The Briefly for April 22, 2020 – The “Someone Has to Be the Bad Roommate, Is It You?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Cuomo meets with Trump, City Council will force the mayor’s hand with opening up streets, the best Chinese takeout options, and more

Today – Low: 39˚ High: 50˚
Clear throughout the day.

Looking back to the first-ever subway, which went one block from Murray St to Warren St and was powered by compressed air. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

Looking forward to the reopening of the city, Mayor de Blasio says temperature checks will likely be required to get things moving again. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Which roommate is the bad roommate? Check the list of dos and don’ts. Is it you? (NY Times)

Mayor de Blasio gets driven from the Upper East Side to Prospect Park to take a walk every day, yet he can’t see the value of giving public space like streets to pedestrians and cyclists when car traffic has been reduced 60%. On Earth Day, the City Council is ready to introduce a bill that will force his hand and give 75 miles of streets back to the people. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The City Council will introduce a COVID-19 relief package on Wednesday that extends the eviction moratorium for those affected by the coronavirus crisis until April 2021. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Sometimes you just want to read a list. 10 famous people that lived in the Bronx. (Alex Mitchell for amNewyork Metro)

Williamsburg is the home of White Fox Scooters, the city’s first docked electric scooter sharing service. It works like CitiBike, where you’ll have to return the scooters to a dock, instead of leaving them wherever. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

Do you remember when grocery shopping was fun? (Alan Sytsma for Grub Street)

When this is all over, whenever that will be, the city will hold a ticker-tape parade for our healthcare workers and first responders. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

10 of the most luxurious bathrooms for sale right now. The rest of the apartments are for sale too. (Michele Petry for StreetEasy)

The city’s Hasidic communities are some of the hardest hit by COVID-19, for a series of reasons that made it the perfect place for the virus to spread, including a high poverty rate, religious leaders who were slow to act, a distrust of authority, and a refusal to shut down and socially distance like the rest of the city. (Liam Stack for NY Times)

The non-profit Spaceworks in Gowanus will be shutting down in mid-June, forcing 28 artists to vacate their spaces mid-outbreak. Gowanus has been losing art spaces as a high rate as the neighborhood slowly turns over to more and more residential buildings. The artists are protected under Governor Cuomo’s ban on evictions, but that is set to run out on June 20, unless renewed. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

The UCB Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen and UCB Training Center on 8th Avenue will both permanently close. UCB will push forward once the city reopens with shows and classes in different venues throughout the city. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

The lawn at Bryant Park has been mowed in the shape of a heart in tribute to the city’s first responders and essential workers. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Can you move during the COVID-19 epidemic? Yes, here’s how. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

A 420 part on 4/20 busted by the NYPD at 4:20. (Anna Quinn for Patch)

The de Blasio administration has missed its own deadline for transferring roughly 2,500 homeless people to hotel rooms to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Good to know that as everything seems to be changing around us, we can rely on the de Blasio administration to fall short of their own self-imposed deadlines. (Janaki Chadha for Politico)

Tuesday’s meeting between Governor Cuomo and President Trump was described as civil and productive, as the Governor said the city no longer needs the USNS Comfort but does need tens of thousands of COVID-19 tests. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Where to order take out and delivery in Sunset Park. (Ellie Plass for BKLYNER)

The best NYC street art inspired by our surreal times. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

For Wonderville, a bar in Bushwick displaying and celebrating locally-made arcade games, moving events into the world of Minecraft makes perfect sense. (Serena Tara for Bedford + Bowery)

24 of the top Chinese restaurants still open. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Thanks to reader Elizabeth for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for Valentine’s Day, 2020 – The “Your Plant Stylist Appointment is Coming Up” Weekend Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: 12 places to smooch your Valentine, Bloomberg tries to distract from his record with memes, the 27 top burgers, Trump vs NY rolls on, and more

Today – Low: 18˚ High: 34˚
Clear throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 30˚ High: 47˚

12 places to smooch on Valentine’s Day. (Lore Croghan for Brooklyn Eagle)

There have been no cases of coronavirus in New York City and despite this, the city’s Chinatowns are suffering. (Marina Fang for Huff Post)

A look forward on this frigid morning to the spring’s street festivals on the Upper West Side. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

For $2,000 someone will come to your home and style your plants. Welcome to the world of plant stylists. (Steven Kurutz for NY Times)

About half the adult population of the city, roughly 3.4 million people, spent one of the last few years living below the poverty line, according to a new report from the Robin Hood Foundation and Columbia University. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Ready for a cocktail crawl? Here’s how to get it done on Atlantic Avenue. (Meredith Craig de Pietro for Brooklyn Based)

Michael Bloomberg’s forceful push into meme culture is being lead by Mick Purzycki, who is the CEO of Jerry Media, famous for stealing content without crediting the original creators. Can the people who brought you the marketing for the Fyre Festival distract us enough from the negative headlines and quotes from Bloomberg’s past? (Ashley Reese for Jezebel)

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Unlike the F train, I'll be there for you

The mayor signed a bill this week that will extend government-funded health care to families of all municipal workers, not just firefighters and police, who died in the line of duty or from 9/11 related diseases. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

The annual tradition continues: Phil Collins Day is on Saturday. (Kate Hooker for Brooklyn Based)

The moment the state announced the end of brokers’ fees, rents jumped up about 6% across the board. Now that the fees are gone, it’s unlikely we’ll see a 6% drop back down. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

City Comptroller Scott String is calling for a Bill of Rights for NYC tenants to protect them from unscrupulous landlords. He has a proposal as well, including limiting security deposits to one month of rent, providing itemized statements of damage, a five-day gras period for late rent, requiring a court order for evictions, and much more. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

GZA played ‘Liquid Swords’ at the Blue Note Jazz Club in honor of the album’s 25th anniversary. (BrooklynVegan)

The top five potato dishes in the city, according to Robert Sietsema. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The governor is making a new push for legalizing compensated gestational surrogacy with a campaign called “Love Makes A Family.” New York is one of three states that hasn’t legalized the practice. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

Real Estate Porn: Don Lemon is selling his Harlem condo. You can live like Don Lemon for only $1.75 million. The condo looks like a great place to get drunk on New Year’s Eve and make mistakes. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

The story of a meander and 14 photos of central Park Slope. (Lore Croghan for Brooklyn Eagle)

48 pictures of the beautiful Bronx. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

Manhattan, we have to have a serious conversation. We know you’re not going to Brooklyn on the weekends, even if you need groceries and Brooklyn has the only Wegmans in the city. You want to veg out, binge the new season of Narcos and order some Seamless. That’s cool, because now Wegmans delivers to Manhattan. (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

In a literal quid pro quo, the president said if New York stops suing the president, the president will restore New Yorkers’ access to Trusted Traveler Programs programs. This ban happened the day he was acquitted after being impeached. Letitia James has filed 35 lawsuits against the federal government since January 2019. (Xeni Jardin for BoingBoing)

A look into the illegal, but welcome, underground of street car washers. (Sandra E. Garcia and Stephen Speranza for NY Times)

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza came to a tentative agreement on a contract that gives increased pay and paid parental leave to principals and assistant principals. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

Got furniture you want to get rid of but it’s too nice for the curb (note: nothing is too nice for @stoopingnyc)? Here’s where to sell used, vintage, and antique furniture in the city. (Zachary Solomon for StreetEasy)

Bronx City Council Member Vanessa Gibson is going to pay $5,000 for abusing her position on City Council to get out of paying a $50 ticket for driving while using her phone. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

A developer in Crown Heights was ordered to remove all construction equipment from the potential site of two 16-story towers after they were discovered violating a temporary restraining order. Activists have targeted the buildings as part of an anti-gentrification campaign lead by Movement to Protect the People. The group claimed the buildings would block sunlight for the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, but this has been refuted by the BBG and should not be confused with the 39-story tower that the BBG is actively campaigning against in its “Fight for Sunlight” campaign. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

27 top burgers in the city. (Eater)

Thank you to my valentine Meg Blatt for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for January 21, 2020 – The “Go Back to Iowa, Go Back to Ohio” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The pink gumball machine mystery has been solved, the secrets of the city’s oldest comedy barker, the true history of Central Park’s Great Lawn, and more

Today – Low: 21˚ High: 32˚
Clear throughout the day.

A longtime staffer to Assemblyperson Catherine Nolan and Long Island City resident, Edwin Cadiz, has been named the 2020 NAACP “Man of the Year.” (QNS)

The origin of the pink gumball machines that popped up around Manhattan and Brooklyn has been revealed. They were installed in promotion of Strokes’s drummer Fabrizio Moretti’s new project called machinegum. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

“”Go back to Iowa, you go back to Ohio. New York City belongs to the people that were here and made New York City what it is,” is a fine thing for your local loon to scream on a corner, but not for Eric Adams, the current borough president of Brooklyn and mayoral hopeful in 2021. The comments came at an event in Harlem about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact, where more than a few speakers spoke about gentrification without weirdly xenophobic comments. He followed it up with “I’m a New Yorker. I protected this city. I have a right to put my voice in how this city should run.” (Gloria Pazmino for NY1)

Internal emails show that New York City’s special drug prosecutor has a database of police officers with potential honesty problems. Similar databases from the DA’s office from each of the five boroughs’ offices have been released thanks to Freedom of Information requests. (George Joseph for Gothamist)

Video: Inside Staten Island’s secret Chinese Scholar’s Garden. (ActionKid)

The Union Square Coffee Shop neon “COFFEE” sign was replaced with a Chase bank sign. (EV Grieve)

Apartment Porn: Go inside this $4 million custom build Williamsburg penthouse loft apartment. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

Gospel Missionary Baptist Church was booted from West 149th Street near Riverside Drive after a foreclosure sale, despite more than two decades in the neighborhood, thanks to a foreclosure sale due to unpair condo fees. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

89.5% of jaywalking tickets in 2019 went to blacks and Hispanics and the city’s politicians are taking notice of the seemingly racist enforcement by the NYPD. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

The home of “The Original Spaghetti Donut” is coming to Smith St in Brooklyn. (Katia Kelly for Pardon Me For Asking)

An interview with the New York Knicks’ Reggie Bullock about Pride Night at MSG and his LGBTQ activism since the murder of his transgender sister Mia. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

The city’s 30 most dangerous school zones for pedestrians and cyclists. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

You know what’s better than camera enforcement of cars blocking bus lanes? Streets without cars. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Video: Watch the day turn to night behind lower Manhattan in a time lapse. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

After two water main breaks in one week caused extensive delays across the MTA, the MTA announced they’ll be examining the infrastructure in hopes of avoiding similar situations in the future. They also put blame on the city for slow response times to the broken water mains. (Hannah Rosenfield for I Love the Upper West Side)

In praise of the long dessert menu. (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

The secrets of Pete Burdette, the elder statesman of the city’s comedy club barkers who always keeps a rubber chicken in his pocket. (Alex Taub for NY Times)

Central Park’s Great Lawn began its existence not as a place to exercise or relax, but as a symbol of crippling poverty during the Great Depression. (Sam Neubauer for I Love the Upper West Side)

Nightmare: Your AirPods Pro headphone falls out of your ear and down a sidewalk grate. What do you do? Here’s how to get them back. (Sandra E. Garcia for NY Times)

The best speakeasy-themed bars in the city. (Amber Sutherland-Namako for Thrillist)