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Sept. 9, 2021, Volume 6, No. 47
Letter from the Editor: We know
Labor Day Weekend's North River tugboat races remembered
Honoring the 9/11 Boatlift
Bits & Bytes: Tin Building construction nears completion; More sky-high dining
Bulletin Board: September 11 anniversary events; Get vaccinated
Calendar: Fall Arts Week on Governors Island
July 12, 2021, Volume 6, No. 46
Letter from the Editor: The Governor's BPC memorial
Protests escalate against the Essential Workers Monument
Bulletin Board: Free Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch; Wetlab look-ins on Pier 40
Calendar: Films at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City
June 30, 2021, Volume 6, No. 45
Letter from the Editor: Gay Pride
Some BPC residents protest Essential Workers Monument placement in their park
Bulletin Board: Skyscraper Museum reopens; In-home Covid-19 vaccination
Calendar: River & Blues in Battery Park City
June 22, 2021, Volume 6, No. 44
Letter from the Editor: Vote today!
Bulletin Board: Perks for getting vaccinated; Art on the Avenue seeks submissions
Work by two prominent African-American artists enhances BPC's Belvedere Plaza
Calendar: River to River update
June 6, 2021, Volume 6, No. 43
Letter from the Editor: Milestones
Hurricane Maria Memorial in Battery Park City
Bulletin Board: River to River reservations; Kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse
Bits & Bytes: City Council candidates, District 1; Vestry Street high rise
Calendar: Battery Park City summer calendar
April 29, 2021, Volume 6, No. 42
Letter from the Editor: Head count
Gov. Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders announce FY2022 budget
BPC Girl Scout troop collects supplies for volcano-stricken Caribbean island
Bulletin Board: BPC outdoor art classes resume; Dine Around at The Fulton
Calendar: Governors Island reopens for the summer season
April 9, 2021, Volume 6, No. 41
Letter from the Editor: The visibility of time
Landmarks Preservation Commission again nixes 250 Water St. tower plans
Letter to the Editor: Why latest Howard Hughes tower proposal should be rejected
Summer plans for South Street Seaport Museum's Pioneer and W.O. Decker
Bulletin Board: Bird walks in The Battery; Hudson River Park seeks volunteers
Calendar: Museum of Jewish Heritage and Annual Gathering of Remembrance
March 30, 2021, Volume 6, No. 40
Letter from the Editor: A Perfect Man (Our Governor Cuomo)
104-year-old tugboat Pegasus goes to the scrapyard
Downtown Post Food: Dine Around Downtown at Home series resumes
Bulletin Board: NYC movie theaters reopen; NYS tax filing deadline moved to May
Letter to the Editor: Private lounge blocks Fulton Street in the Seaport
Calendar: Hudson River Park
Feb. 14, 2021, Volume 6, No. 39
Letter from the Editor: Taking an oath
Celebrating the Year of the Ox in Manhattan's Chinatown
Naima Rauam remembers the Fulton Fish Market
South Street Seaport Museum explores the history and context of sea chanteys
Bulletin Board: Rapid Covid-19 testing; LMCC Arts Center residencies
Calendar: The Year of the Ox at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Feb. 8, 2021, Volume 6, No. 38
Letter from the Editor: Our disappearing past
Eliza Greatorex, the artist who mourned and documented old New York
Rebecca Young, New York Philharmonic violist and colleagues play 'Wellerman'
Bulletin Board: BPCA virtual art exhibition; LMCC Arts Center residencies
Calendar: National Museum of the American Indian — 'The Art of Storytelling'
Jan. 21, 2021, Volume 6, No. 37
Letter from the Editor: What happened at Federal Hall
'Soul to Soul' returns online in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Discovering New York on the Empire State Trail
Bulletin Board: Bowne & Co. pop-up shop; NYC primary election information
Calendar: Battery Park City classes and events online
Jan. 11, 2021, Volume 6, No. 36
In Memoriam, Anthony Notaro
It Did Happen Here
Web event: Extremism: What you need to know in 2021
What would Hamilton do about the economy?
Bulletin Board: Battery Park City library reopens; New York State paid sick leave
Calendar: How to visit some Lower Manhattan's museums
Nov. 17, 2020, Volume 6, No. 35
Letter from the Editor: To be continued
Poets House suspends operations indefinitely
Dine Around Downtown: Cooking at Home Edition
Bulletin Board: Tenant Resource Fair; Web application for social services
Calendar: November in Lower Manhattan's museums
Nov. 2, 2020, Volume 6, No. 34
* Letter from the editor: Election Day!
* NYS Attorney General Letitia James issues statement on poll rules and safety
* Voters flock to New York State's early voting polls
* Bits & Bytes: Frenchette bakery opens in Tribeca; Barricade blues
* Downtown Bulletin Board: NYS eviction moratorium; Updated travel ban
Aug. 29, 2020 Volume 6, No. 33
* Letter from the editor: One Man, One Vote
* Borough President Brewer's listening tour of small businesses in Manhattan
* Bits & Bytes: Delmonico's owners feud; China Blue closes
* Downtown Bulletin Board: NYS eviction moratorium; Poll worker jobs
* The future of cycling in Lower Manhattan
* Letter to the editor: Tree loss in Battery Park City
* Calendar: Spotlight - South Street Seaport Museum - Wavertree and Sea Chanteys
Aug. 17, 2020 Volume 6, No. 32
* Letter from the editor: Aug. 14, 1945
* After Isaias, picking up the pieces, assessing the damage
* Construction resumes on St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine
* Bits & Bytes: Tribute in Light gets reprieve; Daily News closes downtown offices
* Small businesses get consultation help from the Downtown Alliance
* Downtown Bulletin Board: NYS eviction moratorium; Final primary election results
* Calendar: Spotlight - The Battery Dance Festival, 2020 edition
Aug. 4, 2020 Volume 6, No. 31
* Letter from the editor: The Waiting Room
* In anticipation of Isaias, the city erects almost a mile of flood barriers in the Seaport
* Standing watch through the night at the South Street Seaport Museum
* Bits & Bytes: Arrests over illicit party boat; New York State Travel Advisory
* Downtown Bulletin Board: FiDi eestaurants set up on open streets; Driver's Ed
July 31, 2020 Volume 6, No. 30
* Letter from the editor: A humble house
* Bars and restaurants penalized for ignoring Covid-19 regulations
* New York State's Covid-19 quarantine regulations
* Fidi restaurant is equipped with rooftop greenhouses to comply with C-19 regulations
* Rent-stablilized Gateway Plaza tenants get 10-year lease extension
* Bits & Bytes: W Hotel to close; Governors Island news
July 15, 2020 Volume 6, No. 29
* Letter from the editor: Your Civic Duties
* Battery Park City Authority Board meets today to discuss Gateway Plaza
* Cuomo announces an emergency rental assistance program
* Bits & Bytes: More states added to New York travel advisory
* Downtown Bulletin Board: 9/11 Memorial reopens; Battery Park City blood drive
July 9, 2020 Volume 6, No. 28
* Letter from the editor: Timebends
* AG James releases preliminary report on protester and NYPD interactions
* Bits & Bytes: Museum of Jewish Heritage lays off 40 percent of its staff
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Third Battery Park City blood drive; High Line to reopen
* Downtown Food News: Interactive NYC restaurant map
* Letters to the Editor: Statue destruction comments
July 5, 2020 Volume 6, No. 27
* Letter from the editor: Statue Destruction
* City Council passes a 'pandemic' budget
* Bits & Bytes: Colonial NYC farmhouse for sale; Stuyvesant HS principal departs
* Downtown Bulletin Board: NYC enters Phase 3 of State's reopening plan
* Downtown Food News: What's in season at Manhattan Greenmarkets
June 30, 2020 Volume 6, No. 26
* Letter from the editor: The Food Issue
* New York, New Jersey and Connecticut form travel advisory pact
* Bits & Bytes: Remembering a kid from the Bronx; Occupy City Hall
* Bulletin Board: Nadler wins Democratic nomination; some beaches reopen
* Downtown food news: Tribeca Greenmarket to reopen; free grab-and-go meals
June 23, 2020 Volume 6, No. 25
* Letter from the editor: Primary Day Rules
* In Democratic primary, three people vie to represent NY's 10th Congressional District
* Fireworks news
* Downtown Bulletin Board: 24/7 dog runs; Sanitizing stations; Gnocchi cooking class
June 14, 2020 Volume 6, No. 24
* Letter from the editor: The Unsent Letter
* Cuomo positions New York State at the forefront of police reform
* 1st Precinct Community Council enables community and NYPD dialogue
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Classic Harbor Line resumes cruises; Register to vote
June 6, 2020, Volume 6, No. 23
* Letter from the editor: The Paper Daffodil
* A case of C-19, from diagnosis to recovery
* Bits & Bytes: Schooner Pioneer will be sidelined this summer; No free kayaking
* Dine Around Downtown, Cooking at Home edition
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Battery Park City blood drive; Voting by mail
* Curfew Q & A
June 3, 2020, Volume 6, No. 22
* Letter from the editor: The Persistence of Memory
* We Are One, online film festival, showcases films from 20 major global festivals
* Dine Around Downtown 2020 - the chef-led home edition
* Curfew regulations Q & A
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Summer day camps can reopen; how to report police abuse
May 31, 2020, Volume 6, No. 21
* Letter from the editor: The Fourth Estate
* 'Violence is not the answer' says Cuomo
* Revisiting 'LA92' which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017
* Downtown Alliance expands small business grant program
* Bits & Bytes: Le Pain Quotidien files for bankruptcy; A virtual tour of FIDI
* NYC Ferry alters schedules and routes
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Dental offices can reopen in New York State
May 22, 2020, Volume 6, No. 20
* Letter from the editor: The View from Here
* Record number of unemployment claims creates check-processing backlog
* 'Wear a Mask New York' contest promotes crucial tool in slowing COVID-19 spread
* Beaches in four neighboring states will open on Memorial Day weekend
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Voting by mail; Contact tracing phone calls
May 17, 2020. Volume 6, No. 19
* Letter from the editor: Get Tested
* Five of New York State's ten regions reopen for business
* Beaches in four neighboring states will open on Memorial Day weekend
* Bits & Bytes: Paris Cafe has closed: Covid-19 causing a deadly disease in children
* NYC Ferry alters schedules and routes
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Voting by mail in New York State; USCGC Lilac closed
* Calendar: Manhattan art museums online
March 5, 2020, Volume 6, No. 18
* Letter from the editor: Cosmic Perspective
* Beginner's Ear marries music and meditation
* Bits & Bytes: South Street Seaport history; New Italian restaurant; Ninja closes
* Downtown Bulletin Board: BPC resiliency plan; Downtown Alliance summer job
* Letter to the Editor: Death of a gentleman
* Calendar: Women's History Month
Feb. 10, 2020, Volume 6, No. 17
* Letter from the editor: Jury duty
* Show of artwork created in Battery Park City's free art classes
* Bits & Bytes: Sales plummet at Chinatown restaurants; Sea wall debate
* In Memoriam: Vernon Hendrix
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Jane's Walk seeks walk leaders; Aging survey
* Calendar: Presidents' Day and Black History
Dec. 23, 2019, Volume 6, No. 16
* Letter from the editor: The Longest Night
* A bewitching production of 'The Sorceress' is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
* Bits & Bytes: Pioneer in Albany boatyard; Tribeca art scene; 125 Greenwich St. rises
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Holiday hours at Poets House; Annual diaper drive
* Calendar: Battery Park City's winter calendar
Nov. 5, 2019, Volume 6, No. 15
* Letter from the editor: Ballot questions
* The eloquent story of a shofar at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
* Liz Berger Plaza groundbreaking
* Bits & Bytes: Bubby's is back; Commerce on Governors Island
* Downtown Bulletin Board: New ferry schedules; Release of the fishes
* Calendar: Fall foliage cruises
Aug. 18, 2019, Volume 6, No. 14
* Letter from the editor: Rooftop Summer
* Bayonne Bridge is rededicated after years of complex design and construction work
* Bits & Bytes: Trump fundraiser blowback; Where to find affordable housing
* Downtown Bulletin Board: River Project seeks interns, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish
* Letter to the Editor: In memory of Marilyn Gaull Howard
* Calendar: Coming attractions
Aug. 9, 2019, Volume 6, No. 13
* Letter from the editor: The Guns of New York
* South Street Seaport Museum's schooner Pioneer sidelined for the rest of the season
* The courageous life of Israeli heroine, Hannah Senesh, is evoked in a play with music
* Bits & Bytes: iPic Entertainment files for bankruptcy; Gansevoort Peninsula Park plans
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Squirrel bites; Equifax settlement and how to apply
* Calendar: Battery Dance Festival
July 25, 2019, Volume 6, No. 12
* Letter from the editor: I was there (Zadroga revisited)
* Bits & Bytes: Cesar Pelli dead at 92; Vongerichten on Pier 17;
Help in Housing Court
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Summer restaurant week; Applications open for arts grants
* Calendar: Native American art, music and history
July 13, 2019, Volume 6, No. 11
* Letter from the editor: Remembering Alexander Hamilton
* Calendar: City of Water Day
* The 2020 census is a battleground
* Bits & Bytes: Aggressive ticket sellers on Battery Place accost lawmaker
* Letter to the editor: See New York City by ferry
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Essex Crossing affordable housing lottery; Warner retires
July 4, 2019, Volume 6, No. 10
* Letter from the editor: July 4, 2019
* Calendar: July 4 in Lower Manhattan
* Downtown Post Dining: Get Low offers restaurant discounts
* Bits & Bytes: Melville Gallery renovations announced; 125 Greenwich St. foreclosure
* Letter to the editor: Locals petition de Blasio to use Deutsche Bank site for housing
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Free summer meals for kids; Hovitz resigns from CB1
June 20, 2019, Volume 6, No. 9
* Letter from the editor: Peaceful New York City
* Howard Hughes Corp. hires Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to create Seaport master plan
* Bits & Bytes: Oculus skylight still broken; WTC contractors and officials indicted
* Letter to the editor: Deutsche Bank site to be sold
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Battery Park City Authority holds resiliency meetings
* Calendar: River to River Festival and 'Night at the Museums'
May 21, 2019, Volume 6, No. 8
* Letter from the editor: Flamingo on the Hudson
* Dine Around Downtown and Get Low offer discounted dining options
* Bits & Bytes: Storm surge barrier proposal; Vongerichten opens Seaport restaurant
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Connection bus service changes; New ferry schedules
* Calendar: South Street Seaport Museum
April 17, 2019, Volume 6, No. 7
* Letter from the editor: Day of Mourning
* Death on Battery Park City's South End Avenue
* LMHQ inspires downtown's nomadic workforce
* Bits & Bytes: Fidi loses comic book store; Former Trump Soho hit with tax lien
* Elise Ensler documents the news, one morning at a time
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Victim Compensation Fund Information Session
* Calendar: Governors Island summer plans
April 2, 2019, Volume 6, No. 6
* Letter from the editor: Binders of Women
* Holocaust freight car is installed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
* Downtown Post Politics: Nadler confronts A.G. Barr over Mueller report
* Bits & Bytes: City Winery Moving to Pier 57; State to review contaminated Seaport lot
* Downtown Bulletin Board: River Project Wetlab opens for the 2019 season
* Calendar: Lower Manhattan History
March 16, 2019, Volume 6, No. 5
* Letter from the editor: Tom Goodkind
* Congestion pricing debate continues as a way to help fund MTA repairs
* Bits & Bytes: Pied-a-Terre tax proposed; Dining in Manhattan's Chinatown
* City Lore exhibition honors New York's 'Waterfront Heroes"
* Downtown Post Arts: 'Fiddler on the Roof' continues to get standing ovations
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Chili Party to benefit John J. Harvey; Women in Prison panel
* Calendar: March - Past, Present and Future
Feb. 26, 2019, Volume 6, No. 4
* Letter from the editor: Public Advocate Election Day
* Bill to create an African Burial Ground Museum and Educational Center resurfaces
* Bits & Bytes: Jon Stewart pleads for 9/11 medical funding; Trinity's $6B portfolio
* Tribeca Film Festival: Some 2018 Tribeca Film Festival offerings are back in town
* Downtown Post Arts: New Shanghai Circus astonishes at the Schimmel Center
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Whitney Museum open daily; Digital Innovation Grants
* Letter to the Editor: Port Authority and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
* Calendar: February - A day of events in Lower Manhattan
Feb. 7, 2019, Volume 6, No. 3
* Letter from the editor: Public Advocate Election, Part 1
* Hudson River Park Trust says park can withstand flooding
* Bits & Bytes: Beach planned for Hudson River Park; Memorial for first responders
* Downtown Post Political Report: Trump attacks New York State Reproductive Health Act
* Downtown Post Museums: Fraunces Tavern Museum book club
* Non-profits can apply for free meeting space at LMHQ
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Pace University's Active Retirement Center
* Calendar: February - Chinese Lunar New Year
Jan. 26, 2019, Volume 6, No. 2
* Letter from the editor: A Week's Work
* Reproductive Health Act passes NY State legislature and Cuomo signs it into law
* Bits & Bytes: Fidi condo sales down; Cuomo pledges $23M to Hudson River Park
* Downtown Post Political Report: Nadler begins investigations of Whitaker and Nielsen
* Downtown Post Arts: 'Soul to Soul' honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
* Downtown Bulletin Board: SOL and Ellis Island remained open; Battery bird walks
* Calendar: January - Silent Films/Live Music at Brookfield Place
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Staten Island ferry timetable
The Staten Island Ferry went back to pre-COVID rush hour service as of July 6, offering rides every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Additionally, 20-minute service is offered between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and between 3:50 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. All passengers on the Staten Island Ferry must continue to wear face coverings at all times within the terminals and on the ferry.
FALL FOLIAGE CRUISES
ON THE HUDSON RIVER
STAMINA AND THE MEANING OF COURAGE
On May 23, 2020 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his daily COVID-19 report from the Governor's Mansion in Albany where three men had formerly lived who went on to become U.S. presidents. Among them was Teddy Roosevelt, born a sickly kid who fought in the Spanish-American War as a Rough Rider — a nickname that was given to a volunteer cavalry that was on the front lines of the combat.
Cuomo mentioned that when he was New York State governor, Teddy Roosevelt had a boxing ring built on the third floor of the Governor's Mansion and that he would invite Albany legislators to visit and go a few rounds with him. "I think that's how they got the budget done at the end of the budget session," Cuomo said wryly.
He also quoted something that Teddy Roosevelt had once said: “Courage is not having the strength to go on. It is going on when you don’t have the strength.” Then Cuomo continued, “Day 84. “‘I can’t do this anymore. I can’t do this anymore.’ We have to do it more. We have to continue to do it. There’s no normal. We’re going to have to do it for a long time.”
Spencer Tax Prep & Books
Assistance with the following:
SBA Disaster Loans & Grants
Unemployment Assistance - available for W2 and Schedule C clients
Mandated additional sick pay and associated tax credit
Paycheck Protection Program; Extended tax loss carry-backs
Phone: (212) 858-9855
Battery Park City Authority
Events and Classes Online
Every year, the Battery Park City Authority calendar includes hundreds of programs and classes. Usually these take place in Battery Park City and are open both to residents and people from other parts of the city. Most of the events and classes are free. After a regular start to the programming year, the Battery Park City Authority transitioned to an all-virtual lineup of events beginning in April 2020. The BPCA is utilizing its YouTube channel to share more than five dozen videos produced by the BPCA's Parks Programming team. Topics include music, art, athletics, nature, cooking, culture, and more.
To view the selection, click here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
In New York State, there is no charge to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Health experts have projected that in order to win the war against COVID-19, between 75 percent and 85 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated. For up-to-date information about where and when to get vaccinated, go to www.ny.gov/vaccine.
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A fall foliage cruise on the Hudson River aboard Classic Harbor Line’s yacht, Manhattan II, passed the 200-million-year-old New Jersey Palisades bordered with copper-colored trees.
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Connection Bus Service
The Connection bus service makes 36 stops on its route between the South Street Seaport and Broadway near City Hall. Daily service starts at 10 a.m. with a last run at 7:30 p.m. Real-time bus information can be found on NextRide. Click here.
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Phone (212) 807-7509 for more information
Weather and Public Safety
Weather Information: For the latest weather information, go to www.weather.gov/nyc.
AlliedBarton patrols Battery Park City. To reach AlliedBarton, call (212) 945-SAFE (7233). The Battery Park City Command Center is located at the Verdesian, 211 North End Ave. In case of emergencies, call 911.
Between Oct. 15 and Nov. 14 several of Classic Harbor Lines' yachts and schooners will be heading up the Hudson River for fall foliage cruises. All the cruises start at Chelsea Piers on West 22nd Street. Most of the yacht cruises are 2.5 hours long and travel up the river to within sight of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The schooners will take 3.5 hours to make the trip. Here are some details:
Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise aboard either the yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II: Both yachts are equipped with a heated and enclosed observatory in addition to outdoor viewing. The fare includes a three-course prix fixe brunch and a complimentary bloody mary, mimosa, beer, wine or champagne. Cost: $124 - $142 Adult; $72 Child. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Afternoon Fall Foliage Lunch aboard Manhattan II: The fare includes a fall-themed, prix-fixe menu served at your private table. Cost: $96 - $132 Adults; $72 Child. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Cruise aboard one of the Manhattan yachts: Fare includes one complimentary beer, wine, Champagne or soft drink. Food is not included. Due to Covid-19, please bring a simple, light snack. Cost: $88 - $106. For more information and to book tickets, click here. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Grand Palisades Fall Foliage Schooner Sail aboard the Adirondack or the America 2.0.: Food is not included. Bring a picnic and dress warmly. Cost: $88 - $106 Adults; $64 Child | 3.5 hrs! For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Fall Foliage Cruise aboard the yacht Kingston: Seating is available in a covered and heated salon with large windows. The fare includes a complimentary beer, wine, Champagne or soft drink. Additional beverages are available for purchase. Cost: $88 - $106 Adults; $64 child. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Sign up for Notify NYC
New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency communications program, for the latest information and updates on storm and emergency events in NYC. To sign up for Notify NYC, download the free mobile application, visit NYC.gov/NotifyNYC, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter. For more severe weather information, go to www.NYC.gov/SevereWeather.
Battery Dance Festival
in Battery Park City
In August, the Battery Dance Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary with six nights of free performances in Battery Park City's Wagner Park following three nights of virtual performances featuring dance companies from many parts of the world. Some videos of this year's offerings are still available on Battery Dance's website, BatteryDance.org.
On Nov. 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the first annual Battery Dance Gallery Crawl will take place in Tribeca. As dancers perform solos at art galleries, audience members can watch the performances and interact with the art on display. (Photos: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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NEW YORK GOV. ANDREW CUOMO'S
RESPONSE TO COVID-19
FROM MARCH TO JUNE 2020
June 13: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation suspending the forfeiture of unemployment benefits during the Covid-19 state of emergency. More than 44 million people in the United States have applied for unemployment insurance during the pandemic and this number is expected to grow. People who have had forfeit penalties levied against them from past claims have been unable to collect their unemployment benefits. This new law allows them to collect these benefits in their time of greatest need.
June 12: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order — the 'New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative' — requiring local police agencies, including the NYPD, to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community based on community input. Each police agency's reform plan must address policies, procedures, practices and deployment, including, but not limited to use of force. Police forces must adopt a plan by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding.
June 8: Gov. Cuomo said that he would sign a set of bills on criminal justice reform introduced by the New York State Legislature. They allow for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the civil rights law; banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers; prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime and designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.
June 7: Gov. Cuomo announced that outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th, subject to any outbreaks or significant changes in the metrics that are measuring infection, hospitalization and death rates in each of the 10 regions of New York State.
June 6: Gov. Cuomo said that he was signing a bill to ban price gouging on masks and other supplies needed to help prevent Covid-19 transmission. This legislation will be effective for the remainder of the pandemic crisis.
May 29: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City is on track to embark on Phase 1 of reopening on June 8. Around 400,000 people who work in construction, wholesale, manufacturing and curbside retail industries will be able to return to their jobs.
May 22: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York State is launching a $100+ million loan program for small businesses. The loan program will focus on supporting small businesses that were less likely to receive federal loans, especially women and minority-owned businesses, and very small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. For more information, go to https://esd.ny.gov/economic-recovery-covid-19-loans-small-businesses
May 21: Gov. Cuomo announced that summer school will only take place via distance learning, not by inclass teaching. He also said that meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue.
May 17: Gov. Cuomo announced a new website that will help New Yorkers to find sites where they can be tested for COVID-19. The URL is https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing
May 10: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York State was investigating 85 cases of a COVID-related illness in children that presented as an inflammation of the blood vessels and sometimes of the heart. He said that three New York children had died of this previously undiagnosed disease.
May 7: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that no commercial or residential tenant can be evicted for non-payment of rent through Aug. 20, 2020 and that renters may use their security deposits to pay their rent and may repay their security deposits over time. He also said that fees for late rent payments would be banned during the eviction moratorium.
May 4: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York State will monitor four core factors to determine if a region of the state can safely re-open: Number of new infections, health care capacity, diagnostic testing capacity and contact tracing capacity.
April 29: Gov. Cuomo announced that elective outpatient treatments and surgeries could resume in 35 New York counties that have no significant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near term.
April 15: Gov. Cuomo directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed through May 15th. On May 1, Cuomo announced that New York State schools and colleges will remain closed for the rest of this academic year.
March 27: 1. The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital was completed at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The facility opened on Monday, March 30.
New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan through NY State of Health. Those who recently lost employer coverage, must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus.
For a 90-day period, New Yorkers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. Late payments will be payable over a one-year period. Additionally, consumers and small businesses experiencing Coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.)
The USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy hospital ship, arrived in New York Harbor on Monday, March 30. It is a massive facility with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a pharmacy and a laboratory. It left New York City on April 30.
March 20: On March 20 at 8:40 a.m., the governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania released a statement that said that beginning March 21 at 8 p.m., all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services in their respective states would be closed to the public "as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance."
New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, said "We know how the novel coronavirus spreads, and we are making data-driven decisions as the situation evolves to continue to reduce density and slow the spread of the virus. We remain in constant communication with our neighboring states to ensure we are establishing a set of uniform rules and regulations for the entire region. These temporary closures are not going to be easy, but they are necessary to protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers and all Americans."
March 19: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order mandating that businesses that rely on in-office personnel decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent. Essential service industries are exempted. These include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, health care providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions and other industries critical to the supply chain.
March 17: Gov. Cuomo announced a three-way agreement with the New York State legislature on a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The program bill also includes the permanent comprehensive paid sick leave policy first advanced in the Governor's FY 2021 Executive Budget proposal.
This follows the Governor's announcement last week that the state will guarantee two full weeks of paid leave for all state workers who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine as a result of the novel coronavirus.
The Governor also announced that the state is reaching out to qualified former doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to supplement the personnel at hospitals. The State Department of Health and the State Education Department have sent letters to retired health care professionals and all schools of nursing, public health and medicine encouraging qualified health care personnel to sign up for on-call work during the COVID-19 crisis. Healthcare professionals who wish to sign up can contact the State Department of Health at health.ny.gov/assistance.
Gov. Cuomo also directed the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State to work with 1199 SEIU to develop a plan to create drop-in child care opportunities and to expand child care facilities at their hospitals to ensure child care for hospital workforce. They will submit a joint plan to the state by Friday.
Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James announced that effective immediately the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection. The reprieve will be for at least 30 days.
March 16: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing the state to increase hospital capacity to prepare the state's healthcare system to handle the potential influx of patients suffering from COVID-19. The State organized the National Guard and worked with building unions and private developers to find existing facilities -- such as dormitories and former nursing homes -- that could most easily be converted to medical facilities, with the goal of creating an additional 9,000 beds. The Governor also asked local governments, especially those in the most impacted areas, to help identify available facilities for this purpose. The State Department of Health suspended regulations to allow existing hospitals to increase space and capacity.
The Governor directed nonessential state employees statewide to work from home starting March 17. The Governor also directed local governments to reduce their overall workforce by 50 percent and allow nonessential employees to work from home.
Following the Governor's directive to close schools in Westchester, New York City, Nassau and Suffolk yesterday, Governor Cuomo said that the counties are required to submit their childcare and meal plans to the state for approval by midnight tonight.
The Governor also announced New York State will waive all fees for state, local and county parks.
Oct. 19: Hudson River Park's Project Submerge Marine Science Festival invites the public to connect with marine science and STEM with experiments, science entertainment, live animals and more. Some events are virtual while others are taking place in Hudson River Park. The three-day festival begins at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19 with a program, much of it virtual, dedicated to exploring "Local Wildlife." At 5 p.m. the Wetlab on Pier 40 will be open for tours. For more information, click here. The festival continues on Oct. 20 at Pier 26 with programming about the "Harbor Habitat." For more information, click here. The festival concludes on Oct. 21 at Pier 40 with a program entitled "River Health." For information on this program, click here. All programs are free. For more information on HRPK’s River Project and its festival partners, click here.
Oct. 30: The 19th annual Battery Park City Puppy Parade will take place starting at noon on the BPC esplanade. All dog owners and their dogs (in costume) should meet promptly at 11:50 a.m. on the Esplanade at the South Cove Arbor. The parade will proceed north from there, ending at Esplanade Plaza next to North Cove Marina. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Large Breed; Best Costume, Small Breed; Best Owner & Dog Combo; Best Dog Team Costume. A Tail-Wagging Contest for Small and Large Dogs will be held again this year. In addition, there will be a raffle. The rain date is Oct. 31. Check www.bpcdogs.org if the weather looks bad Saturday morning or call Le Pet Spa at 212-786-9070 for up-to-the-minute weather updates.
The National Museum of the American Indian at 1 Bowling Green has partially reopened. The museum store and the Diker Pavilion are still closed. The museum is open from Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The museum is free and tickets are not required. Smithsonian’s online resources are available by visiting www.si.edu and museum websites for more information on virtual exhibitions, online collections and educational resources.
Through October 2021 free, timed-entry tickets are available on weekends for the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 cargo ship Wavertree. Wavertree is on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that docked along New York’s waterfront over the centuries. Visits are self-guided along a set route. The Museum will allow no more than 150 guests on board the ship at any time to encourage social distancing. Everyone above the age of two is required to wear a face covering and to sanitize their hands when aboard Wavertree and at the Museum’s pop-up gift shop. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Place: Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Entry is free and includes access to the ship’s main deck and raised rear deck and other outdoor areas. To learn more and to reserve tickets, click here.
The South Street Seaport Museum's monthly sea-music event, Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music, continues virtually on the first Sunday of every month. On Nov. 7 join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Free. Time: 2 p.m. To sign up for the Zoom link, click here.
Governors Island: Beginning Nov. 1, Governors Island will be open to the public year-round. In addition to existing ferry routes to Governors Island, NYC Ferry will serve Governors Island daily, year-round beginning with the launch of the Coney Island route this fall. On existing ferry routes, ticket reservations are required to manage capacity and ensure social distancing and can be made online at govisland.org/ferry. Face coverings are required when boarding, riding and exiting Governors Island ferries. For more information on the ferry, click here.
The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School is closed until further notice. All Battery Park City parks and BPCA offices remain otherwise open for business.
The Fraunces Tavern Museum at 54 Pearl St. is open. For more information, click here.
LMHQ, the co-working space sponsored by the Downtown Alliance at 150 Broadway, has reopened with a modified schedule to allow for social distancing and cleaning. In addition, LMHQ is hosting a series of free events. For more information on LMHQ, click here.
Battery Park City Library: All available locations in the New York Public Library system have reopened. Some libraries in the system are unavailable because they are under construction or need repairs. All other locations are offering unlimited browsing, desktop computer use, laptop loan and general library use, including open seating. Check nypl.org for the most up-to-date hours and activities. For more information about the Battery Park City branch, click here.
Poets House at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City is closed until further notice.
The Morgan Library & Museum at 225 Madison Ave. is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays reserved for members. Fridays are free from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Virtual tours and exhibition photos are online at The Morgan Connected. For more information, click here.
The 9/11 Memorial is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free. The Museum is open from Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is free on Mondays starting at 3:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, click here.
Oct. 21: Pasenella and Son Vintners are opening a selection of offbeat and refreshing winesevery Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Place: 115 South St. (in the South Street Seaport). For more information, click here.