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The Briefly for November 15-16, 2020 – The "President of NYC Buses?" Sunday Edition
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The CDC updated its mask guidance to explicitly say that masks help prevent the spread of disease by protecting people in the mask wearer's vicinity, but wearing a mask will also help prevent you from contracting Covid-19. (Jen Chung for Gothamist) The state is implementing new rules on the city in light of the rise in Covid-19 cases. Indoor and outdoor dining, along with gyms, will close at 10 pm and Indoor and outdoor gatherings in private will be limited to 10 people. These are the three vectors for spread, according to the state's contact tracers. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) The protected Crescent St bike lane in Astoria was finished last month to complaints from cyclists that it didn't provide adequate protection. This week, a scooter rider was killed by a delivery truck driver, making it the 205th person to be killed on city streets this year, up from 185 last year. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog) Speaking of protected bike lanes, there has been a car parking in the 4th Ave protected bike lane in Brooklyn for at least four months. The protected bike lane is literally painted around this car. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog) Interview: MTA Bus President Craig Cipriano on a fully electric fleet, what the MTA would do with funding from a Biden administration, and wait, there's a bus president? (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog) Where to pre-order Thanksgiving pies in NYC. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation) The Congressional race for the 11th congressional district is over with Max Rose conceding to Nicole Malliotakis, who will go on to represent a portion of Brooklyn and all of Staten Island in the House of Representatives. (Nick Reisman for NY1) While the Staten Island Yankees are dead, the Brooklyn Cyclones have received an upgrade from the Mets. The team will become a full-season High-A team, meaning more games in Coney Island from April through September. (Jim Dolan for The Brooklyn Home Reporter) The city is set to launch a pilot program next year that will see healthcare professionals responding to people suffering a mental health crisis instead of the NYPD. The pilot will start in two yet to be named communities. (Joe Jurado for The Root) Starting December 3 through March 4, you can catch a monthly light show projected onto the side of the Manhattan Bridge. The installations are part of the LIGHT YEAR project and will be viewable online because who the hell knows when this pandemic will ever end. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) The lawsuit seeking to expand indoor dining from 25% capacity to 50% capacity was thrown out. (Luke Fortney for Eater) Photo: A new mural of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the corner of 1st and 11th. This replaces the Shepard Fairey "Rise Above" mural. (@ellestreetart) The top 100 albums of the year, from Williamsburg's Rough Trade. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan) Farewell to The Creek & The Cave, the comedy club in Long Island City open for 14 years, forced closed bt the pandemic. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan) On Tuesday I was worried about a cold being something worse and found out what all people looking to get tested have discovered, with the rise in cases in NYC, long lines for testing have returned. I tested negative. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist) This is the same Staten Island that is now NYC's epicenter for Covid-19. Or as the Times puts it "Staten Island has bristled at coronavirus restrictions, but now has the highest positive test rate in the city," which is the most inappropriate use of the word "but" in the history of the Times. (Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Alexandra E. Petri for NY Times) This week Dr. Anthony Fauci was honored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for being a Covid-19 Hero. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft) Inside the city's billion-dollar PPE bungle. (Greg B. Smith for The City) Attention Upper West Siders with dogs: don't use the Museum of Natural History's fenced off as a dog toilet. The museum is adjacent to a dog run and across the street from Central Park. (I Love the Upper West Side)
No matter what side you land on in the Industry City rezoning, the debate over the plan’s merits made clear that our Sunset Park community is in dire need of new housing — especially affordable units.
-Nelson Santana, Without Industry City rezoning, Sunset Parks needs affordable housing to stop displacement, for Brooklyn Paper
Marseille and Nizza in Hell's Kitchen are giving actors a break and allowing them to eat now and pay whenever they're able to again. (NY1) Pearl River Mart is expanding beyond its original concept as a department store. The Pearl River Mart Foods is now open at the Chelsea Market, a market devoted to Ascian foods. (Roger Clark for NY1) A look at the city's manufacturing industry and what businesses are doing to stay relevant and in NYC. (Greg David for The City) “It is sad to see how deep this cowardice goes.” -AOC on Republicans refusing to acknowledge Biden's victory. (Erin Durkin for Politico) RIP Pearl Chin, founder of the Upper West Side's Knitty City. (Alex Vadukul for NY Times) Two years after the Civilian Complaint Review Board announced that it would begin to investigate police sexual misconduct, the CCRB is starting the process again and seeking public comment on new rules that allow it to probe sexual misconduct claims against the NYPD. (Josefa Velasquez for The City)
The unmasking of “Clouseau” set us back, not only in the relationship between the NYPD and the community but within the department itself. The NYPD is one of the most diverse police departments in the country, with over 50 percent of its members being non-white. It should come as no surprise that members of the NYPD experience racism and sexism, just like the citizens they protect.
-Berby St. Fort and Eric Adams, a ranking member of the NYPD and the Brooklyn borough president, Time for NYPD to have a reckoning over equality within the ranks, for Brooklyn Paper
The restaurant rent crisis is continuing, with 88% of restaurants and bars unable to make rent in October. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater) Brian Maiorana was ordered heled without bail for threatening violence against people celebrating the election results and also violating restrictions imposed against him as a registered sex offender. (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle) Where to eat in Williamsburg right now. (Eater)