9/11 Tribute Lights Won’t Be Projected Into Sky This Year

By Amanda Rosa

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Two columns of light that rise every Sept. 11 from a site near ground zero represent who is missing. This year, those beams will be gone, too.

Since 2002, the Tribute in Light has marked the attacks on the twin towers: It features 88 specially made lights used to create the projections, which tower over New York City until dawn on Sept. 12. But on Thursday, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which is responsible for the tribute, announced that it was canceling the display this year because of the coronavirus crisis.

Although people typically don’t crowd together to view the lights — which on a clear night can be seen from 60 miles away — a team of about 40 stagehands and electricians work closely on the installation for more than a week, Colin Moynihan reported in The Times.

The decision to cancel was made “after concluding the health risks during the pandemic were far too great for the large crew,” Michael Frazier, a memorial and museum spokesman, said in a statement.

A 115-year-old legal precedent gives New York State the authority to impose its travel quarantine restrictions, a federal judge found. [NBC New York]

Teachers at a school in Queens with virtually no windows said they were worried about a lack of ventilation when their classrooms reopen in September. [Gothamist]

What we’re watching: The subway is facing its worst financial crisis in decades. The Times’s Christina Goldbaum will discuss the transit system and the pandemic’s effect on it on “The New York Times Close Up With Sam Roberts.” The show airs on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. [CUNY TV]

The Times’s Melissa Guerrero writes:

Although most performance spaces, museums and community centers are closed, people are finding creative ways to connect through virtual events and programs. Here are suggestions for maintaining a New York social life this weekend while keeping a safe distance from other people.

Updated August 12, 2020

    • Many states have travel restrictions, and lots of them are taking active measures to enforce those restrictions, like issuing fines or asking visitors to quarantine for 14 days. Here’s an ever-updating list of statewide restrictions. In general, travel does increase your chance of getting and spreading the virus, as you are bound to encounter more people than if you remained at your house in your own “pod.” “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19,” the C.D.C. says. If you do travel, though, take precautions. If you can, drive. If you have to fly, be careful about picking your airline. But know that airlines are taking real steps to keep planes clean and limit your risk.
    • As of right now, that seems likely, for at least several months. There have been frightening accounts of people suffering what seems to be a second bout of Covid-19. But experts say these patients may have a drawn-out course of infection, with the virus taking a slow toll weeks to months after initial exposure. People infected with the coronavirus typically produce immune molecules called antibodies, which are protective proteins made in response to an infection. These antibodies may last in the body only two to three months, which may seem worrisome, but that’s perfectly normal after an acute infection subsides, said Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at Harvard University. It may be possible to get the coronavirus again, but it’s highly unlikely that it would be possible in a short window of time from initial infection or make people sicker the second time.
    • The stimulus bills enacted in March offer help for the millions of American small businesses. Those eligible for aid are businesses and nonprofit organizations with fewer than 500 workers, including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and freelancers. Some larger companies in some industries are also eligible. The help being offered, which is being managed by the Small Business Administration, includes the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. But lots of folks have not yet seen payouts. Even those who have received help are confused: The rules are draconian, and some are stuck sitting on money they don’t know how to use. Many small-business owners are getting less than they expected or not hearing anything at all.
    • It is unlikely that many schools will return to a normal schedule this fall, requiring the grind of online learning, makeshift child care and stunted workdays to continue. California’s two largest public school districts — Los Angeles and San Diego — said on July 13, that instruction will be remote-only in the fall, citing concerns that surging coronavirus infections in their areas pose too dire a risk for students and teachers. Together, the two districts enroll some 825,000 students. They are the largest in the country so far to abandon plans for even a partial physical return to classrooms when they reopen in August. For other districts, the solution won’t be an all-or-nothing approach. Many systems, including the nation’s largest, New York City, are devising hybrid plans that involve spending some days in classrooms and other days online. There’s no national policy on this yet, so check with your municipal school system regularly to see what is happening in your community.

On Friday at 5:30 p.m., the New York Adventure Club will explore over a dozen former mansions in Midtown during a virtual tour and Q. and A. The author and historian Tom Miller will share the stories behind buildings, show what they used to look like and explain how they’re being used now.

Purchase a ticket ($10) for the webinar on the event page.

Join Great Small Works on Friday at 7:30 p.m for a live cabaret that includes artists, activists and community groups. A cooking show featuring a pasta dish will kick off the free event.

Access the broadcast on Facebook.

On Saturday at 7 p.m., watch a free screening of “The Six Triple Eight,” a documentary about the only all-Black female battalion to serve in Europe during World War II. Participants can attend a post-screening Q. and A. with the film’s producers and the daughters of a Six Triple Eight member.

R.S.V.P. on the event page.

It’s Friday — unwind.

Dear Diary:

My wife and I live in a small town in Texas, and our daughter has been living in New York since she started college 10 years ago.

On one of our trips to the city to visit her, we left the East Village shop where she was working at the time, and were walking to the Astor Place subway station when a hard rain suddenly began to fall.

We huddled under an awning, and I ran into a small newsstand to buy an umbrella that I assumed would be ridiculously expensive.

The clerk could see my wife waiting outside. He asked how many umbrellas I wanted.

“Just one,” I said. “We only have to go two blocks.”

“That’ll be $5,” he said.

That was much less than I had expected.

“OK,” I said, “I’ll take two.”

He looked at me.

“Oh,” he said. “One per block?”

— Clyde Neal

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