The Briefly for May 19, 2020 – The “Central Park Has Exorcised its Demons” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Where to get a Covid-19 test, good news for vegans, de Blasio eyes a September reopening of the city, subway ridership starts to return, and more

Today – Low: 52˚ High: 65˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

The city remains on PAUSE, hitting only 3 of the 7 metrics necessary to start phase one of reopening.

It’s time to register to vote by mail for the June 23 primary. Here’s how. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

There was a protest to open up Staten Island, which included all the hits like “it’s just like the flu” and “you don’t coward in your house and stay afraid.” (Amy Yensi for NY1)

Samaritan’s Purse, the temporary hospital run by Franklin Graham, who believes same-sex relationships are an “abomination,” is gone from Central Park. Members of Reclaim Pride, Rise and Resist, and Reverend Billy Talen’s Stop Shopping Choir have exorcised the demons left behind by Franklin Graham. (Donna Aceto for amNewYork Metro)

The loss of Gem Spa beings up an important question. Will we recognize our city when we emerge from our forced hibernation? (Max Falkowitz for Grub Street)

“That’s a real natural point to start reopening more if all goes well because that’s when everyone would normally come back from the summer.” Mayor de Blasio has tentatively pegged September for a full reopening of the city. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

If you’re taking the subway or bus, look down. The MTA is adding social distancing markers to encourage you to keep your damn distance. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

“I want to watch the Buffalo Bills,” is not something anyone says earnestly, but here we are. It’s 2020 and Governor Cuomo wants New York teams to play in empty stadiums, even if he has to watch the Buffalo Bills. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Let’s face it. 2020 is a wash. Let’s start thinking about 2021, campsite reservations across New York state are open. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

Of the city’s 21 miles of open streets, Staten Island only has 1.3 miles. (Kamillah Hanks and Rose Uscianowski for Streetsblog)

It’s a combination of the worst and the best time to start looking for a new apartment. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

WeWork wants a rent break. Its customers do too. (Peter Eavis for NY Times)

Rockefeller Center is looking 192 pieces of artwork that celebrate New York City to fly as flags above the rink in August as part of “The Flag Project” competition. Now you know how many flags are in the plaza at Rockefeller Plaza. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Dr. Oxiris Barbot issued a public apology for telling an NYPD top brass “I don’t give two rats’ asses about your cops.” Now we wait for an apology from the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association for calling Dr. Barbot a bitch on Twitter. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The Circa is a condo in Harlem at the corner of 110th and Central Park West and its glass facade is gaining a reputation for bird slaughter. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

NYC Nightlife United is an emergency fund providing immediate relief to shuttered cultural spaces affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small business owners can start applying for aid on June 5. (Amanda Hatfield for Brooklyn Vegan)

Congrats to Brooklyn’s Andre Kulikov for winning the 6th-8th grade category of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. (Nigel Roberts for The Brooklyn Reader)

It’s not summer without Coney Island, so we may just cancel summer this year. Here’s what Coney Island may look like once it’s allowed to open up. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

The city is preparing fencing to keep people off the beaches in Coney Island and Brighton Beach to keep crowd sizes down during Memorial Day weekend. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

Whoever vandalized the Covid-19 memorial on the corner of 10th and Ave A, you are the city’s worst scumbag this week. (EV Grieve)

The MTA’s Essential Connector program is live, giving essential workers a free trip in a for-hire-vehicle per night while the subways are shut down. (Anna Quinn for Patch)

Porn star Ron Jeremy is trying to prevent a tree from being cut down outside his childhood home in Queens. Make your own “wood” jokes. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The City Council is pushing a bill forward that would create three drop-off sites for organics and community recycling centers for hazardous or e-waste in each community district by June 2021. Existing drop-off locations are closed. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Inside the Guggenheim is the “Countryside, The Future” show in the windows facing Fifth Avenue, which features cherry tomato plants. The Times found David Litvin, who moved his family to New York from Tel Aviv for six months so he can tend to the plants for the museum. The tomatoes are looking great, but his six-month stay hasn’t been going according to his original plan. (Elizabeth A. Harris for NY Times)

Video: Take a tour of Prospect Park’s Lefferts House. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is hoping to open in July. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Vegans rejoice! Superiority Burger is offering a unique menu of to-go options every Thursday, starting this week. You have to order in advance, so don’t start showing up on Thursdays expecting to be able to buy anything on the spot. (EV Grieve)

Maybe Covid-19 will usher in a new era of automat-style restaurants in the city. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Governor Cuomo was tested during his Sunday press briefing and tested negative. The test was an encouragement for New Yorkers to utilize the 700 testing sites set up across the state. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

If you’re uninsured, CityMD is offering free Covid-19 testing. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post)

All churches in the city are closed to the public, some are finding a higher calling as Covid-19 testing sites, mostly in Queens and the Bronx. (Carol Kuruvilla for HuffPost)

The state is providing antibody tests for all MTA employees as part of Governor Cuomo’s mandate that all essential workers are tested. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

The Covid-19 death count per NYC zip code. The highest death rate is in Canarsie, at 612.24 deaths per 100,000, followed by Rockaway with 444.73 deaths per 100,000. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The NYPD shut down up a Brooklyn Yeshiva in Bed-Stuy for violating the state’s orders that all schools be closed. I’m not a big “call the cops” kinda guy, but if you see kids walking into a school, it’s time to call the cops. (Liam Stack and Nate Schweber for NY Times)

It’s happening slowly, but riders are returning to the subways. We’re not at pre-pandemic levels, but the numbers are going up. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

The quarantine and takeout guide. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, Arden Shore, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Molly for today’s featured flower photo!

The Briefly for October 8, 2019 – The “What to Expect When You Eat at Wegman’s” Edition

No one knows where the money will come from for the MTA’s capital plan, the latest bar and restaurant openings, Brooklyn Bazaar is closing, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

61% of New Yorkers support the emergency ban on flavored vaping, despite a court ruling that halted its enforcement, according to a new poll from Sienna. (lohud)

Jumaane Williams is up for reelection this year, but neither of his opponents qualified to debate him, so if you want to know their stances on citywide issues you’re gonna have to track them down and ask them yourself. (Gotham Gazette)

The man charged with killing four men who are presumed to be homeless in Chinatown, 24-year-old Randy Santos, has confessed to the crimes according to prosecutors. (amNY)

What to expect when you’re eating at Wegman’s. (Eater)

How’s the MTA gonna pay for its $51.5 billion-dollar five-year capital plan? No, seriously, we don’t know yet. (amNY)

A federal judge tossed Trump’s federal lawsuit to block New York from subpoenaing the president’s taxes. (Patch)

Five takeaways from the ruling on Trump’s tax returns. (NY Times)

Say hello to the alcoholic Tide Pod. (Grub Street)

The MTA is ready to start testing new ultra-wideband signaling along the L line, but it’ll run parallel to the current equipment just in case something goes wrong. (Bushwick Daily)

Photos: Atop the infinity pool at the TWA Hotel. (Untapped Cities)

Is the city’s last Dean & Deluca already gone? (Grub Street)

The history of the Guggenheim Museum’s iconic New York City building. (Curbed)

10 of the oldest bars and restaurants in Brooklyn. (Untapped Cities)

The Charging Bull can’t catch a break. As part of the Extinction Rebellion Protest on Monday, the bull was doused in fake (I hope it was fake) blood. This was after last months’ banjo attack that left a gouge in its right horn. (Gothamist)

The steward of Fort Greene Park lays out the reasons for having to replace the trees in the park. Trees, like people, can be assholes. (Brooklyn Paper)

32 bus stops in the city are less than 260 feet apart. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn Bazaar will close at the end of November after the landlord was unwilling to negotiate a new lease. (Brooklyn Vegan)

A look at some of the newest bars and restaurants in the city. (amNY)

The Briefly for July 1, 2019 – The “If You’re Going to Use Cocaine, Use It With Someone Else” Edition

Lots of photos from this weekend’s marches, the best hot dogs, the Guggenheim’s staff unionizes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

For the week of July 4, subway service disruptions are reduced, but that doesn’t mean zero. (Subway Weekender)

A look at the weather ahead: There’s a chance of rain later in the week, which potentially isn’t great for firework revelers. (amNY)

A focus on the 14 cyclists who died in crashes in the first half of 2019. The last two, Robyn Hightman, 20, and Ernest Askew 57, died last week. (Patch)

If you’re on the Coney Island Boardwalk in the future and you see “‘Rusty’ Kanokogi Way,” know it’s in honor of the mother of women’s judo. Kanokogi, born Rena Glickman, got her start with a haircut, taped down breasts and winning a championship match while disguised as a man. She was found out to be a woman, but that wouldn’t stop her. The community board voted to honor her by renaming a part of the Boardwalk in her honor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“If you’re going to use cocaine, use it with someone else.” Real advice from the commissioner from the Department of Health. In an effort to fight opioid overdoses, the DOH has is visiting bars to provide Naloxone kits. The worry isn’t that someone can’t handle their cocaine, but that it’s laced with fentanyl. Doing cocaine in pairs is to ensure someone can call 911. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence is in New York this week, on display at the New York Public Library for you Nic Cage types. (6qsft)

The city is rejecting Title X funding as a result of an abortion gag rule put in place by the Trump administration. Under the new rule, any facility that provides abortions is ineligible for funding under the new rule, and the city has no plans on allowing that to happen. (amNY)

Manitoba’s, the East Village punk rock bar, is closed. While the reason is unknown, it seems like the bar simply ran out of money. (@handsomedickmanitoba)

ThriveNYC, in an attempt to justify its continued existence, has decided that measurable outcomes are finally worthwhile. The program, spearheaded by the mayor’s wife, has already spent over half a billion dollars with nearly another billion committed to it and it wasn’t until the city council asked to see results that the ball started rolling on metrics. (Gotham Gazette)

While Tiffany Cabán has been accepted as the de facto winner of the Queens DA election, the results aren’t certified with only 98.58% of the votes counted and thousands of absentee and paper ballots to be checked. Cabán’s lead is 1,090 votes as of Monday morning. (Sunnyside Post)

MAGA hat-wearing jackass Willie Ames was convicted of a hate crime for yelling slurs about Mexicans while pushing a man onto the subway tracks in April. (Gothamist)

Workers at the Guggenheim voted to unionize, joining the same union that represents workers at MoMA PS1. They join workers at BAM and the New Museum in unionizing in a movement across the city focused on cultural organizations. (NY Times)

Is there anything a greater threat to our way of life than a nipple on social media? Eva Mueller was one of 125 nude protesters in Astor Place earlier this month, working towards the liberation of the human body in her art. Banned multiple times from social media, Mueller doesn’t plan on stopping her fight against what she sees as censorship. (Bushwick Daily)

Real estate brokers have, unsurprisingly, protested the city council’s cap on their fees. You’d protest too. (Gothamist)

This week’s high score for health department code violation points is 150. For reference, 28 points will earn you a C. Here’s this week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health. (Patch)

Today’s the start of the 14th St busway, but it’s not. A NY Supreme Court judge blocked the Third-to-Ninth Ave busway as a result of a lawsuit from residents of the West Village, Chelsea, and the Flatiron District. (Curbed)

The city’s schools will allow students to officially change their gender but in the spirit of never completely solving a problem, there will only be two gender options, leaving students who don’t identify as male or female in the cold. (Patch)

Say hello to some real trash designs. Two new prototypes for garbage cans across the city have been revealed as a part of the BetterBin competition. (Gothamist)

Today’s freak shows are similar to the shows of a century ago in name only. Meet the freaks of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. (Patch)

Photos from the Pride March. (NY Times)

No, lots of photos from the Pride March. (BrooklynVegan)

There were an estimated 150k marchers, so “a lot” of photos doesn’t seem to cover it. (amNY)

The Queer Liberation March asked “Justice and change, or corporate pride?” in its presentation as an alternative. There were photos. (NY Times)

Some photo galleries included photos from the Queer Liberation March along with the Pride March. (Patch)

The Dyke March, another less-corporate Pride March alternative also has its own photo galleries. (NY Times)

There are multiple Dyke March galleries too, documenting the March’s 27th year. (Gothamist)

Some Dyke March galleries, like parts of the march itself, are NSFW. (BrooklynVegan)

Pride weekend started off with the Drag March, an event that is 25 years old and has its roots in drag queens and leathermen not being allowed to march in the Pride March for fear of scaring off the corporate sponsors. One of the original organizers of the drag march was Gilbert Baker, designer of the rainbow flag. The march is unpermitted and unsanctioned. There are, of course, photos. (Gothamist)

And even more photos from the Drag March! (EV Grieve)

The firve best hot dogs in the city. (Thrillist)

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