The Briefly for February 19, 2020 – The “Rat, Roach, and Mouse Census of 2020” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The East Village’s most resilient dive bar, Manhattan rents are the highest in the country, the best Italian restaurants in the West Village, and more

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Another reminder to start bringing your tote bags around, because the plastic bag ban is coming. (Alyssa Paolicelli for NY1)

The story of The Hard Swallow, the East Village’s most resilient dive bar and its owners Sasha and Lee Lloyd. (Drew Schwartz for Vice)

A coalition of North Brooklyn residents and environmental groups are fighting to stop National Grid’s plan to extend a natural gas pipeline through Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

A census of rats, roaches, mice, and vermin. After a special “rat academy,” the NYCHA is ready to count its pests. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

The NYPL has released a list of its favorite 125 books of all time. They aren’t ranked, so you don’t get to brag that your favorite Harry Potter book is #1. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Luna Park and its Italian owner company Zamperla have been trying to kick Lola Star Souvenir Boutique off the boardwalk for a decade and they finally got what they wanted after raising the rent on the gift shop 500% and “negotiating” down to 400%. Zamperla doesn’t care about Coney Island the neighborhood, they only care about owning Coney Island and this is proof. (Rose Adams)

High Fidelity’s filming locations, listed. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Do you operate an historic boat? Brooklyn Bridge Park would like to know if you want to show it off. (Davin Gannon for 6sqft)

Trader Joe’s is looking to expand on the Upper East Side in the former location of the Food Emporium under the Queensboro Bridge. (6sqft)

14 cozy bars to stay warm at all winter. (Lidia Ryan)

Congratulations to Manhattan for having the highest rents in the entire country for the month of January at $4,210. The national average is $1,463. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

Apartment Porn: Inside the newly listed $8 million and $18 million apartments of the landmarked Steinway Building. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

President Trump pardoned former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, who was imprisoned from 2010 to 2013 on tax fraud and corruption charges. He accepted a quarter million dollars from a company tied to organized crime to renovate his apartment and lied to the Department of Homeland Security. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The MTA is boasting the best on-time performance since 2013 for January. Hidden in this article is the fun fact that congestion pricing will require federal approval, so that’s another fight we can all look forward to. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

What’s it take to be a “real” New Yorker? (Jessica Leibowitz and Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

FedEx and UPS receive over a thousand parking violations a day, but they’ll never pay the full price of the tickets they receive because they pay in bulk and at a steep discount, thanks to the Stipulated Fines and Commercial Abatement program. Offering an immediate discount on parking fines allows delivery companies to flout parking laws or clog the city’s street by parking illegally. The city’s attempted to update its double parking laws for trucks, but if these companies won’t pay for their violations what does it matter? City Councilmember Costa Consantinides put forward a bill to abolish the abatement program, but it’s stalled in committee. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

This is the headline: “Sexy Time for Tompkins Square Hawks” (Laura Goggin)

The New York City Planning Commission is looking into developing a 2.4 million-square-foot urban living complex close to the East New York, Brooklyn waterfront that includes 13 new buildings ranging in height from 2 stories to 17. (Gowanus Lounge)

The best Italian restaurants in the West Village. (Bryan Kim & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

The Briefly for December 2, 2019 – The “Open Up the Wall and Get Showered in Rats” Edition

today’s daily NYC news digest: Today’s possible snow, this week’s late night subway work, an investigation into the raw chicken disaster, a Thanksgiving ballon fights back, where to donate coats, and more

If you’re taking the 3, 4, 6, A, D, E, J, N, or R trains late nights this week, you’re going to want to double check your trains are still running. (Subway Weekender)

Let the snow speculation begin! “Up to 4 inches” is what is being reported about the first real snow of the season, but also it’s forecasted to be raining all throughout the day until the overnight, where it will turn to snow. (Kathleen Culliton)

If you’re like my wife and I, you joy-watch the show Making It. This season, you can root for Brooklyn’s Jessie Bearden to win the whole dang thing. The new season starts Monday night and you can check out some of Jessie’s work on her Instagram account. (Jaime DeJesus for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Nightmare: While replacing a wall, a handyman received a shower of dead and live rats and feces from the ceiling. (John Del Signore for Gothamist)

Advice on how to throw a big party in a small apartment. (Ronda Kaysen for NY Times)

Seen a UFO in the city lately? You’re not alone. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

With the Tech Hub coming to 14th St in the old PC Richards location, the nearby Community Boards are taking a defensive position against the city’s proposed plan to require special permits for hotel developments south of Union Square. Community Board 3 joined CB 2 in voting against the plan. (Gabe Herman for amNewYork)

Don’t throw out your coat. Here is where you can donate your used coats. (Charline Charles for Gothamist)

On Wednesday night a man fired into a crowd in the Bronx and shot five people, including 10- and 14-year-old boys. No injuries were life-threatening during the mass shooting. (Ed Shanahan for NY Times)

Visualizing how the census affected the city with Who We Are: Visualizing NYC By the Numbers at the Museum of the City of New York. (Alejandra Salazar for Gothamist)

Photos: The Thanksgiving Day Parade (David Allen for Patch)

Video: The balloons flew during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but that isn’t to say that there weren’t some issues. A 45-foot nutcracker balloon took down one of its handlers on W 75th. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Peter Muhlbach, a former Long Island City High School teacher, inappropriately texted female students, boosted failing grades, gave students money, gifts, alcohol and slept with one student, according to a new city investigation. Gross. (Allie Griffin for Sunnyside Post)

Infographic: 50 interesting facts you might not know about the city. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NY)

Seeing whales in city waters was a near fantasy a decade ago, but there have been 377 sightings of whales this year. (Freethink)

Video: Buzzfeed is still trying to figure out how Bond St became covered in raw chicken. A video investigation that, spoilers, ultimately leads to no conclusive answers but is opening up their tip lines. (Producer Derek Gardner for Buzzfeed)

Congrats to the 300 homes in Ozone Park that ended November with their basements flooded with raw sewage thanks to a backup from the city’s sewer system. (Alissa Paolicelli for NY1)

Have you tried to take a look at your Community Board’s meeting minutes? Double check, because it’s not always easy to find. (Katia Kelly for Pardon Me for Asking)

What Community Board represents you? (NYC.gov)

Where to eat and drink at 14 city museums. (Florence Fabricant for NY Times)

Thanks to Henry T. Casey for today’s featured image that proves why walking over the Manhattan Bridge is better than walking over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Briefly for November 4, 2019 – The “What Makes Anyone A New Yorker?” Edition

The five ballot questions, NYC marathon, the Decolonize This Place demonstration, the NYPL lions are back, the best cocktail bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This week’s late-night subway disruptions are hitting hard on a few lines and L service is out on two large portions of the line. Check the changes before you go. (Subway Weekender)

Queens is deciding its next District Attorney, with Democrat Melinda Katz running against Republican Joe Murray. If it feels like Queens already decided on a candidate, you’re remembering the Democratic primary where Katz won a stretched out primary against Tiffany Caban. With Tuesday’s election (no early voting today), here are 19 Melinda Katz campaign promises. (Gotham Gazette)

Study up on the five ballot questions that you’ll be voting on tomorrow. (NY Times)

What makes someone a New Yorker? Does living in New York make you a New Yorker? According to the governor, the answer is no. (Politico)

It’s not news when some old, racist, asshole moves from New York to Florida, no one bats an eye. This time it’s the president. (Patch)

Good riddance” – Andrew Cuomo (Huff Post)

Trump’s attempted move to Florida will likely trigger an audit of his entire life to determine residency. I’m willing to bet he won’t be thrilled about that. (amNewYork)

“Goodbye, don’t come visit us. We’re the greatest city in the United States. We don’t need you.” -Corey Johnson (The Root)

Every Thanksgiving since 1967, Arlo Guthrie has performed at Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving night. This year will be his last performance. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The City Council passed a bill that will attempt to reduce the private trash hauling industry’s greenhouse emissions and safety. The bill will create 20 collection zones in the city and limit the number of companies that can operate within each zone. (amNewYork)

The $250 million floating park on the Hudson River is starting to take shape. (Gothamist)

A look at the new Hans Haacke survey at the New Museum. (NY Times)

Photos: An impressive gallery of 300 shots from movies and their real-life NYC locations. (filminglocations)

Debating neighborhood boundaries will be an endless debate between New Yorkers. Distorting those boundaries will always be an art among real estate agents. What neighborhood do you really live in? Check the NYC Census 2020 map and turn on the rage machine. (Patch)

52,000 runners took to the streets on Sunday to brave the 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon. (amNY)

From collecting one million pounds of shed clothes to how menstruation impacts the marathon, the marathon stories from the students of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. (New York City News Service)

Congratulations to Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei for their marathon victories. Joyciline Jepkosgei finished in two hours, twenty-two minutes and thirty-eight seconds, seven seconds shy of the record. This was Geoffrey Kamworor’s second victory in three years. (Huff Post)

This video of a bunch of rats fighting to get through a door on the subway is terrifying. (Gothamist)

A ride on the AirTrain is $7.75 as of November 1. (LIC Post)

Two restaurants hit the mythical 100-point violation mark and another hit 97 points among the list of restaurants closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

The NYPD has fought back against accountability and transparency when it comes to body cameras by putting guidelines in place to allow the department to “decide” if footage should be released and allows for released footage to be redacted before public release. The NYCLU argues that the guidelines show the department doesn’t understand the purpose of the cameras in the first place. (Gothamist)

Street parking has been free in the city since 1950. That could be coming to an end. (Gothamist)

Which neighborhoods have the most Michelin star restaurants? (Spoilers, it’s Midtown and NoMad tied at 6) (StreetEasy)

The NYPL lions are back after restoration. (Untapped New York)

Video: Time-lapse of the NYPL lions getting cleaned. (Gothamist)

Tensions are growing over the over-policing of the transit systems as it pertains to the 500 new police officers tasked with preventing fare evasion. 1,000 demonstrators took a “they can’t stop us all” Area 51 approach on Friday night by jumping turnstiles in protest. (Huff Post)

Photos and Videos: The Decolonize This Place protests on Friday. (Gothamist)

17 legendary musicians who called Greenwich Village home. (6sqft)

The 12 best cocktail bars in the city (Eater)

Thanks to reader MG Ashdown for today’s featured image.