The Briefly for November 6, 2019 – The “Where Have All The Duane Reades Gone” Edition

Election results, the ultimate guide to eating at Wegmans, ICE continues to make courthouse arrests, the best bear, never enough food halls, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

In a new effort by the MTA and law enforcement to crack down on fare evasion, New York City reportedly opened a $500 million decoy subway station this week to catch turnstile jumpers. (The Onion)

Something is wrong when even Duane Reade is reducing its footprint in the city. (Gothamist)

The 2019 New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. (City and State)

Only 1.14% of the registered voters in the city turned out to vote early this election. Come on, people! Let’s pick it up next time around. (amNewYork)

Jumaane Williams was re-elected as the city’s public advocate with 74.13% of the vote. (Patch)

All five ballot referendums were emphatically answered by voters as “YES!” Ranked-choice voting was approved by 72.94%. Civilian Complaint Review Board reform was approved by 77.05%. Ethics and governance approved with 77.05%. Establishing a rainy-day find was approved by 70.51%. and ULURP changes were approved by 75.83%. (amNewYork)

Melinda Katz is Queens’ new District Attorney. (QNS.com)

Central Park will be adding signage to acknowledge that in 1857 the city kicked the mostly African American inhabitants of Seneca Village off their land in order to create the park. (Curbed)

David’s Briskey House in Bed-Stuy is a legendary Jewish deli run by a Yemeni, proving that food belongs to no one. (Atlas Obscura)

The NYC filming locations for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. (Untapped New York)

Alanis Morisette will be celebrating the opening of the ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Broadway musical with an acoustic performance of the album at the Apollo Theater. (Brooklyn Vegan)

There will be a wall in the Gowanus Canal, and National Grid is going to pay for it. It’s true, as a part of the Superfund cleanup, National Grid will build a wall to prevent liquid tar from re-contaminating the canal on the old Fulton Manufactured Gas Plant. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Video: A feature on Macon Hardware in Bed-Stuy, and Clara Hayes, the 92-year-old unofficial mayor of the block and proprietor, who runs the place. (Viewing NYC)

If you’re purchasing health insurance from the marketplace, you’ve got until December 15 to enroll for coverage for January 1. (amNewYork)

What to do in the Bronx that’s not baseball, the zoo or the Botanical Garden. (6sqft)

Don’t say Alec Baldwin punched you if Alec Baldwin didn’t actually punch you. (Gothamist)

Your reward for voting is this series of adorable videos of Sonya the brown bear acting like a little puppy when seeing her former caretaker. (Gothamist)

Are there enough food halls in Midtown? Never! Here come two more. (6sqft)

A list of demands for Dermot Shea, the city’s new police commissioner. (Streetsblog)

When Mayor de Blasio announced Dermot Shea was to be the city’s next police commissioner, he passed over Benjamin Tucker, the second-highest-ranking overall and the top black police official. This is the third time that the mayor passed over Tucker for the position, instead, he picked Benjamin Bratton, James O’Neill, and now Dermot Shea. (NY Times)

If crime declines, should the number of cops follow it? (Gothamist)

ICE has continued to arrest immigrants at courthouses in New York. The Immigrant Defense Project has counted 112 incidents and sightings and that agents are ignoring the state’s rule that prevents federal agents from making arrests in courthouses without a warrant. (amNewYork)

The Dreamland Roller Disco has landed in a new Brooklyn location. The latest incarnation is at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn. (Time Out)

The ultimate guide to eating at Wegmans. (Gothamist)

The Briefly for October 29, 2019 – The “Seven Years Since Hurricane Sandy” Edition

Italian AOC, Corey Johnson’s Master Plan is expected to pass City Council, the best ramen, dogs in Halloween costumes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The Popeyes chicken sandwich returns on Sunday. An excellent pairing with early voting. (Gothamist)

Reminder: Early voting continues all week. (QNS.com)

You can go to the Village to watch the Halloween parade if you’re a masochist, but NY1 will broadcast the parade and there’s a live webcam you can fire up if you can’t “borrow” someone’s Spectrum password. Enjoy costume spotting without braving the rain, people, or the subway ride home. (Curbed)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s “Streets Master Plan” is expected to pass City Council this week, which would add 250 miles of protected bike lanes and 150 dedicated bus lanes to the city. (6sqft)

The mayor supports the plan, but only as long as he doesn’t have to preside over it. The first year of the plan would be 2021, the first year the city would be free from de Blasio’s mayorship. (Gothamist)

Data continues to show traffic on 13th St has not gotten any worse than it was before the 14th St busway. (Streetsblog)

Here’s how NYC is preparing for the next Hurricane Sandy. (Curbed)

Industry City’s 6.6-million-square-foot expansion plan and renderings have been revealed. (New York YIMBY)

Photos: Check out all the good pups in the Fort Greene dog costume contest. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Domestic violence is the leading causing of homelessness in the city. 41% of people entering shelters from July 2017 through July 2018 did so following a domestic violence incident. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

One in ten of the city’s 1.1 million students is homeless, according to the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students. (Patch)

Photos: “What’s the big deal about Wegmans?  Am I missing something?” was a text I got from a friend on Monday morning. I honestly couldn’t tell you but it’s hard to argue with the droves of people who showed up in the rain. (Gothamist)

The mayor made a big deal about having “the talk” with his son when it comes to dealing with the police during his failed presidential campaign, but what he didn’t talk about was the more than half a dozen times he had the NYPD drive his son to and from Yale or pick him up at Penn Station when he decided to take the train. The mayor denies this. (Patch)

Photos: The 16th annual Bike Kill, a gathering of “mutant bicycles,” originated by the Black Label Bicycle Club. (Gothamist)

8 of New York City’s spookiest abandoned sites. (6sqft)

There is mounting support for a ban of non-essential helicopter flights around the city, ending the steady stream of sightseeing rides around lower Manhattan and Uber’s new “taxi” service to JFK. (Brooklyn Paper)

Photos: More from Great PUPkin Halloween Parade in Fort Greene Park. (Gothamist)

Winter is usually the quiet time of year to rent in the city, but there are indications that this year will be tougher than usual. (StreetEasy)

A plan to regulate hotels south of Union Square is being met with mixed reactions. According to City Councilmember Carlina Rivera, the plan would protect neighborhoods against outsized commercial developments like the Moxy Hotel on East 11th St, but it’s met with skepticism that it would instead encourage the development of office buildings. (Curbed)

Why hip hop began in the Bronx. (Welcome2TheBronx)

Add a tugboat to the things that need to be removed from the Gowanus Canal. The boat started taking on water during Sunday’s rain, eventually becoming almost entirely submerged. (Curbed)

Meet Roger the Sloth, the newest resident at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Video: Does this arrest on the subway go too far? Guns were drawn amid a crowded car to arrest a man for fare evasion. (HuffPost)

The 7th annual Barnacle Parade will be held today (Tuesday) from 4-9 pm in Red Hook on Van Brunt St celebrating the neighborhood’s resiliency in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The City Council voted to suspend Andy King for 30 days and fine him $15,000 after a report substantiated a whole list of claims against the member from the Bronx. (Gothamist)

Italian AOC is the best meme of the week. (Twitter)

It’s almost a cliche to hear a company say “unionizing won’t solve the workers’ concerns,” but here we are and of all companies to put that message forward, it’s Housing Works. (NY Times)

Would you be surprised to hear that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s dead presidential run was paid for by donors with city interests? (Politico)

25 of the best ramen bowls in the city. (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!