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 December 11, 2019 – The “See Something, Cease & Desist Something” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: SantaCon’s party yachts have been canceled, witchy holiday markets, ask a librarian, the Trash Train contest finds a winner, and more

Today – Low: 27˚ High: 39˚
Light snow in the morning.

Here’s what to expect with next month’s sweeping bail reforms. (Beth Fertig for Gothamist)

Comparing someone to David Duke doesn’t speak highly of them. When it’s one of the NYPD’s top cops? That’s the comparison made to Deputy Inspector Constantin Tsachas for comments he made about NYPD officers targeting black and Latinx men on the subways. (Anne Branigin for The Root)

A new law will force some new constructions and renovations to use glass that is bird-friendly, to prevent birds from accidentially killing themselves by hitting the glass. The NYC Audobon Society estimates 90,000 – 230,000 birds die in the city due to window collisions. (Ryan F. Mendelbaum for Gizmodo)

Let’s check in on those adorable red-tailed hawks in Tompkins Square Park.. OHGOD IT IS EATING THAT PIGEON. (Laura Goggin Photography)

The MTA’s “See Something, Say Something” slogan is trademarked and they are happy to send cease and desist letters to other cities. Enjoy your C&D, Buffalo. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

SantaCon’s five free party yachts, sponsored by Fireball whiskey, were canceled thanks to concern from City Councilmember Keith Powers, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and Assembly Member Harvey Epstein. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

Not all things have been discovered, until now. Congrats are in order to Joe Dator, who has discovered the two hot dog bun. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

The fleet of dollar vans have a new app and an aim to disrupt the city’s buses. (Kimko de Freitas-Tamura for NY Times)

Why is it necessary for the City Council to compel the NYPD to prioritize on towing illegally parked vehicles? Ah, here it is. It’s part of the attempt to crack down on parking placard abuse, a favorite pastime of the NYPD. (Rocco Vertuccio for NY1)

Andres “Andy” Fernandez was found guilty of second-degree murder of L&B Spumoni Gardens owner Louis Barbati. He faces 25 to life when sentenced next month. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

11 witchy, queens, and unique holiday markets. (Cassidy Dawn Graves for Bedford + Bowery)

The founder of Barstool Sports David Portnoy, SantaCon if it were a person, is opening a pizzeria. He’s being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board for threats of firing employees who discussed unionization, he’s made a habit of threatening and harassing female reporters, and is all around disease. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

New York state lost a lawsuit against Exxon-Mobile that claimed the company engaged in fraud through its statements about how it accounted for the costs of climate change regulation. (John Schwartz for NY Times)

Got a question and don’t feel like Googling? Call an NYPL librarian. (Great Big Story)

Tin Pan Alley, a part of 28th between Broadway and Sixth, is now recognized as a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Tin Pan Alley is the birthplace of American popular music. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The laminated pollo bar, the limoncello pistachio bar, and the rest of the the five must-eat items from Brooklyn’s all-day cafe explosion. (Nikitia Richardson for Grub Street)

Got a better name for Bridge & Tunnel Park in Long Island City? The Parks Department is looking for ideas. (Kristen Torres for LIC Post)

Rudy Giuliani, the mayor-turned-goblin, and estranged wife Judith have come to a settlement to avoid a divorce trial. (Sarah Maslin Nir for NY Times)

Staten Island’s Republican City Council Members Joe Borelli and Steven Matteo are introducing legislation to create a task for to explore a Staten Island secession. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

Essex Crossing is hiding a nasty secret: A Vision Zero nightmare on the East side of the development. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

A look at the appalling conditions of the apartments that the homeless of New York City have been assigned in Newark. (Courtney Gross for NY1)

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure has never been more true than the trash treasures found at the bottom of the Gowanus Canal that will eventually find a home in a museum. (Gowanus Lounge)

Here’s the winner of the “Trash Train” photo contest held by the Transport Workers Union Local 100. The photo is of the aftermath of someone dropping a deuce between subway cars. The contest was held to highlight the need to add back cleaning jobs that cut back the times trains are cleaned by 50%. (Vincent Barone for amNewYork)

Interested in the rest of the Trash Train entries? With photo titles like “Fluids?,” “Two Puddles of Vomit,” and “Number 2 done expressly on the #2 Express,” click the link at your own risk. (Train Train)

Pete Wells’s top 10 new restaurants in the city. (Pete Wells for NY Times)

Congrats to the winners of this year’s Eater Awards for restaurant of the year, design of the year, and bakery of the year. (Eater)

Thanks to Mary von Aue for today’s featured image

The Briefly for December 9, 2019 – The “Amazon Comes Crawling Back” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Rezoning leads to gentrification, the NYPD is being sued for racist policies, the worst meals of 2019, SantaCon on a boat, and more

The only late-night disruptions on the subways this week are on the 4, 6, D, E, J, and Q trains. Read up before you head out. (Subway Weekender)

Does rezoning lead to gentrification? A study looking at two rezonings during the Bloomberg administration in Park Slope and the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront shows the populations of black and Latino residents dropped by the thousands while the overall population of the neighborhoods grew. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

With the results of that study, there is pressure on the City Council to pass legislation that would require the city to predict demographical changes before a neighborhood is rezoned. (Christian Murray for LIC Post)

Hello Amazon, look who came crawling back and is opening a new office in Hudson Yards without any taxpayer subsidies. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

>Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is for her stance on HQ2 in Long Island City. (@AOC)

The governor and mayor, whose administrations are responsible for the failed HQ2, are still pointing fingers. Cuomo is pointing fingers at the politicians who stepped up in opposition to the deal and de Blasio is blaming Amazon for walking away. (Amy Russo for HuffPost)

The NYPD were targeting black and hispanic people for minor offenses in the subways from 2011 to 2015. That’s not only according to a lawsuit, but also multiple sworn statements from NYPD officers. (Joseph Goldstein and Ashley Southall for NY Times)

The NYCHA has issued a “heat action plan,” which establishes a protocol to fix and prevent heat outages. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

What did your street look like in the 1800s? Check it out with OldNYC’s StreetView-like viewer. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

The top 10 secrets of Chumley’s, the Greenwich Village speakeasy from 1922. (Claire Leaden for Untapped New York)

Six Astoria restaurants with outdoor dining all year long. (Claire Leaden for We Heart Astoria)

A Park Slope substitute teacher is in trouble after telling his class of 1st graders that Santa isn’t real during a class about convincing. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

It’s been three years since the last gun buyback program in the city. What’s the history of buyback programs and why has it been so long since the last one? (Noah Goldberg for Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A look at the history of the Queensboro Bridge. (Lannyl Stephens for GVSHP)

Are the governor and mayor’s strategies to help the city’s homeless working? The answer is somewhere between the data collected is “vague” and completely inconclusive. (Mirela Iverac for Gothamist)

Congressperson Max Rose is trying to save the Staten Island Yankees from obvilion. Part of MLB’s reasoning for announcing the elimination of the team is unacceptable time travel for teams and players not receiving a fare wage for their services. (Jaime DeJesus for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

The list of restaurants ordered closed is back this week with a new entry into the 100+ point violation club. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Why is Mike Bloomberg lying that no one asked him about stop-and-frisk until now? (Amy Russo for HuffPost)

The best holiday markets in NYC. (Ameena Walker for Curbed)

31 literary icons of Greenwich Village. (Andrew Berman for 6sqft)

If you don’t like the idea of SantaCon you’re really not gonna like the idea of Fireball whiskey sponsored SantaCon party yachts. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Are you a bus? (Vincent Barone for amNewYork)

Congrats Tribeca, you beat 90210 as the nation’s most expensive zip code. (Kathleen Culliton for amNewYork)

Lucky Lee’s, which claimed to have “clean” Chinese food, is closed a year after it opened. (Serena Dai)

Forget the best. Here are the worst dishes of 2019. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)