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The Briefly for November 8-9, 2020 – The "Pure Joy in One Specific Eviction" Sunday Edition
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Governor Cuomo says the conditions are "ripe" for legalizing marijuana sales. The "ripe" conditions appear to be after years of promises and after New York's third neighbor has legalized it. (Bronx Times) Apartment Porn: A $1.7 Park Slope condo with some of the highest ceilings I've ever seen and two stunning outdoor spaces that are bigger than the apartment. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) It was hard to ignore the pure joy that swept most of the city on Saturday as the country decided to give Joe Biden a new job and evict Donald Trump from the White House. (Edgar Sandoval for NY Times) From November 15 through December 15, you can catch the 2020 Creative Climate Awards, hosted by the Human Impacts Institute, across four boroughs. 15 artists will each create window installations in previously empty storefronts that highlight the climate crisis. (Jessy Edwards for The Brooklyn Reader) How "Defund the Police" became a flashpoint in competitive New York races. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Jesse McKinley for NY Times) He's called Black NYPD officers as "animals," Public Advocate Jumaane Williams as a "twitching missing link" on a police message board, and according to a report from the City Council, he's Deputy Inspector James Kobek, the commanding officer of the NYPD's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, whose duties include "promoting a fair and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment." He has been removed from his post as the investigation continues. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) "Black Lives Matter" is a political statement according to the NYPD officer that ejected a 23-year-old from wearing a BLM shirt at a polling site. The shirt wearer was threatened with arrest if he didn't leave the polling site. The officer was, of course, white and the incident was caught on video. (Nick Pinto for Gothamist) The NYPD seized a Brooklyn playground and is using it to park their personal vehicles. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog) There is a new Black Lives Matter mural in midtown by artist Alexandre Keto. You can find it at 1100 Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street and it will be on display for at least four months and was commissioned by ArtBridge and done via the Department of Cultural Affairs' City Canvas program, which turns construction fencing into art. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) Five things to know if you’re going out to protest in New York City. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) Steve Cohen is the new owner of the Mets and he's starting by flushing the team's front office from Citi Field in, ahem, Flushing. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewyork Metro) Want to hike or bike from NYC to Canada? Weird idea, but the Empire State Trail will be finished this week and will, yes indeed, connect NYC to Canada. (Will Gleason for Time Out) NYC filming locations for The Undoing on HBO Max. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York) Governor Cuomo gave the go-ahead for some restaurants inside the previous Brooklyn "red zones" to resume indoor dining. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater) The city's average positivity rate continues to climb, hitting 2% for the first time since June. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist) Did you know that Thomas D. Rice, the creator of the “Jim Crow” song and dance, is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery? (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle) If you want to gleefully count down the days left in the Trump presidency, head over to Long Island City to see the Trump countdown clock on 44th Dr. (Michael Dorgan for LIC Post) The city will have a special election on February 2, 20201 to fill the City Council seat recently vacated by Rory Lancman in the 24th City Council District, which covers Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Pomonok, Jamaica Estate, and Briarwood. Lancman was appointed by the governor as Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post) QAnon supporter Mark Szuszkiewicz has been elected to the New York State Assembly, defeating Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, to represent Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate. He's claimed that Tom Hanks is a pedophile, downplayed the severity of Covid-19, and claimed face masks spread Covid-19. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper) The NYC Sheriff's Office broke up a hookah party inside a warehouse in Kingsbridge in the Bronx with over 125 attendees. (David Cruz for Gothamist) There are signs of Christmas all over the city, but who would have expected an anarchist Christmas wreath to pop up on St Marks so early? It's anarchy! (EV Grieve) The Manhattan date night delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)