Coronavirus Blog

Indoor Dining at NYC Restaurants is Not Happening in Phase Three

BY Ron Lee and Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 6:56 PM ET Jul. 01, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that the return of indoor dining in New York City is off the table indefinitely when it comes to the comes to the city’s coronavirus reopening plan.

At Ramen Thukpa on 7th Avenue South in Greenwich Village, owner Thupten Pema has set up three small tables outside, which hold a maximum of six people.

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Starting Today, City Beaches Are Back Open for Swimming

BY Spectrum News Staff and Lindsay Tuchman
UPDATED 8:43 AM ET Jul. 01, 2020

NEW YORK - It's a big day for city beachgoers as swimming is allowed for the first time since they opened for the season.

It comes just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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"Double Essential Worker" & Volunteer Helps NYC Recover From The Pandemic

BY Stephanie Simon

The city’s office of emergency management is well known, but perhaps lesser known are its volunteers deployed in their own neighborhoods to respond to disasters. One volunteer has been out nonstop since the pandemic hit, working his job as a security specialist and as a volunteer.

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Virtual Graduation Ceremony Held for City’s Thousands of High School Graduates

BY Jillian Jorgensen

In a normal year, putting on one graduation ceremony for the city's tens of thousands of high school graduates would be impossible. But, it's not a normal year.

"A lot has been taken from you, that's the truth. But you've gained something too. When you tell people that you're the class of 2020, it will mean something,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Cuomo Sending State Police to NYC to Monitor Coronavirus Compliance

BY Elina Tarkazikis
UPDATED 1:36 PM ET Jun. 30, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York City has a real compliance issue. He is sending state police, the Department of Health and the New York State Liquor Authority to the city to monitor compliance Tuesday evening.

“I’m trying to gauge how bad the noncompliance is,” he told NY1 on Tuesday.

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Parent Claims Discrimination After State Refuses to Allow Special Needs Camp to Open

BY Amanda Farinacci
UPDATED 2:02 PM ET Jun. 30, 2020

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Nataly Hernandez, 21, graduated from Wagner High school last week and told her mother she was looking forward to attending camp, as she has for the last 10 years at Staten Island's Jewish Community Center.

The developmentally disabled student will be too old to attend next year. So when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that day camps can open this summer her mother acted quickly to sign her up.

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Pandemic Forces Beauty Businesses to Get a Makeover

BY Victoria Manna

For some, looking in the mirror has become increasingly disappointing these days.

Many of the businesses New Yorkers rely on to stay groomed remain closed more than three months after the pandemic caused the city to lock down.

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Governor Cuomo Could Slow Plans for Malls, Indoor Dining in NYC

BY Elina Tarkazikis and Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 11:28 AM ET Jun. 29, 2020

NEW YORK - With Phase Three reopening approaching, Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s concerned about coronavirus risks with malls and indoor dining in New York City.

While he doesn’t plan on retracting any reopening measures, he says he may “proceed with caution” when it comes to malls and indoor dining by slowing things down.

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Lax Alternate Side Parking Rules May Result in Lasting Changes

BY Spectrum News Staff

Alternate Side Parking rules are back into effect today, but in a different way for the rest of the summer.

Drivers will only have to move their cars once per week. Streets that have multiple alternate side days will be cleaned only on the last day posted on the sign, says City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.

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Outdoor Dining Expansion Has Full Block Potential, Mayor Says

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 3:33 PM ET Jun. 26, 2020

NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced an expansion of the Open Streets program for restaurants.

Starting Monday, restaurants will be able to apply for permission to essentially take over an entire block for outdoor dining.

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Security Guard Cooks Meals for Homeless LGBTQ Young People

BY Stephanie Simon

Darrell Wimbush is back and forth from the kitchen in this church basement to the front door, handing out free meals to homeless LGBTQ young people. He knows how great the need is. He was once in their shoes and they let him know how worried they were about the coronavirus shutdowns.

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Schools Chancellor Says Plan for Fall to be Unveiled in July

BY Spectrum News Staff

As the school year comes to an end, parents, students and teachers are wondering what school will look like come the fall.

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza says a definitive — but tentative — plan should be unveiled at some point in July.

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De Blasio Urges State to Further Extend Eviction Moratorium

BY Spectrum News Staff

NEW YORK - With the city's economy still reeling from the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking the state to extend a key protection for tenants.

During his daily briefing Friday, he said wants Albany lawmakers to extend the eviction moratorium until late August.

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Experts Say Masks Are Still a Must

BY Erin Billups

CDC officials say the number of Americans who have actually been infected with coronavirus may be 10 times higher than the number of confirmed cases on record. Director Robert Redfield, during a briefing Thursday, stressed the need for the public to remain vigilant; by continuing to social distance, frequently wash hands and to wear face coverings when out. It’s a very different tone and message from what was recommended in late February and early March of this year, when coronavirus cases were just emerging.

Initially the message from health officials was; don’t wear masks, save them for the frontline health care workers. As it became clear that SAR-CoV-2 was often spread through close contact, before a person started experiencing symptoms, and by those who were asymptomatic, or never showing symptoms, health officials changed the recommendation- advising the public to wear cloth or homemade face coverings. The mixed messaging may have left some lingering confusion and potentially even skepticism over the need to wear face coverings.

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Did Staten Island Twins Scam News Stations About Their Good Deeds?

BY Kristen Shaughnessy

NEW YORK - Renee and Rhea Mendonca are twin sisters living on Staten Island, who graduated Thursday from Susan Wagner High School. You may remember our Acts of Kindness report on them Monday. They said they have been bringing free groceries to seniors who are housebound because of coronavirus.

"At the beginning of every school year, our mom would tell us to fill a bucket of a minimum of ten good deeds daily. Since then, doing good came naturally to us," Renee Mendonca said.

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City Libraries Plan Limited Reopening Starting July 13th

BY Spectrum News Staff

NEW YORK - The city's public libraries will reopen on a limited basis next month.

The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library plan to reopen 22 branches for grab-and-go service starting Monday, July 13.

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MTA Freezes Major Upgrades as Coronavirus Hammers Finances

BY Dan Rivoli

Cutting service, laying off transit workers, delaying or canceling signal and station upgrades and loading up on debt. The MTA says that's what the transit agency and its millions of riders will face unless the federal government helps to fill a $14 billion hole the coronavirus is carving out of the MTA's finances.



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Pandemic Pushes Some Tenants and Landlords To the Breaking Point

BY Michael Herzenberg

Hundreds of tenants are rallying this week demanding rent relief.

They warn the next few months could see the largest number of eviction cases ever because of the massive job losses caused by the pandemic and the partial easing of a 90-day state moratorium on eviction actions.

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New Dumpling Shop Plans for 'Contactless Dining' Experience

BY Angi Gonzalez

When The Brooklyn Dumpling Shop opens, it will offer 32 different kind of dumplings. The selection will range from bacon cheeseburger dumplings to ones filled with peanut butter and jelly

The restaurant’s menu is not the only thing that stands out, though. The owners believe that their "contactless dining” model is what is really grabbing the attention of New Yorkers.

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Some Restaurants Opt Out of Phase Two Outdoor Dining

BY Justine Re

Even though Italian restaurant Il Gattopardo got the green light to reopen their doors for phase 2 outdoor dining, the owners are choosing to keep them closed.

“We are in Midtown Manhattan. All of the offices are still closed they're still working from home," said Gianfranco Sorrentino, managing partner of Il Gattopardo Group.

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Coming to New York From a Coronavirus Hot Spot State? You're Now Required to Quarantine

BY Zack Fink and Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 4:00 PM ET Jun. 24, 2020

NEW YORK - Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a travel advisory is now in place for visitors coming to the tri-state area from states that have seen a spike in coronavirus cases.

Cuomo, who was joined by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, says those coming from states with positive coronavirus transmission rates over 10 percent of the total population on a seven day rolling average will require a 14-day quarantine.

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New York City Marathon Canceled Over Coronavirus Health and Safety Concerns

BY Spectrum News Staff

NEW YORK - The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon, that was set to take place on November 1, has been canceled due to health and safety concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a press release, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "While the marathon is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of both spectators and runners first. We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021."

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'I’m going to poke my eyes out:' How I Survived Remote Learning

BY Amanda Farinacci
UPDATED 9:29 AM ET Jun. 24, 2020

When the coronavirus struck in March and remote learning began, I started a video diary, documenting the ups and downs of guiding my two children, Madeline, a six-year-old kindergartener, and Annabelle, a four-year-old in 3K, through a new way of going to school.

It was hard. There's no other way to put it.

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City Coronavirus Contact Tracing Program Three Weeks Underway

BY Spectrum News Staff

The city's contact-tracing program, a critical initiative to help curb the coronavirus, is well underway, hiring 3,000 disease detectives and case monitors recently.

Dr. Ted Long, executive director of the city's test and trace corps, says the effort has been able to reach 97% of New Yorkers it has a phone number for.

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This Guitar 'Hero' Has Bay Ridge Amped Up for a Weekly 7 PM Cheer

BY Jeanine Ramirez

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - He calls it his "Star Spangled Serenade Series." Every Friday at 7 p.m. Bay Ridge guitarist Chris Flanigan powers up his amp, opens his second floor window and jams from his apartment as small crowds gather outside. On this day, the crowd including staff from a local restaurant.

"I just turn up, tune out and let it rock," Flanigan said.

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Fauci Says More Testing Needed; "Cautiously Optimistic" on Vaccine

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 12:10 PM ET Jun. 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The government’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is testifying Tuesday before a House committee, saying that more coronavirus testing is needed, not less. That is the opposite of what President Donald Trump said on Saturday night at his election rally.

Fauci returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday at a fraught moment in the nation’s pandemic response. In addition to him, the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and a top official at the Department of Health and Human Services answered questions.

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The Wait is Over as Phase Two Outdoor Dining Begins in NYC

BY Justine Re

NEW YORK - Avena Downtown Osteria in Greenwich Village is one of the many spots that's now open for outdoor dining.

Giselle Deiaco's staff at the restaurant was bustling before the pandemic, with 16 employees but now with Phase Two, she's back at 50 percent.

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Phase Two Begins in NYC. Here's What You Need to Know.

BY Julie Coleman
UPDATED 8:33 AM ET Jun. 22, 2020

On Monday New York City will officially begin Phase Two of reopening, potentially sending 300,000 people back to work.

The second phase of reopening will include outdoor dining, offices, in-store retail, hair salons and barbershops, real estate services, houses of worship, as well as car sales and rentals – all with social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

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City Restaurants Prepare for Phase Two Outdoor Dining

BY Justine Re

NEW YORK - Roni Mazumdar can’t wait for Phase Two reopening so his restaurant can offer outdoor dining. His Indian spot Rahi in the West Village served takeout throughout the shutdown, but he says this next step is like the light at the end of the tunnel. He had 35 employees before the pandemic and now he’s able to bring 12 of them back to work.

"It feels like we’re catching our first breath, it feels like we’re coming alive again," said Mazumdar. "Telling someone to not come in that’s heartbreaking to me to tell people come back there’s a lot of excitement to it."

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American Ballet Theater Program Pays Tribute to Doctor Who Died From Coronavirus

BY Stephanie Simon

NEW YORK - American Ballet Theater’s musicians and dancers, performing for children at Mt. Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital - an effort to make these young patients feel better, and a tribute to Dr. Barry Webber, a Mount Sinai surgeon who died from complications of coronavirus in April. His wife Harriet Clark is an ABT teacher and former dancer.

"He loves opera and music so the fact that American Ballet Theatre came up with this program ABT Heals is just such an amazing tribute to Barry and our lives together. it was the perfect tribute and I hope it brings hope and joy," Clark said.

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How Coronavirus Has Changed the Way One City-Run Hospital Operates

BY Lydia Hu
UPDATED 7:09 AM ET Jun. 22, 2020

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The changes at the Kings County Hospital Emergency Department are impossible to miss: A tent outside houses testing for the coronavirus, markers on the floor stress the need for social distancing and Plexiglass protects intake nurses screening patients.

Those with COVID-like symptoms are immediately sent to an area they call the Hot Zone. Others, to the non-COVID room.

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Subway Nears One Million Riders Ahead of NYC’s Next Phase of Reopening

BY Dan Rivoli

The MTA is on track to reach a milestone in the coronavirus pandemic: a day the subway carries one million riders.

After bottoming out at on April 13 at nearly 366,000, weekday ridership has rebounded more than 150 percent, to nearly 950,000 people, thanks to straphangers like Deidre Johnson, a physical therapist who started riding the subway again three weeks ago to see patients.

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Cuomo Mulls Quarantine for Out-of-State Visitors

BY Zack Fink

People coming into New York from other states may face a mandatory two-week quarantine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

While coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in New York, they are on the rise in 20 other states, including Florida, which has seen a sharp increase.

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From Worst To First: Cuomo Says "We Have Done the Impossible"

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 1:04 PM ET Jun. 19, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. - After 111 days of press conferences covering the coronavirus in New York, Governor Cuomo announced this would be his last.

“After 111 days of hell, they deserve a break. We all do,” he said of his employees.

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Acts Of Kindness: Donations to Frontline Workers & Drawing the City's Restaurants

BY Kristen Shaughnessy

Fresh Taste Bakery is an online Bakery that operates out of Hot Bread Kitchen in Harlem. Antwoin Gutierrez, who goes by the name Chef Fresh, started the bakery three years ago. He specializes in carrot cake cookies and gourmet cupcakes and delivers throughout the city and beyond.

Months after getting out of prison in 2011, he went to the DOE fund, a work training program, and discovered pastry arts. He went to work in some of the city's most prominent pastry establishments and then ventured out on his own. Now, he's teamed up with G-Free New York and Defy Ventures to make donations to frontline workers.

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Mayor to New Yorkers: Get Ready for Phase Two Reopening Monday

BY Emily Ngo
UPDATED 11:45 PM ET Jun. 18, 2020

Monday marks a crucial milestone for New York City as it cautiously reopens.

“We've seen consistent progress," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "And it's time to say to everyone getting ready for Phase Two. Get on your mark, get set, because here we go. On Monday, we'll be ready to take a big step forward for this city.”

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City Says Child Abuse Going Underreported During Pandemic

BY Spectrum News Staff

NEW YORK - Child abuse reports have dropped during the pandemic, but the reason why is raising concern at the city's Administration for Children's Services.

The agency says it's seen a 25 percent decrease in cases since the start of March.

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Cuomo's Initial Eviction Moratorium Expires This Weekend⁠—And Tenants Are Worried

BY Michael Herzenberg
UPDATED 8:10 AM ET Jun. 18, 2020

NEW YORK - Tenant advocates say Monday there may be a glut of new eviction filings, the first business day after Governor Andrew Cuomo's main eviction moratorium expires Saturday.

Experts say though it’s unclear how this will play out because of a lack of clarity from the city and the state about what can and can’t be done because of the pandemic.

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Former Grocery Store is Now a Headquarters for Effort to Feed the Hungry

BY Roger Clark

It's a busy scene inside a one-time supermarket on 14th Street, as volunteers pack up boxes with fresh produce destined for folks who desperately need it. The old Associated Grocery Store that closed last year at Stuyvesant Town is now known as the Stuy Town Pantry.

"It's really quite incredible, about 200,000 pounds of groceries have gone through here,” said Kelly Vohs, CEO of Beam Living, which manages Suyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.

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US Open Will Play Without Fans This Summer

BY Clodagh McGowan

There will be championship tennis in Queens this summer, although there will be no fans at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to watch it.

The U.S. Open will be the first Grand Slam tennis tournament since the coronavirus outbreak halted nearly all professional sports in March.

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Brooklyn Group That Saves Lives Could Use a Lifeline

BY Jeanine Ramirez

Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps is down to one working ambulance.

"At the peak of the pandemic we were running our ambulance, our one ambulance, 24-7 around the clock,” said Commanding Officer Antoine Robinson.

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Cuomo’s Daily Coronavirus Briefing Streak Coming to an End

BY Zack Fink

NEW YORK - For a governor who has sometimes gone weeks without an in-person briefing, these last several months have been very consistent.

Since March 2, Governor Andrew Cuomo has done a daily press briefing on the coronavirus crisis, many of them shown nationally on cable news. But on Wednesday, he announced the end was nigh.

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MTA LIRR App Update Offers Social Distancing Tools for Riders

BY Justine Re

After months of not taking the trains due to the coronavirus outbreak, people are now starting to take mass transit again.

And the LIRR updated their train time app Tuesday so people can now in real time see train car capacity before boarding the trains to help improve social distancing.

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Cuomo Says NYC Ready for Phase Two Reopening Monday, Mayor Not So Sure

BY Spectrum News Staff and Lindsay Tuchman
UPDATED 12:42 PM ET Jun. 17, 2020

NEW YORK - Mixed messages continue over whether to move the city into Phase Two of its reopening as some New Yorkers grow tired of waiting while others remain cautious.

During his daily briefing Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo says the city will be ready to begin the second phase this coming Monday.

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US Open Still Set for August in Queens⁠—Minus Fans

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 4:45 PM ET Jun. 16, 2020

QUEENS, N.Y. - The US Open is still expected to take place in Queens this summer, but fans will not be allowed to attend.

It's scheduled to run from August 31st to September 13th.

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Medical Students Volunteer as Support Team for Health Care Workers

BY Jeanine Ramirez
UPDATED 4:11 PM ET Jun. 16, 2020

Dozens of medical school students have been volunteering as NYC COVIDSitters to run errands and provide services for the city's health care workers during the pandemic.

"A lot of our clinical rotations were put on pause during this time,” says NYC COVIDSitters Founder Gunjan Desai. “And the people I was talking to, the students that I was talking to, none of us really wanted to be home. We wanted to do something to help out.”

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Will be Socially Distant This Year

BY Spectrum News Staff

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place in Coney Island this Fourth of July, but there will be modifications because of the pandemic.

There won't be a live audience, and the contestants will be socially distanced while following other safety guidelines.

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Her Family's "Information Lady,’ Rozella McFarlan, Dies of Coronavirus

BY Debora Fougere

Ask anyone who knew her, and they’ll tell you Rozella McFarlan lived to help others. Her sister, Jacqueline, said she was the one the family turned to when they needed answers.

“We used to call her the information lady, the 4-1-1,” Jacqueline McFarlan said. “Any time we wanted to know about anybody or anything, we would call her. If she didn’t know, she would find out. She was really curious. Everyone would agree on that.”

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Elected Officials Cut Chains on Shuttered City Playgrounds, Defying Mayor's Order

BY Spectrum News Staff and Lindsay Tuchman
UPDATED 8:42 PM ET Jun. 16, 2020

Defying New York City’s orders, local leaders in Midwood, Brooklyn, used a power tool Tuesday to break a chain-link lock to open Kolbert Playground.

Local leaders in Midwood use a grinder to open the chain and lock in Kolbert Playground, defying the city’s rule that playgrounds must remain closed due to coronavirus. They say kids need somewhere to play as we head in to summer. @NY1 pic.twitter.com/w3I6geJKEk

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West Village Restaurant Owner Grapples with New Reality

BY Spectrum News Staff

Just last week, New York City entered Phase One of reopening, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is already looking ahead to Phase Two, which will allow for socially distanced outdoor dining.

But for weeks now, restaurants and bars have started to welcome patrons again, offering food and drinks for take-out and pick-up. And as the weather gets warmer, more and more New Yorkers are taking advantage.

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Lives Lost: Saying Goodbye, Part Four

BY Spectrum News NY1
UPDATED 5:46 AM ET Jun. 16, 2020

The growing death toll from COVID-19 is a daunting figure. But it’s important to remember–especially during these turbulent times and the rough days ahead–that those who’ve died are fellow New Yorkers with lives and families.

This story is a part of a series called “Lives Lost,” which aims to honor the victims of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. You can watch the full episode in the video above and learn more about the neighbors we lost here.

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Cuomo Threatens New Shutdown as New Yorkers Defy Social Distancing

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 1:45 PM ET Jun. 15, 2020

NEW YORK - Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday once again issued a warning to local governments telling them they must "do their job" and enforce social distancing compliance.

State inspectors are now warning bar owners they can lose their liquor license after reports of thousands of complaints of people hanging out, drinking with no masks on and no social distancing.

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State Receives 25,000-Plus Complaints on Businesses Violating Reopening Rules

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 2:54 PM ET Jun. 14, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo says restaurants and bars that do not adhere to social distancing guidelines could lose their liquor licenses.

Cuomo threatened the crackdown during his daily briefing from Albany, saying that the worst violators are in Manhattan and the Hamptons. He said people are drinking out in the street in large groups without masks and they are also violating open container laws.

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Protests Continue This Weekend Across the Five Boroughs

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:31 PM ET Jun. 13, 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Demonstrations continue across the city’s streets to call for justice in the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Protesters including Asian supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement joined others in Washington Square Park this afternoon with signs that read “#Asians4BlackLives,” “Power to the People,” and “Say Her Name” amongst others.

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Cuomo: State's Transmission Rate at Lowest Point Since Start of Pandemic

BY Bobby Cuza
UPDATED 4:04 PM ET Jun. 13, 2020

NEW YORK, N.Y. - On Saturday, Governor Cuomo touted the state’s progress on two fronts: responding to protesters' demands for police reform and fighting the COVID-19 outbreak, as hospitalizations and deaths reached new lows.

Cuomo said 32 New Yorkers died statewide on Friday.

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Cuomo’s Executive Order Requires Local Governments to Reinvent Police Departments

BY Zack Fink
UPDATED 12:37 AM ET Jun. 13, 2020

Joined by mothers whose children were killed in incidents with police, and flanked by legislative leaders, Governor Andrew Cuomo turned long-sought after police reform legislation into law.

The bills, many of which have languished in Albany for years, suddenly jumped to the front of the agenda this week in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the massive protests that followed.

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Education Officials Nix Outdoor Graduation Plan for High School on Staten Island

BY Amanda Farinacci

The athletic field alongside Petrides High School has been empty for months, ever since the coronavirus forced all students to learn remotely from home. But parents say they've got the perfect use for the field now: a graduation ceremony for the 114 Petrides seniors set to receive diplomas at the end of the month.

They thought the idea was a no-brainer. But then school administrators weighed in.

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Calls to Ease Restrictions on Gay Blood Donors Intensify as City Faces Blood Shortage

BY Frank DiLella
UPDATED 6:07 AM ET Jun. 12, 2020

NEW YORK - June 14 marks World Blood Day, a day to raise awareness of the importance of donating blood. The day is especially significant this year because it has been reported that New York City’s blood supply is at an all-time low. However, for members from the LGBTQ community, when it comes to giving blood, not everyone is welcomed unconditionally.

Just a couple months ago, Lukus Estok was one of the thousands of New Yorkers to be diagnosed with the coronavirus. Like many who had or who have the virus, Estok had nonstop fevers, lost his sense of taste and smell, and immediately went into a state of depression.

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New York Shops Are Back in Business. Sort Of.

BY Pat Kiernan



With Phase One of the coronavirus pandemic reopening underway, retail shops are open for curbside pickups. Pat Kiernan, Annika Pergament, and Jamie Stelter spoke with Mackenzi Farquer, a small business owner who has shops in Queens and Brooklyn, about how she’s had to adapt.

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NYC's Test-and-Trace Corps Has Reached Every Positive Case Since It Launched

BY Lydia Hu

Coronavirus tests are free to all New Yorkers at approximately 150 sites across the city. People who test positive will be contacted by one of the 2,500 tracers hired for the city’s test-and-trace corps.

A city official says they’ve successfully contacted every person who had a positive test since the test-and-trace corps launched last week. According to preliminary city data, that’s slightly more than 3,000 people, or roughly three to four percent of people who had been tested through Sunday. Those figures could change as the city compiles data.

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Catherine Font, Who Loved Traveling and Family Card Games, Dies of Coronavirus

BY Debora Fougere

Catherine Font was looking forward to her 79th birthday, which was coming up in June. She was especially looking forward to one particular part of the celebration – the cake.

“We have so many pictures of her with birthday cakes,” her daughter, Theresa Giusto, said. “She was big on making sure everyone had birthday cakes.”

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High School Students in Nonprofit Program Graduate Virtually

BY Michael Herzenberg

The coronavirus has forced many young people to grow up quickly, confronted with adult challenges like job losses and food insecurity.

Despite this, a group of 40 high school seniors have overcome these new hurdles and are all headed to college in the fall.

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Symptoms

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:

  • cough
  • fever
  • trouble breathing and
  • pneumonia

The CDC believes symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

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