The Briefly for April 22, 2020 – The "Someone Has to Be the Bad Roommate, Is It You?" Edition
Today - Low: 39˚ High: 50˚
Clear throughout the day.
Looking back to the first-ever subway, which went one block from Murray St to Warren St and was powered by compressed air. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York) Looking forward to the reopening of the city, Mayor de Blasio says temperature checks will likely be required to get things moving again. (Erika Adams for Eater) Which roommate is the bad roommate? Check the list of dos and don'ts. Is it you? (NY Times) Mayor de Blasio gets driven from the Upper East Side to Prospect Park to take a walk every day, yet he can't see the value of giving public space like streets to pedestrians and cyclists when car traffic has been reduced 60%. On Earth Day, the City Council is ready to introduce a bill that will force his hand and give 75 miles of streets back to the people. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist) The City Council will introduce a COVID-19 relief package on Wednesday that extends the eviction moratorium for those affected by the coronavirus crisis until April 2021. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) Sometimes you just want to read a list. 10 famous people that lived in the Bronx. (Alex Mitchell for amNewyork Metro) Williamsburg is the home of White Fox Scooters, the city's first docked electric scooter sharing service. It works like CitiBike, where you'll have to return the scooters to a dock, instead of leaving them wherever. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper) Do you remember when grocery shopping was fun? (Alan Sytsma for Grub Street) When this is all over, whenever that will be, the city will hold a ticker-tape parade for our healthcare workers and first responders. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) 10 of the most luxurious bathrooms for sale right now. The rest of the apartments are for sale too. (Michele Petry for StreetEasy) The city's Hasidic communities are some of the hardest hit by COVID-19, for a series of reasons that made it the perfect place for the virus to spread, including a high poverty rate, religious leaders who were slow to act, a distrust of authority, and a refusal to shut down and socially distance like the rest of the city. (Liam Stack for NY Times) The non-profit Spaceworks in Gowanus will be shutting down in mid-June, forcing 28 artists to vacate their spaces mid-outbreak. Gowanus has been losing art spaces as a high rate as the neighborhood slowly turns over to more and more residential buildings. The artists are protected under Governor Cuomo's ban on evictions, but that is set to run out on June 20, unless renewed. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper) The UCB Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen and UCB Training Center on 8th Avenue will both permanently close. UCB will push forward once the city reopens with shows and classes in different venues throughout the city. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan) The lawn at Bryant Park has been mowed in the shape of a heart in tribute to the city's first responders and essential workers. (Collier Sutter for Time Out) Can you move during the COVID-19 epidemic? Yes, here's how. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed) A 420 part on 4/20 busted by the NYPD at 4:20. (Anna Quinn for Patch) The de Blasio administration has missed its own deadline for transferring roughly 2,500 homeless people to hotel rooms to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Good to know that as everything seems to be changing around us, we can rely on the de Blasio administration to fall short of their own self-imposed deadlines. (Janaki Chadha for Politico) Tuesday's meeting between Governor Cuomo and President Trump was described as civil and productive, as the Governor said the city no longer needs the USNS Comfort but does need tens of thousands of COVID-19 tests. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) Where to order take out and delivery in Sunset Park. (Ellie Plass for BKLYNER) The best NYC street art inspired by our surreal times. (Howard Halle for Time Out) For Wonderville, a bar in Bushwick displaying and celebrating locally-made arcade games, moving events into the world of Minecraft makes perfect sense. (Serena Tara for Bedford + Bowery) 24 of the top Chinese restaurants still open. (Robert Sietsema for Eater) Thanks to reader Elizabeth for today's featured photo!