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The Briefly for March 27, 2020 – The "No One is Stopping You From Leaving" Edition
Today - Low: 46˚ High: 64˚
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
This weekend - Low: 46˚ High: 56˚
Okay, real question. How do we do our laundry now? (Sanam Yar for NY Times) Here's what you can and can't do in the city right now. (Collier Sutter for Time Out) When the governor announced that the state would be making 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer a week using prison labor, we were a little short on details and we still are. The sanitizer is being bottled in state prisons by Corcraft, the public-facing brand name of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Division of Industries, but as the reporting has discovered, it's unknown where it's actually being produced. (Katie Way for VICE) The summer is approaching, when the city's wealthy abandon our streets and flee upstate and to the Hamptons. Despite calls for a vacation home travel ban, the governor has no plans to put one in place. (Erik Engquist for The Real Deal) Here are the streets the city will close this weekend to give us some space. There is one closure in each borough. One. Instead of creating more space for us to stretch out in, the city has created one destination inside each borough, especially the six blocks of Park Ave in Midtown. I predict this pilot program will be hailed as a success because of this weekend's rain and not because one street in each borough was closed. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist) If you've got a bike gathering dust, donate it to someone who needs it. (Dave Colon for Streetsblog) Choice bike rides in each borough, even if the weather this weekend isn't looking great for a leisurely ride. (Lillia Panych for Untapped New York) It seems we can't be trusted with basketball courts without breaking physical distancing guidelines, so the basketball hoops in 80 parks across the city have been removed. (Greenpointers) For the third time this week a Trader Joe's store, the Chelsea location, is closed due to multiple staffers testing positive for COVID-19. (Tanay Warerkar for Eater) The story of one couple who saw the ban on partners in the delivery room at NewYork-Presbyterian, left the city. (Catherine Pearson for HuffPost) Revel quietly expanded its service area into Manhattan, above 65th Street, and doubled the area in Brooklyn and Queens. Healthcare workers can receive free rides by registering online. (Gersh Kuntzman for Streetsblog) Where to find a birthday cake in the age of the coronavirus. (Robert Sietsema for Eater) Imagine you're a college student and you're given 24 hours to vacate your dorm room. Now Imagine the world went to shit while you were on Spring Break and you never went back to the college because all classes were held online. If you don't live near the city, how do you vacate your dorm room? What if you're a student who lives abroad but is studying in New York? What do you do with 24 hours to go home? (Dylan Campbell for Gothamist) Some restaurants with expansive wine catalogs are pivoting during the pandemic and becoming impromptu wine shops, offering a selection of bottles that would otherwise be difficult to find. (Leah Rosenzweig for Eater) Hey drivers, don't be idiots just because the roads are clear. Exactly what this city doesn't need is more people in hospitals, like this five-vehicle accident on Ocean Parkway. (Julianna Cuba for Streetsblog) Governors Ball is canceled. Refunds are available or you can transfer your ticket to next year. (Andrew Sacher for BrooklynVegan) Legal Aid filed suit against New York City's Administration for Children's Services Wednesday requesting the immediate release of 22 teens, ages 13 through 17, held on Family Court charges at detention facilities. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch) "I never thought I would write those words, but I do miss the tourists." Is it crazy to miss the tourists on the Brooklyn Bridge or are we all yearning for the resemblance of normalcy? (Scott Enman for Brooklyn Eagle) The Freelancers Union is launching the Freelancers Relief Fund, a direct aid fund that will help independent workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic so they can pay for their expenses like rent, utilities, and groceries. (Emily Davenport for amNewYork Metro) Advice: What you can do if you can't pay your mortgage or rent due to the pandemic. (Cate Corcoran for Brownstoner) Where to get sushi delivery and takeout, mostly in Manhattan. (Bryan Kim for The Infatuation) Amateur Night at the Apollo is going all digital. (Devi Lockwood for NY Times) The Brooklyn Navy Yard has sprung into action during previous world wars and crises, and this is no different. Bednark, a manufacturing company, is churning out thousands of face shields a day. Kings County Distillery and perfume company DS. & Gurga are making sanitizer and tailor Kingsbridge is making face masks. They didn't call it "The Can-Do Shipyard" for nothing. (Gwynne Hogan for Gothamist) Photo: You approach a roll of pristine toilet paper on the street. What do you do? (EV Grieve) The Four Seasons Hotel in New York City will be providing health care workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic with free lodging. (Jenna Amatulli for HuffPost) NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has begun sharing ventilators between two patients because "the other option is death." (Brian M. Rosenthal, Jennifer Pinkowski and Joseph Goldstein for NY Times) RIP Fred “Curly” Neal, one of the Harlem Globetrotters' biggest stars. (Marc Stein for NY Times) The Tenement Museum is struggling to stay afloat, as the COVID-19 shutdown eliminated foot traffic and steady funding. (Elie Z. Perler for Bowery Boogie) The best to-go cocktails available right now at bars and restaurants in NYC. (Emma Orlow for Time Out)