The Briefly for November 8, 2019 – The “The Subway Psychic and El Bloombito Returns!” Weekend Edition

A push to lift the street vendor cap, the end of the food hall gold rush, the pumpkin smasher arrested, the Rockefeller Center tree is on its way, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Just as your schedule is really getting busy, here comes a weekend of heavy subway disruptions. (Subway Weekender)

Finding Keano, New York’s most elusive subway psychic. (NY Times)

Monday is Veterans Day, here is what will be closed as a result of either the holiday or the Fifth Avenue parade. (Patch)

The return of El Bloombito!!! (@ElBloombito)

Have you ever heard Mayor Bloomberg try to speak Spanish? Then you’ll understand why Rachel Figueroa-Levin’s Twitter parody account exists. (Salon)

Mayor Bloomberg’s possible announcement that he will be joining the Democratic presidential candidates can mean one thing. (Patch)

5 NYC buildings that changed American history. (NY Times)

There are an estimated 20,000 food and non-food street vendors in the city, but the number of permits has been capped at 5,100 since the 1980s. State Senator Jessica Ramos wants to bring the city’s rules about street vendors into the 21st century. Her bill would lift the cap but also enforce the rules and permitting on everyone and allow municipalities to decide where vendors could and couldn’t set up shop. (Gothamist)

Five reasons to lift the street vendor cap. (Grub Street)

Apartment Porn: Twelve bathrooms, an indoor pool, eleven thousand square feet, a glass elevator, six floors, a theater, glassed garage, and the former home of Lady Gaga. All yours for $18 million. (StreetEasy)

Going deep with Jacqueline Novak on the success and bringing her show ‘Get On Your Knees’ back to Off-Broadway. (Gothamist)

Bumper. Cars. On. Ice. (amNewYork)

Photos: Inside Flushing’s Hindu temple, completed in 1977, which possibly makes it the first in the country. (Gothamist)

Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here is where you can see pieces of the wall in the city. (6sqft)

You can either go to FAO Schwarz, or you can book the $3,000/night suite at the Conrad New York Midtown, which is filled with FAO Schwarz toys where you can order toy room service and get a private shopping tour of the store. (6sqft)

Where to eat or order Thanksgiving dinner in NYC. (Grub Street)

The idiot who jumped into the lion’s enclosure at the Bronx Zoo was arrested on Wednesday night. Myah Autry faces two charges of criminal trespass and turned herself in. (Patch)

If the Hot Duck has taught us anything, it’s that bird watching in the city is cool again. Photos of the hawks on Governors Island. (Laura Goggin Photography)

“Brutal” and “uncomfortable to watch.” Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is not getting the highest of praise. (amNewYork)

The Bay Ridge pumpkin smasher has been arrested. He was pulled over for a tail light and the NYPD allegedly also found cocaine in his car. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations to increase bike safety in the US, but the only one people are focusing on is mandatory helmets. A mandatory helmet law would effectively kill all bike sharing programs in the city, but the mayor would rather tell all cyclists to wear helmets than fix the roads to make them safer for everyone. (Gothamist)

Earlier in the week I poked fun at how many food halls are opening across the city, but there are some early indicators that the “gold rush” over food halls is ending. (Eater)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is cut and on its way to the city. It should be arriving on a flatbed on Saturday. (Untapped New York)

10 NYC residential buildings with the best amenities for dogs. (6sqft)

The Met Gala theme for 2020 is conceptual at best and straight up confusing at worst. About Time: Fashion and Duration? Yup. (Gothamist)

The court battle over control of WBAI is ongoing but the station has returned local programming to the airwaves. (Patch)

The sudden appearance of an armored ICE vehicle on a residential street sparked panic in Ridgewood on Thursday. Turns out it wasn’t a random immigration arrest, but part of a federal investigation into someone hoarding about 50 guns including a machine gun, gun parts, and ammunition. (Gothamist)

Another dunk on Trump from Attorney General Letitia James and New York state. This time around the president was hit with a $2 million penalty for persistently using the Trump foundation for illegal activity. (Patch)

Take a look inside the last occupied apartments inside the Chelsea Hotel. (NY Times)

As winter creeps towards us every year, the same feeling of dread overcomes the city as it tightens its muscles in fear and anticipation. SantaCon is coming. Steer clear on December 14th. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn’s best diner breakfasts, according to the staff of the Eagle. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Photos: BRIC After Dark at the Knockdown Center. (The Briefly)

The Briefly for March 27, 2019 – The “Legal Marijuana is No Longer A Sure Thing” Edition

What we know about congestion pricing, two new food halls, Broad City’s NYC, coyotes in Central Park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Here’s what we know about the proposed congestion pricing plan. (NY Times)

Midtown is getting protected bike lanes on 52nd and 53rd. The proposal has the support of Community Board 5’s transportation panel and likely have support from the full board. (Streetsblog)

Marijuana legalization appears to be in jeopardy as Albany seems to be ready to shoot itself in the foot when it comes to something that seemed like a sure thing only a few months ago. (Gothamist)

A salute to one of the city’s cheapest and possibly most delicious sandwich categories. (Curbed)

So this guy was just walking around Brooklyn carrying a loaded AR-15 rifle inside a rolling suitcase? Yup. (Gothamist)

A look inside Cipriani’s new 28,000 square foot Upper West Side food hall. (Eater)

Speaking of food halls, Time Out’s DUMBO food hall vendor list has been revealed. (6sqft)

Other People’s Trash is a vintage clothing shop run out of the back of an RV. Yes, it’s in Bushwick. How did you know? (Bushwick Daily)

The average bonus in the city’s securities industry dropped by 17% last year, but it was still more than twice the average salary in the city’s private sector. (Patch)

Bay Ridge is moving towards having its first historic district. (Brownstoner)

If you loved Rosemary’s Tavern in Williamsburg before it shut down in February, you can own a piece of it at auction this weekend. (BrooklynVegan)

The story behind neighborhood names like Spuyten Duyvil, Harlem, Marbil Hill, and more. (Streeteasy)

The New York Times wrote a love letter to itself focused around the photography of Christopher Payne, whose subject was The New York Times. (NY Times)

Central Park is getting wild. Coyotes have been spotted in the park. If you see one while looking for a hot bird, don’t feed it (duh), protect your pets, admire nature’s beauty, and then call 311 right away. (Gothamist)

Welcome to NYC Elizabeth Warren, you’re late for your train. (TMZ)

The city council is still trying to reign in the floating billboards that have been plaguing the city’s waterways. The latest attempt is a bill that will be introduced on Thursday that will quadruple the fine for violating city zoning rules. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The state is getting ready to ban plastic bags, with a possibility it will be in the April 1 budget (NY Post)

If we could all be as happy as this bag dog, the city would be a better place. (Viewing NYC)

As Broad City comes to a close, here’s a look at some of the city’s most important locations to the show. (Streeteasy)

21.9% of people who took a city bus towards the end of 2018 evaded the fare. Transit President Andy Byford wants to see police on the buses to prevent this instead of making the service something people are willing to pay for. (Patch)

If you’re craving country food in the city, this list is an answer to your southern prayers. (amNY)

Happy 20th anniversary to Forgotten New York. (Forgotten New York)

“We have solid numbers. I think part of the problem has been what people define as a solid number.” Chirlane McCray testified in front of the City Council about ThriveNYC’s seemingly lack of data that tracks the progress of its programs. (amNY)

Robert Cornegy Jr. represents Northern Crown Heights and Bed Stuy on the City Council and is officially the tallest politician in the world. (NY Times)

Mayor de Blasio’s control of the city’s school system will continue through the end of his term, with the state signing a three-year extension through June of 2022. (NY Post)

Unlike anywhere else in the country, New Yorkers under 44 make more than New Yorkers over 44. Just one of the ney findings from a recent survey from Streeteasy. (Streeteasy)

The Lower East Side’s Luther Gulick Park is getting a $10 million makeover that will complete by September of 2020. Gulick’s place in history stands as the man who encouraged James Naismith to invent basketball. The park will, of course, have a court. (Patch)

19 reliable first date spots in Manhattan. (Eater)

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