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

Weekly COVID newsletter (7/1)

Friends, It’s Wednesday, July 1, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 26,809 confirmed cases and 3,088 deaths; New York City as a whole has 212,412 cases and 23,104 deaths. — The Fiscal Year 2021 budget was passed by the Council last night, minutes before midnight. I served in the City Council for 12 years– and for all of that time was on the budget negotiating team;… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (6/26)

Friends, It’s Friday, June 26, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 26,533 confirmed cases and 3,054 deaths; New York City as a whole has 210,523 cases and 22,384 deaths. — Mayor de Blasio announced NYC is “on track” to enter Phase 3 on July 6, a week from Monday, and released plans for reopening dog runs and outdoor recreational areas (including basketball courts). The City… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (6/25)

Friends, It’s Thursday, June 25, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 26,533  confirmed cases and 3,054 deaths; New York City as a whole has 210,523 cases and 22,384 deaths. — I co-hosted a town hall with the New York Public Library and U.S. Census Bureau yesterday on outreach efforts and the benefits to filling out this year’s census– watch it on YouTube. In Manhattan we’ve Read more

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