The "Help Us, You're Our Only Hope" Edition

More vaccine eligibility, abandoned subway art, opt-in for schools, the best breakfast sandwiches, and more

Today - Low: 46˚ High: 60˚
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

• Apartment Lust: A $3.5 million condo on the UWS with two beds, two baths, walk-in closet, fireplace, a high-end kitchen, and more. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• Illegal parties are taking it up a notch, the latest pandemic bust was a party in Tribeca with 100+ people in an apartment, complete with a drunk 17-year-old. This was the second shutdown of a party at the location in a month. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

• Interactive Map: The Greek Revival Bicentennial Map, which shows the influence of the Greek Revival style on architecture in Greenwich Village. (David Herman for GVSHP)

Recommended Link: Meet Your Mayor from The City will help you find your ideal NYC mayoral candidates based on your take on the issues. (Ann Choi for The City)

• You know it's House-ton, but do you know why? (Ephemeral New York)

• The Times is saying that you are the subway's only hope. I don't know what kind of drugs they have at the Times, but the idea that riders are the things that can "really save the subway" is offensive. There is nothing that could trigger the entire city's collective PTSD like being trapped in a subway car breathing someone else's air while sitting on the Manhattan Bridge for 35 minutes because of "signal problems." There are places in the city we all miss, but riding the subway to get to those places is always the worst part of the experience. The only thing that can save the subway is real work to ensure that the subways are safe to ride, not only from the threat of a deadly illness but also from our collective trauma and damage from the last year of our lives. There's more to this, but this is the stupidest argument I've read about the MTA. It was falling apart before the pandemic and we're supposed to jump back through the turnstile to save it ourselves. (Christina Goldbaum and Ali Kate Cherkis for NY Times)

• Kudos to the state Department of Transportation, which misspelled the Goethals Bridge on multiple signs on Staten Island. (NY1)

• The Masstransiscope and more, seven examples of abandoned subway art. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

Unagi Scooters launched a subscription service in the city, but instead of scooters littering the streets to grab when you need them, this is more like a rental for $49 a month. Each scooter is 27 pounds, can go 15.5 miles on a charge, and can go 20 mph. (Jessica Parks for Brooklyn Paper)

• The recent anti-Asian violence and hate is heartbreaking enough and that's before you hear the story of a woman who was attacked in front of her daughter while on her way to a rally to show support for the Asian community. (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• Photos: The Rally Against Hate on Sunday in Chinatown. (PHotos by Arun Venugopal and Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

• Is it still an Off-Broadway show if there are no actors? Blindness, directed by Walter Meierjohann is coming to the Daryl Roth Theater in Union Square, which is described as a "socially distant sound and light experience." (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

One-third of storefronts in Bed-Stuy are empty with 70% experiencing a decrease in income, according to a new survey from the Bridge Street Development Corporation. The study didn't directly link this to the pandemic, but it's hard not to see them as being connected. (Amelia Anthony for Brooklyn Magazine)

• It's not just you. We all gained two pounds a month during the pandemic according to a new research letter. (Roni Caryn Rabin for NY Times)

• Photos: LIC is a Galaxy is a new public art installation in Long Island City consisting of 20 painted balls around the neighborhood from five Queens-based artists. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

• Details on the city's new opt-in period for elementary, 3K, and District 75 programs, which runs through April 7th. The city's new policy is not without its critics, which include a lack of plans about how to handle breakfast and lunch, increasing class sizes, changing teachers, and maintaining required services for children with disabilities. (Jessica Gould for Gothamist)

• A look at how the top brass at the NYPD misconducted their way to the top, including how former Commissioner James O'Neill has a substantiated allegation against him that he roughed up a man and threatened to "rip off" the man's testicles. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

The Brooklyn Democratic Party is severing its progressive youth arm following a year of clashes over everything from which candidates to endorse to calls to punish Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Clifford Michel for The City)

• Get ready city workers because Mayor de Blasio wants you back in the office on May 3. Congratulations on becoming a background cast member in the mayor's show that the city is "ready" to go back to normal while also having one of the highest Covid-19 positivity rates in the nation. Masks will be "encouraged" at all times in the office and vaccinations will not be mandatory. (Dana Rubenstein for NY Times)

Anyone 50 or over is now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, if you have an underlying health condition, you can now schedule an appointment at a pharmacy to get your vaccine. That is in addition to people who are over 60, school staff, or childcare workers. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

The first case of the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 has been found in New York, which is considered potentially more severe than earlier variants and possibly more resistant to current vaccines. (Brooklyn Eagle)

The latest twist on pizza is from Coco Pazzeria on Spring Street, which is offering a focaccia robiola, a crunchy thin-crusted focaccia filled with robiola cheese, and the buzzetti. They also have items that more closely resemble pizza. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)

• The people who bought Jeffrey Epstein's mansion say it will undergo a "complete makeover." That's good because the rest of us were beginning to worry about those people. (Vivian Marino for NY Times)

• The "disaster waiting to happen" York St station in Dumbo is getting a look by the MTA in the form of a possible second entrance to the station. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

11 restaurants with takeout Passover specials. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

• Podcast: Lindsey Boylan discusses her run for Manhattan Borough President. (Ben Max for Gotham Gazette)

The best breakfast sandwiches in the city. (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, Carlo Mantuano, and Arden Shore for The Infatuation)

Featured Pet: Gigi!