The Briefly for June 11, 2020 – The “Make It A Little Kinky” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: A breakdown of arrests during curfew, the Barclays Center embraces its role as Brooklyn’s town square, the #1 sought-after apartment amenity, and more

Today – Low: 69˚ High: 79˚
Rain in the afternoon.

How the Barclays Center became Brooklyn’s new town square and how the Barclays Center has embraced its role as Brooklyn’s home for non-violent protest. A very off change of pace for an arena that was fought against so hard by the community. (Norman Oder for BKLYNER)

Suggestions for how to keep your orgies clean, stop kissing people, wear masks, “make it a little kinky,” and promoting the use of glory holes. The city’s guidelines for practicing safe sex in the age of Covid-19, and they’re… not what you might expect. (Anna Iovine for Mashable)

Having sex in a subway station? Not on the list of how to stay safe, but ªit didn’t stop these two from getting in on in the High Street-Brooklyn Bridge A/C station back in May. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

Three groups are suing to block a rezoning proposal on the Flushing waterfront, arguing that an environmental review needs to be conducted before the development proposal can go through. The groups are looking to block a 13-building complex with plans for retail, hotels, offices, and over 1,700 apartments. (Christine Chung for The City)

What do you want in an apartment when all of this is over? According to anonymized StreetEasy searches, being pet friendly is no longer the #1 amenity people are looking for. The new king? In-unit laundry. (Emily McDonald for StreetEasy)

Two men, dressed like NYPD officers, pulled off a $150,000 jewelry heist. They would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those pesky cops. (Johnny Diaz for NY Times)

Inside of Peter Luger’s attempts to survive. (Gary He for Eater)

A few months ago we welcomed places like H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Gap into the rent resistance, now they’re being sued for unpaid rent. (Rich Bockmann and Sasha Jones for The Real Deal)

It’s been ten weeks since the governor closed all of the city’s playgrounds. When a playground couldn’t properly be closed, the entire park that contains it was closed, shutting out entire communities from green space. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

It was a misunderstanding and not malice that led to a Black Lives Matter mural being painted over in Gowanus. Artists have begun refilling the painted walls with new protest art with the support of the developer who owns the property. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

If you’re looking for restaurants to reopen in the city because you want to feel normal again, restaurants are going to feel weird for a while. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street)

A running list of new restaurants that opened during the pandemic. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

Video: Rep. Eliot Engel, Jamaal Bowman and Chris Fink debated ahead of the June 23 Democratic primary for Engel’s congressional seat, with topics mostly focused on policing and the Black experience. (Emily Ngo for NY1)

Transit workers rallied in Staten Island on Wednesday, calling for raises for their service during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Photos: Inside LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

A history of the NYPD using deadly force in NYC. (Errol Louis for NY1)

What the hell is going on with the NYPD that they aren’t wearing masks when interacting with the public? (Michael Wilson for NY Times)

Who answers phones and files paperwork at police precincts? Uniformed police officers. Multiple legal rulings have instructed the NYPD to replace those roles with less expensive civilians, but there are still 500 uniformed officers in clerical roles across the city. Replacing those officers with police administrative aides could save the city $30 million a year. This argument has found a new home in the defund the police movement. (Reuven Blau for The City)

Interview: Meet Shannon Jones, the co-founder of Bronxites for NYPD Accountability (aka Why Accountability); and Shellyne Rodriguez of Take Back the Bronx, the organizers of the Bronx march that was violently attacked by the NYPD and whom NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea called “outside agitators.” (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

A breakdown of the summonses issued and arrests made during NYC’s curfew. (Sydney Pereira and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

State Attorney General Letitia James tapped former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch as a special advisor to help investigate the NYPD’s “interactions” with demonstrators during the George Floyd protests. (Robert Pozarycki for Gay City News)

Mayor de Blasio doesn’t want to remove NYPD officers from city schools. How long before the City Council has a veto-proof majority to make this happen, rendering the mayor’s opinion moot? (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

Nix is closing. The Michelin-starred restaurant won’t live to see phase two, with blame placed on the Covid-19 financial hardship. (Beth Landman for Eater)

The Coney Island gated community Sea Gate’s private Sea Gate Police Department is under fire for hassling nonwhite residents, roughly arresting a fisherman, discriminating against black members of the force, and more. (Clifford Michael for The City)

35+ black-owned restaurants in NYC by borough. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Thanks to reader Elizabeth for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for November 1, 2019 – The “You Can’t Stop the Christmas Juggernaut” Edition

The weekend subway disruptions, everything about the 2019 NYC Marathon, MLB and Nike are screwing the Bronx, photos from Halloween, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest

This weekend the clocks turn back an hour. Make sure to remember that on Sunday when looking at all your non-internet connected devices.

Getting around this weekend will continue to be tricky with the 3, 4, 6, 7, D, E, F, N, and R all with diversions. Maybe it’s best to follow the lead of the marathon and run where you need to go. Check the subways before you go. (Subway Weekender)

Everything you need to know about the 2019 NYC marathon. (Time Out)

Use this custom marathon subway map to find your way around the city on Sunday. (6sqft)

10 fun things to look for along the NYC Marathon route. (Untapped New York)

The best places to watch the marathon. (NY Times)

The corpse of Halloween isn’t even cool yet and the Winter Village at Bryant Park is officially open. (Time Out)

12 new public art installations to see in November. (Untapped New York)

Photos: The Village Halloween parade. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Photos: West 69th St is a nice block that is very into Halloween. (Gothamist)

These political pumpkins spell out a simple message in the Village. (The Villager)

The story of how a sewing machine repair shop in the garment district run by a man with a penchant for collecting has become a trove of forgotten treasures and how he fights back the tourists that have no idea what his shop does. (NY Times)

There aren’t enough apartments in NYC. While that statement seems like the ramblings of a lunatic, it’s true according to “The Geography of Jobs” report, which shows that the city needs more housing to keep up with its explosive job growth. As a result, housing stock is increasing in Connecticut and New Jersey and more people are commuting. (Curbed)

Major League Baseball and Nike are working together to screw the Bronx. After city taxpayers paid $1.2 billion for Yankee Stadium, MLB and Nike cut a deal that only allows officially licensed MLB merchandise to be sold at “premium distribution points” near a stadium, which would freeze out nearly every business near Yankee Stadium from selling anything MLB-related. The Yankees’ COO has been working with MLB to resolve the issue, but as it stands right now eight businesses may find themselves up River Ave without a paddle. (amNewYork)

publicly said “something doesn’t fit” when it comes to Epstein’s death, stoking the interest of a million YouTube conspiracy theorists. (Politico)

It only took the mayor a day to roll back the heavily supported news that sidewalks on Fifth Ave would be expanded to make way for holiday window onlookers, saying that he hadn’t signed off on the idea yet. (amNewYork)

RIP Barneys. Sold for $270 million in bankruptcy court. (The Real Deal)

This is not how you play Untitled Goose Game. It is, however, how you capture a goose named Calista in Central Park with lead toxicity. (I Love the Upper West Side)

The city’s foie gras ban is, of course, going to be challenged in court. (Grub Street)

Say hello to New York, and the world’s, richest billionaires. (Patch)

Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl is leaving his job with coincidental timing after the Mother Frances Cabrini statue embarrassment. (Patch)

New data shows the NYPD rarely ever does anything with the honesty findings from the Civilian Complaint Review Board. 61 False Official Statement findings, which determine that an officer lied to investigators, were submitted and only five were substantiated. Another good reason to vote yes on question 2 in this year’s election. You can vote early through Sunday. (Gothamist)

Is a Wegmans a Wegmans without a Sub Shop? No serious, I don’t know the answer because I’m not someone who is insane for Wegmans. (Grub Street)

Take the stairs. More than 1,000 New York City elevators still need new inspections after faulty contractors gave them sub-par checks. (Patch)

The Times, always a few steps behind, has descended down the story of the Joker stairs between Shakespeare and Jerome Avenues. (NY Times)

10 raw bar picks. (Grub Street)

thanks to reader Mary for today’s fetured image!

The Briefly for Halloween – The “Edgar Allen Poe’s Ghost on West 3rd Street” Edition

Halloween Street Closures, the Village Halloween Parade, Foie Gras will be illegal in 2022, five abandoned spots in NYC, the most haunted locations, & more in today’s daily NYC news digest

Almost every long-term winter weather prediction for the city is saying this same thing: This winter is gonna suck. (Patch)

WATCH: 15 Minutes with Public Advocate Candidate Joe Borelli. 15 Minutes with Public Advocate Candidate Devin Balkind. This is your daily reminder that early voting is happening today. (Gotham Gazette)

Here are today’s spooky street closures for Halloween/a>. (Gothamist)

Everything you need to know about the Village Halloween Parade. (Time Out)

Looking for an abandoned spot in the city to put you in the Halloween spirit? Five abandoned spots in NYC from a smallpox hospital to an old farm colony. (amNewYork)

Have you witnessed the ghost child roaming the area around the McCarren Park Pool screaming for help? Seen Poe on W 3rd Street? Maybe you’ve dined with the Confederate Civil War veteran at the Landmark Tavern? Here are the most haunted places in NYC. (Time Out)

Coimetrophobia is a fear of cemeteries. Avoid triggering your coimetrophobia with a new tool from localize.city showing houses near cemeteries. There are more cemeteries in the city than you may be aware of. (Curbed)

Photos: A pumpkin mind control lab is set to spook in Boerum Hill. (Gothamist)

The Central Park West bike lane lawsuit was thrown out of court, bringing an end to this lunacy. (Streetsblog)

For the conspiracy theorist: The forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother says his autopsy “points to a homicide”. (NY Times)

It took three pieces of elevated subway tracks to fall from the skies for the MTA to announce it will perform an “inspection blitz” of 60 miles of elevated tracks. (Gothamist)

Eater has some thoughts about what’s wrong with the 2020 NYC Michelin Guide. (Eater)

Peter Luger’s reaction to the zero-star Times review is that reviewers’ “whims have changed.” Yeah, maybe they’re interested in “good food.” (Gothamist)

Two Toms, an Italian institution in Gowanus, is closing its doors after more than 70 years. You’ve got a little more than a month left to experience the place before its doors close forever. Owner Anthony Catapano is retiring and selling the building. (Eater)

An interview with the man behind the Trump float in the Gowanus. (Brooklyn Paper)

Only two of 35 NYCHA developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy seven years ago have been repaired. Almost 6% complete! (6sqft)

The loft from MTV’s first ‘Real World New York’ is up for sale. You can live out your dream of stopping being polite and starting to be real for $6.8 million. (StreetEasy)

Foie gras will be illegal in NYC beginning in 2022. (NY Times)

Take a look at what Admiral’s Row looked like before Wegmans descended on the Navy Yard. (Gothamist)

Photos: Barnacle Parade 2019. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city will add 40 percent more pedestrian space Fifth Avenue during the holiday season by creating temporary sidewalks and reducing the driving lanes form three to two. (Streetsblog)

Where to eat in Washington Heights. (The Infatuation)

Thanks to MG Ashdown for today’s featured photo