The Briefly for February 12, 2020 – The “Maybe You Have A Better Idea for This?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The latest on brokers fees, can you ever actually leave New York, a 10 layer sandwich to behold, Bloomberg doesn’t want you to hear this, and more

Today – Low: 38˚ High: 45˚
Rain in the evening and overnight.

Thursday is the deadline for you to change political parties in New York state. (NY1)

A draft of Citi Bike’s Bronx expansion, mapped. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

A water main breaks in New York City literally every day. There gas been more than 400 recorded water main breaks every years since 1998. It’s rare, but becoming decreasingly so, that they cause subway delays. (James Barron for NY Times)

The city, having given up on the idea of fixing the Brooklyn Bridge’s promenade, is asking you, yes you, to help come up with “creative improvements.” For being a finalist and solving a problem the city has been plagued with for years, you’ll earn yourself $13,000 and you’ve only got until April 5. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Video: The locksmith working out of Manhattan’s smallest building. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Thinking about moving? A guide of where to live in NYC• in 2020. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

Victor Calise could be the MTA’s first disabled board member. The mayor nominated Calise to fill the seat made vacant in April 2019 and still has another nomination to make. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Is J.G. Melon’s burger still among the city’s best burgers? According to Eater’s Ryan Rutton, it’s a simple answer of “no.” Order the chile con carne instead. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Nothing to see, just a car engulfed in flames in Crown Heights. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Photos and Video: Inside the home of Denny Daniel, which doubles as The Museum of Interesting Things. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

If you’re someone who has to conquer the biggest and the baddest challenges out there, maybe this 10-layer Mexican sandwich is your speed with hot dogs, ham, refried beans, beed Milanese, and more. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The REAL ID law is going to cause nightmares for everyone. Come October, you won’t be able to get on a domestic flight using your drivers license unless it’s a REAL ID license. The only way to get it is to physically go to the DMV, which is bound to cause a rush towards the end of the summer. Here’s what you need to know. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Where to eat in Manhattan’s Chinatown. (Eater)

It’s not common that a speakeasy and its cover story are both useful, but the newly opened The Little Shop near the South Street Seaport is a fully functioning bodega and speakeasy all wrapped into one. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Five legends of the Upper West Side. (Edgar Catasus for I Love the Upper West Side)

Get ready for a hand-painted Alice in Wonderland pop-up to dominate your Instagram feed starting next month. Behind the pop-up is Alexa Meade, the artist behind Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman music video (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

What happens when you leave New York City?” Easy answer, you fall of the face of the earth. (David Crook for StreetEasy)

The Tavern by WS at Hudson Yards is “better than it should be.” Two stars. (Pete Wells for NY Times)

First you didn’t have to pay a brokers fee and now you have to? Here’s what’s going on with the brokers fee system. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

Whoops, someone released a clip of Mike “please don’t say anything bad about me, I’ve spent a quarter billion dollars on this doomed presidential run” Bloomberg saying “The way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them against the wall and frisk them,” in defense of Stop and Frisk. Bloomberg apologized for Stop and Frisk last November and maybe he thinks that’s all he’ll ever have to say on this subject? (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The First Avenue L train station in Manhattan has a second new entrance on Avenue A. The entrance is not yet handicapped accessible and the MTA hopes elevators will be open by June. (Muhammad Rahman for Gothamist)

Meet the young district leader candidates looking to challenge Brooklyn’s democratic party’s status quo from the literal bottom up. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

13 bars to find a shot and beer combo for $5 or less. Unsurprisingly, I’ve been to all of these bars. (Erik Helin for Thrillist)

Thanks to my beautiful wife Meg Blatt for today’s featured photo.

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