The Briefly for January 3, 2020 – The “Your Choice of Subway Seat is Always Wrong” Edition

Today’s daily NY news digest: The weekend’s subway changes, sales in Trump buildings fall behind the rest of the city, revisiting Di Fara pizza, Manhattan’s hottest restaurants and more

Today – Low: 45˚ High: 49˚
Light rain until morning, starting again in the evening.
This weekend – Low: 34˚ High: 52˚

Lance at Subway Weekender has retired his blog detailing the weekend’s subway delays. I’m working on either finding a replacement or doing this work myself. In the meantime, check the MTA’s giant list of everything happening to avoid being stranded by the trains this weekend.

Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero is modeled on a Swedish approach that views all deaths as preventable. If that’s the case why did the deaths of pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists increase in 2019? (Emma G. Fitzsimmons for NY Times)

There’s an unlikely place to find the city’s history: postcards. (John Freeman Gill for NY Times)

What is the best subway seat? This meme lasted less than a day before de Blasio and Bloomberg ruined the fun. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

The Times has the best answer. Your answer is obviously wrong. (Emma G. Fitzsimmons for NY Times)

A record collection that rivals the one maintained by the Library of Congress sits in Tribeca needs a new home. (Derek K. Norman for NY Times)

David Hay, the deputy chief of staff to schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, was fired after he was arrested for allegedly trying to arrange sex with an underage boy online. (Nina Golgowski for HuffPost)

Turns out David Hay, hired by the Department of Education, never received a completed background investigation. The Department of Investigation’s Background Investigation Unit has backlog of thousands of files. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

6 crucial ways New York City’s landscape will change in 2020. (Zoe Rosenberg for Curbed)

Cardell Gadsden, a corrections officer from Rikers Island, was arrested after he allegedly murdered his uncle Steven Gadsden on the Upper West Side on Thursday. Gadsden was suspended without pay. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

The 79th Street Boat Basin is the only spot in the city where houseboats can dock year-round. At the moment there’s room for 33 boats and there is a 14-year waitlist for a lease. The Department of Parks is planning a $90 million renovation to triple capacity with construction starting late 2021 or early 2022. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

The city’s laws require employers to provide employees with lactation areas, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the NYPD, according to a new lawsuit. Five women are suing the NYPD for forcing them to pump breast-milk in rooms full of garbage bed bugs, their cars, and bathrooms. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Lasagna. Is this really going to be 2020’s food trend? We can survive anything after the 2019 horny chicken parm craze. (Alan Sytsma for Grub Street)

Video: Think you’ve got what it takes to keep up with a Rockette? You don’t. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Following a rash of anti-Semitic violence in recent weeks, Brooklyn elected officials are calling for dialogue and camaraderie between the borough’s black and Jewish populations. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The Brooklyn House of Detention officially closed on Thursday. The remaining 390 detainees moved to other facilities, including Rikers Island. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

Ok Kang, 70, is the first pedestrian in the city killed by a driver in 2020 on Northern Boulevard, the “New Boulevard of Death.” (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

A man was caught on video literally trying to grab a sleeping woman on the subway and carry her off the train. The man, Sonny Alloway, was arrested and claims to have been attacked on the street multiple times since the video went public and offered $5,000 to anyone who attacked him if they can knock him out in a boxing match. For $5,000 I might consider giving it a try! (Brooklyn Baldwin for The Root)

The annoyances and adoration of Di Fara pizza. (Michael Fiorito for Red Hook Star-Revue)

All buses on the B44 SBS route are now equipped with the transit agency’s new Automated Bus Lane Enforcement system, issuing fines to cars caught illegally in the bus lane. Doesn’t it defeat the purpose of the system if the MTA announces that its use is limited to the B44, M14, and M15? (Scott Unman for Brooklyn Eagle)

The NY Post continues to be the NY Post. Offensive, exploitative, and I am 100% here for Gothamist shitting on the worst publication in the city. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

NY Yankees Pitcher Domingo German will miss 63 games after accepting a suspension for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend last September. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork)

NYC Ferry’s ridership was up by 32% in 2019. The increase includes the new Lower East Side and Soundview routes. (Gabe Herman for amNewYork)

Farrell’s Bar and Grill is one of Brooklyn’s oldest bars, dating back to 1933. The biggest change might be the bar’s signature styrofoam cups gave way when the city banned them. Two Brooklynites are raising funds to produce a documentary about the bar that hasn’t changed despite the changes to the city around it. (Scott Unman for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Sales at Trump-branded condos continue to fall behind the rest of Manhattan. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The hottest restaurants in Manhattan, January 2020 edition. (Stefanie Tuder and Serena Dai for Eater)

The Briefly for January 2, 2020 – The “De Blasio Argues $30 Pizza, Not the $51 Billion MTA Plan” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: 2020’s new laws, a tribute to Tom’s Restaurant, the MTA embrace’s “Train Daddy” Andy Byford, Prohibition Bakery closes, and more

Today – Low: 40˚ High: 47˚
Possible light rain overnight.

Photos: Times Square celebrates the coming of a new decade. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Why does anyone camp out all day in Times Square to watch the ball drop? Here are some answers. (Jen Chung, who got the Times Square assignment, for Gothamist)

Photos: Cleaning up Times Square. (Ben Yakas, Gretchen Robinette for Gothamist)

A full 2020 calendar of meteor showers, supermoons and lunar events you can see from the city. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Welcome to Little Aidan Zobnin and Anthony Saraceno Jr., New York City’s midnight babies for 2020. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

Election Day. When is the NYC Marathon? When does the U.S. Open start? Comic Con is what days? A look ahead at major events in the city for 2020. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

Five laws that will hit the city in 2020: the plastic bag ban, $15 minimum wage for all, cash bail, the end of pot testing, and pre-registering to vote for teens. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

More new laws coming this year: Discovery reform and the end of “blindfold laws,” insurance companies will be required to cover in vitro-fertilization and adoptees can access their birth certificates after turning 18. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

“Another Tech Guy Tries to Disrupt Food Space” and other predicted 2020 headlines from Eater’s peanut gallery. (Eater)

Clamoring for more holiday cheer? A list of the best holiday pop-up bars in NYC. Most are open this weekend. (Bao Ong with Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Is one of your 2020 resolutions to get more civically involved? Here’s how to join your community board. (Curbed)

Mayor de Blasio has the opportunity to directly influence the MTA’s $51 billion capital plan for 2020-2024, but he is declining to be directly involved. Everyone else with appointment power for the review board has named themselves at the governor’s request. Thanks for stepping up and representing the city Mr. Mayor. (Dana Rubenstein for Politico)

The mayor doesn’t want to get involved in the MTA’s capital plan, he’ll get involved in trying to shame Domino’s for selling $30 pizzas in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The mayor, never one to have a connection with the city he’s supposed to be in charge of, seems to forget that most pizzas in Times Square, albeit not from Domino’s, costs around $30. (Lee Moran for HuffPost)

An illustrated tribute to Tom’s Diner in Prospect Heights. (Jessica Olien for NY Times)

Even the MTA has begun using the nickname Train Daddy for President Andy Byford. (@nyctsubway)

Photos: The 2020 Coney Island New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

Video: Take a walk from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Chinatown with a 360° view. (ActionKid)

Sometimes the performer on the subway is playing the didgeridoo, sometimes it’s the equivalent of a punk rock music festival. (The Villager)

Elon Musk spent last week being a genius inventor on Twitter, coming up with the idea… for the subway. What a genius! Traveling underground! (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Video: How much wind is too much? Watch a wind turbine in Co-op City fall apart under heavy winds. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

It took a death, but the Department of Buildings is doubling the size of their facade inspection team from 12 to 24. Every building in the city over six stories has to undergo a physical inspection. That still seems like it isn’t enough. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The NYPD’s Michael J. Reynolds, a white man, traveled to Nashville for a bachelor party and ended up kicking in a black woman’s door while drunk, threatening her and her sons with a racist slur and violence. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years’ probation. There’s a petition signed by 10,000 people calling for his firing, but he’s still an officer. As a reminder, it took five years for Daniel Pantaleo to be fired. (Ed Shanahan for NY Times)

Northeast Queens’ biggest stories to watch in 2020. (Jenna Bagcal for QNS)

Nightmare: A 36-year-old fell 15 feet off the roof of a building on Mott Street and was trapped between two buildings. She was rescued from between the buildings and her name has not been released. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Prohibition Bakery, the boozy bakery in the basement of Subject Bar on Suffolk St, closed on Christmas Day. It’s a different story than most closings, instead of rent it was “an enormous drain of time and energy, and frankly had stopped bringing me any real happiness.” (Stacie Joy for EV Grieve)

Having defeated Airbnb, the Hotels Trade Council is happy to accept its role as a political heavyweight. It’s the latest focus is to convince the City Council to require hotels to acquire a special permit to essentially ban the construction of new hotels. (J. David Goodman for NY Times)

Republican State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolbys wrote an op-ed urging New Yorkers not to drink and drive. He was arrested on New Year’s Eve after crashing his car while drunk just outside of Rochester. (NY 1)

Chicken and waffles. Eggs Benedict. Meatloaf sandwich. 18 hangover-busting dishes. (Eater)

The Briefly for May 30, 2019 – The “I Don’t Have to Talk to You” Edition

Transgender activists will get a monument, a prison may become luxury apartments, this week’s commute from hell, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

The city is getting safer, but pockets of Brooklyn are seeing spikes in violence. Is gang activity to blame? (NY Times)

“I don’t have to talk to you.” Why did Brooklyn Community Board 1 buy that $26,000 SUV? It doesn’t matter, because now the story is about Community Board 1’s district manager Gerald Esposito’s outburst when questioned about it at a board meeting this week. (The City)

One of the benefits of going to school at NYU is that you also get to live in one of the country’s most expensive rental markets. Oh what, that’s not a benefit. (Patch)

The Staten Island Wheel is the city’s zombie project. Now that it’s been dead for months, the city’s Economic Development Corporation is meeting with a new developer to work on the 630 foot tall Ferris wheel. (6sqft)

Electric scooters are still illegal, but rent-by-the-minute mopeds have arrived in Long Island City, Astoria, and multiple Brooklyn neighborhoods. (LIC Post)

We have the mayor mayor, the night mayor, and soon we may have the bike mayor. (Streetsblog)

If you’re a fan of events like The Squirrel Census, the Great Fish Count is looking for volunteers across the city. (6sqft)

Is this pole dancing rat the work of the enigmatic Zardulu? (Gothamist)

More on Zardulu. (Reply All)

In a move that seems too perfect for the nightmare dystopia the city’s real estate has become, a former prison in Harlem may soon become a series of luxury apartments. (The Root)

A guide to the city’s only observation decks. An easy guide because it comprises of all of them. (Curbed)

The “mechanical void” loophole has officially been closed by the city council. The short version of it was that developers were adding mechanical space in the middle of buildings to get around zoning laws to make the upper floors of their buildings as high as possible. (Curbed)

Three men were found guilty of “a sort of insurance fraud on steroids” that made them $31 million richer until they were caught. (Gothamist)

This week’s commuting hell belongs to 79th St, where the MTA closed all but one exit, causing overcrowding and five trainloads of people unable to leave the station. (Gothamist)

A few weeks after City Hall transferred city-owned land in the Bronx to a developer and approved $12 million in financing for an affordable apartment complex, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political action committee received a $25,000 donation. (The City)

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, pioneering transgender activists who were at the vanguard of the gay rights movement, will be immortalized in a monument that may be placed down the street from the Stonewall Inn. (NY Times)

Netflix’s mini-series on the Central Park Five is released on Friday, and with it will bring a flood of stories about the men at the center of the controversy and how they were targeted, hated, and abused by the city they called home and more specifically Donald Trump. (NY Times)

First, it was Trader Joe’s and now Whole Foods is following suit. 8 of the city’s 12 Whole Foods will stop making deliveries outside of what they refer to as the “walking zone” near their stores and are pushing customers to otherwise use Amazon’s ‘Prime Now’ app instead of visiting the store at all. (Tribeca Citizen)

Where to eat, but mostly where to avoid, at Hudson Yards. (Eater)

Governor Cuomo does not have any plans to lighten his grip on the state and just started his third term. He announced plans to run for a fourth term in office. The last governor of New York to serve four complete terms was George Clinton, New York’s very first governor in 1777. (Patch)

Katz’s is having a ‘When Harry Met Sally’ fake orgasm contest on the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. If you’ve been training for this your whole life, this is your moment. (Eater)

40 ideas for a birthday party for an adult. Calling it an “adult birthday party” sounds like it involves pornography. (Grub Street)

Can we have one week without someone intentionally trying to sabotage the subways? (Gothamist)

Tourism is up in the city and has taken Broadway’s box offices with it. 2018 was the ninth straight year of growth in the number of tourists, who make up 63% of the total 14,768,254 people attending Broadway shows, paying $1.8 billion for tickets. Other factors in Broadway’s growth include longer running shows, a wider variety of shows and a higher volume of them as well. And Hamilton, which grossed $165 million in ticket sales. (NY Times)

Infinity in a Tiny Room is an art show that takes place in an apartment, and no, this is not in Bushwick. (Patch)

The best Thai restaurants in New York. (Grub Street)

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