Briefing 7/1: Beaches Are Open Today, More Shootings & Testing Sewage For Coronavirus

Briefing 7/1: Beaches Are Open Today, More Shootings & Testing Sewage For Coronavirus
Photo: Zainab Iqbal/Bklyner

The month of June has finally ended and we are now in July! The coronavirus pandemic is still out there, so please continue to wear face coverings and keep a distance.

  • Emergency personnel are currently on scene of a building collapse at Court Street & Union Street in Brooklyn. We will bring you more information as we get it.
  • Indoor dining, which was supposed to be included in the July 6 Phase 3 reopening, will be postponed indefinitely, the Mayor announced.
  • Activist and organizer Whitney Hu is running for City Council in District 38. We profiled her today.
  • “Brooklyn city-run medical center pledged to continue providing chemo and radiology as protest loomed — but patients must travel to Manhattan for surgeries,” THE CITY reported.
  • The Brass Queens, a band, builds a new fan base on Brooklyn streets amid the pandemic, WCBS 880 reported.
  • “Medics who came from other states to help New York as the coronavirus ravaged the city in March found themselves under constant GPS surveillance by the company they worked for — and even had their sex lives restricted by their employer, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in Brooklyn,” the Daily News reported.
  • “Police in Brooklyn are investigating four shootings that happened in just over 90 minutes in Flatbush and Crown Heights and a total of six in all on Tuesday,” ABC7 reported.
  • New York City considers testing sewage for coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reported. “Analysis of wastewater could serve as an early detection system and get ahead of outbreaks.”
  • The NYPD’s budget has been slashed by $1 billion. But no one is pleased, the NY Times reported.