The Briefly for February 28-29, 2021 – The “#1 Amenity New Yorkers Are Looking For” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: More accusations against Governor Cuomo, the best new doughnuts, the city’s new Asian hate crime task force, and more

Today – Low: 41˚ High: 45˚
Rain starting in the afternoon.

• A second woman has come forward about sexual harassment from Governor Cuomo.(Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

• Dropping charges against Amy Cooper for calling the police against Christian Cooper was referred to as “restorative justice” by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, but restorative justice advocates arguing dropping the charges under the term is a misleading co-optation of the term. (Arun Venugopal for Gothamist)

• Votes are being counted in the elections for City Council, making this the first election where the city’s new ranked-choice voting is being utilized. Going into the vote count, Selevena Brooks-Powers started with 38% of the vote and Pesach Osina had 35%. In third was Manny Silva with 10%. (Cindy Rodriguez for Gothamist)

The #1 amenity that New Yorkers are looking for in their next apartment. Before clicking on the link, take 2-3 guesses what it might be. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Say hello Digidog, the terrifying/cute robot from Boston Dynamics that we’ve been watching videos of for years. Now the NYPD has one and advocates are worried it could become a surveillance tool. (Maria Cramer and Christine Hauser for NY Times)

• Apropos of nothing, here’s how to remove the battery from one of these Digidogs. (@lenkusov)

Eviction cases can now move forward against tenants that did not file hardship forms during the moratorium. For the 8,901 hardship declarations, the pause ends on May 1. (Beth Fertig for Gothamist)

Eleven people were injured in a five-car pileup on the Prospect Expressway on Friday afternoon. (Lloyd Mitchell for Brooklyn Paper)

Andrew Yang stepped in during an assault on the Staten Island Ferry, helping a photographer being attacked by a man with a metal pole, talking the man with the pole down. (Clifford Michel for The City)

Balthazar will be opening for the first time in a year on March 24 with indoor and outdoor dining. The bakery will also open on the same day. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

• Governor Cuomo seemed to lift the limits on nursing home visitations last week, but the fine print puts unforeseen limitations in place, including a 14-day pause on any visitations after any new Covid-19 cases. Of the 610 nursing homes in the state, only 1/3 are eligible for visitation. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

• Podcast: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera on running for City Comptroller. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

Who’s running for public advocate? (Afia Eama for Gothamist)

• Everything you need to know about the city’s new Asian hate crime task force. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is resigning from the job. Mayor de Blasio says that reports of the resignation being related to their clashes over school desegregation are “totally inaccurate.” (Sophia Chang and Jessica Gould for Gothamist)

Meisha Porter is the next NYC Schools Chancellor. She’s got ten months before a new mayoral administration but inherits a struggle over desegregation, opening school buildings, remote learning, just to start. (Sophia Chang and David Cruz for Gothamist)

6 great birra tacos. (Hannah Albertine & Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Shaun Donovan is promoting the idea of “Equity Bonds,” would establish government savings accounts for all New York City children through annual contributions to those in low-income families. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

• The Music Workers Alliance is calling for Governor Cuomo to create a “new WPA.” The Works Progress Administration, was a federal program that helped artists of all stripes survive the Great Depression. (Jim O’Grady for Gothamist)

The best new doughnuts in NYC. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Sean for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for August 29, 2018 – The Times Square Bees is the Distraction We Need From the Heat

The heat can make people, and bees, go crazy. For a moment 15,000 bees took over a hot dog stand in Times Square, we forgot our collective problems and watched an NYPD beekeeper vacuum up bees in Times Square.

Please be careful in today’s heat. Check the city’s maps for your local cooling center if you don’t have access to an air conditioned building.

15,000 bees swarm a hot dog stand in Times Square” is not the news story that we wanted, but it’s the news story we deserve. The NYPD has beekeepers who handled the scene. According to Gizmodo’s Editor in Chief, the bees will be okay after being vacuumed. The @NYPDBees Twitter account was simply buzzing with activity afterwards.

Prospect Expressway could see major changes in the coming years. The “PX Forward” report outlines multiple ways to address issues that Robert Moses’s highway has inflicted on Park Slope and Windsor Terrace.

It’s a battle over who controls the thermostat at the Nixon/Cuomo debate. Cuomo is known for keeping “meat locker” temperatures wherever he goes and Nixon has specifically requested 76 degrees. The debate is tonight at 7pm and will air on WCBS. Yes, office temperature can be sexist.

Louis C.K. should not be allowed to perform unannounced. The man who admitted to masturbating in front of multiple women of a number of years performed at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night. He made no mention of why he disappeared from public life for nine months.

Spending the day with art, shopping, comic books, pizza, pinball, and boozy ice cream in Kips Bay, guided by amNY.

Eight ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend, from Untapped Cities.

An unknown aerosol substance was sprayed on the B15 bus for the third time in two weeks. The suspect ran off after the attack.

Hate crimes are down 8% this year.

The “Pencil Museum” is a pop-up installation in Staten Island’s Faber Pool and Park that pays tribute to Greenpoint’s Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory and is sponsored by Art in the Parks.

Ulkis Gryka has ended his “Sisyphus Stones” project in Fort Washington Park. For one year, Gryka would go to the park and meticulously balance hundreds of stones to create an otherworldly stone garden.

SpikedSeltzer is giving out free bikes to today and tomorrow to the first 20 people who are 21 and over from 5:30 to 7:30pm in memory of the soon-to-be-dead L train.

Are you familiar with Dead Horse Bay?

Attorney General Democratic candidates will debate one last time on 9/6, one week before the primary on September 13th and will be hosted by radio host Brian Lehrer and podcaster (and former U.S. Attornet) Preet Bharara. NY1 liveblogged last night’s debate. (Watch the video (if you have NY1 with your cable package).

An economics class at Success Academy, a charter school in the city, saw nepotism on display when the college sophomore son of Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, Culver Grannis Moskowitz, taught class. The school says he’s only temporarily filling in for a teacher who quit. 49 of the school’s 67 teachers are not returning this year.

The Gowanus rezoning isn’t enough for developers, who are asking to construct buildings taller than ten stories along the canal.

The last minute move from 125 White St to 80 Centre St has upset activists in Chinatown who criticized the city for a lack of public discussion about the location change.

For the second time in a week, two bags containing human remains were found in the Bronx. The first was found outside Crotona Park and the second in Hunts Point.


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