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The Briefly for May 11, 2020 – The "A Huge Amount of Restraint by the NYPD" Edition
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NY is not extending PAUSE through June 6. Early reporting stated that incorrectly. What happened over the weekend is Governor Cuomo extending New York's state of emergency. Regions of the state that meet the state's criteria will be opening, but in the city we can all but guarantee that we're going last. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) Apartment Porn: An Upper East Side Townhouse with an indoor pool, a wild spiral staircase, and a dining room larger than most apartments. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) Details on the deal that resulted in New York paying some schmuck $86 million for ventilators that never materialized. Maybe New York is the schmuck in this deal. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Thomas Kaplan for NY Times) Black and brown New Yorkers received more than 80 percent of social distancing summons handed out by the NYPD. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) "I was on the floor, I thought I was going to die." A first-hand account from Adegoke Atunbi of being arrested by the NYPD's 75th precinct, the most-sued precinct in NYC. (Kevin Duggan for amNewYork Metro) "There’s been a huge amount of restraint by the NYPD" -Mayor de Blasio, on the very obvious bias in policing of social distancing observed anecdotally but also in numbers released by the NYPD. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) After a week of violent arrests of minority New Yorkers and criticism of how differently the NYPD is handling overcrowding in parks, the mayor decided to limit the number of people allowed Hudson River and Domino Park. That fixes everything, right? (NY1) Take a look at the latest filings for Pacific Park, the set of apartment buildings planned for the Atlantic Yards. (Norman Odler for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report) Edible Queens will close at the end of the month, after a three-year run. Each Edible publication is independently owned. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post) Allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails to go has been a lifeline to some bars, but to the bars in the city whose appeal is the community and not the cocktails, they continue to struggle. The damage of the ongoing closure is putting the city's remaining lesbian bars in danger. (Emma Orlow for Time Out) While restaurants are fighting to survive, Grubhub is reporting record revenue. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street) Whenever the city's restaurants are allowed to open back up, expect reduced capacity and new social distancing rules to be put in place. If you thought going back to restaurants and bars was going to be the "all clear" signal, we'll still have a long road ahead. (Erika Adams for Eater) The first death of a child due to the syndrome linked to Covid-19 was reported at the end of last week. On Friday, there were 73 children in the state hospitalized because of the syndrome. (Ali Watkins for NY Times) NYC's reaction to JetBlue's low-altitude flyover was a general "could you please not?" (Howard Halle for Time Out) Gray’s Papaya on the Upper West Side has reopened. It's not 24 hours (yet), but it's nice to have an NYC institution back. (Carol Tannenhauser for West Side Rag) Revel has continued its expansion during the pandemic, reaching into the Bronx. (Ed García Conde for Welcome2TheBronx) The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) will vote on June 17 on adjustments for the city’s 1 million rent-stabilized apartments for the coming year. Your questions from "What is the RGB?" to "When does their decision go into effect" explained. (Amy Plitt for Curbed) Tae Kyong Kim and Jung Soo Lee have been arrested and charged with price gouging for selling face masks for $45 a pack at Whitestone grocery store Raspberry Farm. (Allie Griffin for Queens Post) Welcome to 2020, where heroin is branded "Coronavirus." Over a million dollars of Coronavirus heroin and fentanyl was seized in a University Heights bust. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) Video: Spike Lee's short film New York New York is "A Love Letter To It’s People. Plain And Simple". (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan) Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the deadline for filing new childhood sexual abuse claims under New York’s Child Victims Act from August 14, 2020, to January 14, 2021. (Robert Pozarycki for amNewYork Metro) This weekend my wife found a place on Franklin Ave in Crown Heights that put itself online as an ice cream delivery store. It's a corner store, but they found their angle to get themselves online. They're not the only ones, in another example of finding your angle to get online, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store in Park Slope has 1,000 piece puzzles for those of you clamoring for new puzzles. (Todd Maisel for amNewYork Metro) RIP Ben Benson, whose career took him from helping create TGI Friday's, to creating Smith and Woolensky, to eventually creating his own steakhouse, Ben Benson's. (Kim Severson for NY Times) Mayor de Blasio put NYC Health + Hospitals in charge of the city's Covid-19 testing and tracing programs instead of the Department of Mental Health and Mental Hygiene, a decision universally disliked by the City Council, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and health officials. (Fred Mogul for Gothamist) This week's streaming performances from the Metropolitan Opera. (Adam Feldman for Time Out) Over the weekend, as temperatures dropped into the 30s, the MTA still closed the subways for disinfecting, and provided "bus shelters" for the homeless New Yorkers that were removed from the trains overnight. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) Op-ed: Acting New York City Transit president Sarah Feinberg in her own words on the subway shutdown. (Sarah Feinberg for amNewYork Metro) Video: In defense of liking New York. (Jeremiah Moss for Jeremiah's Vanishing New York) Who the hell thought it was a good idea for the Lower East Side's open streets to only be open from 8am to noon? Doesn't anyone know it's a pandemic? Time has no meaning anymore! We can sleep until whenever we want! (Bowery Boogie) What do you miss about New York? How about everything. (Michael Wilson for NY Times) The dessert delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)