The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Bird Hipsters Cared About Ducks Before It Was Cool” Edition

The Manhattan Ikea has an address (and Bloomingdale’s has a new neighbor), Joseph Esposito is Schrödinger’s head of OEM, the MTA focuses on fare evaders, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Monday’s awful commute was brought to you by the F and G trains, with support from the N. No word yet on how the new signals on the 7 train functioned. (NY Post)

The couple who lost their engagement ring during a botched engagement in Times Square were reunited with their ring. (Gothamist)

The only place to get your Game of Thrones MetroCards are at Grand Central Terminal starting today. (Gothamist)

The planned Manhattan Ikea has an address. At the corner of E 59th Street and Third Ave, Bloomingdale’s will have a new Swedish neighbor. (6sqft)

Where’s the center of NYC? (Untapped Cities)

The most chronically flooded streets in the city. (Curbed)

NYC’s brand new breed, the Bird Hipster, cared about seeing birds before it became everyone’s Mandarin Crush Monday. (NY Times)

Two Boots has a tax problem. The Hell’s Kitchen location was seized by the state for $175,426 in unpaid taxes. You could really help them out by buying 6,060 large “The Dude” pies. (Eater)

Modern day Santa Claus, who is very real and busy at work making LOL dolls and Nintendo Switches, was created by a group of NYC artists in the early 1800s. (6sqft)

The rats have taken the subways. (Gothamist)

At 1:37pm, Joseph Esposito, the head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, was fired for the city’s handling of the November 15 snow storm. At 2:37pm, Mr. Esposito was still in his office, working, despite being “fired” last Friday. At 12:26am, he was staying in his job until a successor is found. Why is the mayor so bad at firing top officials? (NY Post, NY Times, and NY Post, respectively)

Before 9/11, immigrants could get drivers licenses in New York, regardless of their legal status. Immigrant rights advocates are pushing to get that law back on the books. (Gothamist)

The worst commutes of 2018, in book form, dedicated to Governor Cuomo. (Riders Alliance)

The MTA and NYC Transit President Andy Byford are focused on fare evasion, because that is the real problem with our transit. (NY Post)

More bad news for Brooklyn’s Winterfest. They cut back days, limited the hours, hired a new event manager, issued refunds, and all previously paid attractions are free. (Gothamist)

The NYPD discouraged NYC’s Deputy Human Rights Commissioner from reporting a racist encounter on the 1 train. (Gothamist)

New York is the third worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the country, according to The Americans for Tort Reform Foundation. (NY Post)

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe has a new home on Montague Street. One of the city’s few places you can get a fresh cup of coffee and a rescue kitten to go. (Brooklyn Paper)

Bleecker Street, 2018 New York City’s version of Stars Hollow. Things really have changed. (NY Times)

If you’ve run out of date ideas for cuffing season, here’s a list for you. (Thrillist)

The 10 best dishes at Chelsea Market. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 28, 2018 – The “Hold On to Your Knutstorp, Here Comes a Manhattan IKEA” Edition

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway might finish by 2027, the 7 train’s new signal woes continue, a mysterious paralyzing disease hits NYC, 13 steakhouses, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There isn’t much budget for restoring artwork with NYCHA’s $32 billion deficit. The friezes from sculptor Richmond Barthé are in desperate need of maintenance. (amNY)

Brooklyn’s got some new frost-resistant water fountains in Prospect Park. (Brooklyn Paper)

You can either line up at 3pm to get a spot to see tonight’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, or you can stay home and watch it on TV, Facebook, Twitter, or NBC’s website. (Curbed)

The infamous “Five Shots of Anything for $12” Continental in the East Village has a closing date, December 15. (Page Six)

10 lesser-known Andy Warhol spots in the city. (6sqft)

If you want NYC Celebrity of the Year Mandarin Duck footage, you’re in luck. (Gothamist)

The city has a new Chinese food destination neighborhood: Forest Hills. (NY Times)

13 classic steakhouses in the city. (Eater)

See the water damage the MTA regularly fixes in subway tunnels and stations. (Viewing NYC)

Yeah, everyone hates that Trump-loving gay couple the NY Times profiled. (HuffPost)

Snug Harbor’s Winter Lantern Festival will give you a reason to visit Staten Island. (Time Out)

The second day of the brand new signals meant to make 7 train service more reliable was full of signal-related failures. (NY Post)

Legal e-scooters are one step closer to being a reality. (Curbed)

Are you sitting down in your POANG? IKEA is coming to Manhattan. (6sqft)

18 solid restaurants in Long Island City. (Eater)

A mysterious paralyzing disease, called AFM, has shown up in New York City. It’s been described as “polio-like.” If you have weakened muscles and reflexes a week after a cold, get yourself to a doctor. (Gothamist)

RIP Tom Margittai, the man who revitalized the Four Seasons. (NY Times)

Sanitation Salvage, the private garbage company responsible for over 50 accidents and two deaths, is surrendering its license and going out of business. (NY Post)

The city is considering alternatives to their “tear down the Brooklyn Promenade” approach to replacing the BQE, but isn’t making any promises. (Brooklyn Paper)

The City Council is trying to make it illegal for businesses to go completely cashless. (Politico)

What does a nightmare commute look like? How about two people getting into a fight while getting onto a subway, followed by spraying a “mace-like” substance into the crowd, sending four people to the hospital. (NY Post)

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway is underway, but won’t be completed until 2027 at the earliest. 20 years for six subway stations. (Second Avenue Sagas)

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