The Briefly for March 6, 2020 – The “Silliest Restaurant in New York is Now Closed” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The NYPD is accused of fudgung numbers to sink bail reform, the last on coronavirus / COVID-19 in NYC, the 26th annual Armory Show and Spring.Break, and more

Today – Low: 36˚ High: 50˚
Light rain in the afternoon and evening.
This weekend – Low: 33˚ High: 57˚

Now that tote bags have becomes the necessary accessory in the city, here are 10 reusable bags you need. (Mary Lane for New York Cliche)

If you were to remove all of the non-accessible subway stops from the map, you’d end up with a pathetic looking subway map. (Clarissa Diaz for Gothamist)

If you had “go to that ridiculous restaurant where the staff pretends they’re ninjas,” here is some bad news. Ninja is closed after 15 silly years. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The hottest Manhattan restaurants for March 2020. (Stefanie Tuder, Serena Dai, Luke Fortney, and Erika Adams for Eater)

A partnership with the Public Art Fund brings permanent art installations to Terminal B as part of its $8 billion transformation. The artists bringing their work to LaGuardia are Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura Owens and Sarah Sze. (Hilarie M. Sheets for NY Times)

Photos: Lots of art shows have the potential to be staid, Spring/Break does not appear to be one of those shows. Also: Inside the 26th annual Armory Show at Pier 94 and Pier 90, the largest art fair happening this week.(Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

Dough Doughnuts will expand to Rockefeller Center this May. (Grant Lancaster for amNewYork Metro)

The MTA is installing over 100 cameras in four subway stations in Forest Hills and Rego Park in an attempt to help the NYPD deter crime in the area. The plan is in reaction to the man who was shot in the leg at the 75th Avenue subway station last March. (Max Parrott for QNS)

We’re living in a bean boom time, and this isn’t referring to the dried beans that are flying from the shelves from grocery stores across the city. Beans, they’re good for your heart, and you have a chance to eat them more in the city. Here are the restaurants where you can experience the bean boom for yourself. (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

Will a new soccer stadium in the Bronx, only a few blocks from Yankee Stadium, actually help the neighborhood? The Urban Land Institute New York and Bronx Community Board 4 have released a report outlining how a new stadium could best impact the community. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

Happy 10th anniversary to Paulie Gee’s. (Greenpointers)

Rapist Harvey Weinstein will finally be headed to rot in jail on Rikers Island after a heart procedure. (Jan Ransom for NY Times)

Video: The NYPD violently arrests a Black man suspected of smoking weed in a park in Canarsie, a grim reminder of how the law and its enforcement are often on two very different pages. (Hayley Miller for HuffPost)

Could the Avengers afford to live in their neighborhoods? (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

A group of tenants in Stuyvesant Town on Manhattan’s east side are going to court to protect more than 6,000 apartments from possible rent deregulation. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The scene trying to get in to Brooklyn’s Costco last weekend was insane, don’t think it’ll be any different this weekend (@vote4dongshen)

Not covering your cough during previous epidemics in NYC? Ticketed. Consider yourself lucky you’re only getting mean looks instead. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Are you an asshole? No? Okay, because some asshole sprayed an Asian subway passenger with cleaning fluid. (CBS New York)

COVID-19 has landed in Brooklyn. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

In true Albany fashion, Governor Cuomo added an expansion of his executive powers to a bill that allocated $40 million dollars to fighting COVID-19. (Ross Barkan for Gothamist)

Should you cancel a trip because of the coronavirus? Here are three questions to ask yourself before canceling a trip in panic. (Nicole Dieker for Lifehacker)

Your dog can’t give you COVID-19, but you can give COVID-19 to your dog. If you are quarantined, make sure it is without your best friend. The world is a cruel place. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Over 10,000 have signed a petition calling to close the city’s schools and transition to remote learning while the city deals with the coronavirus outbreak. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

How museums, theaters, and concert halls are dealing with coronavirus. (Julia Jacobs for NY Times)

If you’re sick and worried about coronavirus, are you supposed to visit your doctor or go to the hospital? The city has bungled its messaging about what to do if you think you’ve contracted COVID-19. You shouldn’t just go to your doctor, despite what the city says, because they may not be equipped to deal with an illness on this level and also protect themselves. Call ahead, tell them you think you have coronavirus and follow their instructions. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

New York City will order some public workers to get tested for coronavirus, and force them into quarantine if they refuse, according to an order issued Thursday by the city health department. (Erin Durkin for Politico)

A coalition of public defenders claims the NYPD is manipulating their own crime data in an effort to push a narrative that recent bail reform is causing a spike in crime on city streets. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The secrets of the historic St. George Theatre on Staten Island. (Nicola Saraniero for Untapped New York)

30 bars where you can meet new people, just don’t get to close if they’re touching their faces too much. (Bryan Kim, Katherine Lewin, Hillary Reinsberg, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Paula for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for January 8, 2020 – The “Crime is Down but Murder is Up” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Is de Blasio’s common sense acutally common sense, the best restaurants, Stevie Nicks headlines Gov Ball, the NYPD ends the “which seat” meme, and more

Today – Low: 22˚ High: 42˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

Te state denied a Chinatown landlord’s request to install a fingerprint scanner at the entrance in a rent-regulated building, citing privacy concerns. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

There are 700 Seke language speakers on Earth, the language indigenous to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, 100 live in NYC, and half of them live in one building.(Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura for NY Times)

Despite rises in hate crimes and murders, NYC’s crime is at an all-time low. (Emily Davenport for QNS)

A 15-year-old was charged with the murder of Juan Fresnada, 60, who was killed during a Christmas Eve mugging in Morrisania for a single dollar in the Bronx. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Even with the rise in murders as a percentage, the actual number of murders is when lower compared with past eras. (Edgar Sandoval for NY Times)

Mayor Bill de Blasio says that his directed NYPD crackdown on delivery workers’ electric bikes isn’t based on data and numbers. It’s based on “common sense.” There are a lot of people whose common sense the city may trust, but Bill de Blasio ain’t on that list. 0.07% of vehicular crashes in the city, 31 in 2018, were caused by electric bike riders. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

The city’s attempts to rezone Bushwick look to be at a stalemate. Bushwick’s City Councilperson Antonio Reynoso has pushed back against the city, limiting the number of new apartments he’ll consider at 2,000 and all affordable. This isn’t a new story, as Inwood successfully fought off a rezoning effort and the Sunset Park/Industry City rezoning also appears to be headed for defeat. (Kevin Sun for The Real Deal)

Everything you need to know about affordable housing: applying, getting in, and staying put. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

It’s a seven-course VR meal, but it’s served while you wear a VR headset. This isn’t some experience in a Bushwick art studio, it’s presented by the James Beard Foundation. (Daniel Modlin for Grub Street)

Ken Friedman is leaving The Spotted Pig following an attorney general’s investigation into sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. He also agreed to pay $240,000 and 10% of his profits for the next decade to the 11 staffers who accused him of misconduct. (Serena Dai for Eater)

The Meadowlands Arena closed in 2015, but it’s still standing and found a second life as a production facility. NBC is renting out the arena through March while it films Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector where the Nets and Devils once played. (Seth Berkman for NY Times)

The last night at Tad’s Steakhouse in Times Square, one of the last vestiges of old Times Square. (Untapped New York)

Photos: The anti-war rally in Times Square. (The Villager)

After experiencing what Fifth and Sixth Avenues could be without cars or trucks, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilperson Keith Powers have requested a meeting to discuss keeping the traffic restrictions permanently. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

An ode to Taste of Persia, which is closing at the end of the month. (Max Falkowitz for Grub Street)

Woodland, a Park Slope bar and restaurant closed after its liquor license was revoked by the state. Woodland’s famous black brunch wasn’t enough to save it from hundreds of complaints including noice and customers urinating on the streets, a stabbing on December 22. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Governors Ball’s headliners for 2020 are Stevie Nicks, Solange, & Miley Cyrus. A full lineup is expected this week. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Paw It Forward is a non-profit that walks dogs for free for the elderly, ill, and disabled in Long Island City and is expanding to Rego Park, Forest Hills, and the West Village. (Kristen Torres for LIC Post)

Video: A narrated walk on 9th Ave from 14th to 34th. (ActionKid, YouTube)

Governor Cuomo wants to ban repeat and high-risk sexual offenders from the MTA. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork)

A minor mistake paying for a busied can cost you $100. (Elizabeth Brico for Talk Poverty)

The MTA released a map of OMNY enabled stations for January of 2020. (MTA)

The NYPD will start including hate crimes in its Compstat crime-tracking system. (Paula Katinas for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

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

The NYPD have thoroughly ended the which seat is best meme. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

If you actually get mail in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, congrats on the mail you actually receive. According to a recent audit, these neighborhoods are plagued with delivery issues, including failure to secure valuable items, inadequate safety measures in residential buildings, delayed mail, and mail that never arrives. (Scott Enman for Brooklyn Eagle)

Photos: Three Kings Day parade in Williamsburg. (Rose Adams with photos by Caroline Ourso for Brooklyn Paper)

White supremacy posters have popped up in Bay Ridge, linked to a neo-Nazi group which was formed after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Members of these groups usually attempt to stay anonymous for fear of being outed as the worst people on earth, but these geniuses uploaded a video of themselves doing a banner drop over the Belt Parkway in Bay Ridge and the NYPD is investigating. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The Infatuation updated its best restaurants in NYC list with the addition of Noods n’ Chill, Bar Bête, Banty Rooster. (The Infatuation)

Noods n’ Chill is a new Thai food restaurant in Williamsburg, not just a rude suggestion on Tinder. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

The Briefly for September 23, 2019 – The “A Failed Presidential Candidate” Edition

Another cyclist was killed by a driver, this week’s late-night subway disruptions, five major problems waiting for the mayor, the best dive bars and more in today’s daily NYC news update

This week’s late-night subway disruptions are bringing the pain. Make sure to check before you stay out late. (Subway Weekender)

The mayor is no longer a failing presidential candidate, he’s a failed presidential candidate. RIP the de Blasio Campaign 2019 – 2019. (Politico)

Now that the mayor decided to do his job full-time again, here are five major problems waiting for him. (NY Times)

The 21st bicyclist to be killed by a driver on New York’s streets is 14-year-old Mario Valenzuela. Mario was killed by a 33-year-old man who was driving a private sanitation truck making a right turn on Borden Avenue in Queens. (LIC Post)

Shore Parkway is getting a protected bike lane, despite Community Board 11’s protests. Amid a record year for cyclists killed by drivers, neighborhoods who push back against lanes using thinly-veiled excuses are making a clear decision between the lives of their neighbors and the desire to drive a car however they please. (The City)

Are you ready for the MTA to upgrade its signals? Are you ready for extensive disruptions while it does so? We’re talking line shut down on nights and weekends on the 4/5/6, N/W, A/C, G, E, and F lines. There’s always the bus… (amNY)

Here are the first 48 subway stations getting accessibility upgrades as outlined in the 2020 – 2024 capital plan. (Streetsblog)

The Park Slope Food Coop received more media coverage than it deserves, but this story about how the super liberals of the Park Slope Food Coop have fought against unionization of its full-time workers is an eye-opener. (NY Times)

A sneak peek inside the new library in Hunters Point. (Untapped Cities)

Five Gowanus sites are being considered for landmark status this week as preservationists are pushing to protect as much of the neighborhood as possible ahead of a possible rezoning. (Brownstoner)

In the battle between Industry City and City Councilmember Carlow Menchaca over plans for the site’s future, Industry City blinked and will delay their plans for expansion after acquiescing to Menchaca’s concerns. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Whoever is the monster that stole this child’s saxophone, you need to return it. (Gothamist)

One of the hottest 2020 elections in New York will be the retiring Rep. José Serrano’s congressional seat in the South Bronx. (Politico)

Holtermann’s Bakery, in business for over 150 years in Staten Island, gets the Atlas Obscura nod for its timeless desserts, calling out its “real deal” Charlotte Russe. (Atlas Obscura)

Uber is suing the city for its cap on the company’s growth and a law passed in August which restricts the amount of time a driver can drive in Manhattan without a fare, calling the laws “arbitrary and capricious.” (Politico)

Congratulations to Uma Smith of Bed-Stuy, who won a James Dyson award for her invention Cocoon, a pillow that can be placed under someone’s head during a seizure that also contacts bystanders on how they can help. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you’ve ridden the Long Island Rail Road this month, there’s a chance you’ve been exposed to the measles. (Gothamist)

What to eat and do in Greenpoint. (amNY)

Here are the restaurants the Department of Health shut down this week for violations, including Hook’d on the Hudson, leading the pack with a jaw-dropping 141 points. (Patch)

The best gluten-free pizza on the Upper West Side. (I Love the Upper West Side)

The Village Halloween parade is returning this year with the theme “Wild Thing!” Let’s try harder with the costume creativity this year, shall we? (Brooklyn Vegan)

An apartment with a pool? Tired. An apartment with an indoor wave pool? Wired! (Viewing NYC)

The Times goes behind the scenes on their 20 photographers/65 block parties magazine feature. (NY Times)

Have you seen the house on the top of a building on the Upper West Side? (I Love the Upper West Side)

There was a minor fire in Terminal 5. The damage was minimal and no one was injured. (Gothamist)

The best dive bars in NYC. (Thrillist)