The Briefly for June 11, 2020 – The "Make It A Little Kinky" Edition

Today - Low: 69˚ High: 79˚

Rain in the afternoon.

How the Barclays Center became Brooklyn's new town square and how the Barclays Center has embraced its role as Brooklyn's home for non-violent protest. A very off change of pace for an arena that was fought against so hard by the community. (Norman Oder for BKLYNER) Suggestions for how to keep your orgies clean, stop kissing people, wear masks, "make it a little kinky," and promoting the use of glory holes. The city's guidelines for practicing safe sex in the age of Covid-19, and they're... not what you might expect. (Anna Iovine for Mashable) Having sex in a subway station? Not on the list of how to stay safe, but ªit didn't stop these two from getting in on in the High Street-Brooklyn Bridge A/C station back in May. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro) Three groups are suing to block a rezoning proposal on the Flushing waterfront, arguing that an environmental review needs to be conducted before the development proposal can go through. The groups are looking to block a 13-building complex with plans for retail, hotels, offices, and over 1,700 apartments. (Christine Chung for The City) What do you want in an apartment when all of this is over? According to anonymized StreetEasy searches, being pet friendly is no longer the #1 amenity people are looking for. The new king? In-unit laundry. (Emily McDonald for StreetEasy) Two men, dressed like NYPD officers, pulled off a $150,000 jewelry heist. They would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those pesky cops. (Johnny Diaz for NY Times) Inside of Peter Luger's attempts to survive. (Gary He for Eater) A few months ago we welcomed places like H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Gap into the rent resistance, now they're being sued for unpaid rent. (Rich Bockmann and Sasha Jones for The Real Deal) It's been ten weeks since the governor closed all of the city's playgrounds. When a playground couldn't properly be closed, the entire park that contains it was closed, shutting out entire communities from green space. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City) It was a misunderstanding and not malice that led to a Black Lives Matter mural being painted over in Gowanus. Artists have begun refilling the painted walls with new protest art with the support of the developer who owns the property. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper) If you're looking for restaurants to reopen in the city because you want to feel normal again, restaurants are going to feel weird for a while. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street) A running list of new restaurants that opened during the pandemic. (Luke Fortney for Eater) Video: Rep. Eliot Engel, Jamaal Bowman and Chris Fink debated ahead of the June 23 Democratic primary for Engel's congressional seat, with topics mostly focused on policing and the Black experience. (Emily Ngo for NY1) Transit workers rallied in Staten Island on Wednesday, calling for raises for their service during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Mark Hallum for amNewYork Metro) Photos: Inside LaGuardia Airport's new Terminal B. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft) A history of the NYPD using deadly force in NYC. (Errol Louis for NY1) What the hell is going on with the NYPD that they aren't wearing masks when interacting with the public? (Michael Wilson for NY Times) Who answers phones and files paperwork at police precincts? Uniformed police officers. Multiple legal rulings have instructed the NYPD to replace those roles with less expensive civilians, but there are still 500 uniformed officers in clerical roles across the city. Replacing those officers with police administrative aides could save the city $30 million a year. This argument has found a new home in the defund the police movement. (Reuven Blau for The City) Interview: Meet Shannon Jones, the co-founder of Bronxites for NYPD Accountability (aka Why Accountability); and Shellyne Rodriguez of Take Back the Bronx, the organizers of the Bronx march that was violently attacked by the NYPD and whom NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea called "outside agitators." (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) A breakdown of the summonses issued and arrests made during NYC's curfew. (Sydney Pereira and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist) State Attorney General Letitia James tapped former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch as a special advisor to help investigate the NYPD’s "interactions" with demonstrators during the George Floyd protests. (Robert Pozarycki for Gay City News) Mayor de Blasio doesn't want to remove NYPD officers from city schools. How long before the City Council has a veto-proof majority to make this happen, rendering the mayor's opinion moot? (Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech for amNewYork Metro) Nix is closing. The Michelin-starred restaurant won't live to see phase two, with blame placed on the Covid-19 financial hardship. (Beth Landman for Eater) The Coney Island gated community Sea Gate's private Sea Gate Police Department is under fire for hassling nonwhite residents, roughly arresting a fisherman, discriminating against black members of the force, and more. (Clifford Michael for The City) 35+ black-owned restaurants in NYC by borough. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft) Thanks to reader Elizabeth for today's featured photo!