Macy’s to Furlough Most Employees

Macy’s, the largest department store chain in the country, says it will furlough most of its 125,000 employees as all stores remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company operates 775 locations under the names Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Blue Mercury. Furloughed employees will receive no pay. Beginning April 1, all employees at the director-level […]

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Hospital Ship Brings Comfort to NYC

(Photo: The USNS Comfort is escorted by U.S. Coast Guard, New York Police Department and New York Fire Department as it sails below the Verrrazano Bridge as the ship arrives in in New York City. NEW YORK — The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in New York City Monday in support […]


Kallyope Lands $112 Million Series C

NEW YORK — Kallyope Inc., a biotechnology company focused on identifying and pursuing therapeutic opportunities involving the gut-brain axis, has landed a $112 million Series C financing.  The new investment will be used to advance its portfolio of programs and the company’s first clinical trials, further establishing its leadership in the gut-brain axis field. Kallyope […]


Costco to Close Two Hours Earlier

Costco, the nation’s leading membership warehouse chain, is closing at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays starting on Monday, March 30. This is usually two hours earlier for most stores. Gas stations at Costco will close at 7 p.m. Weekend store hours will remain the same. Costco has seen a huge surge in business over the last […]

Media Music News

Top Music Stars to Sing From Their Living Rooms

NEW YORK – iHeartMedia and FOX announced that Camila Cabello, Dave Grohl, H.E.R. and Sam Smith will perform during the all-new benefit special FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA on Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST, a music event to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the […]

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Temporary Hospital Completed at Javits Center

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (photo above) announced that the first 1,000-bed temporary hospital is now complete at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the West Side of Manhattan. This temporary hospital site is part of the Governor’s goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each NYC borough as well as Westchester, Rockland, […]


Cheesecake Factory Furloughs 41,000 Employees

National restaurant chain Cheesecake Factory revealed in a filing with the SEC that it has furloughed 41,000 restaurant employees nationwide which includes waiters, waitresses, bartenders and kitchen cooks. The company employs 46,000 people overall. The furloughed staff members will retain their benefits eligibility and insurance until June 1, 2020 and will be provided a free […]


Hertz to Provide Free Rentals to NY Healthcare Workers

Car rental company Hertz says it will provide free vehicle rentals to New York City healthcare workers through April 30, 2020. Healthcare workers can now reserve a vehicle at 19 New York City-area Hertz locations so they can continue providing critical care to the community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “With New York City having the highest […]


Shop-Rite Boosts Worker Pay

Wakefern Food Corp., the retailer-owned cooperative and parent of ShopRite supermarkets, is giving hourly workers a $2 per hour boost for the next month along with enhanced sick and leave benefits. The program would impact tens of thousands of employees working across ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite Marketplace, Dearborn Market and Gourmet Garage stores […]

Government Transportation

MTA Enacts Essential Service Plan

NY’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on moving healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel on the frontlines of this public health crisis. With a dramatic drop in ridership over the past few weeks, the Authority announced the implementation of the “NY Essential Service Plan.” The reduced schedule […]

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Javits Center Converted to Emergency Hospital

The Jacob Javits Center on the West Side of Manhattan is NY’s largest convention center but is being converted into an emergency hospital to deal with an expected overflow of coronavirus patients. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has started to build a 1,000-bed temporary hospital at Javits that will help increase New York’s hospital […]


CVS Hiring 50,000 Employees, Adds Bonus Pay

CVS Health, which operates the largest drug store chain in the country with nearly 10,000 locations, is awarding bonuses to employees who are required to be at CVS stores to assist patients and customers in this time of unprecedented need. Bonuses will range from $150 to $500 and will be awarded to pharmacists and certain other health care […]


Northwell Health to Defer Payments for Patients

NEW HYDE PARK, NY — Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider and the state’s largest private employer, announced that it would delay payments with zero percent interest for a minimum of 60 days for those patients who receive medical services and have been financially impacted with the loss of a job, lost wages […]


PepsiCo to Hire 6,000, Boost Worker Pay

PURCHASE, NY — PepsiCo — maker of Pepsi soda, Gatorade, Quaker Oats and Lay’s Chips –– said it will hire 6,000 additional workers and provide enhanced benefits to all U.S.-based employees and additional compensation to U.S. frontline employees – amidst the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The benefits are aimed at the women and men who make, move […]


United Slashing 90% of International Flights

With travel plunging around the world, United Airlines says its international schedule will be reduced by about 90% in April and more than 42% in the U.S. and Canada. The airline will continue flying six daily operations to and from the following destinations – covering Asia, Australia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe – in an effort to get […]