The Briefly for August 24, 2020 – The “One Thing the Pandemic Can’t Stop” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The eviction moratorium is extended, teachers fight back against starting school, the city sued over indoor dining, and more

Today – Low: 75˚ High: 88˚
Clear throughout the day.

Do not wait. Click here to apply for your absentee ballot today. Everyone in the city can apply.

The Times lays out why an antibody test and its results are useless if you want to know if you’ve ever had Covid-19 or if you can’t get it again. (Donald G. McNeil Jr for NY Times)

Here comes the fall foliage, the greatest show in New York City this fall. Also, it’s the only show in New York City this fall. Here are some spots to check out the fall foliage. (Katrina Makayan for New York Family)

Of all the things that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken away from New York, but the $2 billion AirTrain to LGA isn’t one of those things, as the FAA’s draft Environmental Impact Study concludes it “best meets the stated Purpose and Need.” (Eve Kessler for Streetsblog)

Even Governor Cuomo wouldn’t give an answer when asked if he has school-age kids if he would send them back to NYC schools. Classes start on September 10. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Last week teachers rallied at Grand Army Plaza against reopening the city’s schools, citing unsafe conditions, a lack of a comprehensive testing program, and decades of neglect of the buildings themselves. (Emily Freedman for Bedford + Bowery)

Can the city force teachers back into classrooms if teachers feel the classrooms are unsafe? The teacher’s union has begun gauging support for a strike over school reopening plans. (Reema Amin for Chalkbeat)

The subways will continue to stay shut down overnight, but the MTA is ending its program that gave free cab rides to stranded late-night essential workers. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Steiner Studios announced plans to build a 500,000-square-foot production facility on the waterfront in Sunset Park (less than a mile south of Industry City). This is a part of the city’s “Made in NY Campus,” which the mayor announced in his last “State of the City” speech, which is supposed to offer “more attractive rents than private property owners.” The city is contributing $15 million to construction costs. (Sebastian Morris for New York YIMBY)

The ACLU has released data on complaints against over 81,000 current or former NYPD officers after the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay which blocked them from releasing the information. (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

NYPD Misconduct Complaint Database. (New York Civil Liberties Union)

It’s been four months since Francisco Garcia, an officer with a history of misconduct complaints and lawsuits and was caught on video beating a bystander and kneeling on his head while “enforcing” social distancing on the Lower East Side. It was one of the early indications that the NYPD would treat social distance enforcement like Stop And Frisk. According to the NYPD, the disciplinary process is “ongoing.” (David Cruz for Gothamist)

A look at Crocheron Park in Bayside. At a time when the city’s parks have never been more valuable, Crocheron Park has never looked worse. (Queens Crap)

The Brooklyn Museum will reopen to the public on September 12 and the Brooklyn Aquarium will be reopening on August 27. Like everything else in life in 2020, there will be new restrictions. (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

All New York evictions are suspended until October 1 thanks to a ruling from the Office of Court Administration. Advocates are calling for an indefinite moratorium and landlords’ attorneys want to start evicting people yesterday. (Isaac Scher for Bushwick Daily)

As more and more types of businesses reopen, Coney Island is left behind. (Erin Durkin for Politico)

It’s hard not to make the NYU-Fyre Fest comparison with students sharing what the “meals” the school has served them. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

A lawsuit against New York’s statewide plastic bag ban was struck down by the state Supreme Court. The Bodega Association and plastic bag manufacturers brought the lawsuit. Nice to see this finally come to an end (for now). (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Following the city’s July 4th celebration, the de Blasio administration is working with Macy’s to ruin the Thanksgiving day Parade in similar fashion. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The city has no plans to reinstate indoor dining and 100 restauranteurs announced plans to sue the city to allow indoor dining in a reduced capacity. Outdoor dining is set to expire for the year on October 31. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Following Governor Cuomo’s “alcohol must be ordered with a substantial amount of food” is having an effect, causing the closure of the cocktail bar Mister Paradise in the East Village. (Erika Adams for Eater)

The State Liquor Authority has banned any advertised or ticketed music, karaoke, or other forms of live entertainment at bars and restaurants. This one is personal for me. I have been hosting socially distanced trivia since the start of July in an outdoor venue where every rule the state has implemented was strictly followed. It was free to attend, but we advertised it regularly. Is trivia entertainment? Depends on who you ask, but as of now, we have to stop. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has spoken about this coming winter. “Snowfall will be greater than normal in the Northeast.” Go to hell, Old Farmer’s Almanac. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The New York Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, a multi-year effort to overhaul a stretch of the Lower East Side’s shore to protect the area from future flooding and storms. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

There will be a TONY award ceremony for the abbreviated 2019-2020 season. The show will take place this fall and it will be, of course, virtual. Broadway is currently closed through January 3, 2021, at the earliest. (Michael Paulson for NY Times)

Streetsblog asks a solid question: Why the hell are the double-decker tour buses still operating around the city? (Adam Light for Streetsblog)

11 inexpensive Times Square restaurants for takeout and outdoor dining. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The Briefly for June 11, 2020 – The “Make It A Little Kinky” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: A breakdown of arrests during curfew, the Barclays Center embraces its role as Brooklyn’s town square, the #1 sought-after apartment amenity, and more

Today – Low: 69˚ High: 79˚
Rain in the afternoon.

How the Barclays Center became Brooklyn’s new town square and how the Barclays Center has embraced its role as Brooklyn’s home for non-violent protest. A very off change of pace for an arena that was fought against so hard by the community. (Norman Oder for BKLYNER)

Suggestions for how to keep your orgies clean, stop kissing people, wear masks, “make it a little kinky,” and promoting the use of glory holes. The city’s guidelines for practicing safe sex in the age of Covid-19, and they’re… not what you might expect. (Anna Iovine for Mashable)

Having sex in a subway station? Not on the list of how to stay safe, but ªit didn’t stop these two from getting in on in the High Street-Brooklyn Bridge A/C station back in May. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

Three groups are suing to block a rezoning proposal on the Flushing waterfront, arguing that an environmental review needs to be conducted before the development proposal can go through. The groups are looking to block a 13-building complex with plans for retail, hotels, offices, and over 1,700 apartments. (Christine Chung for The City)

What do you want in an apartment when all of this is over? According to anonymized StreetEasy searches, being pet friendly is no longer the #1 amenity people are looking for. The new king? In-unit laundry. (Emily McDonald for StreetEasy)

Two men, dressed like NYPD officers, pulled off a $150,000 jewelry heist. They would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those pesky cops. (Johnny Diaz for NY Times)

Inside of Peter Luger’s attempts to survive. (Gary He for Eater)

A few months ago we welcomed places like H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Gap into the rent resistance, now they’re being sued for unpaid rent. (Rich Bockmann and Sasha Jones for The Real Deal)

It’s been ten weeks since the governor closed all of the city’s playgrounds. When a playground couldn’t properly be closed, the entire park that contains it was closed, shutting out entire communities from green space. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

It was a misunderstanding and not malice that led to a Black Lives Matter mural being painted over in Gowanus. Artists have begun refilling the painted walls with new protest art with the support of the developer who owns the property. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

If you’re looking for restaurants to reopen in the city because you want to feel normal again, restaurants are going to feel weird for a while. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street)

A running list of new restaurants that opened during the pandemic. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

Video: Rep. Eliot Engel, Jamaal Bowman and Chris Fink debated ahead of the June 23 Democratic primary for Engel’s congressional seat, with topics mostly focused on policing and the Black experience. (Emily Ngo for NY1)

Transit workers rallied in Staten Island on Wednesday, calling for raises for their service during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

Photos: Inside LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

A history of the NYPD using deadly force in NYC. (Errol Louis for NY1)

What the hell is going on with the NYPD that they aren’t wearing masks when interacting with the public? (Michael Wilson for NY Times)

Who answers phones and files paperwork at police precincts? Uniformed police officers. Multiple legal rulings have instructed the NYPD to replace those roles with less expensive civilians, but there are still 500 uniformed officers in clerical roles across the city. Replacing those officers with police administrative aides could save the city $30 million a year. This argument has found a new home in the defund the police movement. (Reuven Blau for The City)

Interview: Meet Shannon Jones, the co-founder of Bronxites for NYPD Accountability (aka Why Accountability); and Shellyne Rodriguez of Take Back the Bronx, the organizers of the Bronx march that was violently attacked by the NYPD and whom NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea called “outside agitators.” (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

A breakdown of the summonses issued and arrests made during NYC’s curfew. (Sydney Pereira and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

State Attorney General Letitia James tapped former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch as a special advisor to help investigate the NYPD’s “interactions” with demonstrators during the George Floyd protests. (Robert Pozarycki for Gay City News)

Mayor de Blasio doesn’t want to remove NYPD officers from city schools. How long before the City Council has a veto-proof majority to make this happen, rendering the mayor’s opinion moot? (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

Nix is closing. The Michelin-starred restaurant won’t live to see phase two, with blame placed on the Covid-19 financial hardship. (Beth Landman for Eater)

The Coney Island gated community Sea Gate’s private Sea Gate Police Department is under fire for hassling nonwhite residents, roughly arresting a fisherman, discriminating against black members of the force, and more. (Clifford Michael for The City)

35+ black-owned restaurants in NYC by borough. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Thanks to reader Elizabeth for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for November 15, 2019 – The “Why Do Tourists Love the M&M Store?” Weekend Edition

The weekend subway changes, the MTA will pay $250 million to get $200 million back, the next great pastrami sandwich, Hart Island will become a park, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

This weekend’s planned subway disruptions are non-existent on the numbered lines, but hits the E, R, L, and Q trains. (Subway Weekender)

The MTA is considering a restructuring “transformation plan” that will end up firing thousands of administrative jobs in an effort to save money, but will still end up with a $426 million deficit in 2023. (amNewYork)

While the MTA fires thousands, they’ll be making way for 500 police officers. The cops will cost $250 million and are theoretically partially financed by the $200 million they will be saving through anti-fare evasion efforts, or to put it another way over 18 million subway rides. What a deal! We only have to spend $250 million to get back $200 million. (Streetsblog)

This is the real question. Why do tourists love the M&M store so much? (/r/AskNYC)

How can you make ordering lunch worse? Ask Sweetgreen, whose “3.0” location manages to lower the bar even further while you pay $15 for a salad. (Eater)

The story that started with the most questionable Halloween decorations has a surprise ending of honest conversation. (NY Times)

The East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan, which will protect the Lower East Side from the rising ocean and storms like Superstorm Sandy passed City Council, but there is already a lawsuit planned to try to stop the phased construction along the 2.4 miles of shore. Leading the charge is Arthur Schwartz, the same lawyer who tried to sue the 14th St busway out of existence. (Curbed)

Major League Baseball signed a deal with Nike that would have shut out multiple businesses surrounding Yankee stadium from selling Yankees gear, effectively killing them completely, but after an rallying effort from the Yankees’ front office, places like Stan the Man’s will be included in the MLB deal. (amNewYork)

Hart Island, the city’s mass gravesite for early AIDS patients, stillborn children, the disenfranchised, the unknown, and Veterans that dates back to the Civil War, will be transferred from the Department of Corrections to the Parks Department. As part of the bill passed by the City Council, the Department of Transportation will be charged with creating transportation to the 101-acre island. (Curbed)

In response to the candy and churro-related arrests happening in the subways, the mayor asked the MTA to consider designated “vending areas” in subway stations. Could it be that de Blasio’s never-ending feud with Governor Cuomo actually spurs the mayor to stand up for the people of the city? (Politico)

The mayor has asked some 18,000 city employees, 15,000 of them FDNY, to be a part of the new Outreach NYC program. The program will report unsheltered homeless people in an attempt to connect them with voluntary outreach programs. (amNewYork)

An 85-foot mural by Keith Haring that once adorned the halls of Grace House, a youth organization in the Upper West Side, sold for $3.9 million. The church who owned the land sold the building and removed the mural in worry that it could have been destroyed in renovations. (NY Times)

Facebook is moving into 1.5 million square feet of office in Hudson Yards next year. While this isn’t mentioned in the article, I assume that means that Apple won the bidding war for space in the Farley Building inside the post office on 34th. (amNewYork)

Via is now offering $15 rideshares from LaGuardia to Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn and $20 rides to Staten Island and the Bronx. (Gothamist)

Our airports are the most expensive in the country, from the flights to parking to coffee. (Patch)

Why not add ice skating to that list? The TWA Hotel will be installing an ice skating rink at JFK airport. (amNewYork)

Photos: A first look inside the Waldorf Astoria’s historic conversion. (6sqft)

Attorney General Letitia James is suing B&H Photo for failing to pay $7.3 million of taxes when offering instant rebates. When offering an instant rebate, the law says you are taxed on the pre-rebate price, but B&H had been collecting taxes on the post-discounted price. (amNewYork)

A teenager was arrested and charged with three counts each of hate crime assault, aggravated harassment, and harassment for throwing eggs as a synagogue and Orthodox Jewish New Yorkers. (Gothamist)

Comings and goings from Broadway: Going is Tootsie, coming is Woman in Black, KPOP, and cuts to West Side Story. (amNewYork)

Scooter and Pete are two adorable new Red Panda fur babies making their at the Prospect Park Zoo. There are photos and video. (Gothamist)

What’s going on with chicken parm and horny singles? (Eater)

There’s a deadly drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris. More than 800 cases have been reported in the country and half of them have been in New York. A list of hospitals, long-care nursing homes, and hospice units that have been exposed is available. (amNewYork)

The mayor held a town hall and you can be sure that for any criticism levied against him or his administration, he had someone else to blame and in a few occasions it was the audience. (Gothamist)

The NYPD arrested and charged Michael Hall with attempted murder, two counts of arson, one count of criminal possession of a dangerous weapon, two counts of attempted assault, one count of menacing and harassment in connection to a series of fires at the NYCHA complex, the Louis Pink Houses, that occurred over a span of six months. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The city’s next great pastrami sandwich is from Hometown Bar-B-Que in Industry City. (Eater)

The 16 most exciting Caesar Salads in the city. (Grub Street)