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City Living, Policy

Cuomo launches ‘stay home’ social media campaign

By Devin Gannon, Today, April 8, 2020

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 8, 2020

Graphic courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus response campaign toolkit

To reach more New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday launched a multi-platform awareness campaign to encourage everyone to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. With help from Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, the governor’s new social media push asks New Yorkers to use the hashtag #IStayHomeFor and nominate friends to participate.

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Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 8, 2020

Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

Early data released by New York City this week shows a disparity in deaths caused by coronavirus among people of color. Of those who have died from COVID-19, 34 percent were Hispanic and 28 percent were black, according to preliminary numbers from April 6. Those groups make up 29 percent and 22 percent of the city’s population, respectively.

Details on the data

Celebrities, Cobble Hill, Cool Listings

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 8, 2020

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

“If These Steps Could Talk,” starts the listing. From 2009 to 2017, this utterly charming Cobble Hill townhouse flashed on television screens for Cat Greenleaf’s talk show Talk Stoop, where she interviewed celebrities from her own Brooklyn stoop. The brick rowhouse at 12 Wyckoff Street has just hit the market for $2,995,000, and the interior is even better than we imagined, with contemporary furnishings and art mixing with farmhouse-chic architecture. Cat designed much of the quirky decor herself, from a life-size chessboard in the backyard to a Harry Potter closet under the staircase to a dreamy Moroccan-style den in the basement.

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Features, New Jersey, Policy

All of the beach, boardwalk, and park closures in NJ

By Devin Gannon, Today, April 8, 2020

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 8, 2020

Bradley Beach, NJ; Photo by Ryan Loughlin on Unsplash

As the number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey continues to climb, state and city officials are furthering social distancing measures by closing public spaces across the state. Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed an executive order shuttering all state parks and forests, as well as county parks. A number of Jersey Shore towns have closed beaches and boardwalks, with some even banning short-term rentals to curb visits from out-of-towners. “My focus and our focus, our sole mission right now is the health of every New Jersey family,” Murphy said. “And we must not just flatten this curve, we must crush this curve.” Ahead, find out which public spaces in NJ have been temporarily closed as a result of the pandemic.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 8, 2020

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

One of the toughest things for families living in an NYC apartment versus a suburban home during this time is not having a backyard. But this Upper West Side co-op, listed for $1,350,000, has enough space for everyone inside and outside. Located at 204 West 92nd Street, the 1,100-square-foot apartment has three bedrooms on two levels, as well as a sunny garden patio that’s “perfect for grilling, entertaining, or private sunbathing,” says the listing.

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Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 7, 2020

Photo by Daniel Lee on Unsplash

Landlords would not be able to evict tenants for any unpaid rent that accumulated during New York’s state of emergency and for six months afterward, under proposed legislation introduced by state lawmakers Tuesday. State Sens. Brad Hoylman and Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz announced the “NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act” that would strengthen the current 90-day eviction freeze put in place by the state last month.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 7, 2020

Photo credit: Virginia Carey/ Brown Harris Stevens

Some New Yorkers might be wishing they could escape to a cabin in the woods right about now, but awesome co-op gives off that feeling without having to leave the city. Located at 30 Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights, the two-bedroom duplex is asking $1,675,000. It’s full of rustic charm, including huge swaths of exposed brick walls, wooden window frames, and wood-paneled ceilings. The bohemian-meets-folksy design aesthetic seals the deal.

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affordable housing, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Bushwick, Crown Heights, housing lotteries

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 7, 2020

Photo by Manny Moss on Flickr

Applications are currently being accepted to replenish a 4,000-name waitlist for income-restricted apartments across central Brooklyn. Located at 806 St. John’s Place, 924 Myrtle Avenue, 682 Chauncey Street, 1140 Bushwich Avenue, and 18 Stanhope Street, the buildings are located in Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, and Bushwick. New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which include studios starting at $1,700/month and two-bedrooms from $2,000/month.

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navy yard, Policy

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , April 7, 2020

Photo by Michael Appleton/ Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

During World War II, 70,000 workers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard built and repaired thousands of battleships and sent supplies to troops stationed around the world. Today, the 300-acre waterfront site is returning to its roots, with manufacturing companies coming together to create medical supplies from scratch for healthcare workers in support of the city’s coronavirus pandemic response.

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Policy

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , April 7, 2020

Photo via PxHere

As 6sqft explained earlier, “with car accidents, construction accidents, trauma cases, and crime all down due to Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE order,” early estimates that temporary overflow hospitals would be needed have been replaced with a critical need for more COVID beds. To meet this demand, last week, the 2,500-bed temporary hospital at the Javits Center was turned into a COVID-only facility, as was the 500-bed USNS Comfort naval hospital ship yesterday. In addition, both the South Beach Psychiatric Center on Staten Island and the Brooklyn Center nursing home in Weeksville will open this week specifically to treat COVID-19 patients.

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