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 December 12, 2018 – The “Cuomo Prepares His Legal Pot Plan” Edition

The best restaurants of 2018, NYCs parking summons advocate can’t be reached, the bright lights of Dyker Heights, the Amazon HQ2 guidance committee and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Luxury? That’s so last year. New York’s ultra-luxury real estate market is booming. (The Real Deal)

Governor Cuomo has been tight-lipped on what https://nypost.com/2018/12/11/cuomo-to-release-plan-for-legalizing-recreational-use-of-marijuana/”>New York’s legal marijuana law will look like, but aides are saying it will be included in the 2019 state budget. (NY Post)

The roadblock to single-payer healthcare in New York state was the Republicans. Now with the Democrats firmly in power, labor unions could be the next to stand in its way. (Gothamist)

Ryan Sutton’s restaurants of the year. (Eater)

The lawsuit preventing the Natural History Museum from expanding has been dismissed. The $383 million Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will move forward as planned. The original finish time frame was 2020, it has not been updated yet. (6sqft)

The top 10 dishes of 2018 from The New York Times.

This year’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights are an unrivaled visual spectacle. (6sqft) Unfortunately, so is the insane traffic and overflowing trash bins . (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

It only took the MTA one day to screw up the speed increases on the N and R lines in Brooklyn. (Bklyner)

The city and state’s proposal to Amazon for HQ2 was uploaded for you to see all the cringe-worthy images that were included. (Curbed)

Jazmine Headley, the mother arrested for sitting on the floor after waiting four hours in a government office, had her charges dropped by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. (NY Post)

Little Pakistan is the unofficial name for a portion of Coney Island Avenue. The Pakistani American Youth Organization is looking to make it official. (amNY)

Pete Wells’ best restaurants of 2018. (NY Times)

The 45-person the Amazon HQ2 advisory committee will offer “guidance” as the project moves forward. (amNY) Missing from the committee? Representation from their neighbors to the south in North Brooklyn. (Greenpointers)

From Donna Summer to Margaritaville: The worst Broadway shows of 2018. (amNY)

Spending a night with the working dogs of Governor’s Island. (Gothamist)

Where is Jean-Georges’ newest restaurant? JFK Airport. (Eater)

This Thursday at midnight, Governor Cuomo will take a photo opportunity guided tour of the L train’s tunnels. (Bklyner)

New Yorkers fight 2.4 million parking tickets a year. NYC’s Parking Summons Advocate Jean Wesh, whose job it is to provide assistance to those people, investigates a mere 1.5 of those a day. How do you contact him for help? It’s literally impossible. (NY Post)

The body of a man was found on the shore of the East River near 20th Street on Monday morning. The cause of death is yet unknown. (Town & Village)

Congratulations to the West Side Rag being presented the 2018 Community Service Award from the West Side Federation of Neighborhood & Block Associations. (West Side Rag)

Simcha Felder, the Brooklyn Democrat who voted with state Republicans for years, was shut out of committee leadership posts, while multiple freshman State Senators were given leadership positions. (NY Post)

What’s worse than NYC’s SantaCon? Hoboken’s SantaCon. (Gothamist)

Joseph C. Desmond was arrested in the suspected road-rage killing of Faizal Coto, a 33-year-old member of the FDNY. (NY Times)

The HOLLA🎄D TONNEL. (NY Post)

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The Briefly for December 10, 2018 – The “Aftermath of SantaCon” Edition

The subways are getting faster (no seriously), the best dishes in NYC, unvaccinated children are banned from Brooklyn schools, the rent is too dan high, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

No week is complete without scheduled subway changes and outages. (Subway Changes)

Unvaccinated children are banned from all schools in parts of Brooklyn, public or private, until a measles outbreak has been contained. This is regardless of religious or medical exceptions. Patient zero was an orthodox family that took one of their children to Israel and brought the virus back to Brooklyn. There have been 39 confirmed cases in Brooklyn Yeshivas. (U.S. World and News Report)

The subway is going to get faster. (NY Times)

We’ve seen the worst, now here are Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of 2018. (Eater)

If you’re a collector of doomed NYC landmarks, here’s an auction for you. Pieces of the never-was Staten Island wheel are up for sale. (NY Post)

Moishe’s Bake Shop has cried wolf a few times in the past, so it’s hard to say if this is the true end of the near 50-year-old bakery. (Bowery Boogie)

The NYPD officer accused in Eric Garners illegal chokehold death, Daniel Panteleo, is set to have a disciplinary trialthe NYCHA may break itself up into five different agencies. Will they be N, Y, C, H, and A? (The Real Deal)

Ever get so mad you wanted to punch a city bus? You’re not the only one. (Gothamist)

This trash panda would have gotten away with this jewel heist if it wasn’t for the pesky NYPD. (NY Post)

Have we lost sight of what congestion pricing is about on a fundamental level? (Curbed)

If you’re looking to treat yo self to some wine, Amy Poehler’s wine shop in Park Slope is now open. (Eater)

“I like to get drunk and look at Santas and listen to Christmas music” (Gothamist)

How could you hate SantaCon? Easy. (@fuctupmike)

William Hung, the SantaCon of singing, came out of hiding this year. (Blast)

#SaltBae coming soon” sounds more like a threat than an announcement. (Eater)

Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg’s quarter billion dollar park on Pier 55 is taking shape. (NY Times)

A state new law will require public, charter, and private schools to report allegations of sex abuse. Amazingly, this wasn’t the law prior to last week. (NY Post)

Handcuffing a woman giving birth is illegal in New York state, but according to a new lawsuit it didn’t stop the NYPD from doing exactly that. (amNY)

If you’re planning on relying on CitiBikes to get you out of Bushwick during the L train shutdown, don’t. a href=”https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2018/12/07/citi-bike-adding-just-five-bushwick-stations-ahead-of-the-l-train-shutdown/”>Only five stations are being added in Bushwick, which is below the 28 station per square mile standard. (Streetsblog)

A rent hike claims another business. This time it’s the 15-year-old Flatiron Lounge, whose rent is set to rise from $22,000 to $30,000 per month. (Eater)

The first CB2 meeting about the Amazon headquarters went about as smooth as you might expect. CB2 has a seat at the negotiating table, but the attendees want “no negotiations, no concessions.” (LIC Post)

Where’s the mayor? Good question. He’s spent 20% of his second term out of town. (NY Post)

A woman broke her spine in an alleged subway attack by a homophobe. The NYPD is still searching for the man and there is a video available. (Gothamist)

Congratulations and happy 12th anniversary to Queens Crap.

What started as an argument over a woman sitting on the floor of a food stamp office ended with the NYPD ripping her one-year-old daughter from her hands and an arrest. (NY Times)

Add the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins to the people criticizing the Robert F. Kennedy mass bailout program and not the bail system itself. (NY Post)

The city’s best beer bars. (Thrillist)

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