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

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."