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 December 3, 2018 – The “Manhattan Apartments Are So Small…” Edition

Inside the Carnegie Deli, the real reason Amazon picked NYC, the city’s “FULL SNOW RESPONSE” is ready for the next storm, the fight over the “World’s largest” menorah and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Manhattan has the second smallest apartments in the country. At 733 square feet, they’re 22 feet larger than the ones in Seattle. The national average is 904. (The Real Deal)

Have you seen Rat Rock in Morningside Heights? Despite The New York Times calling it “one of the city’s most amazing natural wonders,” it’s not much of a sight to see. (Atlas Obscura)

In a desperate attempt to not be embarrassed by a few inches of snow, the city created something called a FULL SNOW RESPONSE for when more than two inches of snow are predicted. (Gothamist)

“Fighting” Shirley Chisholm will be honored with a monument in Prospect Park as part of the SheBuiltNYC program. Chisholm championed racial and gender equality, helping the poor, ending the Vietnam War, was the first woman to run for president on the Democratic ticket, and that’s just the start. The monument will be installed near the Parkside Ave entrance in 2020. (Curbed)

Inside The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Carnegie Deli pop-up. (Untapped Cities)

Coney Island is lit up for the holidays for the first time in decades. (Brooklyn Paper)

There’s a basement farm in Tribeca that supplies the city’s restaurants with freshly grown herbs. (Gothamist)

The first of three hearings about how the Amazon HQ2 deal came to be will take place on December 12. (6sqft)

How hard is painting a straight double yellow line? It seems like it’s harder than it seems, based on the Department of Transportation’s handiwork on Neptune Avenue. (Bklyner)

Step back 111 years with these recently colorized photo an elephant parade in Coney Island. (Viewing NYC)

Ground was broken on a $2.8 million Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Elmhurst Park last week. (amNY)

Two more Proud Boys were arrested. Kyle Borello, 31, and Jake Freijo, 26, were charged with misdemeanor riot and attempted assault charges. The Proud Boys are a SPLC designated hate group and the FBI classifies it as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism.” (Gothamist)

The Strand is fighting against landmark status. (Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York)

At least eight hospitals in the city were caught by Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office for illegally billing sexual assault victims for rape kits. (Gothamist)

How two menorah’s that are the exact same height are fighting for the title of “world’s largest.” (6sqft)

Everything you need to know about the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop without actually having to go to Times Square. (StreetEasy)

12 Hannukah specials in city restaurants. (Eater)

Taxi prices will go up in January and the city is looking to level the playing field by passing legislation that forces Uber and Lyft into a comparable price hike. (NY Post)

As if things couldn’t look worse for the NYCHA, an executive’s secretary was arrested after finding 1,800 sleeves of heroin in her apartment. (NY Post)

The 23rd St F/M station has re-opened and features a set of colorful William Wegman Weimaraner mosaics. (Gothamist)

The real reason Amazon picked Long Island City for HQ2. (CityLab)

Meet the Staten Island lawyer accused of creating fake social media profiles to sway local elections. (NY Times)

The Verrazzano Bridge is already the most expensive bridge to cross in the nation before the MTA raises the price by $2 in March. (NY Post)

Are you the butterfinger who dropped your engagement ring down a grate while proposing in Times Square? The NYPD found your ring and is looking to give it back. (NY Post)

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory may be shutting down. Their license is up with the city and the city is looking for new proposals. (NY Post)

Orthodox Jewish parents have to balance their concern about a lack of a proper education their children may get at yeshivas with how they may be shunned within their own communities. (NY Post)

Watch Ryan Seacrest go on a painfully awkward pizza tour of the city. (Live with Kelly and Ryan)

After its second weekend, Winterfest continues to disappoint. Organizers sold tickets to attractions that didn’t exist, vendors have begun to pull out, and the Brooklyn Museum has publicly stated their disappointment. (NY Post)

It would seem wrong to hold the New York State Yo-Yo Contest anywhere but Coney Island. (Brooklyn Paper)

17 comforting places to get hot pot. (Eater)

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The Briefly for November 28, 2018 – The “Hold On to Your Knutstorp, Here Comes a Manhattan IKEA” Edition

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway might finish by 2027, the 7 train’s new signal woes continue, a mysterious paralyzing disease hits NYC, 13 steakhouses, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

There isn’t much budget for restoring artwork with NYCHA’s $32 billion deficit. The friezes from sculptor Richmond Barthé are in desperate need of maintenance. (amNY)

Brooklyn’s got some new frost-resistant water fountains in Prospect Park. (Brooklyn Paper)

You can either line up at 3pm to get a spot to see tonight’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, or you can stay home and watch it on TV, Facebook, Twitter, or NBC’s website. (Curbed)

The infamous “Five Shots of Anything for $12” Continental in the East Village has a closing date, December 15. (Page Six)

10 lesser-known Andy Warhol spots in the city. (6sqft)

If you want NYC Celebrity of the Year Mandarin Duck footage, you’re in luck. (Gothamist)

The city has a new Chinese food destination neighborhood: Forest Hills. (NY Times)

13 classic steakhouses in the city. (Eater)

See the water damage the MTA regularly fixes in subway tunnels and stations. (Viewing NYC)

Yeah, everyone hates that Trump-loving gay couple the NY Times profiled. (HuffPost)

Snug Harbor’s Winter Lantern Festival will give you a reason to visit Staten Island. (Time Out)

The second day of the brand new signals meant to make 7 train service more reliable was full of signal-related failures. (NY Post)

Legal e-scooters are one step closer to being a reality. (Curbed)

Are you sitting down in your POANG? IKEA is coming to Manhattan. (6sqft)

18 solid restaurants in Long Island City. (Eater)

A mysterious paralyzing disease, called AFM, has shown up in New York City. It’s been described as “polio-like.” If you have weakened muscles and reflexes a week after a cold, get yourself to a doctor. (Gothamist)

RIP Tom Margittai, the man who revitalized the Four Seasons. (NY Times)

Sanitation Salvage, the private garbage company responsible for over 50 accidents and two deaths, is surrendering its license and going out of business. (NY Post)

The city is considering alternatives to their “tear down the Brooklyn Promenade” approach to replacing the BQE, but isn’t making any promises. (Brooklyn Paper)

The City Council is trying to make it illegal for businesses to go completely cashless. (Politico)

What does a nightmare commute look like? How about two people getting into a fight while getting onto a subway, followed by spraying a “mace-like” substance into the crowd, sending four people to the hospital. (NY Post)

The next phase of the Second Avenue Subway is underway, but won’t be completed until 2027 at the earliest. 20 years for six subway stations. (Second Avenue Sagas)

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