this video of an officer tossing some weed into a Brooklyn man’s car, who is suing the NYPD for half a million dollars. (Gothamist)

NYC Trivia: Ever see something in the pavement that looks like a plastic bottle cap? They serve a real purpose. (Untapped Cities)

20 outstanding hotel bars. (Eater)

Thanks to reader Brigid Connell for today’s featured photo!