Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates September 14

September 15th, 2020


Starting September 30th, restaurants in New York City can reopen for indoor dining with a limit of 25 percent capacity. All restaurants that choose to reopen must adhere to strict safety protocols, including temperature checks, face coverings when not seated, increased ventilation and air filtration standards, among other safety protocols.

Weekly News Roundup – September 11, 2020

September 11th, 2020

NY Infection Rate Stays Below 1% for 30 Days Despite College Town Outbreak - NBC NY

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia Resigns To Contemplate Mayoral Bid - Gothamist

Where De Blasio's Push to Borrow Billions Stands - Gotham Gazette

Tax the Ultrarich? Cuomo Resists, Even With a $14 Billion Budget Gap - NY Times

Cited for ventilation problems, these 21 NYC schools will remain closed — for now - Chalkbeat

City Board Of Elections Launches Tracking System So Absentee Ballots Don't Get Lost In The Void - Gothamist

De Blasio recedes from development agenda as pandemic response consumes City Hall - Politico

City lags on promised child care plan - Politico

With mixed emotions, NYC teachers return to classrooms frozen in time - Chalkbeat

NYC’s Grab-and-Go Meal Program Headed for an After-School Schedule - The City

NYC bus ridership drops 22% after MTA ends free rides - Daily News

Is It Really Layoffs or Loans? De Blasio's Other Options to Find $1 Billion - Gotham Gazette

N.Y.C. to Allow Indoor Dining, in Milestone on Recovery From Pandemic - NY Times

New York City Subway and Bus Riders Face $50 Fine for Not Wearing a Mask - WSJ

150 Big Businesses Warn Mayor of ‘Widespread Anxiety’ Over N.Y.C.’s Future - NY Times

De Blasio splits with Cuomo, wants stricter standards for indoor NYC dining - Politico

No Placards Revoked Yet as de Blasio Takes Gas Out of City Employee Parking Crackdown - The City

NY gets 221,000 online applications for absentee ballots — in one week - Newsday

As City Reopens, De Blasio’s ‘Better Buses’ Plan Stuck in Traffic - Gotham Gazette

Weekend Shopping Event Aims To Revive Madison Avenue - Patch

Covid-19 Live Updates: Republicans’ Scaled-Back Stimulus Bill Fails in Senate - NYTimes

"I Wanted To Always Play it Down:" 4 Revelations from Bob Woodward's Book Excerpts About Trump - NY1

Younger Americans feel their voting weight - The Economist

The Pandemic of Work-From-Home Injuries - NYTimes

It Will Take More Than a Vaccine to Beat COVID-19 - The New Yorker

The battle over trans athletes in American schools heats up - The Economist

A Mental-Health Crisis Is Burning Across the American West - The Atlantic

'We need to talk about suicide' - BBC News

The Coronavirus, Climate Change, and the End of Seasons as We Knew Them - The New Yorker

Continue Your Life’s Education With Free Online Classes - NYTimes

Art Therapy - Our Town

FEMA Will Stop Covering Costs of Disinfecting MTA, School Facilities - NY1

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates September 8

September 8th, 2020


For the fourth straight week, New York's positive infection rate is below 1 percent. All of the State's COVID reporting data, including the number of tests conducted and the positive infection rate broken down by region, is available here.

Weekly News Roundup – September 4, 2020

September 4th, 2020

New York City Delays Start of School to Ready for In-Person Classes - NY Times

New York Police Change Attitudes After Implicit-Bias Training - WSJ

As layoffs loom for city workers, NYC pays $163M to corporate consultancies - Daily News

NYC’s school staffing crisis could undermine literacy programs for struggling readers, advocates warn - Chalkbeat

With Trash Complaints Up 120% At Parks This Summer, City Launches Campaign To Tackle Garbage Uptick - Gothamist

'What happened?' NYC restaurants asking why Cuomo, de Blasio still won’t allow indoor dining as N.J. moves forward - Daily News

A Quick Virus Test? Sure, If You Can Afford It - NY Times

Layoffs in limbo as union leaders plan sit-down with de Blasio - Politico

Front-Door Boarding and Fare Collection Resumes on MTA Buses - NY1

Despite Postponement, Some NYC Public School Teachers Remain Skeptical Of Reopening Plan - Gothamist

City Approves 247 Schools for Outdoor Activities - Streetsblog

NYPD Street Blockades Near Precincts Persist, Months After Protests Waned - The City

With NYC promising free child care, providers and parents have lots of questions - Chalkbeat

Lawmakers Worry Child Care Will Fall Through Cracks - NY State of Politics

New York City Gyms Reopen for First Time Since Pandemic - WSJ

What’s the Trump Eviction Moratorium All About? - Curbed NY

Business Leaders Push for Faster Action to Spur NYC’s Economic Comeback - The City

Cuomo sidesteps de Blasio to reopen casinos and push for NYC indoor dining - NY Post

New York Gives Casinos, Indoor Malls Approval to Reopen - WSJ

Where De Blasio's Push to Borrow Billions Stands - Gotham Gazette

Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover - The Atlantic

‘That’s certainly not my approach’: Fauci rejects pursuing herd immunity - Politico

Ho, Ho, Hum: Struggling Retailers Brace for a Muted Holiday Season - NYTimes

SUNY Oneonta Becomes First SUNY Campus to End In-Person Classes for Semester - Spectrum

Why a Civil Rights Veteran Thinks the Protests Are More Like 1963 Than 1968 - Politico

N.Y.C. School Plan Hinges on Hundreds of Thousands of Virus Tests - NYTimes

MTA Says 15% of Transit Riders with Masks Wear Them Improperly - NY1

N.Y.C. Surpasses 1,000 Shootings Before Labor Day - NYTimes

One last push for police reform - Politico

Steroids Can Be Lifesaving for Covid-19 Patients, Scientists Report - NYTimes

The Pandemic Has Created a Class of Super-Savers - The Atlantic

TriBeCa: Cobblestone Streets and Multimillion-Dollar Homes - NYTimes

We Take Everything with Us: An Interview with Yaa Gyasi - The Atlantic

How Do You Open an Interactive Museum in a Pandemic? Very Carefully - NYTimes

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates August 31st

August 31st, 2020

Tomorrow is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. Election Day is fast approaching and the New York State and Local Board of Elections are asking registered voters to pitch in and help work the polls (a paid position). To be eligible, you must be a registered voter in New York State.

Weekly News Roundup – August 28, 2020

August 28th, 2020

NYC Schools Can Hold Classes Outside This Fall, And Chancellor Suggests Well-Funded PTAs Could Help Pay for It - Chalkbeat

Mayor Gives Principals a Week To Register Outdoor-Learning Plans - Streetsblog

NYC Council speaker plans to support increased city borrowing - Daily News

No Friday Night Lights For Now As Cuomo Outlines Sports Guidance - WAMC

De Blasio has ‘no plan’ for return of indoor dining in NYC - NY Post

Is the Worst Yet to Come for Small Businesses? - NY State of Politics

Central Park's 1st Statue Depicting Real Women To Be Unveiled This Week - WCBS

Car crashes into outdoor dining area in NYC, injuring three - NY Post

New York State's Plastic Bag Ban Is Back - NY State of Politics

NY Gov OKs Clerical Fixes on Mail-In Ballots, With a Twist - NBC NY

N.Y. to apply for federal funds to pay $300-a-week unemployment benefits - Daily News

Older New Yorkers Sweat It Out, Waiting for Promised Air-Conditioners - NYTimes

"Officials at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center in Manhattan spent nearly $30,000 for 56 air-conditioners for seniors like Rosalina Acevedo, who is 73 and diabetic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates August 25th

August 25th, 2020


The moratorium for residential and commercial evictions in New York City has been extended to October 1st. Evictions will remain paused for New Yorkers and small businesses facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Weekly News Roundup – August 21, 2020

August 21st, 2020

Redeemer Presbyterian Church Acquires UES Property for $30M in All-Cash Deal - Commercial Observer

Evangelical Church Seeks To Build 10-Story UES Ministry Center - Patch

Can N.Y.C. Schools Open on Time? De Blasio Is Under Pressure to Delay - NY Times

How The Upper East Side's Private Schools Are Reopening This Fall - Patch

New York Teachers Union Threatens Strike if Schools Reopen Without Safety Measures - WSJ

NYC teachers union ups the pressure to delay school reopening, demanding COVID-19 tests for students and staff - Chalkbeat

NYC restaurants: Give us indoor dining or we’ll sue - The Real Deal

Museums and Other New York Cultural Institutions Can Open Aug.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates August 17th

August 17th, 2020


Mayor de Blasio announced the launch of the NYC Tenant Resource Portal, the city’s first-ever online resource to help residential renters access free resources from the City to help prevent evictions and keep tenants stably housed.

Weekly News Roundup – August 14, 2020

August 14th, 2020

What Happens to Viral Particles on the Subway - NY Times

N.Y. Schools Can Reopen, Cuomo Says, in Contrast With Much of U.S. - NY Times

NYC Scrambles to Find New School Space as Cuomo Gives Go-Ahead for Classes - The City

NYPD barricades have turned Gracie Mansion into de Blasio’s fortress, neighbors say- NY Post

Sorry, Mayor de Blasio: New Yorkers are Buying Wheels This Summer - The City

Will Cars Rule the Roads in Post-Pandemic New York? - New York Times

City Council moves to extend food delivery caps on Grubhub, UberEats - NY Post

NY lawmakers to grill election officials over mail-in ballot debacle - NY Post

Ghost Storefront Revealed in NYC's Upper East Side - Untapped New York - Untapped New York

Staff Complaints Prompt Calls for Misconduct Training for Community Board Members - The City

A quarter of NYC students opt out of school buildings this fall, while 736,000 are set to return — for now - Chalkbeat

DOT shoots down plan for more pedestrian and cyclist space on Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge - QNS

Anti-Semitic note reportedly left at Manhattan assemblywoman’s office - NY Post

Anti-Semitic Note Reportedly Left on N.Y. Assemblymember’s Vandalized Office - Jewish Journal

The City of New York Community Board 8 (CB8) Manhattan, an agency that helps resolve municipal delivery service complaints, similarly condemned in a statement what happened to Seawright’s office.