The Briefly for January 31 – February 1, 2021 – The “Indoor Dining Returns to NYC” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: The City Council works towards reforming the NYPD, Restaurant Week To Go is extended, the end of the renter’s market, Lunar New Year, & more

Today – Low: 26˚ High: 29˚
Snow overnight.

Due to Monday’s snow storm all Covid-19 vaccination appointments are being rescheduled, in-person classes are canceled, some food distribution and childcare programs are canceled, and the city’s Code Blue emergency cold weather plan is in effect. The National Weather Service is predicting 17 inches of snow with wind gusts up to 50 mph. (John Del Signore for Gothamist)

An illustrated guide to what it’s like to give the Covid-19 vaccine. (Julia Rothman and Shaina Feinberg for NY Times)

Raise your hand if you’re surprised that white New Yorkers have received a disproportionate amount of vaccine doses. No hands? Just checking. (Sydney Pereira, Jake Dobkin, and Nsikan Akpan for Gothamist)

Believe it or not, hundreds of candidates for the June primaries are still required to collect signatures in-person, creating a democratically-mandated super spreader event. The state’s legislature put a bill together to lower the number of signatures required, which Governor Cuomo hasn’t signed yet. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

Interview: Loree Sutton on running for mayor. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

Indoor dining will return to the city at 25% on Valentine’s Day. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

NYC Restaurant Week To Go was extended three additional weeks until February 28, overlapping past the re-opening of indoor dining. (Erika Adams for Eater)

The boogeyman of NYC is “if you do that, people will leave the city.” The latest person to invoke the boogeyman is Andrew Yang, saying if the city scraps its gifted programs, families will leave the city. Critics say the people with the ability to leave the city are middle-class white families and protecting the program is akin to protecting those families over others. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The City Council is one step closer to taking the NYPD out of traffic enforcement and investigating crashes, handing that off to the Department of Transportation. It’s part of the Council’s 12-part agenda which includes many other police reforms. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

Included in the reform package: Ending qualified immunity for NYPD officers who commit misconduct, giving the City Commission on Human Rights the power to investigate police officers with a history of bigotry, Giving press credentialing to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services instead of the NYPD, Creating a new task force to handle mental health emergencies, and more. The reform package answers Governor Cuomo’s call to submit a plan for police reform before April 1 or risk losing state funds. (Christopher Robbins and Yasmeen Khan for Gothamist)

Always read the plaque. Like this one on Pearl Street marketing the site of the city’s first printing press. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

If you hated the “everything is cake” memes, Double Chicken Please on the Lower East Side is selling ice cream that looks just like a hot dog. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

I felt proud of myself after making a batch of chocolate chip cookies last night. Patrick LaMarca’s 4AM CANDY CO. is putting me to shame with these over the top, massive gourmet peanut butter cups available for order. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Photos and Video: The 75th anniversary of NYC’s World War II victory parade. (Abby Gweon for Untapped New York)

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez vacated 262 warrants related to prostitution charges last week, stating he’s aiming to remove the negative consequences for individuals. There’s a much larger conversation to be had about prostitution in New York, but I haven’t seen an article that properly communicates the nuanced problems with the state’s latest efforts. Please feel free to send me links to educated arguments on this. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

If you’ve ventured out to Red Hook and looked behind the (former) Fairway Market, you’ll find a trolley car. Here’s a brief history of how that trolley got there and how it’s connected to the secret tunnel under Atlantic Ave, and the modern (failed) attempts at a Brooklyn-Queens trolley. (Brooklyn Eagle)

William Pepe, the MTA employee arrested in connection to the Capitol insurrection, has been connected to the Proud Boys by the federal government. Pepe continues to be suspended without pay from the MTA. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Who’s running for Queens borough president? Get yourself educated ahead of the June primary. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

A federal judge is appointing a monitor to oversee the city’s special education complaint system, since the city has failed to live up to its side of a 2007 lawsuit requiring the education department to provide services or payments to families within 35 days of receiving a hearing officer’s order. (Alex Zimmerman for Chalkbeat)

Get your leases signed now, because there are some early indicators that the renter’s market could be at an end. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

42 date spots with outdoor heat lamps. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Mets fans rejoice! The new owner of the Mets managed to not Mets things up when it came to the GameStop stock. There was a worry that Steve Cohen’s support of Melvin Capital would require him to take funds away form the team, a very Mets situation indeed. (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

The Lunar New Year is on Friday. 7 restaurants with Lunar New Year specials. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

The Briefly for November 8-9, 2020 – The “Pure Joy in One Specific Eviction” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Legal weed gets Cuomo’s support, date night delivery in Manhattan, Covid rates hit 2%, a new BLM mural, and more

Today – Low: 50˚ High: 70˚
Clear throughout the day.

Governor Cuomo says the conditions are “ripe” for legalizing marijuana sales. The “ripe” conditions appear to be after years of promises and after New York’s third neighbor has legalized it. (Bronx Times)

Apartment Porn: A $1.7 Park Slope condo with some of the highest ceilings I’ve ever seen and two stunning outdoor spaces that are bigger than the apartment. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

It was hard to ignore the pure joy that swept most of the city on Saturday as the country decided to give Joe Biden a new job and evict Donald Trump from the White House. (Edgar Sandoval for NY Times)

From November 15 through December 15, you can catch the 2020 Creative Climate Awards, hosted by the Human Impacts Institute, across four boroughs. 15 artists will each create window installations in previously empty storefronts that highlight the climate crisis. (Jessy Edwards for The Brooklyn Reader)

How “Defund the Police” became a flashpoint in competitive New York races. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

He’s called Black NYPD officers as “animals,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams as a “twitching missing link” on a police message board, and according to a report from the City Council, he’s Deputy Inspector James Kobek, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, whose duties include “promoting a fair and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.” He has been removed from his post as the investigation continues. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

“Black Lives Matter” is a political statement according to the NYPD officer that ejected a 23-year-old from wearing a BLM shirt at a polling site. The shirt wearer was threatened with arrest if he didn’t leave the polling site. The officer was, of course, white and the incident was caught on video. (Nick Pinto for Gothamist)

The NYPD seized a Brooklyn playground and is using it to park their personal vehicles. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

There is a new Black Lives Matter mural in midtown by artist Alexandre Keto. You can find it at 1100 Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street and it will be on display for at least four months and was commissioned by ArtBridge and done via the Department of Cultural Affairs’ City Canvas program, which turns construction fencing into art. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Five things to know if you’re going out to protest in New York City. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Steve Cohen is the new owner of the Mets and he’s starting by flushing the team’s front office from Citi Field in, ahem, Flushing. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewyork Metro)

Want to hike or bike from NYC to Canada? Weird idea, but the Empire State Trail will be finished this week and will, yes indeed, connect NYC to Canada. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

NYC filming locations for The Undoing on HBO Max. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Governor Cuomo gave the go-ahead for some restaurants inside the previous Brooklyn “red zones” to resume indoor dining. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

The city’s average positivity rate continues to climb, hitting 2% for the first time since June. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

Did you know that Thomas D. Rice, the creator of the “Jim Crow” song and dance, is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery? (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

If you want to gleefully count down the days left in the Trump presidency, head over to Long Island City to see the Trump countdown clock on 44th Dr. (Michael Dorgan for LIC Post)

The city will have a special election on February 2, 20201 to fill the City Council seat recently vacated by Rory Lancman in the 24th City Council District, which covers Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Pomonok, Jamaica Estate, and Briarwood. Lancman was appointed by the governor as Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post)

QAnon supporter Mark Szuszkiewicz has been elected to the New York State Assembly, defeating Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, to represent Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate. He’s claimed that Tom Hanks is a pedophile, downplayed the severity of Covid-19, and claimed face masks spread Covid-19. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The NYC Sheriff’s Office broke up a hookah party inside a warehouse in Kingsbridge in the Bronx with over 125 attendees. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

There are signs of Christmas all over the city, but who would have expected an anarchist Christmas wreath to pop up on St Marks so early? It’s anarchy! (EV Grieve)

The Manhattan date night delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

The Briefly for Election Day, 2020 – The “Let’s All Get Through Today Together” Election Day Edition

Today’s NYC news digest: An Election Day overview, food and drink specials, a new public art installation at Atlantic Terminal, Election Day food, and more

Today – Low: 43˚ High: 52˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

Vote Biden. Vote Biden on the Working Families Party.

First thing today, the good news. Over 1.1 million New Yorkers already voted in this year’s election, accounting for about half of the total early votes in the state. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Track your absentee ballot today. (NYC Absentee)

If your ballot hasn’t been accepted yet and you’re starting to feel nervous, you should go vote today. It’s legal and your absentee ballot will be removed and not counted. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

If you encounter an issue voting, fill out a complaint with Attorney General Letitia James’ office. (New York State Attorney General)

NY1’s election Q&A. (Faraz Toor for NY1)

What to eat on Election Day in NYC. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

A round-up of deals and discounts for poll workers and voters. Pizza to the Polls is out in full force, discounts at Baked by Melissa, Chop, Krispy Kreme, CAVA, and more. (6sqft)

If you’re voting today, be ready to see an elevated NYPD presence at polling locations. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

If the NYPD’s presence doesn’t make you feel unsettled, high-end stores along Fifth Ave and in Times Square are being boarded up ahead of Election Day. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Dozens of NYPD officers in riot gear and full body armor violently arrested 11 demonstrators on Sunday afternoon in Madison Square Park. It was a familiar NYPD story where seemingly out of nowhere the police charged the protestors in what seemed like a planned attack. (Sydney Pereira and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

The arrests led to this very odd tweet from the NYPD, who made the claim that unless a journalist is credentialed by the NYPD, they are not journalists. (@NYPDNews)

Photos: Meanwhile, Trump supporters drove around the city with an NYPD escort and eventually blocking the upstate Mario Cuomo Bridge and the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

Emily Gallagher is running unopposed for State Assembly District 50 after her defeat of 48-year incumbent Joe Lentol. Along with ending Lentol’s run in the Assembly, she’s also ending the “member items,” taxpayer-funded allotments for individual lawmakers for projects in their districts, for Williamsburg. (Josefa Velasquez for The City)

More food and drink specials across the city for Election Day. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Need a break from Election Day? Check out Stars in the House, a 10-hour marathon of conversations, rare videos, and live performances featuring Broadway and television stars, running from 9 am to 7 pm. (Adam Feldman for Time Out)

The ultimate guide to Queens, from State Senator Jessica Ramos. (Deanna Ting for RESY)

If you go through Atlantic Ave subway station through December, you’ll find the “I Still Believe in Our City” Public Art Campaign by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a response to an uptick in reports of anti-Asian discrimination, harassment, and bias related to Covid-19. There are 45 pieces in the series. (Lauren Messman for NY Times)

35 additional public act installations to see across the city in November. (Justin Wu for Untapped New York)

Photos: The best Halloween costumes on the subway. (Ben Yakas and Sai Mokhtari for Gothamist)

John Mulaney hosted SNL last weekend, which is always worth watching. This week’s episode yielded another fantastic NYC-focused musical sketch. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

Video: Airport Sushi, a previous Mulaney gem. (SNL on YouTube)

Listen, we all know the current Penn Station sucks, but there are still remnants of the original dotted around the city, including the original stone eagles, which can be found in King’s Point. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Apartment Porn: A $4.65 Park Slope carriage house, with a shared garage across two three-bedroom duplexes, a garden, two terraces, and a roof deck. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

A look at the Queens Museum’s three new, post-lockdown exhibitions. (Holland Cotter for NY Times)

Photos: A look at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition The Costume Institute’s About Time: Fashion and Duration. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The best dishes the editors of Eater ate this week. (Eater)

Nine ways outdoor dining will change New York. (Pete Wells for NY Times)

Meet Paris McKenzie, the youngest beauty supply store owner in Brooklyn. (Yannise Jean for The Brooklyn Reader)