The Briefly for May 12, 2020 – The "Everyone Except Staten Island is Doing It" Edition
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While I was watching the mayor's press conferences, it hit me just how ugly NYC's flags are. (Jeff Coltin for City and State New York) Quickly, what are the names of the two NYPL lions? Patience and Fortitude. I can't beleive you forgot their names on their 109th birthday. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York) Mayor de Blasio is a unifier. With one tweet, tenants and renters both unified in their hatred of him. (Erik Engquist for The Real Deal) RIP Jerry Stiller. Did you know you can go see Frank Constanza's house in Queens? (Michelle Young for Untapped New York) District attorneys in every borough but Staten Island have pledged not to prosecute those arrested for social distancing offenses, and in some cases, other violations stemming from recent emergency measures. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) Alt-side parking is coming back for one week so the Sanitation Department can perform a "clean sweep" of the streets. Alt-side parking is back from May 18-25. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) Jacques Torres's Soho flagship store is closing for good. His other locations and Sunset Park manufacturing facility are staying open. (Serena Dai for Eater) A Queens couple, Paulo Pinho and Clelia Pinho, allegedly attacked a group of Hasidic men on Sunday, supposedly over social distancing. I think they missed the point if they ripped the masks off the men's' faces while punching them. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist) If everything goes according to plan and the city doesn't become Michigan or Florida, there's a chance we can start to reopen in June. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) The city's largest provider of shelter and support services for homeless mothers and their children announced a new housing stability and recovery plan, "The Aftermath Plan: Responding to Homelessness in the Wake of COVID-19." 25% of working mothers in shelters have recently lost their jobs. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro) Portions of upstate are reopening on Friday. Feeling jealous of the Finger Lakes region? (Bill Mahoney for Politico) Congrats everyone, we are subsidizing a 90% empty NYC Ferry system! In all of April, there were 19,851 riders on the ferry. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist) No one was ready for snow and hail in mid-May. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) A bill is working its way through the state's legislature that will allow businesses to refuse entry to people who have a temperature of 100.4 or above. (Erin Hudson for The Real Deal) Are your neighbors noisy assholes? Here's some advice on how to do your best to soundproof your apartment. (Jordi Lippe-McGraw for StreetEasy) Now available from the MoMA is MoMA Through Time, which is an incomplete history of MoMA and MoMA PS1, as told through objects in the archives. (Howard Halle for Time Out) The CDC's data points to an additional 5,923 deaths in New York City that are not in the confirmed or probable coronavirus death count, starting from March 11. (Gloria Pazmino for NY1) The best and worst grocery store Mexican food, according to Eater's food critics. (Ryan Sutton for Eater) "Can’t wait to write a tell all about my experience during my last two trimesters dealing with the incompetent doctors at Montefiore." -Amber Isaac tweeted about her care at Montefiore a few days before she died, pregnant in the hospital. (Anne Branigin for The Root) Between the Windows is an art project you can see while walking Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, from Vanessa Albury. The first three-week residency features work from David B. Smith. (Emma Orlow for Time Out) Moving companies are still at it during quarantine. Not as many people are moving, but it's still necessary for people leaving the city or for the time-honored New York sport of "there's gotta be a better place to live than this neighborhood." (Hoa P Nguyen for Bedford + Bowery) Remember gyms? Here's what gyms of New York's future may look like. (Will Gleason for Time Out) The Vourderis family owns and operates Wonder Wheel park, and while bracing for a devastating summer in Coney Island, they are spending their time volunteering. The family has been making 3D printed face shields for first responders using printers that were purchased to make back-up parts for the amusement park rides. "You can’t knock New York City down. You can beat it up a little bit, but it's always gonna come back." -Deno Vourderis. (Sophia Chang for Gothamist) The state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division has rejected a lawsuit that sought to stop the erection of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Clara Coffey Park. The bridge will connect Sutton Place South to the East River Esplanade, spanning FDR Drive. (Eve Kessler for Streetsblog) The NYC dessert delivery guide. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)