The Briefly for January 26-28, 2020 – The “Getting Away with Attempted Murder” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: NYC gets more vaccines (but not enough), how to defund the police, new hot dog restaurants, a primer on the city’s biryanis, and more

Today – Low: 34˚ High: 37˚
Rain starting in the afternoon.

What do the new Covid-19 variants mean for daily life from an epidemiologist from Columbia University. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

The city will receive more Covid-19 vaccine doses this week, but only 108,000 doses. The vaccination mega sites at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, and Empire Outlets will remain closed. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

What you need to know about the Public Advocate race for 2021. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

Daniel Presti, the co-owner of Macs Public House that hit a sheriff’s deputy with his car, avoided felony charges with a grand jury charging him with two misdemeanors instead. (John Del Signore for Gothamist)

It’s like real life imitating ranked-choice voting. State Senator Gustavo Rivera gave Scott Stringer his endorsement as a first pick for mayor and endorsing Dianne Morales as a second choice. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The Times lays out how much time each mayoral candidate spent outside of NYC, Andrew Yang wants to build a casino on Governor’s Island, NYPD Commissioner Shea does not have most candidates’ support, and highlights from the mayor’s race. (Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Jeffery C. Mays, Dana Rubinstein and Katie Glueck for NY Times)

We are so used to treating the police and policing as the solutions that they most clearly are not. Even conversations with progressives and leftists, it’s hard to shake the language and framework around incarceration. But I know we can do it if we are intentional and clear about how we want to do this work.
– Brandon West, City Council candidate, We Can Defund The Police—Here’s How for The Indypendent

Pickle Alley is, despite your dirty jokes, is the historic home of NYC’s pickle scene in the Lower East Side. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

North Brooklyn’s guerrilla-style, free store, pop-ups. Where to find them, who’s running them, and how to help them. (Erin Conlon for Greenpointers)

Marcia Sells has been hired as the first chief diversity officer of the Metropolitan Opera to rethink equity and inclusion at the largest performing arts institution in the country. (Joshua Barone for NY Times)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art launched The Met Unframed, an interactive virtual art exhibit featuring augmented reality versions of some of the museum’s most iconic masterpieces. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

A primer to New York City’s biryanis. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Real Estate Lust: A cozy $1.75 million Brooklyn Heights duplex with three fireplaces, exposed brick and ceiling beams, a private terrace, and a quick walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The Council has led the way calling for re-authorizing the $25 million in emergency food pantry funding distributed last May. Mayor de Blasio must act again. Millions of New Yorkers still need this support.
-City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Met Council CEO David Greenfield and United Way of New York City President & CEO Sheena Wright, Mayor de Blasio Must Reauthorize Emergency Funding for Hungry New Yorkers for amNewYork Metro

The high cost of closing a restaurant. (Kevin Rouse for Gothamist)

Photos: The original 1910 abandoned Penn Station power plant, the largest remnant form the original station. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

Senator Chuck Schumer is feeling confident about the future of the Hudson River tunnel Gateway Project and congestion pricing in Manhattan under the Biden administration. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

The NYC Sheriff’s Office broke up a 75-person party inside a cramped basement in Woodside, Queens late Saturday night. Sixty-three partygoers face a rare $1,000 fine each for health code violations at the location. The party’s organizer was hit with second-degree obstruction, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and organizing a nonessential mass gathering charges on top of pending alcohol beverage charges that are pending. Idiot. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

Average rents in Long Island City are down, from $4,397 for a two-bedroom apartment to $3,660. Even with the declines, Long Island City is the most expensive neighborhood in Queens. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post)

There are two new hot dog restaurants in Manhattan amid a decade-long decline in hot dog popularity. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Architecture: “Inspired by biology,” “snake-like,” and a “ghostly stance.” Take a look at a proposed idea for the weirdest-shaped building in New York City. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

I’ll never not celebrate the opening of a new pizza place. Austin Street Pizza is now open in Forest Hills. (Drake for Edge of the City)

New York will ask the federal government to waive state tests for a second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Reema Amin for Chalkbeat)

The MTA unveiled a memorial dedicated to the 136 employees who have died from the coronavirus since March. It can be seen on three-panel digital screens across 107 subway stations. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

There are millions of on-street parking spaces for cars in the city. Compare that to only 56,000 spots for bicycles for the 1.6 million riders, embarrassingly low compared to other cities. (Winnie Hu for NY Times)

The hottest heat lamps in NYC and where to find them. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Francesca for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for December 1-3, 2020 – The “New York City’s Least Wanted” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The city’s new test time wait “tool,” AOC for mayor?, the plan to reopen schools, a food gift guide, Times Square is sad, and more

Today – Low: 35˚ High: 53˚
Possible drizzle in the morning.

The city launched a Covid-19 test wait time tool for Health + Hospitals test sites. Don’t get too excited. It’s a PDF that updates every 15 minutes, but as of writing this, it was still showing yesterday’s wait times. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

400 idiots were found in a party in Manhattan at 3 am on Saturday by the city’s Sherrif, who broke up the party. (Mihir Zaveri for NY Times)

The Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home’s funeral director’s license was revoked. This is after dozens of decomposing bodies were found in trucks outside of the funeral home at the height of the pandemic. (Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura for NY Times)

The MTA was scheduled to receive the first of its new open gangway design cars this year, which won’t be happening due to a supply-chain slowdown. The first of the new cars are expected sometime next year. (Jose Martinez for The City)

Governor Cuomo laid out five strategies to prevent overwhelming the state’s hospitalization system. Hospital capacity, testing, keeping as many schools open as possible, limiting small gatherings, and getting a vaccination program ready. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

New York’s least wanted. Accent: Fake Posh. Eyes: Dead Behind. Married to Slenderman? Yes. (@TGLNYC on Instagram)

Being envious of a realistic apartment in a video game may be something that is uniquely New York. (Charles Pulliam-Moore for Gizmodo)

6sqft selects food gifts from 21 NYC restaurants and shops. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

I love the idea of secret tunnels and passageways existing throughout the city, like the abandoned passageway between the Hotel Roosevelt and Grand Central Terminal. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Roberta’s Pizza is closed, as a number of workers contracted COVID-19. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

What’s one way to make viewing the Rockefeller Christmas tree worse during a global pandemic? How about a bunch of rules and needing tickets to see it? I appreciate the idea, but this underscores just how much this year is the worst. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

InThe Coney Island Polar Bear Club has canceled the January 1st swim. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

In better news, SantaCon is also canceled. (Holly Louise Perry for Bowery Boogie)

Laying out the unlikely case for AOC for mayor in 2021. (Amba Guerguerian for The Indypendent)

Andrew Yang is still considering a run at the mayorship. (Sally Goldenberg for Politico)

Arlene’s Grocery may be forced to close on February 1. They’re looking to raise $80,000 on goFundMe to stay open. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

“They’re not going to enforce their own laws. Obviously, we’re not seeing the enforcement around precincts, especially some of mine, where police vehicles are parked everywhere, blocking crosswalks.” The City Council is fed up with the NYPD treating sidewalks like their own personal parking lot. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Middle and high school buildings across the city will not reopen for in-person learning until 2021 with no specific date announced. Elementary and younger will reopen on December 3 and the city will lose the 3% threshold that got us into this mess in the first place. (Reema Amin for Chalkbeat)

Also in the “not for a while” category is congestion pricing, which the MTA now says may not be happening until 2023. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Former UCB employees launched The Squirrel Comedy Theater with an aim towards inclusivity after UCB’s closure in April. Right now you can find them streaming on Wednesday and Thursday nights on Twitch. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

The NY Times has discovered that if Times Square is empty, it’s pretty depressing. (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times)

An ode to New York City’s elevated trains. (Joy Masoff for Untapped New York)

A look at why eviction filings are up, despite the eviction moratorium. (Beth Fertig for Gothamist)

The chief executive of the New York Road Runners, the nonprofit behind the NYC Marathon, will step down in the face of allegations that he fostered a toxic and racist work culture. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

A manhole cover of a mysterious origin. The city’s history still has questions we can’t answer. (Ephemeral New York)

Updated: The ultimate Manhattan delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Francesca for today’s featured photo of Harlem at dawn!

The Briefly for August 6, 2020 – The “NYC is Horny for Books” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: More on the mayor firing Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the MTA’s bad options to continue operating, where to eat in Queens, can you afford an apartment, and more

Today – Low: 71˚ High: 81˚
Rain overnight.

Liquored up ice cream is now legal in New York. The new liquor ice cream can be alcoholic up to 5% by volume. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

Photos and Video: Inside an abandoned Brooklyn warehouse and a look at the treasures left behind. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

In parts of the city, the fireworks stopped shortly after July 4. Apparently Norwood didn’t get the message because there was a 45-minute fireworks display over the weekend in a memorial for James Wimmer, who was a lifelong resident, on what would have been his 45th birthday. In 45 minutes, how many police showed up? Exactly zero. (Norwood News)

Mayor de Blasio wants you to know that he fired Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the city’s former health commissioner, and she did not resign in protest. Yes, it makes total sense to fire your top health official in the middle of a health crisis. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The city’s libraries’ grab-and-go service has proven one thing: New Yorkers are horny for reading. (Reuven Blau for The City)

Why did Mayor de Blasio push Dr. Oxiris Barbot out in the middle of a pandemic? He says he wants the “atmosphere of unity.” Nothing says unity like people quitting your administration in frustration and forcing out the top health official in the middle of a health emergency. That must also be why you keep around NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who shit talks in public. Bill, we all know you’re a simp for cops. (Erin Durkin for Politico)

There are six botanical gardens you can visit in the city this summer. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

A look through the archives of the Brooklyn Eagle at Irving Kaufman’s photography, with a focus this week on NYC construction in the 1930’s. (Phil Kaufman for Brooklyn Eagle)

RIP Pete Hamill, a celebrated NYC reporter whose work was featured in nearly any publication you can name. (Robert D. McFadden for NY Times)

There were still nearly 100,000 customers without power after Tropical Storm Isaias on Wednesday night as ConEd reports it may take days to restore power across the city. Governor Cuomo directed the Department of Public Service to investigate ConEd’s response to the storm. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

If you thought that the city’s bootleg bartenders selling drinks from coolers was going to dwindle in the pandemic, you’re wrong. (Avery Stone for Eater)

With Isaias fresh in mind and with repairs from Hurricane Sandy still going, it’s a good time to examine the loopholes that allow home sellers from disclosing if their home may flood or not. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

Where to get takeout and delivery in Queens, updated for August. (Eater)

It’s like a “Why I’m leaving New York” personal essay, but it’s about a restaurant. Why the Banty Rooster is leaving New York. (Matthew Sedacca with Delores Tronco-DePierro and John DiPierro for Grub Street)

The city will be installing checkpoints to identify out-of-state travelers who are required to quarantine and handing out fines up to $10,000 for violations. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced firings of 79 employees, 181 furloughs, and 93 voluntary retirements. (Julia Jacobs for NY Times)

This is a good link to have when someone asks you if you think they can afford an apartment in NYC: What is a good rent-to-income ratio in NYC. I’ve always used the 40:1 rule, but this goes a bit deeper. (AJ Jordan for Localize Labs)

“If you’ve never been to courts in New York City, even the newest buildings are teeming with people and their germs. Just to call a single case, there have to be at least 10 people in the room. One judge. One clerk. One court reporter. Four court officers. One prosecutor. One defense attorney. One person who stands accused of a crime and possibly their family members. So when OCA tells us that it will only have 10 cases on at once, that doesn’t mean just 10 people confined to one courtroom, but many, many more, all at risk of contracting and spreading the same virus that killed so many, including my colleague.”
-Martha Lineberger, public defender for the Legal Aid Society, Lives Hang in the Balance as Courts Resume In-Person Work for City Limits

Welcome to the first day after Governor Cuomo’s eviction moratorium is over. Without protections form the state, this could be the start of mass evictions and a huge jump in preventable homelessness in the city. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

NYC will dedicate a team of contact tracers to investigate coronavirus cases in schools, but based on the city’s contact tracing program so far (reminder: the NY Times called it a “disaster”), don’t get your hopes too high. (Christina Veiga for Chalkbeat)

Go home, NY Times, you’re drunk. Headline: New York’s Sidewalk Prophets Are Heirs of the Lascaux Cave Artisans (Seph Rodney for NY Times)

According to RentHop’s rental report, rents dropped 5% year-over-year in Manhattan. (RentHop)

A rundown of all of the bad options the MTA has now that it seems clear that the federal government is not going to be helping and congestion pricing isn’t happening anytime soon. Reduced service with raised fares? Check. Signal upgrade delays? Check. Shelving new construction? Check. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but every choice past page one is bad. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

The best places to eat sushi outside” is a very 2020 headline. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)