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Spring Break

I’m going to be taking a few editions off from The Briefly on what I’m gonna call a “spring break.” If you’re feeling withdrawal while I’m on break, may I suggest The City’s Daily Scoop newsletter?. With the warmer weather and the lifted...
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The "Squirrel Census is My Favorite Census" Edition

Light rain in the morning and afternoon. 77.02% of city residents have received two shots, 86.08% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • The LaGuardia AirTrain proposal has some competition. The Port Authority came up with alternative options to Cuomo's $2.1 billion...
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The "You Can Watch but You Can't Play" Edition

Overcast throughout the day. 76.9% of city residents have received two shots, 85.99% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. Do you find this information helpful? Let me know. I’m thinking of removing it when the mask and Key2NYC vaccine mandates end.
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The "Eco-Yogi Slumlord Update" Edition

Clear throughout the day. 76.77% of city residents have received two shots, 85.86% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • "For years, Manhattan has been one of the most popular safe harbors for Russian oligarchs to park their cash, especially via ultra-high-end apartments. It’s time to start seizing their properties." -Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine. (Vince DiMiceli for The Real Deal)
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The "Gabe Henry on His Book Eating Salad Drunk" Podcast Edition

Gabe Henry joins today’s podcast edition of The Briefly to talk about his new book Eating Salad Drunk: Haikus for the Burnout Age by Comedy Greats, released this week, managing Brooklyn comedy venue Littlefield during the pandemic, haikus, and more. There are two hidden haikus in this episode and two more in this post. Can you find them?
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The "Platform Doors Are Happening" Edition

Rain in the morning and afternoon. 76.73% of city residents have received two shots, 85.82% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • New York State will welcome refugees from Ukraine. (Nick Reisman for NY1) • The McPutin’s pop-up on W52nd Street is...
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The "An Apology Goes A Long Way with the Mayor" Edition

Rain starts in the afternoon. 76.62% of city residents have received two shots, 85.7% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • After apologizing for his past comments, Fernando Cabrera was appointed as the senior adviser in the new Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, the former ThriveNYC, by Mayor Eric Adams. What did Cabrera do that needed apologizing for? He praised the Ugandan government's "Kill the Gays" law. The opposition to his appointment wasn't solely his praise for the Kill the Gays law. It is his personal and world views as a whole. This is a disgusting trend from the mayor, who said he heard and accepted Cabrera's apology. The City Council’s LGBTQ Caucus opposes Cabrera's appointment, like how Cabrera personally opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. (Elizabeth Kim for NY1)
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The "This Feels Like the Wrong Problem" Edition

Clear throughout the day. 76.17% of city residents have received two shots, 85.26% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • The mayor and governor announced together that they will remove homeless people from the city's subways. According to the mayor, the plan stops people from "doing whatever you want." I can't help but feel like the problem they're addressing is homeless New Yorkers on the subway instead of why anyone would choose to shelter on the subways. The plan expands Kendra's Law, enabling a judge to order someone with mental illness into outpatient treatment. It will send more mental-health professionals into the subways who can involuntarily hospitalize people who have been deemed a danger to themselves and others. Both are involuntary and sound like imprisonment under a different name, but literally, anything is better than sending someone to Rikers Island for being homeless. The plan also will create 500 new shelter beds in private rooms to accommodate the estimated 1,000 New Yorkers that use the subways as a shelter nightly. The mayor announced that this plan would be in place by this coming week, which doesn't seem like enough time to increase the capacity of shelters and facilities for the numbers of homeless New Yorkers that will be removed from the subway system, but it certainly seems like enough time to start doing the removing, which shows where the priorities of the plan lay. (Andy Newman, Dana Rubinstein, and Michael Gold for NY Times)

The "You Didn't Have to Tweet That" Edition

76.17% of city residents have received two shots, 85.26% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • Mayor Adams appointed an anti-LGBTQ official to his administration in Pastor Gilforn Monrose, who was appointed to Head the New Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnership, a new office created by the mayor. Monrose has a history of making anti-LGBTQ rights comments, including speaking out in opposition to same-sex marriage. (Andy Humm for Gay City News)
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The "A Cocktails To Go Opponent" Edition

Clear throughout the day. 75.98% of city residents have received two shots, 85.11% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • "I am calling on Con Ed to review their billing practices" -Governor Hochul. It's like asking the mouse in your apartment to review its practice of pooping on the counters. (Max Rivlin-Nadler for Gothamist)
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The "There Are No Romantic Restaurants" Edition

Snow (1–2 in.) in the morning and afternoon. 75.73% of city residents have received two shots, 84.91% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • Monday is the deadline to change your political party affiliation before the midterm primary election. (Brigid Bergin...
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The "A Threat to Move to Brooklyn" Edition

Clear throughout the day. 75.66% of city residents have received two shots, 84.85% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • Subway (and Staten Island Rail) ridership hit three million for the first time in 2022, which marks the first time we're over three million since before the omicron surge. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)
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The "Hooked on Cheese, Hooked on Heroin?" Edition

Partly cloudy throughout the day. 75.51% of city residents have received two shots, 84.74% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • Governor Hochul will announce an update on the state's mask rule on Wednesday. The current mandate is set to expire on Thursday. (Nick Reisman for NY1)
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The "Bullying the Mayor Seems to Work" Edition

Partly cloudy throughout the day. 75.28% of city residents have received two shots, 84.59% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. Whoops! I didn’t mean to email everyone about this week’s episode of The Briefly’s podcast, but I did. Check out my conversation with Rachel Holliday Smith anywhere podcasts are available.
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The "My Dinner With Cuomo" Edition

Rain in the morning and afternoon. 75.21% of city residents have received two shots, 84.54% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • Renderings: The latest design for Two World Trade, at 1,350 feet tall, would make it just shy of One World...
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The "Ham Sandwich Running for Congress" Edition

Clear throughout the day. 74.97% of city residents have received two shots, 84.36% of city residents have received one or more shots. Source: NYC Department of Health. • The city settled out of court with a protestor shoved to the curb during the George Floyd protests of 2020. The city will pay $387,000, with NYPD Officer Vincent D'Andraia paying $3,000 personally. The NYPD's D'Andraia is still facing a criminal misdemeanor charge for the shove and is still a part of the NYPD. (Reuven Blau and Yoav Gonen for The City)
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The "We Bought A Boat and Need Help" Edition

This week’s podcast edition of The Briefly: State Senator Jessica Ramos on The Blueprint to End Gun Violence, bail reform, Raise the Age, and the importance of listening to science instead of emotion when making laws. Available anywhere you get podcasts. Today - Low: 19˚ High: 25˚. Clear...
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