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The Briefly for July 20, 2020 – The "A Hot, Gross, and Dirty Week" Edition
Today - Low: 78˚ High: 91˚
Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day.
Weather warning for this week: It's gonna be hot, gross, and dirty. (John Del Signore for Gothamist) Remember all those museums that announced plans to open with phase four? Governor Cuomo has removed museums and malls from the plans. (Sarah Bahr for NY Times) With indoor dining happening... maybe never? The mayor has extended outdoor dining through October. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street) Who among us hasn't >asked Citi Bike to move a bike rack so your favorite restaurant in Greenwich Village can have outdoor seating during a pandemic, (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) Of course, they could try what Deux Amis did in Midtown, which is building their outdoor seating on top of the Citi Bike docks. They've already been issued a cease and desist. (Gresh Kuntzman for Streetsblog) The City Council wants the mayor to create a clearer universal set of standards when it comes to setting and enforcing outdoor dining regulations. "Welcome to the party." -Restaurant and bar owners. (Erika Adams for Eater) Videos: The epicenter of stupidity in Queens has become Steinway Street, "The Party Street of Queens." (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist) It didn't take long until Steinway Street was removed from the city's Open Streets program. (Sydney Pereira and Scott Heins for Gothamist) If you missed Sunday's email, Governor Cuomo has not banned to-go cocktails. Bars will have to give you some kind of bullshit mandatory snacks with your drinks. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street) Tyrese Haspil has been charged with the murder of Fahim Saleh, the CEO murdered and dismembered in the Lower East Side. (William K. Rashbaum, Alan Feuer and Michael Gold for NY Times) The history of how Grand Central Terminal became the first railroad station in the US to adopt standard time. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York) Matt Damon, welcome to Brooklyn. (Laura Vecsey for StreetEasy) Think you were in Brooklyn before it was cool? The Brooklyn Historical Society released nearly 1,500 maps of Brooklyn dating back to 1562. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft) 13 hidden patios, backyards and gardens for outdoor dining in NYC. (Bao Ong for Time Out) Photos: Inside the newly renovated Starvos Niarchos Foundation Library after a $200 million renovation. It's the only free, public rooftop space in the city. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) Manhattan rents are still stupid high, but they're slightly less stupid high, with the median rent falling from $3,395 to... $3,300. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) Unlike Manhattan rents, car rental prices are soaring. (Christina Goldbaum and Daniel E. Slotnik for NY Times) The 13 best soft serve options in NYC. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation) Some election results have come in: Jamaal Bowman is the new Democratic candidate for the 16th congressional district, having officially beating incumbent Eliot Engel in the primary. (Jesse McKinley for NY Times) Democratic Socialists of America–backed Marcela Mitaynes beat State Assemblymember and Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz in the Democratic primary. (Georgia Kromrei for The Real Deal) Jessica González-Rojas has won the Democratic primary for the 34th Assembly District seat over incumbent Michael DenDekker conceding today. (Allie Griffin for Jackson Heights Post) The election's results are still in the process of being certified, but that hasn't stopped the lawsuits over voting from starting. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist) Nowadays' 16,000 square foot backyard is now open in Ridgewood. (Collier Sutter for Time Out) An idiot was arrested twice in one day for defacing Black Lives Matter murals. (Julie Coleman for NY1) Jimmy Webb’s ‘I Need More’ closes today. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie) Photos: Inside the last days at Jimmy Webb's I Need More. (Stacie Joy for EV Grieve) A scaffold collapsed at a non-union site in Murray Hill, killing worker Mario Salas Vittorio, and injuring three others. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist) Photo: Yeah, this guy is walking across the street wearing shoes and nothing else, but is he wearing a mask? (@Newyorkist) Ayame Stamoulis was arrested and charged with the murder of a man found wrapped in a plastic bag on the roof of McDonald's in the South Bronx. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist) 5,000 people get to see Mets games this season, kind of. There are 5,000 cardboard cutouts of people at Citi Field. At least one of them is a dog! (John Del Signore for Gothamist) A look at the Central Park Barber Herman James's Sundays. (Emily Palmer for NY Times) The Jay Street subway will have a positive unintended consequence: Getting the NYPD to stop parking on the street illegally. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog) Where to eat outside in Red Hook. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation) Gowanus' Public Records, Prospect Lefferts Gardens' & Sons, the Flatiron District's Undercote, Times Square's 701 West and Greenwich Village's Bar Pisellino are on Esquire's 27 best bars in America. (Esquire)