The Briefly for November 8, 2019 – The “The Subway Psychic and El Bloombito Returns!” Weekend Edition

A push to lift the street vendor cap, the end of the food hall gold rush, the pumpkin smasher arrested, the Rockefeller Center tree is on its way, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Just as your schedule is really getting busy, here comes a weekend of heavy subway disruptions. (Subway Weekender)

Finding Keano, New York’s most elusive subway psychic. (NY Times)

Monday is Veterans Day, here is what will be closed as a result of either the holiday or the Fifth Avenue parade. (Patch)

The return of El Bloombito!!! (@ElBloombito)

Have you ever heard Mayor Bloomberg try to speak Spanish? Then you’ll understand why Rachel Figueroa-Levin’s Twitter parody account exists. (Salon)

Mayor Bloomberg’s possible announcement that he will be joining the Democratic presidential candidates can mean one thing. (Patch)

5 NYC buildings that changed American history. (NY Times)

There are an estimated 20,000 food and non-food street vendors in the city, but the number of permits has been capped at 5,100 since the 1980s. State Senator Jessica Ramos wants to bring the city’s rules about street vendors into the 21st century. Her bill would lift the cap but also enforce the rules and permitting on everyone and allow municipalities to decide where vendors could and couldn’t set up shop. (Gothamist)

Five reasons to lift the street vendor cap. (Grub Street)

Apartment Porn: Twelve bathrooms, an indoor pool, eleven thousand square feet, a glass elevator, six floors, a theater, glassed garage, and the former home of Lady Gaga. All yours for $18 million. (StreetEasy)

Going deep with Jacqueline Novak on the success and bringing her show ‘Get On Your Knees’ back to Off-Broadway. (Gothamist)

Bumper. Cars. On. Ice. (amNewYork)

Photos: Inside Flushing’s Hindu temple, completed in 1977, which possibly makes it the first in the country. (Gothamist)

Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here is where you can see pieces of the wall in the city. (6sqft)

You can either go to FAO Schwarz, or you can book the $3,000/night suite at the Conrad New York Midtown, which is filled with FAO Schwarz toys where you can order toy room service and get a private shopping tour of the store. (6sqft)

Where to eat or order Thanksgiving dinner in NYC. (Grub Street)

The idiot who jumped into the lion’s enclosure at the Bronx Zoo was arrested on Wednesday night. Myah Autry faces two charges of criminal trespass and turned herself in. (Patch)

If the Hot Duck has taught us anything, it’s that bird watching in the city is cool again. Photos of the hawks on Governors Island. (Laura Goggin Photography)

“Brutal” and “uncomfortable to watch.” Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is not getting the highest of praise. (amNewYork)

The Bay Ridge pumpkin smasher has been arrested. He was pulled over for a tail light and the NYPD allegedly also found cocaine in his car. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations to increase bike safety in the US, but the only one people are focusing on is mandatory helmets. A mandatory helmet law would effectively kill all bike sharing programs in the city, but the mayor would rather tell all cyclists to wear helmets than fix the roads to make them safer for everyone. (Gothamist)

Earlier in the week I poked fun at how many food halls are opening across the city, but there are some early indicators that the “gold rush” over food halls is ending. (Eater)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is cut and on its way to the city. It should be arriving on a flatbed on Saturday. (Untapped New York)

10 NYC residential buildings with the best amenities for dogs. (6sqft)

The Met Gala theme for 2020 is conceptual at best and straight up confusing at worst. About Time: Fashion and Duration? Yup. (Gothamist)

The court battle over control of WBAI is ongoing but the station has returned local programming to the airwaves. (Patch)

The sudden appearance of an armored ICE vehicle on a residential street sparked panic in Ridgewood on Thursday. Turns out it wasn’t a random immigration arrest, but part of a federal investigation into someone hoarding about 50 guns including a machine gun, gun parts, and ammunition. (Gothamist)

Another dunk on Trump from Attorney General Letitia James and New York state. This time around the president was hit with a $2 million penalty for persistently using the Trump foundation for illegal activity. (Patch)

Take a look inside the last occupied apartments inside the Chelsea Hotel. (NY Times)

As winter creeps towards us every year, the same feeling of dread overcomes the city as it tightens its muscles in fear and anticipation. SantaCon is coming. Steer clear on December 14th. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn’s best diner breakfasts, according to the staff of the Eagle. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Photos: BRIC After Dark at the Knockdown Center. (The Briefly)

The Briefly for October 22, 2019 – The “New York City is Dead, RIP Times Square Sbarro” Edition

The biggest jerk in the city, Netflix saves the Paris theater, NYC’s Michelin star restaurants, MTA’s fare evasion police won’t wear body cameras, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Say hello to the 50 most expensive streets in the city. (PropertyClub)

Photos: The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (Gothamist)

Photos: More from the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (The Villager)

Photos: Even more from the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (EV Grieve)

Farewell to City Bakery, closed after 30 years. (Eater)

The Jerk of the Season award goes to this guy in Bay Ridge caught on video smashing pumpkins. (Gothamist)

Kudos to the good samaritan who replaced the destroyed pumpkin. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

New York City is dead, the Times Square Sbarro is closed. (Grub Street)

Photos: Look inside the NYPL’s beautiful new Center for Research in the Humanities. (Untapped Cities)

The 500 police officers being put into the subways and on buses preventing people from evading $2.75 fares are going to cost about $663 million over the next ten years and they will not be required to wear body cameras because they are not technically part of the NYPD. (Gothamist)

According to Time Out, here are the best Asian restaurants in the city. (Time Out)

Remember last week when WNYC said it was going to cancel the show New Sounds? It’s officially uncanceled and will be streamed instead of broadcasted. (Gothamist)

The 22 greatest bars in NYC. (The Infatuation)

A wall collapsed at the construction site of the former Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue, killing one and seriously injuring another on Monday morning. (Gothamist)

Netflix is saving the Paris theater, at least temporarily. They’ll be showing their movie “Marriage Story,” but there’s no word if the movie theater will stay open after the movie leaves the theater. (6sqft)

It seems the state’s legislature may have enough of hoping that corporations will act responsibly when it comes to local news and are ready to start intervening. (NY Times)

More evidence that if subway performance improves, ridership will increase. (Curbed)

September’s most efficient subway line? It was the 7. (Sunnyside Post)

Here are NYC’s Michelin star restaurants. (Eater)

Apartment Porn: A $13 million apartment with a private rooftop pool. Maybe we can start a GoFundMe for it? (Viewing NYC)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been chosen! (Time Out)

The Policemen’s Benevolent Association is fighting the oversight question on the ballot, which is enough to vote “yes” on question 2 this November. (Gotham Gazette)

Halloween: 90+ events in the city for $35 and under. (the skint)

I’ll be hosting a special JOHN TRIVIALTA trivia game at Parklife on Halloween night before showing Evil Dead II. There’ll be prizes for the highest scores, the best team name, and a costume contest. (Parklife)

The Briefly for October 11, 2019 – The “A Questionable Subject for a Broadway Musical” Weekend Edition

The weekend’s subway closures, what’s closed on Columbus Day, Tad’s Steaks is closing, the West Side Highway is slowing down, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The Briefly will be taking Columbus day off this year. See you on Tuesday morning!

This weekend’s subway disruptions are on the 2, 5, A, D, E, F, J, N, Q, R, and W trains. (Subway Weekender)

A look around the city for what will be closed on Columbus Day. (Patch)

A Michael Jackson musical is headed to Broadway next summer. Yikes. (NY Times)

The tree-killing beetle that was infesting the city’s forests for two decades has finally been beaten, according to the Parks Department, who hasn’t seen the bug in the city since 2010. (Patch)

Gem Spa, its egg creams, and the constant fight for survival were put on the Atlas Obscura map. (Atlas Obscura)

The City Council voted to prohibit Rikers Island from housing any incarcerated individuals past 2026, giving the city very little wiggle room when it comes to closing the jail. Nothing like a deadline to keep you motivated. (Gothamist)

There are groups and elected officials in the city that are pointing out that if the city’s jail population can be reduced from 7,000 (where it is today) down to about 3,000 we can shut down Rikers Island without a need to build any community jails. (Jackson Heights Post)

Keith Haring’s “Crack Is Wack” mural is back in the appropriately named Crack is Wack Playground on E 129st St and Second Ave. (Gothamist)

Summer is barely over and here comes winter. The rink at Rockefeller Center opens this weekend. (amNY)

The 10 best apple and pumpkin picking spots near NYC. (6sqft)

In an attempt to lower the number of fatalities along the West Side Highway, the city will lower the speed limit from 35 to 30. There have been ten people killed by drivers on the West Side Highway since 2013. (Curbed)

The city’s last Tad’s Steaks, on Seventh Ave near Times Square, will close in January. (Gothamist)

Peter Luger launched online reservations to alleviate the stress of being one of the 6,000 daily phone calls they get to attempt to get a table. They aren’t fully joining the 21st century, as they still cash only. (amNY)

16 and 17-year-old are no longer supposed to be automatically prosecuted as adults, but Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island’s courts have been seemingly unable to follow the law. (The City)

There is no easy way to check liquor licenses and a new law seeks to change that. The governor signed a bill into law that will create a public database of information for on-premises liquor licenses. (Bowery Boogie)

Finding a new apartment sucks, but now it quantifiably sucks. (StreetEasy)

How Uber and Lyft cheat drivers out of minimum wage, explained. (The Indypendent)

The 19 best beer bars in the city. (Eater)