The Briefly for December 8-10, 2020 – The “There is Pizza and There is Everything Else” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The Staten Island mess continues (with video), Pearl River Mart’s flagship is closing, a look at West Farms in the Bronx, and more

Today – Low: 33˚ High: 38˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

In praise of Andrea Stewart-Cousins’s ability to get the New York legislature on the same page. (Bill Mahoney for Politico)

The fire that destroyed the Middle Collegiate Church also displaced 22 women from a single women’s shelter next door. (Cydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Pearl River Mart’s flagship store has “no other choice but to shut down” due to pressure from an unforgiving landlord. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

President Obama has ruled that New York pizza, also known as pizza, is better than Chicago-style pizza, which is also known as Chicago-style pizza. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

Just over seven years ago John Stewart gave us this rant about Chicago deep-dish pizza. (The Daily Show)

Ghouls get Covid-19 too, as Rudy Giuliani tested positive. (Tim Moran for Patch)

55% of the FDNY is unwilling to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Their union is defending their right to refuse. (Dean Moses for amNewYork Metro)

In June, the mayor announced he would end solitary confinement in the city’s jails after getting recommendations “in the fall.” The mayor has once again set a deadline for himself and appears ready to blow it. (Rosa Goldensohn for The City)

A look at the history of how New York City became a stoop town. (Ephemeral New York)

Putting West Farms in the Bronx into focus, the epicenter of the city’s economic crisis where one of four workers is out of work. (Winnie Hu, Juliana Kim, Jo Corona and Amr Alfiky for NY Times)

Senator Schumer paid Arlene’s Grocery a visit in support of the Save Our Stages Ace in congress before Arlene’s potential closure on February 1. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

An NYC-themed holiday gift guide. (Untapped New York)

The state’s legislature is ready to make another attempt at a pied-à-terre tax in 2021. (Oshrat Carmiel for Bloomberg)

Sharp eyes in the East Village will spot Marvel’s ‘Hawkeye’ filming this week. (EV Grieve)

It seems ridiculous that NYCHA residents in Coney Island would be demanding repairs from Hurricane Sandy, but here we are. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

Governor Cuomo announced that regions of the state that reach 90% hospital capacity would face new shutdowns. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The governor also warned that indoor dining in NYC could be shutdown by next week based on the city’s rising hospitalization rates. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Video: Watch Bruce Springsteen & Bleachers play “Chinatown” on the roof of Electric Lady recording studio. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

The winner of the seventh annual Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design installation program is “Point of Action” by Studio Cooke John that’s meant to evoke the feeling of seeing other New Yorkers from a distance, which is something we’re a little familiar with now. (Bill Gleason for Time Out)

Photos: This year’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Did you know that New York City is unable to lower the speed limit on its roads? It’s strictly a state responsibility right now, but State Senator Brad Hoylman is looking to change that with new legislation. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Confessions of an orthodox Jewish drug dealer. (Aaron Lefkov for Brooklyn Magazine)

Photos and Video: Birds? Birds. Check out the brightly-colored Western Tanager seen in Chelsea.

Video: Watch Danny Presti, manager of the dumbest bar in all of New York City, who says he “did nothing wrong” drive away with a New York City Sheriff on the hood of his car while being arrested. (Lydia Hu for NY1)

Video: Watch Pete Davidson dunk on Staten Island’s Covid-19 protests on Weekend Update. (SNL)

The mess over Mac’s Public House exposed the Mason-Dixon line in Staten Island. (Clifford Michel for The City)

The city’s most festive outdoor dining set-ups for the holidays. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

Thanks to reader Alex for today’s featured photo from Dyker Heights where it “wasn’t very crowded (yet) and most people wore their masks.”

The Briefly for December 6-7, 2020 – The “Fight of the Year” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Staten Island’s “problem” continues, James Comey gets a new job, Kate Winslet is selling her townhouse, how to stop porch pirates, and more

Today – Low: 31˚ High: 41˚
Clear throughout the day.

Video: Someone driving down the Brooklyn Promenade at 40 mph is something I’ve never seen before today. (David Cruz)

If the story of Mac’s Public House couldn’t get any more stupid, the bar reopened on Friday in defiance of the city’s sheriffs and the arrest of one of the bar’s co-owners. (Angi Gonzalez for NY1)

Turns out it can get much more stupid. On Saturday night Danni Resti resisted arrest, ran to his car, and hit a sheriff with his car, driving with him on the hood of his car for 100 yards, according to police. He was arrested after that. (Thomas Giardino for NY1)

The NYPD will stop making people who have been arrested remove their religious headwear for mug shots with limited exceptions as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit. (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

What to know about moving to NYC in a pandemic. (Kathryn O’Shea-Evans for StreetEasy)

Eater released a 2020 holiday gift guide. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Photos: No Particular Hours in Chelsea is a part thrift store, part garage sale, and all spectacular. (Nicoleta Papavasilakis for Untapped New York)

The Infatuation’s 9 favorite Brazilian dishes in NYC. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Why is the NYPD stockpiling tasers? (David Cruz for Gothamist)

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance hasn’t made a decision about running for the positive again, but he has nine challengers who have already stepped up. (Emily Ngo for NY1)

New York’s 2020 election was certified on Tuesday of last week, showing a record-breaking three million votes cast in the city. 22% of them cast absentee. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

The 2020 NYC Hanukkah food guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Congrats to Todd Maisel on his retirement after 38 years of work. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

How to negotiate next year’s rent. (Lee Lin for RentHop)

The fight of the year is the lawsuit between The Meatball Shop and the Jersey Shore’s Snooki and Deena over merchandise. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

Go beyond the names. Learn why New York City wears Marcus Garvey’s name in multiple places. (Julio Yarce for Untapped New York)

Video: A walk through the Bryant Part Winter Village. (ActionKid)

The DOT is expanding Citi Bike service into Sunnyside, Woodside, and Maspeth in the spring of 2021. (Michael Dorgan for Sunnyside Post)

Apartment Porn: Kate Winslet is selling her 3,000 square foot $5.7 million Manhattan Penthouse. (Mark David for Variety)

In praise of the nearly 24-hour Empanada Mama. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

It seems like New Jersey doesn’t have enough assholes because New York has begun exporting some of ours. The NY Young Republicans moved their unmasked gala to New Jersey. Not to be outdone, the Metropolitan Republican Club held their own unmasked holiday party on the Upper East Side, complete with an open bar. (Nick Garber with contributions from Caren Lissner for Patch)

Meet Guy Stanley Philoche, a painter who has spent more than $65,000 buying work from struggling artists affected by the coronavirus pandemic. (Alaa Elassar for CNN)

Hello to Columbia Law School’s newest professor, James Comey. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

Five ways to stop porch pirates. Yes, I did include this just so I could say porch pirates. Porch pirates. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Don’t expect overnight service to return until at least the summer of 2021, according to the MTA. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Meanwhile, two former workers claim New York Waterway, the biggest private ferry operator in the city, would dump the toilet waste into the Hudson River. (Tracey Tully for NY Times)

The Geminids meteor shower already started, but it peaks on the 13 and 14, so keep your eyes to the sky when the night is clear. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Breaking down what students are going back to school buildings this week. (David Cruz for NY Times)

A five-alarm fire tore through a 128-old Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village early Saturday morning. The Middle Collegiate Church was established in 1628 and is considered the oldest corporation in the country. (David Cruz and Jen Chung for Gothamist)

What the city’s sewers are telling us about Covid-19. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)

The city is expecting around 450k Covid-19 vaccines later this month, with healthcare workers, nursing home residents, and long-term facility staff having priority. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Confessions of a Queens Santa in a pandemic. (Jim O’Grady for Gothamist)

A Covid-19 rent relief program will be resurrected with revamped rules for who will get a slice of $60 million of remaining aid. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The team that is no longer the Staten Island Yankees is suing Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees for cutting them from the squad. (J.J. Cooper for Baseball America)

Wall Street executive Ray McGuire is stepping into the mayoral race. (Sally Goldenberg for Politico)

The best holiday gifts from NYC restaurants. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Sick of Christmas already? The Astor Place KMart has you covered because their St Patrick’s Day decorations are already on sale. (EV Grieve)

Thanks to reader Amy for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for Halloween, 2020 – The “No Need to Socially Distance from Ghosts” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: A look at the spooky, scary celebration of Halloween along with all the ghoulish and ghastly NYC stories, and the best pumpkin dishes.

Today – Low: 42˚ High: 55˚
Rain throughout the day.

Trick or treat is not banned in New York City. the city released Halloween guidelines. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Okay, so the Village Halloween parade is canceled, but it will be replaced by a tiny puppet parade. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Photos: Just outside the city in Croton-on-Hudson, the pandemic can’t stop the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze. (Jen Carlson, photos by Tod Seelie for Gothamist)

A strange little girl, a little boy, the crying lady ghost, and the other ghosts that haunt The Dakota on 72nd St. (Ephemeral New York)

Eat all the candy you want this Halloween, you’ve earned it. But the wrappers? Say hello to the Trick or Trash, here to help you recycle your candy wrappers. (Jeanine Ramirez for NY1)

Photos: Brooklyn’s best decorated Halloween house. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

Do you know about Manhattan’s secret graveyards? (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

This isn’t a Halloween story, but it’s still terrifying. A fully intact rat skeleton fell from the ceiling of a Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development apartment building on Forsythe St. (Elie Z. Perler Bowery Boogie)

Meet James Sheehan, who has almost 100 people buried in his Astoria backyard. (Jason D Antos for Give Me Astoria)

So some of the city’s Halloween traditions won’t be happening this year, but you can still see Zohra, the giant, sparkling spider between 7 pm and 10 pm hanging off the Jefferson Market Library Tower in the East Village. (Shay Weaver for Time Out)

There are plenty of nightmares to be found across the city, but none of them are as scary as the man who fell into a sinkhole and into a rat-filled chasm for 30 minutes while waiting for a bus. (Hirir Zaveri for NY Times)

Video: Walking the haunted village of Sleepy Hollow. (ActionKid on YouTube)

A guide for trick or treating in 2020. (Ashly Grzyb for Red Tricycle)

The filming locations of Ghostbusters. (On the Set of New York)

Governor Cuomo hasn’t said you have to socially distance from ghosts this Halloween. The 13 most haunted places in the city. (John Garry for Fodors)

Have you ever seen the (Will Sabel Courtney, Jeremy Winograd, Peter Kirby and Michele Herrmann for Time Out)

The Chicest, Creepiest Rich People Halloween Decorations In NYC. (Christie Grimm for Guest of a Guest)

The 10 best pumpkin dishes in NYC. (Devorah Lev-Tov for Thrillist)

Looking for some Halloween entertainment? My wife has a new podcast: The Night Hags. In the first episode, they talk about the significance of Halloween and The Exorcist to them personally.