The Briefly for January 22, 2020 – The “Rich New Yorkers Are Not Leaving” Friday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: NYC temporarily closes vaccination sites, the Port Authority could get a renovation, the Hunts Point Produce Market strike, and more

Today – Low: 28˚ High: 41˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend – Low: 22˚ High: 34˚

Mayor de Blasio closed all 15 of the city’s vaccination hubs due to a delay in vaccination shipments of the Moderna vaccine from Washington. The city’s 15 vaccination hubs will reopen when “supplies pick up.” Appointments for people receiving their second shot will be rescheduled, but it’s best to contact the city’s vaccine hotline at 877-VAX-4NYC if you don’t hear anything soon. (Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro)

23,000 vaccination appoints have already been rescheduled. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

It’s not just the city, the state is running low on vaccines too. At the current rate of 250k shipped vaccine doses weekly, it will take seven months to vaccinate New Yorkers that are currently eligible. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

A Covid-19 home test vending machine will be coming to W 34th St on Tuesday the 26th inside the new Wellness 4 Humanity store. Tests will cost $119. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

Governor Cuomo is asking the federal government for $15 billion in aid or he’ll be cored to raise taxes on the state’s rich, which he thinks will scare them off. Hey dummy, do both. The rich aren’t going anywhere. (Greg David for The City)

Rents for the biggest and most expensive apartments in Manhattan rose by double-digit percentages in December. It’s time to end the charade that the rich are somehow abandoning New York City. (Jeff Andrews for Curbed)

How desperate is the state for money? Lobbying has begun to try to build casinos in Manhattan. (Dana Rubinstein and Jesse McKinley for NY Times)

The Port Authority in Manhattan may get a $10 billion overhaul. It would take at least a decade to complete and it would be partially financed by selling the air rights to a commercial tower on top of the terminal and nearby buildings. (Patrick McGeehan and Winnie Hu for NY Times)

The Astoria Mutual Aid Network is raising money so their neighbors in public housing don’t have to live without heat in the winter. For those looking to help, you can still donate. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post)

Interview: Joe Lentol reflects on his over forty years of public service as Assemblymember from the state’s 50th district in Greenpoint after being ousted by Emily Gallagher. (Julia Kott for Greenpointers)

Rendering: No one will accuse 555 Broadway in Brooklyn of looking boring, but it does look like someone is about to lose a game of Jenga. (Sebastian Morris for New York YIMBY)

Mets General Manager Jared Porter was fired for sending lewd and explicit text messages to a female reporter in 2016. (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

Rough Trade NYC is closing their Williamsburg store in order to relocate. They’ve also cut ties with Bowery Presents, who will not be a part of the new location. They have not announced a new location yet, but hope to be open by summer. Their website will remain open in the meantime. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

Jimmy Van Bramer, the thwarter of Amazon’s HQ2 plans, announced he will run for Queens borough president. (Christina Santucci for Queens Post)

Former southern Brooklyn and Staten Island Congressman Max Rose will serve as a senior advisor on Covid-19 in the Pentagon. While serving in Afghanistan, Rose earned a Purple Heart. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper)

Watch Republican Staten Island Congressmember Nicole Malliotakis get pushed around on CNN and called out on her shit after opposing the 2020 election results and calling for unity immediately afterward. (Erin Burnett Out Front on CNN)

The Manhattan District Attorney Democratic Primary is in June and current DA Cy Vance has raised $4,000 to date. Call me crazy, but it doesn’t seem like he’s running again, even if he hasn’t made any announcements. (Josefa Velasquez and Rachel Holliday Smith)

James Dolan, New York City’s worst songwriter, CEO of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp, and owner of the Knicks and Rangers, started a new political expenditure committee “The Coalition to Restore New York.” Dolan will likely support anyone for mayor that won’t end MSG’s 38-year real estate tax break. (Rosa Goldensohn for The City)

7 forgotten subway entrances. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

Long Island City’s Trump Countdown Clock has finally hit zero. (LICtalk)

NYC’s most anticipated restaurant openings of spring 2021. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

The Bushwick Bar Babes of 2021 calendar is now available. All the charm of Bushwick’s best bars with none of the smell. I miss making jokes about Bushwick. (Matt Fink for Bushwick Daily)

AOC was not at the Inauguration Day in DC because she was backing the workers’ strike at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx, where 60% of the city’s produce is handled. Workers are striking for a $1/hour raise. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

A rundown of what’s going on at the Hunts Point Produce Market. (Rachel Sugar for Eater)

Success Academy, New York City’s largest charter network, will remain fully virtual for the rest of the school year. (Alex Zimmerman for Chalkbeat)

The alleged serial killer in a Brownsville NYCHA complex was arrested on Thursday. His alleged victims were three elderly women all 78 or older. (NY1)

The New York state lawsuit that seeks to dissolve the NRA will be allowed forward. The NRA had attempted to move the lawsuit to federal court. You might say that Attorney General Letitia James has the NRA in her sights. *groan* (Brooklyn Eagle)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has a new idea for disciplining the NYPD – a promise to fire NYPD cops who use illegal chokeholds. What an innovative idea that the mayor could have had at any moment between the 2014 killing of Eric Garner and today. (Rosa Goldensohn for The City)

A new class-action lawsuit accuses the NYPD of violating the rights of New Yorkers through “demoralizing and brutal shows of force, rather than genuine efforts to facilitate protesters’ protected First Amendment activity” and is seeking monetary damages for those who were brutalized and arrested during demonstrations. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The NYPD will serve disciplinary charges against Officer Wayne Isaacs, who used his service weapon to shoot and kill Delrawn Small, an unarmed Black man, following an apparent driving dispute in Brooklyn in 2016. (Yasmeen Khan for Gothamist)

The State Legislature is finally poised to repeal the state’s discriminatory ban on “Walking While Trans” in the coming weeks. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)

Podcast: Congrats to Untapped New York for the launch of their new Secrets of New York podcast. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

Manhattan pickup artist Samuel Fisher encouraged people to bring guns to DC leading up to the insurrection at the Capitol, saying “they can’t arrest us all man.” He was arrested on Wednesday. You might say the pickup artist was “picked up” by the FBI. *groan* (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

U.S. Army soldier Cole James Bridges was arrested Tuesday for trying to assist ISIS by plotting to kill fellow soldiers in the Middle East and providing advice on potential terrorist targets in New York, including the 9/11 Memorial, according to the Department of Justice. (Matt Katz for Gothamist)

Brendan Hunt, who also went by the handle “X-Ray Ultra,” was arrested by the FBI in Queens for allegedly threatening to murder or incite others to murder members of Congress, specifically AOC and Chuck Schumer. He was suspended without pay by the New York State Office of Court Administration where he works full-time. (Jonathan Dienst, Marc Santia and Joe Valiquette for NBC New York)

Five picks from Time Out on what to stream if you’re missing New York City. I would have put the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the list, but that’s just my pick. (Christina Izzo for Time Out)

A first look at the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop’s Automat. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

Quickly, take a look at the Bernie meme in various NYC locations before it stops being amusing. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

The Briefly for January 19-20 – The “Lena Dunham and Bill de Blasio?” Tuesday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: MTA delays fare hikes, Union Square plans to expand 33%, Mayor de Blasio drops another ball, MLK protests, and more

Today – Low: 32˚ High: 40˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

Another week, another broken promise from Mayor de Blasio. After he spent all summer painting “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on the city’s streets, the mayor’s “Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission” has done zero public work and hasn’t been mentioned since August. (Ethan Geringer-Sameth for Gotham Gazette)

The Times looks at five takeaways from the mayor’s race. (Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Jeffery C. Mays for NY Times)

Here’s a weird one. Someone is putting up flyers announcing the wedding of Lena Dunham and Mayor de Blasio on Valentine’s Day in Union Square. This seems somehow connected to the very weird Fiona Apple flyer from October. Congrats to the happy couple? (EV Grieve)

Photos: The new glass sculpture I dreamed a world and called it Love by Jim Hodges in Grand Central Terminal. (Nicole Saraniero, photos by David Regen for Untapped New York)

With Inauguration Day approaching, it’s a great time to remember that the nation’s first inauguration happened outside the Federal Hall National Memorial in the Financial District on April 30, 1789. The original bible George Washington placed his hand on is still in the building. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

A Martin Luther King Jr Day protest started at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and ended with the NYPD making dozens of arrests of peaceful protesters near City Hall. (Azi Paybarah for NY Times)

The NYPD is being sued by the state’s attorney general over its handling of protests over the summer because violence against protesters isn’t a bug in the system, it’s a feature. (Erin O’Brien for Bedford + Bowery)

Nicolas Moncada, 20, of Staten Island was arrested for his role in the January 5 insurrection. How did they know he was there” Because he posted a selfie of himself outside Speaker Pelosi’s office to Instagram. Neighbors describe his arrest as “like they were looking for a terrorist.” They were and they arrested him. (Elina Tarkazikis for NY1)


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The city’s graduation rate hit an all-time high of 78.8% in 2020. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The MTA claims the driver of the bus that drove off an overpass refused a drug test, but the driver, whose jaw had been fractured in the accident, says a drug test was taken in the hospital. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

The Biden-Harris administration nominated Polly Trottenberg, the city’s former commissioner of the Department of Transportation, for Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation to work under Pete Buttigieg. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

Foot traffic is down 70% year over year in Times Square. (Jake Dobkin for Gothamist)

Want to send someone some cheer? You can record a birthday greeting for Ray or Ray’s Candy Store, who turns 88 on January 25, to be a part of a Guinness World Record for “biggest video hug ever.” (EV Grieve)

The MTA is postponing their scheduled 2021 fare hike because, quite frankly, we’ve all had enough already. (Benjamin Kabak for Second Ave. Sagas)

The Union Square Partnership unveiled a $100 million plan for a car-free Union Square that would expand the park 33% into the surrounding streets. The plan will be officially presented on January 26. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

The public review process for the Gowanus rezoning has been temporarily halted by a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge over concerns that holding virtual meetings violates city law that requires public hearings. The lawsuit that halted the process asks that public hearings be held when it is safe to do so. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

The MTA is looking into temporarily reducing service on some subway lines because of worker shortages due to illness, retirements, and a lack of new hires. (Jose Martinez for The City)

Governor Cuomo is tired of the federal government’s shit and has asked Pfizer to sell vaccines directly to the state, which is possible because Pfizer is not a part of “Project Warp Speed.” (Lisa Finn for Patch)

Sunset Park’s South Brooklyn Marine Terminal will become an offshore wind assembly port for the state’s new offshore wind farms. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Repairs of the Cherry Walk segment of the Hudson River Greenway, stretching from 100th to 125th St, are complete. (Streetsblog)

Gothamist gets giddy about Medan Pasar, a new Malaysian restaurant in the East Village. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

What you need to know about the 2021 Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island borough president races. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

Thanks to reader Francesca for today’s featured photo of Fort Tryon Park!

The Briefly for December 6-7, 2020 – The “Fight of the Year” Sunday Edition

The latest NYC news digest: Staten Island’s “problem” continues, James Comey gets a new job, Kate Winslet is selling her townhouse, how to stop porch pirates, and more

Today – Low: 31˚ High: 41˚
Clear throughout the day.

Video: Someone driving down the Brooklyn Promenade at 40 mph is something I’ve never seen before today. (David Cruz)

If the story of Mac’s Public House couldn’t get any more stupid, the bar reopened on Friday in defiance of the city’s sheriffs and the arrest of one of the bar’s co-owners. (Angi Gonzalez for NY1)

Turns out it can get much more stupid. On Saturday night Danni Resti resisted arrest, ran to his car, and hit a sheriff with his car, driving with him on the hood of his car for 100 yards, according to police. He was arrested after that. (Thomas Giardino for NY1)

The NYPD will stop making people who have been arrested remove their religious headwear for mug shots with limited exceptions as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit. (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle)

What to know about moving to NYC in a pandemic. (Kathryn O’Shea-Evans for StreetEasy)

Eater released a 2020 holiday gift guide. (Erika Adams for Eater)

Photos: No Particular Hours in Chelsea is a part thrift store, part garage sale, and all spectacular. (Nicoleta Papavasilakis for Untapped New York)

The Infatuation’s 9 favorite Brazilian dishes in NYC. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation)

Why is the NYPD stockpiling tasers? (David Cruz for Gothamist)

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance hasn’t made a decision about running for the positive again, but he has nine challengers who have already stepped up. (Emily Ngo for NY1)

New York’s 2020 election was certified on Tuesday of last week, showing a record-breaking three million votes cast in the city. 22% of them cast absentee. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

The 2020 NYC Hanukkah food guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Congrats to Todd Maisel on his retirement after 38 years of work. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro)

How to negotiate next year’s rent. (Lee Lin for RentHop)

The fight of the year is the lawsuit between The Meatball Shop and the Jersey Shore’s Snooki and Deena over merchandise. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

Go beyond the names. Learn why New York City wears Marcus Garvey’s name in multiple places. (Julio Yarce for Untapped New York)

Video: A walk through the Bryant Part Winter Village. (ActionKid)

The DOT is expanding Citi Bike service into Sunnyside, Woodside, and Maspeth in the spring of 2021. (Michael Dorgan for Sunnyside Post)

Apartment Porn: Kate Winslet is selling her 3,000 square foot $5.7 million Manhattan Penthouse. (Mark David for Variety)

In praise of the nearly 24-hour Empanada Mama. (Ryan Sutton for Eater)

It seems like New Jersey doesn’t have enough assholes because New York has begun exporting some of ours. The NY Young Republicans moved their unmasked gala to New Jersey. Not to be outdone, the Metropolitan Republican Club held their own unmasked holiday party on the Upper East Side, complete with an open bar. (Nick Garber with contributions from Caren Lissner for Patch)

Meet Guy Stanley Philoche, a painter who has spent more than $65,000 buying work from struggling artists affected by the coronavirus pandemic. (Alaa Elassar for CNN)

Hello to Columbia Law School’s newest professor, James Comey. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

Five ways to stop porch pirates. Yes, I did include this just so I could say porch pirates. Porch pirates. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

Don’t expect overnight service to return until at least the summer of 2021, according to the MTA. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

Meanwhile, two former workers claim New York Waterway, the biggest private ferry operator in the city, would dump the toilet waste into the Hudson River. (Tracey Tully for NY Times)

The Geminids meteor shower already started, but it peaks on the 13 and 14, so keep your eyes to the sky when the night is clear. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Breaking down what students are going back to school buildings this week. (David Cruz for NY Times)

A five-alarm fire tore through a 128-old Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village early Saturday morning. The Middle Collegiate Church was established in 1628 and is considered the oldest corporation in the country. (David Cruz and Jen Chung for Gothamist)

What the city’s sewers are telling us about Covid-19. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)

The city is expecting around 450k Covid-19 vaccines later this month, with healthcare workers, nursing home residents, and long-term facility staff having priority. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

Confessions of a Queens Santa in a pandemic. (Jim O’Grady for Gothamist)

A Covid-19 rent relief program will be resurrected with revamped rules for who will get a slice of $60 million of remaining aid. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The team that is no longer the Staten Island Yankees is suing Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees for cutting them from the squad. (J.J. Cooper for Baseball America)

Wall Street executive Ray McGuire is stepping into the mayoral race. (Sally Goldenberg for Politico)

The best holiday gifts from NYC restaurants. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Sick of Christmas already? The Astor Place KMart has you covered because their St Patrick’s Day decorations are already on sale. (EV Grieve)

Thanks to reader Amy for today’s featured photo!