The "All the Way to Staten Island?!?!" Edition

More on legal weed, Roosevelt Island's first hotel, the best new sushi, where to have an emotional breakdown, small venues reopen, and more

Today - Low: 32˚ High: 39˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend - Low: 42˚ High: 56˚

Recreational marijuana is legal right now. You can have it on you or smoke it, but not in public parks, cars, schools, or workplaces. The law follows the state's rules on smoking in general. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street)

• A guide on how to legally smoke marijuana in New York. Yes, you can have it on your person, but you can't legally buy it (yet) and growing plants is also not legal (yet). (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street)

• One weird thing, but it's not legal to smoke and ride your bike. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog)

The social equity provisions of the new law and just as exciting as the legalization part, giving tax revenues to communities hit by over-policing, providing business opportunities to underrepresented groups, expunging the records of convictions for marijuana offenses, and barring the police from being able to search a car because they smell marijuana. (Clifford Michel for The City)

Andrew Yang wants to create incentives for companies to bring workers back to the office five days a week. As someone who has primarily lived in Westchester for the last year, Andrew Yang would know a thing or two about commuting to NYC. (Gloria Pazmino for NY1)

• The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is being sued for not allowing an X gender option on forms. The lawsuit alleges that by not providing a third option, the office is discriminating against nonbinary New Yorkers and forcing them to lie under oath to receive benefits. (Brooklyn Eagle)

• Naples' historic L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele pizza place (yes it's the one from Eat, Pray, Love is opening a location in NYC on Bank St near Greenwich Ave. (Erika Adams for Eater)

• Interview: Cleopatra Fitzgerald on her run for mayor. I recommend checking out her mayoral campaign website. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

SOCIAL! the social distance dance at the Park Ave Armory is an "interactive music and movement-based experience," which is the weirdest way I've seen to describe a dance party. The parties start on April 9. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Photos: The outdoor reading room at the Brooklyn Public Library. (Lisa Bauso for Untapped New York)

The best florists in New York, part of New York Magazine's "Best of New York." (Maura Kutner Walters for Curbed)

• Photos: The new Hurricane Maria Memorial, located at the Chambers Street Overlook in Battery Park City. (Sebastian Morris for New York YIMBY)

• Apartment Lust: Buy and live in this former church in the East Village for only $5 million. Two beds, 11 baths, 3,500 square feet, 30-foot ceilings with a mezzanine, and built in 1892. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

Where to see cherry blossoms in the city. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The city is upping its cleaning game with more garbage collection in the spring in hopes of preventing another Hot Rat Summer like we had last year, with complaints up 50%. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• Some people are discovering that in order to get a vaccine they will have to go to... STATEN ISLAND! (Willy Blackmore for Curbed)

• The MTA announced they're fully restoring service on the C and F lines after a lawsuit filed by Transport Workers Union Local 100 to get their shifts back. F service will return in May and there is no announced timeline for the C. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

• Photos: Inside Roosevelt Island's first-ever hotel, opening this summer. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Apartment Lust: A $4.75 Tribeca loft with harbor views, described as "a contemporary glass box" with floor-to-ceiling windows, two private terraces, private elevator landing, and more. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• Today's the day that venues under 10,000 can reopen at a 33% capacity, up to 100 people. For the first time in over a year, this means comedy clubs will be open. (Trish Rooney for Bedford + Bowery)

• Here's what a new rent relief effort and other housing assistance means for tenants and landlords. (Allison Dikanovic for The City)

Dough Doughnuts is coming back to Brooklyn with a new location in Prospect Heights. (Brooklyn Magazine)

Deno's Wonder Wheel in Coney Island will open on April 9! (Jamie DeJesus for The Brooklyn Home Reporter)

• A year and a half ago City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he was committed to taking steps to address complaints of a toxic work environment for City Council staff. A $200,000 audit later and no results have been made public. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

• Photos: Cherry blossoms and hawks in Tompkins Square. (Laura Goggin Photography)

• Video: Watch Curtis Sliwa and Fernando Mateo's Republican mayoral primary debate. (Juan Manuel Benitez for NY1)

• Can you imagine that Governor Cuomo was asking for $4 million for his book about his wonderful leadership? (Jesse McKinley, Danny Hakim, and Alexandra Alter for NY Times)

• The Biden Administration gave the approval to move forward with the environmental review process for congestion pricing. (Benjamin Kabak for Second Ave Sagas)

• Long Islanders rejoice! Bagel Boss is coming to Little Italy in the old Oddfellows Ice Cream location. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

Farewell to the Space Shuttle Cafe of Astoria. (Shirley Roberts for Give Me Astoria)

A guide to North Brooklyn bookstores. (Julia Brodsky for Greenpointers)

• With a Shake Shake open in the Bronx, there is a Shake Shack in each of the five boroughs. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

• Map: Where to find the best blooms in Central Park. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

Smorgasburg is taking over the Hester Street Fair space and renaming it the Hester Flea. This feels shitty. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

Eight places to find Sanguinaccio, a blood-laced Italian dessert, for Easter•. (Richard Morgan for Eater)

Governor's Island is reopening on May 1. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• Governor Cuomo signed a bill that will limit the use of solitary confinement in the state's prisons on April 1, 2022. It limits solitary to 15 days, the United Nations' threshold for torture, exempts some people from solitary completely, reduces the infractions that can put someone in solitary, among other reforms. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist)

Farewell to the Pyramid on Avenue A. (Flaming Pablum)

• A look at how Bill de Blasio's friends and supporters end up with jobs at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. (Reuven Blau for The City)

• Governor Cuomo is using his delicate touch to try to ramrod the Empire Station Complex plan through. (Josefa Velasquez for The City)

The best new sushi in NYC. (Hannah Albertine and Carlo Mantuano for The Infatuation)

A Game of Thrones play is coming to Broadway in 2023, a prequel that takes place sixteen years before the TV show. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

How the city's Open Streets program will work this year. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street)

21 places to "grab a drink" where the food is also good. (The Infatuation)

The nine best spots to have a breakdown in NYC. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

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