The "$100,000 in Brooklyn" Edition

The mayoral debate, new mask guidance from the CDC, the best restaurants on the UES, Open Streets goes permanent, and more

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• Video: Watch the Democratic mayoral primary debate. (NY1)

The City's debate takeaways: Small businesses are the key to recovery, everyone hates de Blasio, Scott Stringer wants an investigation into himself, and more. (Samantha Maldonado for The City)

The Times' five takeaways from the debate: Drime and the NYPD, Yang is playing frontrunner, Wiley came for a fight, doing it remotely was awkward, and they didn't mention many big issues. (Mihir Zaveri and Michael Gold for NY Times)

• Yes, the CDC said people who are vaccinated against Covid-19 can live life mostly unmasked, but the city has not changed its rules about mask wearing as of writing this. (Jeff Arnold for Patch)

• Shortstop Gleyber Torres is the eighth person in the Yankees organization to test positive for Covid-19 despite being vaccinated. In Torres's case, he's already had Covid-19 once, was vaccinated, and has tested positive again. (NBC News)

• The suspect in connection with last weekend's shooting in Times Square was arrested by federal marshals in Florida. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• If you've enjoyed "no excuse" absentee voting during the pandemic you'll have an opportunity to vote that into the state's constitution this November. You'll also vote on allowing voter registration on Election Day. (Nick Reisman for NY1)

The Open Streets program is now permanent. Mayor de Blasio signed the bill into law this week. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

The TWA Hotel is adding a roller skating rink this weekend, on the tarmac in front of the airplane-turned-bar. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

• If you're vaccinated you can get free fries with a burger or sandwich at Shake Shack in May. This was announced by Mayor de Blasio in very typical cringe fashion. This mayor does not photograph well eating food. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

• Mayor de Blasio joined the 32BJ Service Employees International Union in calling for a boycott of Chipotle until the company pays workers what is owed to them. The union says Chipotle owes $500 million to workers and the city for violating Fair Workweek laws. (Dean Moses for amNewYork Metro)

K-Y is celebrating Masturbation May with billboards across the city. (Allison Rapp for Brooklyn Magazine)

New York’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program appeared on the website for the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, but it's not accepting applications yet. (Suzannah Cavanaugh for The Real Deal)

Showtime is looking for couples to go on their show Couples Therapy, which shows real couples in real therapy on television. In exchange for letting the world know your secrets, you'll receive 15-20 sessions for free. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

• "Century-old staircases have crumbled into rubble. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, once the gem of the Upper West Side, has been fenced off and left to gracefully decompose." -Riverside Park is Falling Apart. (Justin Davidson for Curbed)

Taxilandia is a 90-minute immersive show that takes place in the back seat of a 2004 Lincoln Town Car starring a teacher of Shakespeare at Sarah Lawrence and it takes place in Bushwick, how did you know? (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

• Governor Cuomo announced that the state's goal is by the 4th of July to go to 100 percent capacity, all beaches, all pools. As of Memorial Day, social distancing rules will still be in effect. (Jeff Arnold for Patch)

• The Metropolitan Opera has a new contract with performers, but the stagehands' union has been without a contract (and health insurance) since December. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist)

You can book an overnight stay inside The Friends Experience for $19.94. The booking is, of course, extremely limited and will be harder to secure than a PS5. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

MetroNorth will add four stations in the Bronx in addition to connecting MetroNorth to Penn Station. Expect this to be completed by 2025 at the earliest. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro)

You can rent the house from The Royal Tenenbaums for only $20,000 a month. 6,000 square feet, six beds, six fireplaces, and more. (Jenny Xie for Curbed)

• Photos: Inside the Harry Potter New York flagship store. Yes, there is Butterbeer. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Congrats to Caitlyn Ngo, a fifth-grade student from St. Edmund Elementary School in Homecrest, who was selected as the fifth grade Grand National Champion in the 30th annual Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. There's a handwriting sample from Ngo and it puts my handwriting to shame. (Brooklyn Eagle)

• The Times asked mayoral candidates what the median home price in Brooklyn was and oh boy Shaun Donovan and Ray McGuire provided us Lucile Bluth moments. The answer is $900,000. Shaun Donovan's answer was "around $100,000," and Ray McGuirse's was "somewhere in the $80,000 to $90,000 range, if not higher." (Mihir Zaveri for NY Times)

• For the record, there are only seven homes in the entire city that are under $100,000. (Willy Blackmore for Curbed)

• From underwear to Zabar's-inspired coffee mugs, the mayoral race merch is here. (Ciana Budds for Curbed)

Five quick questions for candidate Kathryn Garcia, who has already promised to ride the subway. (Christopher Robbins for Streetsblog)

Nearly 58% of Andrew Yang's campaign donors live outside New York City than in it. Seven out of the ten zip codes that gave him the most money are in either New Jersey or where Andrew Yang spend most of the pandemic, Westchester. (Samantha Maldonado for The City)

• Former Trump advisor Stephen Miller and Meghan McCain are praising Andrew Yang after a pro-Israel tweet. (Elizabeth Kim and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

Where to eat in Bed-Stuy. (Nikko Duren and Bryan Kim for The Infatuation)

• Photos: Manhattan's pandemic emptiness, one tear later. (Scott Heins for Gothamist)

• A look at the “community-first” coffee spot Daughter in Crown Heights, started by former Partners Coffee baristas. (Emma Orlow for Eater)

Three NYPD officers were arrested Tuesday on federal corruption charges, including an "unabashedly racist" cop who bragged about menacing Black people and expressed sympathies for the Ku Klux Klan, according to prosecutors. Lovely. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• Renderings: Take a look at the first renderings of the skyscraper that will sit on top of Macy's in Herald Square. Macy's also announced it will invest $235 million into Herald Square, which was to help the project along through the city's approval process. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

A new design was unveiled last week for Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg which scraps the giant rainbow-striped mural and adds a lot more green. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

The best restaurants on the Upper East Side. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Featured Pet: Gustav!

Thank you to Jenny for sending in this photo of Gustav, an ardent Briefly fan and passionate New Yorker despite his New Jersey roots.