The Briefly for April 24, 2020 – The "Someone Told Me It Was the Weekend" Weekend Edition
Today - Low: 44˚ High: 50˚
Rain until evening.
This weekend - Low: 44˚ High: 61˚
Quick note: Yesterday I said that "At 40,000 a day, it’ll only take 13 and a half years to test the whole state" talking about COVID-19 tests. I mistakenly did the math for 40,000 a month, not 40,000 a day. At 40,000 a day it'll take 486 days to test everyone in the state once. Thanks to reader Stacy for catching the error Alright, some cats are getting COVID-19, here’s an interview with experts on what to worry about and what to relax about. (Shame Weaver for Time Out) A new survey suggests that 21.2% of New York City residents have COVID-19 antibodies, meaning a whole lot of us have already had the virus and never knew it. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) A new study from the medical journal JAMA showed 88 percent of COVID-19 patients who received invasive mechanical ventilation in the Northwell Health system lost their lives. The study looked at 5,700 intubated patients. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) The cocktail delivery guide, because I heard somewhere that it's the weekend. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation) Mayor de Blasio has never let advice from professionals stop him from making a decision that he wants to make. The entire city told him not to run for president and he did anyway. He doesn't want to open the city's streets up for pedestrians and cyclists and he won't unless he's forced. He's canceled two months' worth of summer events but has decided that the Fourth of July fireworks must go on because it would "hurt the morale of New Yorkers as they're fighting this fight." Buddy, 11,000 of your citizens have died. Fireworks aren't gonna save the city. (Jeff Arnold for Patch) Shame is a powerful weapon. Ruth’s Chris is going to return their $20 million from the federal government. (Alan Sytsma for Grub Street) Sweetgreen, not wanting to be left out, will return the $10 million the government loaned to it. (Nikita Richardson for Grub Street) Briefly favorite Jen Carlson has a question. Is it snowing outside? Seriously, when was the last time you were outside? (Jen Carlson for Gothamist) Can you have friends over for dinner? For god’s sake, NO! (Ronda Kaysen for NY Times) People who have dogs live longer. Are people in dog-friendly buildings happier than their dogless counterparts? Yes they are! (Susan Lehman for NY Times) Pairing takeout with a movie, because there's only so many times you can heat up something frozen and watch Friends. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, Bryan Kim, Katherine Lewin, Hillary Reinsberg, Arden Shore, & Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation) Feeling like going out? Well, you can't, but you can try out NYC's best attempts at recreating nightlife virtually with this list of the best clubs to party at online. (Collier Sutter for Time Out) A look at "Tiger King" with Harlem's Tiger Man, Antoine Yates, who kept 425-pound Ming the Tiger in his apartment. (Corey Kilgannon for NY Times) The City Council is moving on helping small businesses with legislation that would put it place a pause on evictions for commercial and residential tenants that would remain in place through April 2021. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater) If you find a wedding ring on the corner of 87th and West End, please return it to the woman who lost it during the 7pm clap out her window. The ring is a plain platinum band and the couple who lost it has been together for over 50 years. (Mike Michkin for I Love The Upper West Side) As food suppliers and farmers are looking at having to destroy or dispose of the food they create, State Senator Joseph Addabbo is looking to pair those farmers with those in need to prevent waste and hunger at the same time. (Bill Parry for QNS) Apartment Porn: A $9.3 million Tribeca penthouse with an irrigated roof garden and outdoor kitchen, two living rooms, a walk-in pantry, and three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, on top of everything else. (Dana Schulz for 6qsft) Here's how the city ould address its sidewalks after it has become abundantly clear that they have failed us as a place to practice proper social distancing. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed) Looking to get into a Trader Joe's? Now there are Twitter accounts telling you how long the lines are. Right now, they're run by people who live nearby and want to be helpful while quarantining. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) An ode to an unlikely restaurant pick, especially in NYC, Blimpie. (Kevin Walsh for Forgotten New York) This year's AIDS Walk will now be a virtual happening, with its date moving from May 17 to June 7. (Paul Schindler for Gay City News) The state's Department of Health and Attorney General Letitia James are investigating New York nursing homes to determine if management complied with COVID-19 regulations, with violated facing fines and the potential loss of their licenses. (Brendan Krisel for Patch) The city's 140,000 coronavirus cases are only the tip of the iceberg. According to Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, "we have probably close to a million New Yorkers who have been exposed to COVID-19." (Erin Durkin for Politico) The percent of NYPD officers calling out sick has dropped for two weeks straight. (Todd Maisel for QNS) Spruce up your Zoom backgrounds with some of these images from Parks@Home, historical photos from the Records Department, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the NYPL. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed) Know someone who needs a sugar rush? Economy Candy is now selling CandyCare Packs. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist) When you call a restaurant using the number listed on GrubHub/Seamless, the restaurant is charged a fee from the company, which some are complaining to be as high as $7.17. If you've got a question or a problem with your order, look up the restaurant's phone number using a different method and stop making orders through GrubHub/Seamless. Call the restaurant directly and make your order. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater) I am 100% on board for Governor Cuomo's shit-talking on Mitch McConnell. (NY1) SNL has another quarantine episode this weekend. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist) Ample Hills is putting itself on the auction block to companies like Cinnabon and Auntie Anne's owner Focus Brands and Unilever. (Erika Adams for Eater) A look at Rockefeller Center under construction in 1932. (Matt Coneybeare for Viewing NYC) 8 books for when you miss New York City, even though you're quarantined here. (Isabel Crabtree for New York Cliche) A free adult coloring book, full of color from city life, is available for download from Subway Creates and artist David Regone. (Collier Sutter for Time Out) Take a tour of the first NYC public health lab to test for COVID-19. (Courtney Gross for NY1) Your questions, answered by The City. (Lauren Costantino and Allison Dikanovic for The City) 40 pizza parlors still open for the best possible Friday night meal. (Diana Hubbell for Eater) Thanks to reader Annie for today's featured photo.