NYC shuts down 10 playgrounds because of overcrowding

By Devin Gannon, Tue, March 31, 2020

Two playgrounds in Fort Greene Park have been shut down; Photo by Jim Henderson on Wikimedia

Ten playgrounds across the city were closed on Tuesday because of overcrowding issues, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Despite orders to avoid crowded spaces during the coronavirus outbreak, the city said they found “a lack of regard for social distancing” at these playgrounds, according to mayoral spokesperson Freddi Goldstein.

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City Living, Policy, Transportation

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After receiving pressure from both Governor Cuomo and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to close some streets to vehicular traffic in an effort to give New Yorkers more outdoor space to exercise, Mayor de Blasio finally launched a Safe Streets pilot from Friday, March 27, to Monday, March 30 that included a roughly six-block stretch in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, totaling 1.6 miles of the city’s 6,000 miles of roads. Today, the Mayor’s office announced that they’ll be extending the pilot program through Sunday, April 5th with the same hours of 10am-7pm.

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A 350-bed medical facility will be built at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens to ease the pressure New York City hospitals are facing amid the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Tennis Association said on Monday. According to the Wall Street Journal, construction could begin as early as Tuesday at the site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which hosts the US Open tournament. The temporary facility will likely be designated for non-COVID-19 patients but could change based on need, the WSJ reported.

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Under a plan introduced by local officials, New York City renters struggling to pay next month’s rent would be allowed to use their existing security deposits as payment. As the Daily News first reported, the proposal would let tenants opt into the rent relief program to transfer their pre-paid deposits to rent. The deposit would have to be replaced within 30 days or converted into a monthly installment plan, under the proposal.

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PHOTOS: USNS Comfort hospital ship arrives in NYC

By Devin Gannon, Mon, March 30, 2020

Photo by Michael Appleton for the Mayoral Photography Office

The 1,000 hospital-bed Navy ship USNS Comfort arrived in New York City on Monday, sent by the federal government to alleviate the burden the city’s hospitals are facing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. With more than 1,200 medical personnel on deck, the floating hospital will serve non-COVID-19 patients to take the pressure off the city’s hospitals, which are currently overwhelmed by a growing number of cases. Docked at Pier 90 in Hell’s Kitchen, the ship expects to begin receiving patients in 24 hours after its arrival.

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City Living, Events

Photo by Anthony Quintano on Wikimedia

A New York City landmark is looking to lift the spirits of New Yorkers and keep the light in the city bright during this challenging time. The Empire State Realty Trust on Friday launched a music-to-light show from the skyscraper’s famous tower, in partnership with iHeartMedia. A new show, designed by lighting artist Marc Brickman, will premiere every Friday night and play nightly for one week.

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Photo of the Aqueduct Racetrack via Wikimedia

Facing a shortage of hospital beds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a plan to build four additional temporary hospitals in each New York City borough, adding 4,000 more beds. On Friday, he toured the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens’ South Ozone Park, the Port Authority-owned Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, the CUNY College of Staten Island, and the New York Expo Center in Hunts Point in the Bronx. On Saturday, Cuomo said President Donald Trump had approved these sites, meaning work can begin immediately. These will be in addition to Manhattan’s Javits Center, which opens tomorrow as a temporary 1,000-bed FEMA hospital.

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Photo by Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, via Flickr cc

On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that the Army Corps of Engineers began work to create a temporary hospital inside the Javits Center. And though he said the work would last a week to 10 days, today he held his daily press conference inside the completed 1,000-bed facility, which will officially open on Monday. After profusely thanking the men and women who worked tirelessly to construct this overflow hospital, the Governor said that he is joining all New Yorkers to “kick coronavirus’ ass.”

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Most construction projects will be temporarily banned during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday. While originally considered an essential service under the state’s “pause” order that shutdown most workplaces last week, all non-essential construction must now shut down until April 21 under an updated executive order by the state.

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Can you move in NYC during the coronavirus outbreak?

By Devin Gannon, Fri, March 27, 2020

Photo © Daxiao Productions – Fotolio

While most of life seems to be put on hold at the moment, there are a few tasks that can’t be avoided. This includes moving apartments, typically a dreadful experience for New Yorkers with or without an ongoing pandemic. But moving companies are considered an essential service, according to New York City and State officials. Ahead, find out what you need to know about moving in NYC during the coronavirus outbreak, from the extra protocols movers are taking to your rights as a tenant.

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