Monkeypox declared public health emergency | Bronx Free Press

By Gregg McQueen

It’s official: the monkeypox outbreak has been declared a public health emergency in New York City.

On August 1, Mayor Eric Adams signed an executive order that will allow the city to suspend local laws and enact new health rules to address the outbreak.

“New York City now has over 1,200 reported cases, approximately 25 percent of cases nationally, and we are continuing to see the numbers rise,” said Adams. “This order will bolster our existing efforts to educate, vaccinate, test, and treat as many New Yorkers as possible and ensure a whole-of-government response to this outbreak.”

Approximately 150,000 New Yorkers may currently be at risk for monkeypox exposure, health officials said.

Read more: Monkeypox declared public health emergency | Bronx Free Press

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Artist explores freedom and industry | Manhattan Times News

By Sherry Mazzocchi

What do winged angels, ancient Assyrian temple gods and Dominican activists have in common?

All turn up in the work of visual artist Moses Ros is an architect by training and a print-maker by vocation. His work is appearing in four simultaneous shows across the U.S.: the Riverfront Art Gallery in Yonkers, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas and Alianza Dominicana in Washington Heights.

In the new project “Deconstructed Anatomies,” which opens Thursday, Aug. 4, in Yonkers, Ros’ work was inspired by art from the eighth century B.C. The ancient Mesopotamian city of Nimrud, located in modern-day Iraq, contained a palace built for King Ashurnasirpal II. The palace walls featured stone carvings of Lamassu – celestial winged lions with human heads. They were powerful deities protecting the royal Assyrian compound.

Read more: On wings and of will | Manhattan Times News

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$70 million to combat care “deserts” | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

Essential care for essential workers.

Nearly 3,000 new child care slots are slated to open in underserved neighborhoods across New York City, most of which aims to serve essential and frontline workers and those whose work non-traditional hours.

At a press conference uptown on Mon., July 25th, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the state would provide nearly $70 million in grant money to newly licensed child care programs operating in so-called “child care deserts.”

The grants were derived from federal funding in the American Rescue Plan and are expected to help the new providers cover startup and staffing costs, access Covid-19 vaccines, and manage other expenses.

According to state officials, child care deserts are defined as census tracts that have three or more children younger than 5 for each available child care slot, or no available child care slots.

Read more: $70 million to combat care “deserts” | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Video: Harlem Seafood Soul Featured On Netflix’s Street Food USA

Say word? The highly sought after and in demand Harlem Seafood Soul is now on Netflix. Hit up the 3rd episode of Street Food USA as they come to Harlem for some of that good good. After you finishing watching it then head to Harlem to bring a little culinary closure to this whole affair. Get ready to wait in line but it will be worth it.

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Uptown Video: The Queen @ The Palace

Earlier this month, July 13 to be exact, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige brought Apple Music Live to Washington Heights for a historic, one-night only, special affair at the venerable United Palace. The result was pure magic ✨. Hit up Apple Music right NOW to catch that exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime performance… All hail the Queen!!!

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Coogan’s Way Nominated For An Emmy Award

Photo: Cristóbal Vivar

The documentary about the one and only Coogan’s, Coogan’s Way has been nominated in the Topical Documentary category at the 65th Annual NY Emmy Awards. Coogan’s Way tells the story of this beloved Uptown institution that meant so much to so many. The film interviews the owners Dave Hunt, Tess O’Connor McDade, and Peter Walsh as well as such folks as Lin-Manuel Miranda and his dad Luis Miranda, former Congressman Charlie Rangel, our current Congressman Adriano Espaillat. Not to mention that our very own Led Black is interviewed in the film.

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Free Mental Health Helpline Service Extended | Bronx Free Press

Man pushing cart - Washington Heights - Paul Lomax

The capacity of the city’s free mental health helpline, NYC Well, will be greatly expanded, thanks to a $10.8 million investment from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).

Launched in 2016, NYC Well provides New Yorkers with immediate connection to counseling, crisis intervention, peer support, and referrals to treatment via phone calls, text or online chat.

The OMH funding, announced by Mayor Eric Adams and city health officials on July 18, will provide more staff for the helpline.

This enhanced capacity will allow NYC Well counselors and peer support specialists to answer up to 500,000 calls, texts, and chats between July 2022 and June 2023 — a nearly 20 percent increase in capacity from the previous year.

Read more: Free Mental Health Helpline Service Extended | Bronx Free Press

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