These scientists created a model city to figure out the most effective order to give the vaccine

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Different strategies reduce total cases, reduce total deaths, or end lockdowns sooner. New Rochelle, a city of 80,000 people in upstate New York, was one of the earliest COVID-19 hot spots in the country. In early March last year, it experienced a serious outbreak even before nearby New York City became the initial epicenter of the virus. Read Full Story

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Cars have run their course in U.S. cities. Here’s what’s next

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“Cars are guests.” And they’re no longer welcome. Sticking closer to home because of COVID-19 has shown many people what cities can be like with less traffic, noise, congestion, and pollution. Roads and parking lots devoted to cars take up a lot of land . For example, in Phoenix, Los Angeles , and New York City , these spaces account for over one-third of each city’s total area. Read Full Story

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To reopen schools safely, close streets and create outdoor classrooms

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New York City plans to open schools in the fall but reduce the number of children who come into the classrooms. What if these schools expanded into city streets instead? Just like restaurants have expanded into streets across the country, come fall, closing off the streets in front of schools may be a key factor in reopening children’s education. this ability to increase capacity with a flexible, modular space would satisfy common-sense social distancing practices that would be impossible to enact within the current classroom configuration found at most schools. And, most important, it comes at no cost to the city. Read Full Story

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How to watch the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live on NBC or free without cable

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The parade will be smaller this year. The balloons will hopefully be just as exciting. It goes without saying, but the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will look a bit different this year. The normal stretch of two and a half miles has been reduced to a small area around the company’s flagship store in New York City, and—thanks to the coronavirus pandemic—there will be no live audience. Read Full Story

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Why “flexibility” may be the least helpful thing companies can offer working parents right now

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Companies have piled on the perks for parents who are working from home during the pandemic. They should have been focused on systemic change. Over Labor Day weekend, real estate mogul Rob Speyer got a call from an old friend: Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, the union that represents New York City’s 75,000-plus educators. Mulgrew had a favor to ask. Could Speyer, through his role as president and CEO of Tishman Speyer, help monitor and improve ventilation in some of the city’s public schools, as he had done across his own commercial real estate portfolio? Good ventilation could reduce the spread of COVID-19 in enclosed spaces like classrooms—and lay the foundation for reopening the schools that serve New York City’s 1.1 million students. Read Full Story

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The 50th New York City marathon has been delayed a year due to the damn coronavirus

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The pandemic runs down another institution. Perhaps 53,000 runners breathing heavily on each other during a pandemic in the fall is not a savvy plan. And with that, the 2020 TCS NYC Marathon has been canceled. “I applaud New York Road Runners for putting health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” said New York mayor Bill de Blasio. The postponement was announced today by The New York Road Runners, along with the Office of the Mayor of New York City. Read Full Story

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Location-based salaries will kill your startup’s culture

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This startup’s founder warns that reducing salaries to save a few bucks isn’t worth the damage you’ll do to team culture and morale. 2020 has inspired all of us to do some soul-searching. We’re asking ourselves big questions about what we value, how we want to spend our time, and where we want to be in life. As a result, people are making moves. My company is based in New York City, but throughout the last few months, I’ve had employees move to Idaho, Florida, Virginia, California, and Colorado. Some are looking to escape city life after the pandemic magnified its flaws, and others are choosing to live closer to family and friends. Whatever their reasons, I’m now managing team members with drastically different costs of living. Read Full Story

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