The Briefly for June 29, 2020 – The “Even Aliens and UFOs Have Left New York” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Macy’s unannounced fireworks start tonight, the NYPD pepper-sprays a Pride march, open street dining, beaches opening this week and more

Today – Low: 69˚ High: 85˚
Clear throughout the day.

Get ready, because tonight starts Macy’s ill-conceived fireworks displays across the city for the next five nights. The city said they will send notifications a few minutes before they start(Ron Lee for NY1)

The story of Charlie H. Cochrane, Jr., the NYPD’s first openly gay cop, who joined the force in 1967. (Carey Reed Zamarriego for Untapped Cities)

Photos: Pride Weekend’s Drag March. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

More Photos: The Drag March. (EV Grieve)

The NYPD celebrated Pride in their traditional style by pepper-spraying and arresting participants of the Queer Liberation March during a dance party in Washington Square Park. (Duncan Osborne for Gothamist)

Answering questions about the availability of the NYPD’s disciplinary records, which will become available in July. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

17 members of the city’s Corrections Department will face departmental charges for their roles in the death of Rikers Island inmate Layleen Polanco last June. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and the city’s Department of Investigation have refused to pursue criminal charges. (Jan Ransom and Ed Shanahan for NY Times)

How Occupy City Hall’s 24-hour protests came to be. (Juliana Kim, photos by Amr Alfiky for NY Times)

“Yet on day one of his mayoralty, de Blasio betrayed his word—and even more, the Black and Hispanic communities of New York City—by bringing back an even more blatantly discriminatory policing strategy: the practice of aggressive misdemeanor arrests known as “broken windows policing.””
-Bernard E. Harcourt, professor of law and political science at Columbia University, for Gothamist, Mayor De Blasio’s Police Strategy Has Always Been Racist

The number of UFOs reported across America in the first three months of the year shot up by 112%, but New York’s UFO sightings are among the country’s lowest. Even the aliens know it’s not a good time to see the city. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The headline says it best: The Garbage-Scented, Siren-Laden, and Yet Still Pleasant Reality of Dining Outside Right Now (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

There are over 5,650 restaurants open for outdoor dining in the city, the Department of Transportation has an interactive map. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Maybe some of these locations need to be double-checked since they’re in the middle of bike lanes, which is forbidden by the new guidelines. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

The experience of a day of phase two inside Veselka. (Ryan Sutton, photos by Gary He for Eater)

Six ways restaurants have been innovating to enforce social distancing. (Bao Ong for Time Out)

The state has extended its to-go cocktail laws for an additional 30 days. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Five years of lessons learned from writing about food and dining. (Serena Dai for Eater, good luck on your new gig)

“For years, the NYPD has used the city’s public drinking laws as a simple pretext for the harassment of communities of color. Of the 15 city police precincts that wrote the most summonses for open-containers in 2010, 12 were located in communities of color. A separate Brooklyn study found that 85 percent of open container citations in that borough were given to Black and brown residents, and only 4 percent to whites.”
-Shabazz Stuart, CEO of Oonee, for Streetsblog, It’s Time to Legalize Public Drinking for All New Yorkers

Dog runs, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, handball courts, and bocce courts are returning to the city’s parks with phase three. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Everything known about indoor dining, which starts on July 6 in phase three of the city’s reopening. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

For the second time in two decades, the MTA is facing a “doomsday budget.” (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork Metro)

James Dolan owns Madison Square Garden and the Knicks and might be one of the biggest idiots in the entire city. The CDC’s website with information on Covid-19 antibodies clearly states “Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. If it does, we do not know how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.” Has that stopped James Dolan from saying he wants to fill Madison Square Garden with people who have tested positive for antibodies for a benefit show? No it has not. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

A deeper dive into the Summer Youth Employment Program, how its elimination by the de Blasio administration disproportionally affects people of color, and why kids are fighting to bring it back. (Rainer Harris for Curbed)

Red Hook’s Fairway will close by July 17. The landlord will look for a grocery store to take its place. (Liena Zagare for BKLYNER)

Mayor de Blasio is calling for a full eviction moratorium through August 20 and for the state place tenants who miss rent on a year-long payment plan to make up for back rent once they are able to work. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

New York Hall of Science won’t be reopening in 2020, opting for a 2021 date. (Bill Parry for QNS)

Getting students into classrooms in the fall, if that is an option at all, will be a difficult task. The CDC calling for children to be six feet apart, which would be impossible in the city’s 150 schools that are already operating at a capacity of 150% or more. For instance, Francis Lewis High School in Queens is built for 2,188, has 4,492 students and capacity will have to be cut to around 1,000. Whatever happens, school will not be returning to normal in the fall. (Ashleigh Garrison for Chalkbeat)

RIP Milton Glaser, who created the I ♥ NY logo. (William Grimes for NY Times)

It’s a great apartment that will be plagued with construction noise through 2035, but you’ll be close to the trains! (Norman Oder for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report)

Spring training hasn’t begun yet and Vegas is already predicting a better season for the Yankees than the Mets. (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral welcomed people for Sunday Mass for the first time since March. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork Metro)

The city’s affordable housing lottery is anything but fair to the people who can afford the least. For each apartment available for “extremely low-income” families there are 650 applicants. That is nearly 5x as many applicants for apartments for families making between $122k and $168k/year. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

Sunday’s double rainbow. What does it mean? (EV Grieve)

Do you know what this city doesn’t need? A sinkhole problem. A sinkhole nearly ate an SUV on the Lower East Side over the weekend. (EV Grieve)

There are nine NYC beaches opening for swimming on July 1st. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

Thanks to reader Jenny for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for July 1, 2019 – The “If You’re Going to Use Cocaine, Use It With Someone Else” Edition

Lots of photos from this weekend’s marches, the best hot dogs, the Guggenheim’s staff unionizes, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

For the week of July 4, subway service disruptions are reduced, but that doesn’t mean zero. (Subway Weekender)

A look at the weather ahead: There’s a chance of rain later in the week, which potentially isn’t great for firework revelers. (amNY)

A focus on the 14 cyclists who died in crashes in the first half of 2019. The last two, Robyn Hightman, 20, and Ernest Askew 57, died last week. (Patch)

If you’re on the Coney Island Boardwalk in the future and you see “‘Rusty’ Kanokogi Way,” know it’s in honor of the mother of women’s judo. Kanokogi, born Rena Glickman, got her start with a haircut, taped down breasts and winning a championship match while disguised as a man. She was found out to be a woman, but that wouldn’t stop her. The community board voted to honor her by renaming a part of the Boardwalk in her honor. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

“If you’re going to use cocaine, use it with someone else.” Real advice from the commissioner from the Department of Health. In an effort to fight opioid overdoses, the DOH has is visiting bars to provide Naloxone kits. The worry isn’t that someone can’t handle their cocaine, but that it’s laced with fentanyl. Doing cocaine in pairs is to ensure someone can call 911. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

One of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence is in New York this week, on display at the New York Public Library for you Nic Cage types. (6qsft)

The city is rejecting Title X funding as a result of an abortion gag rule put in place by the Trump administration. Under the new rule, any facility that provides abortions is ineligible for funding under the new rule, and the city has no plans on allowing that to happen. (amNY)

Manitoba’s, the East Village punk rock bar, is closed. While the reason is unknown, it seems like the bar simply ran out of money. (@handsomedickmanitoba)

ThriveNYC, in an attempt to justify its continued existence, has decided that measurable outcomes are finally worthwhile. The program, spearheaded by the mayor’s wife, has already spent over half a billion dollars with nearly another billion committed to it and it wasn’t until the city council asked to see results that the ball started rolling on metrics. (Gotham Gazette)

While Tiffany Cabán has been accepted as the de facto winner of the Queens DA election, the results aren’t certified with only 98.58% of the votes counted and thousands of absentee and paper ballots to be checked. Cabán’s lead is 1,090 votes as of Monday morning. (Sunnyside Post)

MAGA hat-wearing jackass Willie Ames was convicted of a hate crime for yelling slurs about Mexicans while pushing a man onto the subway tracks in April. (Gothamist)

Workers at the Guggenheim voted to unionize, joining the same union that represents workers at MoMA PS1. They join workers at BAM and the New Museum in unionizing in a movement across the city focused on cultural organizations. (NY Times)

Is there anything a greater threat to our way of life than a nipple on social media? Eva Mueller was one of 125 nude protesters in Astor Place earlier this month, working towards the liberation of the human body in her art. Banned multiple times from social media, Mueller doesn’t plan on stopping her fight against what she sees as censorship. (Bushwick Daily)

Real estate brokers have, unsurprisingly, protested the city council’s cap on their fees. You’d protest too. (Gothamist)

This week’s high score for health department code violation points is 150. For reference, 28 points will earn you a C. Here’s this week’s restaurants ordered closed by the Department of Health. (Patch)

Today’s the start of the 14th St busway, but it’s not. A NY Supreme Court judge blocked the Third-to-Ninth Ave busway as a result of a lawsuit from residents of the West Village, Chelsea, and the Flatiron District. (Curbed)

The city’s schools will allow students to officially change their gender but in the spirit of never completely solving a problem, there will only be two gender options, leaving students who don’t identify as male or female in the cold. (Patch)

Say hello to some real trash designs. Two new prototypes for garbage cans across the city have been revealed as a part of the BetterBin competition. (Gothamist)

Today’s freak shows are similar to the shows of a century ago in name only. Meet the freaks of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. (Patch)

Photos from the Pride March. (NY Times)

No, lots of photos from the Pride March. (BrooklynVegan)

There were an estimated 150k marchers, so “a lot” of photos doesn’t seem to cover it. (amNY)

The Queer Liberation March asked “Justice and change, or corporate pride?” in its presentation as an alternative. There were photos. (NY Times)

Some photo galleries included photos from the Queer Liberation March along with the Pride March. (Patch)

The Dyke March, another less-corporate Pride March alternative also has its own photo galleries. (NY Times)

There are multiple Dyke March galleries too, documenting the March’s 27th year. (Gothamist)

Some Dyke March galleries, like parts of the march itself, are NSFW. (BrooklynVegan)

Pride weekend started off with the Drag March, an event that is 25 years old and has its roots in drag queens and leathermen not being allowed to march in the Pride March for fear of scaring off the corporate sponsors. One of the original organizers of the drag march was Gilbert Baker, designer of the rainbow flag. The march is unpermitted and unsanctioned. There are, of course, photos. (Gothamist)

And even more photos from the Drag March! (EV Grieve)

The firve best hot dogs in the city. (Thrillist)

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