The Briefly for December 2, 2019 – The “Open Up the Wall and Get Showered in Rats” Edition

today’s daily NYC news digest: Today’s possible snow, this week’s late night subway work, an investigation into the raw chicken disaster, a Thanksgiving ballon fights back, where to donate coats, and more

If you’re taking the 3, 4, 6, A, D, E, J, N, or R trains late nights this week, you’re going to want to double check your trains are still running. (Subway Weekender)

Let the snow speculation begin! “Up to 4 inches” is what is being reported about the first real snow of the season, but also it’s forecasted to be raining all throughout the day until the overnight, where it will turn to snow. (Kathleen Culliton)

If you’re like my wife and I, you joy-watch the show Making It. This season, you can root for Brooklyn’s Jessie Bearden to win the whole dang thing. The new season starts Monday night and you can check out some of Jessie’s work on her Instagram account. (Jaime DeJesus for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Nightmare: While replacing a wall, a handyman received a shower of dead and live rats and feces from the ceiling. (John Del Signore for Gothamist)

Advice on how to throw a big party in a small apartment. (Ronda Kaysen for NY Times)

Seen a UFO in the city lately? You’re not alone. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

With the Tech Hub coming to 14th St in the old PC Richards location, the nearby Community Boards are taking a defensive position against the city’s proposed plan to require special permits for hotel developments south of Union Square. Community Board 3 joined CB 2 in voting against the plan. (Gabe Herman for amNewYork)

Don’t throw out your coat. Here is where you can donate your used coats. (Charline Charles for Gothamist)

On Wednesday night a man fired into a crowd in the Bronx and shot five people, including 10- and 14-year-old boys. No injuries were life-threatening during the mass shooting. (Ed Shanahan for NY Times)

Visualizing how the census affected the city with Who We Are: Visualizing NYC By the Numbers at the Museum of the City of New York. (Alejandra Salazar for Gothamist)

Photos: The Thanksgiving Day Parade (David Allen for Patch)

Video: The balloons flew during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but that isn’t to say that there weren’t some issues. A 45-foot nutcracker balloon took down one of its handlers on W 75th. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Peter Muhlbach, a former Long Island City High School teacher, inappropriately texted female students, boosted failing grades, gave students money, gifts, alcohol and slept with one student, according to a new city investigation. Gross. (Allie Griffin for Sunnyside Post)

Infographic: 50 interesting facts you might not know about the city. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NY)

Seeing whales in city waters was a near fantasy a decade ago, but there have been 377 sightings of whales this year. (Freethink)

Video: Buzzfeed is still trying to figure out how Bond St became covered in raw chicken. A video investigation that, spoilers, ultimately leads to no conclusive answers but is opening up their tip lines. (Producer Derek Gardner for Buzzfeed)

Congrats to the 300 homes in Ozone Park that ended November with their basements flooded with raw sewage thanks to a backup from the city’s sewer system. (Alissa Paolicelli for NY1)

Have you tried to take a look at your Community Board’s meeting minutes? Double check, because it’s not always easy to find. (Katia Kelly for Pardon Me for Asking)

What Community Board represents you? (NYC.gov)

Where to eat and drink at 14 city museums. (Florence Fabricant for NY Times)

Thanks to Henry T. Casey for today’s featured image that proves why walking over the Manhattan Bridge is better than walking over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Briefly for Thanksgiving 2019 – The “What’s The Worst That Could Happen During the Parade” Thanksgiving Edition

What’s going for Thanksgiving, James O’Neill’s parting words as NYC’s top cop, a history of Pete’s Candy Store, your salads are trash, and more in today’s Thanksgiving daily news digest.

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How are you getting around today? Here’s how getting around below ground is gonna work. (Patch)

The best spots to watch the parade. (6sqft)

10 things you didn’t know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (6sqft)

What’s open today and what’s not. (Patch)

Photos: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation on the Upper West Side. (Untapped New York)

How to watch today’s parade. (HuffPost)

When this email goes out, we’ll have no idea if the balloons will be allowed to fly or not. (Gothamist)

What’s the worst that could happen? Watch the Cat in the Hat crash into a light post in 1997, injuring four people and putting one of the four into a month-long coma. (Viewing NYC)

Here’s another example from 1997: The Barney balloon’s untimely death thanks to wind and a flagpole around 50th St. (DelhiTheCat on YouTube)

Toss your Thanksgiving salads in the trash. There’s another romaine lettuce e.coli outbreak. (Gothamist)

Photos: The redesigned 80th floor “landing spot” of the Empire State Building. (Untapped New York)

What does James O’Neill have to say as he exits the position of top cop in NYC? Don’t criticize subway cops so much. Thanks for firing Daniel Pantaleo James, but don’t let the door hit you on the way out. (Gothamist)

Photos: Inside the newly saved Paris Theater. (Untapped New York)

Here comes the Holiday Nostalgia Rides! You can find the vintage trains on the A, F, and D lines on most Sundays in December. (6sqft)

Is there Black Friday in NYC? Yes, and here’s a compiled list of when the biggest chains open across the city. (Patch)

16 dazzling NYC holiday displays. (Curbed)

RIP Harlem’s Adelia Murphy, America’s oldest person at 114 years old. (amNewYork)

NYC’s 10 most important buildings of the past decade. (Curbed)

Looking back on 20 years of Pete’s Candy Store, who is celebrating its anniversary this weekend. (Bedford + Bowery)

This weekend is the last weekend of Brooklyn Bazaar. Friday’s show wasn’t sold out (at press time), but tickets are all gone for Saturday. You can still grab something in the liquidation sale. (Greenpointers)

The Briefly for November 27th, 2019 – The “Brooklyn’s Space Car > Elon Musk’s Cyber Truck” Edition

Home Alone 2’s New York City, the City Council tries to curb parking placard abuse, calls for a bike mayor, a white Christmas looks unlikely, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be my 37th parade. Part of the tradition is waking up early, part of it is bundling up as warm as possible to stand still outside for 4 hours, and part of it is reading for three days straight about how the wind might be too much for the balloons and they won’t be allowed to fly. If it happens this year, it’ll be the first time it ever happens. (NY Times)

If you want to check out the Thanksgiving parade balloon inflation, here’s where to see them. It might be your only chance to see them! (Gothamist)

Looking for something to read? The New York Public Library released its annual list of the beset books for adults, teenagers, and children with a new category this year of the best children’s’ books in Spanish. (NY Times)

Elon Musk’s “Cyber Truck” looks eerily similar to the Spaceship car seen all over Brooklyn, don’t you think? (Bedford + Bowery)

No one wants 500 additional cops in the subways and on the buses, and Tuesday’s City Council hearing made it clear. The MTA officials could not say that the NYPD wanted the increase. (Gothamist)

80 groups have all signed on to oppose the governor’s plan to increase police presence on transit and invest in the subways and buses instead. (@RidersAlliance)

White Christmas? It’s not looking likely. (Patch)

The “MTA Museum,” which is an Instagram account and not run but he MTA nor is it a museum, is back and turning the grossest parts of the subways into art. (Untapped New York)

Long Island City’s Sixteen Oaks Grove Park is getting a $1.3 million makeover. It’s a .22 acre park on the corner of 21st St and 14th St. (LIC Post)

A look at the New York that existed in Home Alone 2 and an interview with Devin Ratray, who played Kevin’s older brother Buzz. The real locations, the fictional spots, and the parts of New York City that are no longer standing. (Curbed)

Related: A definitive list of filming locations of Home Alone 2. (Curbed)

Photos: A tour of the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. (6sqft)

The most talked about tacos of the year are from Birra-Landia, a taco truck in Jackson Heights. A rare food truck review from the Times scores two stars from Pete Wells. (NY Times)

FedEx’s robots are not welcome on New York’s streets. The robots debuted last week and received a cease and desist from the Department of Transportation on Tuesday. Farewell robots, we hardly knew ye. (Gothamist)

A charter school for students who failed out of the 9th grade in Midwood was met with a community meeting trying to raise enough money to prevent the school from opening. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Hunters Point Library was hit with a class-action lawsuit from the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York, claiming the new $41 million library does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Curbed)

How well does your community board represent the district? Not very well if you’re a minority. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Photos: Inside some of the tenant holdouts in the Hotel Chelsea. (Gothamist)

The stores that are left along Fifth Avenue are hoping that ramping up the annual holiday windows can bring attention and business back to the retail locations that need it. (NY Times)

The Staten Island Yankees could be dead. Major League Baseball is looking to de-affiliate 40 teams and the Staten Island Yankees, a Yankees affiliate for 21 seasons, is on the list. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Say goodbye to all of your vape flavors. The City Council voted to ban all flavored vaping products. The ban will kick in starting in July. (Gothamist)

A call for the formation of an Office of Active Transportation and an Office of Pedestrians and appointing a “bike mayor” of the city. (Streetsblog)

Here’s an example of why the city needs a bike mayor. A video of a Domino’s delivery person getting doored and when the NYPD and EMTs arrived, the NYPD officers gave him a summons for leaving the bike lane before he had recovered. (Gothamist)

A spotlight on Matt Travis, a wrestling star on the ride in NYC who was murdered by the driver of a dump truck in a hit-and-run collision. (Gothamist)

The City Council passed nine bills aimed at parking placard abuse, including steeper fines, new requirements for police reports on enforcement, and a three strike rule. There are 125,000 parking placards in circulation, so there is plenty of opportunity for the NYPD to actually enforce these laws, but pardon me if I won’t believe it until I see it. (Streetsblog)

If you want an example of why the NYPD being in charge of placard enforcement is a joke, look no further. (George the Atheist)

Add Industry City to your list of places with ice skating rinks this year. (Time Out)

A claim that the coolest tree in NYC is the American Elm at 77th and Central Park West. (I Love The Upper West Side)

The 8 best neighborhoods in NYC for holiday shopping. (6sqft)

Thanks to Kelly Sabatino for today’s featured image