Some of the city’s top hotels, including the Plaza and the St. Regis, may be opening their doors to healthcare workers and non-critical COVID-19 patients — although nothing is confirmed yet, according to hotel representatives.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted on Thursday, March 26 that the Plaza, the St. Regis, and Yotel “will provide facilities for non-critical care patients or medical personnel,” while the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg and a boutique hotel called Grace “will offer free rooms to medical workers responding to COVID-19.”
However, when Eater reached out to the Plaza, the St. Regis, Yotel, and the Wythe, representatives from each hotel said that no plan had been finalized yet, and discussions are still ongoing with the state. Grace could not be reached for comment.
The Four Seasons in Midtown Manhattan, a luxury hotel where rooms typically go for $1,000 per night, announced that it would start housing healthcare workers earlier this week, according to Bloomberg. At the time, Cuomo tweeted his gratitude along with a note that this was “the first of many hotels we hope will make their rooms available.”
Eater has reached out to the governor’s office for clarification on the news.
Update, 5:46 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect that Yotel has not finalized plans with the state on this matter, either.
In other news
— In the past four days, from March 24 to March 27, New York’s Department of Labor has publicly posted about 100 official unemployment notices from restaurants mostly located in New York City. Usually, the public notices are few and far between, as restaurants have to meet certain size thresholds in order to legally have to file a notice with the Department of Labor. In the past three months, only three restaurants in New York filed official notices.
— The New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield ordered delivery and takeout from hot spots like Korean steakhouse Cote and Times favorite Le Crocodile over the past week. She described each meal as “a distress signal from a marooned ship.”
— Another newly formed advocacy group of prominent restaurateurs, including Stephen Starr and Bobby Flay, is dedicated to pushing NYC landlords for rent relief and financial assistance due to the pandemic.
— A new website called Takeout COVID aims to gather all of the NYC restaurants and bars that are still offering delivery and takeout in one searchable database. There are currently over 75 spots listed on the site.
— Vendors from the popular Queens Night Market are mobilizing to produce thousands of meals for hospital workers in Queens, according to a spokesperson. The initiative begins on Sunday, March 29, and is fully funded by the borough’s acting president, Sharon Lee.
The next time I step into a restaurant I might weep with joy.— korsha wilson (@korshawilson) March 27, 2020