The Briefly for December 11, 2020 – The "Rats Run This Chipotle Now" Friday Edition

Today - Low: 43˚ High: 53˚

Clear throughout the day.

This weekend - Low: 39˚ High: 57˚

A deep dive into the Art Deco works of Ralph Walker. (Jeff Reuben for Untapped New York) Service on the E and M lines will be rerouted between Christmas and New Year’s Day between Roosevelt Avenue and West 4th Street from 5 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26 to 5 a.m. on Monday., Jan. 4. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post) A guide for first-time buyers of co-ops in NYC. (Ann Lien for StreetEasy) Video: The city still has our love for our trash panda overlods. Check out this raccoon rescue from the ledge of a building in Tribeca. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist) The rats may be slowly taking over the city from the raccoons. A Chipotle in the Bronx have been taken over by rats, who have been biting the staff and eating the avocados. (Luke Fortney for Eater) The voters in New York City chose to utilize ranked-choice voting with a referndum in 2019 election, but that isn't stopping the City Council from speaking out against it, calling it voter suppression. (Brigid Gergin for Gothamist) Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo; the co-chairs of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, Adrienne Adams and I. Daneek Miller; and Councilmembers Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Farah Louis, and Robert Cornegy, a candidate for Brooklyn borough president, along with 10 community organizations are suing to stop ranked choice voting. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist) A little Christmas horror anyone? the headless Santa of Rite-Aid on 1st Ave. (EV Grieve) Welcome Chaun Donovan to the packed list of mayoral contenders. Donovan served under Mayor Bloomberg as the head of housing and under President Obama as the head of HUD and OMB. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist) Andrew Yang is still weighing his options when it comes to running for mayor. (Sally Goldenberg for Politico) We had our first snowfall of the season this week. It's time to ask the usual question this time of year: Will we have a white Christmas this year? (Adam Nichols for Patch) How to send a letter to Santa. (Matt Troutman for Patch) Pizza is NYC's most iconic dish, according to the people who answered the Time Out Index survey. (Christina Izzo for Time Out) Donald Trump's childhood home is up for sale and you can still swoop in and create NYC's largest public toilet because the fundraiser trying to buy the home for $3 million only raised $125. (Sarah Maslin Nir for NY Times) Where to east in Bushwick. (Olivia Laskowski for Eater) Winter is coming. Well, it already snowed once. 15 things New Yorkers do to prepare for winter. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) Brooklyn Assembly Member Robert Carroll has one of the worst ideas of the year, and this year has been full of awful ideas. Taxing every delivered package by $3. Thanks, McLovin. (Matt Troutman for Patch) Along with taxing every delivered package in the city, there's also talk about killing unlimited MetroCards. (Benjamin Kabak for Second Ave Sagas) Happy Hanukkah to all readers celebrating. The world's largest menorah is on display outside the Plaza Hotel. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York) McSorley's doesn't change much. Say hello to Teresa Maher de la Haba, the first female bartender, representing one of top five changes in the bar's history. (Molly Wilcox for Bedford + Bowery) Pat Kiernan’s contract with NY1 is now at the center of the lawsuit by five of his female colleagues over gender and age bias. (Matt Troutman for Patch) I'm a sucker for a very specific list. The best West Village & Tribeca restaurants on Caviar. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation) New York representatives Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin are on the list of the 106 Republicans that refuse to accept reality. Neither represents the city. (Stephanie K. Baer for BuzzFeed News) Apartment Porn: Unfortunately you missed out on this $57 million duplex penthouse on W 57th with Central Park views, four bedrooms and five and a half baths. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft) Some more good news? There was a humpback whale spotted swimming in the Hudson River. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) There aren't many surprises in NYC's top Google searches of 2020. (Matt Troutman for Patch) Here's where all the surprises are: Dredgers found two cars at the bottom of the Gowanus. (Katia Kelly for Pardon Me For Asking) January 19 is the official start of the Gowanus rezoning. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper) Photos: Who doesn't love a good holiday window? (Ben Yakas for Gothamist) NYC filming locations for HBO Max's The Flight Attendant. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York) Where to find some fancy latkes for Hanukkah. (Erika Adams for Eater) Data Visualization: Comparing the coverage of the subway vs the replacement buses, overlaid with racial and occupational data. (@julestrainman) The statue of Christopher Columbus in Downtown Brooklyn appears to be on borrowed time. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper) Robert Sietsema’s 15 best dishes of 2020. (Robert Sietsema for Eater) Thanks to reader Zlata for today's featured photo from the Hudson Yards!