The outer-borough restaurants are hoping to overturn the mandate, arguing that it unfairly affects restaurants and excludes other indoor facilities like salons, offices, and places of worship.
The restaurants involved in the lawsuit include Deluca’s Italian Restaurant and Max’s Esca in Staten Island, and Pasticceria Rocco in Brooklyn. The Independent Restaurant Owners Association Rescue and two gyms, Evolve-33 and Staten Island Judo Jujitsu, are also plaintiffs in the complaint.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday and already has the support of several Republican elected officials, according to The New York Times, including Representative Nicole Malliotakis and City Council member Joe Borelli, who both represent Staten Island.
The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs feel the vaccine mandates are “unscientific” and “would severely impact” their “business, life-savings, and livelihood.”
The lawsuit comes weeks after de Blasio announced that workers and patrons wanting to participate in indoor activities such a gyms, restaurants, and performance venues would be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
De Blasio feels confident his executive order will withstand a legal challenge, he told the Times on Wednesday.
“I’ve had the conversation with the Law Department – tremendous confidence that we’re in a very strong legal position,” de Blasio said to The Times. “We’re in a global pandemic still. The decisions that have been taken have been taken with the leadership of our health officials who have been fighting this battle from the beginning.”
New York City is by far the most populous city in the United States, with more than 8.8 million residents across the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
Its population increased by 7.7 percent from 2010, when the census recorded a population of roughly 8.2 million residents.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, many residents left New York for locales with less density and more affordable housing, but the out migration wasn’t enough to dent the city’s strong growth over the past decade.
2. Los Angeles
Los Angeles remained the second most populous city in the United States, with nearly 3.9 million residents, up from 3.79 million residents in 2000.
The city’s population grew by 2.8 percent between 2010 and 2020.
With over 10 million residents, Los Angeles County, which includes the city of Los Angeles and municipalities such as Santa Monica, Burbank, and Long Beach, is the most populous county in the country.
Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States and the economic engine of the Midwest, now boasts a population of nearly 2.75 million residents, up from the roughly 2.7 million recorded in the 2010 Census.
Between 2010 and 2020, the city grew by 1.9 percent, reversing a 6.9 percent population decline from 2000 to 2010.
Houston is the largest city in Texas, with more than 2.3 million residents, according to the 2020 Census, adding a little over 200,000 residents from the last census count.
In 2010, there were nearly 2.1 million residents recorded living in this dynamic Sun Belt city.
Arizona has emerged as one of the most politically-competitive states in the county, and much of the reason has to do with the explosive growth in Phoenix and its anchor, Maricopa County.
Phoenix serves as both the state capital and the seat of Maricopa, which contains roughly 61 percent of the state’s population.
During the last decade, Phoenix moved past Philadelphia to become the fifth-most populous city in the United States, with over 1.6 million residents, according to Census figures.
Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in the United States, with a key geographic location between Boston and Washington, DC.
The City of Brotherly Love may have lost its No. 5 spot to Phoenix, but it was no slouch in the growth department, boasting a population slightly above 1.6 million and a growth rate of 5.1 percent between 2010 and 2020.
7. San Antonio
San Antonio experienced robust growth in the past decade, growing from 1.32 million residents in 2010 to 1.43 million by the end of the decade, an 8.1 percent increase.
8. San Diego
San Diego boasts some of the most beautiful weather in the entire country, and in the last decade, the coastal city continued to grow — from 1.3 million in 2010 to nearly 1.4 million in 2020.
Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas, in what has become a rapidly-changing Sun Belt metropolitan area.
The city’s population grew from nearly 1.2 million in 2010 to a little over 1.3 million in 2020.
10. San Jose, Calif.
San Jose is the anchor of the Silicon Valley and the most populous city in Northern California.
From 2010 to 2020, the city experienced a 7.1 percent population growth and now boasts a population of 1.01 million people.
This just in: more proof that the 2020 narrative of a fading New York City was completely wrong.
NYC saw its population grow by 8% in the past decade, according to Census Bureau data released earlier this week. That’s equivalent to more than 629,000 people for a population of 8.8 million.
It’s positive news for a city whose obituary was written countless times last year. Formerly the US epicenter of the pandemic during the first coronavirus wave last spring, NYC watched many of its young professional transplants head back to their parents’ homes and its wealthy residents flee upstate or down south for more space. The urban flight fueled the story of a city that had lost its luster.
City officials have partially attributed the population increase to getting a better census count after the New York’s Department of City planning added 265,000 housing units that were missing from the Bureau’s list. But it’s still the latest evidence that the NYC mass exodus wasn’t quite so massive as it was made out to be.
Data from USPS released earlier found that more Manhattanites moved to Brooklyn than anywhere else between March 2020 and February 2021 – 20,000 of them, compared with 19,000 Manhattanites who moved to Florida, only 10,000 of whom plan to stay permanently.
While the number of outward migrants from the NYC metro area ticked up from 2019 to 2020 – a loss of 6.6 per 1,000 residents grew to 10.9 – those who left for the suburbs were already returning in spring, Mansion Global reported. People began their return to NYC in the third quarter of 2020, location data from Unacast found. In January and February, it said, migration to the city was growing twice as fast as it did in 2019.
The city’s real estate market, which once plummeted, has since begun to rebound. New Yorkers are upgrading to wealthier neighborhoods and fancier apartments, while there’s evidence that overseas buyers are starting to drive sales again, as are young professionals looking to buy for the first time. The number of sales in Manhattan increased by 28.7% from the last three months of 2020 to the first three of 2021, according to a Douglas Elliman report.
A Bank of America Research note from May predicted that economic reopening would further spark a domino-like return to the city, ultimately proving the mass exodus narrative more myth than reality. It noted that NYC remained a premier city for “young renters given their status as economic, financial, and cultural centers, and the pullback in rents over the past year helps affordability.”
Now, not everyone has stuck around. The same USPS data found many did move for good. But those who didn’t stay in the metro area still remained close by in the Northeast, heading out east to Long Island or as far as Philadelphia. Within traveling distance to the city, it’s likely they’ll continue to boost NYC’s economy, but through spending as visitors rather than as residents.
But Stephan D. Whitaker, an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, said that while migration did increase in many urban neighborhoods, it hasn’t been to the extent that it would fit the definition of an exodus.
As Kenneth Horn, the founder of Alchemy Properties, told Mansion Global, “Whoever wrote off New York was wrong.”
Singapore saw nearly $24 billion worth of real estate sales in the first half of 2021 as home prices spiked by a record 4.1%, Faris Mokhtar reported for Bloomberg. That’s twice the recorded sales in Manhattan – the biggest real-estate market in the United States’ largest city – in the same period.
“Our high-end market is very resilient,” Bruce Lye, the cofounder and managing partner at Singapore Realtors Inc., told Insider this spring. “Singapore is much sought after due to our safe-haven status for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. With amendments to the Global Investor Program and benefits of setting up family offices in Singapore, we will see many more eye-popping deals being inked in the near future.”
“A year and a half after the pandemic began, it’s safe to say that New York City has its mojo back,” Liebman said.
The two cities have had markedly different pandemic experiences. New York City, with a population of more than eight million, has recorded nearly 2.2 million COVID-19 infections and 53,750 deaths, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. Singapore, which has about 5.7 million people and has been known for its stringent lockdowns and containment measures during the pandemic, has recorded 65,836 cases and 42 deaths.
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Post-pandemic, there is now pent-up demand for travel, plus extra budget after a year without it.
If you saved by not traveling and are ready to splurge, we found incredible luxury hotels in the US.
These are the best 5-star hotels to fulfill bucket-list dreams, from Hawaii to Montana and Orlando.
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As a professional travel writer, I’ve been fortunate to stay at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. But like most people, the pandemic left me grounded – and wanderlusting madly.
Now that it’s possible to move about once again, and after over a year with little to no travel, we’re left with not only pent-up demand but unspent cash that we’re ready to put to good use.
If you’re ready to realize those travel dreams with a bucket list trip, but aren’t ready to cross the border, we rounded up some of the most luxurious hotels here in the U.S. These incredible five-star properties all offer an unparalleled guest experience, dreamy scenery, sumptuous amenities, impeccable service, and much more.
Browse all the best luxury hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:
The Peninsula Chicago is a famous five-star property located on the Magnificent Mile, in the heart of the city’s premier shopping district. The 339-guest room hotel features three restaurants, a rooftop lounge, and a world-class spa.
Entry-level guest rooms face south over Superior Street and are some of the most spacious in town, with rich wood and cream leather that accents high-end furnishings. The Superior rooms are bright and airy with sophisticated decor in muted earth tones and signature blues.
The indoor pool, located on the 19th floor, offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and the city through 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, while the sumptuous spa takes over the 19th and 20th floors.
The Setai is one of South Beach’s most polished jewels, with an east meets west aesthetic that merges thoughtful Zen-like design inspired by purposeful Feng Shui practices with classic Miami Art Deco architecture.
The all-suite hotel is often booked by celebrities and posh-minded travelers seeking a private and pampering experience. Standard Art Deco rooms are spacious with separate sitting areas, indulgent rain showers, and deep soaking tubs in the middle of Studio and One Bedroom City Suites. A separate gleaming tower houses contemporary one, two, and three-bedroom oceanfront apartment-style suites with terraces and kitchens.
Three sleek pools are heated to varying degrees year-round, while excellent on-site dining includes a lavish Friday night show with fire dancers and acrobatic performers while guests tuck into Asian fare and cocktails. The Valmont Spa offers remarkable treatments inspired by Swiss medicine and practices.
Eloise, the story of the glamorous little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel, is just one of many stories that contribute to the lore and reputation of one of New York City’s most famous hotels.
Since its debut more than a century ago in 1907, the Plaza Hotel has hosted just about every celebrity and dignitary you can imagine within its walls on Central Park South.
Entry-level rooms span 475 square feet, which is generous for a hotel room anywhere, but especially so in Manhattan where most standard rooms barely push 200 square feet. They also include comfortable sitting areas and a bathroom finished with inlaid stone mosaics in floral motifs. Bathroom details also include 24-carat gold plated faucets and accessories, and hand-crafted marble vanities.
The hotel features multiple restaurants, an adjacent upscale food court and market, and the lavish Guerlain spa.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk is pure Newport, housed in an iconic Gilded Age mansion. It’s also the only hotel to be located along Newport’s Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile oceanfront path lined with other historic mansions. It’s one of Rhode Island’s most popular attractions and staying here gives you a front-row seat and a pass from having to secure parking, which is nearly impossible during summer and other peak travel periods.
Inside, the 19th-century mansion is over the top elegant, with 20 guest rooms and villas dripping in period style. Rich custom linens feature alongside thick drapes and regal upholstery, all inspired by the city’s heritage. Opulent chandeliers, fireplaces, and furniture round out each accommodation. Some also feature jetted tubs, ocean views, and private patios.
There are several options for upscale dining as well as a more casual cafe, plus in-room dining and spa services offered.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a splashy urban hotel located in the heart of Beverly Hills, at the intersection of some of the city’s poshest boulevards.
The property has 119 rooms and 51 suites with interior design by Pierre-Yves Rochon, top-end technology, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies. Guest rooms start at 537 square feet with a 110 square-foot terrace, lounge areas, espresso machines, Bluetooth-enabled speakers, and luxurious bathroom amenities.
Indulge in Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ signature restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (from three-Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten), which offers an eight-course tasting menu.
Atop the hotel is the alfresco Rooftop by JG, with 360-degree views of Los Angeles, and a rooftop pool deck that is the biggest of its kind in Beverly Hills with cabanas, a lounge area with panoramic views as well as a swimming pool and jacuzzi.
The on-site spa by La Prairie Spa offers ultra-luxurious treatments amid 5,000 square feet.
Located on 400 acres outside Tucson in the shadow of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval is a world-renowned destination spa resort prioritizing wellness.
The Life in Balance Spa, which we have visited and recommend without hesitation, features a myriad of services including Ayurveda, energy work, traditional massage, and acupuncture.
Suites are large and lavish and some come with hot tubs, walk-in showers, fireplaces, dining areas, and private patios. There are also zen touches such as a meditation pillow from an organic pillow menu, a Tibetan singing bowl, mindful coloring books, a community journal, and an essential oil diffuser, available on request. For true indulgence, the Solace Retreat is tailor-made for spa-like relaxation, with its own outdoor patio with a private hot tub, a celestial rain shower, and a lounge area with a fire pit. Other touches include an aromatherapy diffuser, fluffy cotton bathrobes, an indoor soaking tub, a sitting area, plus views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
The resort is a digital, device-free space, where guests are asked to unplug at check-in and place their phones and devices in a special “sleeping bag” to center themselves.
Room rates also include a nightly credit, all meals, and more than 200 classes and activities ranging from outback hiking and biking to challenge courses.
For some travelers, the ultimate bucket-list vacation involves Disney. Make it happen in ultimate luxury with a visit to Four Seasons Orlando, located in a secluded, residential setting within Walt Disney World Resort.
This lakeside property is dotted with gardens and pools and is a haven for family members of all ages. You don’t have to be a Disney fan to love it here, but it doesn’t hurt.
Guests can access its on-site character breakfast, The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals, offered at Ravello restaurant, and take advantage of included transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A Disney Planning Center on the lobby level serves as a full-service Disney concierge to assist guests with all needs including theme park tickets, tours, and dining reservations.
The resort is designed with specific areas that appeal to different age ranges for multigenerational travel. Teens can hang in the lazy river or water slides, or play water volleyball at The Cove section of the river. Not-yet-swimmers can splash away in the Splash Zone. The Explorer family pool is ideal for all ages, and there’s also a peaceful adults-only pool surrounded by palm trees and cabanas, as well as an 18-hole golf course, three tennis courts, and a spa.
Even the smallest room is a generous 500 square feet with a marble bath and chic furnishings in a neutral palette. While this is a Disney paradise, it definitely does not look it with the typical Mickey Mouse imagery strewn about.
Montage Laguna Beach is situated on a bluff atop the Pacific within the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach. The craftsman-style resort offers 250 rooms (and 23 privately owned Montage Residences) on 30 acres of oceanfront real estate.
The showstopper in the massive 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage with incredible pampering treatments. There is also the destination-dining restaurant Studio Restaurant, 3 pools, direct beach access, a fine art collection, and other luxurious amenities.
Rooms start at a generous 500 square feet and come with separate sitting areas with sofas, and marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate showers.
Hotel Wailea is Hawaii’s only Relais & Chateaux property, a brand renowned for elegant luxury. The hotel encompasses over 15 exclusive-feeling private acres overlooking the beach, with stunning views from every vantage point.
There are 72 impressive one-bedroom suites, each with a chic residential feel and lanais facing the ocean. Tesla Model X vehicles serve as house shuttles to punctuate the air of luxury that permeates the place. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is a destination in itself, offering Chef Zach Sato’s cuisine with panoramic ocean views.
The adults-only vibe is a boon for couples, and the hotel’s sweeping views exude intimacy and romance. Though you should know that Hotel Wailea is not located directly on the beach, however, it is a very short shuttle ride away.
Castle Hot Springs is Arizona’s first luxury resort, originally founded in 1896 as a holistic wellness retreat. Set against the silhouette of the Bradshaw Mountains (50 miles outside of Phoenix) the resort is like an oasis in the Sonoran Desert.
The 1,100-acre property, which underwent a major overhaul prior to re-debuting in 2019, is a 34-room resort that was once the chosen wellness retreat of choice for America’s titans of industry like the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, and Astors. The property has ancient hot springs and a digital detox philosophy ideal for those seeking a mental and physical reboot.
All guest suites (think bungalows, cottages, and cabins) feature outdoor stone tubs plumbed with hot springs water. Telescopes outside lodgings allow for nighttime stargazing.
Activities include guided hikes through the mountains, horseback riding along craggy desert trails, and tours of the one-acre greenhouse and farm, which produce more than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Three daily farm-to-table meals are included with the cost of the overnight stay.
The Resort at Paws Up combines all-out luxury with adventure set against a 37,000-acre ranch property. Yes, you read that right: It comprises about 60 square miles of Montana wilderness.
Situated along 10 miles of the Blackfoot River, Paws Up offers more than 100 miles of designated hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and ATV trails. Its activity list includes more than 50 options for fly-fishing, cattle drives, archery, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and more.
Accommodations come in the form of 28 luxury homes offered year-round and 36 glamping tents with seasonal availability. Each is individually decorated with a Western-chic vibe and artwork hand-selected by the owners.
Paws Up’s owners also opened an adults-only resort, The Green O, on the 37,000-acre property. It will offer 12 luxurious freestanding glass-walled units and a central Social Haus restaurant.
For a major dose of romance, consider this sprawling resort where John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned. As a result, it’s been called one of the most romantic places in the world. Guests may even book the Kennedy Cottage where the couple stayed, a two-bedroom, two-bath, 2,000-square-foot pied-a-terre.
The 500-acre San Ysidro Ranch is located in uber-chichi Montecito within the Santa Barbara region, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.
There are just 38 intimate cottages, each decorated with antiques, stone fireplaces, oak floors, and come with an expansive private deck, many with indoor-outdoor rain showers, sunken hot tubs, heated floors, and private gardens.
Work with the on-site team to create customized itineraries including sunset sailing, private yoga, sound meditation sessions, horseback riding, and wine tastings.
While the price is exceptionally high, so is the value as the rate includes meals, too. Order the $250 caviar, the $90 bone-in steak, or the $96 lobster cioppino. It is all included except alcohol.
In July 2021, the property opened a new outdoor spa patio and pool bar, as well as a new lower bar back patio deck, bocce ball court, and professional golf putting course. For an additional fee and with advanced reservations, San Ysidro Ranch guests may reserve a golf experience at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at the exclusive members-only Montecito Club.
I’m a seen-it-all luxury travel writer, but I rarely walk into a Four Seasons that doesn’t wow me. This one is especially a standout, even among the brand’s impeccable portfolio.
The secluded 90,000-acre paradise on Lanai (not far from the island of Maui) offers a wide array of outdoor activities such as archery, private horseback rides, diving, and fishing adventures upon the resort’s private fleet. There are also luxe accommodations at the beachfront Four Seasons Resort Lanai or the sister wellness destination, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort.
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai has 213 guest rooms in an array of low-rise buildings along the coastline for a residential vibe. There are multiple outdoor restaurants, including Nobu Lanai; Four Seasons’ Kids for All Seasons kids’ club; a beach and pool with seating areas tucked among tropical gardens; luxury boutiques; and an array of included classes and events.
For more of an exclusive, adults-only vibe, the sister resort, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, is an adults-only wellness destination spread on 24 acres. The 96-room resort is anchored by a great hall and sweeping outdoor gardens meant for connecting with nature.
Sensei by Nobu offers Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s classics as well as selections that incorporate Sensei’s nutritional philosophy created in partnership with Sensei’s co-founder Dr. David Agus.
The outdoor facilities include a 24-hour fitness facility, movement studios, a yoga pavilion and outdoor yoga spaces, an 18-hole putting course, onsen baths for private relaxation, an oasis pool with lap lanes, and gardens with lush flora as well as sculpture and art.
When the Kardashians and the Real Housewives want to splash out on a domestic vacation, it’s likely at this famous Aman property in Utah. Set on 600 acres in a protected valley, Amangiri (meaning “peaceful mountain”) is known for its sweeping views over towering mesas and dramatically stratified rock facing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The resort is built around a stunning swimming pool defined by a jaw-dropping stone escarpment. The main pavilion houses its dining room, living room, library, gallery, private dining room, and cellar. The Desert Lounge is an open-air living room perfect for sundowners or stargazing after dark.
From the pavilion, two wings of accommodations lead into the desert. In all, there are 34 suites, many with private swimming pools and roof terraces. Suites are large, with clean lines and natural materials, reflecting the surrounding Utah desert. Think white stone floors, concrete walls, natural timbers, and blackened steel finishings. Each suite has a fireplace and an outdoor lounge area.
New for 2021, the resort introduced the Cave Peak Stairway, an installation that rises 400 feet above the ground, for outrageous views. Thrill-seekers can climb the 120 steps — a dramatically vertical ascent with just open air below — leading from the resort’s existing Cave Peak Via Ferrata Trail for an unforgettable panorama (and pics) from the top.
A short hike or drive from Amangiri, Camp Sakira is a cluster of 10 canvas-topped pavilions centered around a shared lounge. Each has a private plunge pool.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the U.S. Located off the Florida Keys coastline, the adults-only Little Palm Island is a 4.5-acre property only accessible by boat or seaplane, for a totally remote and isolated vibe.
The island is never inhabited by more than 60 guests at any given time, though various species of birds, Key deer, and other natural wildlife keep the humans company.
Sumptuous accommodations are in thatched-roof bungalows amid secret-feeling pathways that lead to swaying hammocks and chaise lounges. Bungalows begin at 550 square feet with vaulted ceilings, ocean views, and outdoor showers or tubs.
SpaTerre offers treatments that incorporate ancient spa traditions like Balinese techniques and Thai body rituals. Outdoor activities include paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cats.
No travel is completely risk-free and we recommend following CDC current guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols at the time of travel.
What’s the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for couples?
John and Jackie Kennedy were among the famous honeymooners at San Ysidro Ranch, an iconic and historic California destination known for romance.
Another unforgettable option: As the only private island resort in the U.S., Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an ultra-romantic destination for couples. The remote, adults-only vibe makes it ideal for a honeymoon.
What’s the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for families?
Many hotels on our list are ideal for families, but Four Seasons Orlando stands out for its incredible access to Disney: It’s situated right in Walt Disney World Resort, with transportation to theme parks and a dedicated Disney concierge — not to mention a five-acre water park on site including a lazy river.
What is the most luxurious hotel in the world?
Dubai’s outrageously opulent Burj Al Arab has often been described as the world’s most luxurious hotel. At the time of its opening in 1999, it was touted as the first seven-star hotel on the planet.
It will only apply the vaccine rule to its corporate, non-union workers, and not its roughly 700 union employees, who include building service workers and cleaners, Crain’s New York first reported.
“For our corporate employees, unless they receive a medical or religious accommodation, if they are not vaccinated by Sept. 6th they will be separated from the company,” Durst spokesman Jordan Barowitz told Crain’s.
A Durst spokesperson confirmed the policy to Insider.
It is not clear whether Durst’s corporate workers will need just one or both shots of a COVID-19 vaccine under the new rule. The organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for clarification.
Barowitz told the New York Post that Durst had informed corporate employees of the new mandate in June, and that it was “driven by the wishes of the employees who want to work in a safer environment.”
Durst’s union workers – who include building service workers, cleaners, and doormen – are protected under a collective bargaining agreement, an unnamed source familiar with the matter told The Post.
The announcement of a new vaccine incentive comes amid increasing concern over the spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. The Centers for Disease Control announced yesterday that even fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in areas with “substantial or high transmission” of the virus.
According to a map from the CDC, all five of New York City’s counties have “substantial” levels of community transmission, meaning the new recommendations apply in the city.
“If we somehow don’t get to true immunity, our economy will be operating with a huge weight on its chest,” Robert Litan, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who served in the Bill Clinton administration, told Insider in November.
Neighborhood-watch app Citizen is offering up to $25 an hour for people to livestream crime scenes in New York City and Los Angeles, according to a report by The New York Post.
The app, which describes itself as a “personal safety network,” sends real-time safety alerts to users, letting them know about crimes, accidents, and emergencies. Users can view reports on a map.
The incidents are based on recent 911 calls, with photos and videos uploaded by volunteers who happen to be nearby – but the app is now advertising for “field team members” on journalism job sites, The Post reported.
The work would include interviewing witnesses and police officials and reporting “behind police tape,” per the job listings.
Third-party casting agency Flyover Entertainment posted a job listing on JournalismJobs.com Thursday looking for “field team members” who would work at an unnamed “tech company with user-generated content,” The Post reported.
Michael Yates, the owner of Flyover, wouldn’t confirm to The Post that the listing was for Citizen, saying: “I’d violate my NDA and they’d rightfully fire me.”
The Post said that the listing was removed from the website after it contacted Yates and Citizen about the vacancies, but that a Citizen spokesperson confirmed that Yates had been hired on behalf of the company, and sent The Post a link to a near-identical listing on the same site, which is still live.
“Citizen has teams in place in some of the cities where the app is available to demonstrate how the platform works, and to model responsible broadcasting practices in situations when events are unfolding in real time,” the spokeswoman said.
Field team members would earn $250 a day for 10-hour shifts in Los Angeles, and $200 a day for eight-hour shifts in New York City, per the listings.
The company didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The job listings said that the hires, who would be expected to work four or five days a week, would be “dispatched” to cover events including house fires and reports of missing children, and that they should interview police officials and witnesses on-scene wherever possible.
“You will be the app’s official on-the-ground presence, generating live content to give users real-time information on what’s going on in their city as it unfolds,” both job listings said.
The listings added that the hires would be “behind established media lines, behind police tape,” and that they would “never” be asked to go to an “actively dangerous location.”
The app, which says it has 7 million users in more than 30 cities, now has plans to launch a private-security service that would let users deploy security teams to residences and crime scenes, Vice’s Motherboard reported in May.
The latest tallies of New York City’s ranked-choice Democratic mayoral primary election show Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams narrowly leading former New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia by just 8,426 votes, 50.5% to 49.5%, with most absentee votes now counted. Given the outstanding vote and Adams’ lead, he is projected to be the winner of the primary.
The latest results include over 122,000 absentee ballots and some provisional ballots cast in-person. Out of the total 125,794 absentee ballots cast in the mayoral primary, 3,669 had problems with the signature on the outer envelope that voters will need to fix in order for their ballots to count, the city’s Board of Elections announced Tuesday.
Voters went to the polls through June 22 to pick Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor in the race to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is term-limited.
The winner of the crowded Democratic primary field will be the favorite in November’s general election, with Democrats heavily outnumbering registered Republicans across the five boroughs.
The Board of Elections released unofficial, un-ranked election results based on in-person votes only on Election Night, then ran the first ranked-choice tabulations a week later on June 29, also based on only in-person votes.
Several candidates, however, found themselves eliminated from contention just based on the unranked, election night results.
Shortly before 11 p.m. on the night of June 22, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang conceded in a speech in front of supporters.
“I am not going to be the next Mayor of New York City,” Yang said, sitting in fourth place.
Here are the unofficial, ranked tenth-round election results that show how the candidates stand before absentee and provisional ballots were added to the tally:
Why it took weeks to learn results.
While tabulating ranked-choice votes is done via software and is not particularly arduous on its own, it’s taking weeks to know the final results of the mayor’s race because of New York’s procedures for counting absentee ballots.
New York continued to allow voters to vote absentee due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and state law allows a lot of time for ballots to be accepted and mistakes with voters’ ballots to be rectified.
Absentee ballots were accepted through June 29 as long as they were postmarked by Election Day, and voters have until July 9 to fix or “cure” issues, like missing signatures on the outer envelopes of their ballots, under a new state law.
Ranked-choice voting ensures that the candidate who eventually wins does so with a majority of the vote.
Since no candidate won over 50% of the vote outright in the Democratic mayoral primary, the votes earned by the candidate who comes in last place are redistributed up to the next-best performing candidate. The process then continues up the chain until one candidate finally earns a majority of the vote.
The Board of Elections is expected to finish up final ranked-choice rounds with complete absentee and provisional results during the week of July 12.
How the campaign shaped up during the pandemic.
The primary’s early months were dominated by Zoom forums.
Nonprofit organizations, unions, and other local groups held discussions that were less debates than opportunities for the candidates to repeat their campaign promises and sharpen their messaging.
Adams cleaned up with labor endorsements around the city, while Yang received a first of its kind joint-endorsement from Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish community leaders. The borough president’s momentum was complicated by a scandal involving his primary residence, when a Politico investigation found Adams may have been living in either New Jersey or his office instead of a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone that he officially listed.
The latest twist in the race came in the final weekend, when Yang and Garcia campaigned together to “promote ranked-choice voting,” but not as a co-endorsement. Adams accused them of trying to prevent a person of color from becoming mayor, to which Yang replied that he’s been Asian his whole life.