The Briefly for May 5, 2020 – The “100s of Miles of Hell for His Downstairs Neighbors” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The mayor bans all outdoor First Amendment activities, a tale of two cities of NYPD social distancing enforcement, where to order healthy delivery & more

Today – Low: 50˚ High: 61˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

The city’s doctors are bringing their attention to a new mystery illness that is affecting children and is potentially tied to COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to toxic shock syndrome or Kawasaki disease and have affected children ages 2 to 15. All 15 children identified with this mystery illness have been hospitalized. There have also been some cases of the mystery illness in European children. If a child displays the symptoms of fever, rash, abdominal pain, or vomiting, contact a doctor immediately. (Joseph Goldstein for NY Times)

A look at 13 times in history that the NYC subway shut down. (Noah Shiedlower for Untapped New York)

Michael Ortiz set out to run 100 miles a week for 100 weeks, happening inside his Brooklyn apartment, and for some reason, the Times didn’t ask a single question of his downstairs neighbors. (Christopher Solomon for NY Times)

A true COVID-19 comedy of errors. When Dorothea Buschell died in Bay Ridge, her family wasn’t notified. She had a burial plot in Farmingdale, but her body was sent to and buried in a Morganville, N.J. cemetery. Her family, including comedian Elayne Boosler, was charged for tolls to get the body to New Jersey, a dress, makeup, gratuities, clergy, a mahogany casket, a cross and rosary beads, and all for a Jewish woman. The body? It can’t be interred in the right cemetery until the pandemic is over. (Virginia Breen for The City)

Brooklyn’s 39th Street Pier is being used as a long-term morgue storage facility with freezer trucks storing bodies so families can claim the bodies of their loved ones. This is instead of temporarily burying bodies on Hart Island, where the bodies of 522 COVID-19 victims were buried. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

Video: Oddly satisfying time-lapses of the NYC skyline and Brooklyn Bridge being drawn (Howard Halle for Time Out)

The NYPD shouldn’t be enforcing social distancing. That’s the message from Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, who cites vague guidelines and mixed messages, leaving cops to “fend for themselves.” He also said the NYPD is being “thrown under the bus” referring to the video of an officer making an arrest by threatening to tase a bystander and arresting him by punching him in the head multiple times. (Brendan Krisel for Patch)

The NYPD doesn’t seem to be great with following directions, even when they’re provided, as evidence by the four officers who saved a cat that was stuck inside a car’s engine. In the photos, three of four officers are wearing no face mask. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

Francisco Garcia, the NYPD officer based on his shield number, who was responsible for the violent arrest in the East Village, has been the subject of seven civil lawsuits in the last five years. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said he was “not happy” with the tactics used in the arrest and the NYPD deferred prosecution with no fines and no bail. (NY1)

It’s hard to not see the connections of how the NYPD handled stop and frisk or fare evasions to social distancing. While Francisco Garcia was making his arrest of a black on an East Village street, there were NYPD officers photographed handing out masks to white people in parks who weren’t social distancing. (Lauren Evans for Jezebel)

Trevor Noah is paying the salaries of The Daily Show’s crew until production begins to ramp back up in the television industry. (Ishena Robinson for The Root)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is asserting an emergency power to ban all outdoor First Amendment activity even if people wear masks and follow distancing guidelines after Reclaim Pride tried to hold a press conference to protestSamaritan’s Purse in Central Park. They were told to disperse immediately under threat of arrest by the NYPD (Andy Humm for Gay City News)

New York City is launching a massive drive to distribute millions of masks to residents in the coming weeks to help New Yorkers comply with state mandates requiring residents to wear face coverings while in public. (Brendan Krisel for Patch)

Video: The Sakura Matsuri festival was canceled, but it doesn’t mean you can’t bring the cherry blossoms to you, although it will be considerably more difficult to do a TikTok with the trees this way. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

When will restaurants return? Strap in, because it may be a while. Restaurants are in phase three of the state’s reopening plan and arts and entertainment is in phase four. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The Squibb Bridge is finally open, but also impossible to practice social distancing on. Another chapter in the bridge’s short, but troubled existence. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

Here are NYC’s 2020 James Beard Awards finalists. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Briefly HQ has ordered a few meals that I’d describe as “fat meals” in the last few weeks. Here’s where to order healthy delivery in NYC. (Hannah Albertine & Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Madeline for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for April 2, 2020 – The “Is Governor Cuomo’s Nipple Pierced?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Governor Cuomo shuts down playgrounds, a map of infections by zip code, Ina Garten makes an appropriately sized margarita, free coloring books, and more

Today – Low: 46˚ High: 57˚
Clear throughout the day.

Don’t ask AOC to make a TikTok. (@AOC)

Farmers’ markets are still happening across the city, but with stricter rules. (Anne Barnard for NY Times)

The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition and Housing Justice for All have released a guide for tenants interesting in organizing a rent strike. (Brendan Krisel for Patch)

The NYS Bar Association and the state’s Unified Court System announced they partnered to create a network of pro bono lawyers willing to help out with the surge in legal matters that are expected to come out of the coronavirus pandemic and the likely economic fallout. (Alex Williamson for Brooklyn Eagle)

One of the weirder things to come out of this whole pandemic will be the unanswered question “Is the governor’s nipple pierced?” No one is shaming the governor, I think we all need something to distract us from the state of the world for a few moments. (Jelisa Castrodale for Vice)

Sanra Lee, his ex-girlfriend, took to Instagram to talk about it and while she didn’t say they were pierced, she didn’t deny it either. (Charlie Nash for Mediaite)

Queens’ demographics may be the reason why it has become the epicenter of the city’s coronavirus outbreak. (Clodagh McGowan for NY1)

The city released hard numbers of positive COVID-19 cases per zip code, exposing the tale of two cities as wealthy neighborhoods have rates at 44%, while lower-income zip codes have infection rates as high as 77%. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

Imagine you move into a 600-square-foot Manhattan shoebox apartment and two days later the two of you are locked down together. (Anne McCarthy for HuffPost)

“I basically want to address the idiots out there, and you know who you are.” Watch Larry David’s COVID-19 PSA. (Devon Ivie for Vulture)

Spring break is canceled for public schools. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

“During a crisis, cocktail hour can be almost any hour.” -Ine Garten, hero. (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street)

Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have added their voices to the cause of ending the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. (LIC Post)

The New York City burger delivery guide. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Video: Lower Manhattan’s skyline from 1903 through today. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC)

In the state’s budget, which passed on Wednesday night, is the legalization of electric bikes and scooters in the state, allowing municipalities to regulate electric bikes. Electric scooters that travel up to 15 miles per hour are legalized. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Also in the budget is a new state campaign finance system, with public matching money for candidates who choose to participate and lower individual contribution limits. (Samar Khurshid for Gotham Gazette)

Say farewell to legal weed in 2020. The state failed to put it in the budget last year. A good lesson in not procrastinating. (Rebecca C. Lewis, Amanda Luz Hanning Santiago for City and State)

What New York City looked like, including a startling infographic about daily deaths, during the 1918 flu pandemic. (Michael Wilson for NY Times)

You can now call 311 to report physical distancing violations. Of the 289 complaints in Manhattan in the first three days of the week, the NYPD “took action” on 88 of those complaints. (Zijia Song for Bedford + Bowery)

A man in the Bronx attempted suicide-by-NYPD after receiving a COVID-19 diagnosis. After multiple warnings, the NYPD shot the man in the stomach and is in stable condition at NYC Health & Hospitals/Jacobi. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Former Police Commissioner James O’Neill is returning to public service to be a senior advisor in charge of distributing medical equipment and protective gear to city hospitals. (Erin Durkin for Politico)

210 of Coney Island Hospital’s 317 beds are full of COVID-19 patients and the facility is low on staff, gear, and space, as each employee is being issued one masks every five days. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

Mayor de Blasio waivered on closing down the city’s playgrounds, Governor Cuomo did not. All playgrounds, swing sets, basketball courts, and similar spaces are closed. (Allie Griffin for Sunnyside Post)

Mayor de Blasio continues to be a punching bag in the media and doesn’t help himself when his public wavering constantly ends with Governor Cuomo making difficult, but right, decisions. This Times piece starts with an anecdote about Mayor de Blasio walking in Prospect Park on the morning of April 1, which means he was driven from the Upper West Side to Park Slope just to walk in Prospect Park when Central Park is one mile away. (Ben Smith for NY Times)

Love to color? Here are a few free coloring books from NYC artists. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Thanks to reader Francesca for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for December 27, 2019: The “Rudest City? I’ll Show You How Rude This City Can Get” Weekend Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The electric bike bill is dead, the “gentrification tax” debate, meet State Assembly hopeful Emily Gallagher, the most beautiful restaurants of 2019 & more

Today – Low: 39˚ High: 52˚
Overcast throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 35˚ High: 48˚

It’s not the weekend without subway disruptions. (Subway Weekender)

The city’s lights never dim, but why? Turns out New York earned the nickname “The City That Never Sleeps.” (Derek M. Norman for NY Times)

New York City has a idling problem. Yes, idling trucks have been in issue for years, but one truck is nothing compared to cruise ships, which pump the city’s air full of 1,200 tons of toxic fumes every year. (Lisa M. Collins for NY Times)

New York City is the rudest city in America according to the dumb yokel idiots at Business Insider. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

If 2019 was the year of the “pied-à-terre tax” debate, 2020 will be the year of the gentrification tax debate. Currently, homebuyers pay taxes based on the assessed value of the home, which is usually lower than the market value in gentrifying neighborhoods. The lead to change the law is being led by Republican City Councilmember Joe Borelli. Speaker Corey Johnson has said it’s “highly unlikely it will get fixed” this session. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

We missed a white Christmas and it looks like we’ll miss a white New Year’s Eve as well. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

What were the top restaurant standbys of the year for the staff of Eater? (Eater)

Don’t play on the ice in city parks. Two boys earned that lesson the hard way, but they were rescued by a friend. If you’re ever in this unfortunate circumstance, these are why there are rescue ladders all around. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Did you recently buy Egg White Salad and Old Fashioned Potato Salad from Trader Joe’s? There’s a recall. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

They’ve been mum on details, but the NYPD has located the third suspend in Tessa Majors’s stabbing. (Mark Hellum for amNewYork)

What’s in a nickname? What’s the origin of The Big Apple? (Zachary Solomon for StreetEasy)

Governor Cuomo wants to put a high-speed train system to connect New York City with upstate and is assemble a panel of engineers to review feasibility. For a low cost of $14 billion, the trains will go 77 mph instead of 51 mph. The current average speed of the subway is 17mph. Maybe we could use $14 billion to improve that instead. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

The governor vetoed the electric bike and scooter bill that overwhelmingly passed the legislature in Albany. The legislature is out of session, so despite veto-proof majorities, it’s nearly impossible to override the veto. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Congratulations to the jackass who drove their car into the protected pedestrian lane of the Pulaski Bridge. (Greenpointers)

Mulchfest has begun! (Todd Maisel for amNewYork)

Meet Greenpoint’s Emily Gallagher, an activist and primary challenger against the 77-year-old Joe Lentol who has been in the State Assembly since 1973. Gallagher is running on a progressive platform of environmental sustainability, housing justice, and transit improvement. (Claudia Irizarry Aponte for The City)

The most beautiful restaurants of the year. (Serena Dai for Eater)