The Briefly for June 26, 2020 – The “Welcome to Manhattan, $20 Please” Weekend Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The CBGB Caucus, phase three could start on July 6, vendors return to Rockaway Beach, Harlem gets a Black Lives Matter street mural, and more

Today – Low: 72˚ High: 85˚
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This weekend – Low: 74˚ High: 86˚

2020 is the year that everyone wants to start selling nutcrackers. (Margot Boyer-Dry for NY Times)

Without federal assistance, the MTA is leaving nothing in the table when it comes to attempting to make up for a combined $15 billion of lost revenue over two years. Already discussed are the disastrous combinations of non‐personnel expense reductions, reductions in force, fare and toll increases, service reductions, and “long‐term deficit financing.” (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

With the MTA’s trouble at the front of mind, let’s not forget that the city is waiting on federal approval for congestion pricing to enter Manhattan. A Cornell University study found that a $20 toll could reduce Manhattan’s traffic by 40%, greenhouse gas emission could be cut by 15%, and ridership on mass transit would increase by 6%. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

The MTA will rename two Brooklyn subway stops to include the name of Medgar Evers College, thanks to legislation from Assembly Member Diana Richardson and State Senator Zellnor Myrie. The new stops will be named Franklin Avenue-Medgar Evers College and President Street-Medgar Evers College. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

One of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic is dog walkers. As life slowly edges towards normal and dog adoptions have spiked, can dog walker rebound? (Mili Godio for Bedford + Bowery)

City Councilmember Ritchie Torres has a sizable lead in the 15th Congressional District in the South Bronx. If that lead persists through the counting of absentee ballots, he could be the first out gay Afro-Latinx member of Congress. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

The NYPD promoted three people of color to chief positions. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

David Afanador, the cop who allegedly put a man in an illegal chokehold in Queens days after it became illegal across the state, turned himself in and was charged with attempted aggravated strangulation and strangulation in the second degree. If convicted, he could face seven years in prison. (NY1)

Identifying 10 streets that would be ideal to close for outdoor dining. (Eater)

22 branches of the NYPL, QPL, and BPL will be opening on July 13 for grab-and-go service. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

Grub Street floats an interesting idea: Should this be the end of the traditional menu? Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

We’re five days into phase two, which means the city is turning its eyes towards phase three, which includes basketball courts, dog runs, indoor restaurant service, nail salons, massage therapists, and other personal care services. The city is on pace to hit phase three on July 6. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

City Councilmembers Justin Brannan and Keith Powers have formed the “CBGB Caucus” as a way to help support independent music venues that remain closed and will remain closed through phase three, across the city. In a letter to the city’s Congressional Delegation, they outline support for a benefit for venues that have been completely unable to open due to the pandemic and emergency unemployment benefits for their workers. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

The New-York Historical Society will, with approval from the city, be opening on August 14 with an outdoor exhibition called “Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine“. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

As stores slowly reopen, there’s a movement to preserve the protest art that adorned storefronts around SoHo. (NY1)

It’s less than reassuring to know that in the week of a primary, the NYC Board of Elections Director was fined for violating the city’s ethics law. The center of the violation is a hotel stay in 2018 that was paid for by Election Systems & Software while he was serving on their board, a company that the city purchases election machines and supplies from. He resigned from his position with ES&S later in 2018. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

The local election to watch this fall will be Trump-supporting Republican challenger Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Max Rose. Only a few days out from the primaries and both are on the attack. Rose called Malliotakis “a fraud who represents everything we hate about our politics.” (Rose Adams for amNewyork Metro)

Farewell to the Way Station, the Doctor Who-themed bar in Prospect Heights, who will not be regenerating after the pandemic. (Serena Dai for Eater)

10 chefs and restauranteurs discuss how they feel about reopening. (The Infatuation)

The New York City Council voted Thursday to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters for use on city streets, forcing the mayor to confront a reversal of his ill-conceived and poorly-executed crackdown of electric bikes. (Brendan Krisel for Patch)

Take a walk around the Rink at Rockefeller Center and it will become impossible to not see the 100 Pride flags flying around the plaza as a part of Rockefeller Center’s celebration of World Pride Day. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

If you can’t get out and do a socially-distant tour of LGBTQ+ landmarks across the city the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and CyArk created a 3D virtual tour. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

A look at Attorney General William Barr’s attempt to undermine New York’s federal prosecutors. (Benjamin Weiser, Ben Protess, Katie Benner and William K. Rashbaum for NY Times)

New York is releasing $65 million in federal money to help preschools and daycare centers reopen after the coronavirus forced many to close down. The preschools and daycares say it isn’t enough. (Christina Veiga for Chalkbeat)

Harlem will be getting a Black Lives Matter street mural on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between 125th and 127th Streets. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

A look at the positive impact the city’s use of hotel rooms as homeless shelters can have. (Courtney Gross for NY1)

It won’t be happening this weekend, but along with lifeguards, food vendors are coming back to Rockaway Beach on July 1. (Alexander Jusdanis for Bedford + Bowery)

28 NYC restaurants with new outdoor dining. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Chris for today’s photo of the new VBallentine mural in Crown Heights.

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 April 20, 2020 – The “A Museum That Delivers Ice Cream” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Rent strikes do not get the mayor’s support, the best Indian takeout, the City Council moves to give 75 miles of city roads to people and bikes, and more

Today – Low: 45˚ High: 56˚
Overcast throughout the day.

“What a week.” “It’s Monday morning.” Breweries and bars delivering craft beer. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

Wearing face masks when it’s not possible to socially distance is now a requirement. (Share Weaver for Time Out)

The Times asks the hard-hitting question: Are face masks the new condoms? (James Gorman for NY Times)

Come back when your nose and mouth are covered.” The new MTA mask awareness campaign is pretty on point. (Brandan Krisel for Patch)

A museum that delivers? Yes, if that museum is The Museum of Ice Cream. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

What’s it like to set up one of the dozens of refrigerated trailers across the city acting as temporary morgues? Here’s the experience of Erik Frampton, who took a temporary job in a truck that can hold 110 bodies at a time. (Arun Venugopal for Gothamist)

11 numbers that show how the novel coronavirus has changed NYC (Corina Knoll, Azi Paybarah, Jacob Meschke and Elaine Chen for NY Times)

We’ve all developed a weird habit or two while staying at home. Leigh Plessner can’t stop buying artisanal jams. (Leigh Plessner for Grub Street)

Video: #SoundTheHorn for transit workers in Grand Central Terminal. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Mayor de Blasio: “I don’t agree with a rent strike.” (Kathryn Brenzel for The Real Deal)

Mayor de Blasio is going to be forced to open up the city’s streets to pedestrians and cyclists. A bill in City Council is moving forward this week as Mayor de Blasio might be forced to actually let the people of the city stretch out a little bit. This will, of course, push the mayor beyond his pathetic open streets idea that collapsed within a week. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Video: Comparing what a walk down Broadway pre- and mid-COVID-19 outbreak. (ActionKid)

One of the prisoners being released into home custody because of COVID-19 concerns? Michael Cohen. (Benjamin Weiser and William K. Rashbaum for NY Times)

Jeff Bezos bought a fourth apartment at 212 Fifth Avenue for $16 million, bringing his total investment in the building to $96 million. $16 million for Jeff Bezos is the equivalent to $9.50 for an average American family in 2018. (Laura Vecsey for StreetEasy)

55 years and 37,000 historic designations all in one interactive map. Now you can see the history of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in one place. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development requested on Friday that owners of city-funded buildings with income-targeted housing allocate up to 30 percent of those apartments for homeless people. (Sam Raskin for Curbed)

20% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have taken place inside of nursing homes, and the nine nursing homes with the highest body counts are in the city. (Jake Offenhartz and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

One thing that is pushing forward like nothing is wrong is health inspections, but no fines are being issued. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Video: “Suck my dick” isn’t exactly what you’d expect to hear from the megaphone of an NYPD officer, but here’s the video anyway. (Brendan Krisel for Patch)

Here’s what you need to know about the city’s remote learning plan since it looks like students will be remote learning for the rest of the year. (Shumita Basu for Gothamist)

A photographer with a license to fly drones from the FAA had his drone confiscated by the NYPD for trying to film the mass burials on Hart Island. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

The MTA is facing an $8 billion loss, but that won’t stop it from hiring all 500 new subway cops this year, costing an additional quarter billion over four years. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Temporarily the NYPD will be focusing more on the subways and private security is being hired due to a 55% rise in crime while ridership plummets. (Jose Martinez for The City)

Anything happening in May has been canceled in the city and June isn’t looking so great either. (Allie Griffin for Sunnyside Post)

June events being canceled means that this year’s Pride March is in doubt. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

Also on the chopping block for June is the Puerto Rican Day Parade. (Michael Scotto for NY1)

Apartment Porn: 21-foot-high ceilings, carved marble fireplaces, and built in 1873. An $8 million Upper East Side townhouse that feels like an Italian chateau. I don’t know what an Italian chateau feels like, but I’m trusting their opinion here. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The city’s enforcement of the plastic bag ban has been delayed to June. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Video: How far will $1,200 get you in the city? (Patrick Mulligan for NY City Lens)

While things are still bad when it comes to COVID-19, there are small signs of improvement. (Mark Hallum for amNewyork Metro)

New Yorkers can get married and it can happen online. (Brendan Krisel for Patch)

Where to get Indian takeout and delivery. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Annie for today’s featured photo!