The "No Fare Hikes in 2021" Edition

250 ideas to improve the city, the end of free streaming operas, a Krispy Kreme grows in East Harlem, did Ranked Choice Voting actually work, and more

Today - Low: 75˚ High: 86˚
Humid throughout the day.

• This is the final week of free streams from The Met which is planning to return to live performances this September. (Adam Feldman for Time Out)

• NYC's oldest ice cream shop: Eddie's Sweet Shop. (Bella Druckman for Untapped New York)

• Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett announced a pair of shows together in two weeks. Tickets are on sale this Thursday. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

• If you're someone who loves croissants, Dominique Ansel has a new bakery on East 27th St. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

• 25 ways to make the post-pandemic city more livable, prosperous, and just. (Carl Swanson for Curbed)

• In case 25 ideas aren't enough, they're a highlight of the Center for an Urban Future's "Comeback City, 250 Ideas from New Yorkers to Revive NYC’s Economy, Spark Good Jobs, and Build a More Equitable City," which surveyed executives, activists, restauranteurs, architects, politicians, and more. (Center for an Urban Future)

• The city's Covid-19 seven-day positivity rating is up to 1.69% as the Delta variant continues to drive the rise. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Do you know the rules for installing a window AC? There are specific rules for buildings over six stories tall. (Alanna Schubach for Brick Underground)

• Real Estate Lust: The longtime Upper West Side home of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara is for sale. In 1965 they moved in 1965 and expanded into the next apartment in the 1980s. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• No fare hikes from the MTA this year. It was officially announced on Monday. (Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

• The MTA is back to public meetings this week after 18 months of virtual meetings, forcing anyone who wants to make a public comment to get to Lower Manhattan for the 8:30 am meetings. Getting to the meetings proves to be difficult for disabled New Yorkers, who rely on spotty paratransit service for mobility. (Jose Martinez for The City)

• Eric Adams is already talking about splitting his time between Gracie Mansion and Bed-Stuy if he becomes the next mayor. I wonder how much time he'll spend in New Jersey instead of NYC. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

• Did Ranked-Choice Voting work in NYC? It depends on who you ask. According to a poll commissioned by Common Cause and Rank the Vote NYC, 78% of voters surveyed said they understood how RCV worked "extremely of very well." Opponents argue it is "sophisticated voter suppression." (Samantha Maldonado for The City)

• Brooklyn Magazine visits Eat Offbeat, the kitchen run by immigrant and refugee chefs, currently with a seven-chef roster that represents countries including Sri Lanka, Senegal, and Venezuela, through August 6. (Daniel Karel for Brooklyn Magazine)

• East Harlem has a new Krispy Kreme. (Daniel Jamieson for amNewYork Metro)

• Photos: Checking in on Christo and Amelia, the Tompkins Square hawks. (Laura Goggin Photography)

• A lawsuit from the city's jail officers accuses officials of creating an inhumane working environment at Rikers Island during the coronavirus pandemic, compelling officers to work brutally long shifts in unsanitary and often dangerous conditions. (Jonah E. Bromwich for NY Times)

• How to plan the ultimate" Williamsburg staycation. (Eater)

Featured Pet: Bodega Cat!

Thanks to reader Elizabeth for this photo of a bodega cat (name unknown), an obvious guardian of the snacks. Send in your bodega cats, bagel dogs, street pigs, emotional support peacocks, and whatever else you find out there to thebriefly@gmail.com