The "Scott Stringer is Gaslighting" Edition

Where to go on a date, a reopening calendar for May, finding hidden streets, summer parties, new electric scooters in the city, and more

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I’m not sure how this link was stripped out of the last edition, but here it is: Scott Stringer, New York Mayoral Candidate, Is Accused of Sexual Assault (Dana Rubinstein, Jeffery C. Mays and Katie Glueck for NY Times). In 2001, Jean Kim says that Stringer groped and harassed her while she was working for his campaign. Stringer, of course, is denying this.

Then while reading through stories to include in this edition of The Briefly, I came across this one: Stringer’s team says sexual assault accuser 'works' for Andrew Yang (Gloria Pazmino for NY1).

Stringer’s “proof” of Jean Jim working for Andrew Yang is a Board of Elections petition sheet. The petition sheet is in support of Esther Yang (no relation to Andrew Yang) for a Democratic District Leader position for the 76th Assembly District, on the Upper East Side. The petition includes Andrew Yang, Brad Hoylman, and Julie Menin for different positions in public office. This is Stringer attempting to gaslight.

If Jean Kim’s telling of the events is true, Stringer should never have been re-elected to the New York State Assembly in 2001, which should have had the domino effect of him not being elected the Manhattan borough president in 2005, the City Comptroller in 2013, or been a contender for mayor in 2021.

Lawmakers, unions, and the Working Families Party pulled their support from Stringer this week.

I don’t see Scott Stringer calling for an independent investigation of his own conduct. Instead, he’s taking the coward’s path when accused of sexual assault or harassment. It’s pathetic and makes him unworthy of being the leader of our city.

Full disclosure, sometime in early 2020 my wife and I donated $100 to Scott Stringer’s campaign. We regret this.

The last wooden bridges of Staten Island. I love a good wooden bridge. (Michelle Young for Untapped New York)

The Plaza is opening its luxury rooms for guests on May 20. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

• Park Slope's Community Bookstore has survived 50 years and is once again open for indoor browsing. (Jackson Schroeder for Brooklyn Magazine)

• The city has sued Chipotle for $150 million for unfair work scheduling practices. That's 69 million sides of guac. (Erika Adams for Eater)

• The pandemic pushed some restaurants to pivot to their community's needs, including offering, plants, baked goods, groceries, and more alongside their offerings. As things return to normal some restaurants are staying that way. (Rebecca Woodward for Brooklyn Magazine)

Dough Doughnuts is opening a new outpost in Astoria on 31st St on May 22. (Shirley Roberts for Give Me Astoria)

A calendar of reopening and loosening restrictions for May. Catered events at home, sitting at the bar, gym, casino, and outdoor venue capacity increases, Shakespeare in the Park, and the end of the midnight curfew. (Sydney Pereira for Gothamist)

There are three new sculptures of real people by Jim Rennert outside of Grand Central Terminal, part of the Department of Transportation's Temporary Art Program. As an aside, none of the three sculptures are of women. (Anna Ben Yehuda for Time Out)

• Apartment Lust: A $59 million penthouse in Hudson Yards with a 920-foot-high terrace, five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, 10,171 square feet of living space, a home gym, and more. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

No one is as uncool as our mayor:

• Remember the apartment bathroom with a completely secret mini apartment behind the bathroom mirror? Well it turns out multiple apartments are hiding secret passages behind their mirrors. The building is looking to bolt down the mirrors in response. (Valeria Ricciulli for Curbed)

How to see the Eta Aquariid meteor shower this week. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

Are you really gonna party as hard as you say you will this summer? (Hillary Reinsberg for The Infatuation)

Lime electric scooters are going to be joining Revel scooters on the city's streets. (Kevin Duggan for Brooklyn Paper)

10 hidden streets for you to explore. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Two stories with happy endings: A random flock of sheep and a tortoise from Bay Ridge that was lost for ten days. (David Cruz for Gothamist)

Where to get to-go cocktails near Central Park. (Nikko Duren for The Infatuation)

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