The Briefly for January 27, 2020 – The "Don't Lean on the Subway Doors Today" Edition
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The real estate lobby is already calling for changes and exceptions to the city's law reducing emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. The law passed in May of 2019. (Kathryn Brenzel for The Real Deal) New legislation could extend voting rights to Green Card holders and noncitizens with work authorization in municipal elections. There are 660,000 New Yorkers that hold Green Cards. 27 council members support the bill, but Corey Johnson hasn't expressed support yet. (Alex Williamson for Brooklyn Eagle) The R179 subway trains that were removed from service last month are back and safe, according to the MTA. The blame fell on the doors not being properly calibrated, but maybe don't lean on the subway doors anymore. (Alejandra O-Connel-Domenech for amNewYork Metro) Under the elevated tracks in Queens remains a dangerous place to be, as a bolt fell from the N/W tracks in Astoria, shattering a car's sunroof. (Jen Chung for Gothamist) It hasn't fully set in, but the reality of Train Daddy's resignation is starting to wash over the city. Corey Johnson called his resignation a "crisis." (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft) A list of Byford's biggest achievements during his two years. (Jake Offenhartz and Christopher Robbins for Gothamist) Byford isn't the only person leaving the MTA. Pete Tomlin is also resigning. Tomlin isn't nearly as well known, but he's an expert in signals and was the signals chief. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro) The Fairway in Red Hook has been there since 2006, but its future is in doubt. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street) An ode to the metal rat, this year's lunar mascot. (Madeline Leung Coleman for Jezebel) Three people in New York state have tested positive for Corona virus, and according to the mayor it'll come to the city "sooner or later." (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) Here's what you need to know about the Coronavirus. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist) A Hershey Bar has a new meaning, as Hershey's has opened a bar in the Barclays Center that serves alcoholic drinks made with Hershey's, Reese's, and Jolly Rancher products. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro) Did you know there is a recording studio in the central branch fo the Brooklyn Pubic Library? (Scott Enman for Brooklyn Eagle) Continuing from the Stonewall Democratic Club's endorsement of Elizabeth Warren, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn endorsed Warren and Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club endorsed Bernie Sanders. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News) The Chelsea Flea Market is making a return under new management. The Brooklyn Flea has a new lease for the parking lot location and will be inviting original vendors back for the same prices. As the Brooklyn Flea does, they have announced that they will also be inviting food vendors, but it will not be the focus. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist) There's a movement brewing to revoke the permits for the Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg event during July or August to give locals in Williamsburg unfettered use of East River State Park. There are no plans for that in 2020. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper) Queens has a new speakeasy, the new Astoria’s Secret is hidden behind the facade of The Lingere Shoppe. (Emma Orlow for Time Out) The real question about Byford's departure. Will your commute get worse? Christina Goldbaum for NY Times) After using the term "yellow folks" to refer to Asians in an email, Manhattan Community Education Council 3 is calling for Brooklyn Community Education Council member Dr. Jackie Cody to resign. (Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro) Photos: Flushing's (wet) Lunar New Year parade. (Jenna Gyimesi for NY City Lens) A fire in Chinatown likely destroyed 85,000 items, some dating to the 19th century, from Museum of Chinese in America. (Annie Correal for NY Times) The Museum of Chinese in America is fundraising as they attempt to save what they can and rebuild. (Bowery Boogie) An attempt at a definitive guide to New York's Chinatowns. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York) You think you pay to much in rent? Check out these $1,000 a month "sleeping pods" in a basement that are being proposed in San Francisco. (Katie Canales for Business Insider) The NYPD is finally changing how it endorses the mayor's electric bike ban. The focus will be on "unsafe" riding instead of ticketing and confiscating the bikes of food delivery workers, as their previous focused seemed to be. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog) One thing missing from the coverage of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams's moronic "go back to Ohio" comments was that the day prior to making them he was a guest at a banquet for the Real Estate Board of New York. It's easier to make a villain of transplants instead of looking at the root problem of real estate developers who donate to your campaign for mayor and create the buildings that all these Ohioans and Iowans are moving living in. (Queens Crap) 20 standout Korean BBQ restaurants to try. (James Park for Eater) Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal quit City Council for a job with the Freelancer's Union and the people working in his office found out about his new job via a tweet. There will be a special election for his seat in May, which represents Cypress Hills, Bushwick, Brownsville, Ocean Hill and East New York. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro) The Spotted Pig's staff was told to seek other work, and customers have been told that last weekend would be the restaurant’s last. It seems like the restaurant couldn't wipe clean the stain of Ken Freidman or the things he allowed to happen inside its walls. (Eater) You're a reader of The Briefly, so this doesn't apply to you, but for everyone else, where to take someone to eat who is cooler than you. (Bryan Kim and Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)