The Briefly for March 6, 2020 – The “Silliest Restaurant in New York is Now Closed” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The NYPD is accused of fudgung numbers to sink bail reform, the last on coronavirus / COVID-19 in NYC, the 26th annual Armory Show and Spring.Break, and more

Today – Low: 36˚ High: 50˚
Light rain in the afternoon and evening.
This weekend – Low: 33˚ High: 57˚

Now that tote bags have becomes the necessary accessory in the city, here are 10 reusable bags you need. (Mary Lane for New York Cliche)

If you were to remove all of the non-accessible subway stops from the map, you’d end up with a pathetic looking subway map. (Clarissa Diaz for Gothamist)

If you had “go to that ridiculous restaurant where the staff pretends they’re ninjas,” here is some bad news. Ninja is closed after 15 silly years. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The hottest Manhattan restaurants for March 2020. (Stefanie Tuder, Serena Dai, Luke Fortney, and Erika Adams for Eater)

A partnership with the Public Art Fund brings permanent art installations to Terminal B as part of its $8 billion transformation. The artists bringing their work to LaGuardia are Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura Owens and Sarah Sze. (Hilarie M. Sheets for NY Times)

Photos: Lots of art shows have the potential to be staid, Spring/Break does not appear to be one of those shows. Also: Inside the 26th annual Armory Show at Pier 94 and Pier 90, the largest art fair happening this week.(Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

Dough Doughnuts will expand to Rockefeller Center this May. (Grant Lancaster for amNewYork Metro)

The MTA is installing over 100 cameras in four subway stations in Forest Hills and Rego Park in an attempt to help the NYPD deter crime in the area. The plan is in reaction to the man who was shot in the leg at the 75th Avenue subway station last March. (Max Parrott for QNS)

We’re living in a bean boom time, and this isn’t referring to the dried beans that are flying from the shelves from grocery stores across the city. Beans, they’re good for your heart, and you have a chance to eat them more in the city. Here are the restaurants where you can experience the bean boom for yourself. (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

Will a new soccer stadium in the Bronx, only a few blocks from Yankee Stadium, actually help the neighborhood? The Urban Land Institute New York and Bronx Community Board 4 have released a report outlining how a new stadium could best impact the community. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

Happy 10th anniversary to Paulie Gee’s. (Greenpointers)

Rapist Harvey Weinstein will finally be headed to rot in jail on Rikers Island after a heart procedure. (Jan Ransom for NY Times)

Video: The NYPD violently arrests a Black man suspected of smoking weed in a park in Canarsie, a grim reminder of how the law and its enforcement are often on two very different pages. (Hayley Miller for HuffPost)

Could the Avengers afford to live in their neighborhoods? (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

A group of tenants in Stuyvesant Town on Manhattan’s east side are going to court to protect more than 6,000 apartments from possible rent deregulation. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The scene trying to get in to Brooklyn’s Costco last weekend was insane, don’t think it’ll be any different this weekend (@vote4dongshen)

Not covering your cough during previous epidemics in NYC? Ticketed. Consider yourself lucky you’re only getting mean looks instead. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Are you an asshole? No? Okay, because some asshole sprayed an Asian subway passenger with cleaning fluid. (CBS New York)

COVID-19 has landed in Brooklyn. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

In true Albany fashion, Governor Cuomo added an expansion of his executive powers to a bill that allocated $40 million dollars to fighting COVID-19. (Ross Barkan for Gothamist)

Should you cancel a trip because of the coronavirus? Here are three questions to ask yourself before canceling a trip in panic. (Nicole Dieker for Lifehacker)

Your dog can’t give you COVID-19, but you can give COVID-19 to your dog. If you are quarantined, make sure it is without your best friend. The world is a cruel place. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Over 10,000 have signed a petition calling to close the city’s schools and transition to remote learning while the city deals with the coronavirus outbreak. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

How museums, theaters, and concert halls are dealing with coronavirus. (Julia Jacobs for NY Times)

If you’re sick and worried about coronavirus, are you supposed to visit your doctor or go to the hospital? The city has bungled its messaging about what to do if you think you’ve contracted COVID-19. You shouldn’t just go to your doctor, despite what the city says, because they may not be equipped to deal with an illness on this level and also protect themselves. Call ahead, tell them you think you have coronavirus and follow their instructions. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

New York City will order some public workers to get tested for coronavirus, and force them into quarantine if they refuse, according to an order issued Thursday by the city health department. (Erin Durkin for Politico)

A coalition of public defenders claims the NYPD is manipulating their own crime data in an effort to push a narrative that recent bail reform is causing a spike in crime on city streets. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The secrets of the historic St. George Theatre on Staten Island. (Nicola Saraniero for Untapped New York)

30 bars where you can meet new people, just don’t get to close if they’re touching their faces too much. (Bryan Kim, Katherine Lewin, Hillary Reinsberg, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Paula for today’s featured photo.

The Briefly for January 16, 2020 – The “Most Important Story Today: Our Mayor’s Dumb Bagel Order” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news update: A look at the propsoed Rock Center renovation, a guide to donating in NYC, the impeachment features a Queens vs Brooklyn fight, and more

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Light rain in the morning.

The story of how Anne Carroll Moore successfully banned Goodnight Moon from New York’s Public Libraries for 25 years. (Dan Kois for Slate)

National Grid is digging a natural gas pipeline that runs through Bushwick and Williamsburg and connects to Maspeth. People are predictably angry. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

New Jersey tried to claim it has the best bagels. Stick to Bon Jovi and Springsteen, jerkwads. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

I don’t go out of my way to call Mayor de Blasio an idiot, even if 100% of respondents from The Briefly said they don’t think he’s doing a good job, but I can’t resist here. Our idiot mayor took to Twitter to declare the best bagel in New York is a toasted wheat bagel with cream cheese. Excuse me? Toasted wheat? What else would you expect from someone who eats pizza with a fork and loves the Red Sox? (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

Here’s the best part of the “idiot mayor orders bagel for idiots” story. The very specific bagel he is referring to, toasted wheat with cream cheese from the Bagel Hole in Park Slope is not possible to get at the Bagel Hole. The Bagel Hole does not toast bagels or even own a bagel toaster. The mayor deleted the offending tweet. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

While were on the subject of politicians with bad bagel orders, let’s not forget Cynthia Nixon’s abomination of a bagel order. (Whitney Filloon for Eater)

The Parks Department needs to remove and move nearly 15,000 tons of lead-contaminated soil from the Red Hook ballfields. Where will it go? Concrete is being recycled in the city and the rest is being hauled off in trucks to a landfill in Falls Township, PA. (Helene Stapinkski for NY Times)

Governor Cuomo was in Puerto Rico this week to survey the damage done by the series of earthquakes that have plagued the island. This is a task that would any normal president would be doing, but we do not live in normal times. (Anna Gronewald for Politico)

The A/C/E lines have been approved for a signal upgrade, which should start later this year with the signals replaced from Columbus Circle to High St by 2025. (Mary Frost for Brooklyn Eagle)

The Onion: Top 10 things to do in New York City. (The Onion)

The Parks Department had plans to renovate Fort Greene Park, but the New York Supreme Court has decided that the 30-acre landscape would not be subject to a redesign or the removal of 83 mature trees until a proper environmental impact review is conducted. (Sydney Franklin for The Architect’s Newspaper)

New Brooklyn bars and restaurants to check out this winter. (Jennifer Indig for Brooklyn Based)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents continued to arrest people in and around New York courthouses in 2019, flouting a state directive to curtail such operations, according to a new report from the Immigrant Defense Project. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Photos: Buzz-a-Rama is the city’s last slot car raceway. Run by Frank “Buzz” Perri, Buzz-A-Rama is open on the weekends in Kensington from September through June. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The IDNYC program is now making cards available in braille and have added new perks for cardholders, including more free one-year memberships to cultural institutions and free admission to the Queens Botanical Garden on Wednesdays. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

Congrats smokers, New York is the most expensive state for smokers. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Video: Watch Christmas trees go from curb to mulch. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

The state’s Board of Elections are considering buying a new system of voting machines that are less secure than our current systems, expensive, and can’t handle a ranked choice voting election, which we will see in the city in 2021. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

A guide to drinking and buying natural wine. (Hannah Howard for Grub Street)

Here are the eight candidates for Queens borough president that will be on the ballot on March 24: Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, Costa Constantinides, Donovan Richards; former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley; former Assistant District Attorney Jim Quinn, police reform advocate Anthony Miranda, William Kregler, Danniel Maio, and Dao Yin. (Allie Griffin got Jackson Heights Post)

The city effectively deregulated a so-called “play street” located outside of a Park Slope middle school earlier this month, eliminating recreational space for students in favor of placard parking for teachers and faculty. In an even more incompetent move, the city claims the special designation of “play street” was revoked in 2014, but no one removed the sign until a few weeks ago. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

What should you do if you one across a seal? It may seem like a weird question in New York City, but this week there have already been three seal sightings reported across the city. First and foremost, don’t approach it. Are you some kind of marine mammal expert? You’re probably not. Call the New York Marine Rescue Center’s 24-hour hotline (631-369-9829). (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Spring cleaning is coming soon. A guide to donating your clothes, furniture, books, and electronics. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

Renderings: See the proposed renovations to Rockefeller Center. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

The Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center has been replaced by a giant peacock. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Renders: The Hudson Yards shared renderings of the next phase of development in an attempt to dispel rumors of plans to build a wall to separate the Western Yards from the rest of us plebes. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries from Brooklyn will serve as the house managers for the impeachment hearings in the Senate, setting up a Queens vs Brooklyn battle on a federal level. (Paula Katinas for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

Video: A walk from Wall Street to Downtown Brooklyn. (ActionKid)

A panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio and others intends to propose a public-private partnership to bailout thousands of taxi drivers trapped in exploitative loans that could cost as much as $500 million. (Brian M. Rosenthal for NY Times)

A look inside Brownie’s Hobby Shop, one of the city’s last true hobby shops. (Amanda Fairinacci for NY1)

Chief Martine Materasso is the first woman to lead the NYPD’s Bureau of Counterterrorism. (Jeanine Ramirez for NY1)

Some answers, not satisfying ones but they’re still answers, about what the hell is going on with Grand Central’s lack of accessibility. (Shumita Basu for Gothamist)

20 stellar jewish delis. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The Briefly for December 5, 2019 – The “Fight of the Year: Duck vs Subway Car” Edition

In today’s daily NYC news digest: Uber’s top tourist destination, Parks takes over the city’s mass grave island, the Mets have a new owner, the best latkes in the city, and more.

The latest restaurant openings with potential. (The Infatuation)

Hart Island, the country’s largest taxpayer-funded mass-grave site, is now under the control of the Department of Parks instead of the Department of Corrections. New York City has been burying its veterans, its poor, its anonymous, and those infected in the early days of the AIDS crisis for over a century. The Department of Parks is tasked with providing access to the public for visitation of the million bodies buried on the 131 acre island. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Anthony Benedetto’s art is on display at the Art Students League. Maybe you know him as Tony Bennett. (Untapped New York)

In the fight of duck vs subway car, ducks win. A duck wandered on its way onto the tracks of the N train in Brooklyn, causing the train line to come to a complete stop while this terrible little scamp was removed. (Claire Lampen for Gothamist)

The 10 neighborhoods to watch in real estate in 2020, with no real surprises. Williamsburg wouldn’t have made the cut if the L train had been shutdown, but it’s sitting at #1 instead. (Nancy Wu for StreetEasy)

Say hello to seven recipients of the 11th Annual Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics in New York City Public High Schools. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

Photos: The tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

11-year-old Charlotte Nebres is making history as the first Black dancer cast in the leading role of Marie in the New York City Ballet’s production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” (Kimberley Richards for HuffPost)

The best latkes in the city. (Leah Koenig for Grub Street)

After months of negotiation and multiple threats of a transit strike, the MTA and Transport Workers Union Local 100 have reached an agreement. The details won’t be publicly available until after the contract is ratified by TWU 100 members. (Vincent Barone for amNewYork)

Take a look inside Christina Hendricks’s apartment on W 56th. The 800 square foot apartment is on the market after her divorce to Geoffrey Arend. (Michele Petry for StreetEasy)

The Mets have a new majority owner in billionaire Steve Cohen, who increased his investment by $2.6 billion. Cohen became a minority owner in 2008 after former majority owners the Wilpons were caught up in the Bernie Madoff scandal. Unfortunately for the Mets the Wilpons will stay on as CEO and COO for the next five years. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork)

Watch videos from the final performance at Brooklyn Bazaar. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

The best vegetarian restaurants on the Upper West Side. (Hannah Rosenfield for I Love the Upper West Side)

What to see, eat and drink near Brooklyn’s new Wegmans. (Lore Croghan for Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Despite its designation as a “public place” since 1974, architects and developers showed a plan to build nearly one thousand apartments on a 5.8 acre site on the corner of Smith St and Fifth St in Gowanus. Brad Lander, who has been excessively bullish on rezoning Gowanus and adding over 8,000 apartments to the small neighborhood, pushed the development at a Community Board meeting on Monday. (Alexandra Alexa for 6sqft)

The story of the Taxi King, his rise to power and crash back to earth. (Brian M. Rosenthal for NY Times)

One thing that won’t be returning to Lincoln Center after its half-billion dollar renovation is Richard Lippold’s 190-foot-long, 39-foot-high sculpture Orpheus and Apollo. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The top destination in the city for Uber trips by tourists in the city is as obvious as it gets: The Empire State Building. It was actually the #1 destination on the planet. The most popular place in the entire state was the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)

Applications for middle and high school are due Friday, December 6. Here’s what you need to know. (Amy Zimmer and Christina Veiga for ChalkBeat)

The tragedy of the red horse hopper, told in three photos. (EV Grieve)

Why the census has always been controversial in New York City. (Diana Buds for Curbed)

The trailer for the fourth season of High Maintenance was released this week, with the show returning in early February. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Everyone could use a story with a happy ending. When Ashley Patrick left her purse with her wallet, headphones and a pair of gloves for her son on the Q train, she assumed they’d never find their way home. Let’s call this one a holiday miracle. (Claire Lampen for Gothamist)

NYC’s 11 most festive bars and restaurants. (Rebecca Fishbein for 6sqft)