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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Mask Wearing / Not Mask Wearing
« Last post by jo3boxer on Yesterday at 09:31:53 PM »
i would argue most parts of queens / the 5 boroughs are tough places to be able to remain 6 ft apart from each other.

that's where the confusion lies. some people agree, some don't.

imo the message should be: 'going outside? wear a mask. nyc is too crowded to remain 6 ft apart from people'

from there people can use their own judgement. ie, if im walking down the street at 3PM i'm likely running into no one.

the problem is that ppl have their masks at the ready but then pass by someone / a bunch of people and mean to put it on, but since they've hardly worn a mask in all their years of living, they don't have the reflex to put it on their mouth and nose.

once again, 34th ave is not the place to not wear a mask. i've yet to see a runner ducking each and every person walking down the street in favor of their straight line, so it should be mandatory that everyone does.

i imagine some won't agree.

I agree that in our area, walking on the sidewalks means you should wear a mask 100% of the time. But I still don't think Cuomo's message is confusing. He's a governor of an entire state, some of which includes huge amounts of farmland and emptiness. He's not an elected official of a small, densely populated neighborhood. So his instructions make sense. If you live in a densely populated area like ours, you should know you're going to pass people on the sidewalk repeatedly and without warning, and therefore wear your mask all the time.

perhaps confusing is not the right word. however, the fact that you agree with me and people don't tells me it's open to interpretation.

and i don't trust people to interpret things properly, ever, let alone in our covid world.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Mask Wearing / Not Mask Wearing
« Last post by CaptainFlannel on Yesterday at 10:43:23 AM »
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i would argue most parts of queens / the 5 boroughs are tough places to be able to remain 6 ft apart from each other.

It's not hard at all in this neighborhood off the commercial streets to maintain 6 feet from each other. Especially if you head on over north of Northern Blvd, where the neighborhood isn't quite as dense. I do it for at least an hour every day - morning, noon and evening. Many of the sidewalks actually are wide enough to do it, and when you see a group of people coming, you either put your mask on or on a residential street with light traffic, you can step out on to the street to let people pass. I can see why some people wouldn't be comfortable with doing that (I am though). Most people are decent and will move over to their respective edge of the sidewalk to make the space, though some don't.

Every neighborhood in New York City does not look like the streets leading towards Penn Station M-F, 6 pm.
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Queens residents S. Mitra Kalita, Sumathi Reddy and Danielle Hyams have launched a weekly community newsletter called Epicenter NYC: https://epicenter-nyc.com/

If you're looking for a way to help your NYC neighbors, navigate city life amid the pandemic or find ways to (safely) escape the city for the day, each edition is a good read and has loads of actionable items.

Hope everyone's safe and holding up well.
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Can someone recommend  a good local appliance (fridge) repair service?

Our fridge is malfunctioning; won’t get much below 55°F even on the 2nd coldest setting..... and it’s out of warranty. We’ve turned it on and off again, made sure the doors seal, cleaned the coils & fan at the rear, and the freezer works well….ie. the compressor works well…..

We think it’s either the board, the defrost system, thermistor/thermostat, evap fan motor, damper control assembly etc.  etc. I can't examine all of these, and  want someone skilled diagnose the actual problem & repair it   instead of me poking around and breaking it (more).

We want someone trustworthy with good recommendations…and   local because we’re gonna have to have 2 visits and ideally we don’t want the person to have to travel far (=$$).One visit to diagnose, then order parts and one to install the fix.

(FWIW: A fridge that won’t go below 55°F isn’t very hygienic for long term storage of food=food poisoning/spoilage!  We will have ourselves masked AND distanced from the repair person for as long as possible, with a window open in the kitchen and a fan blowing air out…)
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Mask Wearing / Not Mask Wearing
« Last post by itsit on July 13, 2020, 08:34:05 PM »
Has anyone notice the large amounts of folks in travers not wearing masks? On Saturday, while walking my dog there was a large group of people doing Zumba in the small tennis court area. The instructor was not wearing a mask and most participants weren't either. They were extremely close to one another as well. I don't understand how people can be so careless and think this is ok during a pandemic. Our area was hit hard and I personally have lost loved ones and neighbors. I HATE wearing a mask but do so to protect myself, my family and others.  If this continues we will undoubtedly have a second wave here.
I saw that Zumba class too and it was very crowded. People were very into it and the music was fun but the whole thing seemed DANGEROUS! Why was it allowed in the already crowded park. Not sure who is monitoring the park but this is a recipe for disaster- the one called the second wave.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Mask Wearing / Not Mask Wearing
« Last post by Shelby2 on July 13, 2020, 07:19:53 PM »
i would argue most parts of queens / the 5 boroughs are tough places to be able to remain 6 ft apart from each other.

that's where the confusion lies. some people agree, some don't.

imo the message should be: 'going outside? wear a mask. nyc is too crowded to remain 6 ft apart from people'

from there people can use their own judgement. ie, if im walking down the street at 3PM i'm likely running into no one.

the problem is that ppl have their masks at the ready but then pass by someone / a bunch of people and mean to put it on, but since they've hardly worn a mask in all their years of living, they don't have the reflex to put it on their mouth and nose.

once again, 34th ave is not the place to not wear a mask. i've yet to see a runner ducking each and every person walking down the street in favor of their straight line, so it should be mandatory that everyone does.

i imagine some won't agree.

I agree that in our area, walking on the sidewalks means you should wear a mask 100% of the time. But I still don't think Cuomo's message is confusing. He's a governor of an entire state, some of which includes huge amounts of farmland and emptiness. He's not an elected official of a small, densely populated neighborhood. So his instructions make sense. If you live in a densely populated area like ours, you should know you're going to pass people on the sidewalk repeatedly and without warning, and therefore wear your mask all the time.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Mask Wearing / Not Mask Wearing
« Last post by bellabella on July 13, 2020, 06:36:08 PM »
Has anyone notice the large amounts of folks in travers not wearing masks? On Saturday, while walking my dog there was a large group of people doing Zumba in the small tennis court area. The instructor was not wearing a mask and most participants weren't either. They were extremely close to one another as well. I don't understand how people can be so careless and think this is ok during a pandemic. Our area was hit hard and I personally have lost loved ones and neighbors. I HATE wearing a mask but do so to protect myself, my family and others.  If this continues we will undoubtedly have a second wave here.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Mask Wearing / Not Mask Wearing
« Last post by r on July 13, 2020, 04:10:06 PM »
Agreed.

From Cuomo's perspective (living in Westchester and working in Albany), the rule probably makes more sense to him.

E.g. Maybe Cuomo really does walk down empty streets quite often, and can see other people coming from a mile away.

But it doesn't make sense in NYC to take off your mask outside. And especially not in Jackson Heights, which is one of the densest areas in NYC.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Mask Wearing / Not Mask Wearing
« Last post by jo3boxer on July 13, 2020, 03:05:53 PM »
i would argue most parts of queens / the 5 boroughs are tough places to be able to remain 6 ft apart from each other.

that's where the confusion lies. some people agree, some don't.

imo the message should be: 'going outside? wear a mask. nyc is too crowded to remain 6 ft apart from people'

from there people can use their own judgement. ie, if im walking down the street at 3PM i'm likely running into no one.

the problem is that ppl have their masks at the ready but then pass by someone / a bunch of people and mean to put it on, but since they've hardly worn a mask in all their years of living, they don't have the reflex to put it on their mouth and nose.

once again, 34th ave is not the place to not wear a mask. i've yet to see a runner ducking each and every person walking down the street in favor of their straight line, so it should be mandatory that everyone does.

i imagine some won't agree.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Mask Wearing / Not Mask Wearing
« Last post by CaptainFlannel on July 13, 2020, 06:39:09 AM »
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The major mixed message (Cuomo, De Blasio)  is TO WEAR MASKS WHEN 6 FEET SOCIAL DISTANCING is not possible.

In other words, TO NOT WEAR MASKS WHEN 6 FEET SOCIAL DISTANCING is possible.

Meanwhile, folks are yelling to wear a mask...even when 6 feet social distancing is present.

These are definitely mixed messages.

As for Pence and Trump, who are our leaders, after all, whether we like it or not, their messages concerning masks are ALWAYS confusing.

Okay, first let's establish that random people yelling at you on the street for wearing a mask/not wearing a mask aren't leaders, so they don't count in your posting about leaders sending mixed messages.

So what you're really trying to say is that leaders in New York have been clear and consistent in their messaging about mask wearing (wear a mask outside when in situations where you can't maintain a fair distance from other) at least since mid-April, but at the federal level the messaging on mask wearing has been inconsistent and confusing (Fauci and the actual experts say wear them when you're around other people, Trump/Pence don't even wear them in public until recently)?

If that's what you're saying, I agree with you. It's only confusing to those who give weight to proven ignoramuses who eschew things like evidence and science, which unfortunately is not an insignificant number.

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In this neighborhood I have been yelled at twice.

Once, a person yelled at me for WEARING a mask, hissing that didn't I know masks don't work?

Another time, my mask had slipped and a passerby yelled to fasten it. Tho at least 6 feet was definitely the distance between me and anyone else.

Yeah, I've experienced the same thing, more than twice. I've had snide comments directed at me for wearing a mask, but far more frequently in this neighborhood I've had people yell at me from across the street that I'm a terrible person for having my mask or bandanna around my neck when the other person and I the only people on the block. The vitriol has been pretty bad at times and during the early grieving process it was really hurtful. I try to remember now that most folks acting that way were operating out of fear and stress. Though that's no excuse for some of the nastier comments.
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