The Briefly for July 19, 2020 – The “Phase Four Starts Monday” Sunday Edition

Today’s NYC news digest: A look at phase four, Governor Cuomo’s new rules for bars, how to see the comet Neowise before it disappears, Metro-North has an awful new superhero & more

Hey! The Briefly is still a one-man hobby, and I overslept on Friday!

Phase four will start on Monday, but it’s been modified. Initially, phase four was supposed to include indoor venues, building on phase three’s indoor dining. No indoor activities are included in phase four. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

The official list of what qualifies for phase four: Higher Education, Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools, Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment, Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment, Media Production, Professional Sports Competitions With No Fans, and Malls. The indoor arts and entertainment is pertaining to museums and galleries and not seeing your favorite band play for a dozen people. (Kathleen Culliton for NY1)

New York City has public-drinking laws, of course, which include the regulation of open containers. Some New Yorkers have treated the city’s temporary takeout-cocktail laws as a cause for celebration, an opening of the streets. New Orleans meets Manhattan. But not me. While bars and restaurants reopen, the lines between which people get to enjoy these laws and which people do not are clearer than ever before. There are no alfresco dinner parties in the projects.
– Christian Rodriguez, Who Really Gets to Drink Outside in New York? for Eater

The rollout for Governor Cuomo’s new rules for bars and restaurants was a bit shaky. There’s a new three-strike system, where noncompliance with to-go alcohol mandates or social distancing will earn an establishment up to three strikes before having its liquor license suspended, but also egregious violations could mean an immediate suspension. The new rules will mean that you’ll likely see a few small bullshit food items handed out alongside a to-go drink. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Coverage of closing restaurants:

An ode to Odessa. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

What to order from Angkor before it closes on August 1. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Hunky Dory is reopening, but without tipping. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Lilia is reopening for outdoor dining in Williamsburg and there’s already a multi-week wait. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Dirt Candy is back with takeout and outdoor dining. (Scott Lynch and Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

Smorgasburg is coming back too, with takeout only. Does takeout exist from an outdoor tent? (Erika Adams for Eater)

Grand Central Terminal’s food hall is open again. With no possible way to participate in outdoor dining at Grand Central, is it the only place in the city with indoor dining? (Luke Fortney for Eater)

20 Michelin-starred restaurants that are open for outdoor dining. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

The Bronx’s Little Italy on Arthur Avenue, aka “Piazza di Belmont” is taking over the street for most of the weekend over the summer. (Alex Mitchell for Bronx Times)

The 9 best streets for outdoor dining in NYC this summer. Glad to see Arthur Ave is at the top of this list. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

How to see the comet Neowise in the city. You’ve got about a week to try to see it before it leaves for 6,000 years. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The mayor is calling for all 1,349 curfew protesters to face charges. Curfew violations are a Class B misdemeanor and punishable with up to a $500 fine and three months in jail. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

One bad take deserves another. Here’s a bad take from Governor Cuomo, who opposes a billionaire’s tax because he says the ultra-rich will just leave New York. New York has 118 billionaires who increased their wealth by $77 billion over the four months of staying at home. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

A review of Brooklyn Noosh on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn and it’s “secret garden” for outdoor dining with a recommendation for the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Wings. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

How to order takeout from Rao’s Italian food in East Harlem since landing one of the restaurant’s ten coveted tables is out of most of our grasp. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

A fascinating question. Without food service jobs to subsidize their lives and art, what will happen to New York’s creative class? (Deepti Hajela for AP)

Metro-North now has its own extremely lame superhero. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

The New York Botanical Garden is opening up on July 28. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Where to eat outside in the West Village. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

The Briefly for November 27th, 2019 – The “Brooklyn’s Space Car > Elon Musk’s Cyber Truck” Edition

Home Alone 2’s New York City, the City Council tries to curb parking placard abuse, calls for a bike mayor, a white Christmas looks unlikely, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be my 37th parade. Part of the tradition is waking up early, part of it is bundling up as warm as possible to stand still outside for 4 hours, and part of it is reading for three days straight about how the wind might be too much for the balloons and they won’t be allowed to fly. If it happens this year, it’ll be the first time it ever happens. (NY Times)

If you want to check out the Thanksgiving parade balloon inflation, here’s where to see them. It might be your only chance to see them! (Gothamist)

Looking for something to read? The New York Public Library released its annual list of the beset books for adults, teenagers, and children with a new category this year of the best children’s’ books in Spanish. (NY Times)

Elon Musk’s “Cyber Truck” looks eerily similar to the Spaceship car seen all over Brooklyn, don’t you think? (Bedford + Bowery)

No one wants 500 additional cops in the subways and on the buses, and Tuesday’s City Council hearing made it clear. The MTA officials could not say that the NYPD wanted the increase. (Gothamist)

80 groups have all signed on to oppose the governor’s plan to increase police presence on transit and invest in the subways and buses instead. (@RidersAlliance)

White Christmas? It’s not looking likely. (Patch)

The “MTA Museum,” which is an Instagram account and not run but he MTA nor is it a museum, is back and turning the grossest parts of the subways into art. (Untapped New York)

Long Island City’s Sixteen Oaks Grove Park is getting a $1.3 million makeover. It’s a .22 acre park on the corner of 21st St and 14th St. (LIC Post)

A look at the New York that existed in Home Alone 2 and an interview with Devin Ratray, who played Kevin’s older brother Buzz. The real locations, the fictional spots, and the parts of New York City that are no longer standing. (Curbed)

Related: A definitive list of filming locations of Home Alone 2. (Curbed)

Photos: A tour of the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. (6sqft)

The most talked about tacos of the year are from Birra-Landia, a taco truck in Jackson Heights. A rare food truck review from the Times scores two stars from Pete Wells. (NY Times)

FedEx’s robots are not welcome on New York’s streets. The robots debuted last week and received a cease and desist from the Department of Transportation on Tuesday. Farewell robots, we hardly knew ye. (Gothamist)

A charter school for students who failed out of the 9th grade in Midwood was met with a community meeting trying to raise enough money to prevent the school from opening. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The Hunters Point Library was hit with a class-action lawsuit from the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York, claiming the new $41 million library does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Curbed)

How well does your community board represent the district? Not very well if you’re a minority. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Photos: Inside some of the tenant holdouts in the Hotel Chelsea. (Gothamist)

The stores that are left along Fifth Avenue are hoping that ramping up the annual holiday windows can bring attention and business back to the retail locations that need it. (NY Times)

The Staten Island Yankees could be dead. Major League Baseball is looking to de-affiliate 40 teams and the Staten Island Yankees, a Yankees affiliate for 21 seasons, is on the list. (The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Say goodbye to all of your vape flavors. The City Council voted to ban all flavored vaping products. The ban will kick in starting in July. (Gothamist)

A call for the formation of an Office of Active Transportation and an Office of Pedestrians and appointing a “bike mayor” of the city. (Streetsblog)

Here’s an example of why the city needs a bike mayor. A video of a Domino’s delivery person getting doored and when the NYPD and EMTs arrived, the NYPD officers gave him a summons for leaving the bike lane before he had recovered. (Gothamist)

A spotlight on Matt Travis, a wrestling star on the ride in NYC who was murdered by the driver of a dump truck in a hit-and-run collision. (Gothamist)

The City Council passed nine bills aimed at parking placard abuse, including steeper fines, new requirements for police reports on enforcement, and a three strike rule. There are 125,000 parking placards in circulation, so there is plenty of opportunity for the NYPD to actually enforce these laws, but pardon me if I won’t believe it until I see it. (Streetsblog)

If you want an example of why the NYPD being in charge of placard enforcement is a joke, look no further. (George the Atheist)

Add Industry City to your list of places with ice skating rinks this year. (Time Out)

A claim that the coolest tree in NYC is the American Elm at 77th and Central Park West. (I Love The Upper West Side)

The 8 best neighborhoods in NYC for holiday shopping. (6sqft)

Thanks to Kelly Sabatino for today’s featured image

The Briefly for November 22, 2019 – The “Christmas Trees Are Already On The Streets” Weekend Edition

The weekend subway changes, the MTA prepares for floods, the East River Greenway breaks ground, what it takes to wash the subway, and more in this weekend’s NYC news digest.

Check the disruptions before you go. No Q trains north of Kings Highway, no 3 trains at all, and changes to the 2, 5, C, D, E, F, and L lines this weekend. (Subway Weekender)

The strip club Sapphire has invited Kanye West to perform his Sunday Service in their venue for their entertainers, service staff, “and more.” They boast 10,000 square feet and 8,000 women on staff. Think he’ll take them up on it? (Brooklyn Vegan)

The Christmas tree stands have already arrived. (EV Grieve)

Did you see the photo of the Broadway Station subway stairs under water? The MTA was testing barriers to prevent subway stations from flooding on Thursday and it raised more than a few eyebrows. (Atlas Obscura)

The R179 subway cars are two years old, cost about $2 million each, and are less reliable than the R62s, which have been running since 1984. The new ones break down almost twice as much as the R62s. (The City)

$50 strawberries? Is the high end price of anything surprising anymore? (Eater)

A history of ice staking in the city. (6sqft)

Say hello to Detective Abdiel Anderson, the NYPD’s most sued cop. He’s been sured three times in the last six months for civil rights violations, which contributes to his over 40 lawsuits in his 16 years, costing the city over half a million dollars. The NYPD hasn’t stated if he’ll ever face discipline. (Gothamist)

The Met is in danger of losing its “A” credit rating. (NY Times)

NY Democrats prefer Joe Biden for president with 35% support. Second place was Elizabeth Warren with 14%, followed by Bernie Sanders with 13%. (Patch)

Here’s a first look at Sunset Park’s new Made in NY Campus. (Curbed)

A look at Teens Take Charge, a coalition of high school students pushing to have a say in how their public schools are run, and how the system could be more equitable. Monday morning will start a string of protests to call attention to the challenges of school choice. (Gothamist)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Light ceremony will be on December 4 at 8pm. The tree will be lit through January 7, so you’ve got plenty of time to see it decked out in its 50,000 LEDs. (Time Out)

If you want to make a week out of it, Tavern of the Green’s tree lighting is taking place on December 3rd at 5pm. (I Love the Upper West Side)

Photos and videos form the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. It opens on Saturday and runs through January 26th. (Gothamist)

The Bronx Night Market is the best outdoor food fair, according to the Times. (NY Times)

The city will break ground on the $100 million East River Greenway Link from 53rd to 61st streets. It’s expected to be completed in 2022. (amNewYork)

A sink hole nearly ate a construction vehicle in Park Slope on Thursday morning. A 9-by-7 foot hole opened on 15th St near 4th Ave. (amNewYork)

The most picturesque sites in the Village. (GVSHP)

10 of the best brunch spots in New York City. (amNewYork)

The governor vetoed a bill that would have created a “Bird-Friendly Building Council” to make buildings less likely for birds to fly into them. The New York City Audubon estimates up to 230,000 birds crash into buildings a year. (Curbed)

The mayor announced a new position in the city government to guide, oversee and report on decision-making algorithms going forward, but it creates an exemption protecting the NYPD from oversight. (Gothamist)

The city will close two jails next year, The Brooklyn Detention Complex on Atlantic Ave and one of the Rikers Island complexes, totaling 2,100 beds. The staff won’t be laid off and moved to other facilities. (Patch)

Video: The MTA’s mobile wash team is the Sisyphus of the subways. (viewing NYC)

From 2018 to 2019, 8% more of the city’s high schoolers enrolled in college. (amNewYork)

Everything we know about Market Line, the Lower East Side’s food destination at Essex Crossing that is opening today. (Eater)

Six of the best things to do in the city off-the-beaten path. (amNewYork)

Will there ever be enough odd museums in the city? “No,” says the Makeup Museum, opening in May 2020. (The Villager)

The City Council will ban flavored vapes. 30 members of the 51-member council signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation. (NY Times)

Queens DA-elect Melinda Katz is at odds with current DA Jack Ryan (that’s his real name) when it comes to ending cash bail, which is, and I believe this is a legal term, “tough shit” for Ryan. The state’s legislature passed a law that will end cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies starting in 2020. (Politico)

A deep dive into how NYC voted in 2019. (Gotham Gazette)

Robert Sietsema’s top five egg dishes around the city. (Eater)