The "Now Open Until Midnight" Edition

Scott Stringer gets the WFP endorsement, the best bagels in the city, co-op boards may owe you an explanation, and more

Today - Low: 44˚ High: 51˚
Possible light rain until evening.
This weekend - Low: 47˚ High: 60˚

“Dear Community, Sometimes we forget to wear a mask and the thing that keeps us from wearing our masks is smoking. We should not smoke! Thank you for reading my sign.” -Anonymous

• The Times highlights the importance of celebrations that attempt to put the last year-plus into perspective instead of simply opening the doors and turning on the lights. (Alyson Krueger for NY Times)

The New York Philharmonic gave its first public performance after more than 13 months, playing for a maximum capacity crowd of 120 at the Shed in Hudson Yards. All strings and all masked with a program of Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte,” Jean Silbelius’ “Rakastava (The Lover)” and Richard Strauss’ “Metamorphosen,” a program of one hour. (Brooklyn Eagle)

• The New York Botanical Garden won't be the only place to see Kusama's work in the city this summer. Starting June 17, Kusama's My Eternal Soul paintings will be on view at David Zwirner, the same gallery that showed her infinity rooms back in 2017 and again in 2019. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Coney Island USA's Mermaid Parade is happening in person this year. It won't be taking place in June but will be pushed back to the late summer or early fall. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

• The city is working on finding a new team for the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, the former home of the Staten Island Yankees. It's expected that the Atlantic League, the same league that the Long Island Ducks play for, will bring a team to Staten Island next year. (Clifford Michel for The City)

• The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden Commission this year is As Long as the Sun Lasts by Alex Da Corte, which features Big Bird sitting on a moon staring over the city. It opens today and will be on the roof through the end of October. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• From a ferry landing for farmers to Brooklyn. From James Bronck to the Bronx. How the five boroughs got their names. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York)

• It seems like an impossibility, but Ginger’s, Cubbyhole, and Henrietta Hudson are the only lesbian bars left in NYC. (Julia Carmel for NY Times)

Someone in an Amazon delivery vehicle was caught stealing Open Streets barricades from on Driggs and Russell Street in Greenpoint, effectively suspending Open Streets in that area. Amazon claims the van is a counterfeit. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog)

• Co-op boards aren't legally required to explain their rejections, but a new bill in the state legislature would require boards to provide a written rejection. Boards could still reject you for whatever legal reason they wanted but they'd have to tell you why. (Caroline Spivack for Curbed)

• The once every 17 years Brood X cicada apocalypse may not be happening this year. After 2004's relatively quiet year for the brood in the tri-state area, we may be facing a local extinction due to human interference. (Danny Lewis for Gothamist)

What it took to open La Noxe, the bar in the 28th Street 1 train subway station. (Willy Blackmore for Curbed)

Michelin is resuming its ratings of restaurants with a new and completely virtual Michelin Guide for NYC is expected next week. (Florence Fabricant for NY Times)

• Apartment Lust: A $4 million penthouse in The Edge on the Williamsburg waterfront, with stunning views from 21-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, a private terrace, a gas fireplace, and in a building with an indoor pool, a full-size indoor basketball court, virtual golf, and more. Jeez. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• Starting Monday, bars and restaurants can stay open until midnight, as closing time gets pushed one hour later. (Luke Fortney for Eater)

• Two dozen parents are suing the mayor for a full reopening of the city's schools before the end of the year, arguing pandemic mitigation measures aren't necessary. Close your eyes for a moment and take a guess what neighborhood these entitled moms and dads are from. Did you guess the Upper West Side, the same neighborhood trying to evict homeless New Yorkers? You win ten Briefly points! (Jake Offenhartz for Gothamist)

• One year after his death, remembering Jimmy Webb. (EV Grieve)

Central Park and Prospect Park will be pesticide-free by 2025 thanks to donations from Stonyfield Organics, yeah the yogurt company. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro)

Scott Stringer earned the Working Families Party's endorsement for mayor, with Dianne Morales and Maya Wiley being second and third choices. (Gloria Pazmino for NY1)

Maya Wiley released her mayoral education plan, which promises to hire 1,000 additional teachers as part of an effort to create smaller classes in New York City public schools. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

• "He rode in the back of the procession using the opportunity for a photo opportunity. Not once did he reach out to any of the leaders of the group, like other politicians have done in the past." Andrew Yang was not welcome at the Black Lives Matter tribute ride for Daunte Wright. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

• Why do you think the city's wealthy left during the pandemic? The Times does some speculating. (Jacob Bernstein for NY Times)

• How Mil Mundos—a Bushwick bilingual cafe, bookstore, and bulwark against gentrification—fights for cultural preservation, even during a pandemic. (Gabriella Canal for Brooklyn Magazine)

• The NYPD deployed their robot dog at a public housing building during a situation that involved a man hiding in an apartment with a gun, igniting backlash against the NYPD's priorities and power. At the same time, maybe robotic police dogs won't kill minorities for no reason? (Mihir Zaveri for NY Times)

RIP Bernie Madoff, gone too soon. I'd have liked to know that he suffered on earth for as long as possible. (Diana B. Henriques for NY Times)

Nearly $100k of cocaine pellets were found on and inside a woman flying into JFK. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

A fully-digital Taco Bell in Times Square. Where's my jetpack? (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Love it or hate it, the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency Project is set to break ground in the coming days. There will be a march protesting the plan on Sunday at noon that starts in Tompkins Square Park. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie)

• Vinyl's not dead. HiFi Provisions opened in Industry City this week. (Ben Verde for Brooklyn Paper)

The best bagels in NYC. Was your favorite bagel spot left off? (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, and Carlo Mantuano for The Infatuation)

Featured Pet: Weasel!

Thank you to reader Emily for sharing this photo of Weasel! I have been informed that Weasel always sits like this and was adopted with her sister this year through Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.