The "An Animal-Focused Book Store?" Edition
Changes to Covid-19 policies in NYC schools, The Apollo Theater announces a season, Thurston Moore's favorite pizza, another death at Rikers, Eric Adams's "home," and more
Today - Low: 70˚ High: 75˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
• We're one week into the school year and the city is already changing its Covid-19 policies. Unvaccinated students who are masked and follow the social distancing guidelines of three feet will no longer have to quarantine if they are a close contact of a positive student and unvaccinated students will be tested weekly instead of bi-weekly. So far 592 students and 384 staff tested positive which resulted in the closure of 445 full and 326 partial classroom closures. (Amy Zimmer, Christina Veiga, and Alex Zimmerman for Chalkbeat)
• Grass green, water wet, and longer commutes and crowded households are linked to higher Covid-19 rates. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)
• The city’s child welfare agency has given the green light to administer Covid-19 vaccines to more than 600 minors living in certain juvenile detention and foster homes, “even if a parent cannot be located or affirmatively objects.” (Ibrahim Naber and Eileen Grench for The City)
• Pillow-Cat Books, the first animal-focused bookshop in the city, is now open on E Ninth between First and Second. (EV Grieve)
• In a story that keeps getting sadder, Barry the Owl was poisoned before getting hit by a truck, which led to her death. A necropsy shows she had eaten a lethal amount of rat poison that could have impaired her flying. RIP Barry. (Katie Honan for The City)
• With her promotion to vice president and chief mechanical officer of subway car equipment with New York City Transit, Siu Ling Ko becomes the first woman to hold this position. (Kevin Duggan for amNewYork Metro)
• Real Estate Lust: Supermodel Karolina Kurkova's $4.7 million Tribeca loft with two beds, a cowhide wall, giant closets, views of the Hudson, and more. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)
• The Apollo Theater announced its 2021/2022 season with the theme "The Renaissance is Now!," with Jamie Foxx, Amanda Seales, Coldplay, the return of Amateur Night at the Apollo, and more. (Lynn Lieberman for GothamToGo)
• Where to work remotely outside in Greenpoint. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Greenpointers)
• A group of small venues and comedy clubs is suing the city over the vaccine mandate, the venues argue that treating religious services differently from cultural performances is a violation of the First Amendment. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)
• Senator Schumer is calling on the CDC and EPA to step in to help abate one of the worst mosquito seasons the city has ever seen, citing cases of West Nile Virus in all five boroughs. (Dean Moses for amNewYork Metro)
• The Board of Elections inadvertently allowed the mayoral primary votes of 378 New Yorkers to become public. One of those people is the mayor's son. Another example of the fantastic job the Board of Elections has been doing. (Dana Rubenstein for NY Times)
• Video: An extremely cool drone video of the New York Public Library main branch, outside and in. A longer version will be released soon. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• Photos, Videos, Setlist: Patti Smith at Central Park SummerStage. (BrooklynVegan)
• Report: Indian Table in Cobble Hill, focusing on Goan cuisine with standout dish goat biryani, which Robert Sietsema calls the best in town, and bacon naan. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
• Isaabdul Karim is the eleventh detainee to die at Rikers Island this year. The mayor is suing the union representing correction officers for $1 million for each day of excessive absences, citing the illegality of city unions to strike or launch sick-outs. Karim contracted Covid-19 while stuck in intake for ten days and was "denied access to his medications and critical care." He was jailed after failing to respond to his parole officer. (Reuven Blau for The City)
• "At this rate, there’s going to be no one left to turn out the lights in Gracie Mansion except a big man who’s dreaming of a big summer that never was." -Bob Hardt, The fall of Bill, NY1
• One of the big moments in Eric Adams's mayoral run was the obvious bullshit tour of his "home" in Bed Stuy, which he claimed was his primary residence. Adams waited until after his primary victory to amend his tax documents to shows that he reported living in that "home" for zero days. In addition, the Department of Buildings is investigating an illegal conversion of an apartment in the building. (Greg B. Smith for The City)
• The best meals for under $15. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)
• Interview: Danielle Hengge, who pivoted from bartender at Butter & Scotch to mortician. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)
• The changes over time to the Seinfeld wheatpaste on 2nd St are truly terrifying. (EV Grieve)
• A look at Yoshino, from Tadashi Yoshida, one of Japan's most respected sushi masters. Yoshino opens on September 23. (Kat Odell for Eater)
• 27 essential Latino-owned businesses in NYC. (Marisel Salazar for Thrillist)
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