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    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York City’s school reopening plan is moving ahead despite principal, teacher and staff unions calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to delay in-person classes.  “What is the alternative? The alternative is to deprive our kids of the very best education available,” de Blaiso told reporters outside of Village Academy in Far Rockaway, Queens. “I haven’t met an educator who believes that you can do the same things with remote learning that you can do in person.”  De Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza toured the Queens school on Wednesday as it prepares it to reopen its doors to students for...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A New York City principals’ group says it wants to delay in-person learning. In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators says the city has failed to give schools enough time implement coronavirus safety protocols by the September 10th reopening. The union says there has been no guidance on when schools will receive PPE, thermometers, signage or hand sanitizers. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Teachers and principals across New York City are asking the education department to delay the start of in-person learning past Sept. 10 for 1.1 million public school students.The union representing public school principals and other administrators on Wednesday wrote a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.In the letter, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators said they still do not have sufficient answers to many concerns. And teachers having less than 15 working days to prepare is not enough."The task before them is simply not possible to complete while simultaneously providing assurances of a safe and secure learning environment," the letter reads in part.A spokesperson for the UFT, representing the...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's "terrible policies" have worsened the coronavirus pandemic's devastating impact on the once-bustling Big Apple as families are leaving in "droves," Fox News contributor Charles Payne told "America's Newsroom" Wednesday. The host of "Making Money with Charles Payne" on Fox Business Network explained that with safety concerns and the high cost of living, individuals and businesses are fleeing. RUDY GIULIANI BLASTS DE BLASIO'S HANDLING OF NEW YORK CITY'S RISE IN VIOLENT CRIME "The impact to communities, coupled with the increase in crime, it is a pretty much no-brainer," Payne said. "I don’t understand, from city to city to city in this country, the executive decisions that are being made that are turning these amazing cities, taking them backward to times when they weren’t so amazing." New York City...
    New York City has seen an exodus since the summer began. “People are fleeing the city in droves,” Moon Salahie, owner of Elite Moving & Storing in Yonkers, told the New York Post. “The least movement would be the Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue crowds. Those people don’t have to leave because they have second homes.” Salahie said the vast majority of people he has provided moving services to since June are moving to the suburbs north or west of the city. People cite lockdown measures implemented during the coronavirus pandemic as one of the motivations behind residents moving out of the city. “Before, you can take them out to the park, playground. Now, that’s not...
    Crime, taxes, disease, and an anti-science approach to social distancing have chased a number of big retailers and restaurateurs out of New York forever, reports the far-left New York Times. “In the heart of Manhattan, national chains including J.C. Penney, Kate Spade, Subway and Le Pain Quotidien have shuttered branches for good,” per the Times, which adds other big box retailers, like Victoria’s Secret and the Gap, have chosen to reopen in other states while their Manhattan locations remain shuttered. On top of that, Victoria’s Secret, which had been paying $937,000 a month in rent, is no longer paying that rent. The Gap is not paying its own $264,000 monthly rent to Rockefeller Center. “There’s no reason to do business...
    A New Jersey city is weighing an ordinance that would fine people $250 for refusing to wear a mask outdoors in places where social distancing isn’t possible. The measure working its way through the Hoboken City Council comes as officials there are concerned about mask usage in public spaces, according to CBS New York. “A lot of visitors on Washington Street, a lot of visitors on the waterfront are just not complying,” Councilman Phil Cohen told the station, describing some of the popular areas in Hoboken, which is located across the river from New York City. People sit at outdoor tables in June on the first day of the reopening of restaurants following a coronavirus lockdown in Hoboken, NJ. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images) CLICK HERE FOR FULL...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY MARIA CASPANI At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City in April, physician Michael D’Urso was scrambling to care for the seemingly ever-increasing number of patients being wheeled into the emergency room where he worked. In Miami, his identical twin brother Dennis, also an emergency room doctor, listened to Michael’s experiences on the front lines, providing support and encouragement, while bracing for the onslaught to hit his own state.  For a time, it appeared Florida would avoid New York’s fate as a pandemic epicenter. But come July, confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths began sky-rocketing in the sunshine...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York Comic Con is moving into a virtual reality this year. They are teaming up with YouTube to still hold the event, but by bringing it into fans' homes. The annual convention is normally held at the Javits Center in October. The virtual New York Comic Con will take place October 8-11.Meantime, with a coronavirus vaccine still months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: drugs that deliver antibodies to fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to make them.The infection positivity rate in New York City crept up slightly to 2%.Here are more of today's headlines:ANTIBODY TREATMENTSThe antibody treatment drugs are believed to...
    A livery cab driver has been arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the backseat of his car in Brooklyn on Monday. Rafael Martinez, 32, is accused of attacking the young girl after her mother called his cab company to bring her home from her grandmother's house, where she went to collect a new bicycle. Martinez arrived at the grandmother's house in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn at around 6pm on Monday. During the four mile journey to her home in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood, he pulled over in the car, jumped into the back seat and attacked her. Rafael Martinez was arrested on Tuesday and charged the rape of a 12-year-old passenger  Martinez's car's GPS recorded...
    Timbers secured a spot in the 2021 Concancaf Champions League edition The Portland Timbers, with goals from the defenders, Frenchman Larrys Mabiala and Croatian Dario Zuparic, were proclaimed champions of the MLS Tournament on Tuesday is back by beating Orlando City 2-1 in the final. The champion team secured a spot in the 2021 Concancaf Champions League edition in addition to taking a cash prize of one million dollars to be distributed among the players. @ TimbersFC are your #MLSisBack Tournament CHAMPIONS! #RCTID pic.twitter.com/33rZWjLDA0 – Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 12, 2020 The Timbers were ahead on the scoreboard when at minute 27, veteran Argentine midfielder Diego Valeri gave Mabiala a golden ball, who had gone up...
    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Police are searching for the vandal or vandals who targeted the district office of a New York Assemblywoman.Officials say an anti-Semitic note and a splash of white paint were found at New York Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright's office on the Upper East Side Tuesday.Seawright's staff arrived at the office in the morning to find white paint spattered across the office's storefront windows.Police say the vandals also slid a note under the door that contained anti-Semitic and obscene language directed towards the Assemblywoman. RELATED | Jewish man attacked by 3 in possible bias crime in MidwoodSeawright's team released a statement regarding the incident:"We will never be intimidated by this criminal act. We have called...
    It’s not just a few Upper West Siders who are fleeing New York: Moving companies say they’re swamped with calls from residents looking to ditch the city — even though the COVID crisis has waned. One likely reason: The virus was but the last straw; New Yorkers are fed up with the shootings and lootings, homelessness on the streets, sub-par online schools, sky-high taxes and the sheer obliviousness of pols like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Sunday, The Post highlighted families who’ve given up on the Upper West Side — now teeming with junkies, the homeless, convicts and others — and are headed for greener pastures outside Gotham. Meanwhile, Fox Business reports that moving companies are...
    New York state expects to get deluged with up to 5 million mail-in ballots in the November general election amid the coronavirus pandemic, four times more than the 1.2 million received in the June 23 primary, the state’s top elections official said. “That will result in a slower count,” state Board of Elections Commissioner Peter Kosinski said during a virtual joint Senate-Assembly hearing Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s realistic to think you’ll have a quicker count in November,” he added after saying he expected some 5 million mail-in ballots. It took the New York City Board of Elections about six weeks to certify the count for the primary election, stretching into early August. A slower vote count could have...
    An ongoing mass exodus of residents and businesses from New York City has led some to suggest that the damage to the city's economy could last for years or decades to come. 'There's no reason to do business in New York,' said Michael Weinstein, the chief executive of Ark Restaurants, which owns Bryant Park Grill & Cafe in Manhattan and 19 other restaurants, in an interview with the New York Times. After months of harsh lockdowns and amid soaring violent crime in the city, Weinstein said he will never open another restaurant in New York. 'I can do the same volume in Florida in the same square feet as I would have in New York, with my expenses being much...
    (CNN)New York's mass transit agency is calling on Apple to create a Face ID that works with masks in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus on the city's buses and subways.Patrick Foye, the CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook -- which was obtained by CNN -- asking the tech company to develop better Face ID technology, so that people don't have to remove their face masks off to unlock their phones while riding transit.Although New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order in April requiring everyone to wear a mask or a mouth and nose covering when riding public transportation, Foye said the MTA has seen people violate...
    Just over a month after the Sanitation Department had its budget cut by millions, New Yorkers are beginning to see the effects. Throughout the city people are noticing trash overflowing wastebaskets, garbage littering the streets, and seemingly fearless pests, including rats and raccoons, scattering around the sidewalks. In June, New York City’s sanitation budget was slashed by $106 million, which reduced the pickup of public litter baskets by 60%, in addition to several other changes. Kathryn Garcia, commissioner of the NYC Department of Sanitation, says the decline in conditions is the effects of a variety of service cutbacks. “We ended the curbside composting program, we are not running any safe disposal events. We closed our special waste sites and we're not doing...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York City’s 30 largest employers pledged to combine forces and create 100,000 jobs for low-income members of the Black, Latino and Asian communities by 2030, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.  CEO’s from 27 of the companies, which include Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Goldman Sachs CEO Rob Speyer, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg and Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, form a new nonprofit group called the New York CEO Jobs Council which will be led by former President of LaGuardia Community College Gail Mellow.  “Access to quality education and training for in-demand jobs is key to creating economic opportunity...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City announced a new Tenant Protection Portal to help residents in danger of eviction as they work towards continuing to restart the economy. The infection rate in the city crept back up to 2% after holding at 1% for several days.Meantime, Russia approved a COVID-19 vaccine and declared it ready for use.Here are more of today's headlines:BIG TEN CANCELS FALL SPORTSThe Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.STATES ADDED TO TRI-STATE QUARANTINE LISTNew York, New Jersey and Connecticut have added two states and a territory to the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.New York City announced a new Tenant Protection Portal to help residents in danger of eviction as they work towards continuing to restart the economy. The infection rate in the city crept back up to 2% after holding at 1% for several days.Meantime, Russia approved a COVID-19 vaccine and declared it ready for use.Here are more of today's headlines:STATES ADDED TO TRI-STATE QUARANTINE LISTNew York, New Jersey and Connecticut have added two states and a territory to the list of areas from...
    In her weekly address to the legal community, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore praised the return of grand juries for in-person duty within the New York City court system, a first on Monday since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March. Chief Judge DiFiore said that the city court system summoned more than 8,000 jurors for appearances on Monday with the goal of empaneling 14 grand juries citywide. “We have been thoughtfully and carefully preparing for this day, under the direction of Deputy Chief Administrative Judge George Silver — and in coordination with the District Attorneys and defense bar, as well as with the guidance of our own epidemiologist — retrofitting courtrooms and adjusting operations, among other measures, to ensure the safety...
    All car passengers in New York state must wear seat belts starting in November, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the rule into law Tuesday. The new law makes it mandatory for back-seat passengers to buckle up in addition to those in the front — and makes New York the 30th state to require seat belts for all adult car passengers. “We’ve known for decades that seat belts save lives and with this measure we are further strengthening our laws and helping to prevent needless tragedies,” Cuomo said of the rule — approved by the state legislature in March — goes into effect Nov. 1. Despite enacting the country’s first ever seat belt law in 1984, New York until now was...
    Homeless New Yorkers are finding shelter in more than 100 New York City Hotels-and every American is helping foot the bill, not just New Yorkers. Nearly $80 million was set aside to help homeless New Yorkers find shelter in top of the line hotels back in April. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) through taxpayer money, signed a contract agreeing to cover 75% of the cost of the rooms, according to Fox News. New York taxpayers would pick up the slack and foot the bill for other expenses like moving, staff, medical care and extra services. (RELATED: ‘We’re The Taxpayers’: At Least 139 Hotels...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City announced a new Tenant Protection Portal to help residents in danger of eviction as they work towards continuing to restart the economy. The infection rate in the city crept back up to 2% after holding at 1% for several days.Meantime, Russia approved a COVID-19 vaccine and declared it ready for use.Here are more of today's headlines:STATES ADDED TO TRI-STATE QUARANTINE LISTNew York, New Jersey and Connecticut have added two states and a territory to the list of areas from which travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days, while four states have been removed.NEW YORK JOBS CEO COUNCILThirty of the largest employers in New York City have committed to hire 100,000 New Yorkers...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is restoring $1.5 million to provide free legal support for small businesses struggling to make rent during the coronavirus pandemic. “To help them address issues with their landlords, to help them find a way through,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. De Blasio said the funding is part of the Commercial Lease Assistance Program. “This is an initiative that worked in the past. Over 900 cases were resolved,” he said. “What it meant was, overwhelmingly, small business owners of color and women-owned small businesses, immigrant-owned small businesses benefited.” WATCH: Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Daily Press Briefing  Small Business Services Commissioner Jonnel Doris shared the story of two sisters who own a pair of...
    Moving companies have said they have been inundated with people looking to leave New York City.  New Yorkers have been relocating out of the city despite living through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.  Many are moving cross country but others not looking forward to future journeys on subways or trips to Broadway and cinemas are settling in spacious towns and woodland to the north of the city.   Moving company Oz Moving said the number of people moving out of the city is continuing to rise at a rapid pace.  The firm told Fox Business that they have seen an average increase in quote requests of 30 percent year over year, and by July 15 their services were fully-booked for the rest...
    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has mocked a wedding photo shoot that took place on New York City's usually busy Fifth Avenue. In a viral video posted to TikTok on Sunday, the wedding party is seen strutting down the middle the of the road in Manhattan with official photographers and passersby capturing the moment on camera. But one clip shows an ambulance, city bus, and numerous other cars slowly moving directly behind the group in the footage captioned: 'NYC weddings be like [heart eye emoji].' 'ARE YOU A BUS?' the MTA said in a reply to the tweet on Monday. '(Congratulations and we wish you all the best, but please stay out of the bus lane).' Scroll down for video  ...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Deaths in the Tri-State area related to the novel coronavirus continue to drop, with just four additional deaths in New Jersey reported Monday and only two in New York state.The toll remains high, though, with a total of 25,204 deaths in New York and 14,025 in New Jersey.Meantime, Russia became the first country to register an official COVID-19 vaccine.Here are more of today's headlines:NEW YORK JOBS CEO COUNCILThirty of the largest employers in New York City have committed to hire 100,000 New Yorkers by 2030. 25,000 of those will be CUNY students. The program is partnering with CUNY and NYC DOE.HELP FOR NYC TENANTS AND SMALL BUSINESSESNew York City unveiled the Tenant Protection Portal to help...
    Some gunmen in New York City are no longer waiting for the cover of night to carry out their crimes. The number of shootings that took place during the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. more than doubled in New York City in the last three months compared to the same time frame in 2019. Daytime shootings were up 137%, according to data from the New York City Police Department that was obtained by Fox News. In 2019, 71 daytime shootings took place from May to July, but in 2020, 168 daytime shootings took place over the same months. June was the most violent month, with 64 shootings. From May to July, there were 192 victims in...
    Leaders of Amazon, Google, JPMorgan Chase and two dozen other giant companies have pledged to hire 100,000 New Yorkers from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2030. The 27 corporate titans formed the New York Jobs CEO Council to create paths to in-demand jobs for low-income, black, Latino and Asian workers, including 25,000 CUNY students, according to a news release. The coalition announced Tuesday includes firms from a wide range of industries that will partner with colleges and nonprofits to connect those New Yorkers with training, apprenticeships and entry-level positions. “As companies with a long-standing commitment to the New York area and its residents, we are using our collective power to prepare the city’s workforce with the skills of the future and helping...
    Residents in major U.S. cities like New York and San Francisco have started to leave in droves due to various factors, including the lack of jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, technology and a potential increase in violent crime, according to a column posted on Monday. Large cities were already hurting before the pandemic. Now, statistics from Indeed, an employment-related search engine, have shown that major U.S. metropolitan areas have seen a greater rise in employment and a larger percentage of job loss compared to smaller metros, according to a piece by Noah Smith, a columnist at Bloomberg. Data from Indeed found that job postings in New York City over the past year have decreased by 36.4 percent, while San Francisco and Portland have seen their postings...
    US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Monday a state control board should take over New York City’s shaky finances amid a stalemate between the White House and congressional Democrats over a new COVID-19 stimulus package. Mnuchin, one of President Trump’s top negotiators in crafting the latest pandemic rescue package, said on CNBC’s Squawk Box, “Look, I understand New York has problems and, you know, I wish they didn’t have financial problems. “I think that perhaps the state should put in a financial control board over the city because the city is really going in the wrong direction and it reminds me of the 70s. I want to see New York City succeed.” Mnuchin, a native New Yorker, was referring...
    Many businesses have closed this year in NYC Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy “As far as people (moved) to the Hamptons go, I have to be very clear about this, we do not make decisions based on the few rich ”, said Mayor Bill de Blasio at his daily press conference on Thursday, in response to the plea of ​​his party partner, Governor Andrew Cuomo, for the wealthy to return to NYC, as they represent 50% of tax revenue. “It bothered me to hear this concept that because rich people have a set of concerns about the city, we should accommodate them, that we should build our politics and approaches around them,” he added, quoted...
    Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, promotes a great tribute to the “Charro de Huentitán” Vicente Fernandez He is an icon of Mexican music and the pride of Jalisco, the land of mariachi. That is why the mayor of Puerto Vallarta, Arturo Dávalos Peña, presented an initiative for the airport of that city to be named after the singer. “He is a character that represents a lot for Mexico”, expressed to “Ventaneando” Dávalos Peña. According to the official, it was civil society that devised the tribute to Fernández. Currently the Puerto Vallarta International Airport is named after former Mexican President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz. They propose that the Puerto Vallarta airport be renamed in honor of Vicente Fernández, Arturo Dávalos Peña, mayor of...
    New York City rifle permit applications and pistol license requests have surged this year, according to New York Police Department (NYPD) data obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. NYC residents submitted nearly 149% more handgun permits and nearly 340% more rifle/shotgun permits from Jan. 1 to June 28 compared to the same period in 2019, according to data provided to the DCNF by NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie. A total of 2,338 people applied for handgun licenses from January to the end of June this year, compared to 1,571 last year in the same time frame, according to the NYPD data. Residents applied for 1,492 rifle permits in the six-month span in 2020 compared to 441 in 2019, the...
    New York City’s relentless crime spike and chaos on the streets make it painfully clear: Gotham — significant parts of it, anyway — is headed for a steep decline. The big question now is whether it can be stopped. As The Post reported Monday, shootings in the city are running at nearly twice the rate as last year. As of Saturday, there have been 821 outbursts of gunfire, with 1,000 victims this year; 2019 saw just 446 shootings, with 551 victims at this same point. see also NYC shootings are approaching a grim milestone There have been 821 shootings and 1,000 victims as of... Police recorded a dozen gunplay incidents Saturday into Sunday morning alone. At least four...
    The New York state Republican party is releasing a new digital ad in a campaign appealing to New Yorkers of all political stripes to "restore safety and security on the streets of New York City." Called "Save New York: A Call to Action, the one minute, 26-second spot shows news reports highlighting New York City's dramatic surge in crime and criticizes what it chracterizes as a growing anti-police sentiment sweeping the country. “It was Republicans who took New York City from a criminal’s paradise to a global attraction for business, tourism and residency, and we’re prepared to do it again,” said NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy. “The policies of the radical left have destroyed all of that hard-fought progress and created version...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The city’s largest food pantry provider City Harvest is seeking to increase nutritional assistance again as they believe demand for food has skyrocketed with the unemployment rate still high and many others “underemployed” and not earning what they used to from former jobs. City Harvest is now operating 248 food pantries and 21 emergency relief sites due to the economic harm from the pandemic and expects to increase food deliveries dramatically to meet the needs of the unemployed and underemployed. They pin their hopes on congressional action and charity donations. They are one of several food bank programs that operate in...
    A Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to inciting acts of terrorism, sharing guides on how to create home-made bombs for attacks in New York City and sharing subway maps as he instructed people in encrypted chat rooms on where exactly to attack. Zachary Clark – who also goes by Umar Kabir, Umar Shishani, and Abu Talha - shared ISIS propaganda including a manual on knife attacks that stated the discomfort of stabbing someone is 'never an excuse for abandoning jihad.' Clark, 41, also posted a manual called 'Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom,' which was issued by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and included detailed instructions about constructing bombs using readily available materials. He was arrested in...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The fire that destroyed a homeless encampment in Chelsea and sent one man to the hospital earlier this month is just one example of the dangers facing homeless New Yorkers every day in the city, according to nonprofit New York City Relief. Those dangers are now being made worse with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the related economic downturn and the nightly closures of subways.   New York City Relief has stationed to a mobile-outreach station to provide New Yorkers experiencing homelessness with extra support during the pandemic at Chelsea Park, which is just blocks away from the site of the blaze.  On...
    A New York man pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS, which included spreading the terrorist group’s propaganda online and calling for supporters to commit attacks in New York City, a Justice Department statement said Monday. Zachary Clark, 41,  also known as “Umar Kabir,” “Umar Shishani,” and “Abu Talha, was accused of pledging allegiance to ISIS twice, and disseminating ISIS propaganda on online forums intended for potential recruits, associates and supporters of the group, the statement said. Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units), backing the Iraqi forces, pose in front of a mural depicting the emblem of the Islamic State (IS) group as troops advance through Hawija on October 5, 2017, after retaking the city...
    A 25-year-old New York woman has died after falling 50 feet while rock climbing with two friends over the weekend.  Lauren Sobel, who lived in Brooklyn, had been climbing in the area of the Trapps Trailhead at the Mohonk Mountain Preserve in Gardiner, about 60 miles north of New York City, on Sunday afternoon.  New York State Police said Sobel was the lead climber in a group of three at the time.   Sobel had been setting up protection gear in the rocks about 70 feet up the rock face when she lost her grip.  Lauren Sobel had been climbing in the area of the Trapps Trailhead at the Mohonk Mountain Preserve in Gardiner, about 60 miles north of New York...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Just over 700,000 out of 1.1 million public school students will take classes in school buildings for at least part of the week this fall semester, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. The announcement comes three days after Governor Andrew Cuomo gave New York City schools the go-ahead to reopen this fall. About 26% or 264,000 students opted for remote learning only.  New York City is the only major city planning for in-person classes at all this fall after the city of Chicago reversed course last week and announced that the nation’s third-largest school district would rely only on remote...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York City students who are looking to pursue musical theater in college will have a shot at getting feedback from musical theater professionals in a new online training program. Broadway Dreams is hosting ZOOMIFIEDS, a new mentor-driven musical theater training that aims to give students a leg up on the college audition process. The program will take place from Wednesday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 16. Participating colleges include New York City’s own Manhattan School of Music and Pace University. “For years now, Broadway Dreams has worked closely with the brilliant educators who are responsible for some of the nation’s...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Hazy, hot and humid weather has returned to New York City, and it’ll last at least through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The five boroughs are under a heat advisory from noon Monday through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. While high temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s each day, the heat index — the real-feel temperature when combined with humidity — is expected to reach the mid to upper 90s each day.  New Yorkers will be looking for an escape from the sticky, sweltering weather. If your home or apartment isn’t air conditioned, you can visit one...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nearly three-quarters of New York City students will return to public schools this fall, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. The mayor said 74%, or more than 700,000, students opted for in-person classes as part of the city’s blended learning plan. “This year is going to be different. We all know it,” he said during his daily press briefing. “I’m going to say it now and I’ll say it a lot of times in the coming months, we are up against a challenge, but it’s not a challenge that’s going to go on forever.” “At some point, likely in the course of this school year, there will be a vaccine, and that vaccine will be administered...
    Chicago Mayor Lightfoot issues warning to downtown looters: We are coming for you Dollar Tree, Family Dollar reverse decision to require masks at all stores, but request customers wear them The Amazon worker who was fired after calling for better warehouse safety standards led a protest in front of Jeff Bezos New York City apartment © Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Dozens of protesters gathered outside of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' New York City apartment on Sunday to demand better pay and improved safety at Amazon's warehouses.  The protest was organized by a group called Congress Of Essential Workers and was led by Christian Smalls, a former Amazon worker who was...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City's 1,000th shooting victim of 2020 was shot over the weekend, and this year's number of shootings and gun violence victims is about to equal the previous two years combined.According to preliminary data, as of August 9, there have been a total of 833 shooting incidents with 1,017 victims. By comparison, there were 466 shooting incidents with 551 victims last year for the same time period and 449 shooting incidents with 548 victims in 2018 for the same time period.Still, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told NY1 that he is seeing progress, with 41 shooting incidents this past week down from the 50s and 60s at the height of the spike in gun violence."Still...
    Bill de Blasio is officially the 109th mayor of New York City. I say officially because, in reality, he’s New York’s first mayor. The first mayor who doesn’t care about the city. Not all his predecessors were above average, but de Blasio stands out for his indifference. Nothing makes him tick. NEWT GINGRICH: NEW YORK CITY CRIME SKYROCKETS AS MAYOR DE BLASIO SIDES WITH CRIMINALS AGAINST COPS Gotham, the closest thing our nation has ever had to the shining city upon a hill, is in a sharp and obvious downward spiral. With dizzying speed, more than two decades of prosperity and public safety are crashing to a halt. Persistent warnings that the bad old days were coming back were accurate,...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City submitted a 109-page reopening plan to the state on Friday night.But, will the state approve of the plan for the 1,800 schools?The plan calls for a mix of in-person and remote learning, with students taking turns in classrooms when they return in the fall.It also calls for random temperature checks for students and teachers, a 14-day quarantine for anyone who tests positive.That plan has looked exceedingly ambitious as other large school systems have backed away from in-person instruction in recent weeks. Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Houston, among other places, all announced they would start the school year with students learning remotely.RELATED: This is the new metric for NYC schools to stay...
    New York City cops made 350 "random stops" this week on cars coming into the city to make sure motorists were following the state's quarantine rules. Travelers coming from 35 states with high rates of COVID-19 infections are now required to quarantine for two weeks to slow the spread of the disease. 1 New York is instituting random checkpoints to make sure travelers into the city comply with quarantine rules The city is setting up "traveler registration" checkpoints so that any traveler who has visited one of these states fills out a "traveler health form," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference Wednesday. Breaking quarantine will come with a $10,000 fine. There are no known instances yet of...
    An informed public is an ­energized public, and that’s a good thing. Right? So say hello to Citizen app, free public-safety software for your smartphone that keeps you in real-time touch with your neighborhood — one “shots-fired” incident at a time. The app is a digital-age version of an old-timey cop-radio scanner, logging police activity as it happens and sending it on to smartphones and tablets as instant updates or pushed email-notifications. If you hear sirens in the night, all you need to do is flick the Citizen icon and there you go: You’re as well-informed as One Police Plaza — and as Mayor de Blasio, not that Hizzoner cares about any of this. As time-wasters go, the app is...
    The number of shootings that have taken place in New York City so far this year is nearly double what was reported last year during the same time period. The New York Post reported Sunday there have been 821 shootings in the city so far in 2020, nearly double the 466 shootings during the same period in 2019. The number of victims has also jumped this year, with 1,000 victims as of Saturday compared to 551 last year. On Saturday, police sources said Curtis Holley, a man in the Bronx, was shot and killed in front of his wife after he accidentally flicked a cigarette toward a group of men. “He flicked a cigarette,” a police source told...
    Upper West Side mothers are among those fleeing New York City as crime surges. “In the best of times, NYC is a hard place to live,” one mother and activist against crime, Elizabeth Carr, told the New York Post over the weekend. “Now you have all this other stuff. It’s a question for families … to have to see a guy masturbating on the corner or explain to my kids while I’m buying diapers at Duane Reade why this guy wearing no shoes is collapsed on the floor and they’re doing CPR on him.” New Yorkers have been fleeing the city in recent months, following the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic and surging crime that is taking place...
    Crime and chaos have overtaken the streets of many American cities. Shootings and gun violence have increased. Reported homicides are up 24 percent so far this year among the nation’s 50 largest cities, according to The Wall Street Journal. Riots and anarchy continue to rule the day in so-called progressive areas like Portland and Seattle, where spineless politicians have submitted to mobs and enfeebled the police. The case of New York City is especially tragic for Rudy Giuliani, my guest on this week’s episode of my podcast “Newt’s World.” DE BLASIO ‘GRANDSTANDING’ ON POLICE REFORM, SO COP UNIONS FILE LAWSUIT: REPORTS While Giuliani was mayor of New York from 1994 through 2001, all forms of crime in the city plummeted to a degree — and at a speed — that few thought...
    A New York City councilman said he feared for his life until hydroxychloroquine helped him recover from his coronavirus infection. Councilman Paul Vallone, a Democrat, told the New York Post that he took hydroxychloroquine, a drug known for treating malaria, while he fell ill with COVID-19 in March. He claimed that the drug saved his life and thanked President Trump for raising awareness about the medication. "At that time, there was only fear and panic, he offered hope in a possible treatment when there was none. With my sarcoidosis and then my COVID symptoms, It basically saved me. For that, my family will always be thankful," Vallone said. Vallone said he struggled with severe symptoms after contracting...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City’s Columbus Day Parade has been canceled because of the pandemic. Instead, the Columbus Heritage Foundation says this year’s 76th annual celebration will be held online for the first time ever. “While we are still in the planning stages, we hope the virtual parade will still highlight many of the marching groups, performers, high schools and charitable organizations who have always been such enthusiastic participants,” said Marian Pardo, president of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. The virtual event will be held on Oct. 12. Organizers say the parade will return next year, bigger and better than ever. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City has set up checkpoints to trace travelers from states or locations on the Tri-State Travel Advisory list, with fines of up to $10,000 fines for quarantine violations.Mayor Bill de Blasio said the COVID-19 traveler registration checkpoints are located at key entry points into New York City to ensure compliance with New York State quarantine requirements and further the containment of COVID-19.EMBED More News Videos Mayor Bill de Blasio announces COVID-19 traveler registration checkpoints at key entry points into New York City to ensure compliance with New York State quarantine requirements. Travelers who have visited those designated states or territories with high COVID-19 transmission rates are required to complete the New York State...
    By Gabriella Borter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A few dozen travelers got off a train from Miami at New York City's Penn Station on Thursday and were greeted by a team of public health workers and mayoral office staff who handed them informational fliers about the state's new COVID-19 quarantine rules. The team, comprised of Mayor Bill de Blasio's public engagement unit and the city's COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps, were running a "checkpoint" starting at Penn Station on Thursday to ensure that visitors from any of the 35 states on New York's travel advisory were aware of the 14-day quarantine mandate. Their measure aims to keep the infection rate low in the city, formerly the epicenter of the nation's...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday suggested that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was wrong to call on wealthy New Yorkers to return to the city amid the coronavirus pandemic and an uptick in crime. The Democrat also threatened to tax the wealthy even further if the federal government does not do more to assist the city, which is facing the worst financial crisis in decades. Cuomo on Tuesday had urged wealthy New Yorkers to return to Manhattan to assist the city with the financial burden caused by the pandemic, saying coronavirus is now “under control.” Thousands of apartments were vacated as the wealthy fled the city during the pandemic to seek refuge in places such as the Hamptons and...
    The line for meals on a cloudy Thursday curves around the block.  Standing 6 feet apart, most wearing masks, guests wait for chicken stew, a green salad, fresh fruit, a sandwich, orange juice, and some iced coffee. Stephen Fenwick, 57, has been coming to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood for about four months. He had worked delivering food for apps such as DoorDash but started having tech problems with the apps on his phone around the time that New York City began to quarantine, and couldn’t get help. He applied for unemployment, but says his case has been pending for months, and he has received no money.  “I’m not the only one. There’s a lot...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY JENNA FANELLI There is more social distancing fun coming to NYC this fall! If you have already been to Greenpoint’s new Skyline Drive-In this summer and are ready for a new spin on watching movies, get ready for this floating cinema coming to NYC. What’s Floating Cinema? Floating Cinema is where friends and families and watch movies on the water while social distancing. The cinema will be made up of 12 to 24 mini boats, holding up to eight people per boat. When is Floating Cinema Coming to New York? Beginning on September 16th and lasting for just one week, Floating Cinema...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio has dismissed rich New Yorkers who fled the city as 'fairweather friends' and said their taxes should be raised - days after Governor Cuomo begged the city's top 1 percent to return to prop up its ailing finances.  Swarms of wealthy residents fled New York when the city went into lockdown in March and became the coronavirus epicenter of the world. Despite the city reopening and bringing the outbreak under control, New York has failed to lure back its richest residents with many upping sticks altogether for areas where they can enjoy lower rent and taxes.  Residential and commercial properties now lie abandoned across the city, crime is soaring with shootings up a staggering 201 percent compared to the...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio advised New Yorkers to not buy cars during a press conference on Thursday as some continue to worry about the risk of spreading and contracting the novel coronavirus on public transit.  “Cars are the past, the future is going to be mass transit, biking, walking…I’m never going to own a car again I can tell you that much,” de Blasio told reporters. De Blasio was asked about his opinion on cars by Politico after committing to expanding on the city’s open streets and open restaurant initiatives earlier in the press conference.  De Blasio called both initiatives “overwhelming...
    Residents of Manhattan’s Upper East Side experienced a massive spike in robberies recently. Twenty-seven robberies were reported in Manhattan’s wealthiest neighborhood over the past four weeks, which represents an increase of 286% when compared to the same time last year, the Daily Mail reported. A large number of those robberies have been carried out with the use of a gun. Only four armed robberies were reported on the Upper East Side in 2019, but 14 have already been reported this year so far. Some more statistics:2020 (to date) gunpoint robberies total: 142019 (entire year) gunpoint robberies total: 4Thats a 250% increase.The public is urged to call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM @NYPDTips with any info regarding these crimes or illegal...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is offering free legal advice and counsel for residents facing eviction, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “If you need help, call 311, because we want to get you help. We can get you legal support, and that really can help stop an eviction,” he said during his daily briefing. The announcement came after the statewide eviction moratorium expired at midnight. “In these next weeks you’re going to hear a lot from me calling upon our state government to create a new system to allow those who simply cannot pay for lack of income to be able to have a payment plan model that will take them into next year and allow them...
    Trump’s latest plan to use the census for political gain, explained Penn State: No fans at home games if no change to state order Real Housewives of New York City Tapes In-Person Reunion amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Best Reunion Yet After months of reuniting casts virtually, Bravo has taped its first in-person reunion amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. © Luann de Lesseps/ Instagram Ramona Singer bashed her costars Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps for being late to the taping On Wednesday, the stars of the Real Housewives of New York City came face-to-face to film the season 12 reunion. Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Leah McSweeney, Luann de Lesseps and Tinsley Mortimer reunited at the Oheka Castle in Huntington on Long Island,...
    More than 84,000 mail-in ballots for New York City Democrats were disqualified in the presidential primary. The city’s Board of Elections reported that it received 403,103 mail-in ballots for the June primary but revealed this week that it only certified 318,995 mail-in ballots, according to the New York Post. The outlet reported that 84,108 ballots, or 21% of the total, were disqualified for a range of issues, including not providing a postmark, not signing the ballot, or ballots arriving late. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order in April that allowed absentee voting for all New Yorkers for the June 23 Democratic primary. “I am issuing an executive order to ensure every New York...
    New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo to serve as National Association of Governors chair New York City adding 'key entry point' checkpoints to enforce quarantine Iconic NY columnist Pete Hamill dies MORE (D) is calling on the wealthy to return to New York City from their weekend homes in surrounding suburbs, fearing they may choose to stay and file taxes there.  “I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You gotta come back, when are you coming back?’” Cuomo said at a press conference Monday.  "'We'll go to dinner, I'll buy you a drink,...
    New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is cutting a further 353 staff as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on museums around the world due to restrictions on movement and concerns about public gatherings. The reduction will come through a combination of the elimination of positions, voluntary retirements and furloughs, a spokeswoman for the museum said in an emailed statement. The museum is projecting a $150 million loss in revenue due to the pandemic, the spokeswoman said. Its annual budget is $320 million. The Met laid off over 80 people in April after closing in March as the pandemic spread across New York. The latest cuts will take its employee count to about 1,600, down from about 2,000 in March...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City A New York City eatery is making a couple of their iconic shakes available for delivery for the first time ever. Starting on Aug. 10, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beers will start to offer DIY CrazyShake® Kits through local delivery in New York City. During the pandemic, Black Tap has been teaching fans of their iconic shakes how to make them at home. At the launch, two shakes will be available for delivery: The Brooklyn Blackout and The Cake Shake. The kits come with two shakes and will include the milkshake base and the milkshake cup with a pre-rolled candy-coated...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is treating residents like "refugees in a warzone," even as lifelong New Yorkers flee the Big Apple in droves, Tucker Carlson said Wednesday. "Today, de Blasio announced that he plans to encircle the entire city with military-style checkpoints, not to stop violent criminals, but to prevent people from visiting from other places," the "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host said. "There was no public discussion of this ahead of time, there was no debate. De Blasio just decreed it." DE BLASIO ANNOUNCES NYC CORONAVIRUS CHECKPOINTS De Blasio announced Wednesday that he had appointed the New York City Sheriff's Office to oversee coronavirus checkpoints at various points of entry into the city, where visitors will be reminded of the mandatory 14-day quarantine that applies to travelers from states with high infection rates. "Starting today, we're going to do...
    In Mayor Bill De Blasio’s New York, not even celebrities can make a dime on the real estate market as city dwellers flee in droves for the suburbs in the wake of surging crime. Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence has reportedly sold her Upper East Side penthouse at a $5.7 million loss, receiving $9.9 million after shelling out $15.6 million for the three-bedroom unit in 2016. Her losses are likely even steeper when factoring in closing costs and other expenses. New York’s Upper East Side has experienced a surge in crime in recent weeks. As Breitbart News reported, the NYPD’s 19th Precinct has reported a 286 percent increase in robberies over the course of the the last month, versus the same period...
    The New York City Board of Elections disqualified 84,208 vote-by-mail ballots — 26% of the total cast — in the June 23 Democratic presidential primary, according to a report cited Wednesday evening by the New York Post. The Post reported: The city BOE received 403,213 mail-in ballots for the June 23 Democratic presidential primary. But the certified results released Wednesday revealed that only 318,995 mail-in ballots were counted. That’s means 84,208 ballots were not counted or invalidated — 26 percent of the total. One out of four mail-in ballots were disqualified for arriving late, lacking a postmark or failing to include a voter’s signature, or other defects. Votes are still being counted from the June 23 primary, where several close elections were only...
    Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was pleading for wealthy New York City residents to return to the city after an exodus following the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference Monday. “I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back!'” Cuomo told reporters. “‘We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!'” ‘I’ll buy you a drink!’ Cuomo pleads with wealthy New Yorkers who have fled to come back https://t.co/9xaEf5mSj0 pic.twitter.com/rHwDlPGNx5 — Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 5, 2020 At least 420,000 of...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) revealed Monday that he has begged wealthy NYC residents who fled during the coronavirus pandemic to return to the Big Apple. “I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!’” Cuomo said during a Monday press conference. “They’re not coming back right now. And you know what else they’re thinking? ‘If I stay there, I’ll pay a lower income tax,’ because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge,” he added. Cuomo’s...
    New York City will set up checkpoints at bridges and tunnels into the five boroughs to help enforce a state-mandated quarantine order for people traveling from high-risk states.  “We’ve got 35 states now that have dangerously high infection rates. There’s a lot to be concerned about,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said as he announced the checkpoints on Wednesday. “We have to focus on people coming in from outside.” The state has already roped in airlines and the Port Authority police to ensure passengers arriving through New York’s airports fill out paperwork with their contact and travel information. But both state and local leaders have said there’s a blind spot when it comes to car and bus travel. The four-dozen states...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged wealthy New Yorkers to return to Manhattan as the coronavirus is now “under control,” to assist the city with the financial burden caused by the pandemic. Many New Yorkers fled the city at the height of the pandemic, the wealthy heading to their weekend homes in the Hamptons, upstate or in Connecticut, while others rented homes outside the city – leaving thousands of apartments across the city empty. The coronavirus has persisted for six months and is not showing any signs of easing, while a vaccine still seems at least several months away. CORONAVIRUS THREAT HAS SCHOOL DISTRICTS DIVIDED OVER HOW TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS SAFELY ON BUSES “I literally talk to people all day long...
    A record number of people from the country's largest metropolitan areas, including New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, are flocking to smaller, more affordable cities amid the coronavirus pandemic, new data reveals.  A recent report by real estate company Redfin shows 27.4 per cent of website users were looking to move to smaller metro areas in the second quarter of 2020, with the top five destinations being Phoenix, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Austin and Atlanta. The migration analysis was based on a sample of more than 1million Redfin users who searched for homes across 87 metro regions in the country between April and June. Users must have viewed at least 10 homes in a particular region and 80 per cent...
    More than half of those contacted have shared valuable information to track down other infected and isolate them, according to updated figures from the City. The objective is to facilitate the tests to the environment of each New Yorker who tests positive for COVID-19. Photo: Flickr NY City / NYC Mayoral Office As New York City continues to fight to further curb the coronavirus infection rate, the ‘Test + Trace’ program (case trackers), enabled for detect, evaluate and isolate to those who have come into contact with positive patients of COVID-19, shows that in the last two weeks more than 96.4% of new cases confirmed were achieved through virus ‘tracers’. The program that enters its third...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been visiting New Yorkers who fled the state during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, begging them to return to the state from Connecticut and other second-home locations after admitting the “one percent” pay a shocking 50% of state taxes. “Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been begging rich people to return to New York City from their second-home retreats so they can pay taxes to help offset the state’s growing coronavirus-related revenue shortfall,” the New York Post reported Tuesday. New York remains the epicenter of the country’s battle with COVID-19, having suffered at least 32,422 deaths from the virus, second only to New Jersey. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that New York...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY FANNI FRANKL New York City restaurants and bars that are not able to pay more than half their rent are heralding a call for action from New York State. Findings in a survey found that 80% of restaurant owners could not pay even half their rent, shedding light on the crisis that ensued from the coronavirus lockdown. The results of the survey, released Monday morning, found that just 17.2% of respondents said that they were able to pay 50% or more of their rent. After New York State announced that restaurants could only open with only takeout or outdoor dining,...
    New York City will establish checkpoints for drivers at key points of entry into the city to inform drivers of the mandatory quarantine for travelers from high-risk states. [MAP: The Spread of Coronavirus] Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the checkpoints will begin Wednesday. They will vary daily at major bridge and tunnel crossings. Travelers, including residents, coming into New York from 35 high-risk states are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. The city's COVID-19 infection rate has been less than 3% for nearly two months. Drivers will be given information about the mandatory quarantine, de Blasio said at a press conference on Wednesday, and will be informed...
    “There is a contradiction between budget cuts and reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic," New York City public school teacher Karla Reyes told "America's Newsroom" Wednesday. “School budgets have been cut for a really, really long time and teachers have been organizing around that,” Reyes went on, adding that "the role of teachers is to expose the real enemies who, I believe, are politicians and the corporations and the shortcomings of the government in responding to this health and economic crisis, where right now the entire burden of the crisis is being put on the teachers." WEIGHING THE RISKS OF REOPENING SCHOOLS AMID COVID PANDEMIC The debate surrounding whether, when and how to reopen schools for in-person instruction this fall has grown...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City If you own a small business and are working hard to reopen and recover after months of turmoil from the COVID-19 pandemic, we want your story of survival. amNewYork Metro and Schneps Media are launching “Small Business Survivors,” a multimedia series focused on how mom-and-pop businesses across the five boroughs weathered the storm during March and April, and are now getting back on their feet.  This series combines our print and video mediums to not just tell the story of business owners rebounding in New York City, but also calling attention to the many challenges they face in doing so. We...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Legendary New York City journalist Pete Hamill has died after emergency surgery for a fractured hip.Hamill, 85, was remembered as a "newspaperman, novelist, mentor to so many, citizen of the world," following word of his death.He worked for 3 New York City tabloids over 40 years, including as editor for the Daily News and the New York Post.Hamill fell on Saturday, fracturing his right hip. He had emergency surgery at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital but passed away Wednesday morning.He died from heart and kidney failure, his brother Denis confirmed in an email. "Pete was truly one of the good guys," Denis Hamill said. So saddened to hear that Pete Hamill passed away. Pete was not just an...
    ALBANY — New York City recorded three straight days without any new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, with only two virus-related deaths in the five boroughs tracked Wednesday. There were four new coronavirus deaths in total statewide, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. It’s a huge decrease from deaths recorded earlier this spring, when the state Health Department was recording daily de ath counts in the hundreds. “Our progress is thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers — even after two and a half months of reopening, the numbers have continued to go down,” Cuomo said in a statement. “But we learned from this crisis that nobody is safe until everybody is safe, and an outbreak anywhere is...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that the city has financed over 30,000 affordable homes during fiscal year 2020 as part of his plan to build or preserve 300,000 affordable homes by 2026.  Of those homes, 23,520 were preserved and 6,503 are newly constructed units. More than 50% of the homes financed house families making less than $52,000 a year, according to the mayor’s office.  “The pandemic has made us see even more clearly what housing means for communities, public health and the future of New York City. The city’s recovery depends on our ability to keep people in their...
    The Bravo host faced the New York City ladies in person five months after his battle with coronavirus. Andy Cohen stepped out of his house for an in-person reunion with the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City, a first for the Bravo franchise in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Cohen, who has been hosting Watch What Happens Live from his New York apartment, shared a new photo to Instagram which showed him all dressed up with someplace to go. In the pic, which can be seen below, the Bravo TV personality was clean-shaven after an extended beard stint while working from home. The 52-year-old single dad wore a dapper suit and tie and held up a...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City A new digital cookbook that celebrates the vast food scene in New York City is now available for download. Brookfield Properties, in conjunction with Brookfield Place, announced the release of the new digital cookbook “Bite Sized: A Taste of New York’s Culinary Secrets.” The book was created as a collaboration between Brookfield Properties and their restaurants and eateries. “Restaurants are an essential part of the fabric of our communities, and the new digital cookbook celebrates and supports them,” ‌ ‌said‌ ‌‌ Jason Maurer,‌ ‌Senior Vice President, Brookfield‌ ‌Properties. “We‌ ‌are‌ ‌deeply‌ ‌committed‌ ‌to‌ ‌partnering‌ ‌with‌ ‌our‌ ‌tenants‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌creative‌ ‌way‌...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday plans to set up COVID-19 quarantine checkpoints in key areas to better enforce quarantine regulations.   “Travelers... will be given information about the quarantine and will be reminded that it is required, not optional,” said de Blasio at a news briefing. Fines for breaking the quarantine could reach as much as $10,000. Visitors coming from the states on New York’s travel advisory list are mandated to quarantine for 14-days. The quarantine applies to anyone coming from an area with a COVID-19 positive test rate above 10 per 100,000 people over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average....
    New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNYC health commissioner quits over de Blasio's COVID-19 response Fear first, education last? MSNBC contributor Maya Wiley departs network to explore New York mayoral run MORE (D) on Wednesday announced that officials will start adding checkpoints at "key points of entry" in the city as part of its efforts to ensure compliance with coronavirus quarantine requirements for travelers from multiple others states.  De Blasio said during a press briefing that the checkpoints will be positioned at major bridge and tunnel crossings that lead into New York City. Travelers coming from any of the 34 designated states and territories with high coronavirus transmission rates will be required to fill out a state health department traveler...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that he would implement checkpoints throughout the five boroughs to enforce the state travel advisory for people visiting from coronavirus hot spots. "The checkpoints are going to send a very powerful message that this quarantine is serious. Even if we can't reach every single person, I think it'll get the message across," de Blasio said Wednesday. De Blasio’s announcement is the first to come out in an effort to enforce a travel advisory implemented by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, mandating that people visiting the three states from hot spot states must quarantine for 14 days. ...
    Creating a life of financial security in New York City is notoriously daunting. A new report suggests that the effort New Yorkers are putting into that goal isn’t paying off equally. At all levels of education, Black residents earn less than their white counterparts, according to an analysis released Wednesday by New York City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. Black New Yorkers whose highest level of education is a bachelor’s degree earn $42,800 a year on average compared to $64,700 for their white counterparts — an annual gap of $21,900. The report is the latest in a growing body of evidence that the promise of a college degree to work as an equalizer remains elusive. What’s more, America’s...
    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City will put up COVID-19 quarantine checkpoints at key entry points to ensure that travelers from 35 states on New York state's travel advisory comply with the state's 14-day quarantine mandate, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. "Travelers coming in from those states will be given information about the quarantine and will be reminded that it is required, not optional," de Blasio told a news briefing. He added that, under certain circumstances, fines for not observing the quarantine order could be as high as $10,000. The Sheriff's Office, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, will begin deploying checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings into New York City on...