The Briefly for February 16-18, 2021 – The “Because Whoopi Goldberg Told Me To” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: 22 hour subway service starts soon, drama in the bird community, the Soho Grifter is out, the oldest bars on the UWS, and more

Today – Low: 20˚ High: 44˚
Rain in the morning and afternoon.

22-hour subway service will start on 2/22, shutting down daily from 2-4 am. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

Nearly a quarter of New York City’s students with disabilities have not received all of the services they’re entitled to this school year, according to new figures that offer the most comprehensive picture yet of special education during the pandemic. (Alex Zimmerman for Chalkbeat)

The MTA got 25 celebrities to record Covid-19 PSAs for the subways. Finally New Yorkers will follow mask and social distancing guidelines because Michael Rapaport and Whoopi Goldberg told them to. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• The seawall to protect Staten Island from another Hurricane Sandy was scheduled to be finished this year, but construction isn’t expected to be finished for another five years or more. Radiation from a 1940s landfill in Great Kills Park halted progress on the East Shore Seawall as the city, state, and federal governments fight over who”s responsible for getting rid of the radiation. (Clifford Michel for The City)

The Bronx is #2 highest risk in the country from natural disasters only behind Los Angeles. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

• Green-Wood Cemetery wants your help to identify thousands of WWII soldiers buried at the cemetery. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

• Good question: What does the mayor of NYC actually do? (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

A look at how the roots of the NAACP run through Greenwich Village. (Joey Rodriguez for GVSHP)

• Video: Kissaki chef Mark Garcia makes 200-300 omakase to-go boxes every night. (Director Pelin Keskin for Eater)

• It’s not just your imagination, the city’s snowstorms have been getting worse. (Lydia McMullen-Laird for Gothamist)

• If you’re in the latest group of New Yorkers eligible for the vaccine, you’ve learned that the state’s vaccine website is utter garbage and can’t keep up with demand. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The alleged subway stabber, Rigoberto Lopez, was arrested. (Ashley Southall for NY Times)

NYC’s bird watching community is feeling the pressure of popularity after getting a wider amount of interest form the general public in the last year. (Daniel E. Slotnik for NY Times)

• Anna Sorokin aka Anna Delvey, the fake heiress grifter convicted of grand larceny, is out of prison and working on a memoir and a TV show. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Revel is expanding its service to electric bikes for a subscription cost of $90/month. you’ll get a pedal-assisted bike to use for as long as you’re a subscriber rather than their traditional model of looking for one on the street. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

9 indie Brooklyn bookstores to visit. (Emilie Murphy for Brooklyn Magazine)

• Governor Cuomo almost apologized, but still didn’t, for his administration’s actions that led to the Covid-19 nursing scandal. (Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

What it’s like to run a movie theater, the Cobble Hill Cinema, in a pandemic. (Red Hook Star-Revue)

Thanks to reader Lolita for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for December 29 – 30, 2020 – The “Penn Station, A Little Less Terrible” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The stimulus bill, the MTA looks for new ways to raise money, the post-Christmas Covid-19 spike is here, frozen NYC dinners, and more

Today – Low: 28˚ High: 39˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

Photos: Up close with the New Year’s Eve ball. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

With the stimulus bill passing, here’s what you need to know about the additional weekly $300 for unemployed workers. (Lauren Costantino for The City)

Buildings in the city are being graded like restaurants, the building I live in got a C, but almost half of the city’s buildings were given Ds and Fs. There’s no punishment for bad grades until 2024. (Lydia McMullen-Laird for Gothamist)

Video: The entire length of Broadway on an E-Scooter. (ActionKid)

Apartment Lust: This one-bedroom apartment in Greenwich Village is nice but its best feature is its pricetag under one million dollars. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

It’s a great week to look for a dog or cat to add to your life. Patch highlights some dogs and cats available, including Petunia, the super affectionate lap cat. (Patch)

The new Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station is set to open on January 1. Penn Station will still be a terrible nightmare, but with one nice area, available by a tunnel. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Half of the MTA’s budget comes from fares and tolls and the state is waking up to the idea that maybe that’s not a great idea, which is why we’re getting ideas like taxing packages or raising gas taxes from the state. (Jose Martinez for The City)

If you’ve wondered how some of the city’s restaurants’ outdoor structures are possibly legal, you have the SLA’s unclear regulations and the city’s lack of enforcement to thank. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Video: Say hello to the city’s asshole of the week, an unidentified woman who falsely accused a Black teenager of stealing her iPhone in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel. Her phone was found in an Uber later. (Ashley Reese for Jezebel)

There’s a new Pastrami Queen location on the Upper West Side. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

A look into what arts groups are doing to keep itself afloat through gala season. (Robin Pogrebin for NY Times)

The post-Christmas Covid-19 spike is here. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Healthcare providers who violate the law by distributing the coronavirus vaccine could lose their license, be fined up to $1 million, and face possible prison time, under a new executive order from Governor Cuomo. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Interview: The staff of Arlene’s Grocery on the struggles to exist through the pandemic. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

RIP Betty Campbell-Adams, founder of founded Lloyd’s Carrot Cake in the Bronx. (Alex Vadukul for NY Times)

Wanna make yourself hungry for bucatini? (It’s the pasta that looks like spaghetti, but it’s hollow). Read about the bizarre bucatini shortage of 2020. (Rachel Handler for Grub Street)

Given up on dinner? Here are 10 frozen options from NYC restaurants to upgrade your lazy dinners. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

Thanks to reader Francesca for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for November 6, 2020 – The “How Your Neighbors Voted” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Our neighbors will have legal weed, the Union Square Holiday Market is canceled, the best new restaurants in Queens, and more

Today – Low: 51˚ High: 66˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 50˚ High: 68˚

Map: How your neighbors voted in the election. Go ahead, you know you want to look. (Jake Dobkin for Gothamist)

So now that it’s legal in New Jersey, when does New York get its legal weed? (Will Gleason for Time Out)

Scott Lynch ate outside in 43-degree weather. What’s the lowest temperature you’d still eat outside in? (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

The January tests have been canceled. (Sophia Chang and Jessica Gould for Gothamist)

Video: Watch a subway full of people try to convince one asshole to wear a goddamn mask. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

A running list of new restaurants that opened in the city during the pandemic. (Eater)

Shootings in the city were up 121% in October, according to the NYPD, but murders are down by one from 2019. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Farewell to Angry Wade’s, forced to close after 20 years by the pandemic. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

A look at New York’s stricter travel regulation. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Video: Walking the boarded up 5th Ave on Election Night. (ActionKid)

Despite all evidence to the contrary, NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes said that the NYPD has never used the kettling tactic. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

The NYPD clashed with the “We Choose Freedom” march and rally, which started outside the Stonewall Inn, making several arrests, including the march’s organizer. Also at the march was NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who was seen on video being shoved around by the NYPD. (Christopher Robbins, Stephen Nessen, and John Del Signore for Gothamist)

The story of Devina Singh’s Wednesday night started with participation in an anti-racist protest and ended with having her arm broken while being arrested. How was your Wednesday night? (Gwynne Hogan, Sydney Pereira, and Jake Offenhatz for Gothamist)

A Brooklyn student tested positive for COVID. Teachers didn’t find out until 10 days later. (Reema Amin for Chalkbeat)

The ultimate guide to Brooklyn’s Chinatown, from artist Stephanie Shih. (Noëmie Carrant for RESY)

A look back 56 years at Lenny Bruce’s first obscenity arrest after a gig at Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village. (Lannyl Stephens for GVSHP)

Three weeks until Thanksgiving. Here’s where to order takeout Thanksgiving meals this year in NYC. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Is there a better restaurant name than Bolivian Llama Party? Bolivian Llama Party has opened a storefront in Sunnyside. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

Like everything good, The Union Square Holiday Market has been canceled for this year. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Apartment Porn: A $3.25 million “true penthouse” in Murray Hill. A rooftop terrace with views of the Empire State Building and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Here’s what you need to know as the rules around pandemic rules around evictions changed again this week. (Allison Dikanovic for The City)

As of me writing this, there’s no official result in the presidential election. Here are 10 things to take your mind off the delayed result. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Election night wasn’t great for Democrats and Governor Cuomo blamed Mayor de Blasio for the losses. (Jesse McKinley, Dana Rubenstein, and Emme G. Fitzsimmons for NY Times)

Photo Essay: The most important reason to have voted. (Photos by Keira Wingate and Cai Pigliucci for Bklyner)

AOC won re-election, which isn’t a surprise, even if her opponents paid $10 million to try to oust her. (Jeffrey C. Mays for NY Times)

20 scenes from Election Day. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis has declared victory of incumbent Congressmember Max Rose in the 11th Congressional District. (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

Rose’s loss is partially attributed to Rose marching in solidarity with protesters demanding cuts to the NYPD budget, even if that’s not what the march was about . (Emily Nadal for City Limits)

The 14 best new restaurants in Queens. (Eater)

Thanks to reader @directorchick for today’s featured photo!