As news has developed over the day, our leadership team has determined that the best course of action for the immediate future is the following:
Saturday March 14th, and Sunday March 15th, Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center will close. We will be using this time to do a deeper disinfection of the building.
Beginning Monday, March 16th our building will be open from 9:00am – 6:00pm daily. This will allow us to provide critical care for families that need it during this time.
Our Community Center programs will continue to be here for you. Please make the choice that is best for you and your family in determining your visits to the Center.
Please understand that we may ask anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness to return home until they are feeling better.
We want to reiterate that your health, and the health and safety of our employees are of primary concern. We know that families count on what we do, and we want to be open for those services that are most critical.
Bob TownleyFounder and Executive Director
New York Public Library
After carefully considering a multitude of factors and the rapidly changing situation in New York City around novel coronavirus (COVID-19),all New York Public Library locations will be closed to the public beginning on Saturday, March 14 through at least Tuesday, March 31.
We know the Library is a critical resource for New Yorkers of all ages, so we are taking steps to support our patrons as much as possible during this temporary closure:
All late fees will be suspended and due dates extended during the closure period.
The Library is working to expand access to e-books and increase awareness of our vast array of online resources.
Patrons can access the Library’s Census resources online.
All branches will be sanitized before they reopen.
Anthony W. Marx
President, The New York Public Library
In support of efforts to diminish the spread of COVID-19, Poets House is postponing all public programs scheduled throughout the rest of March. For the time being most workshops will go forward as planned since they are smaller gatherings and do not entail crowding. Participants who feel anxious about attending may request a refund for the sessions missed.
The library will be closed, as of Saturday, March 14, until further notice.
We send support and warm wishes to you and thank you for the ways you build community by protecting each other. We will remain agile and continue to post information about our openings & closings, and be active online.
The decision was made to be responsive to current conditions and suspend march programs. We are setting up live-streaming options for programs moving forward and we already have online learning options for adult language and literature classes for our spring semester starting on April 6. Kids classes will follow.
South Street Seaport Museum will temporarily close to the public beginning March 13, 2020 for at least two weeks.
Capt. Jonathan Boulware, President of the South Street Seaport Museum said, “We’ve been planning for this possibility. It’s painful to do, but we must take care of our staff and visitors. We have a duty, too, as a civic organization, as a convener of people, to do our part to help stem the spread of this virus. When and at what pace the Seaport Museum will reopen to the public will be determined through thoughtful consideration of this rapidly evolving situation. We continue to follow guidance from our City and State governmental partners as well as from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).”
Suspension of public operations follows:
● All public access at the Museum’s locations including 12 Fulton Street, Bowne & Co. on Water Street and the ships,
Ambrose on Pier 16, including the previously announced Pi Day Celebration
● Volunteer workdays previously scheduled for March 14 and 21
● Onsite K-12 education programs
● miniMates early childhood program (a new start date will be scheduled)
● In-school residency programming
Fraunces Taven Museum
The Museum is proactively following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and protocols outlined by the City of New York, including frequently cleaning all public spaces and surfaces, instructing staff who are ill to stay home, and reducing our visitor capacity.
As of today, public hours at the Museum will remain the same.
Out of an abundance of caution, and to ensure that as many of our members and supporters as possible will ultimately be able to attend, the following March public programs have been postponed:
All Guided Tours, including Women of the Revolutionary War
Thursday, March 19 Evening Lecture: The Founding Fortunes
Friday, March 27 Tavern Trivia Night: Colonial Outpost to Concrete Jungle
We plan to reschedule these programs and look forward to seeing you then. If you have purchased a ticket for an affected event, you will receive further information via email.
National Museum of the American Indian
To our visitors and supporters,
I wanted to reach out to you and let you know directly that as a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the National Museum of the American Indian will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14.
We are diligently focused on ensuring the continued health and safety of all our visitors, employees, and volunteers. We are in close communication with local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a re-opening date at this time.
We will provide updates on a week-to-week basis via our website.
We appreciate your understanding at this time. The museum staff and I look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen.
Kevin Gover (Pawnee)
Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
It is with an abundance of caution that we have decided to postpone the majority of our public programming, including the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art’s gallery hours, until March 31.
Snug Harbor’s main outdoor grounds and gardens will remain open to all. We hope that despite the disruptions to daily life that this situation presents, you will still be able to enjoy the beauty and comfort of springtime at Snug Harbor.
The following events and attractions in March will remain scheduled as planned:
• New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden – Regular operating hours in effect
• Signs of Spring Tour: March 19 and 21, 1:00 PM
• Choose the Right Bin for You (NYC Compost Project): March 14, 11:00 AM
• Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project): March 14, 1:00 PM
• Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project): March 24, 1:00 PM
As this situation is constantly evolving, please continue to check snug-harbor.org/covid19 for news and updates of postponements and cancellations at Snug Harbor.