The Briefly for December 1-3, 2020 – The “New York City’s Least Wanted” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The city’s new test time wait “tool,” AOC for mayor?, the plan to reopen schools, a food gift guide, Times Square is sad, and more

Today – Low: 35˚ High: 53˚
Possible drizzle in the morning.

The city launched a Covid-19 test wait time tool for Health + Hospitals test sites. Don’t get too excited. It’s a PDF that updates every 15 minutes, but as of writing this, it was still showing yesterday’s wait times. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

400 idiots were found in a party in Manhattan at 3 am on Saturday by the city’s Sherrif, who broke up the party. (Mihir Zaveri for NY Times)

The Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home’s funeral director’s license was revoked. This is after dozens of decomposing bodies were found in trucks outside of the funeral home at the height of the pandemic. (Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura for NY Times)

The MTA was scheduled to receive the first of its new open gangway design cars this year, which won’t be happening due to a supply-chain slowdown. The first of the new cars are expected sometime next year. (Jose Martinez for The City)

Governor Cuomo laid out five strategies to prevent overwhelming the state’s hospitalization system. Hospital capacity, testing, keeping as many schools open as possible, limiting small gatherings, and getting a vaccination program ready. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

New York’s least wanted. Accent: Fake Posh. Eyes: Dead Behind. Married to Slenderman? Yes. (@TGLNYC on Instagram)

Being envious of a realistic apartment in a video game may be something that is uniquely New York. (Charles Pulliam-Moore for Gizmodo)

6sqft selects food gifts from 21 NYC restaurants and shops. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

I love the idea of secret tunnels and passageways existing throughout the city, like the abandoned passageway between the Hotel Roosevelt and Grand Central Terminal. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Roberta’s Pizza is closed, as a number of workers contracted COVID-19. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

What’s one way to make viewing the Rockefeller Christmas tree worse during a global pandemic? How about a bunch of rules and needing tickets to see it? I appreciate the idea, but this underscores just how much this year is the worst. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

InThe Coney Island Polar Bear Club has canceled the January 1st swim. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

In better news, SantaCon is also canceled. (Holly Louise Perry for Bowery Boogie)

Laying out the unlikely case for AOC for mayor in 2021. (Amba Guerguerian for The Indypendent)

Andrew Yang is still considering a run at the mayorship. (Sally Goldenberg for Politico)

Arlene’s Grocery may be forced to close on February 1. They’re looking to raise $80,000 on goFundMe to stay open. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

“They’re not going to enforce their own laws. Obviously, we’re not seeing the enforcement around precincts, especially some of mine, where police vehicles are parked everywhere, blocking crosswalks.” The City Council is fed up with the NYPD treating sidewalks like their own personal parking lot. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Middle and high school buildings across the city will not reopen for in-person learning until 2021 with no specific date announced. Elementary and younger will reopen on December 3 and the city will lose the 3% threshold that got us into this mess in the first place. (Reema Amin for Chalkbeat)

Also in the “not for a while” category is congestion pricing, which the MTA now says may not be happening until 2023. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Former UCB employees launched The Squirrel Comedy Theater with an aim towards inclusivity after UCB’s closure in April. Right now you can find them streaming on Wednesday and Thursday nights on Twitch. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

The NY Times has discovered that if Times Square is empty, it’s pretty depressing. (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times)

An ode to New York City’s elevated trains. (Joy Masoff for Untapped New York)

A look at why eviction filings are up, despite the eviction moratorium. (Beth Fertig for Gothamist)

The chief executive of the New York Road Runners, the nonprofit behind the NYC Marathon, will step down in the face of allegations that he fostered a toxic and racist work culture. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

A manhole cover of a mysterious origin. The city’s history still has questions we can’t answer. (Ephemeral New York)

Updated: The ultimate Manhattan delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Francesca for today’s featured photo of Harlem at dawn!

The Briefly for November 22-23, 2020 – The “We Are An Owl City Now” Sunday Edition

Thanksgiving, travel, owls, the Rockefeller Christmas tree, NYC’s tallest building, what to carry out for Thanksgiving, and more

Today – Low: 53˚ High: 54˚
Rain in the evening and overnight.

Interactive Map: Are you in a Covid-19 hot spot zone? (Shaye Weaver for The Out)

This takes the cake. The NYC Sheriff’s office broke up a sex party in Queens in a yellow hot spot zone. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

If you’re headed to Penn Station, here are some carry out restaurant options. This is not an endorsement of traveling anywhere for Thanksgiving. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The CDC wants you to stay home for Thanksgiving. (Roni Caryn Rabin for NY Times)

It’s a great year to change up some traditions. Here’s a look at some New Yorkers that are planning multicultural Thanksgiving celebrations this year. (Charu Suri for Eater)

The best takeout and delivery options for Thanksgiving this year. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

A list of the holiday traditions that have been canceled this year and suggestions on how to replace them. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

While the pandemic has destroyed seemingly everything else, the Bowery Mission will still be distributing thousands of pounds of food to those who need it this year in to-go meals instead of their traditional indoor dining. (EV Grieve)

What is a law that isn’t enforced? Good question, because Governor Cuomo’s 10-person limit on indoor celebrations will not be enforced by the NYPD according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. If you publicly declare that you won’t be doing a portion of your job, would you get to keep your job? (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Video: Walking tour of 5th Ave and Rockefeller Center. (CitiBikeWalkEat)

Four ways to show Chinatown some love this season. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

Map: A subway map that shows what sections were open in what decades. (vanshnookenraggen on r/NYCrail)

Jaythan Kendrick was released from prison on Thursday night after 25 years, after his conviction in a Long Island City murder case was overturned. (Clodagh McGowan for NY1)

The state only distributed $40 million of its $100 million federal rent relief money. What the hell is it waiting for? (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

A look back at the history of the Grand Army Plaza arch in Brooklyn and forward to its renovations, but more important is the detail that the interior of the arch and its roof will be open to the public for special occasions. (John Freeman Gill for NY Times)

“She is an intelligent, autonomous being who should be treated with respect and dignity, and who may be entitled to liberty.” The court case that asks the question “Is Happy the Elephant in the Bronx Zoo a person?” is moving forward after a judge’s decision included the earlier quote. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The MetLife Building Sky Bridge is being demolished. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Looking to avoid people? Here are the days and times to avoid people at coffee shops, grocery stores, and more. The data comes from Google Maps. Restaurants are least busy on Wednesdays at 11 am. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

A history of owls that hitched a ride on Rockefeller Center Christmas trees. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

The Times, determined to ruin our fun, defends the Rockefeller Christmas tree as going through a normal awkward phase. (Ed Shanahan for NY Times)

Oh. My. God. There is a second barred owl! (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

Rendering: A look at what could become the tallest building in NYC (measured by roof height) at 1646′. (Vanessa Londono for New York YIMBY)

Photos: The giant dogs of the Upper West Side. (Sara Lewin Lebwohl for I Love the Upper West Side)

The best things the staff of The Infatuation ate this week. (The Infatuation)

The Briefly for November 8-9, 2020 – The “Pure Joy in One Specific Eviction” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Legal weed gets Cuomo’s support, date night delivery in Manhattan, Covid rates hit 2%, a new BLM mural, and more

Today – Low: 50˚ High: 70˚
Clear throughout the day.

Governor Cuomo says the conditions are “ripe” for legalizing marijuana sales. The “ripe” conditions appear to be after years of promises and after New York’s third neighbor has legalized it. (Bronx Times)

Apartment Porn: A $1.7 Park Slope condo with some of the highest ceilings I’ve ever seen and two stunning outdoor spaces that are bigger than the apartment. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

It was hard to ignore the pure joy that swept most of the city on Saturday as the country decided to give Joe Biden a new job and evict Donald Trump from the White House. (Edgar Sandoval for NY Times)

From November 15 through December 15, you can catch the 2020 Creative Climate Awards, hosted by the Human Impacts Institute, across four boroughs. 15 artists will each create window installations in previously empty storefronts that highlight the climate crisis. (Jessy Edwards for The Brooklyn Reader)

How “Defund the Police” became a flashpoint in competitive New York races. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

He’s called Black NYPD officers as “animals,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams as a “twitching missing link” on a police message board, and according to a report from the City Council, he’s Deputy Inspector James Kobek, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, whose duties include “promoting a fair and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.” He has been removed from his post as the investigation continues. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

“Black Lives Matter” is a political statement according to the NYPD officer that ejected a 23-year-old from wearing a BLM shirt at a polling site. The shirt wearer was threatened with arrest if he didn’t leave the polling site. The officer was, of course, white and the incident was caught on video. (Nick Pinto for Gothamist)

The NYPD seized a Brooklyn playground and is using it to park their personal vehicles. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

There is a new Black Lives Matter mural in midtown by artist Alexandre Keto. You can find it at 1100 Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street and it will be on display for at least four months and was commissioned by ArtBridge and done via the Department of Cultural Affairs’ City Canvas program, which turns construction fencing into art. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Five things to know if you’re going out to protest in New York City. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Steve Cohen is the new owner of the Mets and he’s starting by flushing the team’s front office from Citi Field in, ahem, Flushing. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewyork Metro)

Want to hike or bike from NYC to Canada? Weird idea, but the Empire State Trail will be finished this week and will, yes indeed, connect NYC to Canada. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

NYC filming locations for The Undoing on HBO Max. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Governor Cuomo gave the go-ahead for some restaurants inside the previous Brooklyn “red zones” to resume indoor dining. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The city’s average positivity rate continues to climb, hitting 2% for the first time since June. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Did you know that Thomas D. Rice, the creator of the “Jim Crow” song and dance, is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery? (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

If you want to gleefully count down the days left in the Trump presidency, head over to Long Island City to see the Trump countdown clock on 44th Dr. (Michael Dorgan for LIC Post)

The city will have a special election on February 2, 20201 to fill the City Council seat recently vacated by Rory Lancman in the 24th City Council District, which covers Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Pomonok, Jamaica Estate, and Briarwood. Lancman was appointed by the governor as Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post)

QAnon supporter Mark Szuszkiewicz has been elected to the New York State Assembly, defeating Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, to represent Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate. He’s claimed that Tom Hanks is a pedophile, downplayed the severity of Covid-19, and claimed face masks spread Covid-19. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The NYC Sheriff’s Office broke up a hookah party inside a warehouse in Kingsbridge in the Bronx with over 125 attendees. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

There are signs of Christmas all over the city, but who would have expected an anarchist Christmas wreath to pop up on St Marks so early? It’s anarchy! (EV Grieve)

The Manhattan date night delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)