The "California Bagels? No." Edition

The road to impeachment starts, an indoor dining capacity increase announced, Russian Doll is back, weird grocery stores, and more

Today - Low: 32˚ High: 61˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend - Low: 28˚ High: 46˚

• Interview: Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons on how he built his Brooklyn empire. (Jon Bonné for RESY)

• A new lawsuit accuses the city of maintaining a segregated school system through its gifted programs and seeks to establish the right to an anti-racist education. (Eliza Shapiro for NY Times)

• Apartment Lust: A $6.5 million Tribeca penthouse with eight skylights, a balcony, roof deck, and 3,823 square feet of interior space. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The MTA's digital subway maps now include Covid-19 vaccination sites. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

• The New York Times declared that the best bagels in America are in California? Bullshit. Get in line behind Montreal. (Tejal Rao for NY Times)

• If not bagels, New York is still #1 at something. The NYC Covid-19 variant is more infectious than the UK strain. Wear your masks. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is running for NYC Comptroller, joining ten candidates in the running. Ten may seem like a lot, but I think enough people are running for mayor to fill the Yankees’ extended roster. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

• Thanks to the stimulus bill passed this week, the city is setting up a $65 million Taxi Medallion Driver-Owned Relief Fund. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance calls the plan "a disgraceful betrayal from a city that already has blood on its hands," calling the fund a cash bailout for lenders and not debt forgiveness. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Interactive Maps: 25 years of NYC's lesbian nightlife from the author of A Queer New York. (Reina Gattuso for Atlas Obscura)

Manhattan is getting a Sonic. It's expected to take over the Pax Wholesome Foods on Sixth Ave between 35th and 36th near Bryant Park. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

Indoor dining capacity will increase for NYC and New Jersey restaurants to 50% on March 19th. The announcement was made by Governors Cuomo and Murphy together. The rest of the state will increase to 75% capacity. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Comment: Are you ready to eat indoors?

The Shed in Hudson Yards will reopen for Covid-19-tested or vaccinated audiences in April. On their calendar are performances by Renée Fleming, Michelle Wolf, Kelsey Lu, and the New York Philharmonic for audiences of up to 150 people. (Michael Paulson for NY Times)

• Remember the notice looking for 80s-style punks for a show called "Black Gumball?" Turns out it was for Russian Doll, which began shooting this week. (EV Grieve)

No one wants to declare Mayor de Blasio's pet project, the BQX streetcar, dead. It'll be the responsibility of the next mayor to put its feet in cement and toss it into the Gowanus Canal. (Dan Rivoli for NY1)

• These colorful mochi-filled shortbread cookies from Boiis Co. look absolutely delicious. They're calling them "Mookies," but they aren't named after Mookie Wilson. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater)

In praise of New York's "uniquely weird" grocery stores. (Rachel Sugar for Grub Street)

A fifth person was arrested in 2020’s $6 million designer goods heist from JFK Airport.

Farewell to Greenpoint’s disco ball Rite-Aid, confounding people not in the know since the mid-90s. (Emma Alpern for Curbed)

City Point is unveiling a Ruth Bader Ginsberg statue today ahead of March 15, which would have been her 88th birthday and will be known as Ruth Bader Ginsberg Day in Brooklyn. (Carson Holaday for amNewYork Metro)

• The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, or CCRB, received about 750 complaints of officers abusing Black Lives Matter protesters across the city last year but it has not released any findings from investigations into those complaints. (Eric Umansky for The City, co-published with ProPublica)

• A side effect of Cuomo's circus may be a stall in the state's push for legal marijuana. (Clifford Michel for The City)

• This may not surprise you, but the NYPD's enforcement of marijuana laws is still plagued by extreme racial disparities. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

The LIRR is reversing the service cuts that caused packed trains and will restore service to previous levels by the end of the month. (Stephen Nessen and Jen Chung for Gothamist)

Where to eat Korean BBQ outside in NYC. (Hannah Albertine and Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

Farewell to Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop, which is sporting a big fat "for lease" sign as of Thursday. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

• From the first Covid-19 case in New York state on March 1, 2020, to the sixth sexual harassment allegation on March 10, 2021, a timeline of Cuomo's unfolding scandals. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)

• The state assembly authorized an investigation to determine whether there are grounds to remove Governor Cuomo over multiple sexual harassment allegations and his handling of nursing home deaths. The first step towards impeachment. (Josefa Velasquez for The City)

Gothamist is ready if Governor Cuomo resigns, as Queens Crap grabbed a screenshot of a (draft, I assume) article by Ben Yakas and Jen Chung. (Queens Crap)

• The Albany Police Department was notified that the latest allegation of harassment against the governor may have risen to the level of a crime. This is not an investigation and the woman has not made a formal complaint with the police but the police department "has offered its services to the alleged victim" through her lawyer. (Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní for NY Times)

• Mayor de Blasio isn't done punishing us, as he hasn't ruled out running for governor. (Juan Manuel Benitez for NY1)

Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another state starting April 1st. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• If you want to look like you know what you're talking about with the sportsball crowd, here are six things to know about Blake Griffin, the newest player for the Nets. (Jake Samieske for Brooklyn Magazine)

• The vial from the first Covid-19 vaccine dose in the United States is being donated to the Smithsonian, joining items like the Veg-O-Matic II, Indiana Jones' hat and jacket, and other historically significant items. (Davin Gannon for 6sqft)

• Where to go island hopping in Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean. (Shelley Worrell for The Infatuation)

Today’s Reader Pet: Sorrel!

Thanks so much to reader Karen for sending in this photo of Sorrel, who still needs a little bit of practice with wearing PPE and looks thrilled about it! Email your pet pic to to be featured!