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Pilot Plan to Bring Fans Back to NY Sporting Events

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a new plan to allow sports enthusiasts back to the bleachers for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

The NYS Health Department, the Buffalo Bills, and the NFL signed an agreement to permit 6,700 fans to attend the team’s first home playoff game in close to twenty years. Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced and mask wearing will be required at all times. All fans in attendance will be required to test for the coronavirus before the game; NY state will do contact tracing after the event to determine effectivity and future steps.

According to the Governor, this is the first stage in a multi-pronged rollout to allow restaurants and other entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden and Broadway theaters to open.

A Struggling New York City Café and Theater Get Help from Famous Friends

The West Bank Cafe is a New York City staple, particularly in the tight-knit performing arts community. It is in the Café’s basement theatre, known as the Laurie Beechman Theater, where the first “Sunday in the Park With George” rehearsals were held and Joan Rivers did her last standup routine. But the once-bustling eatery and… Continue Reading

Supporting Local Businesses This Holiday Season

There is nothing typical about the 2020 holiday season. Celebrations have been curtailed, guest lists have been tightened, and shopping options have been limited. New Yorkers, however, ever resilient and resourceful, are finding ways to keep the holiday spirit alive and support local entrepreneurs and businesses in the process. Primarily organized on social media, these… Continue Reading

New York’s Inaugural Black Restaurant Week Raises revenue for Black-owned Eateries

All of New York City’s businesses are hurting in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. The number of Black-owned businesses in general fell by close to 40% during the crisis. Diners, restaurants, and eateries have been particularly hard hit. Black-owned restaurants across the City have seen revenue fall as much as 80% since March… Continue Reading

Social Media Steps in to Rescue New York City Bookshop

Social Media Steps in to Rescue New York City Bookshop

The Strand, New York’s most legendary bookstore, is breathing a sigh of relief, for now.  In late October, Nancy Bass Wyden, the third-generation owner, turned to social media as a last ditch effort to keep from permanently closing Strand’s doors. A typical day sees about 300 web orders; the influx of online orders following Wyden’s… Continue Reading

New York Museums Reopening With Collaborative Healing Projects

New York Museums Reopening With Collaborative Healing Projects

New Yorkers are starting to go out more. As city dwellers begin to come out of lockdown, they are also looking for ways to process all that has happened over the last few months. Individually and collectively, New York is trying to internalize and address the lives, communities, finances, and stability lost since the outbreak… Continue Reading

New York Times Buys ‘Serial’ Podcast’s Production Company Behind

New York Times Buys ‘Serial’ Podcast’s Production Company Behind

The New York Times, building on the success of the “Daily” podcast it parents, is expanding its role in audio journalism. The Times Company bought Serial Productions, the company behind the hit podcast “Serial,” for $25 million. The purchase will facilitate the production company’s capacity to increase the number of shows it makes, and will… Continue Reading

New York City’s Got Milk

New York City makeup brand, Milk Makeup is moving into its own location: 586 Broadway. Once sold only in Sephora shops, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox and online, now Milk Makeup’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free products will be available in the brand’s flagship store. Created by Milk Studios, Milk Makeup creates original, healthy products that redesign… Continue Reading

New York’s Independent Store Owners Celebrate Shopping Small

New York’s independently owned shops took part in “Small Business Saturday” on November 30, 2019. This annual event, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was created to give level the competitive holiday retail field for small businesses. This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Shop Small” and thousands of Manhattan businesses offered sales and discounts throughout… Continue Reading