It has now been about three and a half weeks since the water main break occurred on Monday, January 13 in Lincoln Square. Although much progress has been made, with contractors at most locations working around the clock, we expect that work will be continuing for quite some time. We continue to assign our Public Safety Officers to critical locations including 62nd Street to provide information and directions to the public. Most of our businesses, except for TD Ameritrade and New York Sports Club, are now open. The following are the most recent updates on the ongoing repair work in the neighborhood...
Please note there is scheduled protest activity in Columbus Circle this afternoon, beginning at approximately 5:00pm. The Rise and Resist group will be demonstrating to "Take Democracy Back" to coincide with the impeachment decision. Info received from the Director of Security at The Shops at Columbus Circle and the NYPD is that the group will be relatively small (approximately 250 people), and will begin either in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower or inside Columbus Circle. The group then plans to march south toward Trump Tower on 5th Avenue.
Protect Your Storefront Business: Prepare for Emergencies and Avoid Violations
NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is hosting a webinar to help you prepare your business for emergencies and avoid violations. From gas leaks and fires, to major storms and flooding, NYC business owners face a variety of unexpected emergencies.This webinar will show you how SBS can guide you through the start of a business continuity plan. This free webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at 12:00pm. Click here to RSVP and view webinar details.
Plastic Bag Ban in Effect March 1
Starting March 1, 2020, single-use plastic bags will be banned in New York City and throughout New York State. In New York City, businesses will sell paper bags for a five-cent fee as an alternative (the paper bag fee will not apply to SNAP or WIC recipients). For more information about the ban and how to get a free reusable bag at a DSNY bag distribution event, visit nyc.gov/bags or call 311. Learn more about the bag law here.
NYC Coronavirus Update
Tips for New Yorkers: Take the same precautions that you would during cold and flu season.
Get your flu shot - it's not too late.
Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
Wash your hands.
Stay home if you are not feeling well.
Check the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Coronavirus page for the latest updates from New York City.
Community Board Application Deadline Extended
New Yorkers who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhoods have an extra three weeks to apply to become a Community Board member. The deadline to apply for a Community Board position is now Friday, February 14. If you live, work or go to school in one of Manhattan's 12 community districts, you're eligible! Apply online or complete a paper application (the online application must be completed in one sitting). All applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 14. Appointments will be announced this spring.