The Briefly for April 28, 2020 – The “de Blasio Forced to Make Another Popular Decision” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: NY calls off the presidential primary, the L train is back, where to get a fresh bagel, AOC supports rent strikers, looking at reopening and more

Today – Low: 48˚ High: 61˚
Clear throughout the day.

Alt-side parking has been suspended citywide through May 12. (Norwood News)

How to watch today’s Blue Angels flight over New York City today. (Charles Woodman for Patch)

For every celebration, there’s always a buzzkill. Streetsblog is here to ensure you can’t enjoy some planes flying overhead today. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

The mayor has given in when it comes to opening streets to pedestrians and cyclists, announcing that 40 miles of streets will be opened up this month and an additional 60 miles will be opened up soon. the mayor deserves literally zero credit for this because the City Council backed him into a corner and Governor Cuomo said in his press conference that he supports opening streets up. Much like his presidential campaign, he was the last person to see that no one supported his position. (Danielle Muoio for Politico)

The New York State Board of Elections canceled the June presidential primary, citing the June date as an opportunity to vote for actual elections and candidates and not for the purposes of issues at a convention, which was Bernie Sanders’s stated reason for not dropping out of the race completely. The Sanders campaign, as you could imagine, is ornery about the decision. (Brigid Bergin and David Cruz for Gothamist)

Also canceled was the special election for Rafael Espinal’s vacated City Council seat. Mad the election continued, voters would have had to vote twice on June 23, once in the primary and once in the actual election, and all for a single six-month term. Corey Johnson will manage the district while the seat is vacant. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

One thing that New York City will be known for after the pandemic is behind us is its inequality, which extends to a hospital system where Warren Buffet personally intervenes to get one hospital supplies and another made room for patients out of duct tape and plastic tarps. (Michael Schwirtz and Kirsten Luce for NY Times)

Most New Yorkers trust Governor Cuomo over President Trump when it comes to reopening the state according to a Siena College poll. I think most New Yorkers would trust my dog Pepper over the president when it comes to reopening the state. (NY1)

A closer look at the governor’s plan to dip New York’s toe into the waters of reopening. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

It’s already hard enough to remove an emotionally disturbed customer from the subways who was chasing other riders around and trying to light subway ads on fire but add in COVID-19 fears and also he was naked. (Jose Martinez for The City)

The L train is back to full operation just in time for no one to care. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

The Office to Combat Domestic Violence launched a chat and text service on Friday to help New Yorkers discreetly report domestic violence. The office is suggesting the number be stored until a fake name. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

A case against the city’s gun laws came before the US Supreme Court, but by the time it reached the court city and state laws had changed, making the case moot. The case was dismissed by the court. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

New York City is looking to hire 1,000 medical professionals to serve as contact tracers as the city begins to plan its own reopening. The tracers will interview people who have tested positive in hopes of identifying people who may need to be tested or quarantined. (Brendan Krisel for Patch)

The Atlantic Boat Club in Crown Heights continued to serve customers after the shutdown and the state liquor authority has revoked their license. They face fines up to $40,000 and revocation of their liquor license. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Where you can still get a fresh bagel in NYC. (Carla Vianna for Eater)

A few weeks ago I came across someone’s Instagram story who was showing a group of vehicles that included cars, bikes, scooters, ATVs, and go-carts, which seems just as weird on a city street as you might think. Seems I wasn’t the only person to take notice of these vehicles in the street because the NYPD seized 20 off-road vehicles that were “terrorizing” the streets over the weekend. (Anna Quinn for Patch)

“Sir, this is a Wendy’s.” A man without a face mask caused $1k of damage to a Wendy’s in the Bronx. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

It’s weird to see Times Square so empty, but of course, the Naked Cowboy is still there. He’s like a roach in the apocalypse. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

Video: The New York Philharmonic is still playing together, even while separate. Watch and hear their latest performance of “Adagietto” from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Now through May 25, Coney Island USA (the home of the sideshow) is running a mask design contest called “Put on a Funny Face” through May 25 with 11 different winning categories. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Success Academy Charter Schools will continue to use a traditional grading while the Department of Education is planning a new grading system for the remainder of the school year. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

Rent strikers have Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s support. (Georgia Kromrei for The Real Deal)

The delivery guide for a big night in. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for April 17, 2020 – The “Every Hour is Happy Hour When Time is Meaningless” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The city’s budget goes wartime, the best brunch options for delivery, high end stores are boarding up their windows, and more

Today – Low: 47˚ High: 51˚
Light rain in the evening and overnight.
This weekend – Low: 41˚ High: 63˚

4K VIdeo: Walking through Times Square. (ActionKid)

In honor of his late grandmother, Michael Che will be paying May’s rent for the 160 apartments in the NYCHA building where she lived. (Ron Dicker for HuffPost)

Rent in the city dropped 6% since the start since March 22. (Localize.City)

Tenant groups are set for a rent strike on May 1. (Georgia Kromrei for The Real Deal)

Sick of sourdough? Here are seven bread options for you to try. (Sam O’Brien for Atlas Obscura)

The allure and anxiety of drinking along in quarantine. (Alice Feriring for Grub Street)

What time is it okay to start drinking alcohol? It’s hard to tell because time has no meaning anymore. (Shayla Love for VICE)

Slowly, the city’s government is finding a way to move forward. The City Council and the Landmarks Preservation Commission will start meeting digitally next week. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

Taxi drivers were struggling before the pandemic. With COVID-19, they face even more difficulties. (Estefania Hernandez for NY1)

Are you willing to go to a live sport without a vaccine? 61% of sports fans and 71% of people overall are unwilling to go until there’s a vaccine. (Norman Oder for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report)

Keith McNally’s Lucky Strike on Grand Street is closed for good. Is it the first domino to fall when it comes to independent restaurants? (Alan Sytsma for Grub Street)

From former Roberta’s and Speedy Romeo chef Robert Guimond comes Public Display of Affection, a wood-fired pizza spot in Park Slope on Union Street. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

Mayor de Blasio released a revised “wartime” budget on Thursday, with a $6 billion reduction. “A budget is a statement of values,” according to the mayor. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

“A budget is a statement of values,” according to the mayor when speaking about his budget. Last year he said, “Placard abuse erodes faith in government and has no place in our city.” This year he’s eliminating the Placard Abuse Enforcement Team. Activist Charles Komanoff has a different idea: Disband the Collision Investigation Squad instead. (Charles Komanoff for Streetsblog)

Workers at two luxury Manhattan residential buildings, The Chamberlain and 432 West 52nd Street, walked out on the job, claiming poor work conditions and harassment. (Sylvia Varnham O’Regan for The Real Deal)

It’s easy to think that artists should use this time to create something new, but the reality of the moment can be much heavier than imaginable. This is Rori Nogee’s story of going from having six jobs and a show ready to open on Restaurant Row to a 100% loss of income and opportunities. (Rori Nogee for New York Cliche)

A look at what might be New York City’s last open bookstore. (Hoa P Nguyen for Bedford + Bowery)

I first saw it from a friend’s story on Instagram, the boarded-up stores in Manhattan. It’s a pandemic, not The Purge. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Pizza bagels? Pizza rolls? Please. Forget it, now pizza cupcakes are ready for delivery. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

Tired of the same old views? Check out the livestreams of the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

“It should be stated bluntly that traveling on the New York subway system is now one of the more frightful experiences Western civilization has to offer on a regular basis. The experience is not only intolerable. It is also a daily advertisement for the brutish sensibilities and shallow brainpans of the people who now control the city.” “Why We Hate the Subways,” despite being timely, was written in 1977. (Alexander Cockburn for Village Voice)

Thank goodness for people like the non-profit Greenpoint Cats, who have been doing their best to look after bodega cats left behind or abandoned as bodegas close. (Aaron Simon for Greenpointers)

10 great sandwiches still available in NYC. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Police are investigating the death of a man who was found floating in the East River near Roosevelt Island. (Emily Davenpont for QNS)

New York remains on PAUSE until at least May 15. (Kathleen Culliton for PAtch)

Reports of domestic violence have dropped dramatically across the city, and that’s not a good thing. (Ashley Southall for NY Times)

Watch New Yorkers sing “New York, New York” out their windows after Thursday’s 7 pm clap, a project of the Peace of Heart Choir. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

In what started as a cheap way to live, an $800-a-month illegal bedroom in Bushwick with no windows now sounds more like a cruel experiment. (Trey Taylor for Curbed)

Do you miss Shake Shack? Here’s the recipe for the ShackBurger and ShackSauce. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

The best brunch options in NYC available for delivery. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

The Briefly for April 3, 2020 – The “A Bad Omen Washes Ashore at Jacob Riis Park” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The Javits Center opens to COVID-19 patients, a takeout and delivery guide, 369,000 New Yorkers file for unemployment, Tekashi69 goes free, and more

Today – Low: 47˚ High: 53˚
Possible drizzle until evening.
This weekend – Low: 46˚ High: 57˚

The Governor Cuomo’s nipple piercing mystery may be solved? But also the mystery rages on. (Hudon Hongo for Gizmodo)

No matter who you are, if you’re sick or not, it’s time to wear a mask, a bandana, a balaclava, a Spider-Man mask, just cover your face with something if you go out in public. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

A 28-foot-long humpback whale washed ashore Tuesday at Jacob Riis Park in Queens. If everything hadn’t already gone to hell, this might be a bad omen. (Maya Kaufman for Patch)

Just as the coronavirus season is expected to end, this year’s hurricane season is expected to be 40% more active than the average season. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Photos: Inside the USNS Comfort. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The Javits Center now has 2,500 beds, up from 1,000, and has been approved for COVID-19 patients. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

What happens if we run out of ventilators? While Governor Cuomo says “there’s no protocol,” there’s a 266-page document from 2015 available for download on the state’s website that lays it out step by step. Basically, it boils down to saving the most lives. (Gwynne Hogan and Fred Mogul for Gothamist)

Craving NYC without going outside? Here’s an exhaustive list of movies featuring Greenwich Village. (Ariel Kates for GVSHP)

The history of the Brooklyn Blackout cake. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

I linked to the wrong story yesterday giving hard numbers on COVID-19 infections by zip code, here’s a better breakdown of how many are sick per zip code in NYC. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park is turning into a kitchen for Rethink Food, a city-based food nonprofit, thanks to “an undisclosed amount of funding” from American Express. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Rethink Food NYC is offering 30 restaurants $40,000 each to stay open and provide 24,000 meals per day for New Yorkers in need. Eleven Madison Park is not on the list. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” but also the postal service has been struggling to deliver the mail with some areas not receiving mail for days at a time due to a severe staffing shortage. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Maybe the last place you want to hang out in during a global pandemic that’s infected over a million people, but the longer the state is on PAUSE, the more outdoor space becomes a luxury. The case for Green-Wood Cemetery. (Nathan Kensinger for Curbed)

Photos: Sakura Park in the Bronx’s cherry blossoms are hitting their peak. It’s been so warm that the cherry blossoms across the city have been blooming. Time to steal a peek if you can find one. (HARLEM + BESPOKE)

A map of who’s open in Western Queens, with over 250 businesses that are open. (Michael Dorgan for Sunnyside Post)

A federal judge ordered Gaspar Avendano-Hernandez released from ICE’s custody. You might remember his arrest because Erick Diaz-Cruz his girlfriend’s son was shot in the face by an ICE officer while he was being arrested. Tragically, Diaz-Cruz did not survive. (Rose Adams for amNewYork Metro)

If you’re among the 369,000 New Yorkers who lost a job in the last week, you know all too well that attempting to apply for benefits is a full-time job in itself. (Daniel Moritz-Rabson for Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo’s daily chats with New York and the nation are getting weird. He dedicated some of Thursday’s press conference to a chat with his brother, who is in quarantine after a COVID-19 diagnosis earlier in the week. (Gus Saltonstall for Patch)

Maps: New York City is so big (how big is it?) that you can fit the population of multiple cities inside each borough. Brooklyn? Chicago. Staten Island? Sacramento. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Quarantee is like a nightclub, except it all happens on Zoom. You’re charged a cover and somehow “bouncers” enforce a dress code and they even offer “private tables.” I’m at a loss for words. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Anyone else notice lots of masks and rubber gloves littering the streets? (Katia Kelly for Pardon Me for Asking)

It depends on who you believe, but the staff of Montefiore Medical Center may or may not have been given Yankees rain ponchos as personal protective gear for their shifts. (Brian M. Rosenthal and James Wagner for NY Times)

One of the inmates that was released to prevent further COVID-19 outbreaks in the city’s federal prisons? Tekashi69. (Melena Ryzik and Nancy Coleman for NY Times)

A federal judge struck down a portion of the state’s new rent laws that dealt with retroactive rent overcharge claims. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

Video: “Typologies of New York City: A Crowdsourced Hyperlapse” 1,246 photos of NY to make one great video. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

Do the animals in the Bronx Zoo know something has changed? (Julia Jacobs for NY Times)

Traffic to the city’s domestic violence website is up 7.8x for the first full week following the state’s declaration of PAUSE. There has been no increase in domestic violence calls to 911, which could mean domestic violence could be going unreported. Call 911 in an emergency, otherwise, the Domestic Violence hotline’s phone number is 1-800-621-4673 (HOPE). (David Cruz for Gothamist)

Mount Sinai researchers are tracking COVID-19 across New York City through a program called STOP COVID NYC. If you have any symptoms, you can participate and help track and predict smaller outbreaks. (Norwood News)

The happy haunts of Green-Wood Cemetery are open to the public for longer in new, expanded hours. (Mary Frost for Brooklyn Eagle)

Mayor Bill de Blasio greeted EMT and paramedics from across the country at Fort Totten Park Thursday morning as they prepared to help New York City’s overburdened emergency medical workers. (Alejandra ‘Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

Residential and commercial real estate showings are considered “essential,” but showings can’t happen in person. Are you ready to buy an apartment based on a FaceTime call? (Sylvia Varnham O’Regan and E.B. Solomont for The Real Deal)

How the 2021 mayoral candidates have responded to the coronavirus. (Samar Khurshid for Gotham Gazette)

Takeout and delivery options for every situation. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, Bryan Kim, Arden Shore, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)