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    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York Citys Board of Health approved a plan to reopen childcare centers starting next Monday.The plan allows 3,000 childcare centers across the five boroughs to resume on July 13.Its been really, really tough for parents, so bringing back childcare is crucial, de Blasio said during his press conference.The mayor said the Board of Health has been looking at the facts and data on how to reopen child care centers both properly and safely.Strict state...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York Citys Department of Health would vote on whether or not to allow childcare centers to reopen next week.If the vote goes through, it will allow 3,000 childcare centers across the five boroughs to resume on July 13. A decision is expected to me made on Tuesday.Its been really, really tough for parents, so bringing back child care is crucial. de Blasio said during his press conference.The mayor...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- At least 100 homeless people in New York City have died of COVID-19.The numbers released Monday show how the citys homeless population has been impacted by the coronavirus -- including both those living in shelters and those without housing.Nearly 1,300 have tested positive over four months and there are currently 77 positive cases.Those individuals are being monitored, isolated and are receiving treatment.WATCH EYEWITNESS TO A PANDEMIC (Episode 4)EMBED More News Videos It overwhelmed the health...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The MTA is expecting more riders Monday and theyll be monitoring trains as they try to maintain social distance for riders. Some 50,000 people are expected to return to the city during Phase 3 of reopening.New Jersey Transit is returning to its full weekday service on its rail lines.Theyre giving passengers more room as they work to abide by the 50% occupancy rules.New Jersey Transit is continuing to disinfect every car once every 24 hours...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- This holiday weekend people have been taking advantage of the newly reopened beaches in New York City.Lifeguards have been on duty since Wednesday at beaches around the city and social distancing guidelines are in effect.Families came down to the beach and the boardwalk Saturday nearly all wearing masks. Social distancing ambassadors were also walking the boardwalk handing them out to those who didnt have them.The rides were not running, but games were open and so...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- This holiday weekend people have been taking advantage of the newly reopened beaches in New York City.Lifeguards have been on duty since Wednesday at beaches around the city and social distancing guidelines are in effect.Families came down to the beach and the boardwalk Saturday nearly all wearing masks. Social distancing ambassadors were also walking the boardwalk handing them out to those who didnt have them.The rides were not running, but games were open and so...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The National September 11 Memorial in New York City will reopen to the public after being closed for more than three months.Officials say the memorial will reopen to 9/11 family members, the extended 9/11 community and workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, July 4, and to the general public on Sunday, July 5. The museum, however, will be closed for the time being.As we recognize our independence and honor our freedoms,...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Fourth of July festivities will look a bit different this year as New York City beaches enforce stricter efforts to maintain social distancing.Beaches are open for swimming, but one of the changes made for the holiday weekend are for beachgoers to wear a face mask when not in the water.Many people flocking to beaches like at Coney Island will be met by social distancing ambassadors, assigned by the city, handing out masks and reminding people...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A combination of two popular programs, Open Streets and Open Restaurants, moves into high gear in New York City heading into the holiday weekend.The city announced the specific locations across all five boroughs for expanded outdoor dining in an effort to help the struggling restaurant industry.Several restaurants along Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx already have extensive outdoor seating set up in the street.Now the plan is to close down the entire...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A combination of two popular programs, Open Streets and Open Restaurants, moves into high gear in New York City heading into the holiday weekend.The city announced the specific locations across all five boroughs for expanded outdoor dining in an effort to help the struggling restaurant industry.Several restaurants along Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx already have extensive outdoor seating set up in the street.Now the plan is to close down the entire...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday revealed the first 22 locations for the expansion of outdoor dining options under an initiative that combines the Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs and expands restaurant seating options onto car-free streets for select corridors throughout the five boroughs.Selected corridors will be operational on weekends starting Friday, July 3.The 22 locations citywide will be open to pedestrians and have been approved for expanded street dining. Another 10 to 20...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday revealed the first 22 locations for the expansion of outdoor dining options under an initiative that combines the Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs and expands restaurant seating options onto car-free streets for select corridors throughout the five boroughs.Selected corridors will be operational on weekends starting Friday, July 3.The 22 locations citywide will be open to pedestrians and have been approved for expanded street dining. Another 10 to 20...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is moving full steam ahead with plans to reopen schools in September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.Each school will have a number, that is the maximum number that can be in that school with social distancing. Using every conceivable space in that school, we are going to convert everything that can be converted into a classroom to accommodate social distancing, he said. For schools that cannot accommodate all their kids...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is moving full steam ahead with plans to reopen schools in September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.Each school will have a number, that is the maximum number that can be in that school with social distancing. Using every conceivable space in that school, we are going to convert everything that can be converted into a classroom to accommodate social distancing, he said. For schools that cannot accommodate all their kids...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is moving full steam ahead with plans to reopen schools in September, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.Each school will have a number, that is the maximum number that can be in that school with social distancing. Using every conceivable space in that school, we are going to convert everything that can be converted into a classroom to accommodate social distancing, he said. For schools that cannot accommodate all their kids...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is planning to open 15 pools across the boroughs by August.Mayor Bill de Blasio says 3 pools will open on July 24. Another 12 will open on August 1.The budget allocates for $5.3 million to hire 716 positions; $3.6 million for pool staff; $1.7 million for staff for pools and sprinklers and water fountains.Pools will open in the following neighborhoods:July 24-Bronx: Mullaly-Manhattan: Wagner-Queens: LibertyAugust 1-Bronx: Crotona, Haffen-Brooklyn: Sunset, Betsy Head, K-Poo-Manhattan: Hamilton...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A new study has shown evidence the coronavirus was circulating in New York City in the beginning of February.The research conducted by Mount Sinai found New Yorkers had antibodies to the virus as early as February 23.That would mean they would have been infected with the virus about two weeks earlier.The first confirmed case was on March 1.The new study has yet to undergo formal review, but experts say the work is credible and backs...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City beaches are officially open for swimming, while a decision on when restaurants will reopen for indoor dining is expected to be made Wednesday.Lifeguards are returning to duty on city beaches.Also for the first time this summer, federal beaches including Jacob Riis Park in Far Rockaway will have lifeguards on duty and are open for swimming.But while the beaches are open, the inside of restaurants may not be for the foreseeable future.Governor Andrew...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is planning to open 15 pools across the boroughs by Aug. 1.The news came as details about Mayor Bill de Blasios budget were released on Tuesday.The budget allocates for $5.3 million to hire 716 positions; $3.6 million for pool staff; $1.7 million for staff for pools and sprinklers and water fountains.Pools will open in the following neighborhoods:-Bronx: Crotona, Mullaly, Haffen-Brooklyn: Sunset, Betsy Head, K-Poo-Manhattan: Hamilton Fish, Jackie Robinson, Wagner, Marcus Garvey-Queens: Astoria,...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is hosting a star-studded virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 Tuesday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza say the graduation will bring the entire city together in celebration of the accomplishments and bright future of the students.It will feature student spotlights, musical performances, and special guest speakers -- including award-winning artist and former New York City Public School student and teacher Lin-Manuel Miranda....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The first woman to run the citys subway system is leaving the job after overseeing four months of unprecedented challenges and changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Eyewitness News has learned.Sally Librera, the NYC Transit senior vice president of subways, told her staff Tuesday morning that her last day overseeing the day-to-day operations of the sprawling system will be July 24.Librera -- whose first career was a teacher in California -- joined the MTA...
    NEW YORK CITY -- The situation remained tense outside NYC City Hall after protesters clashed briefly with NYPD officers just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.An Eyewitness News camera showed police in riot gear pushing the protesters back. Police appeared to be working to keep the street in front of City Hall clear.EMBED More News Videos Raw Video: NYPD officers push back Defund Police protesters outside NYC City Hall. The protesters have been camping out for about a week in City Hall...
    NEW YORK CITY -- The situation remained tense outside NYC City Hall after protesters clashed briefly with NYPD officers just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.An Eyewitness News camera showed police in riot gear pushing the protesters back. Police appeared to be working to keep the street in front of City Hall clear.EMBED More News Videos Raw Video: NYPD officers push back Defund Police protesters outside NYC City Hall. The protesters have been camping out for about a week in City Hall...
    NEW YORK CITY -- The situation remained tense outside NYC City Hall after protesters clashed briefly with NYPD officers just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.An Eyewitness News camera showed police in riot gear pushing the protesters back. Police appeared to be working to keep the street in front of City Hall clear.EMBED More News Videos Raw Video: NYPD officers push back Defund Police protesters outside NYC City Hall. The protesters have been camping out for about a week in City Hall...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- BREAKING: The situation remained tense outside NYC City Hall after protesters clashed briefly with NYPD officers just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.An Eyewitness News camera showed police in riot gear pushing the protesters back. Police appeared to be working to keep the street in front of City Hall clear.The protesters have been camping out for about a week in City Hall Park, calling for the city to defund police.. Moments ago at #OccupyCityHall #abc7NY pic.twitter.com/5aIeN2dXQu— Derick...