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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The Briefly for December 11, 2018 – The “Don’t Flush the Amazon Toilets in Long Island City” Edition

Avenue Q is closing, Governor Cuomo is going to investigate the L train shutdown, legal pot could come in March, the Fearless Girl has a new home, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling for the NYPD to drop charges against Jazmine Headley, the woman arrested for sitting on the floor in a food assistance center last week whose baby was pulled away from her in the process. (King’s County Politics)

“The Fearless Girl” has been unveiled in her new location at 11 Wall Street, facing the New York Stock Exchange. (amNY)

Amazon’s HQ2 presents a lot of logistical challenges for Long Island City, including flushing the toilet. (NY Times)

After last year’s extensive sexual misconduct allegations against human croc full of cinnamon rolls Mario Batali, his restaurants only lost up to 30% of their business. (Eater)

This city will never have enough good bagel places. Never! (Gothamist)

“White people are the best thing that happened to the world” – Racist idiot and Columbia University student Julian von Abele (NY Post)

Monday’s nightmare commute, brought to you by the 1, 2, 3, E, F, M, J , R, and D trains. Don’t worry, the MTA is “sorry for the extensive delays” and will write you a note explaining why you were late to work. (Gothamist)

The anonymous complaints to 311 about mom-and-pop storefront awnings and signs have continued, with 1,900 complaints in Brooklyn this year alone. (NY Times)

The legendary Pearl River Mart is going to run the gift shop at the Museum of Chinese in America. (Bowery Boogie)

This account of how one NYPD officer accidentally shot his partner reads like a scene from a CBS sitcom, not reality. (NY Post)

The most walkable neighborhood in each borough. (Curbed)

The governor has finally woken up to the fact that he is responsible for the MTA and now, only four months away from the 15-month shutdown, he wants to do a personal review of the L train shutdown plans. (NY Post)

Orthodox rabbis are accused of bullying kosher restaurants if they would allow a Jewish, (Oh golly!), lesbian comedian. Leah Forester has two venues cancel on her because their kosher certification was threatened to be taken away. (Gothamist)

Where to eat Christmas Day, if you’re not going to eat at a kosher deli or get Chinese food. (Eater)

What will New York’s legal pot marketplace look like? No one knows, the Governor is not saying anything about it publicly, even though it could happen as early as late March. (Gothamist)

The video of the woman having her child ripped away form her by the NYPD is “very disturbing,” according to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. No shit. (NY Post)

The most convenient, the best, and the cheapest Christmas trees in the city. (StreetEasy)

The man who allegedly peed on and then smashed a statue at a Williamsburg church, 28-year-old Andrew Oshesky, was arrested. (Gothamist)

Finally, a service for suing your landlord over maintenance issues. (amNY)

Oh boy. A bunch of loose balloons knocked out power to 1,500 people in Queens. Happy Birthday, Timmy. (NY Post)

After 19 years, Avenue Q is closing in April. (NY Times)

Time to obsess over the list of the best beer bars in the city and opine over why your favorite bar didn’t make the cut. (Thrillist)

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The Briefly for December 4, 2018 – The “Legalize Weed to Save the Subways” Edition

City Hall is in chaos over Mayor de Blasio’s botched firing, parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plans racist, the 7 train’s new signals aren’t helping, and other uplifting stories in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Bill de Blasio, absentee mayor. (NY Times)

Are you ready for NYPD tactical drones? (NY Post)

The 10 worst dishes of the year, including one sandwich from Arby’s, from Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema.

Could legal weed save our subways? (NY Times)

12 new public art installations to pair with a hot drink of your choosing. (Untapped Cities)

Santacon is this Saturday, starting at 10am. In a defensive move, the LIRR, Metro North, and NJ Transit have all banned alcohol consumption. If you need to be on a train that day, may the odds be ever in your favor. (Gothamist)

With Santacon descending onto the unwilling city this Saturday, here are a list of the bars to avoid. (Time Out)

Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan enjoyed nine undisclosed trips paid for by Election Systems and Software, makers of the ballot scanning machines that plagued the city on Election Day. He never received the necessary waiver from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board to sit on the conpany’s board of advisors. (Gothamist)

George R.R. Martin: pizza critic? (Gothamist)

The 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC. (The Real Deal)

The Staten Island NYPD officers Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran, accused of planting pot in a black teenager’s car, have, surprise surprise, a history of accusations of racial profiling. (Gothamist)

The Apollo Theater is expanding for the first time since 1934. The foundation that oversees the Apollo will take over the Victoria and open 99 and 199 seat performance spaces and should open in 2020. (NY Times)

“The richest man in America, who’s a direct competitor, has just been handed $3 billion in subsidies. I’m not asking for money or a tax rebate. Just leave me alone.” -Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden (6sqft)

Thanks to a new legislation, Uber and Lyft drivers will be paid at least minimum wage. (NY Post)

Upset about the Amazon Long Island City deal? You could install the “Black Amazon for Me” Chrome extension, but we all know you won’t. (amNY)

The 7 trains brand new signals, installed late and over budget, weren’t installed optimally. At this point, is anyone surprised that the MTA spent too much money and took too much time to poorly install signals that haven’t helped? (amNY)

Squibb Bridge was installed in 2013 to connect the Brooklyn Promenade to Brooklyn Nridge Park, but the last five years have been full of closures, structural problems, and a lawsuit. The bridge is going to be replaced by 2020. (Curbed)

As we’re hitting the home stretch of 2018, we could be looking at a new record low number of homicides. Despite the downward trend, rape complaints continue to increase, following a two year trend. (amNY)

Parents are calling the DOE’s desegregation plan racist, which shows just how complicated this situation is. (NY Post)

What the hell is going on in City Hall and why can’t the mayor get his administration under control? (NY Post)

Everything to know about the restaurants in the Hudson Yards. (Thrillist)

The first map of Central Park for people with disabilities or otherwise “limited mobility” is now available. (West Side Rag)

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