covid-19

Childbirth During a Pandemic: New York State Launches a Plan

Childbirth During a Pandemic: New York State Launches a Plan

Even in a pandemic, the natural cycles of life and death continue, and nobody knows this better now than the obstetricians and midwives working in New York City. Weddings can be postponed, birthday parties and Botox rescheduled. A baby’s arrival cannot.  City hospitals not only juggle thousands of coronavirus-positive patients every day, but also the […]

Nurses Union Sues Two Hospitals and New York Health Department

Nurses Union Sues Two Hospitals and New York Health Department

The New York State Nurses Association, the state’s nurses’ union, sued the New York State’s Department of Health and two medical centers Monday over working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The union filed three lawsuits—against New York’s Department of Health, Montefiore Medical Center, and Westchester Medical Center.  A press release issued by the union states […]

On the Frontlines: A Funeral Home’s New Normal

On the Frontlines: A Funeral Home’s New Normal

Tight embraces, hand holding, and intimate gatherings to celebrate a life well lived have always been standard practices in the funeral industry. But in the age of COVID-19, such ceremonial rituals can’t exist in tandem with social distancing protocol.   As the death toll nears 2,000 in New York State alone, the governor’s office instructed funeral […]

The Coronavirus Shutdown Is Devastating New York City’s Independent Theaters

The Coronavirus Shutdown Is Devastating New York City’s Independent Theaters

In a good year, the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, a small non-profit theater, operates on razor-thin margins. The playhouse relies heavily on local businesses to remain afloat, along with the occasional GoFundMe project. It’s worked, for the most part. The theater held more than a dozen events last year, including acting classes for […]

A Rainbow Connection in the Time of the Virus

A Rainbow Connection in the Time of the Virus

In 1979, Kermit the Frog sang: “Someday we’ll find it The Rainbow Connection  The lovers, the dreamers, and me” In 2020 during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Brooklynites finally found it. All across Brooklyn, families are placing rainbow drawings and paintings in their windows, creating a makeshift I-Spy game for children in the neighborhood as social distancing […]