The Briefly for December 11, 2019 – The "See Something, Cease & Desist Something" Edition
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Light snow in the morning.
Here's what to expect with next month's sweeping bail reforms. (Beth Fertig for Gothamist) Comparing someone to David Duke doesn't speak highly of them. When it's one of the NYPD's top cops? That's the comparison made to Deputy Inspector Constantin Tsachas for comments he made about NYPD officers targeting black and Latinx men on the subways. (Anne Branigin for The Root) A new law will force some new constructions and renovations to use glass that is bird-friendly, to prevent birds from accidentially killing themselves by hitting the glass. The NYC Audobon Society estimates 90,000 - 230,000 birds die in the city due to window collisions. (Ryan F. Mendelbaum for Gizmodo) Let's check in on those adorable red-tailed hawks in Tompkins Square Park.. OHGOD IT IS EATING THAT PIGEON. (Laura Goggin Photography) The MTA's "See Something, Say Something" slogan is trademarked and they are happy to send cease and desist letters to other cities. Enjoy your C&D, Buffalo. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) SantaCon's five free party yachts, sponsored by Fireball whiskey, were canceled thanks to concern from City Councilmember Keith Powers, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and Assembly Member Harvey Epstein. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan) Not all things have been discovered, until now. Congrats are in order to Joe Dator, who has discovered the two hot dog bun. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street) The fleet of dollar vans have a new app and an aim to disrupt the city's buses. (Kimko de Freitas-Tamura for NY Times) Why is it necessary for the City Council to compel the NYPD to prioritize on towing illegally parked vehicles? Ah, here it is. It's part of the attempt to crack down on parking placard abuse, a favorite pastime of the NYPD. (Rocco Vertuccio for NY1) Andres “Andy” Fernandez was found guilty of second-degree murder of L&B Spumoni Gardens owner Louis Barbati. He faces 25 to life when sentenced next month. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) 11 witchy, queens, and unique holiday markets. (Cassidy Dawn Graves for Bedford + Bowery) The founder of Barstool Sports David Portnoy, SantaCon if it were a person, is opening a pizzeria. He's being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board for threats of firing employees who discussed unionization, he's made a habit of threatening and harassing female reporters, and is all around disease. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater) New York state lost a lawsuit against Exxon-Mobile that claimed the company engaged in fraud through its statements about how it accounted for the costs of climate change regulation. (John Schwartz for NY Times) Got a question and don't feel like Googling? Call an NYPL librarian. (Great Big Story) Tin Pan Alley, a part of 28th between Broadway and Sixth, is now recognized as a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Tin Pan Alley is the birthplace of American popular music. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York) The laminated pollo bar, the limoncello pistachio bar, and the rest of the the five must-eat items from Brooklyn's all-day cafe explosion. (Nikitia Richardson for Grub Street) Got a better name for Bridge & Tunnel Park in Long Island City? The Parks Department is looking for ideas. (Kristen Torres for LIC Post) Rudy Giuliani, the mayor-turned-goblin, and estranged wife Judith have come to a settlement to avoid a divorce trial. (Sarah Maslin Nir for NY Times) Staten Island's Republican City Council Members Joe Borelli and Steven Matteo are introducing legislation to create a task for to explore a Staten Island secession. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft) Essex Crossing is hiding a nasty secret: A Vision Zero nightmare on the East side of the development. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist) A look at the appalling conditions of the apartments that the homeless of New York City have been assigned in Newark. (Courtney Gross for NY1) One man's trash is another man's treasure has never been more true than the trash treasures found at the bottom of the Gowanus Canal that will eventually find a home in a museum. (Gowanus Lounge) Here's the winner of the “Trash Train” photo contest held by the Transport Workers Union Local 100. The photo is of the aftermath of someone dropping a deuce between subway cars. The contest was held to highlight the need to add back cleaning jobs that cut back the times trains are cleaned by 50%. (Vincent Barone for amNewYork) Interested in the rest of the Trash Train entries? With photo titles like "Fluids?," "Two Puddles of Vomit," and "Number 2 done expressly on the #2 Express," click the link at your own risk. (Train Train) Pete Wells's top 10 new restaurants in the city. (Pete Wells for NY Times) Congrats to the winners of this year's Eater Awards for restaurant of the year, design of the year, and bakery of the year. (Eater) Thanks to Mary von Aue for today's featured image