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Manhattan Tops Other NYC Boroughs for Most Social Distancing Complaints — Again

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Plus, some vendors at Lower East Side food hall the Market Line have returned for takeout and delivery service — and more intel

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Manhattan neighborhoods received the most social distancing complaints — again

Neighborhoods in Manhattan received the most social distancing complaints of any borough for the third weekend in a row, according to city data analyzed by Patch. The city received more than 745 complaints in Manhattan since NYC restaurants and bars reopened for outdoor dining on June 22, though it’s not clear how many of these complaints were made specifically about people hanging out at restaurants and bars. Brooklyn followed close behind with 604 complaints.

New Yorkers have reported roughly 2,400 social distancing violations since the start of NYC’s phase two of reopening on June 22, according to Patch. An additional 2,500 reports were made during the two preceding weekends, with the bulk of those violations occurring in Manhattan neighborhoods like the West Village, Upper East Side, and Soho. Astoria and Bay Ridge, two popular dining destinations, were also in the top five at that time.

Those numbers — coupled with a surge in novel coronavirus cases nationwide — has prompted public officials to follow the example of city leaders in other states and postpone NYC’s return to indoor dining indefinitely. In cities like Los Angeles, officials have ordered dining rooms to close for the next three weeks. Meanwhile, restaurants and bars in Miami will close for everything but takeout and delivery service this week after reopening for outdoor dining in late May.

In other news

— Greenwich Village ice cream parlor Morgenstern’s is teaming up with neighboring jerk chicken spot Miss Lily’s for a boozy one-day pop-up, a spokesperson with the restaurants says. Jerk chicken, jerk-grilled vegetables, and pina colada soft serve will be available on Friday, July 10 from Morgenstern’s Houston Street storefront.

— Baldor, a popular wholesale grocer in the Bronx, has launched a series of new delivery meal kits, which play on hit dishes from NYC restaurants, according to a spokesperson for the company. To start, the grocer’s meal kits include a four-course short-rib dinner from Crown Shy and delivery lobster rolls from Jeffrey’s Grocery.

— Upscale ice cream brand Eclipse is partnering with popular NYC chefs on a series of new flavors, a spokesperson for the company says. For the collaboration, the ice cream company has brought on chef and owner Greg Baxtrom of Olmsted, Trigg Brown of Win Son, and JJ Johnson of Field Trip, with pints selling for $17.99 each.

— Many of the vendors at Lower East Side food hall the Market Line have returned for takeout and delivery service, including Nom Wah, Veselka, and Doughnut Plant.

— A team of developers has proposed to build a $2B cultural hub in Astoria. The plans, which could come to the neighborhood as early as 2023, call for new restaurants, grocery stores, apartments, and a movie theater.

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