The Briefly for December 24, 2018 – The “Unemployed Drug Sniffing Dogs” Edition

The Garment District gets defensively rezoned, the most honest man in New York, the most common baby names of 2018, the best spots for day drinking, trashed trees, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Owning a piece of The Panorama of the City of New York is more attainable than owning a piece of the actual city. (Untapped Cities)

Looking back in time to the Christmas ads in the Village Voice from 1970. (Village Voice)

The City Council’s rezoning is helping keep the Garment District Garment. (The Real Deal)

Legal weed could have one unforeseen consequence: Some drug sniffing dogs will be out of a job. (NY Post)

How to get around and out of the city for Christmas. (6sqft)

Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village, the debut location of The Vagina Monologues, is set to close on January 2 after 40+ years. Rent started at $450/month in 1977 ($1,906.11 in 2018 dollars) and it’s now hit $33,000/month. (The Real Deal)

Five people were arrested for the murder of Ian Cruz, whose body was found half-naked in a bird sanctuary. (NY Post)

If you’re still in the city, here are 10 things to love about Christmas in NYC. (StreetEasy)

First Two Boots, now Grimaldi’s. The Limelight Shops in Chelsea’s Grimaldi’s was seized for over $117,333 in unpaid taxes, making it the third time a Grimaldi’s was shuttered for unpaid taxes in the last 10 years. (Eater)

Midwood Ambulance Services ambulatory service is accused of over-billing the government for $19 million for transporting Medicare patients. (NY Post)

If you’ve named your baby Emma, Liam, Olivia, Noah, Mia, or Jacob, congratulations! Those are the least original baby names city-wide. (Gothamist)

What do the Notorious B.I.G, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Woodie Guthrie have in common? (Gothamist)

Does New York really order more Chinese food on Christmas than other days? Hell yeah we do. (CityLab)

Say hello to Richard Taverna, the most honest man in New York. (West Side Rag)

Who’s throwing out Christmas trees already? (EV Grieve)

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The city has a new local racist who was caught on video. This local Upper West Side racist was accusing his black neighbor of “not living here.” (Gothamist)

The New York Hall of Science in Queens wants you to save that torn up wrapping paper… for SCIENCE! (amNY)

The secrets and hidden history of Queens’ Calvary and Saint John cemeteries. (amNY)

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain open through the federal government shutdown, including Governor Cuomo’s inaugural party on January 1, thanks to New York state footing the bill. Keeping the two sites open will cost the state $65,000 a day. (NY Post)

Taking the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge? Here’s some advice from a seasoned pro. (Brooklyn Paper)

Where to day drink in New York (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for August 17, 2018 – Weekend Subway Closures, Nathan’s Exec Holds a Trump Fundraiser, and More

There’s no L or G trains this weekend, the deadline to register to vote before the primaries is this weekend, Pom Pom the escaped chicken was returned to its Ditmas Park family, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Subway changes for the weekend include no L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan and no G train. Just about every line has some kind of service change, so plan accordingly and 6sqft has it outlined. Multiple streets throughout Brooklyn are closed this weekend for fairs, festivals and construction. BKLYNER has a guide to navigating your way topside.

This Sunday is the deadline to register to vote.

Take a look at NYC’s eats that made Lonely Planet’s top 500 foods in the world.

When New York initially dug out the subways, the question become “What are we gonna do with this dirt?” The answer was expand Ellis Island, multiple times.

Howard Lorber, executive chairman of Nathan’s is hosting a fundraiser tonight for president Trump.

The NY Times answers a few questions about the subway’s weirder quirks, like the extra platform at Hoyt Schemerhorn, changing directions at 86th St, and why Penn Station is so weird.

The Color Factory is the newest experiential NYC pop-up that wants your money and social media posts, but it still got a positive review in Curbed.

15 Brooklyn yeshivas have refused to let Department of Education personnel probe their inner workings for two years. The schools were being vetted for a lack of basic education.

The National Parks Service admits that it was a “misstep” denying two people access to the Statue of Liberty for wearing ABOLISH ICE shirts. They plan on returning to the landmark today.

Destination Tomorrow, a trans led organization, who’s leadership has roots in the former Bronx Community Pride Center, is now recognized as the official LGBTQ organization in The Bronx.

Window washers were rescued from the top of the United Nations building after being stranded up there for an hour.

New York University is offering free tuition for all of its medical students. It has raised about $450 million of the $600 million necessary to fund the moral imperative to cut student debt and reduce the coming shortage of researchers and primary care physicians.

A Staten Island team is competing in the Little League World Series and won the first game of the finals against Des Moines, Iowa’s team.

The mayor signed the trash equality bill into law, fixing the imbalance of garbage handled by low-income neighborhoods.

The Coney Island Circus Sideshow sold its one millionth ticket to the sideshow. The winning couple won free entry for life to the sideshow.

Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams is having difficulties with reporters while he runs for office.

The escaped chicken in Ditmas Park, Pom Pom, is back with its family.


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The Briefly for July 5, 2018 – The NYC Food Cart Black Market, the Statue of Liberty Protester ID’d, Is de Blasio a Liar, and More

NY state fights back agains the SCOTUS union decision, new information about an explosion from 2016, Lou Gehrig’s retirement speech, a record setting Christmas tree, and more in today’s news digest.

George Wesley Bellows, Excavation at Night, 1908
George Wesley Bellows’s Excavation at Night from 1908 depicts the original Penn Station dig.

This must be some kind of record for Christmas trees.

Opening a fire hydrant to cool off is a tradition that goes back over a century. Reminder: you can request a spray cap from the city.

The story behind Lou Gehrig’s famous July 4th retirement speech.

Food cart permits are selling for as much as $25,000 on the black market because the city capped the number of permits at 5,100. Mayor de Blasio it trying to revive a plan to add 3,000 more food cart permits over the next ten years.

Hot dogs were eaten, records were set.

Filming Around Town: Amazon’s The Tick is back at 37th St and 34th Ave in Astoria, Netflix and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is in Brooklyn Heights near the promenade, The Deuce is at Pleasant Ave 118th St, CBS’ The Code is at Greenwood Cemetery, and Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at W 58th and 8th.

The NYPD released new information about an unsolved 2016 explosion in Central Park, hoping for some new leads.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, a 44-year-old immigrant from the Democratic Republican of Congo free-climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty in protest of many of President Trump’s actions. Rise and Resist had a scheduled protest on Liberty Island but claims Therese wasn’t part of their group.

Is de Blasio a liar? City Comptroller Scott Stringer thinks the city has to come clean about the NYCHA lead paint scandal.

10 can’t miss summer art shows from The New York Times.

State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried has “workaround” legislation to counter the SCOTUS union decision. His legislation would allow unions to include collective-bargaining costs in their contracts with government agencies to replace the mandatory fees that SCOTUS banned.