I joined NYCHA and tenant leaders to accept a donation of 100,000 masks for residents

I joined NYCHA Executive Vice President Gerard Nelson and NYCHA tenant leaders Bernadette McNear and Rhonda Bennett to accept a donation of 100,000 three-ply surgical masks from SC Health, a US-owned medical supply vendor at NYCHAs Rangel Houses development, to be distributed to NYCHA residents throughout Manhattan. I applaud SC Health for its civic mindedness in making this donation. These masks will help New York stay a national… Read more

Weekly COVID Newsletter (7/23)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 23, 2020. Welcome to the weekly edition of my COVID newsletter. At press time, nonprofit news site TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 29,943 confirmed cases and 3,138 deaths; New York City as a whole has 222,444 cases and 23,428 deaths. According to the NYC Dept. of Health, reporting delays are contributing to an unnatural drop in cases; for example, yesterday (7/22) only 11 cases were… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (7/16)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 16, 2020. Welcome to the first weekly edition of my COVID newsletter. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 29,442 confirmed cases and 3,133 deaths; New York City as a whole has 219,982 cases and 23,353 deaths. Responses to our reader survey last week indicated that you all are very interested in these numbers– and also trends, analysis, etc. To that end, it’s useful… Read more

Tuesday 7/14, 6:30 pm: Virtual Town Hall on “The Future of Child Care”

Child care centers are allowed to reopen starting July 13, 2020, but like all things having to do with reopening, the rules aren’t as clear as they should be. On Tuesday (7/14) at 6:30 pm, I’ll be hosting “The Future of Childcare in NYC,” a virtual town hall with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Panelists will include:
  • Dr. Virginia Rauh, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
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Weekly COVID newsletter (7/9)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 9, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 27,266 confirmed cases and 3,110 deaths; New York City as a whole has 214,952 cases and 23,247 deaths. — With the arrival of Phase 3, this newsletter is shifting from a daily to a weekly schedule. Since the pandemic began, it’s been an honor for my communications staff and I to provide Manhattanites with useful… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (7/8)

Friends, It’s Wednesday, July 8, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 27,191 confirmed cases and 3,104 deaths; New York City as a whole has 214,570 cases and 23,224 deaths. — You may have seen the news (it’s the front page of today’s Daily News) that the federal Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) agency has changed visa rules for foreign students studying in the U.S. if their… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (7/7)

Friends, It’s Tuesday, July 7, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 27,175 confirmed cases and 3,109 deaths; New York City as a whole has 214,371 cases and 23,218 deaths. — You’ll recall that last week, young Black artists Tijay Mohammed (“BLACK”), Sophia Dawson (“LIVES”), and Patrice Payne (“MATTER”), in what may be their first public art commissions, implemented custom designs within the lettering of “Black… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (7/6)

Friends, It’s Monday, July 6, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 27,111 confirmed cases and 3,105 deaths; New York City as a whole has 214,061 cases and 23,201 deaths. — Welcome to Phase Three. Starting today, New Yorkers can once again visit shops for “personal care services” such as manicures, pedicures, massages, tattoos and piercings. (Indoor dining at restaurants, as you must have heard by now,… Read more

Free books for young people at these NYCHA locations starting July 8.

I’m delighted to join the New York Public Library’s 2020 Summer Reading program in offering age-appropriate books for young people, from toddlers through high school in English or Spanish at a total of ten different NYCHA locations over five days, this week and next. Books will come in a free tote bag and include a summer reading guide, stickers, and a reading tracker.   Here are the times and places: Wednesday, Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (7/2)

Here’s a work in progress shot of Centre St. in Foley Square, which is being painted with a unique “Black Lives Matter” mural by three up-and-coming artists of color in their first large public commissions (that I helped arrange with the folks at Black Lives Matter of Greater NY, the architectural firm WXY Studio, and the City’s DOT and DCLA). Weather permitting, we’ll be unveiling the mural tomorrow, Friday (7/3),… Read more

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