The "Drag Brunch Inside A Macy's?" Edition

The OSHA vaccine mandate, the NYPD caught stealing bikes, the Village Halloween Parade is coming back, the most exciting restaurant openings, a new food hall in Midtown, and more

A Note From Rob: I have mixed feelings about linking to stories related to the twentieth anniversary of September 11, 2001, and they will not be included in The Briefly. Over the last twenty years, there have been many stories that use images from that day. There’s no interest on my part in the worst possible Rickroll.


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• The federal government, through OSHA, is going to mandate vaccinations or weekly Covid-19 testing for companies with over 100 employees as well as all federal workers and contractors. The rule will affect about 80-100 million Americans. (Lauren Hirsch for NY Times)

• The city's vaccination mandate for teachers includes not paying teachers who do not have legitimate medical or religious reasons not to get vaccinated by September 27. The United Federation of Teachers has filed a complaint with the state but it's unknown how the federal mandate will play into this story. (Reema Amin for Chalkbeat)

• It took a photo tweeted by the NYPD of them illegally seizing bikes for City Hall to make a statement that the NYPD should not be illegally seizing bikes. The 107th Precinct tweeted a photo of them removing bikes from 141st St and 78th Road that were chained to city signposts, which is legal. To clarify, the NYPD isn't allowed to take your bike unless they give you a prior warning before doing so. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

• “I would like it if the police themselves were a little better.” - MTA chairperson and CEO Janno Lieber on transit cops not wearing masks. Welcome to the club Janno. (Kevin Duggan for amNewYork Metro)

• Where to go when you’re tired of dating apps. (Hannah Albertine and Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

• Brian Benjamin has been sworn in as New York's Lieutenant Governor. He is being called on to divest himself of stock holdings in NextPoint, a predatory lending company because of the risk for a conflict-of-interest it represents. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

• Aldi opened its third Brooklyn supermarket at Flatbush Junction. (Ben Brachfeld for Brooklyn Paper)

• A look inside the new Fort Defiance, part restaurant and part general store, which is now open in Red Hook. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

• A Hocus Pocus-themed drag brunch is coming to NYC for Halloween and it's happening at Stella 34 Trattoria, a restaurant on the sixth floor of the Macy's in midtown. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Time Out)

• The Village Halloween Parade was given a permit for this year but the organizers are trying to raise $150,000 by October 5 to make it a reality. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

• The Thanksgiving Day Parade will also return this year. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

• The best restaurants in Harlem. (Hannah Albertine, Bryan Kim, Katherine Lewin, and The Curious Uptowner for The Infatuation)

• Meet the N.Y.C. Plover Project, which protects the adorable and endangered piping plovers that feed on our beaches. (Daniel E. Slotnik for NY Times)

• Real Estate Lust: A $1.9 million triplex in Alphabet City with two beds, a solarium, a roof deck, a terrace, a private elevator entrance, and more. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• New York City is healing, you want to know how? There's a new food hall opening in Midtown, The Hugh. (Florence Fabricant for NY Times)

• Alphonso David was fired "for cause" as the Human Rights Campaign's president for his involvement with disgraced former Governor Cuomo's sexual harassment allegations. (Maggie Haberman for NY Times)

• Williamsburg is getting a Trader Joe's at 200 Kent Ave. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Greenpointers)

• Interested in a Chicago dog without actually having to go to the Midwest? Dog Day Afternoon in Windsor Terrace has your Chicago-style hot dogs, which also includes a vegan option and serves midwestern milkshakes and a root beer float using A&W. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

• Nick Cave has a mosaic tile installation at the new 42nd Street Shuttle connector, which includes 25 figures made of glass mosaic tiles and 11 digital screens. It's the first of three parts to the installation. The other two parts will be installed next year. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

The most exciting restaurants openings for Fall 2021. (Hannah Albertine and Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

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