The Briefly for November 13, 2019 – The “Staten Island Revisits Secession from New York City” Edition

The city’s first hair discrimination case is settled, Penn Station is about to get worse, a 22.5-foot arm appears in Brooklyn, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Queens has a new Boulevard of Death, and it’s Jewel Ave. (Streetsblog)

The first hair discrimination case in the city has been resolved. Sally Hershberger and partner Sharon Dorram lost a $70k lawsuit after former workers were told that their hairstyles didn’t fit a dress code, specifically that “afros and box-braid hairstyles did not reflect the upscale image of the neighborhood.” (The Root)

Staten Island wants to secede from NYC. (Gothamist)

Penn Station’s multi-year renovation means that the already depressing station will become even more dour when it loses about 17 businesses including Shake Shack, Magnolia Bakery, two Starbucks, a Pretty and Godiva. (Eater)

Can an opinion be wrong? In the case of the “Can We Talk About Womanspreading?” opinion piece that ran in the Daily News, the answer is yes. Claire Lampen read it, so you don’t have to. (Gothamist)

Last night’s sunset was spectacular. (@mikiodo)

What’s the point of adding 500 cops to the subways to police fare evasion? Rationally minded folks aren’t the only ones asking that question, the MTA’s board is also starting to ask that same question. (Gothamist)

More cops of better service? The number of crimes on the subway are down, no matter what fantasy Governor Cuomo wants to create to justify spending more than half a billion dollars on new subway cops. The governor if you ask 100 people on the subway if they want more cops on the subways, 75 would say yes, so amNewYork went down and started asking. (amNewYork)

Dr. Sun Yat-sen received a monument in Chinatown at Columbus Park, adding Dr Sun’s name to the park’s plaza as well. He was a pioneer in the reform of China in 1911 and the monument has “All Under Heaven Are Equal” inscribed on the pedestal. (amNewYork)

This week is the best week for forest bathing. What’s forest bathing? I don’t really know. It’s kind of like taking a walk in the trees but different? (Gothamist)

The East Side Costal Resiliency (ESCR) project is headed for a full City Council vote on Thursday, which will decide the future of the East River Park and how the Lower East Side is protected from storms and the rising sea. (Curbed)

There are 40 NYCHA developments without gas, some without gas since April. City Comptroller Scott Stringer argues that if gas is not supplied for an extended period of time that the NYCHA should be offering food reimbursement and monthly bill abatements to compensate. (amNewYork)

Is the one minute you can spend inside the “Infinity Mirrored Room” at David Zwirner in Chelsea worth the potentially very long wait? (NY Times)

Looking for restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner this year? (Patch)

How to choose an apartment based on the school district. (StreetEasy)

With the help of Lin-Manuel Miranda and some Hamilton collaborators, the Drama Book Shop will be opening its new location on W 39th in the spring and operated by the company that operates Hamilton’s gift shop. (NY Times)

Third Ave in Sunset Park between 20th and 30th Streets underneath the Gowanus Expressway is becoming a hub for RV parking. (amNewYork)

A rezoning in Woodside was given the thumbs up by Community Board 2 that will bring 60 apartments to 52nd St near Queens Blvd with parking, a community facility, and commercial space. (Sunnyside Post)

Last weekend saw a spike in hate crimes reported in Brooklyn, most anti-Semitic in nature. (amNewYork)

The National Grid / Governor Cuomo war of words hasn’t ended. The governor once again raised the threat of revoking National Grid’s license to operate in the southern part of the state. (NY Times)

Someone broke into the conductor cab on a 1 train and bean screaming “I have a fucking gun!” into the train’s PA system. Chaos ensued, as you might expect, but no one was found with a gun and no injuries were reported. (Gothamist)

RIP Charlie Gordon. Astoria’s Sandwich King, who established Sal, Kris & Charlie’s Deli in Astoria. (LIC Post)

Unity is a 22.5-foot bronze sculpture of an arm pointing towards the sky in Downtown Brooklyn by Hank Willis Thomas. The piece is “in homage to, and celebration of, the unique and multifaceted character of the borough of Brooklyn. There is one finger raised, but it’s not the Brooklyn salute you might assume. It’s the index finger. (Untapped New York)

Hall & Oates is hitting the road and MSG is on their list for February 28. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Single-Story Project,” from Adam Friedberg on view at the Center for Architecture captures 100 one-story buildings in the East Village and Lower East Side. It seems almost impossible that with the city as dense as it is that there are that many one-story buildings remaining. (Curbed)

Take a look inside Norah Jones’ $8 million circa-1843 Cobble Hill home, which includes a master suite terrace and a hot tub and pool in the backyard. (Curbed)

Are your neighbors’ security cameras spying on you? (NY Times)

The hottest restaurants in Queens this month. (Eater)

The Briefly for January 8, 2019 – The “How the Federal Shutdown Could Lead to MTA Cutbacks” Edition

Lin-Manuel Miranda saves the Drama Book Shop, Williamsburg rents will rise, Amtrak considered using Cuomo’s tunnel fixes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city’s latest public service announcement makes the equivalency of danger between giving cigarettes or sugary drinks to children. (Metro)

Discover the history of each one of the East Village’s 2,200 buildings with the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society’s new online tool. (6sqft)

New York did pretty well at the Golden Globes from Rachel Brosnahan winning best actress to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse winning best animated film. (amNY)

Those billboards on the water are not only an eyesore, but are also illegal, according to the Mayor’s press secretary. (Gothamist)

Amtrak is eyeing the governor’s L train plan with a little bit of envy, calling it a “common sense solution” for their damaged tunnels between Manhattan and Queens. (6sqft)

A three-foot gap in the Belt Parkway was the cause of FDNY firefighter Steven H. Pollard’s death on Sunday night. Pollard fell through the gap while saving two victims in an overturned car. (NY Post)

Tell every single person you know who has ever spent any time upstate (defined as North of the Bronx). The Brooklyn Navy Yard Wegmans is hiring 500 employees, 150 full-time for their opening in the fall. (Greenpointers)

New York’s abortion laws predate Roe v. Wade by three years and haven’t been updated since. Governor Cuomo and Hillary Clinton called for the state legislature to pass the Reproductive Health Act and the Contraceptive Care Act to modernize the state’s laws. (amNY)

Take a peek inside Brooklyn’s biggest bank, which will soon sit at the base of its tallest building. (6sqft)

The city has six more weeks without its monthly reimbursements from the FTA, which will not happen if the Trump shutdown does not conclude, until the MTA will have to start making budget cuts. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Williamsburg rents will rise thanks to the change in the L train shutdown, according to experts. Also according to literally anyone in the city with half a brain. (amNY)

No one’s sure who the hell has to approve the Cuomo’s shutdown of the L train shutdown. Will Trump’s Federal Transit Administration have to sign off on the plan too? (Politico)

Who hides hundreds of thousands of dollars in their oven if they are out of their apartment for months at a time? Lady Gaga’s ex-boyfriend Rob Fusari did, and $265,000 was lost when he was evicted from his apartment. (NY Post)

Either this woman is evading a subway fare or she’s purposefully mooning the camera. (reddit)

It’s hard to hate Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda and three Hamilton collaborators are buying the theater district’s Drama Book Shop rather than let it be driven out of business by raising rents. (NY Times)

Got $1,100 lying around? Then you can afford dinner for two at Eleven Madison Park after their new year’s price hike. (Eater)

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