Thursday lunchtime linkage

NYC vs. LA: Dog edition [The Awl]
Forest City (or the Ratner family) is buying up Williamsburg [Brownstoner]
How the Civilian Complaint Review Board works (or doesn’t) [WNYC]
Jay-Z and Russel Simmons met with Andrew Cuomo about the justice system [LoHud]
The payphone to wi-fi spot plan got the official go-ahead [New York Times]
Here’s a grandma cooking Italian food with weed [Munchies]
The history of SantaCon, from weird art thing to bro-heavy bar crawl [Village Voice]