The Briefly for February 5-6, 2021 – The “New York is Dead. Don’t Come Back.” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Pity the millionaires on Park Ave, mayoral candidates back away from defund the police, searching for the perfect mozzarella stick, & more

Today – Low: 28˚ High: 41˚
Light rain in the morning and afternoon.
This weekend – Low: 21˚ High: 37˚

• Battery-powered sweatshirts, blanket rentals, navigating a meal in the dark, and the highs and lows of eating outside in sub-freezing temperature. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

• Nothing is as New York as putting up billboards in Los Angeles and Miami saying “New York is Dead. Don’t Come Back.” Kudos to The Locker Room, a female-owned Brooklyn-based creative house, for the idea. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Restaurant workers are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. It took less than a day after announcing indoor dining’s that Governor Cuomo realized that sending people indoors to interact with a staff that is unvaccinated is the idea of an idiot. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Eastern Queens is a vaccine desert. (Clodagh McGowan for NY1)

Yankee Stadium opens as a vaccination spot today with appointments available for Bronx residents. There are appointments available. (Shannan Ferry for NY1)

• The MTA opened a new entrance to the Nostrand A/C station on Thursday. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

• It’s pretty common advice in the city to avoid looking like a tourist by not looking up as you walk, that likely makes the Walk of Fame at Theater 80 on St. Marks one of the city’s most well-seen landmarks. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

12 new public art installations in February at Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Port Authority and more. (Michelle Young Untapped New York)

• Real Estate Lust: A $2.65 million Crown Heights townhouse with a massive backyard and beautiful an en-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower. Sometimes a listing is just nice to look at because you’ve been inside your apartment for nearly a year and it’s just nice to think about being somewhere else for a moment. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• No one should be surprised at a headline that reads “Rockaway ‘pizza nazi’ charged with harassing ex-girlfriend.” (David Brand for Queens Post)

The search for the impossibly perfect mozzarella stick with Big Stick Willy’s in the East Village. (Megan Pzetzhold for Grub Street)

• The discriminatory loitering law known as a ban on “walking while trans” has been repealed by the state’s legislature. State Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan and Assemmblymember Amy Paulin of Westchester were the bill’s lead sponsors. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

The Harriet and Thomas Truesdell House at 227 Duffield Street was designated an individual landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, ending a sixteen year-long fight to preserve the structure which is to believed had once been a stop on the Underground Railroad. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Ranked Choice Voting was unnecessary for the city’s first election utilizing it. Congrats to Democrat James Gennaro on winning the Queens City Council District 24 election. (Christine Chung for The City)

Meet the self-appointed and self-proclaimed Nut-Butter Don of Flatbush. (Emma Orlow for Grub Street)

• Remember the nets installed under the 7 train to prevent debris from falling onto pedestrians and vehicles? Well now they’re full of snow and are being described as “vast, pendulous sacks.” Apparently the MTA didn’t think about what happens when it snows when installing them. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• The Hess spite triangle, my favorite spot in NYC, is for sale with the Village Cigars Building on the corner of Seventh Ave South and Christopher Street for $5.5 million. (Sophia Chang and Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)`

• Pity the inhabitants of 432 Park, one of the wealthiest addresses and once the tallest residential buildings in the world, who complain about leaks, a creaky building, and elevator malfunctions. One prerequisite for living in the building is spending $15,000 a year at its private restaurant, overseen bu a Michelin-star chef. (Stefanos Chen for NY Times)

• Chicago pizza, Philly cheesesteaks, Nashville hot chicken, Detroit pizza, and now St. Louis wings? (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

• Staten Island’s Republican Representative Nicole Malliotakis voted against certifying the 2020 election results, held a “Get Well Soon” rally for former President Trump, and one of her campaign operatives and longtime friend posted a video saying “Heil Hitler” on Facebook. Now Malliotakis has a new opponent. The Nicole is Complicit PAC raised $20,000 within four hours of launching its website to ensure that Malliotakis is a one term member of Congress. (Jazmine Hughes for NY Times)

The filming locations for Netflix’s Unorthodox. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

• Patch wants to find NYC’s worst slush puddle. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has launched a series of guided audio walks and installations, offering in-depth visits that remain socially distanced. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

• Photos: Swoon’s sculpture and mobile performance stage The House Our Families Built, now at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

• Two men being held on Rikers Island filed a lawsuit in that the state’s rules allowing immunizations for residents of other congregate settings like nursing homes, shelters and long-term care facilities while excluding incarcerated people is “arbitrary and capricious.” The lawsuit argues that all people in prisons and jails should be given access to vaccines. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

• City Councilman Carlos Menchaca is seeking to remove Former President Trump’s name from city properties citing a Department of Buildings statute that regulates signs effect on “quality of life in a particular neighborhood.” (Brian Braiker for Brooklyn Magazine)

3 Super Bowl specials to order, even if you don’t watch the game. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

New York has been declared the best city in the country for pizza addicts. It isn’t an addiction, it’s a deep and undying appreciation! (Anna ben Yehuda for Time Out)

• Mayor de Blasio appointed a new head of the Department of Transportation and he’s a political ally with no experience in transportation. Commissioner Gutman, who now runs the $1.3 billion department, promised the installation of 10,000 bike parking racks. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

21 restaurants offering Valentine’s Day specials. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

• The New York Botanical Garden announced new dates for Yayoi Kusama’s KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature exhibition, Saturday, April 10 to Sunday, October 31, 2021. (6sqft)

What you need to know about the District Attorney races in 2021. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

Andrew Yang tested positive for Covid-19. He’s been the candidate for mayor who has held the most in-person events and already had to quarantine once due to a staffer testing positive. (Katie Glueck for NY Times)

• Following up with the mayoral candidates that supported calls to Defund the Police when it was the politically expedient thing to say. Unsurprisingly, as candidates, everyone’s tone has changed. (Jeffery C. Mays and Emma G. Fitzsimmons for NY Times)

• Mayoral candidates Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang, Carlos Menchaca, Maya Wiley, and Ray McGuire support requiring NYPD officers to live in NYC. More than half of the NYPD’s uniformed officers currently live outside the city. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

• Interview: Isaac Wright Jr. discusses his run for mayor. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

A running list of new restaurants that opened in February. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

Thanks to reader Amanda Hatfield for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for July 7, 2020 – The “Long Island City is Empty” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: Looking at phase three and phase four, Mayor de Blasio “doubles down” on crime for the second time this year, the NYPD protects a statue 24/7, and more

Today – Low: 74˚ High: 81˚
Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day.

There’s mounting scientific evidence that Covid-19 can hang in stagnant air on tiny droplets for hours. Wear your masks and keep your distance while indoors, because they are just as important as washing your hands. (Apoorva Mandavilli for NY Times)

Everything you need to know about phase three of NYC’s reopening. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

There are no current plans to allow the city’s music venues or movie theaters to open and indoor dining remains on hold. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

Let’s look ahead to what we need to know about phase four. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

This week the absentee ballots form the June 23 election will begin to be counted. Statistically speaking, if you voted, you voted absentee. Here are why your absentee ballots may be invalid. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

It’s time for the latest battle in the city’s ongoing war against mosquitos. The city will begin spraying non-residential wetlands on Wednesday morning. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

What else is the city losing in the annual budget? On top of the Fair Fares program, an OT cut in the Department of Corrections by $66 million, and the Department of Social Services losing 700 employees? The deer sterilization project, Sunday litter collection, and two-hour parking meters will become more expensive, to start. (Bobby Cuza for NY1)

Nearly 60% of condo units built in Long Island City, Queens, since 2018 remain unsold. Seems like no one wants to pay $1.5 million for an apartment under one thousand square feet. (The Real Deal)

“In these uncertain times” isn’t just a phrase you’re extremely tired of hearing in commercials. It’s easier than ever yo find a short-term rental in NYC. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

The message is simple: Rename the Barclays Center after Jackie Robinson. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The High Line is reopening next week, but you’ll need a (free) reservation to gain access. Reservations start at 10 am on July 9. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

Plans: Check out the long-awaited revamp of Woodside’s Sohncke Square. (Christian Murray for Sunnyside Post)

I want to feel safe, and to know that others do, too. I want their feelings to be validated by real safety. The harsh reality is that many systems and institutions in our society have failed. Historically marginalized communities are waiting—we stand together, on the streets and in our homes, watching this fire burn night after night.
– Aleina D. for Gothamist, “Burn The Car, We’ll Find A New Way There”: Thoughts On Protests From NYC Teens

A press conference with Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Congressional candidate Jamaal Bowman, Iesha Sekou from Street Corner Resources, and anti-violence groups was interrupted by protesters. Rather than escalate the situation, the protesters were invited to speak alongside the organizers. Everyone was calling for a solution to end the city’s recent gun violence. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

July 4th weekend was a violent one in the city, with 64 people shot. (Anna Quinn for Patch)

The NYPD blamed bail reform for the rise in violence, which is a tired refrain from the NYPD, anecdotal at best, and a claim that can be verified. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

“This is something we have to double down on to address.” Mayor de Blasio’s solution for the spike in violence in the city is to beef up neighborhood policing and work with clergy, local groups, and Cure Violence groups. “Doubling down” is a favorite phrase of the mayor’s. He “doubled down” on social distancing in April, “doubled down” on fighting crime in February, “doubled down” on improving schools for Black and Hispanic children in June of 2019, “doubled down” on efforts to help the homeless in April of 2019, and “doubled down” on Vision Zero in February of 2019. How many of those are still issues? (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The NYPD has deployed 2 officers for 24 hours a day and seven days a week to protect the Christopher Columbus statue in Astoria. Hard to believe some people think the NYPD’s budget is too big. (Adam Light for Streetsblog)

The NYPD hired multiple companies to attempt to fix its relationship with Black and Latino New Yorkers. The companies they hired had one thing in common: They were all white-owned. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

Photos: Lower Manhattan’s new colorful Black Lives Matter mural. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

In February, the Mets rejected a $2.6 billion sale price. Now the Wilpons have opened up to bids and “bid indications appear weak” and under $2 billion. (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

The Yankees and Mets 2020 schedule has been released. (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

A failed Ferris wheel, a minor league baseball stadium with a team that’s scheduled to be dropped, a $350 million mall with more than half the stores closed, a quarter-billion-dollar mixed-use development with no timeline for completion. The billion-dollar Staten Island shoreline is sputtering. (Clifford Michel for The City)

A fast-growing fire in East Flatbush killed a boy and his grandfather early Monday morning. Five firefighters were injured in the rescue, none of the injuries serious. The rescue was complicated because the house was a Collyer’s Mansion. (Todd Maisel for Brooklyn Paper)

A Collyer’s Mansion is a home so full of stuff that it presents a danger to firefighters who enter in an emergency and named for a pair of brothers infamous for their compulsive hoarding and paranoia. Their home was a series of traps and boxes and when it was cleaned out after the brothers’ death, there were over 120 tons of possessions and trash removed. (Harlem World Magazine)

NYC is the fifth-worst city in America for first-time home buyers, according to a new study from WalletHub. They used 26 metrics, including affordability, cost of living, tax rates, and more. (Nikki Gaskins for Patch)

A new three-acre portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park opened next to Pier 2. Once the plaza under the Brooklyn Bridge opens, Brooklyn Bridge Park will be considered “complete.” Don’t get too excited, construction doesn’t start until December 2021. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

Amy Cooper, the asshole in Central Park who called the police on a Black bird watcher, will be facing misdemeanor charges for filing a false police report. (Jan Ransom for NY Times)

It wasn’t readmitting patients into nursing homes, but employees and visitors caused the horrible spread of Covid-19 into the state’s nursing homes according to a new study from the state, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Northwell Health. Governor Cuomo has been catching shit for his decisions around nursing homes and being given the blame for deaths, but a combination of this study and New York’s low death per capita in nursing homes compared to other states would suggest the anger is misplaced. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

The former Jeffrey Epstein companion Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn from New Hampshire. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

That didn’t take long. Less than a month after the sale of their company, the founders of Ample Hills are out. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

Three art galleries in the city are opening this week with phase three. Here’s a look at the exhibits, which you’ll need to reserve time in advance, wear a mask, and socially distance from everyone else present. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

Farewell to China Chalet in Chinatown, an LGBTQ-friendly business, lunch spot for the working crowd, an underground party spot for NYU kids, and well-known celebrity hang out. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Farewell to Beverly’s on Essex. After seven years, the strains of the Covid-19 pandemic have forced the bar’s closure. (Mili Godio for Bedford + Bowery)

Farewell to Cranberry’s in Brooklyn Heights, which had been in the neighborhood for 42 years. For each restaurant or bar or coffee shop that you read about closing, there are countless others that don’t get a writeup from a local news site. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

15 breweries for drinking locally. (Jenny Hart and Liz Provencher for Thrillist)

Thanks to reader Jenny for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for February 7, 2020 – The Weekend “Who Are We Saving Our City From?” Edition

Today’s daily NYC news digest: The State of the City, the 14 best brunch spots, the people trying to talk to strangers on the subway, another failure for the Mets, and more

Today – Low: 28˚ High: 57˚
Light rain in the morning and afternoon.
This weekend – Low: 31˚ High: 44˚

The Department of Homeland Security is blocking New Yorkers from enrolling in the Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry, in a petty and spiteful move but he president to attempt to punish New York. At the center of it all is the state’s Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. (Azi Paybarah for NY Times)

“This is unbounded arrogance, disrespect of the rule of law, hyper-political government, and this is another form of extortion” -Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (Jesse McKinley, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Annie Correal for NY Times)

Watch the full State of the City address. (NYC Mayor’s Office)

The mayor’s seventh State of the City address focused on helping small businesses, overhauling his affordable housing plan, boosting high school graduation rates and investing in green energy. (Joe Anuta for Politico)

Our idiot mayor’s theme for his speech was “Save Our City.” Listen jackass, who are you saving it from? You’ve been in charge for six years now, you are the person this city needs to be saved from. He claims to be energized from his abject failure of a presidential run, which no one wanted him to do in the first place. (Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Jeffery C. Mays for NY Times)

The mayor’s goal of creating 300,000 units of affordable housing may not be possible with neighborhoods pushing back against the city’s attempted rezonings. With the de Blasio administration seeing rezonings of wealthy neighborhoods as politically impossible, the burden unfairly falls on lower-income or minority neighborhoods. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

After a decade of disenfranchising development that displaces different neighborhoods’ denizens, lower-income and minority communities feel it’s necessary to fight back. (Stefanos Chen for NY Times)

Does Vision Zero need saving? The mayor unveiled “Vision Zero Unit”, 100 NYPD officers tasked with patrolling hot spots where pedestrians and cyclists have been killed. There are very few people that believe a new NYPD unit, rather than better training, will make a difference. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

Are you thinking about popping the question next week? The 10 best places in NYC to propose. (Rebecca Fishbein for 6sqft)

Take a look up on Saturday night and you’ll find a super snow moon. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Subway riders beware: The Subway Social Club is trying to make the subways “friendlier” by talking to strangers on the train. An admirable goal, but please oh god don’t talk to me on the subway. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

Bar cars, a place for socializing, on MetroNorth and the LIRR are a thing of the past. A look back at the tiki bar car on MetroNorth. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

So broker’s fees are gone for apartment rentals, here’s what it means. There are still situations where a broker’s fee will apply, it all depends who hires the broker. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

Have you bought a lottery ticket in Long Island City or at Nonna’s Kitchen & Deli in the Bronx? The state lottery is waiting for you to pick up your $1 million prize. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

How to donate or dispose of furniture in the city. (Zachary Solomon for StreetEasy)

An ICE officer shot someone while on duty at a private residence in Brooklyn. Why do ICE agents have guns? (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

All twelve members of the New York City Council’s women’s caucus are calling for the resignation of Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance over his perceived mishandling of a multiple high-profile sexual assault cases, including Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Robert Hadden, the gynecologist who abused women during gynecological exams. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

The newest Food Bazaar in the Bronx, at 83,000 square feet, is absolutely massive and the biggest supermarket in the borough. (Ed García Conde for Welome2TheBronx)

The 31 best dive bars in the city. (Luke Fortney and Erika Adams for Eater)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering a new “Unhung Heroes of the Metropolitan” tour, which highlights the tiny dicks that can be found in the museum’s art collection. Tickets are available for the nice price of $69 for adults. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

A court upheld the ruling that fantasy sports websites like DraftKings and FanDuel are illegal gambling sites and a 2016 law that allowed the websites violated state law. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Who doesn’t love telling other New Yorkers what to do? The Brooklyn Public Library is looking for votes for the “North Brooklyn Reads” poll. (Greenpointers)

Photos: The mural in Brooklyn paying tribute to Gigi and Kobe Bryant. (Howard Halle for Time Out)

Fred Wilpon destroyed the Mets’ ability to sell the team with his insistence that continue to be involved in the team. It it wasn’t for James Dolan, Fred Wilpon would be the dirt worst owner of anything in New York. (Jenna West for Sports Illustrated)

LaLou, Portale, and Kindred have been added to Eater’s 14 hottest brunch restaurants in the city. (Stefanie Tuder for Eater)