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The Briefly for September 25-26, 2020 – The "Now You Annoyed the Anarchists" Friday Edition
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"10 big differences between fall in NYC this year vs. last year." I bet I could think of at least one of them. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) If we raise taxes on New Yorkers making more than a million a year, are they really gonna turn tail and leave? While the governor says he won't raise their taxes for that very reason, he hasn't shown any evidence that's the case. Millionaires aren't gonna choose to move to Hoboken because their taxes are high. That's nobody's first choice. (Christopher Robbins for Gothamist) Even anarchists are annoyed that New York City was designated an anarchist jurisdiction. (Carson Kessler for The City) Apartment Porn: This 5,500 square foot home in Brooklyn Heights is stunning, complete with a rooftop yoga studio, garden, and an indoor pool. For $8 million, it better be! (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) Two Sunset Park meat purveyors face up to 20 years behind bars for pasting fake labels on their low-grade beef products to inflate their prices. (Rose Adams for Brooklyn Paper) After 21 years, the Amish Market in Tribeca is closing. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft) The Brooklyn Municipal Building (I was married in that building) will be named after Ruth Bader Ginsberg. (NY1)
"Advocates for the LaGuardia AirTrain such as Gov. Cuomo and Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton promise a 30-minute or less connection from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan via the AirTrain. It’s a myth."
-Larry Penner, transportation advocate and historian, The Myth of the 30-Minute, One-Seat Ride on the LGA AirTrain for Streetsblog
The Times' Pete Wells is back to writing restaurant reviews, but without any stars. This is similar to The Infatuation, who dropped its rating system while we're in the end times. (Luke Fortney for Eater) Next week, the City Council will take up new legislation to potentially make outdoor dining permanent. (Erika Adams for Eater) Did you know that NYC has a fruit-filled Instagram bakery scene? (Luke Fortney for Eater) Najhim Luke was indicted on second-degree murder and additional charges in the death of Brandon Hendricks, a 17-year-old high school basketball player who was shot in the Bronx by a stray bullet on June 28, 2020. (Norwood News) According to a lawsuit, a CUNY graduate alleges that she was suspended after City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo intervened in response to the student's protest against Cumbo at a community board meeting last year. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist) How many times have we said that the Industry City rezoning plan is dead? This time it's actually dead. The developers have pulled their proposal. (Greg David The City) The history of how the Industry City rezoning completely fell apart. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed) The MTA is looking to ban pooping on the subway. Does this mean that pooping on the subway is not currently banned? (Matt Troutman for Patch) Responding to a tip in February 2019, the MTA discovered a a "man cave" was discovered underneath Grand Central Terminal, complete with couch, fridge, and TV. (Jen Chung for Gothamist) A look at The Elevated Acre, a little patch of (fake) grass overlooking the water in the Financial District. (Marianne Howard for Untapped New York) The Met Opera canceled its spring season. (Adam Feldman for Time Out) There have been Covid-19 cases in 100 NYC school buildings. (Charon Otterman for NY Times) Two yeshivas will shut down amid a coronavirus spike in several neighborhoods in southern Brooklyn. (NY1) Congrats to Borough Park, Far Rockaway, Flatbush, Kew Gardens, Midwood, and Williamsburg, the six neighborhoods the city will be focusing a "hyper-local effort" to increase testing and outreach to fight Covid-19. (Matt Troutman for Patch) “The ship has sailed. We’re headed toward another super spreading event.” Life in a Borough Park. (Jake Offenbartz for Gothamist)
"Last week, the New York City Council announced that it had passed a new bill allowing restaurants to add a COVID surcharge of 10 percent. The law will stay in place until 90 days after indoor dining is brought back to full capacity, but like so much else done over the past six months, it’s a gesture of help that does too little."
-Chris Crowley, The COVID Recovery Surcharge Is a Farce for Grub Street
It's not illegal to not wear a helmet while riding a bike in the city. Someone should tell these Barney Fifes who ticketed a cyclist for not wearing a helmet after being hit by a car. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog) The number of women running for the state Legislature has hit an all-time high, shattering the record set just two years ago. Good. (Bill Mahoney for Politico) The Gowanus Canal dredging is going to start mid-November. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper) When's the EPA's cleanup of the Gowanus going to be finished? At least another dozen years. (Kevin Duggan for Brownstoner) Eric Trump, the human toothpaste and orange juice combo, must testify in the state's probe into the Trump Organization before the election on October 7. (Noah Singer for Brooklyn Eagle) Interview: Here is why Corey Johnson dropped out of the mayor's race. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist) Video: The Krispy Kreme glaze waterfall in Time Square. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist) Governo Cuomo is back to what he’s doing best, talking shit about Mayor de Blasio’s inaction. This time, it’s focused on NYC being the only jurisdiction in the state that hasn’t started a mandated community dialogue on public safety. (Matt Troutman for Patch) You knew it was coming: New Years Eve in Times Square is canceled. (Bill Pearls for BrooklynVegan) 15 exciting restaurants in Brooklyn open for outdoor dining. (Eater)