A Fight to Keep Restaurants Alive

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On Monday, September 28, some local businesses closed their doors for a fight to stay open. Those from Bungalow Bar, The Rockaway Hotel, The Wharf and Harbor Light joined hundreds of others in the New York City bar/restaurant industry for a march to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office to demand that Cuomo pass the Restaurant Act and allow NYC restaurants to open for at least 50% indoor dining capacity, like the rest of the state.

To make a statement, some of the Tubridys brought along a coffin, something last seen at a funeral for the beach after a large stretch of beaches were closed in Rockaway Beach due to erosion—another decision that caused local businesses to take a hit in 2018.

This time around, the coffin read, “Here Lies NYC Hospitality. Died 2020. Cause of Death—Complications of Cuomo and de Blasio. 1624-2020.”

This protest comes just ahead of NYC bars/restaurants being allowed to open with 25% capacity and other restrictions in place. Those behind the march say this isn’t enough, especially with other parts of New York allowing 50% capacity since the end of June.

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