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    Houston, Texas, is the first city in the US to identify all of the major coronavirus variants spreading in the US, according to a soon-to-be-posted pre-print.  Meanwhile, scientists in Florida identified the state's first case of the South African variant over the weekend, meaning it has all three of the imported variants.  Florida already had more cases of the UK B117 variant than any other state. Its number of UK 'super-covid' infections stood at 599 as of Monday, in addition to its first case of South Africa's B1351 variant, and five cases of the Brazilian P1 variant.  Scientists at Houston Methodist found 28 cases of variants, including positive for variants from the UK, South Africa, Brazil, New York and California, in the latest batch of  samples it performed genome sequencing for.    Their lab alone has identified more than 200 cases of these variants altogether, study co-author Dr James Musser, chair...
    By Gabriella Borter and Peter Szekely NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said on Friday he was stepping down as leader of the nation's largest school district, leaving at a time when city officials are scrambling to bring students back to classrooms safely. Carranza, who was tapped by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2018 to run the district of nearly 1.1 million school children, said he would depart on March 15 to take "time to grieve" after losing several family members and friends to COVID-19. De Blasio named Meisha Porter as Carranza's successor. Currently serving as executive superintendent in the city's Bronx borough, Porter will become the district's first Black female chancellor. "This school system deserves a chancellor who 100% is taking up the helm and leading the charge to bringing everybody back in September," Carranza said at a news briefing on Friday. New York...
    (CNN)New York City middle schools reopened for in-person classes on Thursday as a surge of coronavirus cases that had shut schools in November continued to fade.This is the second such reopening for middle schools in New York City, the nation's largest school district. Schools were first closed in March 2020 when the pandemic began, but the city moved to reopen for in-person classes in September.At the time, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that schools would close again if the 7-day positivity rate in new Covid-19 cases exceeded a 3% threshold, and in November, a surge in new cases led de Blasio to close in-class learning.The city has since abandoned that 3% threshold. The 7-day test positivity rate for NYC residents is over 7% as of Thursday, though it has been declining in recent weeks.The middle school reopenings are part of the city's plan to prioritize in-person classes for younger children....
    New COVID--19 cases in the United States were on the rise for the second day in a row while hospitalizations across the country fell - with the exception of California, which saw the number of people die double in just two months. A total of 28,335,264 people have now tested positive with the virus while some 505,803 people have died from the coronavirus in the United States.  There were 73,258 new cases of the virus in the United States on Wednesday, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. That was roughly a 4,000 increase in the number of new cases seen the day before. There were 2,447 new deaths associated with the virus on Feb. 24.  California's overall COVID-19 death toll is currently at 50,890, according Johns Hopkins University. The figure accounts for roughly a tenth of all deaths associated with the virus in the U.S.  A total...
    DONALD Trump has been touted as potential New York City mayor by a newspaper as a bookmaker offered 100-1 odds on the ex-president taking the job. Speculations on the upcoming NYC Mayoral run are suggesting former president Trump has a slight chance at filling Bill de Blasio's shoes. 4Speculations on the upcoming NYC Mayoral run are suggesting former president Trump has a chance at filling Bill de Blasio's shoesCredit: AP:Associated Press 4The Trump Organization owns Wollman Rink in Central ParkCredit: Getty Images - Getty De Blasio, the current NYC mayor who accidentally dropped a groundhog in 2014, will end his final term on December 31, 2021. Despite Trump not mentioning any plans for a mayoral run, The Las Vegas Review Journal dubbed the former president's possible goal a "long shot." According to Betfair sportsbook in the United Kingdom, Trump's odds at becoming NYC mayor is 100-1. Others with the...
    Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn put on a united front as they stepped out holding hands in New York City after they slammed the 'hatchet job' HBO documentary that re-examines a decades-old allegation that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. The Oscar-winning filmmaker, 85, was spotted with his 50-year-old wife in Manhattan on Monday. Soon-Yi clutched her husband's hand and led the way after the couple emerged from their chauffeured Mercedes. It came just hours after the couple attacked the HBO series Allen v. Farrow, which aired the first episode on Sunday night, as a 'hatchet job' that is 'riddled with falsehoods'.  Allen also claims those behind the documentary 'collaborated' with his ex Mia Farrow to produce the 'hit piece'.  Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn put on a united front on Monday as they stepped out holding hands in New York City The Oscar-winning filmmaker, 85, was spotted...
    Rep. Carolyn Maloney says the next COVID-19 relief package should be used in part to pay down New York's local debts, appearing to confirm a frequent GOP criticism of the proposal. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform chairwoman, who hails from New York, told MSNBC host Joshua Johnson that state and local relief would be a sticking point during an interview Sunday night. "[The Republicans' proposal] left out something very important to Democrats, and that's aid to city and states," she said. "In our package, we passed out of my committee $350 billion for cities and states like New York. ... We are deeply in debt in both the city and the state, and this relief package will help the localities and the city-states and tribes and territories across our nation." BIDEN WAGERS HE'LL GET 'SOME' REPUBLICAN SUPPORT ON CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE Maloney added that any GOP package that...
    New York : Recurring transportation access problems Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy Quemuel Arroyo, a New Yorker of Dominican origin, has been appointed as the first director of accessibility for all agencies of the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Your position will allow meet the needs of travelers with disabilities on buses and the 472 stations of the NYC Metro, the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Metro-North. It is estimated that more than 1 million New Yorkers and more than 10 million visitors need some accessibility help on public transportation. “Quemuel is immensely talented and will provide an invaluable strategic guide and leadership in a variety of efforts related to accessibility, ”MTA President and CEO Patrick Foye, to whom Arroyo will report directly, said earlier this month. Stream had a similar role for six years in the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) as lead...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging Big Apple residents to wear two masks instead of one to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as new variants of the coronavirus circulating in the United States are reportedly more contagious than the original. De Blasio’s Health Department has adopted the policy of recommending double-masking just days after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance. ‘We know that even as the vaccine is here, the need to keep wearing a mask is paramount, it’s crucial,’ the mayor said. ‘It’s amazing of how all the things that we’ve learned in this crisis, maybe the most profound is the power of a mask.’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's top health officials are recommending that residents of the Big Apple don two masks instead of one to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 Wearing a thicker fabric...
    New York City could see up to 10 inches of snow on Thursday as well as some sleet and freezing rain on Friday in what is the latest blast of winter weather to hit the Big Apple.  The snowfall is likely to begin at around sunrise on Thursday morning, with the heaviest precipitation beginning at around noon.  New York is still recovering from the massive blizzard that dumped some two feet of snow in some parts of the tri-state metropolitan area earlier this month.  The Northeast United States has largely been spared the deadly winter weather currently battering a large chunk of the center of the country, but a storm packing snow, sleet, and ice will make its way eastward over the next 36 hours. A worker distributes salt in preparation for a snow storm at Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday The city is under...
    People ride a tandem bike with face masks along the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, May 4, 2020.Shannon Stapleton | Reuters New York is forging ahead with reopening more businesses amid a post-holiday decline in Covid-19 cases, but the state's keeping "one eye" on troublesome variants of the virus that could reverse its progress. Indoor family entertainment centers, like arcades, trampoline parks or laser tag facilities, will be allowed to reopen starting March 26 at 25% capacity with additional precautions, like social distancing, mask wearing and frequent cleaning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. Outdoor amusement parks can reopen on April 9 at 33% capacity with similar requirements, and parents can plan for overnight summer camps to return at some point in June, the Democratic governor said on a call with reporters. Cuomo has gradually started to lift more restrictions on businesses...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A new vaccination site opens Wednesday at Teachers Preparatory High School in Brownsville, Brooklyn.It is for residents of the immediate neighborhood, and here's why.On Tuesday the city released data showing wealthier, predominately white neighborhoods with vaccine rates above 20 percent.By contrast, in lower income, black neighborhoods like East New York, Jamaica and Bedford-Stuyvesant, just 3 percent of the population has gotten the first dose.RELATED | Vaccine map: See how many vaccines distributed in each NYC ZIP codeEMBED More News Videos Jim Dolan reports Mount Sinai Hospital announced Tuesday night that they were canceling some appointments to give out first doses of the vaccine because they were suddenly getting fewer doses from the city than promised. Those neighborhoods with low vaccination rates also tend to have higher rates of infection.Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is opening more vaccination sites in these neighborhoods to try...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City subway system will soon expand its hours of operation. Overnight closures that began during the pandemic will be cut in half starting next week. RELATED: New York City Subway Service Hours Expanding; Shutdown For Cleaning Will Soon Be 2 a.m. - 4 a.m. “Allow us to continue our enhanced disinfecting regime, which has led the subways to be the cleanest they’ve ever been,” MTA Chairmain Pat Foye announced. Starting Monday, the shutdown will be from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. A recent study found the new times mean almost 7,500 people will be able to ride again. “They should add more service. Hopefully, we go back to normal. Hopefully, one day,” Upper Manhattan resident Harrington Diaz said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says with COVID hospitalizations and infection rates decreasing and restrictions on the entertainment and restaurants industries slowly easing, “we must ensure that...
    The United States has recorded fewer than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases over a seven-day average for the first time since November 2, it has emerged, as New York City restaurants opened their doors to indoor diners once more, and Montana lifted its mask mandate. The new data from the Covid Tracking Project will hearten experts, and comes as 3.2 million vaccinations were given in just two days. On Wednesday, 1.56 million vaccinations were administered, according to Our World In Data. On Thursday the number was 1.6 million.  The U.S. first breached the weekly average of one million doses a day on January 23. To get the country to herd immunity by the summer, the U.S. needs to hit an average of two to three million doses a day, scientists believe. Yet experts are hopeful that the pandemic is moving in the right direction. New York City on Friday resumed...
    With 45,639 deaths since the pandemic began, California, the most populous state in the United States, has ousted New York as the state of the country with the most deaths for COVID-19, according to this Thursday’s count from Johns Hopkins University. The state of New York – the fourth largest population behind Texas and Florida, in addition to California – had that tragic title since March of last year, when the coronavirus was especially primed with the Big Apple. The first wave of the pandemic was relatively mild in California, especially when compared to what happened on the east coast of the United States, but since late last year the situation in the west has worsened significantly and the cases have multiplied. In terms of infections, California is also the worst hit state in the country with 3,454,751, more than double that of New York. The worst situation,...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York State is reporting the lowest positivity rate since late November as restaurants prepare to reopen indoor dining at 25% capacity in NYC on Friday.On Thursday, there was a very public feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over who makes the COVID rules.By all accounts outdoor dining in the dead of a cold, snowy winter has been a dismal failure for most restaurants in the city."The most helpful thing to do is bring back indoor dining in a safe way," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.Adams joined other elected officials in demanding a reprieve that restaurants be allowed to re-open at 50% of capacity-and that the mandatory closing time be extended from 10 p.m. to midnight."If we don't act quickly, we're gonna lose our neighborhood restaurants," said Randy Peers, President, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. "And New York City is going...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- After criticism about the number of vaccine doses available at Citi Field, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced two more mega vaccination sites for New York City.York College in Jamaica, Queens and Medger Evers College in Brooklyn will both vaccinate some 3,000 people a day starting on February 24."This is going to make a dramatic impact because the numbers are so big, these mass vaccinations sites. 3,000 per day, you are talking about 15,000 per week. That dwarfs everything. The Javits Center, now our big mass vaccination site, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, they are like 1,000 a day. 3,000 a day is tremendous numbers," Cuomo said.Additionally, the state says it is adding eleven new pop-up vaccine clinics located in Queens, Manhattan, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.Those individual sites are handling their own appointments.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was on hand Wednesday morning as...
    Former Rep. Anthony Brindisi, one of two New York Democrats who were ousted by Republicans in 2020. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Start spreading the news: Daily Kos Elections has released the 2020 presidential results for each of New York's 27 House districts! You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Before we start, please note that there are a few issues with New York's vote tallies, including the results in the 22nd Congressional District, which were the subject of an extended legal dispute. These issues are small enough that they won't impact the presidential toplines for any...
    A Bronx woman was shoved onto the subway tracks by a stranger on Tuesday morning in a terrifying attack, amid a frightening surge of violence on New York City's public transport system. Five people have been slashed with blades in just the past week, and two - including Rosa Galeas, 54, were attacked while traveling. Galeas, who works as a house cleaner, was on her way to work and had just got off the subway shortly before 8am when she was accosted, she told The New York Post. A woman wearing bright yellow pants and a short jacket unexpectedly came up behind her, and pushed her once. Rosa Galeas told Tuesday of her horror at being pushed onto the subway tracks that morning NYPD have released images of the woman, in yellow pants, who pushed Galeas in the Bronx Galeas kept her balance, but then the woman shoved...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday morning that indoor dining in New York City will resume on Friday. It had originally been given the green light for Valentine’s Day as COVID infection rate numbers went down. RELATED: New York City Middle Schools To Resume In-Person Instruction This Month Restaurants will be allowed to operate indoors at 25% capacity. RELATED: Yale Graduate Student Kevin Jiang Shot To Death In New Haven The governor says the earlier start was in response to restaurants who asked for a few days to prepare for the holiday. MORE: Super Bowl Commercials: Winners And Losers From The Big Game  
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As New York expands the number of people who are eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine, some people say they’re being turned away. Rafael Ramon Cruz is a 68-year-old parent coordinator with New York City’s Department of Education, eligible for COVID vaccination. He says he got an official invite to get shot one at Castle Hill Houses, a short distance from his Bronx home. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here He says along with dozens of others, he was turned away. “We showed our appointment, some got a phone call, and they said they weren’t taking anybody unless you lived in...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City elementary students are back in the classroom today, and as the city continues to dig out from the marathon nor'easter, the children will have to get through some snowy barriers to get there.Video posted on the Citizen app Tuesday afternoon showed a New York City sanitation truck backing up in coastal flooding waters that went as high as the doors.This was at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 84th Street in Rockaway.Sanitation Department crews will be again out today after working to plow every street yesterday, while also cleaning bike lanes and crosswalks.RELATED: How much snow has fallen in New York City, New York, New Jersey and ConnecticutEMBED More News Videos Snow totals: Jeff Smith runs down some of the top snow totals around the Tri-State. There is still plenty of work to be done."They did do the handicapped spots, but that's it,"...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reversed his position on allowing restaurant workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine, adding them to the current eligibility phase at the discretion of local heath departments in the state. Cuomo said on Tuesday that restaurant workers, taxi drivers and people in developmentally disabled facilities could join Phase 1B of vaccination, if local governments allow it. It came just a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a desperate plea to the governor, begging him to allow restaurant workers to join the ranks of eligibility as the city's restaurants prepare to reopen dining at 25 percent capacity on February 14. Phase 1B, which is currently eligible for vaccination, already includes first responders, teachers, grocery store workers, and anyone over the age of 65, and Cuomo said that with the vaccine supply expected to expand 20 percent in the next month, cities could...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- More snow is expected to fall Tuesday across the Tri-State area after New York City experienced its snowiest day in five years while parts of New Jersey topped 2 feet.More than a foot of snow fell in Central Park Monday, in a snow storm that made the top 20 for New York City and one of the biggest ever for parts of northern New Jersey. Here are the latest totals. Thank you for sending us your reports! https://t.co/Wc5xCFuPzC pic.twitter.com/750HTLmLsd— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 2, 2021The relentless storm piled on 3 inches of snow an hour at times while wicked wind gusts caused blowing snow that limited visibility and drifts that buried parked cars to their windows.RELATED: Snowfall totals around New York and the Tri-State areaThe same areas that were hit hard earlier Monday will tack on even more snow -- including areas of Northern...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City experienced its snowiest day in 5 years on Monday as more than a foot of snow fell in Central Park, while parts of New Jersey topped 2 feet. As of the 18Z observation (1PM), NYC at Central Park has reported a storm total snowfall of 13.3" (8" in the last 6 hours) and it is still snowing. #NYwx #CTwx #NJwx— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 1, 2021The relentless storm piled on 3-inches of snow an hour at times while wicked wind gusts caused blowing snow that limited visibility and drifts that buried parked cars to their windows.RELATED: Snowfall totals around New York and the Tri-State areaMonday night will stay windy and snow will be heavy at times.Snow tapers off Tuesday but blowing and drifting will continue as winds stay gusty. The event could well last 48 hours, making it a rare snowstorm...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City experienced its snowiest day in 5 years on Monday as more than a foot of snow fell in Central Park, while parts of New Jersey topped 2 feet. As of the 18Z observation (1PM), NYC at Central Park has reported a storm total snowfall of 13.3" (8" in the last 6 hours) and it is still snowing. #NYwx #CTwx #NJwx— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 1, 2021The relentless storm piled on 3-inches of snow an hour at times while wicked wind gusts caused blowing snow that limited visibility and drifts that buried parked cars to their windows.RELATED: Snowfall totals around New York and the Tri-State areaMonday night will stay windy and snow will be heavy at times.Snow tapers off Tuesday but blowing and drifting will continue as winds stay gusty. The event could well last 48 hours, making it a rare snowstorm...
    (Credit: CBS2) The snow intensifies today with rates of 1-2+”/hour where the heaviest bands set up. The snow will let up later in the evening into tomorrow, but additional snowfall is expected. The greatest snowfall is still expected N&W of the city with up to 2 feet; 12-18″ is expected in the city; and generally a foot or less S&E of the city. (Credit: CBS2) Winds will peak this afternoon with gusts of about 40 mph in the city and 50+ mph along the coast. That said, blizzard-like conditions are expected at times, however no official blizzard warnings have been issued. (Credit: CBS2) Coastal flooding will be an issue today with minor to locally moderate flooding expected during high tides (AM/early PM); moderate to potentially major flooding is expected with tonight’s high tides.
    New billboards installed in Los Angeles and Miami are urging New Yorkers who fled the city during the coronavirus pandemic never to return.  The adverts read: 'New York is dead. Don't come back' and were taken out by a Williamsburg-based art collective, The Locker Room.  The messages are targeted towards the estimated 3,570,000 people who fled the Big Apple between January 1 last year and December 7, according to data from Unacast, leaving a reported income loss of $34billion. They joined the exodus of millions of Americans from expensive and populous cities like New York and San Francisco, for places like Miami, in Florida, Austin, in Texas, and Boulder, in Colorado.   Including one father-of-seven sales executive, Brett Alder, who moved his family from San Diego to Austin in 2015 before moving back to California during the pandemic and was panned in January for his scathing op-ed complaining about the rude...
    A Bronx businesswoman who regularly appeared on Real Housewives of New York City has entered the Big Apple's packed mayoral race. Barbara Kavovit, 55, announced that she entered the mayoral race because New York City 'is in a state of crisis.' 'I'm not a politician. I'm a Bronx-born New Yorker who isn't fearful of the hard work and tough decisions that lay ahead,' Kavovit said in a statement.  'I'm running for Mayor because I want to be a catalyst of change and execute my vision for what the greatest city in the world should look like.' She will face off against several other hopefuls in June's Democratic primary.  Candidates include former presidential candidate and businessman Andrew Yang, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City's former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, ex-United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Brooklyn City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, city Comptroller...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio renewed their commitment to keeping indoor dining in the boroughs shuttered due to a continued surge in coronavirus cases. "The indoor dining in New York City is a New York City-specific condition," Cuomo said during a Monday press conference. "[We are] not at this point contemplating any changes." Similarly, de Blasio told New York City residents, who are relegated primarily to dining outdoors in the cold, to "bundle up" and "stay warm out there." The Democratic mayor added during a Tuesday media briefing that "indoor dining [will] reopen when it's safe." The guidance from the two leaders comes after Cuomo said he sought to ease some of the state's restrictions on Monday following California Gov. Gavin Newsom's lifting of his state's stay-at-home order, which has been in place since November. Last week, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker also relinquished...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A new COVID-19 hotline is supposed to help New Jersey residents make vacation appointments. But on day one, it’s already overwhelmed. “Our toll free vaccination hotline went live to assist residents,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. Call 855-568-0545 and you’re supposed to be able to sign up for vaccine, or ask questions like where is the nearest location get a dose. But it was swamped with 17,000 calls in the first hour, and many people CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to couldn’t get through all day Monday. “I have 4 seniors that I’m trying to help get vaccines for,” said Maurice Leo. “The New Jersey lines basically sends you to the website – isn’t the point of the lines for people who aren’t going on the website?” COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 1-877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City could vaccinate half a million people a week, if only it had the supply. As officials across the area scramble to secure more doses, some people remain skeptical. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here Connecticut book online here According to a new poll by the Association for a Better New York, 57% of New Yorkers say they will take the vaccine as soon as it is available to them, while 42% are hesitant. MORE: Gov. Cuomo Urges New Yorkers To Get COVID Vaccine: ‘We’ll Make It Accessible, But We Need You To Accept It’ The poll also found 69% of people say...
    Michael M. Santiago / Staff / Getty Images Andrew Yang announced that he would bring TikTok "hype houses" to New York City if elected mayor. The policy position can be found on Yang's website under the "Culture, Society, and Nightlife" section. The policy position sparked jokes and criticism on Twitter after it was shared by journalist Taylor Lorenz. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Andrew Yang, a former candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary election for president, announced he would be running for mayor of New York City last week. The announcement drew criticism from some who focused in on the fact that Yang wasn't actually residing in New York City during the pandemic. Others have focused in on an interesting policy proposal from his campaign pertaining to TikTok collab houses. After Yang's initial announcement, New York Times journalist Taylor Lorenz tweeted a passage from the policy section...
    Inauguration security: 25,000 National Guard members in a fortified D.C. Michelle Obama Celebrates Inauguration Day with Throwback Pic: Im Feeling Genuinely Hopeful Texas and Florida could become the next business hubs as employers look to flee San Francisco and New York City © Provided by Business Insider Stephen Rosen and his wife Christina wear face masks while walk their dog Loulou atop Bernal Heights Hill during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu A quarter of chief executives are considering moving their business operations to a cheaper location, a new poll said. States like Texas and Florida have become viable business hubs, as employers seek to flee cities with high costs of living. Work-from-home options are most attractive to larger companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One in four business owners are considering moving their operations to a cheaper...
    Dozens of arrests were made Tuesday night in New York City after protesters violently attacked police officers, leaving eleven officers injured, according to NBC New York. Hundreds of protesters gathered to march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to NBC New York. Things reportedly started off peaceful, but then became violent, as one uniformed captain was said to have been hit in the head with a glass bottle. Police sources told The New York Post that a protester, who got arrested, swung a stick at a police officer. NYPD reportedly arrested around 28 people. The arrests began taking place after protesters were told to disperse and go home, which is when things turned violent, the outlet reported. None of the officers injured were left in serious condition. WATCH: NYPD attacking protesters at City Hall Park pic.twitter.com/BHtH76kyde — Isabelle Leyva (@isabelle_leyva) January 19, 2021 Officers were reportedly being...
    PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become a day of service for many people, and it’s taking on new meaning during the pandemic. The holiday challenges people to find ways to improve their communities, and this year many are finding that opportunity at their local food pantries, where the pandemic has caused unprecedented need. At Father English Food Pantry in Paterson, New Jersey, director Carlos Roldan is always desperate for help. The need in his community is just so high. “This past Saturday, we had a food truck from the community food bank with 19 palettes of food, and I was here by myself. I didn’t have volunteers,” he told CBS2’s Christina Fan. He was overcome with emotion this MLK Day to see so many student volunteers from Montclair State University. Valerie Chica and Stephanie Pena said they wanted to give back on the day of...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday marked the first day of increased police presence in New York City ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden later this week. CBS2’s Cory James found out what law enforcement and businesses are doing to get ready for potential problems. MORE: CBS News: Small Protests Held At Heavily Guarded State Capitols As Inauguration Week Begins Emergency lights flashed on top of patrol cars outside City Hall on Sunday night. “It’s kind of sad that it has to come to this,” one person said. PHOTOS: FBI Searching For Suspects Who Stormed U.S. Capitol Building Extra officers were also staged at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. An NYPD senior official said, in part, “From now through the inauguration we will have a robust presence at Trump-affiliated locations.” CRISIS IN THE CAPITOL Slain Capitol Police Officer Identified As New Jersey Native Local Members Of Congress Recount ‘Disturbing’ Scene...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The urgency for vaccinations is greater than ever as the CDC warns the highly contagious U.K. variant of COVID could dominate the U.S. by spring. Meanwhile, New York City is opening more vaccination sites, including one in Harlem on Sunday, but it’s still a challenge for many to actually get the shot, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported. The Brooklyn Army Terminal mega vaccination site was locked up tight Saturday. It was supposed to be open 24/7. Imagine the surprise of public school teacher Kaitlyn Palombo when she arrived. “I had an appointment today,” Palombo said. “Unfortunately, this site is closed today so everyone was rescheduled,” she was told by an official there. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The push to try to get more people vaccinated in New York continues.Three new locations open up Saturday in New York City at NYCHA buildings to try to get the shots to people hit the hardest by the coronavirus.Clinics are set to open at the Van Dyke I & II Houses in Brooklyn, Cassidy Lafayette Houses in Staten Island and Polo Grounds Towers in Manhattan.However, that's just one problem facing the state.The state will only receive 250,000 doses of the vaccine, down from 300,000 in past weeks, and that's with more people becoming eligible.The Brooklyn Army Terminal, one of the city's 24-hour vaccination sites, opened Sunday but closed Friday due to a shortage. It is, however, reopening Saturday morning."BAT has temporarily run out of doses," the city said in a statement. "We stand ready with the infrastructure to vaccinate the people of our city, but...
    Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang launched his bid for mayor of New York City this week, but is off to a rough start after being roasted on social media over a newly released video. "New York City relies upon its 14,000 bodegas so much. I love bodegas. We gotta make sure that they continue to stay open and do their thing," Yang said as he bought a bunch of bananas and a green tea.  "New York City, support your local bodegas. Can you imagine a New York City without bodegas? I can't imagine it. Let's not have to." ANDREW YANG ANNOUNCES NEW YORK CITY MAYORAL BID But New Yorkers pounced, saying the store where Yang shot the video was more akin to a deli or grocery store.  There is no clear definition of what a bodega is, but one person comically said on Twitter that "if you can spread both of your...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While indoor dining reopens elsewhere in New York state, New York City restaurants are still only allowed to do take-out, delivery and outdoor dining under orders from the state. It’s causing a lot of frustration for restaurant owners in the city. “I’m going to have chicken tenders and waffle fries today,” Port Chester resident Paulina Arellano said. That order is coming to a table inside Port Chester Coach Diner, which only hours before was an orange zone designated area of Westchester County. Now, it’s the more lenient yellow zone. “It’s exciting to see that they’re finally able to open up again,” Arellano said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange,...
    ANDREW Yang has launched his bid to become mayor of New York City with a pledge to provide a $2000 basic income for the poor. The former Presidential candidate is hoping to succeed current mayor Bill de Blasio, who is barred by the city charter from seeking a third term. 1Andrew Yang announcing his bid to be mayor of New YorkCredit: Getty Images - Getty Yang built an ardent grassroots following in the Democratic primaries last year with a pledge to create a universal basic income that would pay every American $1,000 a month. The 46-year-old tech entrepreneur is reviving the idea with a modified version of his national universal basic income proposal for New York. That would provide roughly 500,000 New Yorkers “who are living in extreme poverty with an average of $2,000 per year”. Regardless of immigration status or if they’ve done jail time, all New Yorkers would be...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Vaccine supply is stretching thin across several hospitals in New York City, causing some to cancel or stop scheduling new appointments.Mount Sinai Hospital said it canceled public vaccination appointments from Friday, January 15, through Tuesday, January 19, due to supply shortages.A spokesperson with Mount Sinai said the hospital will inform patients when more supplies become available and reopen vaccination appointments for eligible patients.For those who have appointments scheduled after Tuesday, Mount Sinai said it will provide updates as it knows more.NYU Langone is no longer scheduling new appointments due to their supply constraints.Supply is "running very low" and though they are not canceling appointments, they will not return to booking new appointments until they can guarantee they have the shots in hand, an NYUL spokesperson told ABC.ALSO READ | Lenox Hill Hospital workers get goodie bags of appreciationThey emphasize they have the capacity to administer...
    The Real Housewives Of New York City has gone into another shutdown after a member of the principal cast tested positive for COVID-19. The affected housewife hasn't been publicly named yet, but they only have mild symptoms at the moment, Page Six reported on Thursday. In October, DailyMail.com revealed exclusively that the production was slowed down after a cast member contracted the novel coronavirus.  Shutdown again: Production on The Real Housewives Of New York City was shut down again for two weeks after one of the cast members tested positive for COVID-19, Page Six reported Thursday The news of the positive test has reportedly left other members of the cast and crew seeing red.  The production was set to end its drawn-out season with a dramatic trip from the city to upstate New York, but the trip has now been postponed until everyone is feeling better and free of the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Vaccine supply is stretching thin across several hospitals in New York City, causing some to cancel or stop scheduling new appointments.Mount Sinai Hospital said it canceled public vaccination appointments from Friday, January 15, through Tuesday, January 19, due to supply shortages.A spokesperson with Mount Sinai said the hospital will inform patients when more supplies become available and reopen vaccination appointments for eligible patients.For those who have appointments scheduled after Tuesday, Mount Sinai said it will provide updates as it knows more.NYU Langone is no longer scheduling new appointments due to their supply constraints.Supply is "running very low" and though they are not canceling appointments, they will not return to booking new appointments until they can guarantee they have the shots in hand, an NYUL spokesperson told ABC.ALSO READ | Lenox Hill Hospital workers get goodie bags of appreciationThey emphasize they have the capacity to administer...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The State of New York opens its third mass vaccination site Thursday at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island.Also starting today in New York City, vaccines will be available at the Fort Washington Avenue Armory in Washington Heights.The shots will be available for anyone 65 and older with an appointment.RELATED: Where can you get a COVID-19 vaccine? Tracking availability and progressEMBED More News Videos Lauren Glassberg has the latest on the vaccination sites in NYC and who is next in line for the shot. Both openings come as New York sees more cases of the more contagious COVID-19 variant that was reported first in the United Kingdom.There are now at least 15 confirmed cases statewide, located in two separate clusters.The most recent cluster was identified Wednesday with two cases each in Suffolk and Nassau counties. A fifth case in Queens has also been linked.MORE...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned that New York City is on track to run out of COVID-19 vaccines next week, as he begged the federal government to send more doses and announced the Big Apple is on target to reach its goal of one million shots in arms by the end of the month.  Speaking at his daily press briefing, de Blasio said Wednesday he has 'no patience' for the federal government and the vaccine manufacturers for the slow rollout of shots and demanded the Trump administration releases the second doses currently being held back from states.  The mayor revealed that the New York Yankees has followed the Mets in agreeing to work with the city to turn its stadium into a 24/7 mass vaccination site, while new round the clock sites are springing up across the five boroughs.  Another 28,599 doses were administered to New Yorkers Tuesday, taking...
    Two New York City residents have contracted the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the UK. This makes the two cases, announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday, among the 12 infections recently confirmed across the state.  The two people live in Manhattan and Queens, respectively, and one of them had recently traveled to the UK. With cases of the new variant spreading, now infecting least 83 people in 11 states, de Blasio called once again for a complete travel ban from the UK. Two New York City residents have been infected with the new coronavirus variant first identified in the UK, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday (pictured) At least 83 people across 11 states have contracted the new strain, which is up to 70% more transmissible De Blasio said the two patients are currently in isolation and have been in contact with the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- After a rollout that some officials admit was slow, the push is on to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 in New York -- and vaccinated quickly.People have started snapping up appointments at the vaccination sites that have opened over the past couple days, and on Wednesday, two more sites are being added to the mix: one in Westchester County and the other at the Javits Center in New York City.The Javits, which functioned as a massive field hospital last spring when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, will now serve as a huge vaccine distribution center.It opened at 8 a.m. Wednesday, along with a new site at Westchester County Center in White Plains.Check if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccineYou'll need an appointment at both, and making one could be tough as the sites are already booked for weeks.Mayor...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- After a rollout that some officials admit was slow, the push is on to get more people vaccinated in New York - and vaccinated quickly.People have started snapping up appointments at the vaccination sites that have opened over the past couple days.Check if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccineAnd on Wednesday, two more sites are being added to the mix: one in Westchester County and the other at the Javits Center in New York City.MORE COVID NEWS: Citi Field, possibly Yankee Stadium to become mega-vaccination sitesEMBED More News Videos Josh Einiger has the latest on the new mega-vaccinationa sites set to open in New York City. The Javits, which functioned last spring as a massive field hospital when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, will now serve as a huge vaccine distribution center.It opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday, along with...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- After a rollout that some officials admit was slow, the push is on to get more people vaccinated in New York - and vaccinated quickly.People have started snapping up appointments at the vaccination sites that have opened over the past couple days.Check if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccineAnd on Wednesday, two more sites are being added to the mix: one in Westchester County and the other at the Javits Center in New York City.MORE COVID NEWS: Citi Field, possibly Yankee Stadium to become mega-vaccination sitesEMBED More News Videos Josh Einiger has the latest on the new mega-vaccinationa sites set to open in New York City. The Javits, which functioned several months ago as a massive field hospital when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, will now serve as a huge vaccine distribution center.It opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday, along...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As COVID vaccinations slowly open up to the general public, New York City is pledging to focus on the communities hardest hit by the coronavirus and continue working to educate the often skeptical residents to ease their concerns. St. Albans resident Doreen Duncan got her first COVID vaccine with extra encouragement from her children. “My daughter, she’s a nurse, she took it. So that gave me the confidence,” Duncan told CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Resources: Help With Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Students And Parents At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage As more of the general public...
    FLUSHING, Queens (WABC) -- A massive fire tore through several businesses in Queens Friday night, injuring multiple firefighters.The incident happened on 37th Ave and Main Street in Flushing.FDNY say the fire began in a hair salon just before midnight.It then started to spread to an adjacent three-story building.Over 200 crew members are still on scene of the seven-alarm fire.Officials say there is an active fire on the third floor in rear of building. Firefighters are expected to be on-scene for an extended period.Seven firefighters were taken to an area hospital with injuries, but they are considered non-critical.MORE NEWS | Man seen in photo at Nancy Pelosi's desk during Capitol siege among 13 facing federal charges so farEMBED More News Videos At least 80 people have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's Capitol mob, and authorities are tracking down the others who were involved in the siege. ----------* More Queens news*...
    FLUSHING, Queens (WABC) -- A massive fire tore through several businesses in Queens Friday night, injuring multiple firefighters.The incident happened on 37th Ave and Main Street in Flushing.FDNY say the fire began in a hair salon just before midnight.It then started to spread to an adjacent three-story building.Crews are still on scene of the seven-alarm fire.Officials say there is an active fire on third floor in rear of building. Firefighters are expected to be on-scene for an extended period.Seven firefighters were taken to an area hospital with injuries, but they are considered non-critical.MORE NEWS | Man seen in photo at Nancy Pelosi's desk during Capitol siege among 13 facing federal charges so farEMBED More News Videos At least 80 people have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's Capitol mob, and authorities are tracking down the others who were involved in the siege. ----------* More Queens news* Send us a news...
    Even after rents in San Francisco and New York City plunged sharply during the pandemic, the two cities remain the most expensive places to rent an apartment in the nation. The median rent for a one bedroom apartment in New York City was $2,410 in January, down 2.4 percent from a month ago and 19.7 percent from January 2020, according to new data from Zumper. In San Francisco, the median rent was $2,660 for January, down 24 percent from a year ago -- but still the highest in the nation. Rental prices in major cities plunged last year as residents fled the pandemic and soaring crime, and as remote working policies led many to reconsider the need to live in megacities. Even after rents in San Francisco and New York City plunged sharply during the pandemic, the two cities remain the most expensive places to rent an apartment The annual...
    Jerry Oppenheimer is a New York Times bestselling author whose 13 books have included biographies of such American icons as the Clintons and the Kennedys. From president-elect Joe Biden to angry and frustrated democratic governors across the country, there's been much whining and bickering over the slowness of the Covid-19 vaccine distribution – and, not surprisingly, blame is on the outgoing Trump administration. 'As I long feared and warned,' declared Biden. 'The effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should…it would take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people.'  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer contends, 'The feds are slow-walking the process…the bottleneck appears to be the [Trump] White House.' While New York's Andrew Cuomo claims, 'The people of this country don't trust the federal government with this vaccine process.' But the complaining politicians have only to look back to 1947 - when highly contagious...
    BILL de Blasio has been slammed for his deserted Times Square dance on New Years Eve as Covid-ravaged New Yorkers remained in lockdown. The New York City mayor slow danced with his wife Chirlane McCray after the crystal ball dropped at midnight. 15The New York City mayor slow danced with his wife Chirlane McCray after the crystal ball dropped at midnightCredit: Getty - Pool 15Mayor de Blasio shared this photo of his NYE celebration to TwitterCredit: Bill de Blasio/Twitter 15Confetti flies through the air in New York City's Times Square after the ball-dropCredit: Getty Images - Getty 15Andy Cohen, the co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live show, quickly ranted about Mayor de Blasio on live TVCredit: CNN Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" played throughout an empty Times Square on Thursday night as de Blasio had one hand placed gently on his wife's back while they rocked back-and-forth. The NYC Mayor's...
    Footage out of New York City shows a crowd attacking a car with bicycles during broad daylight. “This was an animalistic attack in broad daylight,“ said one Manhattan officer to the New York Post. “It shows how far the city has deteriorated, and the politicians better get their heads out of the sand and start to deal with these problems before there is nothing left.” NYC is magical this time of year. pic.twitter.com/vRchtTnmmj— GrantB911 (@GrantB911) December 30, 2020 "It was reported to police that on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at approximately 1605 hours, a 36-year-old male victim was driving his 2019 BMW and stopped at the intersection of 5th Avenue and East 21st Street to allow a large group of bicyclists" to pass through, the New York Police Department told the Washington Examiner. "The damage to the vehicle is over $250. There were no reported injuries as a result...
    An SUV driver and his female passenger say they thought they were going to be killed after a gang of teenagers surrounded their car and began smashing it up in New York City.  The shocking incident occurred in broad daylight in the heart of Manhattan on Tuesday - evidence that Big Apple officials are failing to protect residents amid surging rates of violent crime.  The pair were travelling in the BMW when they encountered the large group of youngsters biking up Fifth Avenue near 21st Street.  According to eyewitnesses, the teens were blocking traffic before one member of the group fell off their bicycle and started attacking the luxury car.  Shocking video shows several teens punching the vehicle's windows and stomping  on its hood.  A woman says she thought she was going to be killed after a gang of teenagers surrounded her SUV and began smashing it up in...
    Governor Andrew Cuomo has been mocked online after he opened a new $1.6 billion train hall in New York City with a theatrical press briefing while urging people not to travel and spread COVID-19.  Cuomo held a briefing Wednesday at the new Moynihan Train Hall in New York City's Penn Station, where he cut the ribbon with giant scissors, regaled how it was a moment for 'our children's children' and declared that the skylight in the new hall 'literally and figuratively brings the light' to the Big Apple after a dark year. 'We build this not for ourselves but for our children and our children's children and we build this as a statement of who we are and who we believe we are and who we aspire to be,' Cuomo said in his rousing speech.  He told New Yorkers it was a 'great' day: 'How great is today, huh? How...
    DETROIT -- When Andre Avery drives his commercial truck through Detroit, he keeps his pistol close.Avery, 57, grew up in the Motor City and is aware that homicides and shootings are surging, even though before the pandemic they were dropping in Detroit and elsewhere. His gun is legal, and he carries it with him for protection."I remain extremely alert," said Avery, who now lives in nearby Belleville. "I'm not in crowds. If something looks a little suspicious, I'm out of there."In Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and even smaller Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Milwaukee, 2020 has been deadly not only because of the pandemic, but because gun violence is spiking.Authorities and some experts say there is no one clear-cut reason for the spike. They instead point to social and economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 virus, public sentiment toward police following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody and a...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – With 2020 almost over, the New York political calendar turns to the mayor’s race and thoughts of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s successor. While there’s no shortage of candidates, the next occupant of Gracie Mansion will have one tough job and a list of problems to solve, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported. Empty storefronts Nearly deserted streets A school system failing its students Tenants who cant afford to pay the rent Landlords who cant pay their mortgages Restaurants going under A transit system deeply in debt A city deeply in debt With all those problems, and a whole lot more brought on by the COVID pandemic, it makes you wonder why anyone would want to succeed de Blasio as the next mayor of New York City, and yet more than a dozen people do. What will the next occupant of city hall have to do? “The...
    Big brand stores have closed their doors in New York City after months of coronavirus lockdowns. At least 1,132 chain stores closed their doors in the city during 2020. The stores closed include 70 Duane Reades, 54 Starbucks, and 22 Papyruses, with Manhattan most affected, the New York Post reported. “If the national chains are scaling back like this, I have to imagine it’s twice as bad for mom-and-pop stores, who don’t have the same ability to weather a storm or get access to financing,” said Jonathan Bowles, the executive director for the Center for an Urban Future. Manhattan saw 546 stores closing because of lockdowns that shut out tourists and people who worked in the borough and because many people left the city. Victoria’s Secret closed 10 stores, Old Navy closed six, Shake Shack closed five, GNC closed 51, Subway closed 48, and MAC Cosmetics closed 25....
    Shootings in New York City surged by 330 percent in the last week compared to the same time last year. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that all he wants for Christmas is laws that aren't 'fake' so he can get the guns off the streets. As well as the huge surge in shooting incidents, the city saw a 425 percent increase in shooting victims on the last seven days compared to 2019. Overall there have been 27 percent more gun busts in 2020, but Shea says his men are overstretched, lack funding and are undermined by 'fake' laws. New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea speaks at a news conference earlier this year. Shea said that all he wants for Christmas is laws that aren't 'fake' so he can get the guns off the streets 'It's Christmastime, so I'll ask for one thing under the Christmas tree,' Shea told...
    For the past seven years, an American writer and artist has been writing a story in the snow — one word at a time, weather permitting. Every time there has been snowfall in New York City since January of 2014, Shelley Jackson, 57, has gone outside and drawn a word in the ground. She has then posted a picture of the new word on Instagram, stringing them together one by one to share a poetic passage about different kinds of snow.    Stormy story: American author Shelley Jackson, 57, has spent spent seven years writing a story in the snow No snow angels here! Every time there has been snowfall in New York City since January of 2014, Jackson has gone outside and drawn a word in the ground Before it melts: She has then posted a picture of the new word on Instagram, stringing them together one by...
    New York is considering raising taxes on the wealthy while high-income citizens are fleeing New York City. Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins are in talks with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie about increasing tax rates to avoid up to $8 billion in cuts to social services and education, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A state official told the Wall Street Journal that Stewart-Cousins is willing to impose new taxes on New Yorkers who make more than $2 million a year, and another official familiar with the negotiations said that the new taxes could affect citizens who make more than $1 million a year. Currently, personal income of over $1,077,550 is taxed by New York at a rate of 8.82%, and an additional tax is put in place by New York City. (RELATED: New York Democrats Weigh Higher Taxes, Legalizing Weed And Sports Betting...
    THE FIRST major snowstorm of the season arriving in the northeast on Wednesday could plummet New York City with one foot of snow. Winter Storm Gail is expected to bring heavy snow, powerful winds and coastal flooding to some areas from the mid-Atlantic to New England, according to The Weather Channel.  6New York City could get a foot of snow during Winter Storm GailCredit: Getty Images - Getty The nor’easter is coming together from upper-level energy in the Plains.  When the upper-level energy reaches the eastern states, it will create and intesify a low pressure area near the Northeast coast, while high pressure in Canada will source cold air.  Winter storm warnings have been issued not only in New York City, but in Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Providence, Harrisburg and Roanoke.  Snow and rain is expected to fall around 5pm on Wednesday, according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Tyler Roys. 6Winter Storm...
    New York City will suspend outdoor dining starting at 2pm on Wednesday as a major snow storm barrels towards the East Coast.  A powerful nor'easter is forecast to barrel through New York on Wednesday into Thursday bringing with it six to 10 inches of snow.  The city will notify restaurants, which are already closed to indoor dining due to surging coronavirus cases, when they can reopen for roadway seating for outdoor dining.   'Based on the current forecast, the City estimates that this Snow Alert will be over on Thursday evening, allowing restaurants to reopen, but this may change to the morning of Friday, December 18 based on actual accumulations and roadway conditions,' the city's sanitation department said Monday.
    NEW YORK (AP) — A ban on indoor dining at New York City restaurants went into effect Monday as officials try to slow the resurgence of the coronavirus. The clampdown, announced last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is a severe blow to a struggling industry that has made the city a culinary capital. New York City is home to roughly 24,000 restaurants, and owners warned of layoffs and closures if they are limited to takeout orders and outdoor dining this winter. Just last week, the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan, a favorite of the power elite for almost a century, announced it was closing indefinitely due to the pandemic.
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted a televised update Monday that saw critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay receive one of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. "I believe this is the weapon that will end the war. This is the beginning of the last chapter of the book," he said, ahead of the public vaccination in New York City. Lindsay said she felt "hopeful and relieved" about the shot. "It didn't feel any different from taking any other vaccine," she told reporters. Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. Mark Lennihan / AP President Trump tweeted news of the first shot. His administration's Operation Warp Speed helped accelerate the distribution and production of a vaccine to combat the pandemic, working with pharmaceutical companies...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday the city had to prepare for another 'full shutdown' similar to what was seen in April as COVID cases continue to rise.  New York City's city-wide test positivity rate is 4 percent which is far lower than many other states where there are no restrictions.  The vast majority of new cases -74 percent - are coming from private gatherings which the state cannot control.  Last week, NY Governor Cuomo announced he was going to start cracking down on what he could control instead.  He banned indoor dining in NYC starting Monday despite thousands protesting the decision which they said would put countless bars and restaurants out of business.  Over the weekend, he told The New York Times that if hospitalizations keep growing at the current rate, he'd shut down New York City entirely 'within a month' to try to stop hospitals...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to give an update on the state's COVID-19 response Monday as the first doses of the vaccine will be delivered. Cuomo is speaking on the same day that indoor dining in New York City is set to be suspended due to the virus. The first shipment of Pfizer's vaccine is expected to reach New York today, and health care workers could be getting their shots without hours of arrival. Cuomo tweeted "hope is on the way" Sunday as the first of nearly 3 million doses being shipped this week made their way by truck and by plane around the country from Pfizer's Kalamazoo, Michigan, factory.  How to watch Governor Andrew Cuomo's briefing today What: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives coronavirus update Date: December 14, 2020. Time: 11:30 a.m. Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A ban on indoor dining at New York City restaurants was enacted Monday by officials trying to slow the resurgence of the coronavirus. The clampdown, announced last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is a severe blow to a struggling industry that has made the city a culinary capital. New York City is home to roughly 24,000 restaurants, and owners warned of layoffs and closures if they are limited to takeout orders and outdoor dining this winter. Just last week, the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan, a favorite of the power elite for almost a century, announced it was closing indefinitely due to the pandemic. Cuomo has said he took the action reluctantly in the face of rising hospitalizations. More than 1,700 patients were hospitalized in the city this weekend with COVID-19 infections, almost triple the number a month ago. Cuomo said he was trying to avoid...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Indoor dining ended in New York City for at least two weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions.The demands on restaurants with a winter storm coming this week have some calling this an endless nightmare, and saying it's impossible to survive.Indoor dining ended in the city as of 10 p.m. Sunday. Now restaurants are only allowed outdoor seating and takeout, but with storms headed our way it's not likely anyone will be dining outside.The city has come up with some terminology restaurants must pay close attention to. A Winter Operations Advisory is expected to be enacted if there is:- Under an inch of accumulation- Roadway dining can continueBut a snow alert, which may be possibly later this week, goes into effect if:- There is over an inch of accumulation- Roadway dining must close- Entire structure must be broken down if over 12" forecastA new survey...
    Monday, April 9, 2001, saw a day of extreme weather across New York City. Lowering skies, thunder, lightning and hailstones ‘the size of dimes’, one observer noted.  It would prove a suitably sulphurous and doom-laden backdrop to the arrival in town that lunchtime of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, aboard British Airways Flight 175 from Heathrow. The limousine of his choice was waiting at JFK airport to whisk His Royal Highness to Her Majesty’s Consul General’s palatial residence, just yards from Central Park. This would be the Duke’s sleeping quarters for the first night of a three-day working visit to the United States’ eastern seaboard. Long in the planning, the official schedule went ‘like clockwork’, one of his party recalls. Alas, a royal spanner was to find its way into those works. The Duke had made a number of personal arrangements to fit around his formal duties.  Once in...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday is the final day for restaurant customers in New York City to dine indoors before it is put on hold for at least two weeks. Starting Monday, indoor dining is banned in the city in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with patients. On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the restrictions were necessary because of the increase in hospitalizations in the five boroughs, an increase in the transmission rate and the city’s natural density. MORE: Indoor Dining To Be Suspended In New York City, Gov. Cuomo Cites Increasing COVID-19 Hospitalizations “The increasing [rate of transmission] is a problem… more of a problem in dense areas,” Cuomo said when making the announcement. “In New York City, you put the CDC caution on indoor dining together with the rate of transmission and the density and the crowding, that is...
    Founder of Barstool Sports Dave Portnoy called New York City’s recent indoor dining ban “insanity” in a Twitter rant Friday. Portnoy reacted to the news in real time in a roughly four-minute long video where he focused mostly on how the new ban will affect small businesses and restaurants in the city. “Politicians Are Stealing the Basic Right To Earn A Living,” Pornoy captioned his video. WATCH:  Politicians Are Stealing the Basic Right To Earn A Living pic.twitter.com/9Yx9Vf1iP1 — Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) December 11, 2020 “How do you expect these people to survive?,” Portnoy asked in his video. “What are people going to go out to dinner now in ice cold temperatures? It’s insanity. And this isn’t about corona or how dangerous, and the hospitals, and rising. It’s not. Listen the vaccine is right around the corner. If you’re health impaired, you’re afraid of it, you’re old- don’t go...
    New York City will once again shut down indoor dining, Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoEconomists warn against excluding state aid from COVID-19 relief Cuomo says Staten Island accounts for a fourth of all NYC virus deaths Court fines California church ,000 for repeatedly defying health orders MORE (D) announced Friday, in an effort to slow the rapid escalation of COVID-19 infections. The ban will take effect Monday, when restaurants can continue to operate outdoor dining areas and offer take-out and delivery. Indoor dining only resumed in September, with restaurants limited to 25 percent capacity. But Cuomo earlier this week hinted the decision was coming as cases continue to rise. New daily cases across the state recently passed 10,000 for the first time since the spring and hospitalizations are climbing.  Cuomo said the outbreak won’t “end” until a vaccine is broadly distributed, which could be as early as June or as late as...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Nobody wants the pandemic to be over more than Malik Nieves.There was a time when his meatpacking company, London Meats, processed 70,000 pounds of meat every week, now, it's barely 30,000."We are the backbone of every single restaurant. Every time you sit down in a seat in a restaurant. It's the work of these guys that you're getting on your plate," Nieves said.His freezer that was once jammed to the ceiling with aging beef now has empty shelves and except for our news van, his loading dock was quiet."At this time of year, December gearing towards Christmas you have about 25 guys in here cutting constantly all day long. And now we're down to as you can see, maybe, four guys. And the rest of the guys are still laid off. They've been laid off since March," Nieves said.The economic shutdown back in March devastated...
    New York State Democrats are considering raising taxes and legalizing marijuana as ways to overcome a budget that is projected to experience a deficit in the “billions,” according to a report. The liberal legislators mulled raising taxes and decriminalizing cannabis as well as sports betting to recoup lost money during the coronavirus pandemic in a Wednesday meeting, the New York Post reported. Democratic Assembly Education Committee Chairman Michael Benedetto said his state is “going to be billions of dollars short” for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, according to the Post. “ “If there was an idea to raise money, it was discussed today,” Benedetto told The Post. “Everything was discussed at great length. It was a very sober meeting. There’s going to be more sober meetings. It’s heavy stuff.” Lawmakers considered raising income tax rates on billionaires and millionaires in addition to imposing a possible tax on stocks and second homes,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza presented a 2021 Student Achievement Plan.The plan aims to provide support for the city's children and their academic and emotional issues caused by the pandemic. It also sets out to give extra support to teachers.1) Get a baseline of what ground we lost2) Increasing high-quality digital curriculum available for every school3) Launching a one-stop digital learning hub4) Deepening professional development5) Expanding "Parent University"6) Confronting the trauma and mental health crisis faced by studentsMeantime, District 75 schools for students with special needs reopen for in-person learning in New York City.The district includes more than 20,000 students.Grades K through 5, Pre-K, and 3-K reopened on Monday with strict COVID testing policies.There's still no return date set for middle and high school students.The city says the testing in public schools has shown much better results than that...
    New Yorkers in need receive free produce at a food bank in New York City. Depending on who you ask, this holiday season will represent something markedly different. For some, it’s a breaking point after a difficult year, where people are loosening their own social distancing protocols out of a desire to visit with family. For others, it will be one of the first holiday seasons they’ve chosen to spend alone as COVID-19 cases continue to spike. However, the widespread focus on whether to celebrate the holidays with loved ones obscures a reality befalling an increasing number of Americans who are asking not where they'll be gathering for dinner, but whether they'll have enough food to put on the table at all. With food insecurity on the rise amid the pandemic around the country, community members in New York and around the country are stepping up to keep people fed....
    New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says that the city is on pace to set a 14-year record for most incidents of gun violence in a single year The commissioner of the New York Police Department says that the city is on pace to end 2020 with the highest level of gun violence since 2006 and that the state’s new bail reform law is to blame. New York’s top cop, Dermot Shea, made the comments as official data from his department indicates that shootings have soared 96 per cent this year compared to 2019. At this time last year, there were 735 reported shootings. This year, that number has nearly doubled to 1,433 incidents of gun violence. The last time there were this many shootings in a single year was in 2006, when the NYPD reported 1,427 shootings.  'I wish I had better news on gun violence specifically… we’re...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Makeshift outdoor dining structures that have gone up all over New York City are evidence that restaurants are doing whatever they can to survive.But if they are forced to completely shut down indoor dining again, many aren't sure they will be able to survive the winter.And that is exactly the situation now: we could be just days away from indoor dining shutting down for the second time in New York City as hospitalization rates rise.EMBED More News Videos Governor Cuomo held a news conference on the rising hospitalizations in New York. As part of new restrictions announced Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says indoor capacity will need to decrease 25 percent statewide if regional hospitalization rates don't stabilize within five days.In places like Westchester County or on Long Island, that means indoor capacity could be reduced from 50 to 25 percent.But in New York City, where indoor...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Makeshift outdoor dining structures that have gone up all over New York City are evidence that restaurants are doing whatever they can to survive.But if they are forced to completely shut down indoor dining again, many aren't sure they will be able to survive the winter.And that is exactly the situation now: we could be just days away from indoor dining shutting down for the second time in New York City as hospitalization rates rise.EMBED More News Videos Governor Cuomo held a news conference on the rising hospitalizations in New York. As part of new restrictions announced Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says indoor capacity will need to decrease 25 percent statewide if regional hospitalization rates don't stabilize within five days.In places like Westchester County or on Long Island, that means indoor capacity could be reduced from 50 to 25 percent.But in New York City, where indoor...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo said that if the regional hospitalization rate does not stabilize in five days, indoor dining in New York City will close.In the rest of the state, indoor dining will go to 25% if it doesn't improve.The New York State Health Department ordered hospitals to increase bed capacity by 25%. Cuomo said they could request a 50% increase, but they don't see the need to do so just yet.Governor Cuomo revealed the metric that will close regions down: "If after a surge and flex region's 7-day average hospitalization growth rate shows that within three weeks the region will hit critical hospital capacity, we enact NY Pause."Critical is considered 90% of the hospital capacity.EMBED More News Videos New York Gov. Cuomo warned another shutdown is possible "CDC came out with additional guidance on Friday and we are going to follow that additional guidance, which is...
    A huge fire has erupted in Manhattan's East Village, completely gutting the historic Middle Collegiate Church.  The blaze began inside a vacant five-story building on East 7th Street just before dawn on Saturday, before flames spread to the neighboring house of worship, which was built back in 1891.  Dozens of firefighters descended on the scene in a bid to save the structure, but its inside  has been destroyed. Four firefighters are reported to have sustained minor injuries while trying to douse the inferno.  Crews are still working to save the steeple of the church, according to ABC-7, but a commanding officer told New York state Senator Bard Hoylman that the structure may not stand.  Middle Collegiate is a Protestant church with around 1,300 congregants.   Minister Amanda Ashcraft told ABC-7  that the sanctuary inside the church is 'not in good shape' and that 'beautiful Tiffany stain glass windows have been destroyed'....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The New York City Ballet is taking a holiday tradition digital this year.You can't go see "The Nutcracker" in person, it was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but you can stream it on the Marquee TV app.It will be available from December 11 through January 3.A 48-hour rental costs $25 in theU.S., prices will vary internationally.The performance was filmed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts last December for an upcoming documentary that will stream on Disney+.George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" premiered in February 1954 and has been performed live by the New York City Ballet every year, except this year due to the pandemic.ALSO READ | Ice-T says his 'no-masker' father-in-law is no longer a COVID-19 denier after 40 days in ICUEMBED More News Videos Ice-T says his father-in-law was a serious "no masker" until he ended up in the hospital with COVID-19. MORE...
    By Gabriella Borter and Nathan Layne (Reuters) - Jamie Ewing longs for the day when he can return to teaching his fourth-grade class face-to-face, safely and permanently - but he is not confident that will be the case next week when he is due to go back to his school in the South Bronx. Ewing's school is among hundreds of pre-kindergarten and elementary schools in New York City that Mayor Bill de Blasio said can return to the classroom for in-person learning on Monday after an abrupt shutdown of all city schools two weeks ago due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Next week's reopenings are an about-face from the initial plan to keep schools closed if the city's positive COVID-19 test rate exceeded 3%. With the citywide seven-day average hovering at 4.8% as of Wednesday, Ewing and other teachers are concerned about the sudden shift by de Blasio just...
    Left: Princess Diana receives flowers as she leaves the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on December 10, 1996. Right: Aerial view of the Carlyle Hotel. John Stillwell/PA Images/Getty Images; The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel When Princess Diana visited New York City, she often stayed at the Carlyle Hotel.  The New York Times' nicknamed the Carlyle Hotel the "Palace of Secrets" for the privacy it affords its high-profile guests.  Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, and Jeff Bezos once rode the elevator together, according to the 2018 documentary "Always at the Carlyle." Princess Diana's trips to New York have come back into focus as a storyline in season 4 of Netflix's hit series "The Crown," released November 15. Look inside the historic hotel and celebrity hideout, where rooms cost between $525 and $20,000 per night.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    New York City officials have told New Yorkers over 65 and those with underlying conditions to stay home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.  Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi appeared alongside Bill de Blasio Tuesday as the mayor's administration made the announcement.  A statement read: 'Effective immediately, the City's Health Commissioner is advising older adults and people with underlying health conditions who are at an increased risk of severe COVID-related illness to limit activities outside the home, except leaving home to travel to work or school, or for essential purposes including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities.' Governor Andrew Cuomo later clarified that the announcement was 'not a restriction' and said senior citizens are 'not imprisoned in your own home'. He told reporters: 'There is no restriction on people over 70 leaving their home.'  Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi, left, appeared alongside Bill de Blasio, right, Tuesday as the mayor's administration...