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Community boards and dispensaries, no one wants to work for Mayor Adams, SantaCon, subway service over the Williamsburg Bridge is set to close on weekends, unusual holiday displays, and more
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• As the city's first legal cannabis shops are ready to open, community boards don't know their role in the process. The state's law makes community boards advisors on whether the state should approve a dispensary location, but details on how are unclear. This is in contrast to the process for approving alcohol licenses, where the procedures are well-established. (Haidee Chu and Gabriele Poblete for The City)
• The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to designate Julius’ Bar as an individual landmark, which is the oldest gay bar in the city. (Aaron Ginsburg for 6sqft)
• Mayor Adams is making city-wide job vacancies worse according to a new report from City Comptroller Brad Lander. Lander's report shows a high vacancy rate in thirty five agencies that provide social safety net services, enforce administrative rules such as building codes and maintain the city’s technological infrastructure. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)
• A federal judge has delayed a decision to halt Mayor Adams’ new Involuntary Removal Directive to expand the use of involuntary commitment for people having mental health crises. (Greg B. Smith for The City)
• Edgardo Mejiasis the 19th incarcerated person to die in city jails and hospitals this year, which has the highest rate of death in at least a dozen years. (Matt Katz for Gothamist)
• Headline: SantaCon: Why? Yes there are photos. (Hamilton Nolan for Hell Gate, photos by Stephanie Keith)
• Soeaking of SantaCon, the MTA is piloting a program that will detect the smell of piss in elevators so it can know when they need to be cleaned. (Catalina Gonella for Gothamist)
• The J train is the new L train. Construction on the Williamsburg Bridge will stop all J train service over the Williamsburg Bridge two weekends a month May through October 2023 and April through September 2024. The work will also close the bike ad pedestrian paths. (Clayton Guse for Gothamist)
• Quiz: Which borough should you live in? The Bronx is for you "if you want to be on top," but I don't think they mean what you think they means. (Dylan Lyons for StreetEasy)
• "Your body knows what it wants, and there are times when I’m looking at a pizza. I know I shouldn’t eat it, but I say to myself, What if you mess around and die tomorrow? You’ll be on your deathbed wishing you’d slammed down that pizza." Punkie Johnson is a treasure. (Alan Sytsma for Grub Street
• Coney Island's Totonno’s is back, kinda. (Luke Fortney for Eater)
• An exploration of Williamsburg's Pizza Triangle, where you can find some of the best pizza in the world. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)
• Wear a goddamn mask this is not the first story about a tridemic I've linked between the flu, RSV, and Covid-19. That is not the threeway that New Yorkers pictured this winter. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• The Brooklyn Brewery is moving in 2024. In ten years you'll be walking in Williamsburg and stop your friends to say "the Brooklyn Brewry used to be on that corner" and for a fleeting moment, you'll remember what it feels like to be a hipster. (Jennifer Rosini-Gentile for Greenpointers)
• Unbelievably, Stomp is closing in January after nearly thirty years. (Adam Feldman for Time Out)
• The Shephard Fairey mural of Blondie is gone of Bleecker Street, making way for Bad Brains. (Alex for Flaming Pablum)
• Dallas BBQ in the East Village is closing and people have feelings. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• Ten out of the ordinary holiday decorations around the city, unless you've also got a Christmas tree made from lobster traps? (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)
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