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How ‘Blue Bloods’ and Other Shows Resumed Filming in Pandemic N.Y.C.

“Just the Covid division alone for each production could be up to 40 people,” said Doug Steiner, the chief executive of Steiner Studios, where seven series, including Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Showtime’s “City on a Hill,” are back in business.

About one person every week or two test positive somewhere on the lot, Mr. Steiner said. But so far, he said, the productions have managed to isolate cases and their contacts, and continue filming. Studios pay for testing, and their coronavirus teams do their own contact tracing.

The city said that at least one production had shut down for two weeks because of virus cases, while others have shut down for a day or two.

It’s impossible to get a complete picture of how often the coronavirus is appearing on set, as no one is tracking that number fully. Daniel Hank, a New York producer and a member

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NYC bodies from COVID-19 March first wave still in freezer trucks

  • At least 600 bodies of people who died in the coronavirus’ first wave are still in freezer trucks in Brooklyn, according to The Wall Street Journal. 
  • New York City’s chief medical examiner is still tracking down families to inform them of deaths earlier this year, the paper reported. 
  • Funeral costs and problems finding next of kin caused the backlog, despite officials dedicating extra staff to trying to clear it, the Journal said.
  • New York City was hit hard and early by the pandemic, and has seen more than 34,000 deaths so far. 
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More than 600 bodies of New Yorkers who died in the COVID-19 pandemic’s first wave are still being stored in freezer trucks, according to a Wall Street Journal report. 

The cost of burial and the difficulty in contacting relatives led to a backlog, the paper reported, even as the country experiences

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N.Y.C. says 3 percent of its coronavirus tests reveal infections. Why does the state disagree?

A 3 percent positive rate in coronavirus testing is a critical threshold for New York City. It is the point at which the mayor shut down public schools last week. The governor says that a sustained 3 percent level in the city will result in banning indoor dining, closing gyms and hair salons, and placing a 25-person cap on attendance at houses of worship even as the holidays approach.

But as important as that 3 percent rate is, it seems the city and the state can’t agree on whether it has been reached.

That conflict has played out over the past week, with Mayor Bill de Blasio saying 3 percent has been breached, while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the positive test rate was well below that. Each relies on his own statistics, which are compiled and reported in different ways. And, it turns out, the state and city also

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Police Arrest Man Who They Say Punched Actor Rick Moranis in Random N.Y.C. Attack

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Star Rick Moranis Sucker-Punched in Head in Random N.Y.C. Attack

Rick Moranis, 67, was walking near his apartment when an unidentified man sucker-punched him in the head

Over a month after Rick Moranis was the victim of a random punch to the head, police say his attacker has been arrested.

“Thanks to an eagle-eyed sergeant from @NYPDTransit, this suspect has been apprehended and charged,” the New York Police Department tweeted on Saturday.

On Saturday, Marquis Ventura was arrested in connection with the October attack, according to local NBC and ABC affiliates. An attorney for Ventura was not immediately known.

NBC News reported that Ventura, 35, was spotted by transit officers in the subway system near 72nd Street and Broadway, a few blocks from where the assault first took place. Police told the outlet Ventura was arrested on suspicion of assault in the second degree, which

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AB INTL GROUP Updates Progress of Film “Love Over the World” (AiBianQuanQiu) and NYC Office

NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AB International Group Corp. (OTCQB: ABQQ), an intellectual property (IP) and movie investment and licensing firm, announces update progress of its first completed film, “Love Over the World” (AiBianQuanQiu), its producer company hasn’t received screening license from China govt and any notice yet. The distributors were update to the Company: the film unable schedule to be screened on cinemas nationwide before January 2021. The Company also announced because COVID pandemics reason, its North America Operation Offices in NYC has no timetable for official launch.

About AB International Group Corp.
AB International Group Corp. is an intellectual property (IP) and movie investment and licensing firm, focused on acquisitions and development of various intellectual property. We are engaged to acquisition and distribution of movies. The Company has a Patent License to a video synthesis and release system for mobile communications equipment,

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Paul Simon, Diana Krall, Gary Knisely and Jeffrey Shafer Help Fund Louis Armstrong Foundation Grants For NYC Jazz Musicians

Three hundred musicians are receiving $1,000 grants.

Paul Simon, Diana Krall, Gary Knisely and Jeffrey Shafer Help Fund Louis Armstrong Foundation Grants For NYC Jazz Musicians

After allocating $1 million in financial support to New York-area musicians who lost income due to coronavirus-related closures beginning in March, the Board of Directors of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation (LAEF) today announced a second round of grants from The Louis Armstrong Emergency Fund for Jazz Musicians.

Three hundred musicians are receiving $1,000 grants thanks to 27 generous contributors who donated between $50,000 and $500 and nearly 200 other individuals who joined forces with LAEF to assist freelance jazz musicians that worked with regularity in the five boroughs of New York City.

Among the donors are GKV Foundation, Simon Family Foundation,Diana Kralland Jeffrey Shafer. Other contributors represent jazz fans, music industry businesses, jazz journalists, producers and jazz musicians, including a saxophonist who received funds in April, but is now in the position to make a contribution, larger than the grant, to help

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DOC NYC documentary film festival goes online

Non-fiction is once again the star attraction of DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, now in its 11th year. But in this era of COVID-19 the festival’s offerings are being shared online, unhindered by the boundaries of New York City.



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And with that virtual lack of borders comes an international roster of more than 200 feature-length and short films from all over the world (including many international, North American and U.S. premieres). Held November 11-19, the festival also includes panel discussions, appearances by noted documentary directors, workshops and master classes.

Check out the DOC NYC Fest website at docnyc.net for full descriptions and information on how to stream. All films and special programs will be available online in the U.S. from November 11 beginning at noon ET though November 19 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets are available for individual films, at $12 each, or in

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Dozens of arrests at post-election protest in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Several dozen people were arrested Wednesday night in New York City after police say they “attempted to hijack” a peaceful protest by lighting trash on fire, hurling debris and fighting with officers.

The arrests happened after hundreds of marchers demanding the counting of every presidential election vote converged on Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, where a smaller group rallied against police misconduct.

Some of the people arrested were throwing eggs at officers and one person was breaking a store window, police said. The department said officers recovered a knife and a stun gun, spray paint and M80 firecrackers.


The police department tweeted photos of several trash fires. Bystander video showed officers in helmets and tactical gear swarming protesters.

“We support everyone’s right to self-expression, but setting fires puts others at risk and will not be tolerated,” an NYPD’s tweet said.

There were also standoffs between police and

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‘SNL’ Stages Musical Love Letter To NYC After Trump’s ‘Ghost Town’ Diss

New York City never looked more alive than during an all-star musical tribute on this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” 

Returning as host for a fourth time in four seasons, John Mulaney expanded his NYC-themed theatrical universe to showcase a Times Square souvenir shop in all its gritty and unheralded glory, following in the footsteps of the now-iconic sketches “Diner Lobster,” “Bodega Bathroom” and “Airport Sushi.”

This time around, however, the eight-and-a-half-minute sketch titled “New York City Musical” packed an extra punch after President Donald Trump labeled the city as a “ghost town” during the final presidential debate in October. 

While the costumed characters that populate the typically bustling tourist district have certainly fallen on some hard times during the COVID-19 pandemic, they proved resilient as ever in a song-and-dance number. 

It all began when a customer played by Pete Davidson asked to try on a used pair of “I ❤️NY”

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Movie theaters in New York outside NYC can reopen October 23, with limits

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference on Saturday that movie theaters in the state — but not in New York City — can reopen at 25% capacity starting October 23. Theaters have been closed since mid-March, when the state went into lockdown.



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The limited reopening will only apply to counties that have an infection rate below 2% on a 14-day average and have no COVID-19 hot spots. Those stipulations rule out several counties including, Rockland, Orange and Broome.

New Yorkers going to the movies for the first time in nearly seven months will be required to wear masks and social distance from other patrons. Only 50 people will be allowed per screen.

Cuomo held his press conference as the U.S. faces a fall coronavirus surge that is seeing states nationwide report record numbers

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