The Briefly for January 5, 2021 – The "Thresholds? We Don't Need No Stinkin Thresholds!" Tuesday Edition
Today - Low: 33˚ High: 41˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Slash came out in support of city renaming a portion of St. Marks Jimmy Webb Place. There is a change.org petition if you want to add your name in support. (Bowery Boogie) The top new restaurants in the city in 2020 from writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and elected officials. (Eater) Video: Walking through the new Moynihan Train Hall in Penn Station. (ActionKid) Photos: Inside the new Moynihan Train Hall. (Sophia Chang with photos by Jake Dobkin for Gothamist) Did you know that old Penn Station had a women-only waiting room? (Ephemeral New York) Photos: The art of the new Moynihan Train Hall. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) This January marks 75 years since the shutdown of the City Hall Station. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York) 12 restaurants with heated outdoor dining in Queens. (Erika Adams for Eater) There's a new push to build a windmill farm off the shore of Sunset Park, spearheaded by Senator Charles Schumer, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca. (Ariama C. Long for Kings County Politics) Governor Cuomo has long said that if the city hits a 7-day 9% positivity rate for Covid-19, he would close the schools in the city. The city hit 9% and Governor Cuomo decided schools will stay open. (Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro) The more infectious UK strain of Covid-19 was found in New York state in Saratoga Springs. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro) The city has only used 25% of its Covid-19 vaccine allocation. The mayor announced a goal of one million vaccinations by the end of January. That's going to be a tough task considering the city has only administered 110k vaccines as of this morning. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) The Coney Island History Project launched a new podcast, Coney Island Stories Podcast. If you missed the opportunity to get the sand in your shoes this year, take a dip into some history. (Coney Island History Project) Bird Alert! A bald eagle was spotted in Central Park. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side) Meet the NYC queens on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper) The NYPD will file charges against "SoHo Karen," who accused a Black child of stealing her phone and scratched and tackled him in the process. (Ishena Robinson for The Root) City Sheriffs broke up three New Year's Eve parties, including a 300 person karaoke party in Queens. (Michael Wilson for NY Times) Farewell to Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse, closing after 47 years, but it sounds like they have plans of reopening. (EV Grieve) Max Rose is not running for mayor, saving himself a quick L. (NY1) The NYPD's 73rd Precinct tried a radical experiment for five days in December in what could be a model for the future. They removed police officers and replaced them with community members preventing minor incidents. (Yoav Gonen for The City) 10 new public art installations in NYC for January. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York) Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plans to appoint Cea Weaver, the campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, to the City Planning Commission. This would be one of thirteen seats on the commission. (Akiko Matsuda for The Real Deal) Congrats to Ivett Rodriguez on the birth of her son Jaxel, the first baby in NYC to be born in 2021. (Robert Pozarycki for Brooklyn Paper) Mayor de Blasio announced the there will be a special election on March 23 for the empty 11th and 15th City Council seats. (Alex Mitchell for amNewYork Metro) This week is your last opportunity to own a piece of Gem Spa, the auction ends January 7. (Flaming Pablum) Marine Park Democratic District Leader Lori Maslow resigned after a weird weekend Twitter rant against Chinese people. She's since deleted her Twitter account. (Brian Braiker for Brooklyn Magazine) A technical glitch that took down the NYC Department of Correction's Inmate Lookup Service last month has left some incarcerated New Yorkers without access to their lawyers or families. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) State Senator Brian Benjamin is running for City Comptroller, the chief fiscal officer for the city, but The City has uncovered multiple phantom donations, including one from a two-year-old, to his campaign. Benjamin says that he will "return" the money. To whom? Not a great omen for someone who wants to oversee the city's finances. (Clifford Michel for The City) Six women have been assaulted at the Morgan Ave L Station since November. If you're using this station, please be alert when you do. (Matt Fink for Bushwick Daily) From the "No Sympathy" department comes this story from the Times on how difficult it is to find parking in NYC ever since car ownership soared this year. I used to live downstairs from a guy in Park Slope who never moved his car for street cleaning because, as he explained it, paying for every ticket you get because you don't move your car is cheaper than paying for a spot in any garage in the neighborhood. (Christina Goldbaum for NY Times) Be careful when crossing 1st Ave and 7th St, because the freshly prepared intersection is now the hole to some sinkholes. (EV Grieve) Apartment Lust: An historic $4.4 million house in Park Slope's historic district, complete with garage, two outdoor areas, a full bath in an unfinished basement, and four stories. (Susan De Vries for Brownstoner) Know a restaurant that opened in 2020? Time Out is making a list. (Christina Izzo for Time Out) Robert Sietsema's 2020 in sandwiches. (Robert Sietsema for Eater) Thanks to reader Zlata for today's featured photo!