The "Climbed into the Lion's Den" Edition

De Blasio punts on outdoor dining, clearing marijuana convictions isn't as easy as it seems, eating in Crown Heights, and more

Today - Low: 40˚ High: 48˚
Possible drizzle overnight.

• New York and New Jersey are working to erase nearly a million marijuana convictions but charges related to the marijuana convictions aren't so easily removed. (Matt Katz for Gothamist)

• Mayor de Blasio is happy to toss any difficult decisions to Eric Adams. The latest non-decision that the mayor has decided not to make is the future of outdoor dining. Adams has previously supported making outdoor dining permanent. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Arts institutions across the city want you to be nice to tourists, no matter how pleasant it has been without them, as they make a plea for international visitors to come back to New York City. (Matt Stevens for NY Times)

• Dissecting a photo of who was on stage on Eric Adams's election night to determine what kind of mayor Eric Adams will be. (Elizabeth Kim, Brigid Bergin, and David Cruz for Gothamist)

• A look at the distinctive cast-iron architecture of SoHo. (Marc Gordon for Untapped New York)

• Photos: Work has begun on the Living Breakwaters, a project off the coast of Staten Island to fight the impact of waves, erosion, storm surges, and sea-level rise and provide a habitat for marine species. (Nathan Kensinger for Gothamist)

• The "lioness" is back. Mayah Autry is suspected of jumping the barrier at the lion's den at the Bronx Zoo, again. She was arrested in 2019 for jumping the barrier. Thankfully she didn't enter the exhibit but maybe it's time to ban this person from the zoo. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

• New York City is not on the list of the top twenty priciest zip codes for home sales. Only six made it into the top one hundred. The most expensive in NYC was Tribeca with a $3.2 million typical sales price, 22 on the list. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Downtown Flushing has a new movie theater for the first time in 35 years. (QNS)

• Bryant Park has been winterized with plastic igloos and ice-less curling in the Winter Village. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)

• Photos: Inside the Times Square Stranger Things store. (Andrea Lopez for Untapped New York)

• Photos: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has arrived from its home in Maryland. No word on any animal stowaways just yet. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

• Photos: A first look at all the admittedly bonkers amenities in Brooklyn Point, including a bar, a salon, a co-working space, wine room, screening room, children's playroom, outdoor terrace with grilling and dining options, a roof deck with an infinity pool, and more. Studio apartments start at $847,620. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

• The seven best bars where "a drink is served with a work of art." Marie's Crisis is a surprise entrant to the list. (Benjamin Waldman for Untapped New York)

• An essential guide to eating in Crown Heights. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

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