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Today in Coronavirus Watch: The death toll jumps; Elected officials support suspending rent payments; Lincoln Center ret...
03/27/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Today in Coronavirus Watch:
The death toll jumps; Elected officials support suspending rent payments; Lincoln Center retools its website for the at-home audience; Lighthouse Guild offers telehealth services for the visually impaired.

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Updated Thursday, March 26, 5:15 p.m. Quote of the Day: "We now have enough PPE [personal protective equipment] for the foreseeable future" Gov. Andre...

Stunning photos of NYC landmarks in the time of coronavirus, by Thomas Hengge:http://ow.ly/JsDc50yWZkT
03/26/2020
Ghost Town

Stunning photos of NYC landmarks in the time of coronavirus, by Thomas Hengge:

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Life in New York City has come to an abrupt halt amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Following major cities affected around the world, New York Gov. Andrew...

New York’s mental health professionals are on the front lines of coronavirus response. "We're seeing a big spike in anxi...
03/24/2020
Counseling Through Corona

New York’s mental health professionals are on the front lines of coronavirus response. "We're seeing a big spike in anxiety and panic," says Daniel Cook, director of Embodied Mind NYC.

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Each year, one in five New Yorkers experiences some form of mental illness, according to data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental H...

Cuomo says rate of infection is accelerating; NY Public Library offering online homework help; Met Museum pushes Congres...
03/24/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Cuomo says rate of infection is accelerating; NY Public Library offering online homework help; Met Museum pushes Congress for $4 billion for nonprofit arts organizations.
Check in with Coronavirus Watch for daily news and updates:

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Updated Tuesday, March 24, 3:30 p.m. Quote of the Day: "The bottom line is we need the federal government to immediately use the Defense Production Ac...

Today in Coronavirus Watch - Council Member Mark Levine says he assumes he has coronavirus; C train service disrupted by...
03/23/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Today in Coronavirus Watch - Council Member Mark Levine says he assumes he has coronavirus; C train service disrupted by conductor's positive test; and more:
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Updated Monday, March 23, 5:30 p.m. Quote of the Day: “If we don’t get the equipment, we’re literally going to lose lives." Mayor de Blasio, on CNN, t...

03/21/2020

The Trump administration issued a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State on Saturday, making the state eligible for billions of dollars from the federal Disaster Relief Fund.
Check in with our Coronavirus Watch for the latest news and updates:

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03/20/2020

CUTEST DOG CONTEST:
🐾Put your pup's name and pic in the comments below
🐾We'll publish our favorites in the paper

A new $75 million offer from a Brooklyn-based bidder:http://ow.ly/xL7Q50yQvhm
03/19/2020
A Fight Over Fairway

A new $75 million offer from a Brooklyn-based bidder:
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Fairway Market has a new suitor. Last week, the Brooklyn-based Bogopa Enterprises Inc. — which operates Food Bazaar supermarkets — made an offer of $7...

The latest in Coronavirus Watch: Cuomo's work from home orders; Mayor to activate Medical Reserve Corps; Navy hospital s...
03/18/2020
Coronavirus Watch

The latest in Coronavirus Watch: Cuomo's work from home orders; Mayor to activate Medical Reserve Corps; Navy hospital ship on way to NYC; Coronavirus at Sloan Kettering; The Met to close until July; Grab-and-go meals for kids

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Updated Wednesday, March 18, 4:30 p.m. Quote of the Day: "The Congress has an enormous role to play in responding to this challenge. We are determined...

At a time of so much stress and uncertainty, this is a treat:http://ow.ly/TM0050yOljV
03/17/2020
Living-Room 'Werther'

At a time of so much stress and uncertainty, this is a treat:

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At 3:00 on Sunday afternoon I was supposed to be at Lincoln Center for an all-Brahms (my favorite composer) concert by the Rotterdam Philharmonic, wit...

Tri-State collaboration: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would limit bars and restaurants...
03/16/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Tri-State collaboration: Gov. Cuomo announced that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would limit bars and restaurants to takeout and delivery orders; and close gyms, movie theaters and casinos. Keep up with our Coronavirus Watch:

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Updated Monday, March 16, 4:05 p.m. Quote of the Day: "To unleash the full power of the federal government, I’m officially declaring a national emerge...

Advice, information and insight from a Manhattan-based epidemiologist:http://ow.ly/SBEQ50yJsdR
03/11/2020
Confronting the Coronavirus

Advice, information and insight from a Manhattan-based epidemiologist:

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Dr. Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, has spent his career confronting outbreaks...

The way we live now, Manhattan edition: School closings, sanitizer shortages, empty shelves, Wall Street shocks and an e...
03/10/2020
Life During Coronavirus Time

The way we live now, Manhattan edition: School closings, sanitizer shortages, empty shelves, Wall Street shocks and an ever-longer list of cases

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In the narrow aisles of Joseph’s Pharmacy on the Upper West Side, customers scoured the shelves for anything they could find to kill the coronavirus. ...

"Nobody wanted to sit anywhere near me on the bus."As #coronavirus numbers rise, cautionary reading about the xenophobia...
03/09/2020
Promote Tolerance in a Time of Xenophobia

"Nobody wanted to sit anywhere near me on the bus."
As #coronavirus numbers rise, cautionary reading about the xenophobia directed at Chinese and other Asian students.

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A Chinese college student in one of my classes this semester appeared to be fighting back tears as she recounted an episode from life on campus. It se...

Gov. Cuomo declares state of emergency as number of cases rises to 76 statewide. Plus: one new Manhattan case on the UWS...
03/07/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Gov. Cuomo declares state of emergency as number of cases rises to 76 statewide. Plus: one new Manhattan case on the UWS. Check in with our Coronavirus Watch for updates:

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Updated Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m. The COVID-19 toll: Worldwide: More than 100,000 cases, more than 3,400 deaths U.S.: More than 300 cases, mostly on t...

"Landscapes," says artist April Gornik, "are natural metaphors." @MGregoryWriter beautifully evokes the show at the Mile...
02/28/2020
Poetic Landscapes

"Landscapes," says artist April Gornik, "are natural metaphors." @MGregoryWriter beautifully evokes the show at the Miles McEnery Gallery in Chelsea.

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Landscape has been a favorite subject of art for as long as there has been art. Little is more relatable to human beings than the world around us. Yet...

What is it about these days that has so many New Yorkers thinking about those days?http://ow.ly/chZT50yxGGg
02/27/2020
Haunted by the '70s

What is it about these days that has so many New Yorkers thinking about those days?

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Perhaps it’s nostalgia through a darkened lens, like Brits remembering the Blitz. That was a bad time, but we made it through, together. Or maybe it’s...

Which Democratic presidential candidates are raising the most money in Manhattan? See who people in your neighborhood ar...
02/25/2020
The Manhattan Money Game

Which Democratic presidential candidates are raising the most money in Manhattan? See who people in your neighborhood are backing.

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In the 2020 Democratic primary race, Manhattan residents are putting their money on the moderate mayor of a city one-sixteenth the population of their...

Recent additions to the collection of the Museum of the City of New York tell the story of Gotham and its diverse inhabi...
02/20/2020
The Many Lives of a City

Recent additions to the collection of the Museum of the City of New York tell the story of Gotham and its diverse inhabitants

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Peter Stuyvesant’s map of his farm property. Milton Glaser’s “I [Heart] New York More Than Ever” poster following 9/11. A coffee dispenser from Horn &...

Recreational hockey players and others raise objections to Central Park Conservancy's renovation of the aging facilityht...
02/19/2020
Petition Pushback on Lasker Pool and Rink Plan

Recreational hockey players and others raise objections to Central Park Conservancy's renovation of the aging facility

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The Central Park Conservancy has a plan to replace the pool and ice rinks at the northeast corner of Central Park, but thousands of New Yorkers are no...

02/18/2020

“This is not just a victory for the Upper West Side," said Michelle Goldstein of the Municipal Art Society of New York after judge ordered floors to be lopped off 200 Amsterdam project. "This is a victory for neighborhoods all across New York City."

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Author Erin Khar talks about her battle with heroin and opioid addiction -- and why she wrote a memoir.http://ow.ly/rDdQ...
02/17/2020
Resilience and Hope

Author Erin Khar talks about her battle with heroin and opioid addiction -- and why she wrote a memoir.
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Erin Khar is known for writing on addiction, recovery, mental health, relationships, parenting, infertility and self-care. Her first book, "Strung Out...

Such a relief to UWS residents: http://ow.ly/Hort50ylPB9
02/13/2020
Here Comes The Strand

Such a relief to UWS residents:

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The Strand Book Store, an iconic institution in Greenwich Village for nearly a century, opens a new chapter next month when it expands to the Upper We...

West Side controversy: a beloved museum’s proposal for a redesign of its future home on Central Park West has disappoint...
02/11/2020
Raise High the Roof Beam, CMOM

West Side controversy: a beloved museum’s proposal for a redesign of its future home on Central Park West has disappointed a community that avidly embraced the move

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Upper West Siders rolled out the welcome mat in early 2018 when it was revealed that the Children’s Museum of Manhattan had found a spectacular new ho...

“Being able to run the 20th precinct was a dream come true," said Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin, who is retiring from t...
02/03/2020
Malin Leaving 20th Precinct

“Being able to run the 20th precinct was a dream come true," said Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin, who is retiring from the 20th precinct and taking a job outside of the NYPD.

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After two years as the commander of the NYPD’s 20th precinct, Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin is retiring from his Upper West Side post. A 20-year vete...

The owner announces that the iconic Columbus Ave. bookstore will not reopen
01/30/2020
The Bell Tolls for Book Culture

The owner announces that the iconic Columbus Ave. bookstore will not reopen

After having a city marshal’s lock placed on the door of its 450 Columbus Ave. location two weeks ago, Book Culture announced on Jan. 21 that the popu...

"The uninmaginable did happen." Don't miss our Most Viewed story of the day - Douglas Feiden's moving interview with Ele...
01/28/2020
Comprehending the Incomprehensible

"The uninmaginable did happen." Don't miss our Most Viewed story of the day - Douglas Feiden's moving interview with Eleanor Reissa, host of a new podcast about the Holocaust:
http://ow.ly/1yI650y7m75

She’s been dubbed the “Jewish Beyonce” and the “Reigning Queen of the Yiddish Cabaret.” She’s a singer, actress, playwright, choreographer, librettist...

Merchants denounce a city plan to install bus shelters on the super-luxe shopping strip, saying they’ll obstruct storefr...
01/23/2020
The Barricading of Madison Avenue

Merchants denounce a city plan to install bus shelters on the super-luxe shopping strip, saying they’ll obstruct storefronts, drive away patrons and ruin businesses.

http://ow.ly/pV3m50y1iqM

A new threat is facing the crown jewel of American retailing. But it’s not from Amazon. Nor the explosion of cyber-spending. And it can’t readily be b...

Despite bitter weather, rallygoers pack a punch at fourth annual Women’s March in New York Cityhttp://ow.ly/jRxw50y1i0v
01/22/2020
Rise and Roar

Despite bitter weather, rallygoers pack a punch at fourth annual Women’s March in New York City

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After three years, they’re still marching. Hundreds of protesters gathered for the fourth annual Women’s March in New York City Saturday morning, brav...

Before lion and dragon dances fill the streets of Chinatown on February 8 and 9, check out some of the city's extraordin...
01/17/2020
Celebrate the Year of the Rat

Before lion and dragon dances fill the streets of Chinatown on February 8 and 9, check out some of the city's extraordinary and unexpected offerings.

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Lunar New Year celebrations fill the city with vibrant colors, flavors, and lots of sounds. January 25 rings in the Year of the Rat. According to the ...

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own when Sky Blue FC moves to Red ...
01/16/2020
Welcome Home, Sky Blue FC

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own when Sky Blue FC moves to Red Bull Arena for their 2020 season.

http://ow.ly/rFhO50xWxkx

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own. After years of playing at Rutgers University, Sky Blue FC, ...

"The future of Manhattan is on the line in 2021," said Levine in announcing his bid to become the next borough president...
01/15/2020
Levine Launches Run for Borough President

"The future of Manhattan is on the line in 2021," said Levine in announcing his bid to become the next borough president.

http://ow.ly/5obH50xWvrU

Council Member Mark Levine announced his candidacy to become the next Manhattan borough president last week, touting a record of fighting for affordab...

The American Folk Art Museum weighs in on the great Subway Seat debate with a take on a painting by Ralph Fasanella: htt...
01/14/2020
The Art of Subway Seats

The American Folk Art Museum weighs in on the great Subway Seat debate with a take on a painting by Ralph Fasanella:

http://ow.ly/iilF50xVu49

It was the tweet that went viral to kick off 2020: "All my New Yorkers, which is the best seat?" posted Gabe (@gabefromthebx) on New Year's Eve. New Y...

Police and elected officials worry that the new bail reform law could lead to more crime. Even Gov. Cuomo says the refor...
01/08/2020
Blowback to Bail Reform

Police and elected officials worry that the new bail reform law could lead to more crime. Even Gov. Cuomo says the reform may need to be reformed -- "changes that have to be made."

http://ow.ly/zT3p50xQtk4

The new year has ushered in the end of cash bail for many nonviolent defendants in New York, which advocates say will also end the practice of jailing...

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The once-beautiful, now-blighted Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, both a NY State and NY City landmark, is in urgent need of repair. Those of us who have enjoyed proximity to this unique feature of Riverside Park must now press the responsible authorities to prioritize its restoration, as noticeable deterioration increases with each passing season. This distinctive, irreplaceable monument, which should be an asset, is now becoming a liability as its high-profile, derelict presence serves to lower surrounding property values. This reality, although unfortunate, may come to serve a positive purpose if it motivates people to act.
The once-beautiful, now-blighted Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, both a NY State and NY City landmark, is in urgent need of repair. Those of us who have enjoyed proximity to this unique feature of Riverside Park must now press the responsible authorities to prioritize its restoration, as noticeable deterioration increases with each passing season. This distinctive, irreplaceable feature of our neighborhood, which should be an asset, is now becoming a liability as its high-profile, derelict presence serves to lower surrounding property values. This unfortunate reality might serve a positive purpose, though, if it motivates people to act.
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