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Cuomo Warns of Major Surge; NYC Plans Checkpoints: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — New York City will have vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings during the Thanksgiving holiday period, and will strictly enforce its coronavirus travel quarantine. Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that the state could face at a least a 20% surge in new infections.

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European executives are losing confidence in the outlook as virus restrictions threaten economic growth. People will probably have to take precautions against Covid-19 for the next year as countries need time to vaccinate their populations, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist said.

The airline industry’s main trade group expects record losses to balloon further in 2021 amid lackluster travel demand, and Deutsche Bank AG may allow most employees to permanently work from home two days a week. Hong Kong will shut bars and clubs after a recent spike in cases.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases pass 59.3 million; deaths 1.4 millionAstra shot that works better in smaller doses raises questionsThe best and the worst places to be in the coronavirus eraU.S. unwinds in-person education with closings in over 30 statesVaccine breakthroughs put Covid protection within reachWorld economy risks buckling into 2021 despite vaccine nearingWhy making a Covid vaccine is only the first hurdle: QuickTake

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Ireland Has Fewest Cases in 2 Months (1:05 p.m. NY)

Ireland reported the fewest new coronavirus cases in two months, ahead of a easing of current restrictions. There were 226 newly diagnosed cases on Tuesday, the health ministry said, the least since Sept. 21. The government is expected to decide on loosening the current lockdown later this week, with restrictions due to expire on Dec. 1. Ireland also formally introduced fines for breaches of coronavirus rules Tuesday, including for not wearing masks and for hosting or attending house parties.

French ICU Patients Seen Falling Below 1,500 Mid-December (12:30 p.m. NY)

France’s number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care is forecast to fall below 3,000 by the end of November and below 1,500 by mid-December, according to projections by Institut Pasteur, Les Echos reports. Health authorities on Monday reported 4,454 ICU patients. Close to 11% of the French population has been infected with Covid, while in the Paris region it’s close to 21%, according to the research institute.

N.Y.’s Cuomo Warns of Major Surge (11:55 a.m. NY)

New York state is headed toward a major surge in coronavirus cases, at least a 20% increase over the holiday season, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.

At the low end, experts say the state could see a 20% increase in cases between now and January, with the positive test rate reaching 12.46%, Cuomo said at a virus briefing on Long Island.

If the state sees more, emergency hospital beds would be needed, he said. “That’s a problem,” Cuomo said, urging New

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NYC Plans Travel Checkpoints; Airlines See Losses: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — New York City will have vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings during the Thanksgiving holiday period, and will strictly enforce its coronavirus travel quarantine. The city was the original U.S. epicenter of the pandemic.

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European executives are losing confidence in the outlook as virus restrictions threaten economic growth. People will probably have to take precautions against Covid-19 for the next year as countries need time to vaccinate their populations, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist said.

The airline industry’s main trade group expects record losses to balloon further in 2021 amid lackluster travel demand, and Deutsche Bank AG may allow most employees to permanently work from home two days a week. Hong Kong will shut bars and clubs after a recent spike in cases.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases pass 59.3 million; deaths 1.4 millionAstra shot that works better in smaller doses raises questionsVaccine breakthroughs put Covid protection within reachWorld economy risks buckling into 2021 despite vaccine nearingThe best and worst places to be in the coronavirus eraWhy making a Covid vaccine is only the first hurdle: QuickTake

Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on coronavirus cases and deaths.



chart: The euro area is slipping into a second contraction because of virus restrictions


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The euro area is slipping into a second contraction because of virus restrictions

NYC Plans Travel Checkpoints (11:05 a.m. NY)

New York City will have vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings, and will strictly enforce the travel quarantine, Sheriff Joseph Fucito said.

The sheriff’s office will conduct spot checks when out-of-state buses drop riders off at the curb. Test and tracing teams will be on the ground to direct individuals to testing sites and provide education on quarantine, Fucito said.

The 14-day quarantine mandates that travelers quarantine or test out. Violations of self-quarantine will be enforced and may carry fines of $1,000 to $2,000, according to the mayor’s office.

The city will enforce the completion of traveler forms at airports, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. There will be self-test site teams on the premises.

New York, the early center of the U.S. outbreak, reported a seven-day average of 1,476 new cases, and a seven-day positive test rate of 3.17%, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

South Africa Lines Up Vaccines Through Covax (10:20 a.m. NY)

South Africa has paid 500 million rand ($33 million) to the Covax program, which strives to supply low- and middle-income countries with proven Covid-19 vaccines to ensure equitable access around the world, according to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.

Mboweni said he will find a further 4.5 billion rand from the budget to make sure South Africa has an adequate supply and is at “the front of the queue” when vaccines become available. There may also be scope to help some neighbors, he said.

The global Covax alliance has raised more than $2 billion and secured deals for roughly 700 million doses so far.

Spain Lines Up Vaccine Doses for 80

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As Homelessness Increases, NYC Community Divided Over Hotel Housing on Cheddar

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Shams – better known as Da Homeless Hero – has lived in four different locations. His current address is The Lucerne Hotel in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he and over 200 other homeless men are residing as part of a New York City program. He loves his most recent home, which has provided him with support during a difficult time.

“This is a deadly disease,” Shams, who recovered from COVID-19 a few months earlier, explained. “A lot of us are older, and going through being homeless, a lot of times you’re not getting the right help that you should.”

But some locals believe Shams and the other Lucerne residents would receive better care in a different area of Manhattan. After a months-long battle, a judge will decide next week whether the homeless men will stay or be relocated to the Radisson Hotel in the Financial District of Manhattan. 

“For me it was both as a parent my concern and especially as an anesthesiologist,” said Westside Community Organization president Megan Martin. “What I was seeing was that people were in the throws of an addiction who were not receiving services.”

Hotels for Homes

From Baltimore to Los Angeles, many local cities across the United States have struck deals with hotels to pay for unused rooms during the pandemic. These spaces are then turned into temporary shelters in order to help socially distance homeless individuals. Similar to the Upper West Side, many area residents are pushing to relocate them outside of their own neighborhoods.
The issues may continue to increase as more people find themselves displaced. Up to 250,000 additional people could become homeless as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an analysis by Columbia University professor of economics Dr. Brendan O’Flaherty. The unemployment rate in October reached 6.9 percent, an improvement from earlier in the pandemic. However, as states begin to shut down schools and businesses again with coronavirus levels spiking, there are worries more people could find themselves destitute. 

The Lucerne is one of three hotels in a ten-block radius that house homeless people. It is specifically earmarked for men in substance abuse recovery and many of its residents have mental health disorders. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the facility in September and called the conditions “unacceptable.” WestCo’s Martin said the hotel is far from the shelter of origin for many of its residents and other resources like methadone clinics are also quite a distance away. The new proposed location is closer to those facilities.

“When you have this severe mental illness and chemical addiction and you are not receiving the proper medical care and substance abuse services, you are basically saying you are just warehousing individuals, and then not giving them the proper treatment,” Martin said. 

Safety Concerns

Keeping the homeless men in the Upper West Side is also putting families in danger, she adds. She says there’s open prostitution, needles on playgrounds, robberies, and illicit

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Mint House takes over 70 Pine hotel in NYC, plans design changes for pandemic era

“We are offering as many services as we can for guests who don’t want to leave their suite,” said Alex Herrity, chief product officer for Mint House.

 

The company is also promoting its cleaning procedures, which were designed with help from Ron Klain, the Ebola czar for President Barack Obama and newly-named chief of staff for President-elect Joseph Biden. Klain is vice president at venture capital firm Revolution, one of Mint House’s investors. 

 

Travel shakeup

 

The U.S. Travel Association projects spending on business travel will drop 55% this year, and still be at least 10% below 2019 levels by the year 2024. Amid that shakeup, analysts expect hotels to increasingly adopt technology to limit interaction between workers and guests. Hilton, Marriott and Wyndham have all pledged in recent months to expand contactless check-in and entry options. 

 

“These types of technologies have gone from a convenience to a necessity,” said Emily Weiss, leader of the global travel industry practice for the consulting firm Accenture. 

 

Hotels are also turning their attention away from providing lobbies, gyms and other social gathering places. 

 

“Hotels are facing a new trend I am calling hyper-solo, where business travelers want to be alone or with only their colleague or group,” said Chekitan Dev, a professor in the hospitality school at Cornell University.  

 

Those changes could sound alarms for workers in the industry, which has already faced mass layoffs in recent months. Automation could accelerate the long-term loss of those jobs, though Weiss said new opportunities could open through providing services to guests outside of traditional check-ins. 

 

70 Pine

 

Mint House will employ 12 people to watch over the 70 Pine hotel’s 132 suites. The suites range from 500 and 1,200 square feet, on three floors of the 67-story tower, which otherwise houses apartments but was once the headquarters for Citgo and then AIG.

 

Mint House did not disclose the terms of its deal to take over the hotel’s management. Lyric, the previous operator, is shifting its focus to hospitality software.

 

Mint House was founded in 2017 and has raised about $15 million from investors. The firm manages about 500 hotel rooms in Denver, Nashville, Miami and Minneapolis and hopes to grow to as many as 2,000 rooms by the end of 2021, including with more New York locations. 

 

The company has been advertising in recent months to traveling nurses and government workers, as well as white-collar employees seeking a workspace away from home. After hotel occupancy plummeted in March and early April, levels recovered to about 80% over the summer and have hovered there since, Herrity said.

 

While Zoom will likely eliminate some types of business travel, Mint House is betting remote work will create demand for hotels to host far-flung workers for visits to the office.  

 

That type of traveler will stay longer, “want more space and would rather use DoorDash than hotel room service,” Herrity said. “We think we are getting ahead of that trend.” 

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NYC hotel owners to pay more than $500 million to employees displaced by COVID-19: report

New York City hotel owners will have to pay more than $500 million to employees displaced by the coronavirus pandemic following a recent arbitration ruling, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.



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Sources familiar with the ruling tell the newspaper that the severance amount is likely the largest ever hotel union group payout in the country, a boon for employees but another hit for owners in an unprecedentedly difficult year for the hotel industry.

Travel of all kinds has come to a near standstill as tourists and business travelers seek to avoid COVID-19 risks.

“Continuing health care in the context of a pandemic is a critical thing. These severance payments are a necessity for our hotel workers after the federal supplements ended last summer,” said Rich Maroko, president of the Hotel Trades Council union.

There are more than 200 union-operated hotels in New York, the Journal reports, and more than 75 property owners will be responsible for the half-billion-dollar payment.

Some owners have already made their payments to the Hotel Trades Council, according to the Journal, while others plan on paying through installments. At least one owner is challenging the ruling in court.

The newspaper reports that hotel owners say they will have to shut down operations throughout the city. Even if they reopen, businesses may not recover from this extreme setback for many years to come.

Many of the city’s largest hotels, including the Hilton Times Square and the Roosevelt Hotel have announced that they will be shutting down permanently. According to hotel owners, nearly 25,000 rooms, 20 percent of those in New York, may never reopen.

According to government data, New York City is currently experiencing a slight rise cases, though nowhere near the numbers seen in the spring and summer.

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NYC executives commuting to work by air from vacation homes

“Imagine if, when it got cold, all the birds started going north,” said Wiesenthal, chief executive officer of Blade Urban Air Mobility. “It made no sense.”

What he soon realized was this: well-heeled New Yorkers who fled the city aren’t committed to staying away. But they’re not ready to move back either. Schools are still largely online, and the cultural institutions and restaurants that give the city its buzz remain partially shuttered. That’s pushing even committed urbanites toward suburban retreats, with enough space to learn, work and play. But they still have apartments in the city, and offices are open—just enough reason to commute in now and again.

‘Bit different’

 

“I’m comfortable working in the city, I’m just not comfortable bringing my family and living here,” said Steven Klein, an executive at a real estate finance firm in Midtown. “I love New York, I grew up here, but the city right now is a little bit different.”

Klein’s wife and children, who are attending their Manhattan middle school online, are living in their East Hampton summer home at least through the end of the year. They have space there to hold after-school activities and meet with friends outdoors. Klein returns to his Upper East Side apartment for about three days a week, so he can work in-person at the office. He flies there and back on a seaplane or helicopter, a 35-minute trip that makes the East End of Long Island into a commutable suburb.

“A lot of the older guys got a little fed up with Zoom over the summer,” Klein said. “We want to set an example for the younger people who are comfortable going in, that we’re comfortable going back in.”

Urban dwellers seeking a suburban retreat have pushed sales and prices to records in places like Westchester County and the Hamptons in recent months. Even far-flung areas in Dutchess and Putnam counties have seen an increase in home sales. Some purchasers are leaving the city for good, but a majority are acquiring “primary second homes,” where they’ll live and work most of the time while still maintaining an urban residence, brokers say.

Junior employees

Among Blade’s flight clients—largely senior-level executives—80% already had a place outside the city prior to the pandemic, Wiesenthal said. The rest found one recently, including more junior employees who gave up leases in Manhattan but still occasionally commute in.

“We know people who were paying $3,500 a month for a studio apartment, now paying $1,200 sharing a house with two people in the Hudson Valley,” Wiesenthal said. “They’re renting things that are less expensive and that’s enabling them to fly.”

The exodus has created what Wiesenthal calls “synthetic suburbs” in areas not normally accessible for daily trips to the city. And he’s tweaked his offerings to accommodate the sudden interest in vacation home-to-office commuting. Last month, he started selling $965 monthly commuter passes between Manhattan and the Hamptons, which grant their users one-way flights for an additional $295 each. September’s 200 passes

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THE BENJAMIN HOTEL in NYC Announces Halloween Events

THE BENJAMIN HOTEL in NYC Announces Halloween Events

There’s exciting news on the Halloween front at The Benjamin Hotel in NYC – for this year’s Halloween festivities, the hotel has two exciting activities happening:

World-renowned pumpkin carver, Hugh McMahon, will be doing a LIVE pumpkin carving session outside at The Benjamin Hotel (on the corner of 50th and Lexington).

-The live (and socially distant) event will take place on Thursday, October 29th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

McMahon is a world-renowned pumpkin carver, who has partnered with The Benjamin Hotel in NYC to create this live, two hour pumpkin-carving display on October 29th in honor of Halloween festivities. He is an original artist whose talent for carving pumpkins has been featured in many restaurants, events, television segments, magazines, and books throughout the world.

There will also be a social media costume contest, where one person will win a weekend stay at The Benjamin in one of the sprawling suites – people can enter by:

-Following @thebenjaminhotel on Instagram

-Post a photo of their favorite/best halloween costume (can be from previous years) using the hashtag #BooAtTheBenjamin

-The person with the most original costume will win a stay in a sprawling suite at The Benjamin Hotel with a terrace and a bottle of wine for a weekend of your choice

To learn more about Hugh McMahon’s artistry, visit his web site at http://www.hmcmahonpumpkins.com/.

The Benjamin Hotel is located at 124 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022. Visit their web site at https://www.thebenjamin.com/ or call 212.715.2500.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Benjamin Hotel

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Rudy Giuliani caught touching himself in raunchy NYC hotel room scene from new Borat movie: reports

Wa wa wee — yuck!

The new Borat movie features a hidden camera scene of Rudy Giuliani seeming to be touching his genitals in front of a woman he was apparently trying to seduce in a Manhattan hotel room this past summer, according to reports Wednesday.

The 76-year-old former mayor was under the impression that the much younger woman was a conservative journalist interviewing him for a show, according to The Guardian, The Daily Beast and other outlets that viewed the new Sasha Barron Cohen flick, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” ahead of its Friday release.

But the woman is actually “Tutar,” the daughter of the movie’s bumbling main character, Borat, according to the reports.

Posing as a reporter, Tutar repeatedly touches Giuliani’s knee while asking him questions during the fake interview, which took place in a luxe Manhattan hotel suite in July, according to the reports.

The unsuspecting ex-mayor, who currently serves as President Trump’s personal attorney, flirts back and plays along with Tutar’s questionable interview topics. At one point, Giuliani even agrees to “eat a bat” with Tutar after she asks him about the animal’s suspected ties to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the fake interview wraps up, Tutar proposes “a drink in the bedroom,” which Giuliani merrily agrees to.

Once in the bedroom, the reports say Giuliani is seen in hidden camera footage removing Tutar’s clip microphone from her dress.

As Tutar removes his clip microphone from his pants, Giuliani is then reportedly seen lying down on a bed before digging his hand into his underwear in a suggestive fashion.

But before things go any further, Borat reportedly storms into the room screaming: “Put down your chram!” — a Kazakh word for penis. “She’s 15! She’s too old for you!”

An unsettled Giuliani, apparently realizing he has been pranked, bolts out of the room as fast as he can, the reports say.

“Rudy, Trump will be disappoint!” Borat shouts after him. “You are leaving hotel without golden shower!”

Giuliani did not return multiple requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.

The ex-mayor has a long history of publicity flubs and embarrassing interactions with journalists.

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Queens’ Resorts World Casino NYC announces Hyatt Regency JFK hotel to open next year

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Resorts World Casino New York City will increase its profile as a vital economic engine in southeast Queens early next year when it opens a new $400 million, four-star hotel, according to its parent company Genting Americas.

The Hyatt Regency JFK, an eight-story, 400-room, four-star hotel will feature residential-inspired guest rooms and premium suites, as well as new restaurants, state-of-the-art conference and meeting spaces, retail options and additional gaming areas.

“Hyatt’s global brand recognition will give Resorts World an even greater opportunity to tap into the travel and tourism market worldwide and showcase our unparalleled hospitality, gaming, dining and entertainment offerings,” Genting Americas East President Bob DiSalvio said. “We are proud to work with such an iconic brand as we move NY forward, and we are excited that our guests will soon be able to enjoy an integrated casino resort hotel experience right here in Queens.”

This development will bring the total investment of RWNYC to more than $1.1 billion since opening in October 2011, after Genting spent more than $700 million to enhance the existing Aqueduct grandstand to become a leading entertainment destination.

The hotel addition is estimated to create more than 500 well-paying careers for New Yorkers and provide additional revenue for New York State’s Lottery Education Fund. RWNYC has already generated nearly $3 billion for New York’s public schools.

“This hotel creates job opportunities for hundreds of the borough’s residents and is an important step in improving the gaming experience in Queens,” said state Senator Joseph Addabbo, who serves as chairman of the NYS Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. “Resorts World Casino New York City is doing its part to show tourists there is more to New York City than just Manhattan. I look forward to more people exploring the borough I’ve called home my entire life.”

The $400 million hotel and amenities investment has long been part of Genting’s vision of bringing an integrated resort, popular in destinations such as Las Vegas and Singapore to New York City. The integrated resort will seamlessly feature a variety of non-gaming amenities to complement the most innovative gaming products and entertainment offerings, allowing guests of all interests and budgets an experience that fits their personal tastes.

“Resorts World Casino New York City’s partnership with Hyatt is a welcome addition to the Fifth District, further adding to the thriving economic development in southeast Queens,” Congressman Gregory Meeks said. “Hyatt’s hospitality will help service the substantial tourism that comes through JFK, which serves as not just a hub to New York City but the world. I congratulate Resorts World New York and Hyatt and look forward to seeing the jobs created in the community as a result of this partnership.”

Beyond redefining the hotel experience for leisure guests, the new hotel will apply a high-touch experience for meetings and events, with 5,000 square feet of total function and state-of-the-art meeting facilities all backed

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Recreation Centers : NYC Parks

Since 1910, the Department of Parks & Recreation has provided the most affordable and extensive network of recreational services throughout New York City. Our recreation centers offer facilities such as indoor pools, weight rooms, basketball courts, and dance studios, art studios, game rooms, and libraries. All of our recreation centers offer a range of programs for people of all ages.

New York City’s recreation centers and indoor pools remain closed to the general public until further notice to provide COVID-19 related services as well as free childcare options for children who are scheduled for blended learning. To learn more or to apply for the childcare program, please visit the New York City Department of Education’s Learning Bridges program page.

Once we reopen, NYC Parks will extend all existing recreation center memberships to cover the length of time we are closed to the general public.

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Chelsea Recreation Center

430 West 25th Street
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Esta instalación tiene una piscina interior.

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Recreation Center 54

348 East 54th Street
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Esta instalación tiene una piscina interior.

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Other Recreational Facilities

Field Houses

Offer limited facilities and programming; membership is not required.

Community Centers

Operated by community-based organizations through an agreement with Parks; check with organization for entry requirements.

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