The Briefly for October 23 – 24, 2020 – The “2,400 Subway Cars on the Ocean Floor” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The new Rudy Giuliani fiasco, the city is behind on hundreds of reporting deadlines, median rents in Manhattan fall under $3k, and more

Today – Low: 61˚ High: 66˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 46˚ High: 70˚

If you need some fresh hell to wade through, there’s the Giuliani story coming out of the new Borat movie. Never in my life did I want to be reading this much analysis if Rudy Giuliani was touching his dick or not, but here we are. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

The attorney behind the lawsuit trying to shut down the temporary homeless shelter on the Upper West Side, Randy Mastro, had his townhouse vandalized. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

Video: What do you call 2,400 subway cars at the bottom of the ocean? A good start! Just kidding. Let’s ask a marine biologist. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

What the hell is going on at city hall that they’ve missed hundreds of deadlines to provide statistical reports? Name a department and they’ve blown a deadline. (Claudia Irizarry Apone for The City)

Among the list of things the city hasn’t reported on? School attendance data. You might say that they’re… absent. (Christina Veiga for Chalkbeat)

Photos: New York City’s most impressive Halloween decorated house. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The time for baking artisanal bread is over. Welcome to the era of funfetti cake. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street)

Apartment Porn: Susan Sarandon’s Chelsea duplex sold for $7.9 million. That’s a lot of ping pong money. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Nothing to see here, just NYPD officers Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran caught on video planting pot on someone during a traffic stop. They’ve been caught doing it before too. The Staten Island DA says he sees no criminal activity. (George Joseph for Gothamist)

An elderly woman in the Seward Park Co-op on the Lower East Side had been living with her husband’s rotting corpse for the last two weeks. 2020. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

The MTA has released a new nearly real-time subway map. While the animations are cool and having it be “real time” is cool, “How real is real-time? You’re still getting some train data minutes after it comes in.” (Christopher Bonanos for Curbed)

Travel isn’t banned, but the governor thinks you shouldn’t be going to Connecticut or New Jersey right now. (Nick Reisman for NY1)

New Jersey appears to be headed towards a second Covid-19 wave. (Karen Yi for Gothamist)

Just in case the city’s new Covid-19 restrictions weren’t confusing enough, the state has instituted a new microcluster strategy. At this point, trying to round up how this works is beyond this email. (Jesse McKinley and J. David Goodman for NY Times)

Check the map, enter your address to check your zone. (Arcgis)

Nothing to see here, just a prisoner who escaped police custody Thursday morning outside Harlem Hospital. (Nick Garber for Patch)

Go on a hike without needing a car. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Environmentalists stormed the headquarters of National Grid in Downtown Brooklyn Thursday calling for state ownership over the local power grid. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

10 local illustrators on how New Yorkers feel about the upcoming election. I just want it to be over already. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

New York City is suing the federal government over the whole “Anarchist Jurisdiction” thing. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Millions of Republican dollars are flowing into Staten Island in an attempt to push out freshman Congressperson Max Rose in support of his Republican opponent Nicole Malliotakis. (Clifford Michel for The City)

Photos: The Village Halloween parade is canceled, so this photo gallery set might be your way to enjoy Halloween in the Village. (Tequila Minsky for amNewYork Metro)

24 percent of the city’s subway and bus workers have had Covid-19. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Keep your eyes peeled for these @WildCityNYC flyers strewn about the city. Learn things like which birds are “FAST AS F*CK” or what famous hot duck is currently “MISSING” or who the real “NEW YORK GIANTS” are. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

A Manhattan “milestone” has been reached: Median rents fell below $3,000. (Stefanos Chen for NY Times)

Photos: Check out the world’s largest pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

29 top Vietnamese restaurants in NYC. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

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