The Briefly for March 25, 2020 – The “Beneath the Lowest Possible Expectations” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The latest on COVID-19, the NYPD begins to call out sick, a bodega delivery app, Cuomo vs Trump is coming to a head, how to support music venues, and more

Today – Low: 37˚ High: 48˚
Possible drizzle in the afternoon.

The governor demanded the mayor ban cars on city streets to give pedestrians more room and the mayor’s response would be laughable if we could all stop saying “this is so crazy” for just a minute. The mayor will shut down 10 streets with a maximum of two per borough for pedestrian use. Which two streets in each borough? The mayor announced no specifics. Once again, Mayor de Blasio manages to crawl beneath the lowest possible expectations. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

What do you do when someone tests positive for COVID-19 but doesn’t require intensive medical care? The city is grappling with how to encourage physical distancing for the 57,000 homeless people. At the moment, patients are being sent back to the shelter system for isolation. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

Over 100 employees of the New York Police Department have tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly 7% of cops have called out sick. It was less than two days ago that TMZ ran the headline “Cops Across The Country Aren’t Scared Of Coronavirus, Used To Danger” (Christopher Mathias for HuffPost)

To add to our current dystopia, the NYPD will be cruising around the city blaring a PSA on social distancing. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

Video: One day we’ll look back at this moment and ask “what it even real,” and thankfully we’ll have video evidence, like videos like this bike ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to prove it actually happened. (ActionKid)

New York City from 1993 to 2019, through the camera of Grégoire Alessandrini. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The USNS Comfort, the floating hospital with 1,200 doctors and 12 operating rooms, is “on its way” to the city, but it won’t arrive until mid-April and its focus will be treating non-coronavirus patients, freeing up space in hospitals for COVID-19 patients. (Matt Fink for Bushwick Daily)

NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission is asking taxi and ride-share drivers to deliver food to senior citizens who need to stay home. The city is offering $15 an hour plus gas and tolls, which isn’t much but it’s something. (Gillian Smith for Patch)

Con Edison has announced it has ceased service shutoffs over non-payment, waived new late-payment charges, and suspended fees for customers who fail to grant access to their properties during the coronavirus pandemic. (Robert Pozarycki for Gay City News)

Two things we need at a time like this, both produced in the same place: whiskey and hand sanitizer. (Gillian Smith for Patch)

Now there’s a bodega delivery app. Enter My Bodega Online. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Where’s the state on rent cancellation? There’s a push for it, but Cuomo’s MIA on it. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Governor Cuomo has the attention of the nation for his leadership. How did we get here? (Jesse McKinley and Shane Goldmacher for NY Times)

With attention, Cuomo has also become Trump’s latest target in Trump’s never-ending quest to convince us that he, the Emporer, is wearing clothes. (Asawin Suebsaeng, Erin Banco, and Sam Stein for The Daily Beast)

The federal government is sending New York 4,000 ventilators, which is only about 25,000 shy of what the state needs. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The bad news is that we haven’t flattened the curve. The worse news is that COVID-19 has an attack rate five times the national rate in New York and it’s only gonna get worse. There is no good news. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Okay, a tiny bit of good news. With everyone staying at home and not taking cars, carbon monoxide emissions are below 50% of their typical levels. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Congrats Queens, you’re winning the which borough has the most cases of coronavirus competition. (Allie Griffin for LIC Post)

Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman is calling for an end on gay blood donations. (Paul Schindler for Gay City News)

If you’re out of work, these restaurants are offering free or affordable meals. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

Help Main Street aggregates restaurant gift cards in one place, even if it’s missing a very large swath of the city. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Photos: We’re nearing I Am Legend territory. (Gillian Smith for Patch)

All of the MTA’s transactions are going to be conducted by MetroCard vending machines, whenever possible. Remember when we were scared of robots taking jobs? (Jamie DeJesus for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

If you’re worried that Prospect Park is too crowded, you can take a detour to Green-Wood Cemetery for a moment of serenity away from the living. The cemetery is extending its visiting hours to help prevent you from dying of boredom inside your apartment. (Andrew Cotto for NY Times)

300 of the city’s inmates are scheduled for release to reduce the population density in the city’s jails. The detainees have less than a one-year sentence and were convicted of non-violent misdemeanors and whose age and health make them vulnerable. The city is eyes an additional 800 detainees for possible release. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The MTA is adjusting weekday train and bus schedules to Saturday levels to closer meet the city’s current demand. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

With an occupancy rate as low as 15%, hotels across the city are beginning to temporarily close. (Serena Tara for Bedford + Bowery)

New York City’s teachers union said Tuesday the city health department put educators and students at risk, prior to the city’s system-wide shutdown, by not evenly applying a closure policy for individual schools when a staff member contracted the coronavirus. (Madina Touré for Politico)

David Rockwell, the architect and Tony-winning show designer, talks about the stories and history behind his favorite theaters. (Michael Kimmelman for NY Times)

The best ways you can help New York City’s struggling music venues. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

The College of Staten Island’s dorms are being emptied of students to become a makeshift hospital. Students who can’t easily find somewhere else to live are being offered rooms in the dorms of other CUNY schools. (Amanda Farinacci for NY1)

If you’re in self-quarantine with another person, are they a good chef? Here’s what it’s like to self-quarantine with a Michelin-starred chef. (Kaitlin Menza for Grub Street)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for November 4, 2019 – The “What Makes Anyone A New Yorker?” Edition

The five ballot questions, NYC marathon, the Decolonize This Place demonstration, the NYPL lions are back, the best cocktail bars, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This week’s late-night subway disruptions are hitting hard on a few lines and L service is out on two large portions of the line. Check the changes before you go. (Subway Weekender)

Queens is deciding its next District Attorney, with Democrat Melinda Katz running against Republican Joe Murray. If it feels like Queens already decided on a candidate, you’re remembering the Democratic primary where Katz won a stretched out primary against Tiffany Caban. With Tuesday’s election (no early voting today), here are 19 Melinda Katz campaign promises. (Gotham Gazette)

Study up on the five ballot questions that you’ll be voting on tomorrow. (NY Times)

What makes someone a New Yorker? Does living in New York make you a New Yorker? According to the governor, the answer is no. (Politico)

It’s not news when some old, racist, asshole moves from New York to Florida, no one bats an eye. This time it’s the president. (Patch)

Good riddance” – Andrew Cuomo (Huff Post)

Trump’s attempted move to Florida will likely trigger an audit of his entire life to determine residency. I’m willing to bet he won’t be thrilled about that. (amNewYork)

“Goodbye, don’t come visit us. We’re the greatest city in the United States. We don’t need you.” -Corey Johnson (The Root)

Every Thanksgiving since 1967, Arlo Guthrie has performed at Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving night. This year will be his last performance. (Brooklyn Vegan)

The City Council passed a bill that will attempt to reduce the private trash hauling industry’s greenhouse emissions and safety. The bill will create 20 collection zones in the city and limit the number of companies that can operate within each zone. (amNewYork)

The $250 million floating park on the Hudson River is starting to take shape. (Gothamist)

A look at the new Hans Haacke survey at the New Museum. (NY Times)

Photos: An impressive gallery of 300 shots from movies and their real-life NYC locations. (filminglocations)

Debating neighborhood boundaries will be an endless debate between New Yorkers. Distorting those boundaries will always be an art among real estate agents. What neighborhood do you really live in? Check the NYC Census 2020 map and turn on the rage machine. (Patch)

52,000 runners took to the streets on Sunday to brave the 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon. (amNY)

From collecting one million pounds of shed clothes to how menstruation impacts the marathon, the marathon stories from the students of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. (New York City News Service)

Congratulations to Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei for their marathon victories. Joyciline Jepkosgei finished in two hours, twenty-two minutes and thirty-eight seconds, seven seconds shy of the record. This was Geoffrey Kamworor’s second victory in three years. (Huff Post)

This video of a bunch of rats fighting to get through a door on the subway is terrifying. (Gothamist)

A ride on the AirTrain is $7.75 as of November 1. (LIC Post)

Two restaurants hit the mythical 100-point violation mark and another hit 97 points among the list of restaurants closed by the Department of Health last week. (Patch)

The NYPD has fought back against accountability and transparency when it comes to body cameras by putting guidelines in place to allow the department to “decide” if footage should be released and allows for released footage to be redacted before public release. The NYCLU argues that the guidelines show the department doesn’t understand the purpose of the cameras in the first place. (Gothamist)

Street parking has been free in the city since 1950. That could be coming to an end. (Gothamist)

Which neighborhoods have the most Michelin star restaurants? (Spoilers, it’s Midtown and NoMad tied at 6) (StreetEasy)

The NYPL lions are back after restoration. (Untapped New York)

Video: Time-lapse of the NYPL lions getting cleaned. (Gothamist)

Tensions are growing over the over-policing of the transit systems as it pertains to the 500 new police officers tasked with preventing fare evasion. 1,000 demonstrators took a “they can’t stop us all” Area 51 approach on Friday night by jumping turnstiles in protest. (Huff Post)

Photos and Videos: The Decolonize This Place protests on Friday. (Gothamist)

17 legendary musicians who called Greenwich Village home. (6sqft)

The 12 best cocktail bars in the city (Eater)

Thanks to reader MG Ashdown for today’s featured image.

The Briefly for October 22, 2019 – The “New York City is Dead, RIP Times Square Sbarro” Edition

The biggest jerk in the city, Netflix saves the Paris theater, NYC’s Michelin star restaurants, MTA’s fare evasion police won’t wear body cameras, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Say hello to the 50 most expensive streets in the city. (PropertyClub)

Photos: The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (Gothamist)

Photos: More from the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (The Villager)

Photos: Even more from the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. (EV Grieve)

Farewell to City Bakery, closed after 30 years. (Eater)

The Jerk of the Season award goes to this guy in Bay Ridge caught on video smashing pumpkins. (Gothamist)

Kudos to the good samaritan who replaced the destroyed pumpkin. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

New York City is dead, the Times Square Sbarro is closed. (Grub Street)

Photos: Look inside the NYPL’s beautiful new Center for Research in the Humanities. (Untapped Cities)

The 500 police officers being put into the subways and on buses preventing people from evading $2.75 fares are going to cost about $663 million over the next ten years and they will not be required to wear body cameras because they are not technically part of the NYPD. (Gothamist)

According to Time Out, here are the best Asian restaurants in the city. (Time Out)

Remember last week when WNYC said it was going to cancel the show New Sounds? It’s officially uncanceled and will be streamed instead of broadcasted. (Gothamist)

The 22 greatest bars in NYC. (The Infatuation)

A wall collapsed at the construction site of the former Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue, killing one and seriously injuring another on Monday morning. (Gothamist)

Netflix is saving the Paris theater, at least temporarily. They’ll be showing their movie “Marriage Story,” but there’s no word if the movie theater will stay open after the movie leaves the theater. (6sqft)

It seems the state’s legislature may have enough of hoping that corporations will act responsibly when it comes to local news and are ready to start intervening. (NY Times)

More evidence that if subway performance improves, ridership will increase. (Curbed)

September’s most efficient subway line? It was the 7. (Sunnyside Post)

Here are NYC’s Michelin star restaurants. (Eater)

Apartment Porn: A $13 million apartment with a private rooftop pool. Maybe we can start a GoFundMe for it? (Viewing NYC)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been chosen! (Time Out)

The Policemen’s Benevolent Association is fighting the oversight question on the ballot, which is enough to vote “yes” on question 2 this November. (Gotham Gazette)

Halloween: 90+ events in the city for $35 and under. (the skint)

I’ll be hosting a special JOHN TRIVIALTA trivia game at Parklife on Halloween night before showing Evil Dead II. There’ll be prizes for the highest scores, the best team name, and a costume contest. (Parklife)