Top News in NYC & Tri-State Weekly Update June 1:
Things continue to change rapidly as areas around NYC re-open from stay-at-home rules.
NYC is schedule to re-open under Phase One rules around June 8. Social distancing rules remain in effect.
Dentists across New York State can re-open as of June 1, one of the final health care services to come off their pause. Dentists’ offices must follow state guidelines on safety and social distance.
Barbers, hair salons, nail salons and tattoo parlors remain closed in NYC.
NY State veterinarians are allowed to perform non-emergency care.
NYC has closed more than 40 miles of streets near parks to improve social distancing.
All NY State counties, with the exception of New York City, are now open under Phase One rules.
Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are suspended through Sept. 6.
Alternate side of the street parking rules are back in effect through June 7.
NY State will pay death benefits to front-line and emergency service workers who succumb to COVID-19 in the line of duty.
NY State campgrounds and R. V. parks reopen.
NY State allows religious services to resume, limited to 10 people indoors, with social distancing.
Staten Island Ferry, MetroNorth, LIRR and Amtrak are increasing service
NY State, NJ and Conn. beaches are open with social distancing rules.
NYC beaches are open to social-distancing visiting rules, but closed to swimming and group games, and there are no lifeguards.
Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester restrict beaches to local residents only. Identification is being checked at entry points to prevent use by NYC residents.
Beaches at NY State Parks including Jones Beach and Robert Moses are open to anybody.
NYC public swimming pools will not open this summer.
NYC is providing 74,000 air conditioners to the poor and elderly, to help them stay at home safely and comfortably.
NYC limits access to Central Park Sheep Meadow, Hudson River Park Piers 45 and 46 and Domino Park in Queens to ensure social-distancing rules.
Broadway and Off-Broadway shows will remain closed through Labor Day.
For the first time ever, NYC subways are closed 1am to 5am daily for disinfectant cleaning. Additional bus service is being provided, as well as alternate transportation such as dollar vans.
NY State extends eviction ban through August, helping cassh-strapped renters.Gov.
NY State orders that renters can use security deposits to pay current rent.
The New York Philharmonic has cancelled its summer schedule, including the popular FREE concerts in NYC parks.
Fleet Week NYC is is virtual this year, with events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Public schools in NYC, NY State and New Jersey are closed for the rest of the school year.
NYC summer school session will be virtual, including virtual field trips.
NYC closes 40 miles of streets to vehicles around parks to ease crowding in parks make social distancing easier.
NJ orders that no state resident’s internet or phone service be shut off for a failure to pay until 30 days after the public health emergency had ended.
IRS deadline for filing taxes has been extended from April 15 to July 15.
All NYC playgrounds are closed to prevent people from ignoring social-distancing rules.
- Dog runs in NYC parks are closed to prevent dog owners and dog walkers from ignoring social-distancing rules.
NYC has a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline for up to date information. Call (888) 364-3065.
If you are part of an at-risk population such as a senior or immuno-compromised and want testing, call (844) NYC-4NYC, or call 311 (save 911 for urgent emergencies).
Diagnostic testing sites are now open in some of the hardest-hit areas in NYC including:
- Harlem – outside Gotham Health Sydenham on 118th Street. It’s a walk-in clinic to get the traditional nose and throat tests that determine if you currently have COVID-19.
- East New York, Brooklyn – NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York. 2094 Pitkin Avenue
- Morrisania, Bronx – NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania. 1225 Gerard Avenue
- Vanderbilt, Staten Island – NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt. 165 Vanderbilt Ave
- Jamaica, Queens – NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, Jamaica. 82-68 164th Street
Those who meet the testing criteria and would like to schedule an appointment call onemedical.com and use code NYCCARE30.OR go to
Virtual Urgent Care – NYU Langone offers 24/7 access to health experts for flu-like symptoms or other minor medical concerns.
- Visit www.nyulangone.org/VUC
NYC has a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline for up to date information.
- Call (888) 364-3065.
New Jersey has a dedicated website for Covid-19 updates.
- Visit www.covid19.nj.gov.
New Yorkers in need can get FREE MEALS at more than 400 locations.
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NYC on the Cheap has been updating this information at least once a week since March 12.
NYC Streets Closed to Traffic
More than 40 miles of streets in all five boroughs are closed to traffic 8am to 8pm to facilitate social distancing outdoors.
In my neighborhood, kids are playing street hockey and soccer, adults are bringing out beach chairs and books.
What’s happening in your neighborhood? Let us know. Add a comment below.
Alternate side of the street parking tickets
- Any New Yorker under isolation who has received a ticket can appeal to the Department of Finance and provide medical documentation or testimony, which will be taken into consideration when the case is reviewed.
- For any additional questions call 311.
- Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City
Additional Cancellations, Postponements, News
This affects the concerts in the parks; the performances in China as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership; and the residency at Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado.
The Philharmonic plans to resume all three annual appearances in the summer of 2021.
- Passengers must enter by rear door to protect drivers from close contact.
NYC subways are operating on a reduced schedule.
Staten Island Ferry, NYC Ferry, LIRR, MetroNorth operating on reduced schedule
Lincoln Center extends performance cancellations into June.
- Midsummer Night Swing has been cancelled.
Non-emergency elective surgery are cancelled in NY State to save hospital resources, including personnel and dwindling medical supplies.
Gov. Cuomo orders banks to suspend mortgage payments for three months
NYCOTC has added a Coronavirus category to stay up to date
BookExpo and BookCon in May have been postponed.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have been closed by the National Park Service.
NYC has banned shared rides with strangers from app-based services.
- Only shares from people who know one another, such as spouses or groups of friends will be permitted.
NYC parks, including Central Park, are open, but public programs and tours are cancelled.
- Exception – The Highline is closed
- Access to Central Park Sheep Meadow is being monitored by NYPD to ensure social distancing
NYCOTC has added a Coronavirus hub page to keep you up to date
- This NYCOTC report is compiled from press releases and other materials received by NYCOTC, news sources including NY Times, Eater NY, Crain’s, the Real Deal (real estate news), The Verge and from the official websites of the NYC and NY State governments.
Update on Broadway shows and tickets
Broadway shows now are shuttered through Sept. 6.
Disney’s Frozen is closed permanently. It will not re-open.
According to the trade magazine Broadway News, ticket buyers had been frustrated by their inability to receive refunds for performances past April 12.
Now any patron who had tickets for performances through Labor Day will be contacted by their point of purchase with information on ticket exchanges and refunds.
Contact the theater or the company from which you purchased tickets, such as NYCOTC ticket partner Goldstar, for refunds or rebooking.
74th annual Tony Awards,
Originaly scheduled for June 7, and postponed until an undecided date.
All 92 branches in Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island to close Saturday, March 14 through the end of March, as have all public events and programs..
This means Friday the 13th was the last day you can pick up holds or borrow books until NYPL locations re-open.NYC
The Met is postponing the opening viewing and reception for its 150th anniversary exhibition, “Making The Met, 1870—2020,” which had been planned for March 23.No date has been announced for the re-opening.
The Met had closed previously for only two major events in NYC – for the days following 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, according to this full story in the NYTimes.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute annual Met Gala, scheduled for May 4, has been postponed. This year’s theme was to be “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”
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