Employees of Three Local Firms Test Positive for Pandemic Virus
Staff members at three local offices have become the first confirmed cases in Lower Manhattan of the Covid-19 virus that is triggering paroxysms in the health care system and the financial markets.
On Monday, in a story first reported by Bloomberg, an employee at Brookfield Asset Management (located at 250 Vesey Street, within Brookfield Place) was confirmed to be suffering from the highly contagious disease. This was followed yesterday by news (first reported by Crain’s New York Business) that a staff member at Meridian Capital Group, based at One Battery Park Plaza (at the corner of State and Pearl Streets) has tested positive for the sickness. Hours later, news broke that employee of an unspecified firm at 100 Church Street (at the corner of Barclay Street) was the third confirmed case Downtown.
In a separate development, a teacher at P.S. 130 on the Lower East Side (on Baxter Street, between Grand and Hester Streets) was tested for the virus — after recently returning from the area of Italy that is now considered to pose high risk of exposure — but these results were negative. (Public health officials are not releasing the names of any of the patients.)
Colleges and universities in Lower Manhattan (including Pace University, New York University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Nyack College, and Kings College) have all announced the suspension of classroom instruction, and a shift to remote learning.
State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou issued a multi-point plan for addressing the outbreak, calling upon the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo to, “make at-home testing available to all, cover the cost of testing and treatment, provide paid sick leave to all who must stay home from work, and make sure that we’re not just providing assistance, but making it accessible to all.” She added that, “these are steps we can take immediately to lessen the impact of this outbreak and protect all New Yorkers — regardless of their immigration status or whether they have health insurance.” She further urged that legal enforcement mechanisms be set up to, “put an end to price gouging of critical products, including hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes.”
In her written appeal to Governor Cuomo, Ms. Niou observed that, “federal efforts to test for Covid-19 have been excruciatingly slow, and we cannot wait for this virus to spread further before taking action. New York must be a leader on this and act swiftly and strategically to contain this virus and prevent it from claiming more lives. We must act now to provide funding for at-home testing kits so that their manufacturing can begin and we can work to contain this outbreak immediately.”
She also pushed for New York to adopt the model of in-home testing already underway in Seattle, where the Gates Foundation has funded a pilot-program, using nose swabs that can be securely sent to healthcare facilities for testing within two days, along with an online questionnaire about the test subject’s recent movements, to help track and contain the virus if results come back positive.
Separately, Ms. Niou is advocating for financial measures to soften the impact of the disease on the local economy. “Mayor de Blasio took the smart and necessary action of making no-interest loans available to small businesses that are struggling,” she noted, “but we must do even more to make sure our local businesses can weather this storm.” In this context, she is proposing stop-gap measures for tax relief.
CB1 Mulls Tolling Plan, While Albany Feuds with Washington
Dr. Betty Kay: “The bottom line is tolls must generate $1 billion per year. The idea is to encourage people not to bring their cars in.”
A recent meeting of the Transportation Committee of Community Board 1 became the forum for a heated discussion about the merits of the congestion pricing plan that is slated to bring tolls to vehicles entering Lower Manhattan (including those of residents) as soon as next January.
Committee chair Dr. Betty Kay began by outlining the rationale for the plan, saying, “there are some benefits to doing this. The State’s Climate Leadership law requires that we reduce carbon output to 40 recent of 1990 levels by 2030. And the Department of Transportation says that the transportation sector is responsible 35 percent of the State’s carbon. It’s transportation that has been lagging, while buildings and waste have already made cuts. So we need a lot of cuts to transportation carbon.” Other projected benefits of congestion pricing, she noted, “would include reductions in air pollution and noise pollution.”
I usually never, and I mean NEVER read the paper which is common for a teenager like myself, but today was different. I was working as a security guard in Tribeca today, and a guy came in to deliver your papers to the residents and to my surprise he handed me a paper for myself to read.
I opened the paper and a section immediately caught my attention and this section was called “Affordability Elsewhere” by Matthew Fenton. To start off, I do not live in Manhattan, I live in the Bronx and while living in the Bronx for so long you become very aware that it is way easier to find an affordable apartment there than in Manhattan, but nobody would look at statistics or the facts to back up this statement.
With that being said, I want to thank Matthew for his section in your paper and I hope he and the Broadsheet overall continue to make more sections like this and continue to shine light on the problems in finding affordable housing especially in Manhattan; Although I am unsure if the Broadsheet cares about who reads and doesn’t read their papers, I want them to know they have gained a new reader, a young one at that!
Aren’t taxis already paying congestion fees? – they are charging passengers for it!
There was a time when police officers rode free on subways. Guess that was when they also LIVED in the city they served.
Presented by Art Historian and NYC Art Guide Sylvia Laudien-Meo
200 Rector Place
Audrey Munson was an American artist’s model and film actress, today considered “America’s First Supermodel.” The most prolific model of her time, statues of her likeness can be found in several of NYC’s parks and atop some of its tallest and most famous buildings. Sponsored by Battery Park City Authority
Pipes at One
St. Paul’s Chapel
The weekly Pipes at One series showcases leading organists and rising stars from around the country in this year-round series at St. Paul’s Chapel, featuring its celebrated three-manual Noack organ. Today, Geoffrey Ward of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
New York Public Library
Learn how to create your own computer games and animate your own stories with Scratch! For this special program, please bring a library card. Class size is limited. First come, first served. For age 6-12. A caregiver’s help may be needed for younger grades. New York City Public Library, Battery Park City branch, 175 North End Avenue.
33 1/3 Global: Dona Ivone Lara’s Sorriso Negro, with Mila Burns, Paula Abreu, Bethânia Gomes
More than simply a paragon of Brazilian samba, Dona (Lady) Ivone Lara’s 1981 Sorriso Negro (translated to Black Smile) is an album deeply embedded in the political and social tensions of its time. Released less than two years after the Brazilian military dictatorship approved the Lei de Anistia (the “”Opening”” that put Brazil on a path toward democratic governance), Sorriso Negro reflects the seminal shifts occurring within Brazilian society as former exiles reinforced notions of civil rights and feminist thought in a nation under the iron hand of a military dictatorship that had been in place since 1964. By looking at one of the most important samba albums ever recorded (and one that also happened to be authored by a black woman), Mila Burns explores the pathbreaking career of Dona Ivone Lara, tracing the ways in which she navigated the tense gender and race relations of the samba universe to ultimately conquer the masculine world of samba composers. 4 Fulton Street.
Arrivals & Departures
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Sunday, March 15
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 5:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm
Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm
Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Monday, March 16
Inbound 9:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm
Many ships pass Battery Park City on their way to and from the midtown passenger ship terminal. Others may be seen on their way to or from docks in Brooklyn and Bayonne. Stated times, when appropriate, are for passing the Colgate Clock and are based on sighting histories, published schedules and intuition. they are also subject to tides, fog, winds, freak waves, hurricanes and the whims of upper management.
Today In History March 12
14th Street, New York City, “just after the storm”
1350 – Orvieto city says it will behead and burn Jewish-Christian couples
1365 – University of Vienna founded
1664 – New Jersey becomes a British colony
1755 – First steam engine in America installed, to pump water from a mine
1849 – First gold seekers arrive in Nicaragua en route to California
1850 – First US $20 gold piece issued
1888 – Second day of the Great blizzard of ’88
In March of 1888 New York City was slammed by one of the most devastating blizzards in recorded history. From March 11th to 15th the Northeast, from Maryland to Maine was buried underneath a fifty-inch blanket of snow. In New York City, more than 200 perished in the extreme cold. In the icy darkness of night fires raged as helpless volunteers watched from afar, their teams trapped in the deep drifts that formed in the howling winds. Railroads were shut down and people confined to their houses for up to a week.
Following the storm, New York began placing its telegraph and telephone infrastructure underground to prevent future destruction. Drifts across the New York–New Haven rail line took eight days to clear The weather preceding the blizzard was unseasonably mild with heavy rains that turned to snow as temperatures dropped rapidly. New York’s Central Park Observatory reported a low temperature of 6 °F (−14 °C), and a daytime average of 9 °F (−13 °C) on March 13
1904 – Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund
1930 – Mohandas Gandhi begins 200m march protesting British salt tax
1933 – FDR conducts his first “fireside chat”
1945 – New York is first to prohibit discrimination by race and creed in employment
2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan’s earthquake.