Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates November 30th

November 30th, 2020


Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday (11/29) that K-5 schools and 3-K and pre-K programs will reopen next Monday, 12/7. All District 75 special education grades will reopen Thursday, 12/10. (The Mayor said today that middle and high school students are unlikely to return before January.

Weekly News Roundup – November 27, 2020

November 27th, 2020

Top mayoral candidate admonishes new voting system amid efforts to delay it - Politico

Digital Divide: NYC Department Of Education Says More Devices For Students Won’t Arrive For At Least Another Month - CBS NY

NYC residents flock to COVID-19 test sites ahead of iffy holiday travel - NY Post

The MTA’s $500 million nightly cleaning and shutdown isn’t worth it, experts say - NY Focus

City budget update better than hoped, though gaping deficit looms next year - Politico

NYC’s law legalizing e-scooters officially goes into effect on Monday - NY Post

New York City’s first Black mayor, David Dinkins, dies at 93 - AP

Unmasked: NYC Hospitals Lag on COVID PPE Stockpile Requirement as Virus Surges - The City

‘Vision Zero’ Leader Is the Latest to Leave New York Mayor’s Team - NY Times

De Blasio Lays Out Phased Strategy To Reopen Schools, Prioritizing Students With Disabilities - Gothamist

Stewart-Cousins claims supermajority for Democrats in state Senate - Politico

NYPD dismisses dozens of e-bike tickets after legalization - NY Post

What the M.T.A.’s ‘Doomsday’ Cuts Would Actually Look Like - NY Times

City launches $35M loan program for mom-and-pop shops hit by pandemic - Crain's

First Tenant Evicted in NYC since the Pandemic Started.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates November 23rd

November 23rd, 2020


The State launched a new web application to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The "Find Services" web application was developed in partnership with, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application.

Weekly News Roundup – November 20, 2020

November 20th, 2020

Upper East Side's Community Board 8 Elects A New Chair - Patch

Facade Partly Collapses Off Upper East Side Building - Patch

UES Community Board Harshly Critical Of Blood Center Expansion - Patch

Renovation Completed For 18th Century Roosevelt Island Home - Patch

New York Blood Center Reveals Draft Scope Of Work For Headquarters Expansion On The Upper East Side - YIMBY

Op-Ed | New York City has enough vacant apartments to house the homeless: It’s time to do it - AM NY

As de Blasio pleads for federal and state assistance, budget outlook rosier than anticipated - Politico

Most NYC students are learning online, but the city’s virtual teaching strategy remains elusive - Chalkbeat

Tourism, Engine for N.Y.C. Economy, May Not Fully Recover Until 2025 - NY Times

Voter Turnout in New York City Jumped 7.5% from 2016 to 2020 - Gotham Gazette

What Will Outdoor Dining Look Like In NYC This Winter? - Gothamist

NYC Adds More Restrictions to Outdoor Dining Setups As Winter Nears - Eater

MTA Employees Worry About Lack of Mask Compliance Among Work Crews As More Test Positive For Coronavirus - Gothamist

NYC’s COVID-19 test and trace program can’t pinpoint 80 percent of cases - NY Post

NYPD won’t stop family gatherings on Thanksgiving, de Blasio says - NY Post

Subway Service Could Be Cut 40% if No Federal Aid Arrives - NY Times

In a major setback, New York City schools to shut down over parents' objections - Politico

MTA to raise NYC transit fares, consider eliminating unlimited MetroCards - Daily News

Opinion: Surveillance and the City: New York’s Latest Covid Boondoggle Is In Your Pocket (by Albert Fox Cahn) - Gotham Gazette

Here’s how one school is trying to help new immigrants get to college during the pandemic - Chalkbeat

De Blasio faces outcry over school closures as New York braces for lockdown - Politico

New York City Mayor Warns of End to Indoor Dining, Gym Closures - WSJ

A Bright Spot in the Pandemic Gloom: Jazz Is Everywhere in New York - NY Times

It's starting to sink in: Schools before bars - Politico NY

CDC pleads with Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel - AP

Joe Biden wins Georgia, flipping the state for Democrats - AP

When Will We Throw Our Masks Away? I Asked Dr. Fauci - NYTimes

Schumer Optimistic on COVID Stimulus - Spectrum

Cuomo Expands Yellow Zone Restrictions in Three Counties - Spectrum

We Owe One Another Student Loan Forgiveness - NYTimes

MTA Chairman: Keeping NYC Transit Running is Critical for Whole Country - NY1

What to Expect of the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - NY1

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates November 16th

November 16th, 2020


The State prepared a chart for the red, orange and yellow zones to outline restrictions

The red zone in Brooklyn met the State’s criteria to become an orange zone, allowing fewer restrictions.

Weekly News Roundup – November 13, 20

November 13th, 2020

Permits Filed For New 20-Story Building On Upper East Side - Patch

De Blasio census czar Julie Menin steps down, now considering City Council (District 5) run: source - Daily News

Lenox Hill Expansion Opponents Unmoved By Hospital's Concessions - Patch

Northeast transit leaders look to Biden presidency for much needed relief - Politico

As presidential dust settles, New York City turns its eyes to historic mayoral race - Politico

NYC's Average COVID-19 Positivity Rate Rises Above 2%, The Highest In Over 4 Months - Gothamist

As Virus Surges Throughout Region, NYC Hospitalizations Are Rising - Gothamist

NYC 'dangerously close' to coronavirus second wave - Politico

NYC to begin counting mail-in ballots today (Monday) with several races at stake - NY Post

NYC eateries lose emergency bid to expand indoor dining - NY Post

Covid-19 Puts New York City School Admissions in Limbo - WSJ

NYC Needs to Build its Way Out of the Pandemic Recession Hole, Stringer Says - The City

What Biden’s Win Could Mean for New York: 5 Takeaways - NY Times

NYC To Experiment With Police-Free Response To Mental Health Calls - Gotham Gazette

New York Sets Curfew for Bars, Restaurants, Gyms as Covid-19 Cases Rise - WSJ

NYC public schools have lost 31,000 students this fall, preliminary data show - Chalkbeat

Ending gym memberships in New York now easier than a single-leg squat - Daily News

City Says Medical Supply Stockpile Nearly Complete; Healthcare Workers Wonder If It'll Be Enough - Gotham Gazette

New York faces a long road on electric vehicle commitments - Politico

Two NYC officials to volunteer for Joe Biden’s White House transition team - NY Post

NYC prepares for potential school shutdown as infection rate nears 3 percent - Politico

NYC Public Schools Have Lost 31,000 Students This Fall, Preliminary Data Show - The City

“Barely Holding On”: NYC Restaurants Brace For Indoor Dining Pause As Virus Infection Rate Keeps Climbing - Gothamist

DOE set to quietly ink $900M bus contract - NY Post

Redistricting panel names directors, deadlocks on chair - Times Union

Labs sound alarm on coronavirus testing capacity, supplies - Politico

A city on the brink: New York braces for a second Covid-19 surge - Politico

NYC school buildings will remain open on Monday, but closures could be imminent - Chalkbeat

Cuomo pushes back on plan to close NYC schools when coronavirus positivity rate hits 3% - Daily News

NYC courts indefinitely halt most in-person proceedings after uptick in coronavirus cases - Daily News

Can a curfew slow the spread of COVID-19? - City & State

How the Supreme Court’s case on the ACA could hurt New York - City & State

Two People Killed in Explosion at Connecticut V.A. Hospital - NYTimes

Homeless Men Moved Into a Tourist Hotel.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates November 9th

November 9th, 2020


New York announced a new protocol allowing out-of-state travelers to "test out" of the State's mandatory 14-day quarantine. Starting Wednesday, November 4th, travelers must be tested within three days prior to landing in New York, quarantine for at least three days upon arrival, and get tested on the fourth day of arrival.

Weekly News Roundup – November 6, 2020

November 6th, 2020

A spooky Gracie Mansion rally calls for safer bike lanes, bridges for people - AM NY

New York Sets Travel Rule as COVID-19 Cases Rise in the U.S. - NY State of Politics

What’s at Stake for New Yorkers, No Matter Who Wins the Presidential Election - The City

New York City’s Electric-Scooter Market Gathers Speed - WSJ

Schools in COVID-19 zones can reopen after testing everyone, Gov.

Weekly News Roundup – October 30, 2020

October 30th, 2020

New bill would give loaded laptop to every NYC student - NY Post

First in Line: Eager and Anxious New Yorkers Kick Off Early Voting for 2020 Election - The City

Long Lines Form on First Day of Early Voting - NY1

New York City Schools’ Coronavirus Cases Are Low, Anxieties High - WSJ

Richard Carranza’s grading policy aims to bar failing marks: NYC DOE memo - NY Post

Inside Decades of Nepotism and Bungling at the N.Y.C. Elections Board - NY Times

MTA’s New OMNY Tap-and-Go Fare Setup Leaves Disabled Subway Riders Waiting - The City

Absentee Voters Must Now Be Allowed to 'Cure' Their Ballots Under Certain Circumstances; Here's How It's Supposed to Work - Gotham Gazette

OPINION: Is fairness in the NYPD’s DNA? by Sarah Chu - Daily News

Verdant Displays Latest Turbines on Roosevelt Island - New York County Politics

Why N.Y.C.’s Economic Recovery May Lag the Rest of the Country’s - NY Times

De Blasio pushed to reopen school buildings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates October 30th

October 30th, 2020


To help New Yorkers make informed decisions on Halloween activities, the NYS Department of Health published Halloween guidance, with recommended activities and Do's and Don'ts for a safe Halloween. We advise New Yorkers to refrain from traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed out at the door and where it would be difficult to maintain social distance.