Weather: Early showers will yield to clouds and then sun, with a high in the mid-60s. Expect a rainy and dreary weekend, with highs in the 50s.
Alternate-side parking: Suspended through Tuesday because of the coronavirus. Meters are in effect.
On the day that the United States surpassed China as the country with the most known cases of the coronavirus, with more than 85,000, Governor Cuomo shared another grim statistic: 100 patients died in one day in New York.
The state’s total number of coronavirus deaths now stands at more than 430 — with 365 deaths in New York City as of yesterday evening. The number of people hospitalized for the virus in New York also jumped 40 percent yesterday, Mr. Cuomo said.
The news came in stark contrast to the optimistic briefing the governor gave on Wednesday, in which he pointed to the state’s slowing rate of hospitalizations.
New York State had nearly 39,000 confirmed cases as of yesterday morning, up more than 8,000 from Wednesday morning. As of yesterday evening, New York City had recorded more than 23,000 cases.
The governor emphasized that the numbers on any single day did not necessarily capture the damage being caused by the virus.
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State and New York City officials criticized the $2 trillion federal stimulus package that was approved this week by the Senate for not going far enough to boost the local economy. The House is expected to approve the measure today.
Mr. Cuomo said the package would do “absolutely nothing” to help New York overcome its tax revenue drop of $9 billion to $15 billion, because the $5 billion the state would get is earmarked for coronavirus-related expenses.
Like other cities around the country, New York is moving to release vulnerable, nonviolent inmates from jail to stem the spread of the virus among the incarcerated.
By late Wednesday, 200 inmates had been freed, bringing New York City’s jail population to 4,906, Mayor de Blasio said yesterday. The last time it was below 5,000, he said, was 1949.
More than a dozen city blocks will be temporarily closed to vehicles in an effort to open more outdoor space for pedestrians and deter them from packing into public parks. The following streets will be blocked off between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday through Monday:
Manhattan: Park Avenue between 28th Street and 34th Street.
Brooklyn: Bushwick Avenue between Johnson Avenue and Flushing Avenue.
Queens: 34th Avenue between 73rd Street and 80th Street.
Bronx: Grand Concourse between East Burnside Avenue and East 184th Street.
An upscale retirement community on the North Fork of Long Island has announced six deaths from the coronavirus, creating fears of an even bigger outbreak among the confined population. The cases are the latest to hit a facility for older adults, who are at high risk of dying from the virus.
“I’m 90 years old. I’d like to die naturally,” one resident at the retirement center, Peconic Landing, told her son. “But I don’t want to die for this.
A nurse at Mount Sinai West hospital in Manhattan died after contracting the virus. Colleagues and relatives said his death could have been prevented.
In Connecticut, where many wealthy New Yorkers own second homes, Gov. Ned Lamont urged all travelers from New York City to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state.
From The Times
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What we’re reading
New York’s coronavirus eviction moratorium, explained. [Curbed New York]
A fake dating profile that a magazine created for Governor Cuomo in September has become one of its most-read articles over the past week. [City & State New York ]
What we’re watching: Ben Smith, The Times’s media columnist, and Mara Gay of The Times’s editorial board discuss how the media and President Trump are handling the coronavirus crisis on “The New York Times Close Up With Sam Roberts.” The show airs tonight at 8, tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. [CUNY TV]
And finally: The Apollo’s Amateur Night auditions go digital
What do Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Lauryn Hill and Luther Vandross have in common? They all performed at Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the theater to temporarily shut its doors, but the producers of Amateur Night are determined to keep this 86-year tradition alive by moving it online.
The theater is inviting performers to submit videos up to five minutes long to be reviewed by its panel of judges. While audition videos have been accepted since 2017, this is the first year that auditions will be conducted entirely online.
“We’re always looking” for the next star, said Kamilah Forbes, the Apollo’s executive producer. “I think the opportunity for digital really allows us to always keep our eyes open for talent around the country and, quite frankly, around the world.”
It’s Friday — put on a show.
Metropolitan Diary: Going up?
The scene: People waiting for an elevator in the lobby of an apartment building in Lower Manhattan. The doors open to reveal a woman with a shopping cart.
As the people who have been waiting get on and start pushing buttons for the upper floors, the woman with the shopping cart explains, somewhat apologetically, that the elevator is going down to the basement where she is doing her laundry.
“That’s OK,” a man who has just gotten on the elevator says. “I can use the exercise.”
— Alan Goldsmith
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