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State Extends, Expands Eviction and Foreclosure Bans Credited with Saving Thousands of Lives

Above: Belongings of a homeless person. Below: State Senator Brian Kavanagh: We are delivering real protection for countless renters and homeowners who would otherwise be at risk of losing their homes.

The State legislature has enacted, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed, a measure designed to provide relief for rental tenants and homeowners experiencing financial hardship as a result of ongoing pandemic coronavirus.

At a special session on December 28, the State Senates Democratic majority opened a special session to ratify the the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act. The measure, which had been passed earlier by the State Assembly, was signed into law on the same day by Mr. Cuomo.

The law imposes a standstill on residential evictions through May 1, provided that can document a COVID-related hardship. (Renters who are unable to provide this proof are still subject to eviction.) Also frozen until May 1 are residential foreclosure proceedings. During that period, both homeowners can offer hardship declarations in court to forestall a bank seeking to seize their property.

This measure takes up where a nationwide federal ban on evictions (imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September) left out. The national moratorium was originally set to expire on December 31, although Congress subsequently extended it through the end of January.

The New York State bill was spearheaded by Senator Brian Kavanagh, who chairs the Senate Housing Committee. From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, we have understood that housing security must be an essential part of our effort to protect the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers. By enacting this comprehensive residential eviction and foreclosure moratorium, we are delivering real protection for countless renters and homeowners who would otherwise be at risk of losing their homes, adding to the unprecedented hardship that so many are facing.

The new law was hailed by housing advocates, with a spokesman for the Lower Manhattan-based Legal Aid Society saying, this critical legislation which establishes one of the strongest statewide eviction moratoriums in the country will defend hundreds of thousands of families from eviction and homelessness.

The stakes appears to be significant in more than just the obvious ways. A December report, Expiring Eviction Moratoriums and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality, from the Social Science Research Network concluded that the earlier ban on evictions saved the lives of a large number New Yorkers between May and September. The review used statistical analysis to determine that out of the total number of tenants who would have been facing eviction if no ban had been in place, more than 10,000 would have been likely perish from COVID-19 after losing their homes.

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Whatever Floats Your Boat

During Pandemic and Revenue Shortfall, City Hall Prioritizes Plans for New Ferry

Amid a massive budget crunch that may require laying off several thousand City employees and slashing services, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio has nonetheless found room in municipal coffers to move ahead with plans for a new subsidized ferry that will connect Staten Island with Battery Park City, and Midtown.

Construction began in December at the Staten Island site of a new landing for the planned service, which was originally slated to begin running before the close of 2020, but has now been pushed back to the summer of this year, due to logistical complications caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Lower Manhattan Unchained

Questions about Whats In Store for Local Retail Point to Glum Answer: Not Much

Small businesses arent the only ones hurting in Lower Manhattan. Large national retailers are also shuttering their local stores in record numbers, according to a new report from the Center for an Urban Future (CUF), a public policy think tank that uses data-driven research to bring attention to overlooked issues. The analysis documents that the number of chain stores in Lower Manhattan decreased dramatically during the past 12 months, with a total of 63 national retailers shutting their doors permanently.

Vile Vexillology

Confederate Battle Flag Found Tied to Front Door of Museum of Jewish Heritage

The stars and bars standard flown by the army of the Confederate States of America, as they battled to preserve slavery during the Civil War, was found tied to the front door of Battery Park Citys Museum of Jewish Heritage (MJH) on Friday morning.

This Weeks Calendar

Thursday January 14


Landmarks & Preservation Committee


1) 17 Battery Place, application for renovation of existing entry and storefront including replacement of entrance infill and new louvers Resolution


Appeals Court Upholds Order Delaying Move of Homeless Men to FiDi

On Tuesday, a five-judge panel of the New York State Supreme Courts Appellate Division affirmed an earlier ruling (issued on December 3), which has the effect of halting once again the planned transfer of more than 200 men from the Lucerne Hotel, on the Upper West Side, to the Radisson Wall Street Hotel, located at 52 William Street. This order amounts to a partial victory for both sides in the lawsuit, granting some of what opponents of the plan were seeking, while also allowing the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio limited latitude to begin implementing its proposal on a smaller scale than originally envisioned.

What Killed All Those Fish?

The dead menhaden fish that bobbed at the surface of the water off Lower Manhattan and throughout the Hudson-Raritan Estuary and Long Island Sound during the month of December are gone now. But the concern remains. What killed the fish?

Adit Up

Architects Propose to Reclaim Park Tribeca Lost Nearly a Century Ago

Community Board 1 (CB1) is supporting a plan to create a new park in Tribeca, within the Holland Tunnel Rotary, the six-acre asphalt gyre of exit ramps that connects traffic from New Jersey to Lower Manhattans street grid.

The husband-and-wife architecture team of Dasha Khapalova and Peter Ballman are proposing to create a constellation of small, street-level parks at the corners of the complex (bounded by Hudson, Laight, and Varick Street, as well as Ericson Place) which will double as entry points for a new, submerged central plaza. This plaza is anachronously known as St. Johns Park, although it has not been a publicly accessible space since the Holland Tunnel opened, 94 years ago.

Eyes to the Sky

January 4 17, 2021

Early nightfall and late sunup beckon to stargazers before days lengthen


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January 14

1984 Ray Kroc, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1902)

1236 King Henry III of England marries Eleanor of Provence

1539 Spain annexes Cuba.

1911 Roald Amundsens South Pole expedition makes landfall on the eastern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.

1943 World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to travel by airplane while in office when he flies from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill.

1950 The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight.

1953 Josip Broz Tito is inaugurated as the first President of Yugoslavia.

1954 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.

1967 The New York Times reports that the U.S. Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments.


83 BC Mark Antony, Roman general and politician (d. 30 BCE)

1683 Gottfried Silbermann, German instrument maker (d. 1753)

1741 Benedict Arnold, American-British general (d. 1801)

1875 Albert Schweitzer, French-Gabonese physician and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1904 Cecil Beaton, English photographer, painter, and costume designer (d. 1980)

1952 Sydney Biddle Barrows, Mayflower Madam


1555 Jacques Dubois, French anatomist (b. 1478)

1742 Edmond Halley, English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist (b. 1656)

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