The Briefly for October 13 – 15, 2020 – The “Winter is Coming” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The city issued $150k in fines for Covid-19 violations, Halloween candy, 600 students and teachers have tested positive, and more

Today – Low: 52˚ High: 61˚
Possible light rain in the morning.

Here’s a revelation from the Times. Women ride bikes! In June 53% of new riders on Citi Bikes were women. (Christina Goldbaum for NY Times)

The “new normal” will never seem normal and that includes the new autonomous pool hall on Grand St in Brooklyn. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

If you see a snowplow driving around the city on a Sunday, you’re not going crazy and the city isn’t moving invisible snow. Much like seeing the Christmas section inside a Walgreens, it’s a sign that winter is coming. (EV Grieve)

The best Senegalese restaurants in Harlem. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

A state audit has come to the same conclusion that anyone who has been on a road in the city already came to: the Department of Transportation is a damn mess. (Eve Kessler for Streetsblog)

Seven cyclists were killed on the city’s streets in September, an all-time one month high since Mayor de Blasio took office in 2014. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

A look at the two newest buildings in the Atlantic Yards development. (Craig Hubert for Brownstoner)

The latest rumors are that Governor Cuomo would be offered the position of Attorney General. Governor Cuomo says he has “no interest in going to Washington.” (Bobby Cuza for NY1)

Governor Cuomo unveiled his Mother Cabrini statue in Battery Park City on Monday. This is the statue that Cuomo funded after he felt that Cabrini deserved to the on the city’s “She Built NYC” list. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

Next step, Van Halen Ave? Van Siclen Ave was transformed in a tribute to Eddie Van Halen by Adrian Wilson, who was responsible for the RBG tribute last month. (Andrew Sacher for BrooklynVegan)

Fresh from stomping the Industry City rezoning into the ground, Sunset Park City Councilman Carlos Menchaca appears to be getting ready for a run for mayor. (Paul Schindler for Brooklyn Paper)

Ways to fall for autumn in NYC. Get it? Fall? Autumn? (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Economy Candy unveiled Halloween CandyCare packs. (EV Grieve)

Rabbi Mordechai Dovid Unger tested positive for Covid-19 last Friday and still had indoor services was fined for $15,000 for violating hot spot restrictions. He continued to hold services. (Jake Offenhartz and Scott Heinz for Gothamist)

Right-wing radio host, asshole, and City Council candidate Heshy Tischler was arrested by police outside his Borough Park home on Sunday night and charged with unlawful imprisonment and inciting a riot for his part in the riots in Borough Park. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The NYPD broke up a party with more than 100 people in Cunningham Park in Queens early Sunday morning. (NY1)

The city handed out 62 summonses over the weekend, totaling $150,000 in fines. (Ali Watkins for NY Times)

The city’s public, private and charter schools saw nearly 600 students and staff test positive for Covid-19 since classrooms reopened. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The city’s Board of Elections handed Phoenix Graphics a $4.6 million no-bid contract to print and send out nearly 100,000 incorrect ballots to Brooklyn residences. The city’s elected representatives are singing Ben Folds Five’s ‘Song for the Dumped,’ “Give me my money back.” (Greg B. Smith for The City)

Photos and Video: A Barred Owl in Central Park. (D. Bruce Yolton for Urban Hawks)

A few years ago I adopted Scooter from Sean Casey Animal Rescue. They’re having a Halloween fundraiser raffle and for a few dollars, you can help them pay for monthly vet bills and support the shelter. I’ll be forever grateful to them for bringing Scooter into my home. You’ve got two weeks to enter the raffle. (Keira Wingate for Bklyner)

Less than two weeks after reopening for the first time in over six months, Grand Central Oyster Bar is closed again without enough business to stay open. It’s not expected to be permanent, but no reopening plans have been announced. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Hey, New York sports teams? What’s with the championship drought? (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

The shitty weather guide to outdoor dining. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

The Briefly for October 11-12, 2020 – The “SERENITY NOW!” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The Raccoon Show, Dermot Shea calls BLM protesters “spoiled brats”, cuffing season declared, the top 12 neighborhood pizza slices, and more

Today – Low: 55˚ High: 68˚
Rain in the evening and overnight.

Midtown’s Roosevelt Hotel is closing at the end of the month after 96 years. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

There is a law in NYC that local police cannot enforce federal immigration law, that does not stop ICE agents from pretending to be local police during raids. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

When the city lacks its usual entertainment, it turns to the trash pandas. Welcome to The Raccoon Show. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Spider-Man 3 has begun filming in Queens. Look for the filming notices for “SERENITY NOW.” Yes, all of the fake filming titles for Spider-Man movies have been George Costanza references. (Jacob Kaye for amNewYork Metro)

Inside a Bronx freshman’s first day back in the classroom. (Alex Zimmerman for Chalkbeat)

Maybe after this is all over, we should stop putting schools in windowless basements. (Cindy Rodriguez for Gothamist)

The city owes its public school teachers $900 million, which dates back a decade and has its roots in the Bloomberg administration’s dealing of the last financial crisis. The city tried to punt on those payments until an arbitrator ruled the city must pay its teachers half of what is owed by the end of the month, the other half in July 2021 and agree to a no-layoffs provision through June 2021 along with teachers getting a 3.5% pay bump by May 2021. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

A new state requirement will demand that 20% of all students and staff enrolled in in-person learning be tested weekly for Covid-19 inside the state’s “yellow” zones with the mandate in effect by Friday, October 16. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Farewell to Queens Comfort on 30th Ave in Astoria. Today is its last day of service. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

Broadway will remain shut down through May 2021, extending past the last “end date” in March. (Broadway World)

Satire: Hundreds Of Cane-Wielding Demonstrators Pull Governor Into Kickline To Protest Broadway Shutdown. (The Onion)

Broadway is known as “The Great White Way” thanks to the volume of lights on the various marquees, but the nickname remains appropriate for other reasons too, as a new report shows that only 20% of shows on Broadway or Off-Broadway during the 2017-2018 season were created by people of color, two-thirds were filled by white actors and 94% directors were white. (Sahar Bahr for NY Times)

Had enough of apartment living in NYC and yearn for a life on the seas but still in the city? Here’s everything you need to know about houseboat living in NYC. (Cait Etherington for 6sqft)

Mayor de Blasio has chosen the city’s next rezoning battleground: SoHo and NoHo, from Astor Place down to Canal Street. The opponents say it will “ruin” the neighborhood’s character and the proponents argue that it will bring 3,200 apartments to the area, with 800 below-market rate. The deciding City Councilmember will be Margaret Chin, provided the city moves forward with approval before she’s term-limited out in 2021. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Apartment Porn: There’s a house in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens that’s for sale that my wife is obsessed with. Once you see the photos of the $2.75 million pre-war house, you’ll become obsessed too. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Photos: Tribeca’s Pier 26 is now open, complete with a man-made tidal marsh called the Tide Deck. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

The City Reliquary is in danger of closing. It’s one of the city’s oddest and most unique and interesting museums in addition to being a non-profit civic organization. In non-pandemic times, it is worth your visit. Now it needs your help. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

There will never be a story about the Grand Central Terminal lost and found that I will not link to. Years ago my best friend left an acoustic guitar on a Metro-North train and found it at the lost and found a few days later, just one of the roughly 2,500 items lost every month. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

Here is the full list of NYC politicians being endorsed by Our Revolution, founded by Bernie Sanders. (amNewYork Metro)

How much does a life cost? Last year Matt Palacios was killed by Luc C. Vu, who was driving a dump truck and made an illegal left turn. Court records indicate that Vu’s driver’s license has been revoked for six months, that he paid a $250 fine on the failure to yield to a bicyclist charge, and that he will receive a conditional discharge in one year if he does not get into additional legal trouble. $250 for taking Matt’s life. (Mike Johnson for PWInsider)

“I don’t know what you call them — peaceful protesters — maybe spoiled brats at this point.” -NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on NY1. The NYPD is on pace to spend more than $100 million beyond its budget for overtime this year. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

On the same night that NYPD officers stood by while protesters attacked civilians and a journalist during a Borough Park protest against Covid-19 restrictions, the police department arrested four Black Lives Matter activists in Bedford-Stuyvesant for low-level offenses and detained them for two nights before they were released. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

Video: Watch the NYPD be unable to break up a massive celebration full of unmasked people blocking a street in Crown Heights last week and eventually give up and go home. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox congregants attended an indoor prayer service in Borough Park on Friday in open defiance of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly imposed restrictions on religious gatherings in COVID hotspots. The service was led by a rabbi who tested positive for Covid-19 one week ago. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

MSG and the Barclays Center are becoming voting locations on November 3. Yankee Stadium? Silence. In a neighborhood that could use the most help from a neighbor, the Yankees, who pay $0 in real state taxes and pay $1/year for the land their stadium occupies, have turned their back on the local community at nearly every opportunity. (Mary Steffenhagen for New York City News Service)

Congratulations to the NYC girls who have become some of the first to ever join Scouts BSA, formerly the Boy Scouts of America. (Yasmeen Khan for Gothamist)

The NYPL released a list of 200 book titles to get you election-ready. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Farewell to Dizzy’s Diner in Park Slope after 22 years. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

Turns out it pays to be in the crowd for SNL. No literally, the audience is being paid $150 to be considered cast members, since audience members aren’t allowed. Each “cast member” is given a rapid Covid-19 test before entering the studio. (Julia Jacobs and Dave Itzkoff for NY Times)

The Times is declaring cuffing season, but did the last cuffing season ever officially end? (Johan Engel Bromwich and Sandra E. Garcia for NY Times)

Farewell to 88 Lan Zhou in Chinatown, who will be closing on October 31. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

The top 12 neighborhood pizza slices. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

How to support independent restaurants. (Bonnie Tsui for NY Times)

The Briefly for October 9-10, 2020 – The “$75 Hot Dogs for People Who Hate Having $75” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Protests in Boro Park, another shutdown takes hold, the Trump Wall of Lies defaced, the MTA’s secret Money Train, & the everything pizza bagel

Today – Low: 60˚ High: 68˚
Clear throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 58˚ High: 76˚

Today is your last day to register to vote. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Bed-Stuy is the fourth coolest neighborhood in the world, behind Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, Downtown Los Angeles, and Esquerra de l’Eixample, Barcelona, citing The Billie Holiday Theatre, Harold and Maude Vintage, and Peaches HotHouse while calling it the “greatest incubator of the future.” (Will Gleason for Time Out)

That didn’t take long. The Bushwick “Wall of Lies” from President Trump was vandalized with “Vote Trump or Die” and “Stand Back and Stand By.” (Jessy Edwards for The Brooklyn Reporter)

What abomination is this? Pizza with everything bagel crust. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

“Italy has one of the richest histories in Western civilization and was the birthplace of the Renaissance which gave us countless great thinkers, artists, scientists and the likes to choose from that didn’t cause the strife and crimes against humanity that Columbus is guilty of. This isn’t about rewriting history, this is simply about righting a wrong.”
-Ed García Conde, From The Bronx to Italian Americans With Love: It’s Time to Let Go of Columbus for Welcome2TheBronx

The MTA had an armored money train that traveled to a secret “money room” in Downtown Brooklyn as recently as 2006. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

“There is something here that needs to be fixed right away. And that’s why I’m being abundantly clear it will be fixed today and made public. Violence is unacceptable.” The mayor said a lot of words but provided no specifics of how policing was going to change on Thursday night. (Christopher Robbins and Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Meet Harold “Heshy” Tischler, who is running for City Council, had this to say about Chirlance McCray: “And if you think, Mrs. de Blasio…retard, woman, crook, whatever you are, you think you’re gonna get elected to borough president? You will not be elected.” This is disgusting and I suggest that Mr. Tischler apologize, end his campaign for City Council, and think long and hard about what it takes to be an adult. Mr. Tischler made these comments during a protest against new state-imposed restrictions due to a flare-up in Covid-19 cases in Borough Park. (Jocelyn Grzeszak for Newsweek)

In the second night of protests in Borough Park, Jacob Kornbluh, an Orthodox Jewish reporter, was chased through the streets and called “Nazi” and “Hitler” by a large violent crowd let by Heshy Tischler. Borough Park’s Covid-19 positive test rate was 10.6%. (Ben Verde for amNewYork Metro)

“This impending holiday would be less of a concern if ultra-Orthodox communities were universally following the city’s coronavirus guidance. But many of them are not. And while the responsibility for this conduct clearly rests foremost with them, the city has done everything it can to ensure that its entreaties go unheard and its declarations are rejected. This is not responsible governance, and it could cost people their lives.”
-Yair Rosenberg, There’s a Way to Avert the Looming Coronavirus Crisis in Hasidic Brooklyn. But the City Needs to Choose It Right Now. for Tablet

As you might expect, there is already a lawsuit claiming the state’s new Covid-19 shutdown is “unconstitutional.” (Georgia Kromrei with research by Orion Jones for The Real Deal)

“I understand it will be confusing to some to implement, but that’s because we’re not used to this kind of geographically tailored COVID plan.” -Dr. Jessica Justman, an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health who argues the state’s plan is worth trying. (Fred Mogul for Gothamist)

Here’s what is known about the city’s latest Covid-19 shutdowns. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

The city released an interactive map to see if you fall within the boundaries of the vague zones drawn by the state. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

NYU passed the state’s threshold of 100 Covid-19 cases in 14 days, which should trigger a school to transition to all-remote learning. NYU will stay open. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

More than half of the city’s public school students are now enrolled in remote learning. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

With lease signings near pre-pandemic levels, it seems that the Manhattan “exodus” is slowing down. (Greg David for The City)

Photos: A look back in time at the Limelight. If you’re old enough and we in the city, you’ve got a few stories about wild nights at the Limelight. (Daniela Kirsch, photos by Steve Eichner for Patch)

Cringe-city, population” this video de Blasio made mocking President Trump. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Maya Wiley has made her mayoral hope official. Wiley is a former lawyer for the city and an MSNBC analyst. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Where to eat the Filipino dish sisig. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Video: Check out the Meatpacking District in 1993. (Nicoleta Papavasilakis for Untapped New York)

Photos: October 4 was the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, which means photos of animals getting blessed. (Jamie DeJesus for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Yeah, you might know that Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux co-designed Central Park, but dig deeper and learn about Andrew Haswell Green, the driving force behind getting Central Park made. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Cy Vance Jr got the go-ahead from yet another judge to see President Trump’s tax returns. (Sylvia Varnham O’Regan for The Real Deal)

RIP Jim Dwyer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, columnist, and author. (Robert D. McFadden for NY Times)

Photos: A look at Pier 55, the new floating park on the Hudson River. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

If you need an uplifting story for your Friday, here’s how neighbors in Ditmas Park rallied to save Benji the cat. (Zainab Iqbal for Bklyner)

An interactive map with what’s open in the East Village. (EV Grieve)

The lawsuit was appealed as high as it could go, and the 21 artists in the lawsuit against the 5Pointz developer who destroyed their work in violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act will finally be awarded the $6.75 million they are owed. (Christian Murray for Queens Post)

The Standard High Line Hotel is selling a $75 hot dog. $75!!! (Bao Ong for Time Out)

Thanks to reader Terri for today’s featured photo of Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine’s installation at the Prospect Park Bandshell.