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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‘Reopen NY’ protesters busted outside New York City Hall

Nine protesters pushing for the Empire State to reopen from its coronavirus lockdown were busted Saturday afternoon outside City Hall, for not obeying social distancing guidelines, sources told The Post.

The nine were among about 20 who rallied at Park Row and Spruce Street, holding signs that read, “Not Afraid to Fight” and “Reopen NY” sources said. Some of the protesters were not wearing a mask or face covering, a witness said.

Cops arrived at around 2 p.m. and arrests were made at around 2:30 p.m. Those arrested were driven from the scene in an NYPD vehicle, but were eventually were issued summonses and released, an NYPD spokesman said.

Freelance photographer Jimin Kim, who was at the scene, said some protesters held American flags and wore “Trump” baseball caps.

“This isn’t Germany!” one yelled during the protest.

The arrests come as Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the state’s stay-at-home lockdown until at least June 7.

According to NYPD data, 374 summons “for violations of emergency procedures and acts liable to spread disease” were issued  between March 16 and May 5.

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NY coronavirus death toll jumps as Cuomo delays presidential primary

The statewide coronavirus death toll jumped by 209 Saturday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the presidential primary will be moved to June 23 amid the worsening crisis.

New York’s death count reached 728, up from 519 on Friday, the governor said. And the number of infected jolted to 52,318, an increase from the day before by 7,681.

The primary was originally scheduled for April 28, and will now be linked to primaries for congressional and legislative elections previously scheduled on that date.

“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote,” the governor said.

State election officials asked for the move on Tuesday.

The state is also delaying the tax filing deadline to July 15, matching the move on the federal level.

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Please Masturbate, Says The NYC Health Department

Stop what you’re doing and pull out your vibrator because the New York City Health Department wants you to masturbate. On March 21, the NYC Health Department released a guide to practicing safe sex amid the coronavirus pandemic, emphasizing that, above all else, you are your own safest sex partner. (Something I could have told you, but I digress.)

"Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex," the statement reads.

This probably isn’t news to all the people currently practicing social distancing, missing their partners, and feeling a little extra horny. According to Psychology Today, pornography usage has spiked over the past few weeks, as folks search for sexy visual stimuli. And on March 17, popular pornography site Pornhub reported an 11.6% steady traffic increase. But that should come as no surprise: Masturbation can also be a way of relieving coronavirus anxiety, in addition to a health precaution.

The NYC Health Department says that the next safest option is sex with a partner who’s been social distancing with you, since having close contact with only a small group of people can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, the statement warns against kissing, along with rimming, since there is evidence the virus can spread via fecal matter. Yes, rimming! What a time to be alive.

You should still, however, avoid having sex with a partner who isn’t feeling well. And the same is true if you or your partner have been exposed to the virus, or have underlying medical conditions.

So, how do New Yorkers feel about the NYC Health Department’s new recommendations? "I don’t need the government to tell me to get off," Ashley, 24, tells Bustle. "I’ve got that part under control."

If you think you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, which include fever, shortness of breath, and cough, call your doctor before going to get tested. If you’re anxious about the virus’s spread in your community, visit the CDC or NHS 111 in the UK for up-to-date information and resources, or seek out mental health support. You can find all Bustle’s coverage of coronavirus here, and UK-specific updates on coronavirus here.

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