The Briefly for December 18, 2018 – The “New York: Now With 100% Legal Nunchucks” Edition

Governor Cuomo lays his impressive 2019 agenda on the table, zombie raccoons are hitting the streets, a $2,000 pearl found in a meal, the most checked-out library books, and more in todays daily NYC news digest.

Shooters shoot, and Governor Cuomo is shooting his shot when it comes to the 2019 legislative agenda. (Gothamist)

First on the table is legal weed. Governor Cuomo announced 2019 is the year for legal marijuana in New York. (NY Times)

One of the loftier goals set forth by Cuomo is a Green New Deal for New York state. The goal is to be 100% carbon neutral by 2040. (Politico)

Legal pot and a Green New Deal is only a small piece of the governor’s 2019 agenda. In the first 100 days of the term he plans on launching a $150 billion infrastructure fund, a congestion pricing plan, ending vacancy decontrol, repealing preferential rent, and much more. (Curbed)

If you think that Governor Cuomo could get through a speech in public without being interrupted by Amazon protestors, you were wrong. (NY Post)

Cowabunga! New York’s ban on nunchucks was declared unconstitutional. (NY Post)

Stabbings, weddings, live music, and alcohol. A look back at the history of Hank’s Saloon, which draws lineage back to 1903, ahead of the iconic dice’s closing in January. (The Indypendent)

The city’s top 10 preservation battles in 2018. (Curbed)

Google is going to be investing $1 billion to build a new Hudson Square campus, with plans to build 1.7 million square feet and hiring an additional 7,000 employees. (The Real Deal)

Jennifer Egan, Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, Jesmyn Ward, and Michael Wolff top off the most checked-out books in New York’s libraries. (6sqft)

Bill Murray, legend. The indomitable Mr. Murry joined Puss N’ Boots’ Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper on stage for their annual Christmas show at the Bell House for some merrymaking. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The Fair Fares program is supposed to begin in 2019 for low-income New Yorkers, but no plans have been announced. (Gothamist)

Nitehawk Cinema opens in Park Slope on Wednesday after a $10 million renovation, complete with two bars, food, and movie theaters too. (6sqft)

The chances of finding a pearl in an oyster are 1 in 12,000, but the chances of finding a pearl worth between $2,000 to $4,000 in an oyster at the Grand Central Oyster Bar? Much higher. (Gothamist)

It’s been two years since the Four Season Restaurant’s owner Julian Niccolini pleaded guilty to sexual assault, but it took negative reviews in The New York Times and New York to actually get him ousted. (Eater)

That mysterious green goop stored in the dumpsters of the L train shutdown? It’s probably color inaccuracies in the photos. Or that’s what THEY want you to think. (Gothamist)

The Statue of Liberty protest climber, Therese Patricia Okoumou, was found guilty. (amNY)

Mandarin Ducks? Brooklyn’s had them for years. (Gothamist)

The top 10 theater productions of 2018. (Time Out)

There are multiple reported sightings of zombie raccoons outside of Prospect Park, venturing into the city’s streets. If you come across a raccoon on the street, avoid it and call 311. (Brooklyn Paper)

If you thought the NYCHA’s problems weren’t society’s problems, if the city lost 10% of its public housing, homelessness would increase 62%. (Curbed)

HOLLA🎄D TONNEL no more. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for December 12, 2018 – The “Cuomo Prepares His Legal Pot Plan” Edition

The best restaurants of 2018, NYCs parking summons advocate can’t be reached, the bright lights of Dyker Heights, the Amazon HQ2 guidance committee and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Luxury? That’s so last year. New York’s ultra-luxury real estate market is booming. (The Real Deal)

Governor Cuomo has been tight-lipped on what https://nypost.com/2018/12/11/cuomo-to-release-plan-for-legalizing-recreational-use-of-marijuana/”>New York’s legal marijuana law will look like, but aides are saying it will be included in the 2019 state budget. (NY Post)

The roadblock to single-payer healthcare in New York state was the Republicans. Now with the Democrats firmly in power, labor unions could be the next to stand in its way. (Gothamist)

Ryan Sutton’s restaurants of the year. (Eater)

The lawsuit preventing the Natural History Museum from expanding has been dismissed. The $383 million Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will move forward as planned. The original finish time frame was 2020, it has not been updated yet. (6sqft)

The top 10 dishes of 2018 from The New York Times.

This year’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights are an unrivaled visual spectacle. (6sqft) Unfortunately, so is the insane traffic and overflowing trash bins . (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

It only took the MTA one day to screw up the speed increases on the N and R lines in Brooklyn. (Bklyner)

The city and state’s proposal to Amazon for HQ2 was uploaded for you to see all the cringe-worthy images that were included. (Curbed)

Jazmine Headley, the mother arrested for sitting on the floor after waiting four hours in a government office, had her charges dropped by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. (NY Post)

Little Pakistan is the unofficial name for a portion of Coney Island Avenue. The Pakistani American Youth Organization is looking to make it official. (amNY)

Pete Wells’ best restaurants of 2018. (NY Times)

The 45-person the Amazon HQ2 advisory committee will offer “guidance” as the project moves forward. (amNY) Missing from the committee? Representation from their neighbors to the south in North Brooklyn. (Greenpointers)

From Donna Summer to Margaritaville: The worst Broadway shows of 2018. (amNY)

Spending a night with the working dogs of Governor’s Island. (Gothamist)

Where is Jean-Georges’ newest restaurant? JFK Airport. (Eater)

This Thursday at midnight, Governor Cuomo will take a photo opportunity guided tour of the L train’s tunnels. (Bklyner)

New Yorkers fight 2.4 million parking tickets a year. NYC’s Parking Summons Advocate Jean Wesh, whose job it is to provide assistance to those people, investigates a mere 1.5 of those a day. How do you contact him for help? It’s literally impossible. (NY Post)

The body of a man was found on the shore of the East River near 20th Street on Monday morning. The cause of death is yet unknown. (Town & Village)

Congratulations to the West Side Rag being presented the 2018 Community Service Award from the West Side Federation of Neighborhood & Block Associations. (West Side Rag)

Simcha Felder, the Brooklyn Democrat who voted with state Republicans for years, was shut out of committee leadership posts, while multiple freshman State Senators were given leadership positions. (NY Post)

What’s worse than NYC’s SantaCon? Hoboken’s SantaCon. (Gothamist)

Joseph C. Desmond was arrested in the suspected road-rage killing of Faizal Coto, a 33-year-old member of the FDNY. (NY Times)

The HOLLA🎄D TONNEL. (NY Post)

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