Brooklyn’s beaches including those at Coney Island and on the Rockaway peninsula will be closed for swimming and without life guards until further notice. No sports, no gatherings and no barbecuing will be allowed and people are encouraged to wear face masks at the beach. Riis Park and Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, which are part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and are run by the National Park Service, will be open only for “passive recreation” like walking and running. Parking lot capacity will be capped at 50 percent.

NYC has created 31 miles of Open Streets for pedestrians and cyclists over the last two weeks and 13 new miles are being added on Saturday 5/23 in our neighborhoods:

º     Willoughby Avenue, between Washington Park and Hall Street (Fort Greene)
º     State Street, between 3rd Avenue and Smith Street (Boerum Hill)
º     Willow Street, between Middagh and Pierrepont streets (Brooklyn Heights)
º     Wyckoff Street, between Bond and Hoyt streets (Boerum Hill)

Previously Announced Open Streets in our neighborhoods:

º     Lawrence Street, from Fulton Street to Willoughby Street (Downtown Brooklyn)
º     Willoughby Street, from Lawrence Street to Pearl Street (Downtown Brooklyn)
º     Pearl Street, from Fulton Street to the dead end (Downtown Brooklyn)
º     Hall Street, between Park and Myrtle avenues (Clinton Hill)
º     Joralemon Street, between Hicks and Furman streets (Brooklyn Heights)
º     South Portland Avenue, between South Elliot Street and DeKalb Avenue (Fort Greene)
º     St. Marks Place, between 3rd and 4th avenues (Boerum Hill)
º     Cadman Plaza East, between the Korean War Veterans Plaza and Cadman Plaza Station

Hours of operation may vary depending on staff availability. However, the hours announced by the mayor are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Here are our noteworthy school news from this week:

  • All public school families will receive $420 per child for food benefits regardless of immigration status and income. Funds will be distributed via check in late June. Read more here.
  • Will schools reopen in September and in what way are all parents with school aged children wondering. However, they will have to be patient as the “Decision on New York school reopenings won’t be made until July at the earliest, Cuomo says”. Read more here.