The Briefly for April 20, 2020 – The "A Museum That Delivers Ice Cream" Edition
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"What a week." "It's Monday morning." Breweries and bars delivering craft beer. (Luke Fortney for Eater) Wearing face masks when it’s not possible to socially distance is now a requirement. (Share Weaver for Time Out) The Times asks the hard-hitting question: Are face masks the new condoms? (James Gorman for NY Times) "Come back when your nose and mouth are covered." The new MTA mask awareness campaign is pretty on point. (Brandan Krisel for Patch) A museum that delivers? Yes, if that museum is The Museum of Ice Cream. (Emma Orlow for Time Out) What's it like to set up one of the dozens of refrigerated trailers across the city acting as temporary morgues? Here's the experience of Erik Frampton, who took a temporary job in a truck that can hold 110 bodies at a time. (Arun Venugopal for Gothamist) 11 numbers that show how the novel coronavirus has changed NYC (Corina Knoll, Azi Paybarah, Jacob Meschke and Elaine Chen for NY Times) We've all developed a weird habit or two while staying at home. Leigh Plessner can't stop buying artisanal jams. (Leigh Plessner for Grub Street) Video: #SoundTheHorn for transit workers in Grand Central Terminal. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York) Mayor de Blasio: "I don’t agree with a rent strike." (Kathryn Brenzel for The Real Deal) Mayor de Blasio is going to be forced to open up the city's streets to pedestrians and cyclists. A bill in City Council is moving forward this week as Mayor de Blasio might be forced to actually let the people of the city stretch out a little bit. This will, of course, push the mayor beyond his pathetic open streets idea that collapsed within a week. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog) Video: Comparing what a walk down Broadway pre- and mid-COVID-19 outbreak. (ActionKid) One of the prisoners being released into home custody because of COVID-19 concerns? Michael Cohen. (Benjamin Weiser and William K. Rashbaum for NY Times) Jeff Bezos bought a fourth apartment at 212 Fifth Avenue for $16 million, bringing his total investment in the building to $96 million. $16 million for Jeff Bezos is the equivalent to $9.50 for an average American family in 2018. (Laura Vecsey for StreetEasy) 55 years and 37,000 historic designations all in one interactive map. Now you can see the history of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in one place. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft) The Department of Housing Preservation and Development requested on Friday that owners of city-funded buildings with income-targeted housing allocate up to 30 percent of those apartments for homeless people. (Sam Raskin for Curbed) 20% of the state's COVID-19 deaths have taken place inside of nursing homes, and the nine nursing homes with the highest body counts are in the city. (Jake Offenhartz and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist) One thing that is pushing forward like nothing is wrong is health inspections, but no fines are being issued. (Erika Adams for Eater) Video: "Suck my dick" isn't exactly what you'd expect to hear from the megaphone of an NYPD officer, but here's the video anyway. (Brendan Krisel for Patch) Here's what you need to know about the city's remote learning plan since it looks like students will be remote learning for the rest of the year. (Shumita Basu for Gothamist) A photographer with a license to fly drones from the FAA had his drone confiscated by the NYPD for trying to film the mass burials on Hart Island. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist) The MTA is facing an $8 billion loss, but that won't stop it from hiring all 500 new subway cops this year, costing an additional quarter billion over four years. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) Temporarily the NYPD will be focusing more on the subways and private security is being hired due to a 55% rise in crime while ridership plummets. (Jose Martinez for The City) Anything happening in May has been canceled in the city and June isn't looking so great either. (Allie Griffin for Sunnyside Post) June events being canceled means that this year's Pride March is in doubt. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News) Also on the chopping block for June is the Puerto Rican Day Parade. (Michael Scotto for NY1) Apartment Porn: 21-foot-high ceilings, carved marble fireplaces, and built in 1873. An $8 million Upper East Side townhouse that feels like an Italian chateau. I don't know what an Italian chateau feels like, but I'm trusting their opinion here. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) The city's enforcement of the plastic bag ban has been delayed to June. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist) Video: How far will $1,200 get you in the city? (Patrick Mulligan for NY City Lens) While things are still bad when it comes to COVID-19, there are small signs of improvement. (Mark Hallum for amNewyork Metro) New Yorkers can get married and it can happen online. (Brendan Krisel for Patch) Where to get Indian takeout and delivery. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation) Thanks to reader Annie for today's featured photo!