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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The Briefly for November 15, 2018 – The “These Preparations Are Snow Joke” Edition

The best slices of pizza, the MTA’s new vacuum train, a lawsuit to stop de Blasio’s school admissions changes, NY’s library rivalry continues, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The Amazon deal was a “hard bargain,” according to Mayor de Blasio. Anyone want to play poker against the mayor? (Politico)

The city is going overboard and is not kidding around with these snow preparations. (Gothamist)

10 of the best slices of pizza in NYC, according to Pete Wells. (NY Times)

The MTA has a new 600 horse power “vacuum train” to clear the tracks. Look for the VAKTRAK when you’re desperate for a train to come. (Gothamist)

If the city had an additional 1,000 ballot scanning machines that were not in use during the election, what the hell were they doing with them? (Gothamist)

“I want it to be real New York. I want it to be the local bridges, the local subways, the streets.” Here’s why Stan Lee’s superheroes lived in New York and not a fictional city. (NY Times)

Is WeWork, the city’s largest tenant, too big to fail? (The Real Deal)

The birth of mass transit in the city started with a horse-drowned “omnibus.” (GVSHP)

The MTA’s “Fair Fares” program, which provides discounted MetroCards to New Yorkers living below the federal poverty line, is finally launching. What’s the hook? There will be no single ride discounts. (Gothamist)

The amazing story of a cross-country book sorting rivalry between New York and Seattle. (Atlas Obscura)

The federal government’s plan to take over the NYCHA has been rejected due to a lack of sufficient funds ($2 billion didn’t cut it) and poor planning. (NY Post)

What does the NYC public advocate do? (amNY)

The NYPD arrested a man accused of fishing 346 checks out of mailboxes. Travis Everett is accused of fishing about $400,000 worth of checks from Queens boxes. (NY Post)

New Yorkers have always preferred the “worse” subway map compared to the “perfect” one. (Cheddar)

The Brooklyn Army Terminal stop on the NYC Ferry is temporarily closed while a new barge is built. It’s elected to re-open in three to four weeks. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Parent groups are getting a federal lawsuit ready to stop Mayor de Blasio’s plans to change specialized high school admissions. (NY Post)

An art historian is offering paid tours of street art. Yes, it’s in Bushwick, how did you know? (Brooklyn Paper)

Realistically speaking, what can be done to stop the Amazon deal? Spoiler warning: Not much. (NY Times)

Never underestimate the allure of Nutella. The Nutella Cafe had over 100 people waiting in line for the grand opening. (Eater)

Meet App-App. It’s like Netflix, but for appetizers. Seriously. (Viewing NYC)

Eight neighborhoods that will feel the hurt when Amazon comes to town. (StreetEasy)

Get a load of this! The largest chocolate waterfall in North America (45-foot-long, 10-foot-high) is now in Union Square. (Eater)

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