The Briefly for May 21, 2020 – The “Is This Guy A Complete Idiot?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The city struggles to keep yeshivas closed, 19 organizations helping essential workers, 10 lesser-known picnic spots, and more

Today – Low: 54˚ High: 61˚
Clear throughout the day.

More and more, people are waking up to the realization that whatever the city looks like after this is all over, it doesn’t have to be what it was before this started. Manhattan President Gale Brewer wants an expanded Street Seats program and less parking. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

“Do you have reservations? No? Please leave.” Is reservations only the future of restaurants? (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

Is Dr. Mitchell Katz, the head of the city’s public hospital system and also the city’s tracing system for Covid-19, a delusional idiot? He made mention that everyone should do what he did to help his ailing parents and just find an apartment in your building to put her in instead of a nursing home. Everyone has the ability to do that, right? Just pay for another apartment and also maybe hire a caretaker. What do you mean he’s making $700,000 and you’re not? Just get a $700,000 a year job and then you’re all set. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

It looks like Michael Cohen may serve the rest of his prison sentence at home thanks to an early release over Covid-19 concerns. (Benjamin Weiser, Katie Benner and William K. Rashbaum for NY Times)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning a mid-August reopening “or perhaps a few weeks later,” which is a lot of wiggle room. Whenever they reopen, the rest of the year will have additional social distancing requirements with the hope that things can be relaxed sometime in 2021, when the Met Gala might also return. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The city’s politicians and advocacy groups are beginning to share one message to the mayor, and that is when we open up, we have to stop using streets for cars and let businesses and people take over the streets. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

19 organizations helping essential workers in NYC. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

The NYPD dispursed three yeshivas that had illegally opened up for classes and gatherings on Wednesday and were issued “polite warnings.” The mayor was pushed about this on Inside City Hall with Errol Louis, who asked him if he had “some kind of political understanding with the leaders of the Orthodox community that there would basically be no enforcement around this?” The mayor insisted they are receiving no special treatment, despite multiple pieces of evidence that gatherings are happening regularly. Let’s not forget that the mayor’s wife has aspirations of running for Brooklyn borough president. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Child vaccination rates plummeted 63% as Covid-19 spread across New York City. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

City landmarks will be lit up green tonight in honor of the parks workers. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The 10 best lesser-known spots for a lovely NYC picnic. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

Thanks to reader Monty for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for May 14, 2020 – The “Your Reservation for The L Train is in 45 Minutes” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: 12 miles of new open streets, the NYPD take aim at Dr Oxiris Barbot, the possible end of the Staten Island Yankees, a brunch delivery guide, and more

Today – Low: 58˚ High: 62˚
Possible light rain overnight.

I haven’t been tested this whole time.” -Mayor de Blasio (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The city is adding 12 additional miles of open streets today/Thursday. Some protected bike lanes that have been long-planned were also announced for opening throughout the month. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The MTA is looking into “everything” when it comes to crowd control and reducing packed subway cars once the city starts reopening, including reserving space on subways and buses. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

The chaos at Elmhurst hospital exposes the city’s lack of a cohesive healthcare system and shows that all we have are a series of hospitals that are ill-equipped to work as a team. (Jim Dwyer for NY Times)

The police union is calling for the head of Dr. Oxiris Barbot after she denied an NYPD request for 500,000 surgical masks during the height of the pandemic. Her response was that she “didn’t give two rats’ asses about your cops.” Okay, maybe that’s not the best response, but the NYPD’s total headcount is 55,000, why do they need 500,000 masks during a PPE shortage? (NY1)

It must be fun to be NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea because he seems to exist in a reality that the rest of us don’t inhabit. According to Shea, the problem with the NYPD’s selective and racially biased enforcement isn’t the NYPD, the problem is the people the NYPD are enforcing the rules on. No one doubts that being an NYPD officer is one of the toughest possible jobs in the city, but to argue that when a cop with a violent history beats the shit out of an NYCHA groundskeeper with no criminal history, it’s the groundskeeper’s fault? (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

It was only a few months ago that I linked to a story about Brian Quinn, aka Q from “Impractical Jokers” on TruTV reviving the Rubsam and Horrmann name for brewing company in Staten Island. Covid-19, like with most things, pumped the brakes on his places. Now their unused beer is being used to create hand santizer, working with Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn. (Roger Clark for NY1)

State Senator Julia Salazar earned Bernie Sanders’s endorsement in her re-election campaign, along with financial support from his followers. State Senator Mike Gianaris also earned Sanders’s support for his beating back of Amazon in Queens. (Andrew Karpan for Bushwick Daily)

82 kids are being treated for pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome. Fourteen states and five European countries are investigating the syndrome. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The move by Major League Baseball to downsize minor league teams is still moving forward, and the Staten Island Yankees are still on the chopping block. Game attendance was at its lowest last season and its games are the third-lowest attended games in the league. This could be the last season for the team if the season ever gets started. (Amanda Farinacci for NY1)

There’s a commissioned new mural at Atlantic Terminal by Brooklyn artist Jason Naylor which adds a splash of bright color, titled “Hope,” to the city. (Meaghan McGoldrick for Brooklyn Paper)

Governor Cuomo added a sign language interpreter to his daily press conferences after being sued by Disability Rights New York for not including one. (Marina Fang for HuffPost)

Crews at Green-Wood Cemetery have been working seven days a week with shifts that can be longer than 17 hours to keep up with the demand for cremation and burials. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

In a sign of good news, healthcare workers now have a lower rate of infection than the general population, which points at being careful and taking precautions actually working. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Are we ready for in-person shopping to look very different? (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

David Chang is closing Momofuku Nishi for good. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

The City Council passed a package of legislation to help small businesses on Wednesday that aims to protect commercial tenants from harassment by their landlords and restrict the fees that third-party apps such as Grubhub and Uber Eats can charge businesses during states of emergency. (Ben Verde for amNewYork Metro)

The New York Times has discovered something new during the pandemic: the outside. (Alexis Soloski for NY Times)

The city is supposed to be stepping up to help New York’s homeless when the subways close at 1 am. NY1 followed the trains to the end of the tracks to find a city that was not equipped to help the people that need it the most. (Courtney Gross for NY1)

Plan your weekend, here’s a brunch delivery guide. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Karen for today’s featured photo of a new way to get car-free streets in the city.

The Briefly for April 14, 2020 – The “Fell Between Train Cars and Survived” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: How a tiger got a COVID-19 test, the best cheese delivery, a plan to get the economy moving, sex work in the time of social distancing, and more

Today – Low: 42˚ High: 56˚
Possible drizzle overnight.

Emergency food providers in New York City will receive $25 million in emergency funding to help them deal with the many challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and continue providing food to those in need, paying for 19 million meals. (Gillian Smith for Patch)

An interview with NYC Food Czar Kathryn Garcia is scouring the city for essential food workers, getting meals to the most vulnerable, and keeping the supply chains visible. (Lela Nargi for Civil Eats)

Photos: 13 amazing looks from this year’s online Easter Bonnet Parade. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

It’s a literal miracle. A blind man fell between two F train cars on Easter and survived. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

One of my favorite video tours of NYC: Richard Splett (Veep), NYC savvy insider, shows the best the city has to offer. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

A peek into the world of sex work in the city while social distancing. (Zijia Song for Bedford + Bowery)

Everyone’s adjusting, coffee shops included. Here are the city’s top coffee shops that pivoted to delivering fresh-roasted beans. (Liz Clayton for Eater)

Take a look at the city’s shuttered hospitals over the last 20 years and you’ll find that half of them have been replaced by residential buildings. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Dive into Bill Cuningham’s photo archive to create a new Easter Parade picked from history. (Vanessa Friedman for NY Times)

If you’re uninsured and want to enroll in healthcare through the state, the deadline was extended until May 15. (Anna Quinn for Patch)

Happy Birthday? Here’s where to get takeout and delivery for your birthday. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

So, why was a tiger able to get a COVID-19 test? (Alyse Stanley for Gizmodo)

Videos: NYC’s empty streets. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Lost in the Cuomo vs de Blasio fight over keeping the schools closed through the end of the school year is de Blasio saying that there’s no guarantee that schools will be open even in September. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Is this your asshole cat in the East Village? (EV Grieve)

The best cheese delivery in NYC. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

We’re ordering less delivery than before the pandemic hit, according to Grub Hub. Maybe everyone realized they can use Grub Hub for a menu and are calling restaurants directly? Probably not. (Serena Dai for Eater)

New hospitalizations for COVID-19 fell by 17 percent — with 383 people admitted to hospitals on Saturday, down from 463 on Friday. Finally, a good sign. (Erin Durkin for Politico)

Governor Cuomo is working with five neighboring states to chart a path to get the economy moving again. The six states, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island are working together to unite as states of America, which is an interesting concept. (Kathryn Brenzel for The Real Deal)

A Broadway fund-raiser to benefit entertainment workers whose livelihoods have been imperiled by the coronavirus will be rescheduled after a labor union retreated from a demand that musicians be paid for the streaming of the previously recorded event. (Michael Paulson for NY Times)

The city’s daily release of COVID-19 information has improved in quality, but still does not account for suspected cases of COVID-19-related deaths in the home. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

Inside Enoteca Maria, where the kitchen crew is all grandmas. (Reina Gattuso for Atlas Obscura)

The combination of a rainbow and the 7pm cheer is pretty hard to beat. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

The NYC Italian delivery guide. Unfortunately, there are as many places in Queens on this map as there are in New Jersey, so this is mostly Manhattan and South Brooklyn. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)