Posted inCovid-19

NYC Fails on COVID Testing in Hard-Hit Inwood, Residents Charge

Long lines are a consistent presence outside a MedRite Urgent Care center in Inwood, the only storefront option for COVID testing in Manhattan north of West 181st Street. A van from the city’s Health and Hospital Corporation serves the area, but community advocates and elected officials say that’s not enough for more than 87,000 residents. […]

Posted inVaccinations

PHOTOS: Manhattan Seniors Get Their Shot at Hope as COVID-19 Vaccinations Hit Home

Maritza Cadrera put her hand on the shoulder of her 93-year-old mother, Antonia Villanueva, to comfort the resident of Wien House in Inwood while she received her second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday.  “It brings us closer to normalcy,” Cadrera told THE CITY after Villanueva was vaccinated inside one of the Nagle […]

Posted inParks

Privately Managed City Parks Tennis Courts Lunge Ahead of Phase 3 Reopening

Sidelined tennis players are calling “fault” on the city Parks Department, whose courts will remain padlocked through July 6 even as it allows privately managed courts on its property to reopen.  Seven of the 10 red clay courts inside Manhattan’s Riverside Park reopened Monday, according to Mike McIntyre, executive director of the Riverside Clay Tennis […]

Posted inGeorge Floyd Protests

Curfew Confusion: Some ‘Essential’ Medical Workers Can’t Cross Police Barricades

Taylor Shubert just wanted to get home.  Two different police forces told him he couldn’t, turning his typically 20-minute commute into a two-hour odyssey, five miles north of the curfew-driven traffic restrictions that went into effect south of 96th Street Monday evening. After a late shift at Metropolitan Hospital on 97th street in East Harlem, […]

Posted inSeniors

Senior Centers Scramble to Serve Hungry Elders Staying Home Over Coronavirus

Additional reporting by Josefa Velasquez Sign up for “THE CITY Scoop,” our daily newsletter where we send you stories like this first thing in the morning. At the Open Door Senior Center in Manhattan’s Chinatown, the Ping-Pong room is usually so packed that there’s often a 20-minute wait to play on one of three tables. […]

Posted inGovernment

Counting on Old Uptown Playbook for Citywide Census Success

The last time America took stock of itself, Washington Heights and Inwood beat the odds. On paper, the adjoining neighborhoods were deemed “hard to count” by federal Census officials. With high numbers of low-income people, households with a single parent and residents who don’t speak English, it appeared probable the area would have a subpar […]

Posted inEconomy

La Marina Closes in on Reopening Under Brother Jimmy’s

La Marina is one step closer to becoming a waterfront Brother Jimmy’s. The owners of the embattled uptown hotspot have received approval to reorganize and reopen under the management of the southern food chain, a bankruptcy hearing revealed Monday. The plan earned a unanimous okay from the owners’ 20 creditors, who are collectively owed more […]