The Briefly: Brooklyn controls New York, a Crown Heights eating guide, and more NYC news



Gowanus. Photo by Rob Blatt

This week’s edition of The Briefly brings you an update on the Gowanus rezoning plans, peeks inside Michel Gondry’s Italianate House, asks if the dollar slice is dying, and more. Sign up for Rob Blatt’s essential email to stay on top of all the key and quirky news stories around New York.

• The New York Times started to notice that Brooklyn controls New York. (Jeffrey C. Mays for NY Times)

• The calls for an African burial memorial, and not affordable housing, on the corner of Bedford and Church Avenues now has the backing of Council Member Mathieu Eugene, who seems to have waited until after both Mayor-Elect Eric Adams already voiced support and a community task force recommended that only the burial ground be constructed. (Ben Verde for Brownstoner)

The Gowanus rezoning appears to be more and more likely to be happening. In exchange for the support of City Council Members Brad Lander and Steve Levin, the city will invest $200 million to modernize the Gowanus Houses and Wyckoff Gardens NYCHA developments and another $174 million will go towards sewage infrastructure along 4th Ave. It’s not a done deal just yet, but more people are lining up to support it. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• Photos: Inside the Brooklyn Detention Complex, opened in 1956 on Atlantic Ave and now awaiting demolition. (Reuven Blau with photos by Ben Fractenberg for The City)

• Photos: A first look at all the crazy 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)

• Is the dollar slice dying? Inflation, labor shortages, and the dreaded supply-chain issues are all combining to threaten the city’s greatest culinary innovation. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)

• Trader Joe’s signage is up in Williamsburg. With Wegmans elbowing into the NYC market, where does Trader Joe’s rank in cool grocery stores? (Cate Corcoran for Brownstoner)

• The trillion-dollar-plus infrastructure bill has Carlo Scissura, head of the panel Mayor de Blasio created to reenvision the BQE, thinking that tearing down the BQE and starting from scratch might be the best way forward. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

• The best Thanksgiving takeout in North Brooklyn. (Jennifer Rosini-Gentile for Greenpointers)

• The Brooklyn Bridge bike lane is popular, according to new data. It’s amazing what can happen when you make the city more bike friendly. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• Interactive Map: NYC rat inspections. (

• Congratulations to Threa Almontaser and Craig Taylor, the winners of the seventh annual Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. (Brooklyn Eagle)

• Real Estate Lust: Michel Gondry’s $2.3 million Italianate House in East Williamsburg with a sound-proof music studio, three beds, two baths, a fenced-in yard, and more. (Susan De Vries for Brownstoner)

An essential guide to eating in Crown Heights. (Luke Fortney, Emma Orlow, and Robert Sietsema for Eater)

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