The Briefly for February 16-18, 2021 – The “Because Whoopi Goldberg Told Me To” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: 22 hour subway service starts soon, drama in the bird community, the Soho Grifter is out, the oldest bars on the UWS, and more

Today – Low: 20˚ High: 44˚
Rain in the morning and afternoon.

22-hour subway service will start on 2/22, shutting down daily from 2-4 am. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

Nearly a quarter of New York City’s students with disabilities have not received all of the services they’re entitled to this school year, according to new figures that offer the most comprehensive picture yet of special education during the pandemic. (Alex Zimmerman for Chalkbeat)

The MTA got 25 celebrities to record Covid-19 PSAs for the subways. Finally New Yorkers will follow mask and social distancing guidelines because Michael Rapaport and Whoopi Goldberg told them to. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• The seawall to protect Staten Island from another Hurricane Sandy was scheduled to be finished this year, but construction isn’t expected to be finished for another five years or more. Radiation from a 1940s landfill in Great Kills Park halted progress on the East Shore Seawall as the city, state, and federal governments fight over who”s responsible for getting rid of the radiation. (Clifford Michel for The City)

The Bronx is #2 highest risk in the country from natural disasters only behind Los Angeles. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

• Green-Wood Cemetery wants your help to identify thousands of WWII soldiers buried at the cemetery. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

• Good question: What does the mayor of NYC actually do? (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

A look at how the roots of the NAACP run through Greenwich Village. (Joey Rodriguez for GVSHP)

• Video: Kissaki chef Mark Garcia makes 200-300 omakase to-go boxes every night. (Director Pelin Keskin for Eater)

• It’s not just your imagination, the city’s snowstorms have been getting worse. (Lydia McMullen-Laird for Gothamist)

• If you’re in the latest group of New Yorkers eligible for the vaccine, you’ve learned that the state’s vaccine website is utter garbage and can’t keep up with demand. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The alleged subway stabber, Rigoberto Lopez, was arrested. (Ashley Southall for NY Times)

NYC’s bird watching community is feeling the pressure of popularity after getting a wider amount of interest form the general public in the last year. (Daniel E. Slotnik for NY Times)

• Anna Sorokin aka Anna Delvey, the fake heiress grifter convicted of grand larceny, is out of prison and working on a memoir and a TV show. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Revel is expanding its service to electric bikes for a subscription cost of $90/month. you’ll get a pedal-assisted bike to use for as long as you’re a subscriber rather than their traditional model of looking for one on the street. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

9 indie Brooklyn bookstores to visit. (Emilie Murphy for Brooklyn Magazine)

• Governor Cuomo almost apologized, but still didn’t, for his administration’s actions that led to the Covid-19 nursing scandal. (Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

What it’s like to run a movie theater, the Cobble Hill Cinema, in a pandemic. (Red Hook Star-Revue)

Thanks to reader Lolita for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for February 2-4, 2021 – The “Who Needs Health Experts?” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Mayoral candidates debate, the 16 year wait for a park, Sunnyside’s “Limpdick Landlord,” Yankee Stadium becomes a vaccination site, and more

Today – Low: 27˚ High: 33˚
Snow (1–2 in.) until evening.

PlowNYC is an interactive map to find out when the last time your street was plowed. (cityofnewyork.us)

The special election for Queens Council District 24 is still happening today, despite the storm. Early voting has been open since January 23. Four of the eight candidates have requested a delay, but the mayor’s office said the election will push forward. (Christine Chung for The City)

Find your City Council district using your address with this map.

How does ranked choice voting work in NYC? (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

Yankee Stadium will become a mass vaccination site for Bronx residents only. Ten zip codes near the stadium are at a 10.32% positivity rate. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx)

Interview: Gothamist asked Dr. Adam Berman, a toxicologist and chairman of emergency medicine at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Hospital, should you avoid pain relievers before or after taking the Covid-19 vaccine? The simple answer is that if you can avoid doing them, avoid them, but there’s not enough evidence against it. (Fred Mogul for Gothamist)

“As the vaccine effort ramps up, Cuomo and the MTA have a very easy way to gracefully usher in the return of passengers to the subways on a 24/7 by tying it to access to vaccination hubs.”
-Benjamin Kabak, How the vaccine creates a politically expedient way to end the overnight subway closures, for Second Ave. Sagas

Governor Cuomo said in a press conference that he doesn’t really trust health experts. Maybe that’s why nine of his top health officials quit their jobs in the last year. This guy literally released a book about leadership lessons. (J. David Goodman, Joseph Goldstein, and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

Restaurant workers, deemed to be “essential” by Governor Cuomo, are not essential enough to be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine as indoor dining resumes on February 14. Governor Cuomo was forced to defend his decision, saying it was based on “data and expert advice.” Which experts? (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Mayor de Blasio announced the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) in 2014 to reduce crime in 15 high-crime housing developments. In those 15 developments, the number of major crimes in those developments was up in 2020. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

Death by Speculation, Starring Limpdick Landlord.” The sign of the year goes to the shuttered Center Cinemas in Sunnyside. (Christian Murray for Sunnyside Post)

New York spent $18.2 billion in 2019 on police, jails, prisons, prosecutors, parole, and probation while only spending about $6.2 billion on mental health services, public health, youth programs and services, recreation, and elder services according to a new report from the Center for Community Alternatives. (Samar Khurshid for Gotham Gazette)

The mayoral candidates had their first debate. Focus seemed to be on the Yang campaign’s use of NDAs for campaign staffers, Eric Adams’ comments that some New Yorkers should “go back to Iowa,” and Raymond McGuire’s work with CitiBank after the financial collapse. (Dana Rubinstein for NY Times)

One topic that’s bubbling up again amongst the candidates is city control over the subways, which is sound like a conceptually good idea until the city has to take on the subway’s debt. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

Interview: Zach Iscol discusses his mayoral campaign. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

Another week, another story about NYC Sheriffs breaking up a party in an illegal club, this time in Jackson Heights. This pandemic is never going to end with jackasses like this. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post)

The city promised to build a new 3-acre park in Greenpoint in 2005 in exchange for allowing new luxury condos to be built in the neighborhood. Sixteen years later Greenpoint is still waiting for its park. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

The Barclays Center is looking to diversify its vendors, looking for Brooklyn-based suppliers that are a minimum 51% owned, operated, and managed by minorities, women, disabled, and/or military veterans. (Jake Samieske for Brooklyn Magazine)

Super Bowl spreads from NYC restaurants. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

Fifteen favorite tofu dishes in city restaurants. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Thanks to reader Jenn for today’s featured photo!

The Briefly for September 29 – October 1, 2020 – The “Atop A Burial Ground From The Revolutionary War” Tuesday Edition

The lastest NYC news digest: Indoor dining starts Wednesday, the scramble to open up schools, check your absentee ballots for errors, the best new restaurants, and more

Today – Low: 62˚ High: 73˚
Rain starting in the afternoon.

A followup to the video of mostly unmasked NYPD officers descending on a group of protesters and bystanders in the West Village over the weekend as the NYPD’s aggression refuses to cease. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

Just in time for spooky season, historians are suggesting that bodies of Revolutionary War soldiers are buried under the site of a new pre-school in Gowanus. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

Here’s what a K-8 student’s day might look like this year. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

Inside the scramble to open up the city’s schools. (Eliza Shapiro and James Estrin for NY Times)

The number of students enrolled in remote classes is up to 48%, with many citing the city’s obvious bungling of school reopenings. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

Sick of Mayor de Blasio’s shit the NYC principal’s union is calling for the city to cede control of our schools back to the state. (Christina Veiga for Chalkbeat)

Photos: Kenny Altidor’s Chadwick Boseman/Black Panther mural in East Flatbush. (Todd Maisel, photos by Lloyd Mitchell)

The NYPD voided the bogus ticket that it gave to a crash victim over the weekend. Maybe next time they’ll understand the laws they are enforcing before writing tickets and also maybe they’ll wear masks while doing it. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)

The New York Road Runners are exploring how to bring organized running events back to the city including staggered times and mandatory masks. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Just because the Industry City rezoning is dead, it doesn’t mean the conversation surrounding rezoning the Sunset Park waterfront is over. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

The history of the Evangeline Blashfield Fountain, a mosaic and ox-headed fountain sitting under the Queensboro Bridge. (Ephemeral New York)

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a special exhibit, will be on view from October 1, 2021, to January 23, 2022 at the New-York Historical Society. (Davin Gannon for 6sqft)

NYPD traffic enforcement agent Produbh Deb was arrested on suspicion of strangulation and harassment of his wife. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Queens Congressperson Grace Meng passed a resolution in the House of Representatives to denounce anti-Asian sentiment that bubbled to the surface early during the Covid-19 pandemic. Naturally, the next thing to happen was Congressperson Meng receiving a series of anti-Asian voicemails. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post)

With unemployment twice as high as the rest of the nation, income tax revenue expected to drop two billion dollars, and zero tourism, New York’s financial future doesn’t exactly look like Scrooge McDuck’s vault/swimming pool. (Dana Rubenstein for NY Times)

Double-check your absentee ballots, because some New Yorkers are receiving the wrong ballots in the mail. The city’s Board of Elections is not taking responsibility for the error, passing it along to the printing company. (Dan Rivoli for NY1)

By way of a recent executive order, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing unemployed New Yorkers to become poll workers without losing their unemployment benefits.  (Jackson Schroeder for Bushwick Daily)

If you’ve spent time on the subways or walking around the city, you’ve seen the ghost ads that are dotted all around, TV shows debuting in April, movies from March, and events that never happened. For seven months, a giant Dave Bautista looked over the East Village from the AMC Village 7, but now he’s gone. (EV Grieve)

If you don’t trust someone else to do it, do it yourself. Across the city, New Yorkers are volunteering to clean up their neighborhoods with Parks and Sanitation departments having their budgets cut. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

The city’s most exciting new restaurant openings. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

How to enjoy outdoor dining, now that it is a permanent fixture in New York. Did anyone say fleece-lined sweatpants? (Rob Patronite for Grub Street)

How twelve of the city’s food critics feel about the return of indoor dining on Wednesday. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

Thanks to reader Sophia for today’s featured photo!