The Briefly for December 7, 2018 – The “Have You Seen the Chipotle Holiday Windows This Year?” Edition

It’s legal to swipe your MetroCard for someone, SantaCon alternatives, the weekends subways, a taste of Austin in NYC, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s subways aren’t a complete mess, but there is no M train, the J isn’t running between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the G isn’t running between Queens and Brooklyn and everything else you need to know about getting around this weekend. (6sqft)

The City Council support’s Albany’s “Medicare for All” bill, which would extend coverage to one million uninsured New Yorkers, including undocumented immigrants. Estimates say the cost of $139 billion would yield a net gain of $19 billion. (NY Post)

It is legal to swipe someone into the subway with your unlimited MetroCard? Yes. Make a habit out of it. (6sqft)

Saks, Bergdorf, Bloomingdale’s, and now… Chipotle? (amNY)

The Housing Rights Initiative won a class-action lawsuit against Kushner Companies for $88k, but they have their goal at over $1 million for a “deceptive, systematic and pervasive pattern of misconduct to skirt rent stabilization laws.” (Curbed)

The American Museum of Natural History is looking into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Neil deGrasse Tyson by four women. (Gothamist)

If you’re still looking to bar hop on Saturday but want to avoid SantaCon, the second annual anti-SantaCon pub crawl kicks off at Brooklyn’s Parklife on Saturday. (Brooklyn Based)

Bagel orders should be made quickly, but don’t be this asshole if they’re not. (Gothamist)

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be no more. Make way for another Ample Hills. (Eater)

The human dreidel is on the loose. (Gothamist)

56% of New Yorkers approve of Amazon’s HQ2 in Queens, with only 26% disapproving. Which side are you on? (6sqft)

Hill Country Food Park is looking to bring the feel of Austin, TX to Downtown Brooklyn. The real headline here is that it will be the new home to the legendary dive, Hank’s Saloon. (Gothamist)

Mail fishing has become a problem the NYPD is attempting to take on, with the latest fishing spots being on Skillman Ave in Sunnyside. If the check’s in the mail, make sure you trust where you drop it. (Sunnyside Post)

Add “street flooding” and “puddles” to the list of things that are getting worse and it’s not your imagination. (Localize.city)

Can you walk to LaGuardia? Google Maps says no, but there’s a way. (Curbed)

The FDNY’s Chief of Department James Leonard was removed from his post during a probe into alleged mistreatment of the First Deputy Laura Kavanaugh. (NY Post)

A look at how the cashless economy is biased towards the poor and advances segregation in retail environments. (NY Times)

9 subway stations with unexpected masterpieces. (StreetEasy)

Andy Byford, herald of the unfunded $40 billion “Fast-Forward” plan, has brought us Pete Tomlin. Tomlin will be responsible for replacing the century-old signal system that is so fond of taking a shit while you’re trying to commute. (amNY)

How can the NYCHA get worse? Ladies and gentlemen, our mayor has met with Ben Carson. (NY Post)

The hottest new restaurants in Brooklyn. (Eater)

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The Briefly for December 5, 2018 – The “Winter, and SantaCon, is Coming” Edition

The best bagel shops, mapping NYC in Wikipedia, the mayor is on the run (from reporters), Andy Byford asks the city for $40 billion, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

A map of NYC’s Wikipedia pages. (Katie Hempenius)

A “modern-day Willy Wonka” bought the Brooklyn food incubator that closed unexpectedly, Pilotworks. Old tenants have been invited back, pending permit approvals. (Eater)

Who owns your building? WhoOwnsWhat.nyc will answer that question and make it easier for tenants facing harassment to cut past LLCs and opaque layers of ownership to hold their landlords accountable. (Curbed)

At this point the mayor is practically running away from reporters and using his security as blockers to avoid answering questions about the firing of the OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito. (@gracerauh)

Madonna, nightmare neighbor, lost a three-year legal fight against her co-op board and won’t be allowed to have guests in her apartment without being physically inside it. (6sqft)

Birdlink is a public art installation that doubles as a stop for birds migrating up and down the East coast. First tested on Governor’s Island, Anina Gerchick’s creation is currently in Williamsburg and will make its way to Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side in 2020. (Hyperallergic)

Got an appetite? Why not give the Mi Noddle Bar’s Supersize Mi challenge a try? It’s six pounds of pho that costs $65 if you can’t finish it within 90 minutes, but if you can you’ll get your photo on the wall, the meal for free, a $100 credit, and a free appetizer for life. (Eater)

Where you should go instead of SantaCon this Saturday. (Curbed)

18 restaurants that decked the halls for the holidays. (Eater)

Where is Andy Byford going to find the $40 billion necessary to save the subways? He’s asking the city to “bite the bullet” when it comes to paying up. (Gothamist)

The New York City Lyftie Awards have been announced. The most visited bar, concert venue, gym, brunch spot, late-night restaurant, and more. Did your favorite make the list? (Viewing NYC)

You can turn your wishes into garbage by writing them on Post-In Notes in Times Square that will be turned into confetti when the ball drops. (Time Out)

Frenchette is Eater’s restaurant of the year. See the rest of the Eater Awards. (Curbed)

A guide for holiday tipping in the city. (StreetEasy)

Not to be outdone by the closed East river train tunnels, the WTC PATH station will close for 45 weekends in 2019 and 2020. (Curbed)

Aby Rosen’s bars inside the Gramercy Park Hotel are accused of forcing the women on staff to share their tips with the men because “you girls make too much money.” (Eater)

Queens residents prefer the new Amazon headquarters by a 2-to-1 margin, despite political opposition. (Politico)

Nick Cave’s Drive-By Remix is takes over Times Square every night this month between 11:57 and midnight. (Gothamist)

The NYPD sent 20 officers to “evict” a one-legged homeless man in Brooklyn. (NY Post)

Dr. Robert Hadden’s decades of alleged sexual abuse is at the center of a lawsuit against Columbia University by 17 women. (NY Post)

The 14 best bagel places in the city. (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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