The "Everyone Hates Long Island" Edition
The "Blueprint to End Gun Violence," the W train returns, the best dumplings, there aren't enough luxury rentals, a bird alert, full OMNY is delayed, and more
Today - Low: 22˚ High: 41˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
This is a call for more NYC photos! I’m very low on featured photos. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this email with them!
The latest seven-day positivity rate: 13.32%
74.42% of city residents have received two shots, 83.93% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health.
• RIP Sheldon Silver, a felon and former speaker of the NY Assembly died in prison while serving time for corruption charges. Silver's time as speaker wasn't marked by what was accomplished but by what wasn't accomplished. (Christopher Bonanos for Curbed)
• A Nassau County judge ruled the state's mask mandate for schools is unconstitutional. The state declared the mandate must be followed until the case is resolved. Long Island sucks. (Timothy Bolger for Queens County Politics)
• Coming into the conversation on Mayor Adams's unique challenges on reducing violent crime in the city, there was attention paid to the mistakes previous mayors had made that swept up non-violent offenders in the efforts. Eric Adams released his 15-page "Blueprint to End Gun Violence" on Monday. The plan includes using cure violence groups, expanding youth employment, rebuilding the plainclothes units that were disbanded for reportedly contributing to the rise in shootings, trying to pressure the state into changing the 2017 law that raised the age of accountability for criminal charges to 18, reversing common-sense bail reform, and more. (Elizabeth Kim and Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist)
• The City looks at the MTA's response to people with mental illness, homelessness, and drug addiction compared to transit systems that have been successful in their attempts to show how cop-centric the MTA's approach can be. (Jose Martinez with additional reporting by Greg B. Smith and Hiram Duran for The City)
• The number of people trespassing on subway tracks rose in December to 19, up from 11 in November. (Kevin Duggan for amNY Metro)
• The MTA is halfway done implementing the OMNY system and is only fifteen months behind schedule. LIRR and MNR will wait until the end of next year, and anyone who relies on auto gates is expected to be able to use OMNY in November. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)
• The W train is back for the first time in 2022 after a Covid-19-related shortage of workers derailed the B, W, Z, express 6 and 7, and the A to Rockaway Park. (Kevin Duggan for amNY Metro)
• Bookmark this for when you need it: Seven ways the city is better now than it was ten years ago. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)
• Bird Alert: Bald Eagle in Central Park. (D. Bruce Yolton for Urban Hawks)
• Sally Can Wait on Broome St channels Florida in a very New York fashion: Merging Cuban and Jewish cuisines while dressed up in Miami Vice. Thankfully, the wine list does not include Manischewitz. (Anna Rahmanan for Time Out)
• Podcast: Pete Wells look back on ten years as the Times' restaurant critic. (Brian Braiker for Brooklyn Magazine)
• The Headline is Enough: Prolific Class-Action Lawyer Sues Own Landlord Over Pool Usage at UWS Building. (Wendy Blake for I Love the Upper West Side)
• Real Estate Lust: A $10.8 million Chelsea duplex penthouse with giant sliding walls, 3,600 square feet indoors, 800 square feet outdoors, views of the Hudson, three beds, access to the building's 60-foot lap pool you won't need to sue to access, and more. (Michelle Cohen for 6sqft)
• Oh no! There's a shortage of luxury rentals! What will someone do when they can't find a suitable apartment when they have a $15,000/month budget for a two-bed apartment? (Kim Velsey for Curbed)
• Oriade Harbor is the first out trans detective in the NYPD. (Matt Tracy for Gay City News)
• 114 drug overdoses were averted at Manhattan's two supervised injection sites since opening at the end of November. (Arnold Davick for NY1)
• The best dumplings in Chinatown and beyond. (Tae Yoon and Patty Lee for Thrillist)
Featured Pet: Harley!
Thank you so much to reader Samantha for sending in this photo of Harley celebrating the new year. Send your pet pics to email@example.com!
Thank you so much to the two readers who contributed to The Briefly using this Ko-Fi link since the last edition. Your contributions have been so generous, and I can’t thank you enough.