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Need a vacation? Visit upstate New York venues keeping doors open year-round

Thanksgiving by Zoom is over. Christmas gifts have been bought. And, post holidays, a pall sets in, intensified by the persistent and growing danger lurking in crowded restaurants and bars, in Broadway and movie theaters, in gatherings with friends and family. The walls are closing in, you’ve watched every single Netflix series, and those “Guides to your Kitchen and Living Room” posts aren’t funny anymore.

You’re going stir crazy. What to do?

Well, if you live in New York State, opportunities abound to get away for a change of scene within its vast borders — without the need to quarantine. (Just do not leave home if you feel ill, have tested positive for asymptomatic COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has).

In fact, some upstate destinations, with reassuring Covid protocols, plan to stay open through the darkest of winter days, including the village most known for its “Boys of Summer” — Cooperstown.

For the first time in its 111-year history, Cooperstown’s venerable Otesaga Hotel will stay open after Thanksgiving and throughout the winter season. According to a news release, “Visitors should be prepared to experience the snowy serenity of the village of Cooperstown, which offers a warm winter welcome and a certain stillness that might truly be appreciated this year.”

Other small towns from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks are likewise offering a snowy serenity and warm winter welcome during this pandemic. Hotels and attractions sited below adhere to sanitizing, social distancing, masking, and other health and safety protocols. (No housekeeping service after check-in, no minibars or magazines, all bedding, including comforters/duvets, laundered after each guest leaves, staff wear masks, guests must wear masks in common areas).

As of this writing, all destinations, attractions, and hotels recommended are open and in compliance with health and safety standards. Of course, things can change now day to day, so please double-check before you leave home.

Cooperstown, New York

The Otesaga Hotel

4 1/2 hours from mid-LI

As mentioned above, the lakeside Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown plans to stay open for the winter for the first time in its 111-year history. There are abundant snowshoeing trails on its 18-hole Leatherstocking Golf Course, and the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, in town, plans to remain open this winter. Special Package: Curl Up and Unwind Jan. 1 through March 31, 2021, from $149, includes accommodations, breakfast, signature hot chocolate mix kit (handcrafted by The Otesaga’s culinary team), Wi-Fi, parking, no resort fees.

Beacon, New York

Roundhouse @ Beacon Falls

2 hours from LI

Beacon is a favorite getaway for Manhattanites, as Metro-North trains come right to town. And, it’s

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New York City mayor urges people to avoid travel this Thanksgiving

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged people to avoid traveling this Thanksgiving and celebrate with loved ones virtually — as the city and surrounding areas battle a continued rise in COVID-19 cases. 

He told people who are traveling to do so safely and follow the rules, and warned of financial penalties for violations.

De Blasio spoke as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo similarly urged caution. “This holiday season, we have to be smarter and different than we’ve handled past holiday seasons, because it’s not a normal holiday season,” Cuomo said Tuesday at a press conference.

The governor announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state are up 128% in three weeks. He said Monday an emergency facility will open on Staten Island for COVID-19 patients at the request of hospitals in the area seeing rising admissions.

“Staten Island has such an issue that it has triggered a hospital capacity issue. And the hospitals have contacted us and they say they need emergency beds on Staten Island,” Cuomo said, according to CBS New York. “Remember when we had to set up field hospitals, emergency hospitals for additional capacity? Well, that’s what we have to do on Staten Island.”

The governor also announced updated COVID-19 micro-cluster zones across the state that establish some areas, including Upper Manhattan, as yellow zones, and move others from yellow to orange. 

Yellow means restaurants must close at 10 p.m. An orange zone means high risk, so non-essential businesses close. Dining moves to outdoor only and mass gatherings are limited to 10 people. 

It’s possible some areas on Staten Island could even move into a red zone, which means essential businesses only. 

New York City schools shut down last week after the city reached a 3% positivity rate. 

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Man bites woman, holds steak knife to her throat at York area hotel

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Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana.

A female guest at a West Manchester Township hotel said she and others stopped a man from attacking a woman near the pool and later was robbed at knifepoint by him, according to charging documents.

West Manchester Township Police responded to the melee about 12:23 a.m. on Nov. 15 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2000 Loucks Road.

Once there, they arrested Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead, 40, of the 200 block of Peshine Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.

McKnight-Whitehead faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana. 

More: Helicopter over Lake Redman on Saturday was state police looking for missing man

He was arraigned on the charges and was placed in York County Prison on $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before District Judge Keith L. Albright is scheduled for Dec. 22, according to online court dockets.

Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead, charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana. (Photo: Submitted)

Steak knife to the throat

As police were en route, they received information that a woman who was being held at knifepoint just outside the hotel had broken free and ran into the hotel.

Another transmission from 911 told them the man was now “running around the hallways of the hotel with a knife, threatening people,” documents state.

Police spoke with Rita Thomas, of Newark, New Jersey, who said she and other people got into a fight with McKnight-Whitehead earlier near the pool “because he punched a female,” documents state.

Police did not identify the female, nor did they say if McKnight-Whitehead and Thomas knew each other previously, since both are from Newark, New Jersey and were staying at the same hotel.

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During the fight, McKnight-Whitehead bit Thomas in the upper right thigh area, according to documents.

Later, when Thomas and her friends were smoking in a designated area just outside the hotel, McKnight-Whitehead crept up behind her and held a steak knife to her throat, police said.

“Whitehead kept advising Thomas that he wanted his money back or he was going to stab her,” documents state. “Thomas did not take any of his money … she was telling him that over and over.”

McKnight-Whitehead moved the knife from her neck to her abdomen and again demanded money. After a brief argument, he took her iPhone and charging cord from her pants and ran into the hotel, according to documents.

Thomas showed police the bite mark on her thigh and a small cut under her jaw where the steak knife

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Covid-19 News: Live Updates – The New York Times

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As the United States struggles with surging coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday urged Americans not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday and to consider canceling plans to spend time with relatives outside their households.

The new guidance states clearly that “the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with,” and that gathering with friends and even family members who do not live with you increases the chances of becoming infected with Covid-19 or the flu or transmitting the virus.

Officials said they were strengthening their recommendations against travel because of a startling surge in infections in just the past week. As of Wednesday, the seven-day average of new cases across the country had surpassed more than 162,000, an increase of 77 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

“Amid this critical phase, the C.D.C. is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period,” said Dr. Henry Walke, Covid-19 incident manager at the agency, during a news briefing.

“We’re alarmed,” he added, citing an exponential increase in Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. “What we’re concerned about is not only the actual mode of travel — whether it’s an airplane or bus or car, but also the transportation hubs we’re concerned about, as well.”

“When people are in line” to get on a bus or plane, social distancing becomes far more difficult and viral transmission becomes more likely, he said.

The agency’s overriding concern is that the holidays may accelerate the spread of the virus, C.D.C. officials said. Older family members are at great risk for complications and death should they contract the virus.

Officials made the pleas to avoid travel even as they acknowledged that the prolonged outbreak has taken a toll on families, and that people are craving connection after months of isolation.

But Dr. Walke warned family get-togethers — especially those that bring different households together — could inadvertently lead to tragic outcomes.

“The tragedy that could happen is one of your family members, from coming together in a family gathering, could wind up hospitalized and severely ill and could die. We don’t want to see that happen,” Dr. Walke said. “This year we’re asking people to be as safe as possible.”

College students returning home for the holiday should isolate themselves and limit interactions with friends on campus before their return, and once home, they should try to limit interactions with family members, trying to interact outside rather than indoors and wear masks indoors if a family member has a chronic condition that places them at risk.

Dr. Walke said he himself is not going to visit his parents, though he has not seen them in many months and they are imploring him to come home, and he has encouraged his own adult and

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New York Hotel Owners to Pay $500 Million to Pandemic-Hit Workers

New York City hotel owners have to pay more than $500 million to employees displaced by Covid-19, according to people familiar with an arbitrator’s recent ruling, a victory for tens of thousands of unemployed workers and a fresh setback for cash-strapped property owners.

The ruling represents the largest hotel-employee payout ever awarded in New York City, hotel owners and union representatives said. While the final amount of severance pay depends on a few factors, it is likely to be the biggest on record for any hotel-union group in the country, these people said.

The magnitude of the payments is heightening tensions between lodging owners and the hotel union as Covid-19 ravages New York’s hospitality business.

Corporate travel across the U.S. has collapsed, and after years of record tourism in New York City, visitors have dwindled. Broadway theaters are closed, and other attractions like museums and restaurants are operating at partial capacity.

Hotel owners say they have had to shut down operations throughout New York City, and even after they reopen, it might be years before their hotels can turn a profit. A number of New York hotel owners received federal assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program that helped them survive the early weeks of the pandemic, and some owners used part of those funds to support employees.

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Testing Trial Stokes London-New York Travel Hope, Telegraph Says

(Bloomberg) — A trial starting Monday to test passengers flying between London and New York for Covid-19 could raise hopes for a potential travel corridor, according the Telegraph.



a group of people standing in a room: NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: People arrive before boarding flights for COVID-19 testing at the new testing facility XpresCheck at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B on September 8, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Previously, the facility administered tests only to airline employees and related parties. The facility's focus on testing for communicable disease highlights the switch parent company XpresSpa Group has been making from spa services at airports in the midst of the global pandemic. Newark Liberty XpresCheck, which is the second to begin services after New York's JFK Airport, can administer more than 350 COVID-19 tests per day. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


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NEWARK, NJ – SEPTEMBER 08: People arrive before boarding flights for COVID-19 testing at the new testing facility XpresCheck at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B on September 8, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Previously, the facility administered tests only to airline employees and related parties. The facility’s focus on testing for communicable disease highlights the switch parent company XpresSpa Group has been making from spa services at airports in the midst of the global pandemic. Newark Liberty XpresCheck, which is the second to begin services after New York’s JFK Airport, can administer more than 350 COVID-19 tests per day. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

United Airlines Holdings Inc. said Friday it will offer free rapid tests to all passengers and crew members on select flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow from Nov. 16 to Dec. 11. Anyone who declines to be tested will be placed on another flight, guaranteeing everyone on board other than children under two will have tested negative before departure.

Results will be shared with officials on both sides of one of the world’s busiest routes and may help to persuade government officials to agree to a travel corridor between the nations, the newspaper said.

The U.K. requires passengers arriving from the U.S. to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. British Transport Minister Grant Shapps has floated the idea of shortening the quarantine period for visitors by testing people a week after arrival. U.K. nationals are also restricted from U.S. entry.

In other airline news, EasyJet Plc has sold its slots at London Stansted Airport to rival Ryanair Holdings Plc in a deal expected to raise tens of millions of pounds, the Telegraph reported. EasyJet is in talks with the U.K. and European governments on a potential bailout, the paper said.

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D.C., New York and Washington state added to Massachusetts COVID high-risk list for out-of-state travel

Massachusetts added three more regions to its list of high-risk states for COVID-19.

Starting Saturday, people traveling to-and-from the District of Columbia, New York and Washington state will need to quarantine or get tested for coronavirus.

There are 44 states included on the high-risk list as of Saturday.

Gov. Charlie Baker enacted a travel order on August 1 mandating all visitors and residents entering Massachusetts following a high-risk area quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

Visitors are urged to obtain a negative result before traveling to Massachusetts.

Failure to comply with the order could result in a $500 fine per day.

Exemptions are allowed for travelers from lower-risk states, people commuting for work or school and patients seeking specialized medical care.

The current list of lower-risk states includes:

  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont

Massachusetts residents are urged to limit any out-of-state travel only to states designated as COVID-19 lower-risk areas.

Anyone arriving from an international destination must fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form and must quarantine for 14 days or meet the 72-hour testing rule.

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A grand New York hotel with an intimate feel



a group of people walking in front of a building


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In a nutshell: A grand hotel experience with an intimacy that feels like staying at your (very) rich best friend’s mansion

Price point: ££££

The neighbourhood

The Mark is a single block from Central Park, even less distance to some of New York’s most prestigious stores, and right at the centre of the city’s most upscale and affluent neighborhood; the Upper East side is the spot to be in for low-key luxury while still being able to get anywhere worth going pretty quickly. Cabs and Ubers are going to get you to midtown in minutes, your legs will get you to the park in seconds.

The look

An imposing building on the Upper East Side for almost 200 years, the entire place was renovated and re-imagined in 2009 by French designer Jacques Grange. You enter to black and white geometric decor slashed with bright orange accents and a grand staircase, yet for a hotel of its size the reception area feels surprisingly cosy and intimate.

It feels sexy and swish, but also bold and exciting. Hiding behind it all is a restaurant and bar, gently lit by warm, floor-to-ceiling red-orange lamps, that feels like an oasis of calm in the centre of one of the busiest cities on earth.

The vibe

It’s a big hotel with a boutique feel – a bit like staying at your (very) rich best-friend’s mansion. It feels like the perfect spot for a weekend staycation for New Yorkers, or a really special base from which to explore the city for those visiting from further afield. You enter the hotel past well-dressed outdoor diners poised to see and be seen, alongside an eye-catching flower stand and boutique hot dog cart. Check-in was fast, polite, with plenty of helpful tips on how to get the most out of our stay.

In this era of Covid, The Mark felt on-the-ball, with a temperature check at the door, and boxes of tissues in the elevator with which to press the floor buttons, along with a trash can to instantly dispose of them.

Bed and bath

We stayed in the Seventy Seven King room with views out over its namesake street to the city skyline beyond. The room takes up 500-square-feet with a long, wide foyer corridor, huge bedroom area, and spacious bathroom. Furnishings are a mix of ebony, nickel and sycamore with fine Italian linens and bedding. The TV is fairly easy to connect to a mobile device for custom viewing.



a bedroom with a large bed in a room: The bedrooms are airy, high-ceilinged, with premium viewsThe Mark hotel


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The bedrooms are airy, high-ceilinged, with premium views

The Mark hotel

In the black and white marble bathroom, there’s a deep-soaking tub and separate shower with an immensely powerful, invigorating water jet, all with smart nickel fixtures and fittings. There’s a mirrored flat-screen television set which I was unable to figure out how to work, and Italian toiletries packaged under The Mark’s own branding.

The minibar was one of the best-stocked I’ve seen, with a vast array of

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Rich The Kid Denies Trashing Swanky New York Hotel Rooms

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Atlanta rap star Rich the Kid and his entourage were asked to leave the Roxy Hotel in the Tribeca section of New York City.

According to reports, he and his crew destroyed the rooms and were “belligerent” towards the hotel’s staff.

The “Bankroll” chart-topper believes that this is nothing but systemic bigotry, claiming he has been “stereotyped.”

According to the New York Post, Rich the Kid asserted, “The narrative being painted of me is completely false. My working staff and me frequently stay at the Roxy Hotel in New York for business.”

He continued, “We have never had any complaints from the hotel or otherwise of any kind.”
“Alternatively, we have built a rapport with key staff and management at the hotel, who can confirm that we have never had any issues at the hotel.”

“To the extent, you have received any information that there were issues with the hotel, the only explanation I can give is that my staff and me were unfairly stereotyped,” The Republic Records artist said, “and failed to receive the level of service and respect warranted for the loyalty we have shown the hotel and the money spent here.”

The team took their collective over to the NoMad Hotel, a boutique hotel that is comparable in swank and style to the Roxy.

Reports say that the NoMad hotel kicked Rich the Kid and them out of that establishment also.

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Rich the Kid kicked out of ritzy New York City hotel

Ain’t that Rich.

Rapper Rich the Kid was recently booted from one of the most ritzy hotels in New York, Page Six has learned.

Multiple sources say the Atlanta hip-hop star and his entourage were told to leave the sceney Roxy Hotel in Tribeca after making a mess of rooms and upsetting staff by being “belligerent.”

But the rapper told us that he’s just being “stereotyped.”

“The narrative being painted of me is completely false. My working staff and me frequently stay at the Roxy Hotel in New York for business,” he said. “We have never had any complaints from the hotel or otherwise of any kind.”

He said that “alternatively, we have built a rapport with key staff and management at the hotel, who can confirm that we have never had any issues at the hotel.

“To the extent you have received any information that there were issues with the hotel, the only explanation I can give is that my staff and me were unfairly stereotyped,” he said, “and failed to receive the level of service and respect warranted for the loyalty we have shown the hotel and the money spent here.”

We were also told that his crew moved on to the equally trendy NoMad hotel — but were kicked out of there too.

When we put that to Rich, he replied somewhat cryptically, “We did not end up staying at the NoMad.” When pushed on whether he ever checked in there, he didn’t respond.

Reps for the Roxy and the NoMad didn’t get back to us.

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