De Blasio, Shea debate best NYC beach ahead of Memorial Day weekend

It’s the battle of the beaches.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea made waves Friday when they debated which beach is the best in the Big Apple — just before the start of the Memorial Day weekend.

The mayor, a longtime Brooklynite, said he’ll always favor Coney Island Beach.

“It’s an ocean beach, it’s a beautiful beach, let alone the amusements and everything else,” Hizzoner said at his City Hall press briefing.

Shea said he begs to differ.

“I love the Cyclone, I certainly love Brooklyn… but there is no comparison,” the top cop said. “The number one beach is clearly Rockaway Beach.”

“We’re having a little borough pride showing here,” Hizzoner replied. “So I appreciate you being a proud son of Queens and I will continue to assert the superiority of Coney Island.”

But both beaches — and others in the city — will be missing some of their charm this weekend as beach bums won’t be allowed in the water.

The Parks Department will take the lead in enforcing that rule, though the NYPD will step in if necessary, the mayor said.

A total of 150 Parks personnel will be on hand at the city’s beaches over the weekend, and hundreds of NYPD cops will be present.

“You’ll see a number of uniformed police officers both at the beaches as well as parks,” Shea said. “But they’re going to be out there as stewards. The last thing we want to be at this stressful time for the city resorting to summonses.”

During a Thursday press conference, Brian Conroy, assistant chief of the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, laid out guidelines stating that surfing will be permitted at the city’s beaches but swimming will not.

Neither de Blasio nor Shea mentioned those regulations Friday.

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Giada De Laurentiis Just Shared a Genius Way to Sneak Veggies Into Kids' Dinner

What’s for dinner tonight? Pasta? Again? Yeah, us, too — and we’re not mad at it.

If there’s anything we’ve learned in the kitchen throughout this quarantine, it’s that pasta is an amazing, versatile ingredient. Don’t have spaghetti sauce and meatballs? That’s alright, just combine with cheese, salt, and pepper to make cacio e pepe. But what we love most about pasta dishes is how incredibly easy it is to sneak veggies into the kids’ dinner. And our favorite recipe that does so is Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis’ aglio e olio with peas and prosciutto.

De Laurentiis recently made an appearance on Today to not only share an update on her life in quarantine (she’s been perfecting her TikTok dancing skills, at her 12-year-old daughter’s request) and share the dishes they’ve been making most while in quarantine (chocolate chip banana bread), but also share the recipe for her kid-friendly pasta with peas and prosciutto dish.

“When my Nonno Dino arrived in Capri, he always made pasta with olive oil and garlic – which translates to aglio e olio! I dressed it up in my spin on the dish with one of my favorite flavor combos: peas and prosciutto,” De Laurentiis wrote on her website, Giadzy.

To make the quick, beginner-level dish, start by cooking the prosciutto in a pan until it’s crispy. De Laurentiis likens the crispy prosciutto garnish to the bacon pieces on your salad.

Then, in the same skillet, cook garlic, and add the peas and pepper flakes. Boil water, toss in the pasta and cook. Once the pasta’s done, move it from the pasta water to the skillet with a little bit of pasta water and some Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Did that form a creamy sauce? Great, now add even more cheese and water.

And there you have it: In less than 30 minutes, an easy, family-friendly pasta dish that disguises veggies like a charm.

Before you go, check out some of Giada’s best pasta recipes below:

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How Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Ricky Martin came to star in Residente’s PDA-packed video

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas have immortalized their love in Residente’s latest music video.

The Hollywood couple are among 113 others from 80 countries who packed on the PDA for the Puerto Rican rapper’s new song “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe,” which translates in English to “Before the World Ends.”

A source exclusively told Page Six that de Armas, 32, became involved in the music video because she is friends with Residente.

Residente shared the concept about creating the “longest kiss chain around the world,” and the Cuban actress was all for it.

“Ana liked the concept and shared it with Ben,” the insider added.

The footage of de Armas and Affleck, 47, kissing was taken while the couple celebrated de Armas’ birthday in a dessert during quarantine.

The pair were first rumored to be dating in March, but reportedly met while filming their new movie “Deep Water” in New Orleans.

Another famous couple featured in Residente’s new music video is Ricky Martin and his husband Jwan Yosef.

Martin, 48, shared on his Instagram that he and Yosef, 36, participated in the video to represent Puerto Rico, where he is from, and Syria, where Yosef is from.

He wrote to Residente in the caption, “Hermano, gracias por hacernos parte del mensaje. ¡Que hermosa letra!,” which translates in English to, “Brother, thank you for making us part of this message. Beautiful lyrics!”

An insider exclusively told us, “Ricky has collaborated with Residente several times in music and social justice. Ricky knows Residente’s vision and his drive for unity, and decided to expose a kiss with his partner in public.”

Actress Zoe Saldana and her husband, Marco Perego, Bad Bunny and his girlfriend, Gabriela Berlingeri, and Lionel Messi and his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, are some of the other star-studded couples to be featured in the video.

Residente’s “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” officially premiered Thursday and already has more than two million views to date.

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De Blasio says he’s never been tested for coronavirus despite hospital visits

Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Wednesday that he has never been tested for coronavirus, despite making regular visits to hospitals across the city amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“No, I haven’t been tested this whole time,” de Blasio said during his daily press briefing when asked by a reporter whether or not he’s been tested for the deadly bug.

The mayor added, “Certainly from the perspective of City Hall, there isn’t a regular testing program,” and “there’s not a regular testing protocol.”

De Blasio noted that precautions are taken and at City Hall, from where he gives his daily press conferences via conference call, there has been a “skeleton staff” conducting work.

“There has not been a need for testing on any greater level,” said de Blasio.

In recent weeks, Hizzoner, along with his wife First Lady Chirlane McCray, has made several visits to city hospitals to thank medical staff.

Meanwhile, the Big Apple’s latest daily coronavirus indicators show that the city “still has a ways to go” in its war against COVID-19, de Blasio said Wednesday.

“We’ve got a mixed bag today,” the mayor said of the city statistics, which have a two-day reporting lag. “I want to see us get to consistent progress and this is another reminder we still have a ways to go.”

Patients in intensive care units for suspected coronavirus throughout the city’s public hospital system went up from 550 on Sunday to 561 on Monday, while the amount of people admitted to Big Apple hospitals also jumped from 51 on Sunday on to 78 on Monday, according to the city data.

“Seventy-eight is a hell of a lot better than where we were a few weeks ago, but we need to see that number go down and stay down,” de Blasio said.

The “good news” from the statistics, said the mayor, is that the percentage of people tested citywide who are positive for COVID-19 ticked down from 14 percent on Sunday to 13 percent on Monday.

“Overall trends continue good, results not what we’re looking for,” de Blasio said.

During the press briefing, de Blasio touted the $500 billion federal coronavirus stimulus package proposed by the House of Representatives and called on Congress to pass the bill.

The stimulus package, which de Blasio noted would provide $17 billion in aid to New York City and $34 billion to New York State, “will be the game-changer we need.”

“What we have needed is a clear commitment from the federal government for a massive stimulus plan that would put us back on our feet and make us strong for the future,” he said.

De Blasio also called on President Trump to “ensure” that the bill gets passed.

“The person who can make all the difference to ensure this plan gets through is obvious — the president of the United States,” de Blasio said, adding, “Mr. President we’re looking to you, your hometown is looking to you. We need you.”

“We know we cannot get back on our feet without that stimulus,” said de Blasio.

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Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope demands Nick Offerman’s Ron ‘practice social distancing’ in Parks and Recreation reunion – The Sun

AMY POEHLER's character, Leslie Knope, demanded Nick Offerman's Ron Swanson 'practice social distancing' in Parks and Rec reunion.

The two are back at it with their witty banter for a special benefiting Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund, which will air tonight.

Fans will be delighted to hear that Leslie and Ron are healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a preview for tonight's reunion, the Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation Department checked in on her boss.

Leslie first asked Ron: "Are you in your cabin?"

To which Ron responded: "I am, I come up here to hunt meat so I don't have to go to the grocery store. I've built up about a 12-year supply of venison jerky. I can ship you some, you probably have to get your incisor teeth sharpened."

The mother of three then asked him what fans were wondering.

She asked her superior turned competitor: "When you travel, do you practicing social distancing?"

He sassily told her: "I've been practicing social distancing since I was four years old."

The cast of Parks and Recreation will come together in character for a 30-minute reunion to raise money for Feeding America’s coronavirus response fund.

The main cast is set to return, including: Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe and Jim O’Heir.

The half hour program will center on the tough challenges facing people all over the globe right now amid the global health crisis.

"Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing," a description for the episode read.

Executive producer and co-creator Mike Schur said in a statement: "Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money.

“I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes.

“Our old Parks and Rec team has put together one more 30-minute slice of (quarantined) Pawnee life and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates!” The TV mogul wrote.

Star and writer of the show Amy, 48, shared a message with fans about the newly-anticipated special.

"I'm inviting you to a very special Parks and Rec, all shot from our homes.

"We, along with our neighbors at State Farm are coming together to raise money for Feeding America and we hope you'll join us," the actress said.

Parent company NBCUniversal and the cast and crew of Parks and Recreation will raise a total of $500,000 in matching donations that will be made through May 21.

The comedic series aired from 2009 before airing its final episode – which was written by Amy – 2015.

Parks and Rec scored 14 Emmy nominations during its seven-season run – including two for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio orders cops to ARREST Orthodox Jews who flout virus distancing rules after huge public funerals – The Sun

MAYOR Bill de Blasio has instructed the NYPD to arrest people who are found gathering in groups in the COVID-19 epicenter, after police had to break up a large funeral gathering on Tuesday.

De Blasio warned New Yorkers of a 'zero tolerance' measure after members of the Orthodox Jewish community gathered for a funeral in Williamsburg in New York City amid the coronavirus pandemic.



"I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period," de Blasio tweeted Tuesday night.

The New York City Mayor said in a series of tweets that he's ordered the NYPD to start arresting people who do not heed social distancing guidelines throughout the city.

His warning came after members of the Jewish community allegedly met for a large funeral gathering of a Rabbi Chaim Mertz, who died from coronavirus, as reported by the The Hill.

De Blasio himself was on the scene as the NYPD broke up the gathering.

"Something absolutely unacceptable happened in Williamsburg tonite: a large funeral gathering in the middle of this pandemic," de Blasio first tweeted.




"When I heard, I went there myself to ensure the crowd was dispersed. And what I saw WILL NOT be tolerated so long as we are fighting the Coronavirus," he added.

New York City remains the nation's coronavirus epicenter, with over 295,000 of the nation's more than one million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Nearly 23,000 New Yorkers have died of the virus – accounting for more than a third of the nation's total virus deaths.

In another tweet, de Blasio said that people will no longer receive warnings – and that action will be taken if they are found violating orders.

"My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed," he tweeted.

He added in a separate tweet: "We have lost so many these last two months + I understand the instinct to gather to mourn.

"But large gatherings will only lead to more deaths + more families in mourning.



"We will not allow this. I have instructed the NYPD to have one standard for this whole city: zero tolerance."

Some slammed DeBlasio's response, questioning if he would have criticized other religious groups in the same way.

Others noted how people who gathered to watch the Blue Angels flyover earlier in the day were not met with the same criticism.

"The Blue Angels flyover in NY City today was beautiful, but I didn't see any outrage over the lack of social distancing," Joel Petlin, superintendent of the Kiryas Joel School District in a Hasidic Jewish community in New York tweeted.

"That reaction is reserved for Jewish weddings & funerals. Two wrongs don't make a right, but only one wrong makes the news and the condemnation of politicians," he added.

De Blasio's orders came the day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he will extend coronavirus lockdowns in parts of New York past May 15.


“We want to un-PAUSE," Cuomo told reporters at a news conference on Monday.

"May 15 is when the PAUSE regulations expire statewide."

"I will extend them in many parts of the state. But in some parts of the state, some regions, you can make the case that we should un-PAUSE on May 15," he added.

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'RHONY': Luann de Lesseps Reveals the Real Reason Why Joe Farrell Wanted His Home Featured on the Show

Luann de Lesseps from The Real Housewives of New York City was ready to dish about the now-infamous party at mega-mansion owner Joe Farrell’s house.

She appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and host Andy Cohen pointed out that it was Farrell who had the major fundraiser for Donald Trump over the summer. A news article flashed in front of the screen about the fundraiser during the episode. Which at the time, Cohen vehemently opposed. He shared his thoughts in July about the event on his Instagram story.

“So Equinox and Soul Cycle are giving our money to the Trump campaign,” he shared in an Instagram story video while working out at Equinox. “Their chairman of the company that owns them is having a big fundraiser in the Hamptons this weekend for Trump.” Cohen often shared videos working out with his favorite trainer at Equinox in New York City. He added, “I mean, it’s going f**k up traffic and he’s f**king up his business. So … ugh… I was going to do cardio later today. What do I do?”

Cohen wanted to know why Farrell really wanted his home included on the show

Cohen wanted to know if Farrell wanted his home “advertised” on the show because it was for sale. “100 percent,” de Lesseps laughs nodding during the WWHL After Show. “Yeah, but I don’t think he had any idea what the conversation would be surrounding him.”

“I mean I had no idea Tinsley [Mortimer] went out with him, and I loved Leah’s [McSweeney] reaction. Which was what these guys get away with because they got a lot of money.” When McSweeney arrived at the party she noted that it was a party for white people with money. She later remarked about how men with money can easily attract women too.

Comedian John Oliver was also on the show and added, “I think Sonja [Morgan] might have actually managed to bring the price of that house down by $5 million dollars.” Cohen and de Lesseps couldn’t help but bust out laughing.

Farrell once asked $50 million for Sandcastle

The cast certainly made their mark at the party, especially Morgan. She continued to drink throughout the day and then dove into some Tito’s vodka on the rocks during the party. Morgan ends up getting so drunk she hits on a number of men at the party and gets out of hand.

Although the majority of the story focused on the women and their reactions, cameras captured a decent amount of footage from the home. According to The Real Deal, Sandcastle is “a 17,000 square foot estate in Bridgehampton. Farrell’s family sometimes uses the Sandcastle as a primary residence, but have been known to rent to celebrities (including Beyonce and Jay-Z and Madonna) and other high-profile individuals.”

“The mansion has been listed at different price points several times since it was completed. The Sandcastle has laundry list of amenities including a baseball field, a planetarium and a 60-foot pool with an underwater sound system on its 11.5 acres.”

Farrell listed the home for $40 million in July 2019, but it was on the market for $50 million in 2018. Tickets to the Trump fundraiser, held in early August at the home, went from $2,800 to $250,000, CNBC reports, The Real Deal recounts.

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De Blasio: NYC ‘far from out of woods’ as coronavirus hospital numbers rise

The Big Apple is “far from out of the woods” in its battle against the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Thursday, as he announced a jump in both intensive care unit admissions and hospitalizations.

People in ICUs throughout the city’s 11 hospitals climbed from 868 on Monday to 887 on Tuesday, while the number of COVID-19 infected people hospitalized increased from 370 to 386 in that same 24-hour span, the mayor said in a conference call with reporters.

“We should never underestimate this disease,” de Blasio said, adding that the numbers, “tell us we got a lot more work to do.”

The percentage of people tested who are positive for coronavirus also went up citywide, from 53 percent on Monday to 55 percent on Tuesday.

“These indicators tell us a tough truth some days about the fact that it won’t be easy,” the mayor said, adding, “This was a tough day.”

“This is not what we’re looking for, but we know we’re gonna’ do this stage by stage, step by step and it just reminds us that we have to stick to it,” de Blasio said.

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Bronx FDNY employee, ‘devoted’ mother dies from coronavirus

An FDNY employee has died from the coronavirus, officials announced Saturday.

Kellie Childs, who worked in the Bureau of Revenue Management, died from the deadly disease earlier in the week, the FDNY said. She was 54.

“Through her many years of service supporting licenses and certifications for the Bureau of Fire Prevention, Ms. Childs was a vital part of keeping our city safe,” Commissioner Daniel Nigro wrote.

“Every member of the FDNY plays an important role in protecting our city. Our entire Department mourns her loss.”⁣

Childs, a “devoted” Bronx mother, had been with the FDNY for 32 years, Nigro wrote.

The death comes as the city’s coronavirus death toll topped 5,000 people, with 93,414 others infected as of Friday.

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De Blasio gets testy over Prospect Park jaunts during coronavirus

Mayor de Blasio insisted that even during the coronavirus pandemic he opts to exercise in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park — 12 miles from Gracie Mansion — in order to remain an effective leader.

“I go get my exercise like everyone else,” the mayor said on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

“I go to my home neighborhood. It’s part of what helps me just continue to work nonstop,” he said. “I’m on conference calls pretty much the whole time.”

Hizzoner was responding to a question from a viewer about why he’s driven to Brooklyn for a walk in the park when his Upper East Side home abuts acres of waterfront parkland.

De Blasio has been spotted — and called out on social media — for his recent strolls inside Prospect Park with First Lady Chirlane McCray.

The mayor’s favorite gym, the Park Slope YMCA, temporarily closed in March, along with all other state gyms, to help stem the tide of the virus.

On Monday night, he shrugged off the criticism, and defended his inter-borough trips.

“This is just something that we shouldn’t focus on. There’s much better things to talk about,” he said.

City parks have remained open during the coronavirus outbreak, though components of them — such as playgrounds and dog runs — have been shut down. Parkgoers are expected to maintain social distancing, or else risk a hefty $1,000 fine.

De Blasio, in trying to rationalize his long-distance strolls, said, “My situation is particular and I am here serving people … and I’m just doing something I think will help me to be the most effective.”

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