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From the Office of Borough President Gale Brewer: Tomorrow (7/28) at 6:30 pm, the City Dept. of Education (DOE) has set an online citywide information session for parents seeking details about the 2020-21 school year; register here.

From NotifyNYC:  NYC beaches will open for swimming on 7/1. New Yorkers must continue to practice social distancing. Only swim when lifeguards are present.

New York State moves to Phase II Opening, June 22, 2020.  Click HERE for business guidance.

New York City public playgrounds have reopened across the city: as of June 22, 2020

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New York State Guidance on ReopeningClick Here for Update on PHASE I OPENING

From NotifyNYC 6-7-20: Today, Mayor de Blasio announced the citywide curfew in New York City has been lifted. All traffic restrictions in Manhattan, and restrictions on Citi Bike and for hire vehicles are lifted.

From NotifyNYC-6-2-20:  Any New Yorker can now get tested at one of the over 150 testing sites citywide. New Yorkers can visit for locations.

All New Yorkers are required to wear a mask or face covering when out in public and in situations where a 6-foot distance from others cannot be maintained.

FREE BUS SERVICE: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has reminded us (June 3, 2020) that busses are free in Manhattan right now! She doesn't know how long this will last, but everyone should know you can board at the rear door, be relatively distanced in a bus that’s sanitized every night, and get where you want to go without trying to find a scarce cab or expensive for-hire car or going underground-- She futher says: " I know, I’ve done it!"

TESTING SITE UPDATE:  Also from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer: The Testing Project, a public health advocacy group, has created a list of all the free testing sites in Manhattan (Google Doc). The City and State refer people to this map tool from Castlight Health. I also have a list of sites on my website that notes this week’s two pop-up sites at Upper Manhattan churches.

This report on the MTA’s Cleaning and Essential Night Service Plan is provided by WHCR’s Emergency Broadcast Team and the MTA.

The MTA’s Essential Night cleaning and disinfecting program will begin on Wednesday May 6th from 1am to 5am.

During those hours you will not be able to ride New York City Transit, the LIRR, the Metro-North. Only the Staten Island Railway will continue to operate during those hours.

From 1am to 5am 7 days a week, trains will be cleaned and disinfected. The MTA is evaluating innovative new cleaning solutions such as antimicrobial biostats and ultraviolet light to eradicate the COVID-19 virus.

The MTA will continue to work in partnership with the NYPD to connect homeless New Yorkers using the trains for shelter with access to medical care and social services they need and deserve. The NYPD has intensified presence at all stations and shuttle buses will be used to help transport homeless New Yorkers.

To accommodate riders, The MTA has enhanced service on 61 bus lines, including 11 interborough express routes with additional stops and overnight service will be added on thirty-seven routes.

Local bus and Select bus Service customers will board and exit using the rear doors. You must still pay the fare if the on-board payment boxes or Select bus Service off-board ticket machines are accessible.

Express bus customers will board and pay as normal but are not allowed to sit in the first three rows of the bus.

For Essential Employees who cannot complete their trips using buses, the MTA will operate a limited ‘Essential Connector’ program offering for-hire car service. Qualified individuals will be provided with one trip per night via licensed for-hire vehicles at no cost to the rider. The MTA is partnering with companies currently operating Access-A-Ride vehicles to offer this service.

Customers are encouraged to plan their trip in advance using or the MYmta app. For more information and to sign up for the essential connector please visit:

For more information please go to or

One Medical Testing Sites

One Medical, a national digital health and primary care provider, is offering free COVID-19 testing and virtual care services for essential workers and vulnerable populations. This includes:

  • Healthcare professionals, including staff working at adult care facilities or with people with disabilities
  • Workers in other vital industries, such as government, first responders, food, and transportation
  • Frontline 1199SEIU members
  • NYC residents who are 65 and older

They offer five testing sites open from 9 AM to 6 PM by appointment only.

5th Street and Hudson Boulevard East (next to Hudson Yards)
Walk-Up Only

In the Bronx
Harlem River Lot (Lot J) at Yankee Stadium
Walk-Up Only

In Brooklyn
Medgar Evers College
Walk-Up Only

In Queens
York College
Drive-Through and Walk-Up

Staten Island
Snug Harbor
Drive-Through Only

To register Online use code NYCCARE30 You must provide your credit card information, but you will not be charged.

To register by Phone call (888) 663-6331 and leave a message with your contact information and a representative will call you back.

Antibody Testing

Antibody testing is a way of determining if a person has been infected by the coronavirus even if they hadn’t shown symptoms.

Doctors, nurses, and other employees at New York City hospitals that have handled high volumes of coronavirus patients will be the first tested in the antibody program.

Antibody testing is not open to the general public yet.

Stimulus Payments

The US federal government began sending out stimulus payments in mid-April.  Most people who are eligible for the payment don’t have to do anything.

  • If you filed a 2018 or 2019 federal tax return and included your direct deposit information, the payment will be deposited into your bank account. If you didn't include direct deposit information, the IRS will be launching a form in a few weeks to collect this information. If you don't submit this form, your check will be mailed to the address on your taxes.
  • If you haven't filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, you should file for either year as soon as possible so that you can get your stimulus check. Include banking information so your check can be deposited directly into your account.
  • If you don't typically file a tax return, you may need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.
  • If you are on Social Security or Railroad Retirement you don’t have to do anything. 
  • To check the status of your stimulus payment or for instructions on how to get your stimulus payment if you don’t typically file a federal tax return visit and click on “get coronavirus tax relief”

New York State Unemployment benefits

If you have lost your job and you live in New York state, you can claim unemployment insurance benefits in New York state.

The State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to coronavirus closures or quarantines.

To learn more and apply for benefits, visit

Public Assistance

Eligible families may receive up to 60 months of federally funded cash assistance under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families Program aka TANF.

Single individuals without children and families who have already received cash assistance for 60 months may receive benefits under the New York State Safety Net Program.

To apply go to and type public assistance in the search bar. 

Emergency Cash Assistance

The "One Shot Deal" emergency assistance program helps people who can't meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event. To find out go to and type one shot deal in the search bar. 

If you already received Cash Assistance, you can apply for a Special Grant at and type access HRA in the search bar. 

Funeral Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for financial assistance to meet funeral expenses for a family member who passed away. To find out go to and type funeral financial assistance in the search bar. 

Financial Counseling

NYC Financial Empowerment Centers now provide free one-on-one professional, financial counseling over the phone. Counselors can provide financial guidance during COVID-19. To get assistance go to and type in financial counseling in the search bar. 

If you need help applying for any of these services, please call 347-395-6177 and a member of WHCR’s Emergency Broadcast Team will call you back and assist you.

Stay logged onto this website,, for the latest updates on the coronavirus, information, resources and help. You can also call  347-395-6177 and a member of WHCR’s Emergency Broadcast Team will call you back and assist you.