Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Social But Distant

The crew respects the rules of social distancing by doing the entire show from the comfort of their homes. Through the power of video conferencing, everyone gives updates on their quarantine status.

On this week’s Bochinche Bites, Jaime dishes on the mythical internet Coronavirus cures and Madonna making weird Instagram bath videos.

On this week’s Frankspiracy news, Frank tells us about the top ten companies that bailed out after the Coronavirus.

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NYPD Out Here Towing Cars In A Pandemic

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

This occurred this morning at 10 am on Cabrini BLVD near the entrance to Fort Tryon Park. While the car was not the regulation 15ft away from a hydrant it was far enough that it was not necessary to tow. Taking someone’s car during these perilous times is unconscionable.

Some poor soul, when they find out their car was towed, will have to shell out a few hundreds bucks just to get it back. This is tough in regular times but during a pandemic.

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Quiet at Coogan’s | Manhattan Times

Few days are as keenly felt as St. Patrick’s Day at Coogan’s.

The touchstone eatery is a community haven on all other calendar dates, but this day is one like no other.

The amber panels gleam a bit brighter, the stout pours are richer. The warm plates of shepherd’s pie and corned beef are cause alone for happy tears, as are the ready peals of laughter and music.

And everyone is there to sing.

This year, the seminal holiday sounded a far more somber note at Coogan’s.

It was the first full day of the city closure of all bars and restaurants (save for take-out or delivery) in light of concerns over the coronavirus.

And again, as in crises past, Tess O’Connor McDade, Dave Hunt, and Peter Walsh have risen up to marshal resources, organize staff, and prep for a new unfathomable.

Read more: Quiet at Coogan’s | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Quarantinos Out Loud

On the latest episode of Latinos Out Loud, the group meets in Tibby’s hideaway studio and talks Coronavirus while sipping on Corona’s.

On Bochinche Bites, Jaime hones in on drones delivering drugs and a woman licking a toilet seat on Tik Tok.

On Frankspiracy News, Frank gives everybody his tips on how to get through this pandemic.

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Councilmember tests positive | Bronx Free Press

Councilmember Ritchie Torres has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

His full statement follows:

“Last night, I found out that I had tested positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend, I learned that a senior staff member had tested positive after experiencing symptoms for several days. All members of my staff have quarantined themselves and are now closely monitoring their health for symptoms.

I will be under quarantine in my Bronx apartment for the next few weeks to avoid spreading the virus to others, especially to seniors like my mother who suffers from chronic health conditions. I’ll be working from home and resting as much as possible.

Social distancing, and isolating yourself, especially if you’re experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone carrying the virus, may be painful, but it’s absolutely essential. It’s about saving lives and protecting loved ones. We must all take it seriously.”

In response, Speaker Corey Johnson said that a conference call with all Councilmembers was held and that the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) had been alerted and that it would conduct additional cleaning measures at City Hall.

Read more: Councilmember tests positive | Bronx Free Press

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Op-Led: Uptown Love in the Time of Coronavirus

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

No, not Tom Hanks. You know things are bad when even Forrest Gump can’t outrun the pandemic. Life is like a coronavirus tainted box of chocolates. And now no more NBA. Say it ain’t so. I’m not a Lakers fan but I was rooting for Bron Bron to bring home a chip this year in honor of Kobe. But that may never happen now. But seriously folks, we are headed for unchartered territory. Tyrant Trump’s criminally negligent non-response to the COVID-19 pandemic will have disastrous results. We will reap the whirlwind. This is just the beginning.

According to many experts we are only a few days away from where Italy is right now. In the coming days, our hospital systems will be overloaded and many of our most vulnerable will lose their lives. The pain will be broadly felt. This disaster in the making could have been somewhat mitigated with effective leadership. Unfortunately, we no longer live in that world. We used to be able to do this kind of stuff.

The Obama administration effectively handled several different outbreaks and created a high-level Pandemic Response Unit within the National Security Council, which was specifically designed to respond rapidly within the country as well to work in concert with governments globally to contain the spread of deadly contagions. This elite unit would have been crucial at this very moment but instead it was gutted by the Trump administration out of sheer jealousy and spite.

The Bloviator-In-Chief continues to make matters worse. Rattling markets with nearly every utterance. This is not the time for ad-libbing. The federal government is not coming to save us. With that said, solidarity is the only way forward.

With the ground beneath our feet shifting daily we must not allow ourselves to succumb to apathy and non-action or worse hatred. We must continue to look out for one another and do the heavy lifting that community entails. We are stronger than this. What this scourge underscores is how interconnected we all are. We are only as strong as our weakest link. This too shall pass but let us remember that elections have consequences and come this November we must speak with one voice and put an end to this national nightmare, or it might just be the end of the American Experiment.

Pa’Lante Siempre Pa’Lante!

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Uptown school installs student laundry room | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

The machines will allow students to wash their clothes more easily.

The machines will allow students to wash their clothes more easily.

Six months after becoming principal at P.S. 132, Wendy Poveda noticed something unusual.

Members of the staff at the elementary school were bringing home and washing the clothes of students.

Approximately 25 percent of P.S. 132 Juan Pablo Duarte’s students suffer from housing insecurity, either residing in shelters or apartments that are overcrowded.

Some students would fail to come to school because they did not have clean clothes to wear, Poveda said.

“It impacts attendance, it impacts self-esteem,” she remarked.

A solution came in the form of suds.

The school, located at 185 Wadsworth Avenue, has installed an on-site washer and dryer to ensure that students have clean clothes.

The laundry room is the debut project of a new program – dubbed JPD Cares – designed to offer services and programming to aid families in need.

Read more: Uptown school installs student laundry room | Manhattan Times

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First NY cases of coronavirus confirmed | Manhattan Times

New York’s first two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.

A 39-year-old Manhattan woman became the first person in the state to test positive for the virus, city officials announced on Sunday.

On Tuesday morning, officials confirmed a male New Rochelle resident in his 50’s also tested positive for coronavirus. An attorney who works in Manhattan, the man tested positive on Monday evening.

The woman tested positive after traveling to Iran with her husband and is now quarantined in her home, along with her husband.

At a press conference held on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the woman, a health care worker, had been working in Iran and returned to New York on February 25.

“We don’t believe that she was contagious when she was on the plane, or when she took a private car from the airport to her residence,” he said, noting that the woman did not take any public transportation. She has displayed symptoms of mild respiratory illness.

In the second confirmed case,‎ The man was initially treated at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, and later was transferred to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill @ The United Palace In Pictures

Photography by @johnguira

Uptown had a visit from royalty last week. Queen Lauryn Hill came Uptown on Saturday, February 22nd to the United Palace to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of that venerable institution. Ms. Hill rocked the filled to capacity crowd and the folks in attendance did not sit down for the entirety of the show. The iconoclast performed a lively and reimagined version of her classic album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She also serenaded the United Palace for the 90th Anniversary milestone.

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Afterschool Afterparties

On this episode of Latinos Out Loud the group ramps up for Dominican Independence Day all while sharing their thoughts on the international protests defending Dominican democracy. Plus we give our heartfelt thoughts on the Kobe/Gigi Bryant memorial service and honor their memories with 24 seconds of silence.

On “Bochinche Bites”, Jaime serves us with the new hamburger-scented candle by McDonald’s, and Tyra Banks opening up a supermodel-themed amusement park.

On this week’s Frankspiracy News, Frank uncovers secrets of an underground ice city in Greenland known as “Project Iceworm.”

The crew interviews President and founder of the Latin Mixx conference, Kevin “Pillz” Montano on how the platform is making an impact on Latin music, his brief stint as a teacher, and his hilarious story of receiving love messages from John Travolta at Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro.

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