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Volume 6, No. 28,  July 9, 2020   

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COVID-19 CASES IN NEW YORK CITY: As of July 8 at 3:37 p.m.
1,988,744 tested * 214,570 confirmed cases * 23,224 deaths
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Sunrise in Tribeca. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2020)    

Terese Loeb Kreuzer, editor
Yesterday (July 8) at the beginning of what once were daily Covid-19 press briefings and that now occur on as as-needed basis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo remarked "It's Day 130." Then he said as an aside, "It seems like yesterday." And then he added in a weary voice, "No, it doesn't." The governor must have registered every one of those days in his flesh and bones.

I'm grateful that the governor is keeping count. Frankly, after many months of not leaving the apartment building where I live except very occasionally to go across the street for some groceries, I don't know what day it is unless I look at a calendar. I also need a calendar to know what I'm supposed to do that day, if anything. Deprived of usual routines such as physical attendance at a meeting or visits to a doctor or to the farmers' market, one day for me blends into another. I notice approximately when the sun rises and sets. I note if the days are getting longer or shorter. That's about all. Time, as I have previously experienced it, has ceased to exist. I sleep when I'm tired. I eat when I'm hungry - not according to the clock.

Many other people of my acquaintance are reporting something similar. A friend of mine, for instance, who buried her father this past Sunday wrote to me two days later that she knew what day of the week it was, but not what date it was.

The child's impatient questions, "When will we get there?" "How much longer?" don't have answers so there's no point in asking them or even thinking about them. We are living in the "is." What is. Not what was or what will be.

But even that is likely an illusion. What "is" changes constantly. You can't step in the same river twice.

The only way to solve this apparent dilemma would be to postulate that what we call past, present and future all exist simultaneously. Another way to express that would be to say that time as we generally describe it doesn't exist. Some people believe that.

Yes, but! Yes, but the governor is tired. My friend's father got old and died. I'm getting older. I have a photograph of myself as a three-year-old holding a large, stuffed bunny. I don't remember being that child.

This is the way I help myself to think about this paradox: I remember a movie called "Powers of Ten" by Charles and Ray Eames. It was made in 1977 and started with an overhead view of a man and a woman having a picnic in a Chicago park. Then the viewpoint slowly zoomed out taking in the remainder of the park, the city of Chicago and more and more until it encompassed the entire observable universe. Then the camera zoomed back in again until it rested on the man's hand and even beneath it - a skin cell and even further, the quarks in a proton of a carbon atom.

Past, present and future could exist simultaneously and as a progression that visibly adds and subtracts from our lives and our state of being.

As for the child's question - "When will we get there?" The answer could be that we're already there.

Terese Loeb Kreuzer
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Deputy Inspector Mark Iocco receiving his shield from Police Commissioner William Bratton on June 24, 2016. 
"Momma, I love you," George Floyd cried out to his dead mother. "Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead."
These were among George Floyd's last words as he lay on the ground in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 25, 2020 with the knee of Police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed into his neck. He died a few minutes later. The last words that he spoke were "Please. Please." He had been arrested because a convenience store clerk had called 911, alleging that Floyd had paid for a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.  
Horrified bystanders recorded Floyd's death with their cellphones. Yesterday, July 8, transcripts of Minneapolis police body camera footage were made public for the first time. Also, yesterday New York State Attorney General Letitia James released a preliminary report stemming from her office's ongoing investigation into the New York City Police Department's conduct during what she described as "largely peaceful demonstrations in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd."
James said that since May 30, her office had received more than 1,300 complaints and pieces of evidence through a dedicated online portal and phone and email hotlines. She also held a three-day public hearing with testimony from more than 100 protesters, community-based organizations, elected officials and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. In addition, her office received more than 300 submissions of written testimony.
During the period of intense protests (May 28 to June 7), there were 2,087 protest-related arrests in New York City, the report stated.  
Of those arrested, 44 percent were white, 39 percent were Black, and 13 percent were Latino. Hundreds of people were charged with felonies including 16 percent of the Black protesters, eight percent of Latino protesters and fewer than four percent of white and fewer than four percent of Asian protesters.
According to the report, most of those charged with felonies were arrested on May 31, when there was widespread plundering of businesses.The vast majority of arrests between June 2 and June 6 - the days of the 8 p.m. curfew - were made after 8 p.m., suggesting the curfew was a significant factor in the arrests.
Most of the complaints the OAG received were about allegations that NYPD officers used excessive force against protesters, including the seemingly indiscriminate use of batons and pepper spray, brandishing firearms at protesters, and pushing vehicles or bikes into protesters.
The OAG also received numerous complaints about a tactic called "kettling" during which officers surrounded and blocked protesters, preventing them from leaving an area without making direct contact with police officers. According to witnesses, this practice often led to violent clashes between the NYPD and protesters.
Among other allegations, the NYPD was accused of arresting and using force against credentialed members of the press and engaging in "catch and release" tactics to prevent press from fully reporting on their observations. Similarly, the OAG heard testimony about the NYPD's alleged mistreatment of numerous elected officials and purported false arrests of legal observers. The OAG also heard from witnesses alleging that on several occasions, the NYPD arrested or mistreated essential workers, particularly during the period of the curfew. 
Attorney General James stated that her office had received a significant number of complaints about troubling arrest-related practices, including, among others, using extremely tight zip ties to restrict hands, transporting protesters long distances to arrest processing centers, holding protesters for a significant amount of time after arrest, misgendering detainees, and holding protesters in cramped cells under unsafe conditions in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Already the investigation has led the Office of the Attorney General to make some recommendations for systemic police reforms including removing unilateral power from the NYPD Commissioner in favor of a commission. At the conclusion of the investigation, which is far from over, Attorney General James will issue a more detailed, final report with recommendations specifically related to the NYPD's conduct in policing protests.   
"George Floyd's death may have lit a spark for change," James said, "but it is just the latest in a long list of racially charged killings of African-Americans. This never-ending cycle of needless deaths of Black Americans has awakened the consciousness of America and indeed of the entire world."   
" After 30 days of intense scrutiny, it is impossible to deny that many New Yorkers have lost faith in law enforcement," James added. "We must bridge the undeniable divide between the police and the public, and this preliminary report, and the recommendations included, is an important step forward. We must begin the hard work of reevaluating the role of police in society and ensuring that there are mechanisms for public oversight, accountability, and input. Progress is possible, but, first, change and accountability are needed."  
 - Terese Loeb Kreuzer
How to report police abuse: If you witness police abuse in person or see footage on social media, you can file a complaint with the City's Civilian Complaint Review Board at or (800) 341-CCRB.

New York State Attorney General James, who is conducting an ongoing investigation of the George Floyd protests, asks that any information, including visuals, be shared with her office as they proceed with that investigation. Email:  

Bits & Bytes

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 
"Museum of Jewish Heritage cuts 40% of staff, saying pandemic threatens its survival," The Forward, 6/22/2020. The Forward reported that "New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage is laying off about 34 people - about 40% of its staff - and reducing hours across some remaining positions due to financial pressures posed by the coronavirus pandemic, museum CEO Jack Kliger announced Monday in a staff call. Kliger said that the coronavirus, which forced the museum to shut its doors on March 15, amounted to an 'existential crisis,' according to an audio recording of the call....'This crisis has forced us to make some very difficult decisions to insure the museum's survival,' Kliger said, noting that the museum's new budget is 40% lower than last year's.  
The Museum of Jewish Heritage - whose full title includes "A Living Memorial to the Holocaust" - is only the latest Jewish organization to suffer during the pandemic shutdown. Numerous others have announced layoffs, furloughs and salary cuts. In March, the Tenement Museum laid off almost its entire staff; it now has a skeleton crew of five, down from 138 full-time and part-time employees. Kliger said the museum knew when it closed that it would likely have to lay staff off, and in order to stave off layoffs the museum undertook an emergency fundraising campaign, soliciting gifts from its trustees. It also applied for and received grants from the New York Community Trust and the federal Paycheck Protection Program." For the complete article, click here.
Museum of Jewish Heritage employees set up fundraising campaign to help former coworkers: A team of employees remaining at the Museum of Jewish Heritage has established a mutual aid fund to assist their colleagues who are now facing unemployment, heightened food insecurity, and the inability to pay rent. Funds raised will be distributed equally among staff affected by the job terminations and hour reductions. The goal is to raise enough money to give each of these colleagues $2,000 to help them pay their bills as they transition to unemployment.

The fundraiser state that "Your gift will help almost 40 people transitioning to an uncertain future know that there are people in the world who care and who will help. A contribution of any amount will make a big difference to many. We have also set up a Resource Page to support our colleagues' search for new employment. Click here to share job postings that you find. If you have a connection to a job or place of work, please consider leaving your contact information in the Google Doc to serve as a point of introduction or reference for our colleagues affected by the terminations."
To contribute to the GoFund Me campaign for Museum of Jewish Heritage employees who have been laid off or whose hours have been reduced, click here.  

Downtown bulletin board

MTA buses remain free through at least the end of July. Riders enter through the back door of the bus and no fare is collected in order to keep bus drivers away from close contact with passengers.  (Photo: ©Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Battery Park City blood drive: With an urgent need for blood in New York City, on July 23 there will be a blood drive in Battery Park City under the auspices of the New York Blood Center. Place: 6 River Terrace. Time: noon to 6 p.m. Make an appointment by clicking here. For eligibility requirements, click here.

New York State travel advisory: On July 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that three states have been added to the list of those that meet the metrics for the advisory requiring anyone who has traveled to New York from those states to quarantine for 14 days. All of these states show significant community spread of Covid-19.

The newly added states are Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma. 

The quarantine applies to anyone arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The full list of states to which this travel advisory applies are: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Kansas; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Nevada; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas and Utah.
New York City enters 'Phase 3' of reopening: Except for indoor dining in New York City, which is not yet deemed safe, on July 6 the city entered Phase 3 of New York State's four-stage reopening plan. Tattoo parlors, nail salons and spas have now reopened. Low-risk youth sports can begin, with up to two spectators allowed per child.

Businesses and consumers must adhere strictly to the New York State guidelines and rules or there will be fines and other consequences. Violations of reopening rules can cause bars and restaurants to lose their liquor licenses. Individuals can be fined for open container and social distancing violations.

Free bus rides: City buses are still boarded from the back until fare collection begins again in August. Alternate Side of the Street parking will be suspended through July 12.

Staten Island ferry timetable: The Staten Island Ferry went back to pre-COVID rush hour service as of July 6, offering rides every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Additionally, 20-minute service is offered between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and between 3:50 p.m. and 4:50 p.m.

High Line reopening: The High Line will reopen to the public on July 16 from noon to 8 p.m. daily after temporarily closing in March to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The High Line, working with NYC Parks, has issued visitation protocols to ensure that visitors can maintain social distancing in full accordance with city guidelines. All visitors will enter the High Line at Gansevoort Street and will be able to go as far north as 23rd Street.  There will be free, timed-entry passes available. Apply for them by clicking here.

Museum of Jewish Heritage planning September reopening: The Museum of Jewish Heritage at 36 Battery Place in Battery Park City is making plans to reopen in September on a three-day-a-week schedule.

Metropolitan Museum of Art planning August reopening: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning to reopen its Fifth Avenue location (1000 Fifth Ave.) on Aug. 29. There has been no word yet about the Cloisters reopening. The Met Breuer, formerly the Met's third location, is now permanently closed. When the Met reopens, days and hours will be reduced and the museum won't have tours, talks, concerts or any other events through the end of 2020. The Met, which closed on March 13, had to lay off 80 employees and faces a budget shortfall of approximately $150 million.
United States Census 2020 is hiring: The 2020 U.S. Census will require a massive effort to document everyone in the country. The U.S. government is hiring census workers with a promise of "great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay and paid training." The jobs include census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk, and supervisory staff. Applications can be made online at For more information, call 855-JOB-2020.    
Register to vote: If you are not yet registered to vote, you can get registered so that you can vote in the general election, which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, absentee ballots were made available for people to vote in the June 23 primary election. It is not yet known whether absentee ballots will be widely available for the Nov. 3 election. If they are available, it will be necessary to reapply, even if you did receive an absentee ballot to vote in the primary.

For answers to frequently asked questions about voting, click here.  
For the partial results of the June 23 primary election, click here. (Absentee ballots are still being counted.) 
Most of the Downtown Post NYC bulletin board listings are now on the Downtown Post NYC website. To see the bulletin board listings, click here.

Disaster Loans & Grants 
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Mandated additional sick pay and associated tax credit
Paycheck Protection Program;  Extended tax loss carry-backs

Downtown food news

Chef Michele Iuliano of Gnoccheria Wall Street during a Dine Around Downtown cooking demonstration showed how to make gnocchi. The way Chef Iuliano did it involved lifting the long-handled pan containing the gnocchi and the sauce away from the stove momentarily and flipping the contents of the pan so that the gnocchi and the sauce got nicely mixed but didn't end up splattered all over the stove.

Dine Around Downtown, Cooking at Home edition: The last and final installment of the Downtown Alliance's "Cooking at Home" edition of its popular food festival, Dine Around Downtown, takes place today, July 9, when Einat Admony, chef and co-owner of Taïm at 75 Maiden Lane, will call on her upbringing in Israel as she makes eggplant sabich salad and cauliflower shwarma.  
The three-part series featuring Lower Manhattan chefs is being hosted by Rocco DiSpirito, celebrity chef and cookbook author. In the first installment, Billy Oliva, executive chef at the legendary Delmonico's, demonstrated how to make a pan-roasted, dry-aged cowgirl ribeye steak paired with cowboy butter and a roasted corn and shrimp salad. The second installment featured chef Michele Iuliano of Gnoccheria Wall Street, who deftly made gnocchi from riced potatoes and flour and then created three different kinds of sauces in which to serve the gnocchi.
Participants in these Zoom-enabled cooking lessons were provided with lists of ingredients and invited to make the dishes themselves before posting their work on Instagram for a chance to win a personal, 30-minute cooking class with one of the chefs. In the practiced hands of these award-winning chefs, everything looked easy. It probably wasn't as easy as it looked.
In any event, the sessions introduced Lower Manhattan foodies to some talented chefs and raised money to support the staff members in these superb restaurants that have been closed for months because of Covid-19. The donations have been most welcome but voluntary.
Einat Admony's cooking demonstration will start today, July 9, at 4 p.m. Sign up for it by clicking here. 

Interactive map of restaurants with seating on sidewalks or streets: The New York City Dept. of Transportation recently released an interactive citywide map of all Open Restaurants with seating on sidewalks or streets. The map can be searched by borough, by zip code and by restaurant name. To access the map, click here.

Tribeca Greenmarket now open on Wednesdays: As of July 1, GrowNYC's Tribeca Greenmarket on Greenwich Street between Chambers and Duane Streets is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the Tribeca Greenmarkets, there are Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets at Bowling Green, City Hall, the Oculus and the Staten Island ferry.
GrowNYC asks that shoppers wear a face covering inside the market space and maintain a six-foot distance between themselves, Greenmarket staff, farm stand employees and other customers. Dogs and bicycles should be left at home.

Click here for a list of the fruits and vegetables now in season.

"How Black Organizers Fed the Occupy City Hall Protests With Restaurant and Homemade Meals,", 7/7/2020. "For the past two weeks, hundreds of people have camped out in Lower Manhattan's City Hall Park, demanding that the city cut at least $1 billion from the NYPD's 2021 budget, in light of the nationwide protests against police violence," says "The movement started on Tuesday, June 24, with just a few dozen people. Overnight, it grew into a group of a few hundred, who in the subsequent days and weeks were sustained by a tight-knit network of chefs and volunteers that mobilized to feed the protesters - often at 2 a.m. and always free of cost. ....Occupy is a protest, though anyone who has ventured into Manhattan's City Hall Park in the last two weeks will know that at the heart of the movement, there is also a vibrant community." For the complete article, click here.

"FiDi's Timeworn China Chalet, An Underground Party Spot for NYU Kids, Shutters for Good,", 7/6/2020. "China Chalet, the FiDi Chinese restaurant on Broadway, near Exchange Place, that was once a go-to spot for office workers, and in recent years became a hangout destination for New York University students, appears to have permanently closed," says "Fifty years ago, commercial parts of Manhattan were paved with such ambitious Chinese restaurants that served as centers for business meetings and banquets. Usually tucked away on the second floor, many of these were often sumptuously carpeted, with swagged curtains at the windows, and waiters formally clad in vests and ties. These places offered a luxurious feel and a full bar, which increased their attractiveness for businesspeople who frequented the darkened premises in the waning era of the three-martini lunch. In modern times, the venues that remain had often become timeworn and ragged. Located way downtown at 47 Broadway since 1975, China Chalet was one of those places, and probably the only one of its sort still fully functioning in the Wall Street neighborhood. Now it, too, will become a memory." For the complete article, click here.

Letters to the Editor

A detail of Gilbert Stuart's famous portrait of Thomas Jefferson in the DeWitt Wallace Museum of Decorative Arts in Williamsburg, Va. Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and a slaveowner. An Op-Ed in The New York Times by journalist Lucian K. Truscott IV that appeared on July 6, 2020 was entitled (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

From the editor:

The "Letter from the Editor" in the most recent issue of Downtown Post NYC (7/5/2020) was entitled "Statue Destruction. " It was prompted by the destruction of the gilded statue of King George III that took place on July 9,1776 in Lower Manhattan's Bowling Green park but went on to consider other, more recent instances of statue destruction and would-be statue (and reputation) destruction. There are no end of candidates. This Letter from the Editor elicited three responses from DPNYC readers.

To the editor:

The dramatic defacing and destruction of Confederate statues is part of the current social juggernaut. To be fully effective, it must be adapted to meaningful legislative action that will open honest dialogue and communication, leading the nation to embrace all with humane belief and honest conviction. There is also an opportunity to learn who exactly the Confederate heroes were, what they did, and why they, as Union General and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant put it, couldn't have found a worse thing to fight for.

Perhaps all this can be revisited if and when the statues are removed and passions redirected to examine them on a case by case basis. The statue of Theodore Roosevelt, for example, has been an appalling sight in front of the Museum of Natural History. I am glad to know that the Museum has decided to move the statue. Where it will go has not yet been determined.

But Teddy Roosevelt, who was known as a conservationist, shouldn't be so quickly cast aside because of his racism and other faults. That raises a relevant question: Do we judge ourselves and others only by our worst deeds?

Is the history of the Confederate States of America our history? Yes and no.  Some object that by toppling these statues, the history of the country is being revised. But that view is ill-informed; the history of the country was revised when these statues were erected, and freedom was given a pretty face to avoid the truth. It takes fortitude for a people to examine their country's ugliness, and there's plenty to look at: contemplating our country, built upon slavery and the near genocide of indigenous peoples, requires serious soul-searching.

With the 4th of July just past, it might be a good time to reflect upon the reasons we honor that day. Can it be more inclusive, to embrace us all? Or has its meaning become trivialized by shallow patriotism, vanity and symbolism? Are we really the land of the free, and the home of the brave, or are we not? And if we're not, is that something we could still become?

Charles Deroko
To the editor:

My opinion is that the subject is not worth the words being spent on it. It is the kind of subject that TV stations love - typical hollow news that TV News nurtures itself on (two-minute sound bites). The subject is of the caliber of the Wall Street bull at the bottom of Broadway.

The great majority of these statues were erected to honor qualities far beyond slavery. The lopsided/one-eyed craze that destroys/damages these statues simply reinforces the hatred of those who tear them down. In the long run, it does "their" side no good and, probably, a great deal of harm.  They gain no leverage with the public (except, as I said, the media who feast on discord). Most Americans, I hope, see the brouhaha for what it is - a politically sick distraction.     

Dolores D'Agostino

To the editor:

I was interested in your editorial on the destruction of statues, along with the historical example of George III being torn down. I just wish that you'd let your own opinion on all of this be known, not just leave it up to dear reader. Carry on.

Amy F. J. Stone

From the editor:

Ms. Stone was referring to the fact that I ended my editorial by saying "These are great works of art. Should they be destroyed because they're not politically correct by today's standards? You will undoubtedly reach your own conclusions. I'm just asking."

I replied to Ms. Stone as follows:

You're right, in a way. If I had waited until this morning to send out Downtown Post NYC and had reread what I wrote, I would have ended my editorial like this:

You will undoubtedly reach your own conclusions. I have mine.

That would have been stronger than:

You will undoubtedly reach your own conclusions. I'm just asking.

The truth of the matter is that I wasn't just asking. I wanted to point out that the question of statue destruction is complicated. There have been a lot of knee-jerk responses to it recently that boil down to, "This statue offends me! Get rid of it!"

I will confide in you that I think this is a mistake.


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