The Coronavirus Crisis in the Community: Daily Downtown Updates

Social distancing in the line to enter Whole Foods in Tribeca. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

Mar. 28, 2020

During this difficult time, the Trib aims to provide the Lower Manhattan community with a running series of helpful news briefs and short features, updated daily. But this is also a forum for you to share helpful information, bits of news, and ways to help neighbors and businesses. No item is too small or “hyperlocal.” Please write to me at — Carl Glassman, editor

Saturday, April 4

Taste of Tribeca organizers quickly pivoted from their disappointing cancellation of the annual school fundraiser for two local schools to a GoFundMe campaign to feed frontline medical personnel and first responders with cuisine from struggling local restaurants. And it’s paying off. The campaign as of today has raised more than $42,000 in just six days, towards its $50,000 goal. The campaign aims to feed 100 hospital workers a time, at $10 per person. Next week, the staff of Lower Manhattan Hospital as well as Ladder 8 on North Moore Street and the 1st Precinct will be treated to sustenance from local eateries. Here’s where you can go to contribute.

The temporary closing of restaurants and other businesses in the Howard Hughes Corp.’s Seaport District has led to the layoff of 316 workers, according to the developer’s filing with the New York State Department of Labor, and earlier reported by Bisnow. Among the Seaport businesses closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are the retail center 10 Corso Como, restaurants The Fulton, Malifu Farm and Cobble&Co, and the Sarah Jessica Parker shoe store.

The Department of Education is now making free meals available Monday through Friday to adults as well as children at schools it has designated as “meal hubs. Some sites in Lower Manhattan where meals can be picked up—three at a time—include Stuyvesant High School, 343 Chambers Street, P.S./I.S. 276, 55 Battery Place, and P.S. 130, 143 Baxter Street. The meals are available to children and families from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and for adults from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is no eating on premises. Go here for a complete list of locations in the city.

Friday, April 3

The New York Foundation for the Arts lists sources of emergency grants to artists in financial need.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 4, is the deadline to apply for $10,000 grants to small businesses in urgent need of funds. The grants are administered by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and funded by Verizon.

Hyperalergenic is posting resources for artists of all disciplines who are looking to share their work or find grants and paid opportunities.

Is that construction going on near you really essential? Now you can find out with the Department of Buildingss new interactive map and list of “essential and emergency construction sites” during the COVID-19 pandemic. “To help keep New Yorkers safe during these uncertain times, we will be out in force to confirm non-essential sites have been closed down, and essential construction work continues in a safe manner,” DOB Commissioner Melanie La Rocca said in a statement, adding, “Anyone breaking these rules should expect stiff enforcement—we simply cannot afford to continue business as usual.” The DOB said the map will be updated daily.

Today at 5 p.m. the city stops accepting applications for the NYC Employee Retention Grant Program. Businesses can also seek assistance from the NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Fund and the federal SBA Disaster Loan Fund.

Thursday, April 2

Who says coloring is just for kids? Color Our Collections, an initiative of the New York Academy of Medicine Library, gathers very grown-up and unconventional coloring content from libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions from around the world and shares the images for fee downloading. Even if you’re not tempted to pick up a crayon, you’ll appreciate the craftsmanship and cultural breadth of these entertaining archival illustrations. The picture at right is from “Beadles Dime Song Books, 1869, in the collection of Northern Illinois University.

Farm.One is the Tribeca-based hydroponic indoor vertical farm that normally furnishes high-end eateries with micro greens, edible flowers and rare herbs. Now the grower finds itself “with a lush, verdant farm full of aromatic and flavorful plants, in a city almost completely void of restaurant customers,” Farm.One’s Paige Carter tells us.  As a result, they’ve launched, offering their products for home cooking, with contactless delivery or contactless pickup from their Tribeca store, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Downtown Independent Democrats says you can remain connected and informed by joining its virtual Happy Hour on Monday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You don’t have to be a member. RSVP here to receive Zoom meeting details. The club’s Happy Hours have been held in person on the first Monday of the month, but for now, they say “you will have to provide your own bar.”

The Battery Park City Seniors chair yoga class, which normally meets at Asphalt Green, will be available to all tomorrow morning, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Follow teacher Jason on your computer, tablet or cell phone in your home. Here is the link to join the meeting. The meeting ID number is 729 797 684.

Wednesday, April 1

Whether you’re a dog owner who wants to bring a bit of joy to an emotionally struggling homebound person, or you or someone you know could use some virtual canine companionship, the American Kennel Club has a service for you. The AKC PupPals Program, says the Club, “provides people in need of uplifting with a message from a canine friend.” For dog owners who want to create videos of their pets, or those who wish to receive them—it could be for you or for others—go here for more information.



All programming for GrowNYC’s Teaching Garden on Governors Island is cancelled into May. So the staff has created a Digital Teaching Garden, with plant facts, updates on things being grown, and how to start your own indoor garden. 

The staff of Service Programs for Older People (SPOP) are working remotely, but they are still providing mental health services for people over 50 who are in isolation. If you need services for yourself or another person, email

Tuesday, March 31

Like everyone whose family members live at Brookdale Battery Park City, Amy Schumer can’t visit her dad in person. So today she came by with her son Gene, stood outside, and waved to him as he watched from the window. The sign says: Grandpa! We Love You!



Visiting dad

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This might be just the time to visit the Fraunces Tavern Museum, if only virtually. The museum is featuring an online tour of “Valuable,” its exhibit of the eight most precious objects in the museum’s collection, “chosen for their varying values within the making, history, preservation and interpretation of American culture.” The accompanying text highlights meaningful features of each object and their significance to American history. (Shown here is a slipper that belonged to Martha Washington.)


Remote Learning, a Downtown Principal's Perspective

Note: The Trib is periodically checking in with Lower Manhattan principals, parents and students about their experineces with remote learning. (See the March 21 interview with P.S. 89 Principal Ronnie Najjar.) Below is our interview with Principal Nancy Harris of the Spruce Street School, who we spoke to last Friday. 

Principal Nancy Harris's video morning greeting to Spruce Street students on the fourth day of remote learning.

What have you learned from the first week of remote teaching?

On a practical level we’ve learned how much coordination and flexibility with schedules there needs to be because there are so many families in our school with multiple children, and adults working from home. We’ve also learned the importance of having a class meet at least once a day [via Google Classroom and Zoom]. That has been really powerful. And I get to drop in on a lot of those and to see the kids all seeing each other and seeing their teacher and having some sense of normalcy. It actually feels more normal than I would have thought.

What about kids who don’t have the technology at home?

When the building was still open one of my assistant principals and my guidance counselors spearheaded technology distribution at our building and were able to distribute many Chromebooks to anyone in our school community who needed them. For families that are still without a device we’re trying to connect them with the citywide survey for distributing the iPads. I’ve renamed my attendance team the student outreach team. My guidance counselors are thinking about being detectives so we can track down every student and see what they need.

What is your day like?

I’ve decided I want to start the school day similar to how I start every morning, by greeting the whole school. Normally I stand there at 7:50, I open the doors, I say good morning to everyone as they come in. So each morning I record a video message and post it for the whole school community. It keeps my routine going but also I hope it keeps some sense of normalcy. So if people choose they can see me first thing, welcoming them to the day and setting the tone and intention for the day. I’ve learned some new tricks on how to video record and how to post. I’m doing it on my laptop, sitting at my kitchen table. And then it’s a variety of video meetings throughout the day. And phone calls. I talk to my assistant principals constantly. We check in with teacher teams. I visit any live class meetings or teaching opportunities that I can. I also communicate a lot with other principals across the district, trying to share best practices, trying to troubleshoot things, trying to learn all the intricacies of how life in school translates to now. I brought my work laptop home so I have two different laptops, I have my phone, I have this whole station, so one device is always charged when I need it, and I’m always available. 

What are you still trying to figure out?

Some of the biggest question marks that are still outstanding are things like promotion, graduation, Regents exams. We’re having a lot of district-wide conversations to talk about things like grading because if we are able to construct our policies, we want to do them in unison with colleagues, not in isolation. I’m trying not to do too many things in isolation because I don’t want to be superseded by city-wide policy when they catch up.

What are you hearing from the teachers?

The teachers are great. Everyone is looking for reassurance that what they’re doing is enough. Many of our teachers have young children of their own or they have parents that they take care of or families that they’re worried about. So I think everyone on my teaching staff is trying to manage this new reality. To be a teacher, and especially a teacher at my school, you tend to be a very efficient, perfectionist Type A and that’s a very hard mindset to keep right now because so much is changing. So they’re trying to do their best, but they’re very concerned about not being able to juggle it all. To do everything that they used to do. 

How are the middle schoolers handling this?

Hands down our middle schoolers are much more disoriented and they feel so lost without coming to school. The beauty of being a young child is that you have this obliviousness and innocence about the world. And even if you hear what’s going on you don’t really process it in the same way. Middle schoolers and adolescents understand the world in ways that are more similar to adults. They don’t have the skillset to process it but they feel things really deeply. And for them their social network is everything. So to not have their normal sense of who they are is really jarring. They really love school. Kids who we didn’t hear from much in our middle school, they are participating more and handing in more work and are more engaged. Maybe they appreciate [coming to school] after it’s gone. Middle schoolers are sometimes harder to deal with but it also makes them more like us. And that’s hard for them. 

How will things be different for you when regular school eventually resumes?

There are things that we’ve learned now that we can keep doing going forward. Virtual meetings will have a place in our school and we’ll offer family flexibility to join meetings that they weren’t able to be a part of, or staff will connect in ways that we hadn’t thought of. So I do see possibilities that maybe will make certain experiences better.

Monday, March 30

The Navy hospital ship Comfort sailed up the Hudson this morning (photo above), on its mission to relieve the overwhelming demand on city hospitals that are treating COVID-19 patients. The ship, to be docked at Pier 59 in Manhattan, is equipped with 1,000 beds, a medical laboratory and 12 operating rooms, and carries 1,000 Navy officers. Patients with non-COVID-19 illnesses will be treated there.

Sunday, March 29

A Beloved Tribeca Restaurateur Is Virus Victim

The coronavirus has taken the life of a longtime Tribeca restaurateur, known to many for his warm, welcoming and cheerful spirit. Andy Koutsoudakis, 59, the owner of Tribeca’s Kitchen on Church Street, died on Friday in Richmond County Medical Center. Before opening Tribeca’s Kitchen, his restaurant on Church Street, in 2014, Koutsoudakis was the owner with Peter Panayilotou of Gee Whiz, a Tribeca institution opened by the pair in 1989.

“My dad found the spot in Tribeca. Everybody told him he was crazy,” his son Andreas said in a telephone interview on Sunday. “What are you doing down there? There’s nothing over there. It is such an indicator of how he did  things.”

“As the neighborhood was being built around them,” he added, “they were already there.”

Read the full obituary here.


Soho Photo's exhibition for March and April is now online. The show includes photographs by John Cusodio of lone objects, towers, monuments, statues, isolated within the landscape, Robert Kalman's photos of people in Tompkins Square, Anne Burlock Lawyer's nude portraits of an older woman, and BT Kim's barely visible photos of faces.

The Taste of Tribeca may be cancelled this year, but its community spirit is still strong. The organizers have launched a GoFundMe page to support both local restaurants and medical workers on the front lines of the cornonavirus crisis. The money raised will buy food from local restaurants to feed entire shifts of the emergency room at New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital.

Church Street School for Music and Art is now offering online music lesson classes for kids, teens, adults and families. Packages of four, eight and 12-lessons are available for all levels and instruments. For more information, email Toby at

Saturday, March 28

Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC) is partnering in a virtual event on Thursday, April 2, that focuses on economic relief programs for small businesses related to the impact of COVID-19. Experts from the New York City Department of Small Business Services, and Ramona Cedeno, founder and CEO of FiBrick Financial Services, will share information on emergency financial assistance. The event is co-hosted by Dig Down Media and Go here for more information and to register.

As many are learning, the “togetherness” of coronavirus self-isolation can lead to family conflicts. If it feels serious, the New York Peace Institute can help. It’s offering free telephone-based mediation and conflict coaching services for people in Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, go here.

What if your pet gets sick and you can’t leave the house? Can COVID-19 be spread from people to animals? Animal Care Centers of NYC offers valuable advice here for pet owners or those who would like to adopt a pet during the coronavirus crisis.

Friday, March 27

Tribeca-based Battery Dance is going live with free dance classes and programming for the general public. With the cancellation of its dance classes in the public schools and a scheduled tour of Nigeria, Battery Dance launched Battery Dance TV, with company staff leading a variety of movement offerings from their apartments. There are stretching and conditioning exercises in the morning, classes in contemporary dance and short video performances in the afternoon and evening ballroom classes. Go here for the schedule.

“For 45 years, we have explored the power of dance as an art form and a means for social impact and connection,” Battery Dance executive director Jonathan Hollander said in a statement. “We are not going to stop now.

Below, Battery Dances Mira Cook in a one-minute performance from home. Each day a new short dance video will be offered on Battery Dance TV.

The city announced today that loans are available for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees that can show they have decreased revenues of at least 25 percent are eligible for loans of up to $75,000 to help retain their employees and stay afloat. Applications to the Small Business Continuity Fund can be found here. There are also COVID-19 resource fact sheets available at

Police visited Pier 25 yesterday as part of the NYPD’s enforcement of social distancing. Police Commission Dermot Shea wrote on Twitter: “We’ve visited hundreds of restaurants, parks, & other spaces this week – by foot, by car, & by air. What we’ve seen so far…is nearly 100% compliance. NYers working together (from 6 feet apart) to help stem the spread of #COVID19. Thanks, NYC – we’ll get through this together.”

Thursday, March 26

City Harvest needs volunteers to help pre-pack produce and pantry packs for distribution to its partner agencies and Mobile Markets. The organization says it has added protocols to ensure the safety of its volunteers, as well as clients and staff. During this time, volunteers must be under the age of 50. Go here for more information.

Many residents and workers who lived in Lower Manhattan during 9/11 continue to find it difficult to visit the September 11 Museum. If you’re one of them, the museum—now closed—offers virtual visits to not only its extensive archives but also its programs on a host of subjects. Take a look here.


What’s the appropriate way for a food take-out business to indicate where customers should stand for safe social distancing? Not how they do it at the Shake Shack in Battery Park City, according to this customer, who took her complaint to Instagram. We’re reposting it, with captions and slight editing by us. She asked not to be identified here.

Wednesday, March 25

For the past week, the 150 residents of Brookdale Battery Park City, many in their 90s, are “self isolated,” as Brookdale calls it, with meals delivered to their doors and staff checking on them several times a day by phone. But on Tuesday, Brookdales’s resident programs director Whitney Glandon broke the doldrums by leading the staff downstairs in a spirited pop-up dance for residents to enjoy from their windows upstairs.

Shimmying while holding signs that, together, read, “WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER,” the troupe performed first outside one side of the building, then the next; their audience encouraged to do some moves of their own. 

“We’re following all the rules, but just trying to bring a little bit of laughter. Something fun for the residents,” said Glandon, who leads Brookdale’s movement classes. 

Carol Rubin, 81, said that when it was all over the effect was lasting. She said that she and an aide, Nahtenin Karamoko, did a little dance. Even Carol’s husband, Arnold, joined in from his chair.

“How can you not respond to that,” Rubin said. “After it was over Whitney made me feel, hey, she can do this. I want to do it, too.”

Tuesday, March 24

Julie Menin, former chair of Community Board 1 and the city’s current director of the census, tweeted that her father, 84, is showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

Tonight’s Community Board 1 full board meeting can be attended remotely. There will be comments by members of the public, limited to one minute each, from 5:55 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. Sign up by 5 p.m. Click here for instructions. And here is the agenda.

Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Church Street School for Music and Art in Tribeca posts “new art and music pieces and resources. Today’s art, including the three pieces shown here, are by the late Susan Duncan who for many years was on the school’s staff. “It is our hope that [the pieces] will lighten your spirit, keep you entertained, and remind you of the power of the arts in these uncertain times,” writes Lisa Ecklund-Flores, the school’s co-founder and director.

TIME for Kids will be supplementing at-home learning with grade-specific editions from kindergarten to 6th grade. A complete collection of all 2020 editions of TIME for Kids, plus its financial literacy magazine for children will be online for free. The featured issue at launch provides a special report on the virus outbreak and how it is affecting the country, including schools. Go here for more information.

Tommy Keane let us know that Tribeca’s Nancy Whiskey Pub has set up a GoFundMe page for the bar’s staff.  “So the next time you open a bottle under quarantine or take a shot while working from home, consider throwing a few dollars towards our staff here at the Nancy Whiskey,” the pub writes on its page. Write to us about other fundraising campaigns for laid off Lower Manhattan workers and we will post it.

Monday, March 23

The Museum of Jewish Heritage offers virtual programs on Tuesday and Wednesday. On March 24, Helen Epstein reads from “Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of  Survival, the Holocaust memoir of her mother, Franci Rabinek Epstein, followed by an online discussion. And on Wednesday, March 25, Yiddish scholar Anna Shternshis gives an interactive lecture about Yiddish humor during World War II. She tells the story of what Soviet Jews found funny, and why, during this dark period of Jewish history. Both events can be joined by going here.

You can still support your favorite dining spots if they are open for delivery. But how much should you tip, given these extraordinary times for restaurants and their delivery workers? The Downtown Alliance has tips on tipping. And they give very good reasons for being very generous, tipping up to 50% of the bill.  Along with that advice, they note, “In the age of coronavirus, paper money is a real germ-spreader, so tip on your credit card if you can.

There are no blood drives now taking place Downtown, but if you know people who live near one of the three New York Blood Centers uptown, here is where they can go to help replenish the diminishing reserves: the Grand Central Donor Center at 200 Park Ave.; Port Authority Midtown Donor Center, 625 8th Ave.; and the Upper East Side Donor Center, 310 East 67th St. An appointment can be made here. According to the Center, 75 percent of its incoming blood supply was interrupted when schools, businesses and religious institutions closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Bed Bath & Beyond announced that its stores will close starting today, and will remain closed until April 3. The store says it will be open online and will be allowing returns up to 240 days from the date of purchase.

The Battery Park City Authority announced today that its parks, like Rockefeller Park, above, have begun reopening on a rolling basis for “passive use and solitary recreation only.” But athletic courts, sports fields, playgrounds, dog runs and public bathrooms remain closed. BPCA programs and its community center at Stuyvesant High School also remain closed.

“If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, please return another time,” the BPCA said in a statement.

The Metropolitan Opera continues to stream previous performances. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s “Live in HD” series can be streamed for free on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. the following day. Today, you can see Tchaikovsky’s passionate Eugene Onegin until 6:30 p.m. The great Renée Fleming stars as Tatiana, who falls in love with the worldly Onegin, sung by Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Valery Gergiev conducts.

Wagner Week starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. Check the schedule on the Met website.

According to the city’s new directive, “Playgrounds run by the Parks Department remain open to provide children with solitary, active recreation. It is critical to practice social distancing among people who do not live in the same household while playing on the playground. Playgrounds will be monitored by the NYPD and Parks Enforcement officers, and new signage will warn parents and guardians to maintain social distancing among children. Over the next week, the Parks Department will evaluate compliance and adopt more stringent rules if needed.

Sunday, March 22

Beginning tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., and for the next 10 days at that time, poet and playwright Dave Johnson from Poets House Online will be leading a 10-minute video poetry workshop. Watch all 10 and, as Johnson says, you’ll have 10 new poems. Watch it here.

At the New York Stock Exchange, volatility is about more than plunging share prices. Starting tomorrow, the exchange trading floors will be temporarily closed, and fully electronic trading will begin when the market opens. “The decision to temporarily close the trading floors represents a precautionary step to protect the health and well-being of employees and the floor community in response to COVID-19,” NYSE said in a statement. 

Last week, a member of the trading floor and a NYSE member tested positive for COVED-19 during a routine medical screening of all workers before they entered the building, according to the statement.

The BBC offers “Five Ways to Work Well from Home.” And they’re good. Tip Number One: Get dressed.


Saturday, March 21

Since last Tuesday, teachers and principals have been preparing for the unprecedented challenge of instructing students remotely during the coming weeks, beginning on Monday. Via email, we asked Ronnie Najjar, principal of P.S. 89 in Battery Park City, what that effort has been like at her school. 

What have you and the teachers at P.S. 89 been doing to prepare for remote learning, and what materials and technical support were you given? 

It was tough going in the beginning since we only had three days to work together and for grade teams to collaborate about the work and instructional tools they want to roll out. We are using Google Classroom which is a familiar platform for our 4th and 5th graders so the learning curve wasn't as steep for those teachers and eventually for their students. However, to use such a platform for the younger grades forced us to shift the paradigm and consider what would be both engaging and appropriate for young children. The teachers reviewed a host of online resources, and a prototype that Teaching Matters created just for the DOE, to include all content areas each day. We plan to infuse all of our enrichment classes throughout the week so students will be engaging in science, art, music, dance and phys ed in some capacity. In addition, students with special needs need to have mandated services provided via tele-therapy in speech, OT, PT and Counseling. There are definitely a lot of balls in the air but the teachers are each other’s greatest resource and they lean on each other so beautifully. It makes me so proud to see the community of staff come together to make this work.

What has been most challenging? 

I think the challenging part is maintaining a sense of community among the students, which they so sorely miss. Teachers have already planned to create a space for some face to face time, videotape some read alouds and share photos of each other to keep the classroom community alive. 

For all of us this happened so suddenly and that can be jarring for young children and their families. Our counselor is reaching out to all families with some guidance, tips, and resources to help them manage their own feelings and the feelings of their children.

What is important for parents to know and expect as this program is rolled out over the next week?

I think parents need to understand that Remote Learning will not be an exact replacement for face to face instruction and intimate connection with the teachers and other classmates on a daily basis. We will do our best to make the work and activities engaging and inclusive, and make sure that the children know that their teachers are still involved in their lives. We are not keen about having students spend hours in front of a screen which is why we are infusing a variety of activities to get children reading, creating art, moving their bodies, exploring some new things, sharing what's been going on in their lives. It's going to be a little bumpy at the start to learn on a digital platform but I know my teachers have been working hard to design a program that is appropriate for each age group.

Tribeca’s Greenmarket was open today, with a new protocol. Only the sellers touched the produce before purchase. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib

In an effort to support local restaurants and their staffs, Taste of Tribeca has compiled a list of eateries, to be revised and expanded, which remain open “in some capacity,” or are simply offering gift cards, starting with Taste participants. “When all of this is over,” the organizers say on their website, “we will need our restaurants to be able to turn on their lights and open their doors, and secondarily we also hope that when we re-launch Taste of Tribeca, that they will be able to join us.

For now, Tribecas Bowery Mission at 90 Lafayette St. is still open, with the demand for food growing and expenses rising, reports Religious News. Volunteers may no longer be able to help out, but donations are being requested to cover the increased need. 

Friday, March 20

Beginning on Saturday, March 22, the GrowNYC Greenmarkets will be closing down its food scrap and clothing collections until further notice. But the markets will remain open.

Battery Park City resident Cora Fung sent us this photo of the eerily empty Oculus. Send us your photos ( that help tell the story of Lower Manhattan in this time of the pandemic. 

Boy's Life has some great stuck-at-home projects for kids, using materials mostly found around the house. Among the 25 is our favorite, slime-making. And here, the Department of Education lists a ton of educational materials (many actually fun) to supplement kids' remote learning.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced that as of yesterday the city has inspected 8,150 businesses and religious institutions for adherence to rules mandating closures, and found “overwhelming compliance.” Only six violations were issued.

The Downtown Alliance has compiled this list of eight markets in Lower Manhattan that deliver to your door. Store hours and service areas are included.

Thursday, March 19

LMHQ (Lower Manhattan Headquarters), the non-profit workspace on Broadway, is closed. But it is posting a page of resources for jobs and gigs, volunteering opportunities, and information on government relief. You can also add to the list if you have suggestions.

A movie a day keeps the anxiety away. Thats the motto of the Tribeca Film Festival that each day is offering a free short from its archives. As a special thank you to the brave people staying home and doing their part to help keep our community safe, the festival writes, Tribeca is proud to present an online series of Tribeca shorts, with a new film rolled out at 11 a.m. each day for a moment of entertainment and refuge in a world unknown. Go here for todays short, So You Like the Neighborhood, starring Tony Award nominee Sarah Stiles. And here is the homepage for the later selections.

Wednesday, March 18

An officer in the 1st Precinct in Tribeca tested positive for the coronavirus and another 17 officers are being monitored for flu-like symptoms, according to 1010 WINS. The station also reported that 31 officers have called in sick in the last few days. A source at the 1st Precinct declined to comment on the report. An NYPD spokesman, who first told the Trib that a statement would be sent out on the report, later wrote in an email that We are not releasing this information.

Do you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19? New-York Presbyterian Hospital, with a Lower Manhattan branch at 170 William St., provides visits with one of their doctors through the hospitals virtual urgent care service. It can be accessed here between 8 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week. The doctor will determine whether you need to come in to be evaluated. The hospital emphasizes the importance of telling them your symptoms before going to your doctor or the emergency room.

Raymond Pizzaro from Barnes & Noble Tribeca writes that the store is open and adjusting its hours, now from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the cafe open for take-out and the store otherwise open for business as usual (except for cancelled store events), with some seating removed. The community has been comng in for workbooks for the kids, activity kits and board games. We are reordering every day to replenish stock, he said. For quick transactions, he added, order online and then pick up at the store. It takes about 45 seconds.

Poets House is closed but its workshops can be found online. In the meantime, they stress the balm of poetry in a crisis and are asking for you to share the poems that get you through hard times, via Poets House Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. In this time of emergency, poetry has a role to play—to help us hear each other and comfort each other,writes Lee Briccetti, Poets House executive director. Poetry will help us build strength from the inside.

Tuesday, March 17

The city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection announced an emergency rule that makes price gouging illegal for any items that are used to limit the spread or treatment of the coronavirus. The agency is encouraging consumers to file a complaint at, or call 311, if they believe they were overcharged. “Now is the time for us to come together, not take advantage of each other for a profit but we continue to hear about and see empty shelves and price gouging, DCWP Commissioner Lorelei Salas said in a statement.

Beginning tomorrow, March 18, reservations will be required for New York Citys municipal offices. For reservations at the DMV, go to

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is now sending out daily “Covid-19 News” updates. Go here to sign up.

McNally Jackson is offering free shipping within New York City on orders over $50. As the Downtown Alliance points out, this is a good time to support independent booksellers and “escape” at the same time. They make some great reading suggestions.

Monday, March 16

The Battery Park City Authority announced that beginning today its programming, including the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, is closed until further notice. All Authority offices will remain open. 

New York Cares is in need of volunteers and information on digital orientation can be found here.

Zucker’s Bagels is offering “no contact delivery” of what they describe as “individually-wrapped foods and meals…boxed and made by sandwich pros wearing gloves that are changed between every meal.”

Sunday, March 15

Councilwoman Margaret Chin announced that her office is “fully shifting to a telecommuting structure” but can be reached by phone at 212-587-3159. The announcement notes that all senior centers are closed with the exception of food pick-up and delivery. 

The Downtown Alliance has posted a list of places in Lower Manhattan where people can get urgent medical care. They note: “It is recommended to hold off going to the ER unless you’re having trouble breathing or feel like your temperature is spiking.

Organizers of the Taste of Tribeca publicly announced that they will be cancelling their May 16 event. If it’s deemed safe, a modified Taste of Tribeca may still take place at the end of the school year, or before the start of the next one, they said. See the story.

Matt Abramcyk owns five bars and restaurants in Tribeca employing 160 people, and when we spoke to him on Sunday he was preparing to close all but one, Smith & Mills on North Moore Street, as a point of contact for his staffs. “At the end of the day we understand that the only way to be a citizen of the world is to close because thats the only way we’re going to get beyond this thing,” he said. Uncooked food would go to City Harvest and food banks, he noted.

Asked what help he would like to see from the government, Abramcyk said: “Obviously I’d like to get money that doesn’t have to be paid back that makes up for the lack of government planning and thought,” he said. “But if we have to pay the money back, it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be an uphill battle.

Saturday, March 14

Residents of Independents Plaza had a party of appreciation planned for their doorman, Eustace Edwards, who is retiring at the end of March after more than 40 years on the job. But we decided not to have a large gathering. We will present him with a gift instead,” writes longtime tenant Diane Stein.

Ron Silver, owner of Bubby’s in Tribeca, talked to the Trib before the city mandated that restaurants must close, but he said he was expecting it. In the meantime, he said, our main thing is keeping our employees and community safe. Doing whatever needs to be done.” And trying to stay solvent. 

“Honestly, what I’m doing is paying vendors and employees. I’m not going to pay my Con Ed bill right now. Or my rent. Or my taxes.” 

He added: “It feels like to me there are a bunch of weird promises being tossed around but if you’re not wise about paying your bills, you could really get caught short with cash.”

“Tonight is Saturday night and we’ve never seen my restaurant like this,” Tony Kavaja said, scanning the dining room of L’Angelo, the Tribeca Italian restaurant at Duane and Greenwich Street, where every table but two sat empty. “This is the best day on a normal week, but because of what’s going on, I’ve never seen the restaurant this slow, even on a Monday.”

“I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” he added. He was, of course, right. This was a day before the city edict that restaurants must close.

Friday, March 13

The September 11 Memorial & Museum was among the many institutions that closed this day. “As part of the fabric of the city, we recognize our responsibility to operate in the best interests of the millions who live, work and visit here,” it said on its website. The 9/11 Memorial also announced that it was cancelling its annual 5K Run/Walk and Community Day on April 26.

As a result of the disastrous economic impact from the COVID-19 crisis, the city is offering businesses with fewer than 100 employees zero-interest loans of up to $75,000 and direct cash grants.