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Weekly COVID newsletter (3/25)

Friends,

It’s Wednesday, March 25, 2020. My news is short today.

Two transportation updates:  As you may know by now, today the MTA cut service in such a way that maintains rush hour service and cuts other off peak service and lines. This is partly due to TA workers getting sick but also due to the massive ridership drop. And I mentioned yesterday that suspension of alternate side parking rules has been extended to next Tuesday March 31.

While ULURP timelines and LPC hearings have been suspended, it’s odd that the DOB has NOT paused the clock on zoning challenges, and that the BSA is continuing to hold hearings. That’s why I wrote to Mayor de Blasio requesting that he put both of those items on pause. My office– along with everyone else in Manhattan–is focused on combating COVID-19 and helping those who are most in need in the wake of this epidemic. We need to make sure those efforts are the number one priority.  View my letter to the DOB here.

New York City’s Office of Emergency Management has created this form (PDF) for hospitals, nursing homes, and EMS responders to use to request supplies. They tell me that “medical offices, assisted living facilities, independent living, home health care organizations, etc. also submitting the form and that’s ok – but just to note that supplies are limited and unless it’s one of the prioritized categories it will likely go into a queue for fulfillment once supplies are more readily available.”

While everyone continues to adapt to these turbulent COVID-19 times, the U.S. Census 2020 operations have adapted and adjusted their schedule of deadlines. The Self -Response Phase for online, phone and mail submissions has now been extended to August 14th.  Nonetheless, I call upon all Manhattan residents to complete their Census form TODAY at www.2020census.gov! Also, please, beware of scams. No one should be knocking on your door claiming to be a Census Taker or Enumerator, since now that phase will not begin until early summer. So for now, do not open the door to anyone claiming to be with the Census.

There are ways you can help keep City Harvest trucks on the road delivering essential food:  Donate (now through April 17, their board is matching every dollar donated with two dollars of their own, tripling the impact of any donation). Volunteercheck their Volunteer Portal for upcoming opportunities. Follow them on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, and share their posts tagging City Harvest and #WeAreCityHarvest.

The East Sixties Neighborhood Association has compiled this list of restaurants in their neighborhood that are still operating for takeout and delivery.

While the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is temporarily closed, it is hosting several online resources. Visit 911Memorial.org/Explore.

As of this morning, LincolnCenter.org has transformed into a new gateway to the performing arts: Lincoln Center at Home. The components are:

  • Lincoln Center Pop-up Classroom: a daily dose of creativity designed and led by some of world’s best artists and educators. Each daily digital live class will utilize simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. (Tune in weekdays at 10AM / watch anytime at Facebook.com/LincolnCenterNYC)
  • #ConcertsForKids: a new performance series reimagining the Pierre Boulez “rug concerts” for a new generation. Events will be listed at LincolnCenter.org/AtHome.
  • From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations, comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more.


Also on the arts front…  Dance for Variable Population (a multi-generational dance company and nonprofit promoting movement with a special focus on older adults, is releasing a series of videos set in public parks, “Parks for All”, and here is their latest: https://vimeo.com/400635077  This episode is called “Hands”;  teaching artists Rebecca Rebecca Hite and Theo Gilbert demonstrate ways strengthen and articulate fingers and arms.

Finally, today marks the 109th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, which occurred in a garment sweatshop near Washington Square Park, killing 146 people, including 123 women and girls. For many years I’ve attended the deeply moving annual official commemoration. This year it was moved online, and I invite everyone to view the video ceremony. Unfortunately, our email service won’t let us link to the video, but type in rememberthetrianglefire DOT org to bring up the page yourself.

That’s it for Wednesday. Please keep sending me useful links, or feel free to call me with any urgent problems or concerns: (212) 669-8191.