The Briefly for April 23, 2020 – The “No One Cares Why You’re Leaving New York” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The City Council pushes forward with its open streets plan, an “Essential Workers’ Bill of Rights,” standout sushi takeout and more

Today – Low: 47˚ High: 53˚
Light rain overnight.

Despite the Governor’s orders, some hospitals are not allowing one support person in labor and delivery settings. (Virginia Breen for The City)

7 things you didn’t know about Central Park. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

A look at the positive contributions of David Penepent, a mortuary sciences professor at SUNY Canton, who is helping with the transportation, care, and cremation of New York City’s dead during this pandemic. Very often you’ll hear about how bad of a job someone is doing in a moment of crisis, this is the exact opposite. (Alexandra E. Petri for NY Times)

15% of pregnant women in NYC tested positive for COVID-19 in a limited study in Manhattan over a two week period. The findings may give a better look into what’s happening with the general population and highlights a need for universal testing. (Bobby Cuza for NY1)

No cares about your “why I’m leaving New York” essay. That goes double during a pandemic. Just leave and take your guilt about leaving with you. (Claire Fallon for HuffPost)

A “plaque” was put up in Park Slope near Methodist Hospital by an unknown guerilla street artist honoring “grocery workers, nurses, hospital staff, doctors, mail carriers, immigrant laborers, and other true heroes” of the pandemic. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The City Council is looking for ways to resuscitate the city’s summer jobs program. (Reema Amin for Chalkbeat)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson pushed a 75-mile open street plan forward on Wednesday. Johnson and Council Member Carlina Rivera dismissed the mayor’s concerns about the plan as irrelevant. The mayor has recently blamed the failure of his open streets plan on New Yorkers. (Joe Anuta for Politico)

The City Council introduced an “Essential Workers’ Bill of Rights” on Wednesday, which would require large employers to provide additional protections and hazard pay to those hourly workers helping the city continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christopher Robbins and Sydney Perreira for Gothamist)

Looking to make your Friday night Zoom hangout feel a little more regular? Check out Virtual Cheers, which in return for a donation to the staff of the bar will give you a photo of the bar of your choice. (Beth Landman for Eater)

The organizers of the city’s Pride parades have decided to collaborate to take their events virtual. Global PRide is June 27, but the city has already canceled all public events in June. (Michael Dorgan for LIC Post)

What’s the first thing you’re gonna eat when quarantine is over? 21 famous New Yorkers on the first thing they’re gonna eat. (Alyssa Shelasky for Grub Street)

The mayor has continued to talk publicly about what it will take to reopen the city, including a “Trace and Test” program, which will move people who test positive into isolation, possibly in one of the 11,000 hotel rooms the city has set aside. Right now the city is aiming for 400,000 test kits per month, which isn’t nearly enough for the city’s 8.5 million people. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Mayor Bloomberg volunteered to develop a contact tracing program for the tri-state area. Bloomberg Philanthropies has also made a financial contribution of $10.5 million through the Bloomberg School fo Health at John’s Hopkins. This is separate from the Mayor de Blasio’s plan. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Governor Cuomo is looking to double the number of COVID-19 tests in the state, from 20,000 to 40,000. The 40,000 is “ambitious,” in his own words, with the state’s 300 labs working 24/7 to meet the demand for 20,000. At 40,000 a day, it’ll only take 13 and a half years to test the whole state. (Jeff Arnold for Patch)

Foot Locker, H&M, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Party City, and The Gap, welcome to the non-rent paying party. (Erin Hudson for The Real Deal)

The underground, hydroponic farm on Worth St, Farm.One, is still operating, but its produce was originally intended for bars and restaurants. Now they are opening up orders to the public. (Tribeca Citizen)

This is a celebration that has to happen.” -Mayor de Blasio on the Fourth of July fireworks. Fourth of July is six days after NYC Pride was scheduled to end. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Bodega-inspired streetwear. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)

The MTA’s 250 construction projects are moving forward, albeit with some new safety precautions, being deemed essential. With so few people riding the trains, this may be the optimal time to get that work done.(Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

Everyone’s made a mistake when ordering groceries, especially now, but what do you do with ten bunches of bananas or 1,200 coffee filters? (Madison Malone Kircher for Grub Street)

Where to get Mexican takeout and delivery in NYC. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

50 things the RESY staff misses most about New York. (RESY)

An interactive map of where to avoid where sidewalks make social distancing impossible. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Now remains a great time to adopt a dog or a cat. The Briefly home has two amazing toy poodles, Scooter and Pepper, and we couldn’t be happier. (Jeff Arnold for Patch)

It’s like “ballet or break dancing on a bike.” Meet BMX champ Matthias Dandois, who is doing tricks inside his Tribeca apartment. (Alex Mitchell for Bronx Times)

Here is the recipe for Junior’s famous cheesecake from scratch. Now I know what I’m doing to try (and fail) this weekend. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

Two NY housecats have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as four tigers and three lions in the Bronx Zoo. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Meet Jennifer Marino-Bonventre, an English teacher who is bringing some joy to the city with some fantastic sidewalk chalk drawings. (Debora Fougere for NY1)

The Times found out what the rest of us already knew: New Yorkers want cheap wine and a lot of cheap wine. (Alix Strauss for NY Times)

New York City, a city of winners, and Boston, which is a different city, have different sports teams, different coffee choices, different clam chowders, and two genetically different types of pigeons. (Joshua Sokol for NY Times)

22 standout sushi spots still open for takeout and delivery. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Eater)

Thanks to reader Melissa for today’s featured photo from the East Village.

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!

The Briefly for March 15, 2019 – The “Manhattan’s Getting More Junk in the Trunk” Edition

The death of a supposed mob boss, Lou Reed’s archive is now available at the NYPL, a guide to the Hudson Yards, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

The NYPD’s hate crime unit is investigating the anti-Semitic graffiti on an ad featuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (NBC New York)

The MTA will stop L train construction at 7pm following months of constructing dragging on for nearby residents until 11pm six days a week. (Town & Village)

Is Bushwick ready for a Chipotle with liquor? (Patch)

Lower Manhattan is going to expand by approximately 500 feet in a $10 billion effort to protect the neighborhood from the next superstorm. (Gothamist)

Francesco Cali, the supposed boss of the Gambino crime family, was shot dead in front of his Staten Island home on Wednesday night. No suspect has been identified. (Patch)

Frank Cali’s neighborhood was, as the Times puts it, “a fitting location for an old-fashioned Mafia hit.” (NY Times)

Things are just peachy along the L train, as service to Manhattan was suspended on Thursday morning after debris fell onto the tracks. Also? No L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn this weekend. (Gothamist)

Watch a visualization of the city’s development from 1609 through today. (Myles Zhang)

30 reliable first date spots in Brooklyn, also 30 places to people-watch first dates. (Eater)

A decomposing body was found in the water near the Brooklyn Army Terminal on Wednesday morning, the man was not identified. (Bklyner)

Okay, is winter over yet? (Patch)

The Department of Health announced five yeshivas who illegally allowed unvaccinated students to attend school and the measles count is now at 158. 137 of those cases are under 18. (Bklyner)

All the restaurant specialty nights worth checking out. (Grubstreet)

A guide to inside Hudson Yards, which officially opens today. (Gothamist)

Brooklyn’s District Attorney is dipping a toe into the sex work decriminalization debate. He doesn’t support decriminalization but has stated is “rethinking” loitering charges. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Long Island City residents asked for a bike lane along Borden Avenue in January, a cyclist was hit and killed on that road three months later. (Gothamist)

A new bill proposed by City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal would create a searchable database to show empty storefronts that have been vacant for over three months, and owners facing a $1,000 fine for each week they fail to register. (Patch)

Lou Reed’s handwritten poems, sketches, photographs, recordings, and other personal items were acquired by the New York Public Library and will be on display starting today. (amNY)

Part of the celebration of Lou Reed is a limited edition library card sporting his image. (BrooklynVegan)

Everything you need to know about Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. (6sqft)

Where to eat out when you really can’t afford to. (The Infatuation)

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