The "NYC Finally Enters the Future" Edition
The best elote, Yang puts his foot in his mouth (again), the Goon Squad's training manual, singing telegrams from Broadway, and more
Today - Low: 49˚ High: 60˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
• The city will get an Essential Workers Monument at the Javits Center. A new committee will be responsible for designing the memorial. Members of the committee were not announced. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• Internal NYPD documents shed new light on the Strategic Response Group, aka the Goon Squad, whose training manual teaches officers to violate protesters' rights. (John Bolger and Alice Speri for The Intercept)
• Five takeaways from the Goon Squad's guidebook. (Julianne Cuba for Streetsblog)
• Want the city's best elote? Find Celeste and Lucy near the 82nd Street-Jackson Heights 7 train station, who operate out of a bright orange shopping cart. (Afia Eama for Gothamist)
• Andrew Yang spent his Sunday backtracking after tweeting his support for a crackdown on unlicensed street vendors. (Matt Stieb for NY Mag)
• Andrew Yang celebrated National Pets Day by posting a photo of his hypoallergenic dog that he gave away because of his son's allergies. Is Andrew Yang secretly an Improv Everywhere prank? (Ashley Reese for Jezebel)
• If you haven't been to the Lower East Side in a minute, here are 15 destination-worthy restaurants on the LES. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
• BAM's first performance back isn't happening at BAM. Instead, you can catch one of the seven performances of "Influences" at LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park through April 11. Influences is the first of five outdoor shows hosted by BAM. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)
• Apartment Lust: One of my favorite gags on Bojack Horseman is Wallace Shawn's addiction to buying Rothkos. This $7.5 million UES townhouse was owned by Rothko. The townhouse has four bedrooms, a large garden, 11-foot ceilings, and more. Don't tell Wallace Shawn. (Dana Schulz got 6sqft)
• Craving the return of Broadway? Now you can get a singing telegram from a Broadway performer through A Generous Act: Singing Telegrams. The cost is split between the performer who makes the call and the Actors Fund. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)
• 51,000 students are returning to the city's public schools for some form of in-person learning. 315k are learning in school buildings and 645k are still learning remotely. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)
• International travelers are no longer required to quarantine when traveling to New York if they have a negative Covid-19 test but are encouraged to do so regardless, bringing the state in line with CDC recommendations. (Michael Gold for NY Times)
• If you're still looking for a vaccine appointment, TurboVax is back after being briefly blocked by the city. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• SummerStage will be back this year with outdoor shows at its Central Park venue and in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. The first scheduled show is September 17 with Dawes and Erin Rae with more expected to be announced soon. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)
Thanks to Lolita for sending in this video from Coney Island’s opening weekend.
• The future is finally here. Dippin Dots opened a location at Madison and 23rd. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)
• The Catholic Regis High School plans to fire its president, Rev. Daniel Lahartafter, after an investigation found he had engaged in sexual misconduct involving several adults, including school employees. (Liam Stack for NY Times)
• Check out these mini free libraries around the city that only carry books by BIPOC authors. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)
• In the early months of the pandemic, rat complaints to 311 decreased. The rats have come back to reclaim their city. (Matt Troutman for Patch)
• A focus on the West Village's pizza scene, as Rivoli on Perry and Seventh Avenue South has two new neighborhood competitors in Zazzy's and a dollar slice shop. Which pizza was the winner? You can't beat a dollar slice. (Robert Sietsema for Eater)
• Map: Where the Covid-19 variants are spreading the most throughout the city. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)
• If you've lost someone during the pandemic, you can call for FEMA relief, which will reimburse and help pay for burial expenses. (Dean Moses for amNew York Metro)
• Which mayoral candidate do you agree with the most on housing? Take the housing quiz and find out. (The City)
• The best restaurants in Williamsburg. (The Infatuation)
Featured Pet: Rosie!
Oh my goodness, Rosie! Thank you to reader Ellie for sending in this photo of Rosie, who was adopted from Sean Casey Animal Rescue over two years ago.