The Briefly for October 20 – 21, 2020 – The “Times Square Gets A PerFect Addition” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: NY releases its Covid-19 vaccine plan and a new matrix, hot cocktail season is upon us, the scariest thing about Blood Manor, and more

Today – Low: 64˚ High: 68˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

In a touch of good news, there were only 18 positive Covid-19 tests out of the 10,676 that were administered in schools. (Dana Rubenstein and J. David Goodman for NY Times)

JFK and Newark airports are now offering Rapid Nasal Swab Tests for Covid-19 with results in under 15 minutes. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

In the last days of warm-enough weather, here’s where to work outside with wifi. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Welcome to NYC, P.F. Chang’s, you will fit in perfectly in Times Square. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

In one of the weirder stories this week, we all found out that the city can be shut out of its own ferry docks, as it was in Greenpoint for most of Monday. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The Greenpoint Library is now open for grab-and-go service. (Greenpointers)

Everything to know about putting up temporary walls in an NYC apartment. (Lambeth Hochwald for StreetEasy)

With a drop in Covid-19 cases in hot spots, expect Governor Cuomo to make adjustments to the red zone maps this week. (Robert Pozarycki for Brooklyn Paper)

A fire in Cypress Hills burnt down a marijuana grow house. (John Del Signore for Gothamist)

215 idiots were busted mid-party inside the Queens Luxe Banquet Hall on Rockaway Boulevard in Queens. The owner and staff were charged with misdemeanors. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has released a new plan that would make CUNY community colleges free to all students in an attempt to close the inequality gap. (The Brooklyn Reader)

For $4.75 million, you can own Toni Morrison’s Tribeca loft. (Erin Hudson for The Real Deal)

New Hope Family Services refuses to provide services to married same-sex couples and won a preliminary injunction to block the Office of Children and Family Services from shutting them down for doing so. (Arthur S> Leonard for Gay City News)

Photos: Inside Frenchette’s takeover of the old Arcade Barkery space. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Remember when I linked to a report that said the homeless New Yorkers in The Lucerne would be moved to the Financial District on Sunday? That has been reversed again. A state supreme court judge approved a restraining order preventing anyone from being moved until at least November 16. (Mirela Iverac for Gothamist)

Andres Fernandez was convicted of killing the owner of the legendary L&B Spumoni Gardens pizzeria in 2016 and will face 25 years to life behind bars. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Adams)

Here’s what you need to know about New York’s plastic bag ban. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The scariest thing about Blood Manor haunted house is the giant, maskless crowds. (Tribeca Citizen)

Governor Cuomo’s office released its Covid-19 vaccination plan, including a vaccine prioritization matrix, with New Yorkers falling into Priority 1-6. First we were dealing with “phases,” now we’re dealing with “zones,” next up is “priority.” Most of us will fall into Priority 5. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Another look at Times Square’s “Plastic Bag Store” now that the plastic bag ban is real and being enforced. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

AOC is encouraging voting on the Working Families Party line instead of the Democratic line for the presidential election to help preserve WFP’s place on the ballot moving forward. (Daniel Marans for HuffPost)

The New York Times has discovered Breezy Point, the NYC right-wing hideout full of police and firefighters. (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times)

Holding up a magnifying glass to the NYPD’s impunity when it comes to killing people on NYC streets with their cars in light of NY Attorney General Letitia James opening an investigation into the killing of Sofia Gomex, who was killed by an NYPD highway officer. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

Everything that the city did to campaign for New Yorkers to fill out their census forms ended up raising the response rate by a measly 0.1%. The city is pushing this as a win. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

The Times already declared cuffing season starting early this year. That means it’s time for hot cocktails. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The Briefly for September 20-21, 2020 – The “Don’t Call This A Staycation” Sunday Edition

Sunday’s NYC news digest: A potpourri of news, a RBG statue, City Hall’s annual report card, what we miss from pre-pandemic NYC, how to pack an emergency bag, and more

Today – Low: 52˚ High: 64˚
Clear throughout the day.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be honored with a statue in Brooklyn. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

NYC’s legal community reflects on RBG’s life and work. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

It feels insulting for for the city to push an advertising campaign that New Yorkers should “staycation” in New York City. Turns out when you remove the tourists from midtown, we still hate midtown. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

The MTA has issued exactly zero summonses for mask non-compliance. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

The anatomy of an NYC protest. Which role do you play? (Juliana Kim and Simbarashe Cha for NY Times)

New York City’s school reopening plans are still missing a key ingredient: enough teachers. (Christina Veiga for Chalkbeat)

Parents and students react to the city’s constant waffling about the start of the school year. This feels like trying to read all of your summer reading in the weekend before school starts. (Sophia Chang, Gwynne Hogan, Jessica Gould for Gothamist)

The de Blasio administration released a 420-page document tracking City Hall operations for the last year. Murders are up. Juvenile arrests are up. Violent incidents in jails are up while population is down. The “excess death” rate” suggests the death toll from Covid-19 might be well over 50,000. NYPD response times are up. Response times for emergency complaints in NYCHA buildings is up. The homeless population increased. The good news? Rat complaints are down and there were new bike lanes built. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The report “Discipline in the NYPD 2019” outlines, but doesn’t detail, 339 cases in which officers faced departmental charges. Cops pleaded or were found guilty in 322 of those cases. Only 27 lost their jobs. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Murderinos: Look no further than your own backyard. The untold story of the Tompkins Square murder. (David Swanson for Village Voice from 1989)

Businesses around Yankee Stadium held a rally Thursday afternoon demanding that the city renegotiate the lease and tax deal that Yankee management worked out to stay in the Bronx under the Bloomberg administration, claiming that extra money obtained through the negotiation could help keep businesses surrounding the stadium stay afloat until fans are able to return to the stadium. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

The 2020 fall foliage map. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

At the crossroads of art and commerce is the controversy at the Whitney, who canceled an exhibition of arresting responses to the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests after artists of color criticized the Whitney for acquiring their work without consent and through discount sales. (Zachary Small for NY Times)

A look at how Governors Island could become a climate center for the city. (Michael Kimmelman for NY Times)

The mayor, possibly unaware that he is the mayor, made public comments about how outdoor dining “should become permanent.” Will he walk the walk or just talk the talk? (Luke Fortney for Eater)

The pandemic tax? City Council voted in favor of giving restaurants the option to add a 10% charge to bills as an economic recovery support measure. The mayor supports the bill and once he signs it, it will be in effect immediately until indoor dining returns to full capacity. I guess the city’s response to us asking it to help restaurants is “help them yourself.” (Erika Adams for Eater)

If the last few years have seen the food world grapple with systemic issues like pay disparities, culinary credit, tipping, and harassment from either big-time chefs or everyday customers, the poorly regulated return of indoor dining — during a deadly pandemic, no less — feels like a middle finger to hospitality workers.
-Ryan Sutton, chief food critic for Eater, NYC’s Indoor Dining Comeback Fails Restaurant Workers. Here’s Why. for Eater

The city’s first store dedicated to Covid-19 essentials opened in Herald Square. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

A new report from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office found that 57 percent of dogs tested at city-run shelters developed respiratory disease during their stays, among other troubling findings. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The NYPD is working with the Trump administration to blame violent crime on bail reform by bringing federal charges instead of local charges against people suspected of involvement in shootings. The NYPD’s own data shows a lack of a link between bail reform and the increase in violent crime, but the truth has never stopped the NYPD of Trump administration before. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

The mayor announced he will force his staff to take an unpaid one-week furlough between October 2020 and March 2021 to save money. It will save under a million dollars. The mayor is currently looking for a billion dollars of savings or will lay off 22,000 city employees. (Dana Rubenstein for NY Times)

Wanna buy a T. rex skeleton? Stan, the T. rex, is up for auction on October 6 at Christie’s. (Zachary Smalls for NY Times)

Photos: Sunnyside has become the home of fairies. No, really. (Allie Griffin for Sunnyside Post)

Where to eat outside in Prospect Heights. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

A love letter to the 1993 Super Mario Bros movie, a movie about two brothers from Brooklyn. (Charles Pulliam-Moore for Gizmodo)

Indoor pools will be able to open on September 30 at 33% capacity. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Apartment Porn: A $16.5 million Upper East Side townhouse with a miniature pool and a roof garden. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

More than 170 New York City transit workers have been harassed or assaulted for asking passengers to wear masks. (Christina Goldbaum for NY Times)

38 glorious Chinese restaurants open right now. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

It’s not uncommon to see people sitting outside libraries in an attempt to use the free wifi. (Reuven Blau for The City)

Columbia’s marching band disbanded itself for “a history riddled with offensive behavior.” (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times)

Bankruptcy will not stop New York Sports Clubs from charging you your monthly fee. The state attorney general’s office is investigating. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)

Trick or treating is nor canceled this year, ensuring the scariest Halloween of all time. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

There will be no snow days at all this year, as classes will move to remote learning in case of snow. (Amy Zimmer for Chalkbeat)

Dante in Greenwich Village, voted world’s best bar by Time Out) is now offering canned cocktails. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

In praise of Gloria’s Caribbean, a Crown Heights mainstay. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

Brooklyn’s real estate market has been hotter than Manhattan’s, pre- and post-pandemic. (Kael Goodman for amNewYork Metro)

Time Out looks back to the 10 things we miss the most about the Before Times in NYC. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Photos: “Doggy Bags” brings giant dog sculptures to the Garment District. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

How to pack an emergency bag. Just in case. (A. C. Shilton for NY Times)

NYC’s most anticipated restaurants openings of fall 2020. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The Briefly for July 20, 2020 – The “A Hot, Gross, and Dirty Week” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The confusion around phase four, Jimmy Webb’s I Need More is closing, Steinway Street is punished, where to eat outside in Red Hook, and more

Today – Low: 78˚ High: 91˚
Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day.

Weather warning for this week: It’s gonna be hot, gross, and dirty. (John Del Signore for Gothamist)

Remember all those museums that announced plans to open with phase four? Governor Cuomo has removed museums and malls from the plans. (Sarah Bahr for NY Times)

With indoor dining happening… maybe never? The mayor has extended outdoor dining through October. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

Who among us hasn’t >asked Citi Bike to move a bike rack so your favorite restaurant in Greenwich Village can have outdoor seating during a pandemic, (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Of course, they could try what Deux Amis did in Midtown, which is building their outdoor seating on top of the Citi Bike docks. They’ve already been issued a cease and desist. (Gresh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

The City Council wants the mayor to create a clearer universal set of standards when it comes to setting and enforcing outdoor dining regulations. “Welcome to the party.” -Restaurant and bar owners. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Videos: The epicenter of stupidity in Queens has become Steinway Street, “The Party Street of Queens.” (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

It didn’t take long until Steinway Street was removed from the city’s Open Streets program. (Sydney Pereira and Scott Heins for Gothamist)

If you missed Sunday’s email, Governor Cuomo has not banned to-go cocktails. Bars will have to give you some kind of bullshit mandatory snacks with your drinks. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street)

Tyrese Haspil has been charged with the murder of Fahim Saleh, the CEO murdered and dismembered in the Lower East Side. (William K. Rashbaum, Alan Feuer and Michael Gold for NY Times)

The history of how Grand Central Terminal became the first railroad station in the US to adopt standard time. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

Matt Damon, welcome to Brooklyn. (Laura Vecsey for StreetEasy)

Think you were in Brooklyn before it was cool? The Brooklyn Historical Society released nearly 1,500 maps of Brooklyn dating back to 1562. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

13 hidden patios, backyards and gardens for outdoor dining in NYC. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

Photos: Inside the newly renovated Starvos Niarchos Foundation Library after a $200 million renovation. It’s the only free, public rooftop space in the city. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Manhattan rents are still stupid high, but they’re slightly less stupid high, with the median rent falling from $3,395 to… $3,300. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Unlike Manhattan rents, car rental prices are soaring. (Christina Goldbaum and Daniel E. Slotnik for NY Times)

The 13 best soft serve options in NYC. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Some election results have come in:

Jamaal Bowman is the new Democratic candidate for the 16th congressional district, having officially beating incumbent Eliot Engel in the primary. (Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

Democratic Socialists of America–backed Marcela Mitaynes beat State Assemblymember and Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz in the Democratic primary. (Georgia Kromrei for The Real Deal)

Jessica González-Rojas has won the Democratic primary for the 34th Assembly District seat over incumbent Michael DenDekker conceding today. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post)

The election’s results are still in the process of being certified, but that hasn’t stopped the lawsuits over voting from starting. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

Nowadays’ 16,000 square foot backyard is now open in Ridgewood. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

An idiot was arrested twice in one day for defacing Black Lives Matter murals. (Julie Coleman for NY1)

Jimmy Webb’s ‘I Need More’ closes today. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

Photos: Inside the last days at Jimmy Webb’s I Need More. (Stacie Joy for EV Grieve)

A scaffold collapsed at a non-union site in Murray Hill, killing worker Mario Salas Vittorio, and injuring three others. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Photo: Yeah, this guy is walking across the street wearing shoes and nothing else, but is he wearing a mask? (@Newyorkist)

Ayame Stamoulis was arrested and charged with the murder of a man found wrapped in a plastic bag on the roof of McDonald’s in the South Bronx. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

5,000 people get to see Mets games this season, kind of. There are 5,000 cardboard cutouts of people at Citi Field. At least one of them is a dog! (John Del Signore for Gothamist)

A look at the Central Park Barber Herman James’s Sundays. (Emily Palmer for NY Times)

The Jay Street subway will have a positive unintended consequence: Getting the NYPD to stop parking on the street illegally. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Where to eat outside in Red Hook. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Gowanus’ Public Records, Prospect Lefferts Gardens’ & Sons, the Flatiron District’s Undercote, Times Square’s 701 West and Greenwich Village’s Bar Pisellino are on Esquire’s 27 best bars in America. (Esquire)