The Briefly for Thanksgiving 2019 – The “What’s The Worst That Could Happen During the Parade” Thanksgiving Edition

What’s going for Thanksgiving, James O’Neill’s parting words as NYC’s top cop, a history of Pete’s Candy Store, your salads are trash, and more in today’s Thanksgiving daily news digest.

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How are you getting around today? Here’s how getting around below ground is gonna work. (Patch)

The best spots to watch the parade. (6sqft)

10 things you didn’t know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (6sqft)

What’s open today and what’s not. (Patch)

Photos: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation on the Upper West Side. (Untapped New York)

How to watch today’s parade. (HuffPost)

When this email goes out, we’ll have no idea if the balloons will be allowed to fly or not. (Gothamist)

What’s the worst that could happen? Watch the Cat in the Hat crash into a light post in 1997, injuring four people and putting one of the four into a month-long coma. (Viewing NYC)

Here’s another example from 1997: The Barney balloon’s untimely death thanks to wind and a flagpole around 50th St. (DelhiTheCat on YouTube)

Toss your Thanksgiving salads in the trash. There’s another romaine lettuce e.coli outbreak. (Gothamist)

Photos: The redesigned 80th floor “landing spot” of the Empire State Building. (Untapped New York)

What does James O’Neill have to say as he exits the position of top cop in NYC? Don’t criticize subway cops so much. Thanks for firing Daniel Pantaleo James, but don’t let the door hit you on the way out. (Gothamist)

Photos: Inside the newly saved Paris Theater. (Untapped New York)

Here comes the Holiday Nostalgia Rides! You can find the vintage trains on the A, F, and D lines on most Sundays in December. (6sqft)

Is there Black Friday in NYC? Yes, and here’s a compiled list of when the biggest chains open across the city. (Patch)

16 dazzling NYC holiday displays. (Curbed)

RIP Harlem’s Adelia Murphy, America’s oldest person at 114 years old. (amNewYork)

NYC’s 10 most important buildings of the past decade. (Curbed)

Looking back on 20 years of Pete’s Candy Store, who is celebrating its anniversary this weekend. (Bedford + Bowery)

This weekend is the last weekend of Brooklyn Bazaar. Friday’s show wasn’t sold out (at press time), but tickets are all gone for Saturday. You can still grab something in the liquidation sale. (Greenpointers)

The Briefly for November 26, 2019 – The “Star Wars, But With A Heavy Bronx Accent” Edition

Where to eat at the city’s airports, National Grid ends their gas moratorium, Governor Cuomo accused of targeting the Working Families Party, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Queens DA-elect Melinda Katz named her 31-member transition team. (QNS)

A WELCOME sign has fully replaced the Watchtower sign on the Brooklyn waterfront. (Curbed)

This week is crunch time at the city’s Food Bank. (NY Times)

C-3PO himself, Anthony Daniels, claims that the robot is supposed to have the accent of a “used-car dealer form the Bronx” as originally envisioned by George Lucas. Yikes. (Welcome2TheBronx)

A mural celebrating video game streamer Daniel Desmond “Etika” Amofah was unveiled in Bushwick. Etika took his life in June and in a video before his death had said he was worried the world was going to forget him. (Bushwick Daily)

After the Coast Guard grounded over 20 ferries that service the city for safety problems, Monday morning’s commute was as chaotic as you might imagine for the 32,000 daily ferry commuters. (NY Times)

A new kaleidoscopic art installation, called Ziggy by the firm Hou de Sousa, is open at Flatiron plaza. It’s made from 27,000 feet of rebar and iridescent cord and is a part of the “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming. (6sqft)

Dunkin Donuts is killing its styrofoam cups and Grub Street has a few suggestions with what you can do with all those cups you’ve been hoarding. (Grub Street)

Thanksgiving dinner is not uncommon, unless it’s on the L train. (Jezebel)

In the battle of Governor Cuomo vs National Grid, National Grid blinked and will end their gas moratorium. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

With Bloomberg in the presidential race, all varieties of comparisons to Trump become fair game and lo, here is the first from The Real Deal, comparing Trump and Bloomberg’s personal real estate. (The Real Deal)

A look back at Bloomberg’s education record while he was mayor. (Chalkbeat)

Photos: Netflix turned back time in Little Italy over the weekend to promote “The Irishman.” (Gothamist)

Photos: More from Netflix’s “1975” Little Italy. (Grub Street)

The Nets have a new jersey, temporarily dropping the Brooklyn name in favor of Bed-Stuy, accompanied by the colors of the Boogie sweater made popular by the Notorious B.I.G. (The Brooklyn Reader)

Poly Prep Country Day School in Bay Ridge is being sued again for past instances of sexual abuse by a student who claims that the school protected his abuser, a priest and former teacher. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Here’s how the city is planning to handle its “zombie home” problem. (Curbed)

It’s official, Netflix is saving the Paris Theater with a long-term lease on the space. (NY Times)

The MTA is planning to reconstruct the existing Jamaica Bus Depot in 2021 and has no plans to address the parking situation, which has resulted in the storage of city buses on public streets. 18 elected officials in Queens sent a letter to the MTA urging the MTA to make room for indoor parking for buses to cut down on noise and pollution. (QNS)

Curbed’s holiday gift guide for people who love NYC. (Curbed)

Eater’s holiday gift guide for NYC gifts. (Eater)

PureWow’s gifts for New Yorkers that they will love. (PureWow)

For those who don’t want to leave the Upper West Side, here’s a gift guide while staying in the neighborhood. (I Love the Upper West Side)

A list of all of the shipping deadlines to get your mail to wherever it needs to go before Christmas. (Patch)

The MTA is happy to give you the details on its $51.5 billion capital plan, including $3 billion from the city, just as soon as it’s approved and fully funded. (amNewYork)

The mayor signed the bill banning the sale of foie gras into law. The ban goes into effect in 2022. (amNewYork)

Video: Macy’s revealed its holiday windows with this year’s theme “Believe the Wonder” (Viewing NYC)

Voting in New York will be simplified at the expense of third parties. The Public Campaign Financing Commission voted that for political parties to maintain a line on the state ballot, they must either draw 2% or 130,000 in the general election vote for governor or president every two years. The biggest impact this will have is to wipe the Working Families Party off the ballot. Critics point at this as the governor utilizing his power to kill the WFP. (NY Times)

Every year a warning goes out about an algae bloom in the lakes in the city’s parks that is dangerous or fatal to dogs. The combination of the city’s water, water depth, and heat makes for a perfect environment for bloom growth. The Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn College are working together on a potential solution. (Gothamist)

Where to eat at Newark Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and JFK Airport.

Thanks to Henry T. Casey for today’s featured image

The Briefly for November 25, 2019 – The “We Have A Heart, Also You’re Under Arrest” Edition

The mayor’s Rockefeller Center pedestrian plaza plans meets resistance, where to eat on Thanksgiving, Bloomberg gets into the race, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This week’s late night subway disruptions end on Wednesday night, because holiday schedules start on Thursday. (Subway Weekender)

It’s that time of year again, time to start speculating if weather will ground the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. (CNN)

Construction injuries were up 61% last year and the city is mobilizing its inspectors to make surprise visits to the largest construction sites to crack down on dangerous conditions and it seems to be working. Injuries are down 26% this yer. The team of 38 has carried out 10,256 surprise inspections and that still only covers a quarter of active construction sites. (NY Times)

Portraits of the city’s Black vegan movement from Black VegFest. (Civil Eats)

FedEx’s delivery robots have made their way to Lower Manhattan. (Gothamist)

It’s hard enough to figure out what is temperature appropriate to wear on a daily basis in the city when the outside temperature is below freezing, some subway platforms are roughly 85 degrees, and your average office temperature fluctuates between chilly and uncomfortably cold, let along if you’re moving from California. Welcome to New York Joan Summers, none of us know how to dress in New York City. (Jezebel NYC)

The NYPD’s Chief of Transit is committed to go on a four borough “tour” to meet with subway vendors and community members to show that transit cops “have a heart.” (Gothamist)

Those same NYPD transit cops gave Matthew Chavez, the creator of the “Subway Therapy” project, a ticket for his post-it note-based project which has been going for over two years without incident in the tunnel between 6th and 7th Aves in the 14th St subway stop. (Gothamist)

NYPD transit cops pinned a homeless woman to the ground and handcuffed her in another disturbing video made public by passersby. The mayor’s office claims the woman was being sent to a hospital as a part of the MTA’s “homeless outreach.” Weird how helping someone with a mental illness looks a lot like arresting them. (Gothamist)

Protests against the NYPD’s policing of the subways briefly shut down the 125th St stop on the 4/5/6 on Friday night. (amNewYork)

Photos from the protest, which resulted in 58 arrests. (The Independent)

The Coney Island subway station is roofed with solar panels, but they’ve been off-line since in 2012. When installed, the panels were supposed to cut back on 17,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over 40 years. That is, of course, if they are operational. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city will shut down Fifth and Sixth Aves surrounding Rockefeller Plaza to cars for portions fo the day from Thanksgiving to January in hopes of relieving sidewalk congestion and forcing automobile traffic to find another way around the neighborhood. This is the plan that the Department of Transportation announced last month and the mayor said wasn’t yet approved. (NY Times)

The FDNY has “deep health and safety concerns” about the pedestrian plaza plan, claiming it will make it harder to get around the area due to rerouting of vehicles and that the mayor’s office didn’t adequately notify the local fire companies. (amNewYork)

The MTA isn’t happy with the plan either, due to the bus stops that will be bypassed during the hours the pedestrian plazas will be in operation. (Streetsblog)

The city’s reported HIV cases are at their lowest since the city started tracking them in 2001, with until 2000 cases reported in 2018. That number is 67% down from 2001. (amNewYork)

The NYPD agreed to give the Civilian Complaint Review Board access to body-cam footage except in the most serious cases. It sounds simple, but the actual agreement is ridiculous. There will be a “secure room” where one NYPD member will look for footage and one CCRB member will oversee. This is meant to get the CCRB footage without 10-25 days instead of the current 18-month backlog that exists. (Gothamist)

If you love Christmas more than anything else in this world, this Buddy the Elf-themed hotel room at the Midtown 45 is probably up your alley. (Time Out)

The NYPD took time to attend a Community Board 6 meeting to spread fear about the bail reforms kicking in starting in January. Bail reforms were signed into law in April. (Bronx Times)

The NYPD aren’t the only ones fear-mongering over bail reform. Republican State Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who represents Bay Ridge and a portion of Staten Island, is hopping on the scare train. Crime in New York has declined for 28 years straight and is at post-World War II levels. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Photos from the Harlem Light It Up parade. (amNewYork)

A LIRR train derailed on Friday night at Jamaica. There were no injuries, but the MTA is investigating what caused the derailment. This is the second derailment in that area on that track. (amNewYork)

With Mike Bloomberg getting into the presidential race, every NYC mayor since 1993 is or has run for president. Maybe David Dinkins has some ambitions we don’t know about. Either way, Bloomberg is in. (Patch)

Here’s his announcement video. (Bloomberg 2020)

A water main break caused flooding in Sunset Park on Sunday after a 30-foot wide crater opened up and shot out water for six hours. There were no injuries or major damage. (amNewYork)

The Coast Guard pulled 23 out of 32 ferries out of operation over “safety discrepancies” after annual inspections were performed on Sunday. Six ferries are back in the water. (amNewYork)

Someone posted a Times Square bomb threat to Reddit on Sunday morning. The threat was deemed not credible and the NYPD are investigating the post. (NY Times)

Where to go out for Thanksgiving dinner in NYC

Thanks to MG Ashdown for today’s featured photo