The Briefly for February 14-15, 2021 – The “It’s Not Good News for Governor Cuomo” Valentine’s Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Latest on the subway stabbings, restaurant and bad curfew raised to 11pm, Amazon sues Letitia James, and the best new bakeries in NYC

Today – Low: 30˚ High: 36˚
Overcast throughout the day.

What’s open and what’s closed on Presidents’ Day. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Governor Cuomo is facing allegations of a coverup of the Covid-19 death toll in nursing homes. Melissa DeRosa, a top aide, admitted that the state withheld data because they feared an investigation by the Trump Justice Department. In an unrelated accusation, Attorney General Letitia James accused the governor of undercounting Covid-19 deaths connected to nursing homes. As a result, the state legislature is considering ending the emergency powers given to Governor Cuomo earlier in the pandemic. (Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní for NY Times)

• In other Governor Cuomo-connected bad news, Cuomo is trying to distance himself from a state-run nursing home that was gave more than 60 residents a combination of antibiotics and hydroxchloroquine last spring. (Dean Russell for The City)

• Over 100 candidates and supporters are suing Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio over the signature collecting requirement ahead of the June primaries, arguing that the practice is unconstitutional because it poses a direct threat to public health. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

The barricades in front of Trump Tower have come down. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

• Did You Know: There are two landmarked trees in NYC. Weeping Beech & Magnolia Grandiflora. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

• The city’s Open Culture program that will begin issuing permits for socially distanced street performers on 100 specified streets. The city will also help venues, workers, and organizations who are applying for federal relief through Save Our Stages grants. The state has its own live performances in public places program called NY PopsUp, which seems to be competing with the city’s Open Culture program. NY PopsUp starts February 20, 10 days before the city’s program starts. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

• Starting tonight outdoor dining is being allowed until 11pm. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

• As restaurants are partially open for indoor dining and the Barclays Center will host its first basketball game with a crowd in nearly a year, there is no word on if or when Coney Island will be able to reopen. (Brooklyn Eagle)

• After four stabbings along the A line within 24 hours, the NYPD is sending 500 officers into the subway system. The stabbings, two of which were fatal, happened at the Fort-Washington-181st St, the Mott Ave and Beach 22nd Street, and the West 207th St and Broadway stations. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

• Detectives are questioning a person of interest in connection with the stabbings. (Robert Pozarycki for QNS)

• Advocates for homeless New Yorkers sued the MTA over a series of Covid-19 rules that the suit says unfairly target people who shelter in the city’s subways. (Andy Newman for NY Times)

1.7 million counterfeit N95 masks were seized from a Queens warehouse. The masks were fake 3M masks. If you have 3M masks, you can check that they are genuine using barcodes and lot numbers on their website. All N95 masks include approval numbers that can be checked on the CDC’s website. (Ron Lee for NY1)

A crane on top of a 31-story building in Greenpoint partially collapsed on Thursday afternoon. There were no reports of injuries or anything hitting the ground. Developers are blaming the collapse on a malfunction. The crane’s girlfriend said it happens to a lot of cranes. Oof, sorry, that was an awful joke. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

In praise of Red Hook’s The Record Shop. (Gene Bray for Red Hook Star-Revue)

• This is a weird one. Amazon is suing Attorney General Letitia James in order to prevent her office from bringing charges against Amazon after investigating Amazon’s workplace safety, claiming she does not have the right to investigate workplace safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. Does that seem like a pre-admission of guilt to anyone? (Karen Weise for NY Times)

How to celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC (it’s on Tuesday). (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Top ten secrets of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, one of Manhattan’s oldest buildings. (Untapped New York)

The Frick Collection has announced that it will open its temporary home at 945 Madison Ave on March 18. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

What is a City Comptroller and why should you care? (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

• Interview: Carlos Menchaca discusses his run for mayor. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

• “We Are: The Brooklyn Saints” tells the story of a boys’ youth football team in East New York and is available on Netflix now. (Brian Braiker for Brooklyn Magazine)

The best new bakeries in NYC. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Francesca for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for February 9-11, 2021 – The “Indoor Dining is Back on Friday” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: New vaccine eligibility, the MTA’s cruelty on display, Governor Cuomo’s emergency powers called into question, the best pizza in NYC, and more

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Overcast throughout the day.

• There is a new list of people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. If you are someone with cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, severe obesity, obesity, certain heart conditions, sickle cell disease, pregnancy, liver disease and neurologic conditions, people with immune systems weakened by HIV and immune deficiencies, asthma, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease or is using of immunosuppressive medications, you are eligible for the vaccine on February 15. You must provide a doctor’s letter or medical information proving your eligibility. (Brooklyn Eagle)

TurboVax finds the latest vaccine appointments from 43 city and state-run administration sites in the NYC area. Think of it as the website the city or state never created. (TurboVax)

• There’s also a Twitter account that tweets availabilities. (@turbovax)

• Here’s the story behind TurboVax, which was created by Huge Ma, a software engineer at Airbnb. (Sharon Otterman for NY Times)

• The state’s legislature gave Governor Cuomo emergency pandemic powers about a year ago, but now the question is for how long? (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

Indoor dining will now return at 25% capacity on Friday instead of Sunday, as Governor Cuomo originally announced. (Tanay Warerkar for EAter)

Citi Field will open as a mass vaccination site on Wednesday morning. Citi Field’s appointments will be set aside 50 percent for drivers with TLC licenses and food delivery workers and 50 percent for Queens residents. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• Even with the announcement of Citi Field, the system for booking appointments is difficult to navigate and there is heavy confusion at vaccination sites over eligibility, leaving restaurant workers out in the cold before Friday’s return to indoor dining. (Josefa Velasquez for The City)

• Despite months of talk about vaccine equity from Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo, vaccine inequity is very much here. (Sydney Pereira and Jake Dobkin for Gothamist)

• Welcome to another virtual Fleet Week. (Raanan Geberer for Brooklyn Eagle)

• Victor Rivera, the chief executive of the Bronx Parent Housing Network, one of the largest operators of homeless shelters in New York City, was accused of sexual abuse and financial impropriety. 10 women, including homeless women staying in his organization’s shelters, had accused him of sexual assault and harassment. Rivera also used his nonprofit, the Bronx Parent Housing Network, to enrich himself and his family. He faces a criminal investigation and has been fired from the non-profit. (Amy Julia Harris for NY Times)

The city’s middle schools will return to in-person classes, grades 6-8, on February 25. Not all schools will be opening up for full-time in-person classes. Teachers are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. (Eliza Shapiro for NY Times)

• A 64-year-old woman was killed by a truck driver in Times Square on Saturday afternoon. The driver was not charged. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

NYC’s first plant-based community fridge is up and running outside Overthrow on Bleecker St. (EV Grieve)

• “Hi Jeremy Benches were removed from stations to prevent the homeless from sleeping on them. ^JP” The MTA says this response on Twitter was “posted in error.” Despite stating the tweet was posted in error, the MTA hasn’t corrected the reason why the benches in the 23rd St station were removed. (Bronx Times)

FEMA will help pay for the funeral and burial of COVID-19 victims whose families can’t afford the expenses. Families seeking to file for the coverage will need documentation, such as a death certificate or obituary, to verify the person died. Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced the news on Monday. (Reuven Blau for The City)

The 20 best pizza places in NYC, according to The Infatuation. Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop makes the list but Paulie Gee’s doesn’t and New York Pizza Suprema’s inclusion in these lists always surprises me, but for the neighborhood around Penn Station, it can’t be beat. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, Bryan Kim, Katherine Lewin, Hillary Reinsberg, Arden Shore, and Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Thanks to reader Flo for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for November 22-23, 2020 – The “We Are An Owl City Now” Sunday Edition

Thanksgiving, travel, owls, the Rockefeller Christmas tree, NYC’s tallest building, what to carry out for Thanksgiving, and more

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Rain in the evening and overnight.

Interactive Map: Are you in a Covid-19 hot spot zone? (Shaye Weaver for The Out)

This takes the cake. The NYC Sheriff’s office broke up a sex party in Queens in a yellow hot spot zone. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

If you’re headed to Penn Station, here are some carry out restaurant options. This is not an endorsement of traveling anywhere for Thanksgiving. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

The CDC wants you to stay home for Thanksgiving. (Roni Caryn Rabin for NY Times)

It’s a great year to change up some traditions. Here’s a look at some New Yorkers that are planning multicultural Thanksgiving celebrations this year. (Charu Suri for Eater)

The best takeout and delivery options for Thanksgiving this year. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

A list of the holiday traditions that have been canceled this year and suggestions on how to replace them. (Collier Sutter for Time Out)

While the pandemic has destroyed seemingly everything else, the Bowery Mission will still be distributing thousands of pounds of food to those who need it this year in to-go meals instead of their traditional indoor dining. (EV Grieve)

What is a law that isn’t enforced? Good question, because Governor Cuomo’s 10-person limit on indoor celebrations will not be enforced by the NYPD according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. If you publicly declare that you won’t be doing a portion of your job, would you get to keep your job? (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Video: Walking tour of 5th Ave and Rockefeller Center. (CitiBikeWalkEat)

Four ways to show Chinatown some love this season. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

Map: A subway map that shows what sections were open in what decades. (vanshnookenraggen on r/NYCrail)

Jaythan Kendrick was released from prison on Thursday night after 25 years, after his conviction in a Long Island City murder case was overturned. (Clodagh McGowan for NY1)

The state only distributed $40 million of its $100 million federal rent relief money. What the hell is it waiting for? (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

A look back at the history of the Grand Army Plaza arch in Brooklyn and forward to its renovations, but more important is the detail that the interior of the arch and its roof will be open to the public for special occasions. (John Freeman Gill for NY Times)

“She is an intelligent, autonomous being who should be treated with respect and dignity, and who may be entitled to liberty.” The court case that asks the question “Is Happy the Elephant in the Bronx Zoo a person?” is moving forward after a judge’s decision included the earlier quote. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The MetLife Building Sky Bridge is being demolished. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Looking to avoid people? Here are the days and times to avoid people at coffee shops, grocery stores, and more. The data comes from Google Maps. Restaurants are least busy on Wednesdays at 11 am. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

A history of owls that hitched a ride on Rockefeller Center Christmas trees. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

The Times, determined to ruin our fun, defends the Rockefeller Christmas tree as going through a normal awkward phase. (Ed Shanahan for NY Times)

Oh. My. God. There is a second barred owl! (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

Rendering: A look at what could become the tallest building in NYC (measured by roof height) at 1646′. (Vanessa Londono for New York YIMBY)

Photos: The giant dogs of the Upper West Side. (Sara Lewin Lebwohl for I Love the Upper West Side)

The best things the staff of The Infatuation ate this week. (The Infatuation)