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The Briefly for August 7, 2020 – The "Mess With the Bull, Get the Horns" Weekend Edition
Today - Low: 70˚ High: 80˚
Rain in the morning and overnight.
This weekend - Low: 71˚ High: 84˚
A guide to renegoiate your rent. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed) An executive order will allow the courts to suspend eviction proceedings through September 4. It's not a complete ban on eviction hearings, but it gives the courts leeway to suspend deadlines. (Sydney Pereira with Beth Fertig and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist) "Do not buy a car," says mayor who gets driven literally everywhere. (Matt Troutman for Patch) Lucky, the East Village bar that started a petition calling for Governor Cuomo to reverse his "substantial amounts of food" mandate with drink orders, had its liquor license suspended for not serving food with its drink orders. Classic petty Cuomo. (Erika Adams for Eater) The state attorney general's office is suing to dissolve the NRA. AG Letitia James made the announcement on Thursday. Washington DC is also suing the NRA. 148 years ago the NRA was chartered in New York, giving the state the jurisdiction over it. (Danny Hakim for NY Times) A look at another broken promise of Bill de Blasio: release a complete history of all complaints against every officer in the NYPD and how his corporate counsel made the decision not to release anything for the time being. (Greg B. Smith for The City) NYPD unions brought a lawsuit seeking to stop a new city law that makes it a crime for police officers to use chokeholds or kneel on a suspect’s neck or back. (Erin Durkin for Politico) There are over 900 NYPD officers that have refused to participate in investigations into alleged misconduct, creating an immense backlog for the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Cowards. If a private citizen doesn't want to participate in an investigation into alleged wrongdoings on their part, they don't seem to have a choice. (David Cruz for Gothamist) Even as its population is shrinking, the use of force against inmates at Rikers Island is at an all-time high. (Benjamin Weiser for NY Times) Have you taken to indoor gardening? You're not the only one. You might say that the hobby is... growing on New Yorkers. (Mili Godio for Bedford + Bowery) Apartment Porn: A $3.25 million Brooklyn Heights waterfront loft. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) A look at the opening of Rangoon, one of NYC's strictly Burmese restaurants. (Sai Mokhtari for Gothamist) Welcome to the neighborhood Any Thing, a new bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, whose bar features only distilled and/or supported spirits that are women-owned. (Emma Orlow for Time Out) Something's wrong in your rented apartment. Who should pay for repairs? (AJ Jordan for Localize Labs) Dr. Oxiris Barbot is only the latest high profile woman of color to leave the de Blasio administration. She joins Deputy Mayors Lilliam Barrios Paoli and Herminia Palacio, mayoral aide Rachel Noerdlinger, his first Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion, and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye. Maybe it's time to ask the question: Does the mayor have a problem with women of color? (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist) The Black Tap is starting up CrazyShake deliveries on Monday. (Emily Davenport for amNewyork Metro) Exploring NYC's iconic works of public art. (Untapped New York) It's an unremarkable building in St Louis, but it once stood as one of the pavilions at the World's Fair in 1964. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York) The world's largest bronze gorilla sculpture, titled King Nyani by Gillie and Marc Schnatter, is coming to Hudson Yards' Bella Abzug Park. Once installed later this month, three people will be able to fit in the gorilla's hand. The sculpture is part of an awareness campaign to raise funds for the critically endangered gorilla species. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) Next week is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which you'll be able to see on a clear night. (Adam Nichols for Patch) Hulu's High Fidelity series, which eschewed Chicago for Brooklyn, is canceled. (Bill Pearis for BrooklyVegan) “We have anything that you’d find at a New York bodega, turned vegan,” - Jeremy Dean, owner of the newly opened Vodega in DUMBO. I know where I'm going this weekend. (Luke Fortney for Eater) Remember gyms? Governor Cuomo says you won't see a gym open in New York anytime soon. (Nick Reisman for NY1) That won't stop everyone, as some gyms like BYKlyn Cycle in Park Slope (of course, it's Park Slope) opened a pop-up outdoor spinning studio. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) Everything you need to know about the NYC quarantine checkpoints. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) Where to eat outside in Greenpoint. (Matt Tervooren for The Infatuation) While the mayor didn't come out and directly support a tax on the city's mega-rich, he went as far as to say that he won't cater the city's policies around trying to lure them back. (Erin Durkin for Politico) List: Recent restaurants and bars that closed, including Jack the Horse Tavern in Brooklyn Heights, 88 Lan Noodle in Chinatown, Fonda in the East Village, and more. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation) The MTA is expanding its program of putting cameras on buses to ticket drivers parked in bus lanes. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro) The 8 rooftops now open with the best views of NYC. (Bao Ong for Time Out) There has been a years-long fight to grant Ezras Nashim, an all-female Orthodox volunteer emergency medical service and focus of the documentary 93 Queen, an ambulance license. They have been using their own vehicles to respond to emergencies and were denied a license last summer due to objections from the Hatzalah emergency medical service. Within the Orthodox community, modesty is a real issue, and women can be forced to make a choice between their modesty and a real medical emergency. That is a position that no one should have to be in. Women are not allowed to join the Borough Park chapter of Hatzalah, exacerbating the issue. (Carson Kessler for The City) Are NYC schools ready to handle students and teachers? Here's a better question: Do their HVAC systems work at all? (Christina Veiga for Chalkbeat) On its 100th birthday the Wonder Wheel stands silent. (John Freeman Gill for NY Times) A guide to the city's food halls that have reopened for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. (Erika Adams for Eater)