The Briefly for February 2-4, 2021 – The “Who Needs Health Experts?” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Mayoral candidates debate, the 16 year wait for a park, Sunnyside’s “Limpdick Landlord,” Yankee Stadium becomes a vaccination site, and more

Today – Low: 27˚ High: 33˚
Snow (1–2 in.) until evening.

PlowNYC is an interactive map to find out when the last time your street was plowed. (cityofnewyork.us)

The special election for Queens Council District 24 is still happening today, despite the storm. Early voting has been open since January 23. Four of the eight candidates have requested a delay, but the mayor’s office said the election will push forward. (Christine Chung for The City)

Find your City Council district using your address with this map.

How does ranked choice voting work in NYC? (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

Yankee Stadium will become a mass vaccination site for Bronx residents only. Ten zip codes near the stadium are at a 10.32% positivity rate. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

Interview: Gothamist asked Dr. Adam Berman, a toxicologist and chairman of emergency medicine at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Hospital, should you avoid pain relievers before or after taking the Covid-19 vaccine? The simple answer is that if you can avoid doing them, avoid them, but there’s not enough evidence against it. (Fred Mogul for Gothamist)

“As the vaccine effort ramps up, Cuomo and the MTA have a very easy way to gracefully usher in the return of passengers to the subways on a 24/7 by tying it to access to vaccination hubs.”
-Benjamin Kabak, How the vaccine creates a politically expedient way to end the overnight subway closures, for Second Ave. Sagas

Governor Cuomo said in a press conference that he doesn’t really trust health experts. Maybe that’s why nine of his top health officials quit their jobs in the last year. This guy literally released a book about leadership lessons. (J. David Goodman, Joseph Goldstein, and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

Restaurant workers, deemed to be “essential” by Governor Cuomo, are not essential enough to be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine as indoor dining resumes on February 14. Governor Cuomo was forced to defend his decision, saying it was based on “data and expert advice.” Which experts? (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Mayor de Blasio announced the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) in 2014 to reduce crime in 15 high-crime housing developments. In those 15 developments, the number of major crimes in those developments was up in 2020. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

Death by Speculation, Starring Limpdick Landlord.” The sign of the year goes to the shuttered Center Cinemas in Sunnyside. (Christian Murray for Sunnyside Post)

New York spent $18.2 billion in 2019 on police, jails, prisons, prosecutors, parole, and probation while only spending about $6.2 billion on mental health services, public health, youth programs and services, recreation, and elder services according to a new report from the Center for Community Alternatives. (Samar Khurshid for Gotham Gazette)

The mayoral candidates had their first debate. Focus seemed to be on the Yang campaign’s use of NDAs for campaign staffers, Eric Adams’ comments that some New Yorkers should “go back to Iowa,” and Raymond McGuire’s work with CitiBank after the financial collapse. (Dana Rubinstein for NY Times)

One topic that’s bubbling up again amongst the candidates is city control over the subways, which is sound like a conceptually good idea until the city has to take on the subway’s debt. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

Interview: Zach Iscol discusses his mayoral campaign. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

Another week, another story about NYC Sheriffs breaking up a party in an illegal club, this time in Jackson Heights. This pandemic is never going to end with jackasses like this. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post)

The city promised to build a new 3-acre park in Greenpoint in 2005 in exchange for allowing new luxury condos to be built in the neighborhood. Sixteen years later Greenpoint is still waiting for its park. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

The Barclays Center is looking to diversify its vendors, looking for Brooklyn-based suppliers that are a minimum 51% owned, operated, and managed by minorities, women, disabled, and/or military veterans. (Jake Samieske for Brooklyn Magazine)

Super Bowl spreads from NYC restaurants. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Fifteen favorite tofu dishes in city restaurants. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Thanks to reader Jenn for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for January 5, 2021 – The “Thresholds? We Don’t Need No Stinkin Thresholds!” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Moynihan Train Hall opens, the city is failing its vaccine rollout, the best new restaurants of 2020, NYC’s first baby of 2021, and more

Today – Low: 33˚ High: 41˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

Slash came out in support of city renaming a portion of St. Marks Jimmy Webb Place. There is a change.org petition if you want to add your name in support. (Bowery Boogie)

The top new restaurants in the city in 2020 from writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and elected officials. (Eater)

Video: Walking through the new Moynihan Train Hall in Penn Station. (ActionKid)

Photos: Inside the new Moynihan Train Hall. (Sophia Chang with photos by Jake Dobkin for Gothamist)

Did you know that old Penn Station had a women-only waiting room? (Ephemeral New York)

Photos: The art of the new Moynihan Train Hall. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

This January marks 75 years since the shutdown of the City Hall Station. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

12 restaurants with heated outdoor dining in Queens. (Erika Adams for Eater)

There’s a new push to build a windmill farm off the shore of Sunset Park, spearheaded by Senator Charles Schumer, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca. (Ariama C. Long for Kings County Politics)

Governor Cuomo has long said that if the city hits a 7-day 9% positivity rate for Covid-19, he would close the schools in the city. The city hit 9% and Governor Cuomo decided schools will stay open. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

The more infectious UK strain of Covid-19 was found in New York state in Saratoga Springs. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

The city has only used 25% of its Covid-19 vaccine allocation. The mayor announced a goal of one million vaccinations by the end of January. That’s going to be a tough task considering the city has only administered 110k vaccines as of this morning. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The Coney Island History Project launched a new podcast, Coney Island Stories Podcast. If you missed the opportunity to get the sand in your shoes this year, take a dip into some history. (Coney Island History Project)

Bird Alert! A bald eagle was spotted in Central Park. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

Meet the NYC queens on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The NYPD will file charges against “SoHo Karen,” who accused a Black child of stealing her phone and scratched and tackled him in the process. (Ishena Robinson for The Root)

City Sheriffs broke up three New Year’s Eve parties, including a 300 person karaoke party in Queens. (Michael Wilson for NY Times)

Farewell to Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse, closing after 47 years, but it sounds like they have plans of reopening. (EV Grieve)

Max Rose is not running for mayor, saving himself a quick L. (NY1)

The NYPD’s 73rd Precinct tried a radical experiment for five days in December in what could be a model for the future. They removed police officers and replaced them with community members preventing minor incidents. (Yoav Gonen for The City)

10 new public art installations in NYC for January. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plans to appoint Cea Weaver, the campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, to the City Planning Commission. This would be one of thirteen seats on the commission. (Akiko Matsuda for The Real Deal)

Congrats to Ivett Rodriguez on the birth of her son Jaxel, the first baby in NYC to be born in 2021. (Robert Pozarycki for Brooklyn Paper)

Mayor de Blasio announced the there will be a special election on March 23 for the empty 11th and 15th City Council seats. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro)

This week is your last opportunity to own a piece of Gem Spa, the auction ends January 7. (Flaming Pablum)

Marine Park Democratic District Leader Lori Maslow resigned after a weird weekend Twitter rant against Chinese people. She’s since deleted her Twitter account. (Brian Braiker for Brooklyn Magazine)

A technical glitch that took down the NYC Department of Correction’s Inmate Lookup Service last month has left some incarcerated New Yorkers without access to their lawyers or families. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

State Senator Brian Benjamin is running for City Comptroller, the chief fiscal officer for the city, but The City has uncovered multiple phantom donations, including one from a two-year-old, to his campaign. Benjamin says that he will “return” the money. To whom? Not a great omen for someone who wants to oversee the city’s finances. (Clifford Michel for The City)

Six women have been assaulted at the Morgan Ave L Station since November. If you’re using this station, please be alert when you do. (Matt Fink for Bushwick Daily)

From the “No Sympathy” department comes this story from the Times on how difficult it is to find parking in NYC ever since car ownership soared this year. I used to live downstairs from a guy in Park Slope who never moved his car for street cleaning because, as he explained it, paying for every ticket you get because you don’t move your car is cheaper than paying for a spot in any garage in the neighborhood. (Christina Goldbaum for NY Times)

Be careful when crossing 1st Ave and 7th St, because the freshly prepared intersection is now the hole to some sinkholes. (EV Grieve)

Apartment Lust: An historic $4.4 million house in Park Slope’s historic district, complete with garage, two outdoor areas, a full bath in an unfinished basement, and four stories. (Susan De Vries for Brownstoner)

Know a restaurant that opened in 2020? Time Out is making a list. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

Robert Sietsema’s 2020 in sandwiches. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for November 8-9, 2020 – The “Pure Joy in One Specific Eviction” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Legal weed gets Cuomo’s support, date night delivery in Manhattan, Covid rates hit 2%, a new BLM mural, and more

Today – Low: 50˚ High: 70˚
Clear throughout the day.

Governor Cuomo says the conditions are “ripe” for legalizing marijuana sales. The “ripe” conditions appear to be after years of promises and after New York’s third neighbor has legalized it. (Bronx Times)

Apartment Porn: A $1.7 Park Slope condo with some of the highest ceilings I’ve ever seen and two stunning outdoor spaces that are bigger than the apartment. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

It was hard to ignore the pure joy that swept most of the city on Saturday as the country decided to give Joe Biden a new job and evict Donald Trump from the White House. (Edgar Sandoval for NY Times)

From November 15 through December 15, you can catch the 2020 Creative Climate Awards, hosted by the Human Impacts Institute, across four boroughs. 15 artists will each create window installations in previously empty storefronts that highlight the climate crisis. (Jessy Edwards for The Brooklyn Reader)

How “Defund the Police” became a flashpoint in competitive New York races. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

He’s called Black NYPD officers as “animals,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams as a “twitching missing link” on a police message board, and according to a report from the City Council, he’s Deputy Inspector James Kobek, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, whose duties include “promoting a fair and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.” He has been removed from his post as the investigation continues. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

“Black Lives Matter” is a political statement according to the NYPD officer that ejected a 23-year-old from wearing a BLM shirt at a polling site. The shirt wearer was threatened with arrest if he didn’t leave the polling site. The officer was, of course, white and the incident was caught on video. (Nick Pinto for Gothamist)

The NYPD seized a Brooklyn playground and is using it to park their personal vehicles. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

There is a new Black Lives Matter mural in midtown by artist Alexandre Keto. You can find it at 1100 Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street and it will be on display for at least four months and was commissioned by ArtBridge and done via the Department of Cultural Affairs’ City Canvas program, which turns construction fencing into art. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Five things to know if you’re going out to protest in New York City. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Steve Cohen is the new owner of the Mets and he’s starting by flushing the team’s front office from Citi Field in, ahem, Flushing. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewyork Metro)

Want to hike or bike from NYC to Canada? Weird idea, but the Empire State Trail will be finished this week and will, yes indeed, connect NYC to Canada. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

NYC filming locations for The Undoing on HBO Max. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Governor Cuomo gave the go-ahead for some restaurants inside the previous Brooklyn “red zones” to resume indoor dining. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The city’s average positivity rate continues to climb, hitting 2% for the first time since June. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Did you know that Thomas D. Rice, the creator of the “Jim Crow” song and dance, is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery? (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

If you want to gleefully count down the days left in the Trump presidency, head over to Long Island City to see the Trump countdown clock on 44th Dr. (Michael Dorgan for LIC Post)

The city will have a special election on February 2, 20201 to fill the City Council seat recently vacated by Rory Lancman in the 24th City Council District, which covers Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Pomonok, Jamaica Estate, and Briarwood. Lancman was appointed by the governor as Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post)

QAnon supporter Mark Szuszkiewicz has been elected to the New York State Assembly, defeating Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, to represent Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate. He’s claimed that Tom Hanks is a pedophile, downplayed the severity of Covid-19, and claimed face masks spread Covid-19. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The NYC Sheriff’s Office broke up a hookah party inside a warehouse in Kingsbridge in the Bronx with over 125 attendees. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

There are signs of Christmas all over the city, but who would have expected an anarchist Christmas wreath to pop up on St Marks so early? It’s anarchy! (EV Grieve)

The Manhattan date night delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)