The Briefly for March 25, 2020 – The “Beneath the Lowest Possible Expectations” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The latest on COVID-19, the NYPD begins to call out sick, a bodega delivery app, Cuomo vs Trump is coming to a head, how to support music venues, and more

Today – Low: 37˚ High: 48˚
Possible drizzle in the afternoon.

The governor demanded the mayor ban cars on city streets to give pedestrians more room and the mayor’s response would be laughable if we could all stop saying “this is so crazy” for just a minute. The mayor will shut down 10 streets with a maximum of two per borough for pedestrian use. Which two streets in each borough? The mayor announced no specifics. Once again, Mayor de Blasio manages to crawl beneath the lowest possible expectations. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

What do you do when someone tests positive for COVID-19 but doesn’t require intensive medical care? The city is grappling with how to encourage physical distancing for the 57,000 homeless people. At the moment, patients are being sent back to the shelter system for isolation. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

Over 100 employees of the New York Police Department have tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly 7% of cops have called out sick. It was less than two days ago that TMZ ran the headline “Cops Across The Country Aren’t Scared Of Coronavirus, Used To Danger” (Christopher Mathias for HuffPost)

To add to our current dystopia, the NYPD will be cruising around the city blaring a PSA on social distancing. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

Video: One day we’ll look back at this moment and ask “what it even real,” and thankfully we’ll have video evidence, like videos like this bike ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to prove it actually happened. (ActionKid)

New York City from 1993 to 2019, through the camera of Grégoire Alessandrini. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The USNS Comfort, the floating hospital with 1,200 doctors and 12 operating rooms, is “on its way” to the city, but it won’t arrive until mid-April and its focus will be treating non-coronavirus patients, freeing up space in hospitals for COVID-19 patients. (Matt Fink for Bushwick Daily)

NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission is asking taxi and ride-share drivers to deliver food to senior citizens who need to stay home. The city is offering $15 an hour plus gas and tolls, which isn’t much but it’s something. (Gillian Smith for Patch)

Con Edison has announced it has ceased service shutoffs over non-payment, waived new late-payment charges, and suspended fees for customers who fail to grant access to their properties during the coronavirus pandemic. (Robert Pozarycki for Gay City News)

Two things we need at a time like this, both produced in the same place: whiskey and hand sanitizer. (Gillian Smith for Patch)

Now there’s a bodega delivery app. Enter My Bodega Online. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Where’s the state on rent cancellation? There’s a push for it, but Cuomo’s MIA on it. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo has the attention of the nation for his leadership. How did we get here? (Jesse McKinley and Shane Goldmacher for NY Times)

With attention, Cuomo has also become Trump’s latest target in Trump’s never-ending quest to convince us that he, the Emporer, is wearing clothes. (Asawin Suebsaeng, Erin Banco, and Sam Stein for The Daily Beast)

The federal government is sending New York 4,000 ventilators, which is only about 25,000 shy of what the state needs. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The bad news is that we haven’t flattened the curve. The worse news is that COVID-19 has an attack rate five times the national rate in New York and it’s only gonna get worse. There is no good news. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Okay, a tiny bit of good news. With everyone staying at home and not taking cars, carbon monoxide emissions are below 50% of their typical levels. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Congrats Queens, you’re winning the which borough has the most cases of coronavirus competition. (Allie Griffin for LIC Post)

Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman is calling for an end on gay blood donations. (Paul Schindler for Gay City News)

If you’re out of work, these restaurants are offering free or affordable meals. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

Help Main Street aggregates restaurant gift cards in one place, even if it’s missing a very large swath of the city. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Photos: We’re nearing I Am Legend territory. (Gillian Smith for Patch)

All of the MTA’s transactions are going to be conducted by MetroCard vending machines, whenever possible. Remember when we were scared of robots taking jobs? (Jamie DeJesus for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you’re worried that Prospect Park is too crowded, you can take a detour to Green-Wood Cemetery for a moment of serenity away from the living. The cemetery is extending its visiting hours to help prevent you from dying of boredom inside your apartment. (Andrew Cotto for NY Times)

300 of the city’s inmates are scheduled for release to reduce the population density in the city’s jails. The detainees have less than a one-year sentence and were convicted of non-violent misdemeanors and whose age and health make them vulnerable. The city is eyes an additional 800 detainees for possible release. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The MTA is adjusting weekday train and bus schedules to Saturday levels to closer meet the city’s current demand. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

With an occupancy rate as low as 15%, hotels across the city are beginning to temporarily close. (Serena Tara for Bedford + Bowery)

New York City’s teachers union said Tuesday the city health department put educators and students at risk, prior to the city’s system-wide shutdown, by not evenly applying a closure policy for individual schools when a staff member contracted the coronavirus. (Madina Touré for Politico)

David Rockwell, the architect and Tony-winning show designer, talks about the stories and history behind his favorite theaters. (Michael Kimmelman for NY Times)

The best ways you can help New York City’s struggling music venues. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

The College of Staten Island’s dorms are being emptied of students to become a makeshift hospital. Students who can’t easily find somewhere else to live are being offered rooms in the dorms of other CUNY schools. (Amanda Farinacci for NY1)

If you’re in self-quarantine with another person, are they a good chef? Here’s what it’s like to self-quarantine with a Michelin-starred chef. (Kaitlin Menza for Grub Street)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for December 16, 2019 – The “A Bathroom Grows in Brooklyn” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The NYPD’s secret gang database isn’t going anywhere, the fate of electric bikes and scooters hangs in the balance, the best new restaurants of 2019, & more

Today – Low: 36˚ High: 37˚
Light rain in the evening and overnight.

Late night disruptions are headed to the 7, A, F, J, and Q trains this week. Check the trains before you head out. (Subway Weekender)

From the inspiration wall to the sprinkle pool, a look inside the Museum of Ice Cream, which opened over the weekend. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork)

Tenants in two Upper East Side NYCHA developments are suing to correct years of neglect and pervasive dysfunction, which were estimated to be at $100 million in 2017. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

A bathroom grows in Bushwick. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

The de Blasio administration has reached a deal with homeless advocates and City Council members to require certain developers receiving city funding to set aside 15 percent of their new rental units for homeless New Yorkers. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Check out the anti-slavery landmark interactive story map from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

This one’s worded a little weird. The headline is “areas that weren’t a thing 10 years ago,” and I’d argue that Gowanus or the Brooklyn Navy Yard existed, but they weren’t real estate hot spots. (Michele Petry for StreetEasy)

The NYPD keeps a secret database of somewhere between 17,500 and 37,000 people, called the “Criminal Group Database.” There’s no evidence why you are included or how to get off it. The gang database is the target of the “Erase the Database” campaign, but the new NYPD commissioner and the mayor are both staunch supporters of it. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection to the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Barnard student Tessa Majors. The NYPD believes two additional people were involved in the stabbing. (Michael Gold, Jan Ransom and Edgar Sandoval for NY Times)

The sense of safety that Morningside Park, which separates Columbia University from Harlem, has carried is recent years has changed with 20 robberies this year and punctuated with Tessa Majors’ murder. (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times)

There’s a rumor that an abandoned train car with bullet-proof armor under the Waldorf Astoria was used by FDR to transport his limousine. While Baggage Car 002, the train car in question, wasn’t FDR’s, Track 61 has been used to move presidents and other government officials in and out of the Waldorf from the 30s through 2017. Baggage Car 002 is now at the Danbury Railway Museum. (Adam Thalenfeld for NYC Urbanism)

Photos: Inside the Schitt’s Creek pop-up shop. (Jen Carlson, photos by Scott Lynch for Gothamist

Manhattan’s “bad cops list” has been released. DA Cyrus Vance released the list of NYPD officers with credibility problems in court thanks to a Freedom of Information request from WNYC/Gothamist. (George Joseph for Gothamist)

The Department of Transportation is turning to a new tactic with a series of Vision Zero ads targeting drivers: shame. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Photos: More from the inside of the Museum of Ice Cream. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

Jazmine Headley reached a $625,000 settlement with the city for the “formative incident of trauma” when her child was ripped from her during an arrest inside a assistance center. She was arrested for sitting on the floor and spend four nights in Rikers Island. Her arrest was caught on video and went viral. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The city’s struggling actors have a new side hustle. Say goodbye to actor-waiters and say hello to actor-spin instructors. (Jae Thomas for Bedford + Bowery)

Governor Cuomo has a bill to legalize electric bikes and scooters, but there is no sign that he will sign it. (Zack Finn for NY1)

A look at the gossip inside the Gambino crime family, following the murder to the reputed underboss Francesco Cali in March. (Nicole Hong for NY Times)

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and Mayor Bill de Blasio say the NYPD’s arrest rate is “high” for hate crimes. The number is 42%. (Samir Khurshid for Gotham Gazette)

Governor Cuomo is looking to prevent people from getting a New York gun license if they have committed a serious crime in another state, including misdemeanors like forcible touching and other sex offenses. This is the first public proposal that will be outlined in his 2020 state of the state speech. (amNewYork)

The MTA rolled out its first all-electric articulated bus on Sunday, one of a new fleet that is part of the agency’s plan to shift away from diesel-powered buses in the years ahead. Articulated buses are double the length of a normal bus. (Gabe Herman for amNewYork)

The best new restaurants of 2019. (The Infatuation)

The Briefly for November 27th, 2019 – The “Brooklyn’s Space Car > Elon Musk’s Cyber Truck” Edition

Home Alone 2’s New York City, the City Council tries to curb parking placard abuse, calls for a bike mayor, a white Christmas looks unlikely, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be my 37th parade. Part of the tradition is waking up early, part of it is bundling up as warm as possible to stand still outside for 4 hours, and part of it is reading for three days straight about how the wind might be too much for the balloons and they won’t be allowed to fly. If it happens this year, it’ll be the first time it ever happens. (NY Times)

If you want to check out the Thanksgiving parade balloon inflation, here’s where to see them. It might be your only chance to see them! (Gothamist)

Looking for something to read? The New York Public Library released its annual list of the beset books for adults, teenagers, and children with a new category this year of the best children’s’ books in Spanish. (NY Times)

Elon Musk’s “Cyber Truck” looks eerily similar to the Spaceship car seen all over Brooklyn, don’t you think? (Bedford + Bowery)

No one wants 500 additional cops in the subways and on the buses, and Tuesday’s City Council hearing made it clear. The MTA officials could not say that the NYPD wanted the increase. (Gothamist)

80 groups have all signed on to oppose the governor’s plan to increase police presence on transit and invest in the subways and buses instead. (@RidersAlliance)

White Christmas? It’s not looking likely. (Patch)

The “MTA Museum,” which is an Instagram account and not run but he MTA nor is it a museum, is back and turning the grossest parts of the subways into art. (Untapped New York)

Long Island City’s Sixteen Oaks Grove Park is getting a $1.3 million makeover. It’s a .22 acre park on the corner of 21st St and 14th St. (LIC Post)

A look at the New York that existed in Home Alone 2 and an interview with Devin Ratray, who played Kevin’s older brother Buzz. The real locations, the fictional spots, and the parts of New York City that are no longer standing. (Curbed)

Related: A definitive list of filming locations of Home Alone 2. (Curbed)

Photos: A tour of the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. (6sqft)

The most talked about tacos of the year are from Birra-Landia, a taco truck in Jackson Heights. A rare food truck review from the Times scores two stars from Pete Wells. (NY Times)

FedEx’s robots are not welcome on New York’s streets. The robots debuted last week and received a cease and desist from the Department of Transportation on Tuesday. Farewell robots, we hardly knew ye. (Gothamist)

A charter school for students who failed out of the 9th grade in Midwood was met with a community meeting trying to raise enough money to prevent the school from opening. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Hunters Point Library was hit with a class-action lawsuit from the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York, claiming the new $41 million library does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Curbed)

How well does your community board represent the district? Not very well if you’re a minority. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Photos: Inside some of the tenant holdouts in the Hotel Chelsea. (Gothamist)

The stores that are left along Fifth Avenue are hoping that ramping up the annual holiday windows can bring attention and business back to the retail locations that need it. (NY Times)

The Staten Island Yankees could be dead. Major League Baseball is looking to de-affiliate 40 teams and the Staten Island Yankees, a Yankees affiliate for 21 seasons, is on the list. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Say goodbye to all of your vape flavors. The City Council voted to ban all flavored vaping products. The ban will kick in starting in July. (Gothamist)

A call for the formation of an Office of Active Transportation and an Office of Pedestrians and appointing a “bike mayor” of the city. (Streetsblog)

Here’s an example of why the city needs a bike mayor. A video of a Domino’s delivery person getting doored and when the NYPD and EMTs arrived, the NYPD officers gave him a summons for leaving the bike lane before he had recovered. (Gothamist)

A spotlight on Matt Travis, a wrestling star on the ride in NYC who was murdered by the driver of a dump truck in a hit-and-run collision. (Gothamist)

The City Council passed nine bills aimed at parking placard abuse, including steeper fines, new requirements for police reports on enforcement, and a three strike rule. There are 125,000 parking placards in circulation, so there is plenty of opportunity for the NYPD to actually enforce these laws, but pardon me if I won’t believe it until I see it. (Streetsblog)

If you want an example of why the NYPD being in charge of placard enforcement is a joke, look no further. (George the Atheist)

Add Industry City to your list of places with ice skating rinks this year. (Time Out)

A claim that the coolest tree in NYC is the American Elm at 77th and Central Park West. (I Love The Upper West Side)

The 8 best neighborhoods in NYC for holiday shopping. (6sqft)

Thanks to Kelly Sabatino for today’s featured image