The Briefly for April 29, 2020 – The “Cherry Blossom Drone Footage Will Relax You” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The MTA attack Mayor de Blasio over the city’s homeless, large crowds violate social distancing at a rabbi’s funeral, the beer delivery guide, and more

Today – Low: 50˚ High: 56˚
Possible light rain overnight.

Unemployed, A Brooklyn Bartender’s Lament. (Hope Morawa for New York Cliché)

The best bike rides in Brooklyn according to Jacqueline VanDusen, who has biked them all. (Nicole Davis for Brooklyn Based)

If you were trying to successfully reopen the state, would you think to invite James Dolan or Jeff Wilpon to the panel, the geniuses who have given us the modern Knicks and the Mets? (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

Video: A drones eye view of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s cherry blossoms. (Jake Dobkin for Gothamist)

The MTA is changing its policies to be more strict when it comes to the homeless population. It will no longer allow shopping carts in stations and no one will be allowed to spend more than an hour on the platform before they are asked to leave. Clearly whoever wrote these guidelines has never tried to leave Greenpoint at 3 am on a Wednesday night. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

The Mayor should get out of his car and into the subways so he can see what is really going on and solve the problem of his own making.” -MTA spokesperson Abbey Collins. The mayor has failed to live up to his own standards and has blown his own self-imposed deadlines to place 2,500 of the city’s homeless population into hotel rooms by April 20. He missed that deadline by 1,500. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

Add Nathan’s to the list of companies who returned their federal small-business loans. Nathan’s had received $1.2 million. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

RIP Tina Girouard, a 1970s SoHo art scene pioneer. (Randy Kennedy for NY Times)

New York’s unemployment offices are backlogged and 400,000 New Yorkers are still waiting for their MArch unemployment checks. The state has a 3,000 person staff who have delivered $3.1 billion to about 1.5 million people so far. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

It hasn’t been an easy road, some errors from the unemployment office resulted in personal information, including social security numbers, being mailed to the wrong people. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Rough Trade NYC shut down music sales when the store was shut down. A month later and they’re back to selling music, online only. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

Worried that your fluffy buddy may have COVID-19? Here comes the NYC COVID-19 Pet Hotline. (Charles Woodman for Patch)

What’s open? Here are a few maps showing what’s open in a few neighborhoods across the city. (6sqft)

Veniero’s and Veselka in the East Village will be open for delivery starting Friday. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

RIP Dr. Lorna Breen, medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Manhattan, who died by suicide. (Nina Golgowski for HuffPost)

At the East end of Delancey St there’s an N95 mask vending machine. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

Half of NYC knows someone who died from COVID-19, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll. (Charles Woodman for Patch)

Nancy Blum, whose beautiful mosaic work adorns the 28th St station n the 6 line is releasing ornate coloring book pages for free. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

Mayor de Blasio’s special councils to help reopen the city are small businesses; larger businesses; public health and healthcare; arts, culture and tourism; labor; nonprofits and social services; faith-based; and education and vocational training. (Michael Dorgan for Queens Post)

Apartment Porn: Inside Sister Parish’s $3.5 million Fifth Avenue Maisonette. (Michele Petry for StreetEasy)

Every student in kindergarten lower and middle schools will either meet standards/need improvement system when it comes to grades this year, essentially a more polite pass/fail. If you “need improvement” you’ll be receiving it in summer school. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The Squibb Bridge, which connects Brooklyn Bridge Park to the Brooklyn Promenade, will be op en on May 4, after replacing the previous incarnation, which was structurally flawed. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

CityMD Urgent Care is now offering walk-in tests for COVID-19 at all of their locations across New York City. (Charles Woodman for Patch)

Photos: The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flyover. (Photos by Dean Moses)

Not everyone was a fan. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Is New York City a city full of idiots? The flyover, which was supposed to be in tribute to the region’s medical workers, must have been so spectacular that a whole lot of New Yorkers forgot social distancing guidelines. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Brooklyn parents say underground yeshiva classes are flourishing in Borough Park — but cops closed a 311 grievance about one in just 16 minutes in the middle of the night. (Reuven Blau and Yoav Gonen for The City)

The NYPD had to disperse a crowd attending the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz. The mayor appeared in person to oversee, as multiple funerals in Brooklyn’s Jewish communities have required NYPD intervention in the last two months. I give the mayor a lot of shit on a regular occasion, but attempting to enforce social distancing without being called an anti-Semite in this situation was absolutely impossible. This kind of gathering and what happened with Tuesday’s flyover are both completely preventable, but no one called the NYPD or mayor nazis or compared them to Wilhelm Frick for dispersing crowds after the flyover. (Liam Stack for NY Times)

Photos of the funeral’s crowd size and density are very different from the photos of the flyover crowds. (@ReuvenBlau)

The signs are still pointing to an Andrew Yang mayoral bid in 2021. (Matt Stevens for NY Times)

The beer delivery guide. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Thank you to reader JoAnn for today’s featured flyover photo!

The Briefly for April 16, 2020 – The “Quarantine Cannibal of New York City” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The most books read under quarantine, Cuomo forces masks in grocery stores, the most expensive home in Brooklyn history, the status of your stimulus, & more

Today – Low: 38˚ High: 49˚
Clear throughout the day.

It looks like we may have a plan to reopening the state. This week the state is starting with 2,000 finger prick antibody tests a day and asked the FDA to expedite tests for 100,000 New Yorkers a day. That really makes the city’s plan of producing 50,000 tests a week seem puny. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Sometime you just wanna hear someone talk. Check out there oral histories of different NYC neighborhoods. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

A guide to restaurants that are now selling groceries. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

A conversation between historian Daniel Okrent and Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman about the art deco of Rockefeller Center. (Michael Kimmelman for NY Times)

The New York City quarantine cannibal allegedly killed and partially ate his father. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

Are those free books on the sidewalk safe from germs? (Kim Velsey for NY Times)

What are New Yorkers reading in quarantine? According to the list of the most checked out books from the NYPL, it’s Becoming by Michelle Obama. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

At $20.3 million, it’s the most expensive home ever sold in Brooklyn. The view is pretty good. (Amy Plitt for Curbed)

This morning, Mayor de Blasio expressed a desire in grocery stores to force shoppers to wear masks. (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

Flexing his muscle, Governor Cuomo made it happen, even if there is no fine for violating the order. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

President Cuomo? According to the betting markets, there’s a 3% chance. (Jordan Muller for Politico)

RIP Jimmy Webb, the longtime manager and buyer for the East Village’s Trash & Vaudeville. The cause of death was cancer. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The MTA initially asked for $3.7 billion to help keep the agency running, turns out the amount of money needed is actually closer to $12 billion. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

If you’re a nurse, you shouldn’t have to sue your employer in order to get personal protective equipment in a pandemic, and yet here we are. The New York State Nurses Association is filing three lawsuits against the Montefiore Health System and Westchester Medical Center for not following guidance from the state’s health department. (Amanda Eisenberg for Politico)

Where’s your stimulus payment? There’s a tool to check your status. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Pity Reverend Franklin Graham, who is “being harassed” by New Yorkers because he previously said that homosexuals will burn in the “flames of hell,” described Islam as “evil,” and railed against the “transgender lie.” (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

What’s worse than dog runs and playgrounds closed temporarily? How about no beaches open all summer? It’s a possibility. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

In what could be the worst economic crisis since the 70s, the city could be looking at 475,000 job losses and nearly $10 billion in lost revenue. (Erin Durkin for Politico)

An MIT study argues New York City’s public transit system was a “major disseminator” of novel coronavirus and the spread was made worse by decisions to cut service. The MTA disagrees. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

What’s it like to fly into LaGuardia? Ever been the only person on a commercial flight? (Patrick McGeehan for NY Times)

Kudos to Ponyboy, which is staying creative by pairing their bottled cocktails with labels from street artist Gazoo. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Thanks to reader @leecohen1 for today’s featured photo in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park.

The Briefly for April 15, 2020 – The “All Hail New York City’s New Kings: The Rats” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: NYC will make 200,000 COVID-19 tests in May, a burger delivery guide, what you want in your next apartment, limiting delivery fees for restaurants, & more

Today – Low: 43˚ High: 52˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

The details are sparse, but the mayor said NYC would begin producing 50,000 of its own COVID-19 tests each week in May. If 50k New Yorkers were tested each week, it would only take three years to test us all. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

NYC added 3,778 to the total novel coronavirus death count on Tuesday, bringing the total number above 10,000. The new total number of deaths include people who died at home or in nursing homes but did not have a positive test result. People whose death certificates don’t mention COVID-19 were still not counted, which would be an additional 8,184 deaths. (Erin Durkin for Politico)

How can we find the cowards who fled the city during the pandemic? Check the trash. (Gabriel Sandoval, Ann Choi and Rosa Goldensohn for The City)

With less trash on the streets, New York City will have a new king. ALL HAIL OUR NEW LEADERS, THE RATS! (David Cruz for Gothamist)

An interactive map of novel coronavirus cases by zip code. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The MTA announced health insurance for spouses and independents for three years and a $500,000 lump sum payment for the families of transit workers who die from COVID-19. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Okay, so you’ve been home for a very long time. What do you want in your next home? (Michele Petry for StreetEasy)

A directory of mutual-aid networks, some borough specific and some citywide. (Maya Kaufman for Patch)

How to make space in kitchen cabinets, essential cookware, what to keep in a smaller-than-usual fridge, the spices you need, and more as a part of how to stock a tiny kitchen. (Jordi Lippe-McGraw for StreetEasy)

Getting desperate for something new? How about assembling a glamping text inside your apartment. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

The mayor put out a “renter relief” agenda on Monday, but the mayor has no authority to implement it. (Erik Engquist for The Real Deal)

Photos: With no cars on the road, New York City’s vehicle storage problem has come into focus. (Joseph Anastasio for Untapped New York)

Governor Cuomo is moving on from embarrassing Mayor de Blasio in public to standing up to the president, claiming if the president tries to reopen New York Trump would “have a problem,” but he’s also saying it’s not a feud. (Quint Forgey for Politico)

Are you ready for an “At-Home Gala” from The Metropolitan Opera? The first Met Gala I’m aware of where pants are 100% optional for everyone. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

San Francisco limited third-party delivery services to a 10% commission inspired city officials to ask for something similar in New York. Typical commissions are usually around 30%. (Erika Adams for Eater)

There’s a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging delivery companies violated U.S. antitrust laws by requiring that the restaurants charge customers the same price for dining in and delivery. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The idea of giving birth during this pandemic is terrifying, but it’s happened hundreds of times across the city since the start of March. Inside the Brooklyn Hospital Center, not a single baby has been lost, even if their mother tested positive for COVID-19. (Sheri Fink for NY Times)

RIP Hank Steinbrenner, co-owner of the Yankees and the eldest son of George Steinbrenner. His death was not COVID-19-related. (Joe Pantorno for amNewyork Metro)

Remember when you were told to wear a mask, even if it was a Spider-Man mask? All the respect in the world to the New Yorkers out there wearing Spider-Man masks to stay safe. (EV Grieve)

Video: I can’t get enough of these drone videos of an empty New York. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

It’s a fridge full of free food in Bed-Stuy on Van Buren St. Volunteers at Community Solidarity, who run free food markets, restock the fridge multiple times a day. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

It’s the other side of rising prices in a crisis, how suppliers are raising prices and how higher prices trickle down to the consumer. (Kitty Greenwald for Gothamist)

You see a seemingly endless list of sandwiches named for celebrities and you panic. Do you choose the Obama, Korean, Mona Lisa, Jackie Chan, Bernie Sanders, Mr. Bloom, or one of the dozen others? A review of Sunny & Annie’s Jackie Chan. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

A look inside the operations of the field hospital in Central Park. The group, Samaritan’s Purse, has set up field hospitals in Mosul, Bangladesh, Ecuador, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now New York City. (Sheri Fink for NY Times)

The Special Commissioner for Investigations for city schools is probing the Department of Education’s bid to quiet coronavirus infection information in the chaotic days before schools were closed. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

30 great spots for burger delivery. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Xan for today’s featured photo!