The "An Apology Goes A Long Way with the Mayor" Edition
A violent weekend on the subway, correction officers want to wear cargo pants, the Lunar New Year Parade, Patriarchal Balls, the best neighborhood sushi spots, and more
Today - Low: 50˚ High: 51˚
Rain starts in the afternoon.
The latest seven-day positivity rate: 1.92%
76.62% of city residents have received two shots, 85.7% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health.
• After apologizing for his past comments, Fernando Cabrera was appointed as the senior adviser in the new Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, the former ThriveNYC, by Mayor Eric Adams. What did Cabrera do that needed apologizing for? He praised the Ugandan government's "Kill the Gays" law. The opposition to his appointment wasn't solely his praise for the Kill the Gays law. It is his personal and world views as a whole. This is a disgusting trend from the mayor, who said he heard and accepted Cabrera's apology. The City Council’s LGBTQ Caucus opposes Cabrera's appointment, like how Cabrera personally opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. (Elizabeth Kim for NY1)
• LGBTQ organizations were turned away from registering for Staten Island’s upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)
• The Times profiles Adrienne Adams, the City Council speaker, as she has spent her first six weeks on the job away from any spotlights as the mayor continues to find every spotlight possible. (Jeffrey C. Mays for NY Times)
• One day shy of the mayor and governor's new subway safety plan being in place, four people were stabbed in the subway system on Saturday at Livonia and Van Siclen Avenue, 168th Street, 116th Street, and Jamaica-Van Wyck stations. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)
• Farewell to the Union Square Walgreens. (EV Grieve)
• 58% of New Yorkers support keeping the state's school mask mandate in place, according to a new Sienna College poll. 45% want the indoor mask mandate to be back in place. (Nick Reisman for NY1)
• The history of the Audubon Ballroom, 57 years after Malcolm X's assassination in the theater. (Irene Madrigal for Untapped New York)
• OMNY cards should be available in retail stores across the city. In reality? It's harder to find one than an F train on the weekend. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)
• Cargo pants have been banned from Department of Correction officers' dress codes since 2014 when an investigator discovered officers were using the pockets to smuggle drugs and alcohol into jails. The city's new Correction Commissioner wants to bring cargo pants back to jails. The benevolent association says that officers are being unfairly blamed for smuggling in contraband. Meanwhile, in reality, higher levels of contraband were found at Rikers Island jails after visitors were banned during the pandemic when only officers, staff, contractors, and service providers could enter. What a weird coincidence. (Reuven Blau, Greg B. Smith, and George Joseph for The City)
• Congrats NYC; Uber says we're the literal worst riders in the country. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• Real Estate Lust: A $2.8 million Dumbo loft with 1,655 square feet, one-bedroom, two small office spaces, Brooklyn Bridge views, with amenities like a marble lobby, 24-hour concierge, gym, bike room, roof deck, and more. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)
• The Staten Island FerryHawks has its first member. Wait, when was the name announced as the FerryHawks? What the hell if a FerryHawk? According to the team's site, "A FerryHawk is a fun-loving, baseball-playing superhero that
• Photos: The Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown along Mott St. Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul did not address the protesters who were there voicing opposition to the new jail construction and additional homeless shelters. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)
• Video: Full NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade 2022. (ActionKid on YouTube)
• 21 iconic sounds of NYC you'll instantly recognize. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• Six best places for Happy Hour in Astoria. (Alissa Salvatore for Give Me Astoria)
• Last January, federal price transparency regulations took effect, requiring hospitals to post their rates online. A survey of the websites of 12 NYC and Long Island hospitals come up with exactly zero hospitals complying. (Caroline Lewis for Gothamist)
• A look at the state's bail reform and why it's so controversial. (Josefa Velasquez and Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)
• Examining the Patriarchs Balls from the Gilded Age. (Ephemeral New York)
• The best casual neighborhood sushi spots. (The Infatuation)
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Featured Pet: Tank the Dalmation!
Thanks to reader Julian (@JulianSeltzer) for sending in today’s featured pet: Tank the Dalmatian at Ladder 20 in SoHo! Is Tank giving us side-eye?