The Briefly for March 2-4, 2021 – The “Let’s Learn About the Lt. Governor” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The continuing disaster that is Governor Cuomo, the Moonstruck house is for sale, where to eat hot pot, and more

Today – Low: 32˚ High: 33˚
Clear throughout the day.

• Six Knicks fans on what it was like at the first game back at MSG. (Jeff Andrews for Curbed)

• Weddings can return to New York with some very bizarre rules. Dance zones, wedding bands behind glass, separated cocktail hours, and more. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Governor Cuomo had a bad Sunday (boo-friggin-hoo). In typical Cuomo fashion, he responded for calls for an independent investigation with appointing a judge that worked with a longtime ally of Cuomo. Next he asked the Chief Judge of the State of New York and Attorney General Letitia James to choose a private lawyer to investigate but the Chief Judge is a political appointment made by the governor, so now Cuomo is zero for two. After his second failed idea, he relented to Letitia James’ demands to fully investigate the sexual harassment claims against him. Kudos to Sydney Pereira who kept on top of this story, making updates as the day went on. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

• Yes, Governor Cuomo did do the sexual harassment training that he mandated in 2019. No, it did not seem to help. (Josefa Velasquez for The City)

A third woman has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against the governor, stemming from an incident at a September 2019 wedding. (Matt Flegenheimer and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

• As a part of Letitia James’ investigation of the governor, Cuomo could be compelled to testify. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní for NY Times)

• This seems like a good time to educate ourselves about Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, who is next in line for the office of governor. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

RIP to David Mintz, the man who invented Tofutti in a basement in Chinatown. (Hugh Merwin for Grub Street)

• “You need to put a wall around your family because you might get shanked,” was “friendly advice” from mayoral candidate Eric Adams to mayoral opponent Ray McGuire. Seems like a threat. (Jeffrey C. Mays for NY Times)

• Podcast: Aaron Foldenauer on his run for mayor. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

• Photos: You can never have enough Snowy Owl. (D. Bruce Yolton for Urban Hawks)

• Trader Joe’s is finding itself in some hot water after firing an employee for advocating for workplace safety in an email to the CEO. Trader Joe’s claims he was fired for showing disrespecting customers. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Meet Meisha Ross Porter, NYC’s new schools chancellor. (Alex Zimmerman, Christina Veiga, and Reema Amin for Chalkbeat)

• “Giving up on the subway” is the new “I don’t own a TV.” (Jose Martinez for The City)

• For only $12.85 million you can own the house from Moonstruck. On top of being built in 1829, having 4-stories and what’s described as “5+” bedrooms, your home would also have a direct connection to Cher, and that’s all any of us could ask for. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• New Yorkers working and volunteering at nonprofits that help meet the huge pandemic-driven demand for food are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday. Things are a bit muddy for people who are members of mutual aid groups. (Reuven Blau for The City)

• You wouldn’t normally read about a Smashburger opening in Brooklyn in The Briefly, but the first five people on line for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on March 3 will win free burgers for a year. (Carsen Holaday for amNewYork Metro)

• The Bushwick-based Mil Mundos Books is back at Essex Market “until further notice.” (EV Grieve)

Where to eat hot pot outside in NYC. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

The Briefly for February 26-27, 2021 – The “NYC Anarchy No More” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The breakfast burrito worth a wait in the cold, sexual harassment claims against Governor Cuomo, Jojo Siwa plays MSG first, and more

Today – Low: 36˚ High: 42˚
Possible light rain overnight.
This weekend – Low: 40˚ High: 48˚

• Turns out the Maluma concert in October isn’t MSG’s first show of the year. JoJo Siwa will play MSG on July 30. MSG will have a 10% capacity and everyone will need proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours, not a rapid test. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

7 queer-friendly barbershops in Brooklyn. (Nick Gallagher for Brooklyn Magazine)

We’re no longer anarchists in the eyes of the federal government. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Former NYPD officer Thomas Webster was turned himself in on charges that he assaulted a Washington police officer during the January 6 insurrection. (Jonah E. Bromwich for NY Times)

The anti-Nicole Malliotakis PAC raised more than $20,000 in three weeks to help push out the freshman Republican congressmember. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

• Malliotakis says she will vote against the Covid-19 stimulus package, citing unspent money from the last relief bill. (Faraz Toor and AP for NY1)

NYC Beer Week will be virtual this year from February 28 – March 7. (Brew York)

• Moynihan Train Hall has a new photo installation, Penn Station’s Half Century, with photos form the original Penn Station from 1910 to 1963. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

• Turns out Century 21 isn’t dead. Without specifics, they announced a relaunch for later this year. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

Tracing the travels of the Frito Pie from the invention from Teresa Hernandez in New Mexico in the 1960s to New York City. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

• Video: Defunctland covers Coney Island’s history. (Defunctland)

• The MTA is trying to keep the pandemic-level of service on the C and F trains moving forward, Transport Workers Union Local 100 is fighting against them. (Jose Martinez for The City)

• The hottest slice of pizza right now is the pizza made from Gabriele Lamonaca’s kitchen in Harlem. How can you get some in your mouth? Bartering! (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

• A survey shows that after restaurants implemented the city’s optional Covid-19 surcharge, restaurant workers tips declined. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

North Brooklyn gay bars to support during the pandemic. (Billy McEntee for Greenpointers)

Cy Vance has eight years of Donald Trump’s tax returns. (Jonah E. Bromwich for NY Times)

A new variant of the Covid-19 virus is spreading in New York. Say hello to B.1.526, which is different fro the UK and South African variants. (Apoorva Mandavilli for NY Times)

• Dr Howard Zucker, Commissioner of Health for New York State, defended the use of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin in state-run nursing homes early in the pandemic. (Dean Russell for The City)

Lindsey Boylan’s post about her experiences of abuse with Governor Cuomo. (Lindsey Boylan)

• Mayor de Blasio is calling for an independent investigation into the accusations of sexual harassment against Governor Cuomo. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Peter Luger filled its main dining room with wax figures from Madame Tussauds. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

A definitive ranking of celebrity wax figures at Peter Luger. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

NYPD Chief Terence Monahan is retiring and taking a new role as senior adviser for public safety under newly-named “recovery czar” Lorraine Grillo. Monahan has been partially blamed for the NYPD’s response to the George Floyd protests over last summer. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Lincoln Center will be opening ten new outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces on April 7, part of their Restart Stages initiative. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

• Since its recovery, the wreckage of TWA flight 800 has been in a warehouse in Virginia, used for training plane crash investigators. It’s scheduled for destruction later this year. (Michael Gold for NY Times)

• Mayoral candidate and City Comptroller Stringer released out a detailed 27-point compendium of progressive housing goals called “Housing is a Right, Not a Privilege,” rebutting Mayor de Blasio’s approach. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

• Podcast: Maya Wiley discusses her run for mayor. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

The Harlem Chocolate Factory’s Golden Brownstone chocolate bars, inspired by Harlem’s brownstones, landed on Oprah’s favorite things list. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

The Queens Drive-In will return on March 5 with a free screening of Coming 2 America. (Daniel Maurer for Bedford + Bowery)

9 Brooklyn restaurants with great patios for outdoor dining. (Andrew Cotto for Brooklyn Magazine)

• Waiting in line for trendy food is back and Ryan Sutton says the line for a breakfast burrito at Ursula in Crown Heights is worth the wait, even in the winter. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

Thanks to reader Zlata for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for February 23-25, 2021 – The “Movie Theaters Reopen on March 5” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The biggest idiot in New York, a deathbed confession links the NYPD to Malcolm X’s assassination, the best doughnuts and more

Today – Low: 34˚ High: 40˚
Drizzle in the morning and afternoon.

• Only an idiot would steal a bunch of merchandise from a Chanel store and then brag online about having enough merchandise to open a small boutique. Meet Eric Spencer, that alleged idiot, who was arrested in Florida for allegedly sticking up a SoHo Chanel store in broad daylight earlier this month. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• Thanks to a deathbed confession, there is new evidence that the NYPD and FBI conspired in the assassination of Malcolm X. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The Metropolitan Opera may not return in 2021. The Met’s General Manager Peter Gelb is trying to cut wages 30% long term across the opera’s workforce and the stage employee union is standing up to Gelb with the campaign “Without People the Opera is Nothing.” (Bobby Panza for I Love the Upper West Side)

New York City movie theaters can reopen on March 5 at 25% capacity and PCR tests will not be required to enter. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• The Times questions if Governor Cuomo’s bullying style can still work in politics, detailing years of intimidation, insults, and threats. (Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní for NY Times)

• As reported last week, Pearl River Mart is re-opening this spring in a new location in Soho. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

• Ask an epidemiologist: Dr. Jessica Justman on how to stay safe on the subway. The clean surfaces don’t matter nearly as much as wearing a mask and keeping your distance. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

MTA transit crews will now give out a second mask to anyone who asks for it. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

• Interview: What it’s like to start a nursing career during the Covid-19 crisis. (Alexa Shahrestani for Bedford + Bowery)

• While not NYC specific, this data visualization of the 500,000 American deaths due to the Coronavirus is absolutely staggering and worth of your time to understand its impact. (Sam Hart for Reuters)

• Advocates for charter schools hope more can reopen soon, after a judge ruled the city must include them in the program that provides free weekly tests at traditional public schools. The city is appealing the ruling, arguing the city’s obligation to provide free, random sample testing beyond Department of Education schools. (Jessica Gould for Gothamist)

The city now has a “recovery czar,” whatever that means. Recovery from the pandemic seems like it should be the top focus of the mayor, but since we haven’t fully recovered yet from Hurricane Sandy, we can hardly expect the mayor to treat this like it’s his job either. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

New FEMA-managed vaccination sites will open on Wednesday at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens with appointments available for people who are currently eligible and live in nearby zip codes. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

• Despite what the mayor has publicly said, some second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were delayed by the weather. NYC Health + Hospitals claim they will be resupplied by mid-week. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)

Madison Square Garden announced its first concert in 2021. Colombian reggaeton artist Maluma is scheduled to perform on October 1. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

The Peoples Improv Theater is vacating its main location on East 24th Street. The PIT List and Pioneers bar on 29th St will remain for now. (Anne Victoria Clark for Vulture)

The NYCHA keeps poisoning kids with lead with apartments they declare are “lead-free.” It is shameful that the city has poisoned over 1,000 children in the last decade. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

• This is a great moment to ask the question “What is the NYCHA?” and other questions about public housing. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

• The City Council seems ready to take a serious look at reducing certain helicopter traffic around the city to the degree that they can. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

• Podcast: Guiddalia Emilien discusses her run for mayor. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

Who is running for Staten Island borough president? Surprise! They’re both Republicans. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

• If you’re horny for watching Trump lose, I’ve got some great news for you. The Supreme Court denied the unemployed Florida man’s attempts to block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance from obtaining eight years of his personal tax records. A grand jury will see his tax records “almost immediately.” (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• The city is severing its contracts with the Trump Organization to operate the Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink in Central Park ahead of April. The rinks will stay open through the end of the season despite the city first announcing they would close early. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

• Photos: Check out these massive, climbable sculptures are headed to MoMA PS1. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Photos: The Lake in Central Park is frozen solid! (Michelle Young with photography by Ryan Lahiff for Untapped New York)

10 black baseball sites in New York City. (Dave Kaplan for Untapped New York)

The best doughnut shops in the city. (Swathi Reddy for Thrillist)

Thanks to reader Francesca for today’s featured photo!