The Briefly for February 19-20, 2021 – The “Cuomo Versus the World” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Pearl River Mart has a new home, where to go sledding, the greatest fictional NYC mayor, Amazon gets sued, Block-owned coffee shops, and more

Today – Low: 25˚ High: 34˚
Snow (1–2 in.) in the morning and afternoon.
This weekend – Low: 22˚ High: 34˚

• Ask An Epidemiologist: Should you wear two masks? Dr. David Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner and guy in all those commercials on Hulu, says two are better than one. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)

Farewell to Park Slope’s Mission Delores, a fantastic bar. (Jason Diamond for Grub Street)

17 spots to go sledding in New York City. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

A timeline of Governor Cuomo’s nursing home controversy. (Nick Reisman for NY1)

• Not everyone is fighting Governor Cuomo. Cuomo took $145 million from the MTA’s budget and they aren’t challenging it. Of the $145 million, $107 million is being taken from an operating fund that is supposed to be dedicated to fund mass transit. Cuomo has not stated the reason for removing the money from the MTA’s budget. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

• The Department of Justice and FBI are investigating Governor Cuomo’s administration over the nursing home issue. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

• Assemblyman Ron Kim has been criticizing Governor Cuomo for months about how Cuomo handled the state’s nursing homes. When Kim said Cuomo was “trying to dodge any incriminating evidence,” it resulted in the governor calling up Kim to let him know Cuomo would “destroy” him. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

• Answering the question of who is Ron Kim? (Christine Chung for The City)

Pearl River Mart has found itself a new home at 452 Broadway, near Canal St. (Bowery Boogie)

• Gothamist held a vote for the greatest fictional mayor of New York City, using ranked choice voting, and the results are in! Mayor Lenny from Ghostbusters is the city’s greatest fictional mayor, who also has one of my favorite quotes in history about NYC: “Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right.” (Jake Dobkin and Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

• Photos: 16 stunning photos of NYC landmarks blanketed in snow. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Where does Greenwich Village end? What are the boundaries of Bed-Stuy? How far So of Ho does SoHo extend? The fight over perceived neighborhood borders is heating up again. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

• Interview: Did you watch us land on Mars on Thursday? Meet Vishnu Sridhar, a Queens boy who is the lead systems engineer for the SuperCam on the Mars 2020 rover. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

A look into keeping pigeons, a dwindling hobby in NYC. (Allie Conti for NY Times)

Coney Island will be able to reopen on April 9 at a 33% capacity, but if you want to get in, you must buy tickets in advance and wear face coverings, and the parks must conduct temperature checks and clean the rides frequently. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The city has new guidance for indoor dining, which includes limiting parties to 4 or fewer, wearing a mask whenever you are not actively eating or drinking, and more. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

“I’ve had to cancel counseling sessions to stand by metal detectors that children are required to go through, to monitor the hallways, or to “watch” a group of suspended students. I could fill pages with all the jobs I’ve done that have nothing to do with social work. The rationalization is that any type of human interaction automatically translates into “social work.” That’s because most people have no idea what a social worker does.”
– Vanessa Vélez, Nobody knows what a social worker does. That is hurting our students., for Chalkbeat

• Maps: How Covid-19 impacted internet speeds across the city. (Jameson Zimmer for Untapped New York)

Mount Sinai Health System has been canceling thousands of first dose vaccine appointments in the last few days due to low supply. (Caroline Lewis and Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

• Sections of Queens, Hunts Point in the Bronx, and East New York and Brownsville in Brooklyn had among the lowest percent of residents who have received at least one dose of a Cocid-19 vaccine. (Sydney Pereira and Jake Dobkin for Gothamist)

• Maps: Vaccine data by zip code. (Davin Gannon for 6sqft)

• The case against Amy Cooper, the woman who falsely called the police on a Black man in Central Park for “threatening” her, was dropped on Tuesday after she completed a therapeutic program that included instruction about racial biases. (Jonah E. Bromwich for NY Times)

How New York City’s delivery workers survive snowstorms. (Jasmine Fernandez for NY City Lens)

• Amazon tried to block it with a lawsuit of their own, but Attorney General Letitia James is suing Amazon over the company’s failure to provide safety measures for its NYC workers during the pandemic. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

• Barstool Sports is 100% garbage and founder Dave Portnoy is a piece of human shit. I hold these opinions for reasons outside of Portnoy calling New Haven the pizza capital of the world. The Coney Island Blog makes the (correct) argument that the best pizza int he world is made in Brooklyn. (The Coney Island Blog)

• Check out BKFoxx’s new mural for the Year of the Ox in Chinatown at Dr. Sun Yat Middle School on Eldridge and Hester. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

• The State Liquor Authority has begun to crack down on obvious violations of the rules of outdoor dining, suspending the liquor licenses of nine restaurants and bars. Most suspensions appear to be as a result of fully enclosed outdoor dining structures. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

• Real Estate Lust: A $2.3 million Brownstone in Brooklyn Heights with two outdoor spaces and three fireplaces. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Governor Cuomo has gone back to the drawing board on his marijuana legalization bill after being widely criticized for his last attempt over not doing enough to address communities hit hardest by the war on drugs and still criminalized offenses in ways that would disproportionally impact people of color. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)

Where to find a work from home snack break in the East Village. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

• New York region’s subway system is the worst for air pollution in the Northeast. We’re #1! We’re #1! We’re #1! Suck it, Boston and DC, you can’t keep up with our air pollution in the subways. Maybe after reading this I’ll keep wearing a mask on the subway forever. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Overanalyzing Andrew Yang’s Instagram meals because sometimes we need a break from criticizing the stream of dumb things this guy keeps saying in public. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

28 Black-owned coffee shops in NYC. (Hannah Albertine and Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

The Briefly for January 22, 2020 – The “Rich New Yorkers Are Not Leaving” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: NYC temporarily closes vaccination sites, the Port Authority could get a renovation, the Hunts Point Produce Market strike, and more

Today – Low: 28˚ High: 41˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 22˚ High: 34˚

Mayor de Blasio closed all 15 of the city’s vaccination hubs due to a delay in vaccination shipments of the Moderna vaccine from Washington. The city’s 15 vaccination hubs will reopen when “supplies pick up.” Appointments for people receiving their second shot will be rescheduled, but it’s best to contact the city’s vaccine hotline at 877-VAX-4NYC if you don’t hear anything soon. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

23,000 vaccination appoints have already been rescheduled. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

It’s not just the city, the state is running low on vaccines too. At the current rate of 250k shipped vaccine doses weekly, it will take seven months to vaccinate New Yorkers that are currently eligible. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

A Covid-19 home test vending machine will be coming to W 34th St on Tuesday the 26th inside the new Wellness 4 Humanity store. Tests will cost $119. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Governor Cuomo is asking the federal government for $15 billion in aid or he’ll be cored to raise taxes on the state’s rich, which he thinks will scare them off. Hey dummy, do both. The rich aren’t going anywhere. (Greg David for The City)

Rents for the biggest and most expensive apartments in Manhattan rose by double-digit percentages in December. It’s time to end the charade that the rich are somehow abandoning New York City. (Jeff Andrews for Curbed)

How desperate is the state for money? Lobbying has begun to try to build casinos in Manhattan. (Dana Rubinstein and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

The Port Authority in Manhattan may get a $10 billion overhaul. It would take at least a decade to complete and it would be partially financed by selling the air rights to a commercial tower on top of the terminal and nearby buildings. (Patrick McGeehan and Winnie Hu for NY Times)

The Astoria Mutual Aid Network is raising money so their neighbors in public housing don’t have to live without heat in the winter. For those looking to help, you can still donate. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post)

Interview: Joe Lentol reflects on his over forty years of public service as Assemblymember from the state’s 50th district in Greenpoint after being ousted by Emily Gallagher. (Julia Kott for Greenpointers)

Rendering: No one will accuse 555 Broadway in Brooklyn of looking boring, but it does look like someone is about to lose a game of Jenga. (Sebastian Morris for New York YIMBY)

Mets General Manager Jared Porter was fired for sending lewd and explicit text messages to a female reporter in 2016. (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

Rough Trade NYC is closing their Williamsburg store in order to relocate. They’ve also cut ties with Bowery Presents, who will not be a part of the new location. They have not announced a new location yet, but hope to be open by summer. Their website will remain open in the meantime. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

Jimmy Van Bramer, the thwarter of Amazon’s HQ2 plans, announced he will run for Queens borough president. (Christina Santucci for Queens Post)

Former southern Brooklyn and Staten Island Congressman Max Rose will serve as a senior advisor on Covid-19 in the Pentagon. While serving in Afghanistan, Rose earned a Purple Heart. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

Watch Republican Staten Island Congressmember Nicole Malliotakis get pushed around on CNN and called out on her shit after opposing the 2020 election results and calling for unity immediately afterward. (Erin Burnett Out Front on CNN)

The Manhattan District Attorney Democratic Primary is in June and current DA Cy Vance has raised $4,000 to date. Call me crazy, but it doesn’t seem like he’s running again, even if he hasn’t made any announcements. (Josefa Velasquez and Rachel Holliday Smith)

James Dolan, New York City’s worst songwriter, CEO of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp, and owner of the Knicks and Rangers, started a new political expenditure committee “The Coalition to Restore New York.” Dolan will likely support anyone for mayor that won’t end MSG’s 38-year real estate tax break. (Rosa Goldensohn for The City)

7 forgotten subway entrances. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

Long Island City’s Trump Countdown Clock has finally hit zero. (LICtalk)

NYC’s most anticipated restaurant openings of spring 2021. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

The Bushwick Bar Babes of 2021 calendar is now available. All the charm of Bushwick’s best bars with none of the smell. I miss making jokes about Bushwick. (Matt Fink for Bushwick Daily)

AOC was not at the Inauguration Day in DC because she was backing the workers’ strike at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx, where 60% of the city’s produce is handled. Workers are striking for a $1/hour raise. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

A rundown of what’s going on at the Hunts Point Produce Market. (Rachel Sugar for Eater)

Success Academy, New York City’s largest charter network, will remain fully virtual for the rest of the school year. (Alex Zimmerman for Chalkbeat)

The alleged serial killer in a Brownsville NYCHA complex was arrested on Thursday. His alleged victims were three elderly women all 78 or older. (NY1)

The New York state lawsuit that seeks to dissolve the NRA will be allowed forward. The NRA had attempted to move the lawsuit to federal court. You might say that Attorney General Letitia James has the NRA in her sights. *groan* (Brooklyn Eagle)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has a new idea for disciplining the NYPD – a promise to fire NYPD cops who use illegal chokeholds. What an innovative idea that the mayor could have had at any moment between the 2014 killing of Eric Garner and today. (Rosa Goldensohn for The City)

A new class-action lawsuit accuses the NYPD of violating the rights of New Yorkers through “demoralizing and brutal shows of force, rather than genuine efforts to facilitate protesters’ protected First Amendment activity” and is seeking monetary damages for those who were brutalized and arrested during demonstrations. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The NYPD will serve disciplinary charges against Officer Wayne Isaacs, who used his service weapon to shoot and kill Delrawn Small, an unarmed Black man, following an apparent driving dispute in Brooklyn in 2016. (Yasmeen Khan for Gothamist)

The State Legislature is finally poised to repeal the state’s discriminatory ban on “Walking While Trans” in the coming weeks. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

Podcast: Congrats to Untapped New York for the launch of their new Secrets of New York podcast. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Manhattan pickup artist Samuel Fisher encouraged people to bring guns to DC leading up to the insurrection at the Capitol, saying “they can’t arrest us all man.” He was arrested on Wednesday. You might say the pickup artist was “picked up” by the FBI. *groan* (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

U.S. Army soldier Cole James Bridges was arrested Tuesday for trying to assist ISIS by plotting to kill fellow soldiers in the Middle East and providing advice on potential terrorist targets in New York, including the 9/11 Memorial, according to the Department of Justice. (Matt Katz for Gothamist)

Brendan Hunt, who also went by the handle “X-Ray Ultra,” was arrested by the FBI in Queens for allegedly threatening to murder or incite others to murder members of Congress, specifically AOC and Chuck Schumer. He was suspended without pay by the New York State Office of Court Administration where he works full-time. (Jonathan Dienst, Marc Santia and Joe Valiquette for NBC New York)

Five picks from Time Out on what to stream if you’re missing New York City. I would have put the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the list, but that’s just my pick. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

A first look at the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop’s Automat. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Quickly, take a look at the Bernie meme in various NYC locations before it stops being amusing. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

The Briefly for January 8, 2021 – The “Call the Terrorists Terrorists” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: “Am I Eligible” Covid-19 website site launches, defending a parking lot of housing, a Tim Burton-themed restaurant opens, and more

Today – Low: 27˚ High: 40˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 27˚ High: 39˚

Between empty offices and Covid-19 restrictions, Financial District restaurants are struggling. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Who would advocate for an NYPD tow pound instead of a residential building? The lunatics in lower Manhattan. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Pro-Trump Terrorist Louis Shenker, 22, of Amherst, Massachusetts was charged with placing a false bomb and making a terroristic threat for a bomb hoax at the Queens Place Mall on Monday. The Gothamist headline claims he was a “Pro-Trump Activist,” but that’s bullshit. Gothamist, you should be better than that. He’s literally being charged for making terroristic threats and has known ties to white nationalists. Louis Shenker is a terrorist and shame on the editors of Gothamist for not acknowledging reality. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

More than 30 percent of New York City’s health care workers remain “hesitant” to get a coronavirus vaccine. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The city’s schools shortened their quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days after a possible exposure to Covid-19, following a CDC recommendation. (Alex Zimmerman for Chalkbeat)

The state has a new “Am I Eligible” website that will notify you when you are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

Beetle House, a Tim Burton-themed restaurant, is open for outdoor dining in the East Village. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Bombora House, an interactive stained glass house installation from Tom Fruin, can be seen at the corner of 13th and Ninth Ave. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Old John’s Luncheonette on the Upper West Side, which closed in October, is reopening next month under new ownership. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Another judge ruled in favor of the homeless New Yorkers that were relocated to the Lucerne Hotel. The case is still working its way through the courts, but they won’t be forced to leave for a few more months. (Courtney Gross for NY1)

The city is moving the homeless New Yorkers in the DoubleTree Hotel on West 36th Street to another hotel on 40th St after a request by the Community Board, claiming density as the main issue. (Courtney Gross for NY1)

10 new delivery-only restaurants born out of the pandemic. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Pixar’s Soul takes place in NYC, eight ways ‘Soul’ gets NYC right. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

There are 100 free car parking spaces for every bicycle spot in NYC, according to a new study from Transportation Alternatives, which asks the city to make the city more bike-friendly by installing 1,500 new bike parking spaces, among other changes. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Actions have consequences, but inaction also has consequences. 66-year-old Eleanor Dowe left her 19th-floor apartment on her way to a dialysis appointment and used the stairs because the elevators were out and slipped and struck her head, causing a severe brain injury. She had made 15 calls about broken elevators to NYCHA since August. Now she’s in a coma. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

The NYPD sent around a memo reminding its members that illegal parking is illegal. Mayor de Blasio cut two units from the city’s budget that were dedicated to enforcing placard abuse. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

The former tenants of a Dean Street building are looking to be included in the city’s lawsuit against their former eco-yogi slumlords. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

A Trader Joe’s is coming to Harlem. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

“Moynihan is not perfect, and I know better than anyone else that this train hall is technically not Pennsylvania Station. But for the moment it’s close enough.”
-Justin Rivers, Moynihan Train Hall is Not Perfect, But It’s Close Enough for Untapped New York

An NYPD officer was seen on video appearing to kneel on a Black man’s neck during an arrest in Queens last week. You’ve gotta be kidding me with this. The city’s chokehold ban makes kneeling on a person’s back or neck a misdemeanor. The man arrested is said to have suffered knee and neck injuries while being arrested. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Say hello to the latest list of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city, with NoHo taking the top spot with a median sales price of $3,250,000. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Governor Cuomo says this is the year for legal weed in New York. But also 2020 was the year for legal weed in New York. But also 2019 was the year for legal weed in New York. What’s different this time? New York needs money. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

In another attempt to make some cash, Governor Cuomo has also stated his support for legalizing online sports betting in New York. (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

Farewell to Halloween Adventure in the East Village, the city’s only Halloween Store open in January. After 39 years, the store will be closing soon. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Only 52 people were arrested in connection with the attack on the Capitol, compare that to the more than 40 people arrested on the first night of NYC protests after the death of George Floyd. (Rachel Holliday Smith and Eileen Grench for The City)

Queens’ first IKEA is set to open later this month in Rego Center on Queens Blvd. (Allie Griffin for Sunnyside Post)

Have you ever wanted to see what $2 million in heroin and fentanyl looks like? A packaging mill in the Bronx was busted by the DEA and five people are facing criminal charges. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

If you missed Mean Girls on Broadway before the pandemic, you really missed it. Mean Girls will not reopen when Broadway returns, whenever that might be. (Adam Feldman for Time Out)

[plant-baked] opens today on 7th St, a plant-based bakery. They’re already open and will close when they run out of baked goods to sell. (EV Grieve)

2020’s saddest restaurant closures. (Eater)