Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates

Weather: Foggy early, then increasingly sunny, with a high in the mid- to upper 70s.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended through June 7.

New York’s state and local governments will provide death benefits to the families of essential workers who died while fighting the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Monday.

“We want to make sure that we remember them, and we thank our heroes of today, and they’re all around us,” Mr. Cuomo said at his daily news briefing.

As people paused on Memorial Day to remember military personnel who died while serving the country, Mr. Cuomo linked the fallen service members to New York’s front-line workers, whom he called today’s “heroes.”

The public employees whose families would receive death benefits included health workers, police officers, firefighters, transit workers and emergency medical workers, the governor said. The benefits would be paid out of state and local pension funds.

Mr. Cuomo also called on the federal government to provide funds to give hazard pay to workers who were crucial to keeping states and municipalities operating during the outbreak.

His announcement — on the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid, an aircraft carrier turned museum anchored at the piers along the Hudson River — came as New York reported 96 new deaths related to the virus, only the second time that the state’s death toll had fallen below 100 since late March.

But this year, in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, people on Monday questioned how to gather during a crisis: Some watched socially distant processions instead of traditional parades, while others headed to the park or the beach, eager for the morning’s gray skies to clear.

In Yonkers, just north of the city, military and emergency vehicles were part of a Motorcade Memorial Day Parade. A flier encouraged onlookers to “wear a mask and practice social distancing.” On Long Island, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran hosted a car parade; residents were encouraged to watch a Facebook livestream and “salute” veterans remotely.

In New York City, beaches were still closed to swimming, though most shorelines in the region were open. Still, the relatively cool weather and public safety measures — most beaches were operating at half-capacity, and many had limited their use to locals only — dampened the urge to pack together on the sand.

[New Yorkers embark on a summer of uncertainty.]

Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week that he was considering opening beaches this summer, should the pandemic continue to ebb. And over the weekend, several members of the City Council urged the mayor to open the beaches for swimming.

“Access to city beaches isn’t just a summer fun issue,” Corey Johnson, the Council speaker, said in a statement on Saturday. “It is an equity issue and a public health issue.”

The Council set forth several recommendations for a reopening, including: flags in the sand to indicate where beachgoers can sit while social distancing; increased transportation options; and personal protective equipment and testing for lifeguards.

A beginner’s guide to biking the beach. [Gothamist]

The Bushwick house share was a haven. Then Covid-19 struck. [The New Yorker]

Saratoga Springs, an upstate horse-racing mecca, is bracing for a fanless summer. [Wall Street Journal]

Alyson Krueger writes:

In 1867, Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, opened the first hot-dog stand in Coney Island. He called his signature frankfurter the Coney Island red hot, and it was served with mustard, sauerkraut and diced raw onions.

Soon, Feltman’s red hots were all the rage. Al Capone is said to have devoured one every night as a teenager before his shift at a local nightclub.

Feltman’s hot dogs were originally made near the Brooklyn Navy Yard and sold from a pie cart. In 1871, an enormous Feltman’s restaurant opened in Coney Island. It took up two city blocks and could serve 10,000 diners at once.

It wasn’t long before other companies entered the competition. A young man named Nathan Handwerker worked for Mr. Feltman in 1915. The next year, he opened his own shop, Nathan’s Famous, down the street, where he sold his hot dogs for a nickel less.

Nathan’s ultimately became the dominant brand on the boardwalk. Feltman’s went out of business in 1954, eight years after Charles Feltman’s sons, who were in their 70s, retired and sold the business to a hotel owner.

But five years ago, Feltman’s of Coney Island returned, with two brothers once again at its helm.

Michael and Joe Quinn are relying on their complementary talents and skills to run the business — Michael is a Coney Island history buff, and Joe, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has the business approach of a military strategist. (For example, Joe focused on locking down the Feltman’s supply chain in January, when he first heard about the outbreak).

The brothers have also had good timing: People are pandemic-buying hot dogs like crazy.

Since March, the company has seen a 100 percent increase in sales from supermarkets and a 200 percent increase in online orders.

“Usually sales peak starting Fourth of July weekend,” Joe said. “So far it’s like March and April have turned into July.”

It’s Tuesday — savor it.

Dear Diary:

I was doing my regular chin-ups on a scaffolding at Broadway and West 104th Street one afternoon when I was surrounded by four teenage boys.

“Look at the old man!” one of them said. He took out his phone and appeared to be livestreaming me in action as he and his friends pointed at me and laughed.

I was a little nervous as I finished and dropped back onto the sidewalk, but then the boys burst into applause.

“How old are you?” the one who was livestreaming asked.

“66,” I said.

He offered me his fist to bump.

“I hope I’m doing chin-ups when I’m 66,” he said.

— Dan Armstrong

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