Coronavirus-Related Closings on the Upper West Side, A Running List


The Grand Bazaar.

From flea markets to schools to music classes, central gathering spots are closing throughout the neighborhood to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

We’re creating an ongoing list of closures in the neighborhood. This will also include partial closures or places where visitation is limited.

Please help by noting in the comments any establishments and institutions you know have closed. Or email westsiderag@gmail. We’ll plan to update this as we go.

All New York Public Library branches are closed through March 31.

The American Museum of Natural History will be temporarily closed to the public starting Friday, March 13. Updates regarding the Museum’s status will be posted to its website, www.amnh.org.

Lincoln Center tweeted: “In light of circumstances involving the COVID-19 virus, the performing arts institutions on the Lincoln Center campus will suspend constituent public performances and screenings as of 5pm Thursday night for the month of March.”

Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, will be closed until the end of March.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will close effective Saturday, March 14.

The Jewish Community Center (JCC), 334 Amsterdam Avenue, announced they will be closed until March 27.

The New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, has several  program cancellations and postponements. Go to ethical.nyc for a list.

Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street, will close its weekly Sunday market until March 29. Executive Director Marc Seago noted, “Our staff will receive their regular wages during this time and in two weeks, we will reevaluate the situation and either open for business again or extend the suspension.”

Dorot, 171 West 85th Street, cancelled all its programs as of Thursday, March 12, until further notice. All home-based programming including the Friendly Visiting Program will continue for now. (One senior said, “We got through polio, we’ll get through this.”)

All of Goddard Riverside’s senior centers and programs remain open and in operation. However, Goddard is postponing public Community Arts performances at the Bernie Wohl Center – specifically, the remaining Women History Artist Month shows. Anyone coming to a Goddard facility should expect to be screened prior to entry. Executive Director Roderick Jones said ”attendance is slightly down, but seniors are still enjoying the programs.”

The New Jewish Home, 120 West 106th Street, is restricting all visitors, but arranging FaceTime and phone calls for residents. They are also cancelling all “off-unit activities” for residents, restricting gatherings to individual units.

Rodeph Sholom School, 168 West 79th Street, will be closed on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13. A decision will be made about reopening on Monday by Sunday and parents will be notified.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 83rd & CPW, has cancelled all programs and is live-streaming services.

Fordham University, which has a campus between West 60th and 62nd Streets, has suspended all face-to-face classes indefinitely, and started online classes on Wednesday.

Columbia University and Barnard College are doing remote learning for precautionary reasons, though the campus remains open. Spring break starts next week.

Yeshiva University, undergraduate classes on the Beren and Wilf campuses will be canceled through the week and will resume on Monday, March 16.

Symphony Space has “made the decision to suspend all programs in our theaters through April 1.”

Ramblin’ Dan’s music classes for children will be closed through March 19, when another decision will be made. “Of course I will refund you 100%,” Dan Griffith wrote. “I will record a class of sorts tomorrow and post online.”

ESWS Music Together closed their 75th St location through Sunday. It happens to coincide with the end of the semester, so they won’t restart classes until March 28.

The Art Students League of New York is closed through March 31st.

The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled all performances this month effective tomorrow.

Jerry Seinfeld has cancelled his weekend shows at the Beacon Theater, until such time in the future when “we can relax and enjoy it a lot more,” he said. “Hold onto your tickets…a rescheduled date will be announced shortly.”

All Bard Graduate Center buildings will be closed until Monday, March 15 for deep cleaning. Their gallery will resume regular hours on Tuesday, March 17. Also, all public programs are cancelled through April 15.

Broadway shows will suspend all shows as of Thursday, March 12, for the next month following Governor Cuomo’s mandate to bar gatherings of more than 500 people.

All Catholic elementary schools within the Archdiocese of New York will close effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until Friday March 20, 2020, with the possibility of a lengthier closure. In addition, all activities and all sporting events and practices have been cancelled indefinitely.

CEC3 is postponing all meetings through the end of March. Check their website for rescheduled dates.

Film at Lincoln Center has suspended all screenings and will be closing the Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center effective 5 pm this evening.

Carnegie Hall has cancelled all performances through March 31.

Songs for Seeds, 77th and WEA, will be closed until further notice. “We will be putting content online for you to continue the songs for seeds fun and learning with your kids while at home.”

The Carlebach Shul, Jewish Center and K.R A. synagogues will not have sabbath services this sabbath.

No confirmed information on the Beacon Theater, however, the Fort Lee Daily Voice reported “no appearances this month by Styx, Mandy Moore or Dionne Warwick at the nearly 3,000-seat Beacon Theater.” We are following up.

The New-York Historical Society will close temporarily as of Friday, March 13 at 6 PM until the end of March. All onsite programs will be cancelled through the end of April. Visitors who have purchased tickets to a program will be contacted shortly to arrange either a refund or a ticket-to-donation to New-York Historical.

The National Council of Jewish Women has cancelled all CLL classes and discussion groups beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.

The 20th Precinct Community Council meeting on March 30th is cancelled.

Kinespirit Riverside Pilates and Gyroronic Studio, 85th and Broadway, is closed.

The Center at West Park is suspending all public events through April 12, 2020.

All Apple Stores are closed until March 27. A commenter added, “They may still be partially opened until Tuesday so that people can pick up items purchased online for in-store-pickup prior to this announcement, as well as to pick up Genius Bar repairs that were ready for pickup.” Best to call (212) 209-3400.

The City Council will close on Monday, March 16. The Council has canceled its budget and other meetings scheduled for the coming week, and won’t hold any public hearings until further notice.

All Masses in the Archdiocese of New York will be canceled beginning this weekend, March 14-15.

New York City public schools are closed as of Monday, March 16 through at least April 20th.

Effective Tuesday, March 16, at 9 a.m., all bars and restaurants will be closed. Takeout and delivery will be permitted.

All movie and other theaters and concert venues are closed.

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    1. Lizzie says:

      ESWS Music Together closed their 75th St location through Sunday. It happens to coincide with the end of the semester, so they won’t restart classes until March 28.

    2. C says:

      Heard that Jerry Seinfeld cancelled his shows at the Beacon.

    3. Rebecca Reitz says:

      The AMNH will remain open. However, many special exhibits and halls will be closed including the Butterfly Vivarium and the
      Discovery Room.

      • WEST SIDE IS CLOSED says:

        American Museum Of Natural History is closed until further notice starting today Friday the 13th!

    4. kc says:

      Columbia in-person classes will be online-only through the end of the semester.

    5. Cheryl Rosenberg says:

      What about The Philharmonic? As in the theatre, it has large audiences who sit close together.

    6. Debra Hoffman says:

      It’s not the West Side, but the Metropolitan Museum, all 3 branches closed.

    7. N Rossabi says:

      Do you know if the Hd Opera this Sat at the Empire AMC theater on 42ND st will be open for the Flying Dutchmen Opera

    8. D says:

      The Art Students League of New York is closed through March 31st.

    9. Rick says:

      The Metropolitan Opera has also cancelled all performances this month effective tomorrow.

    10. N Rossabi says:

      Will classes at the YMCA on 62nd st be in session on Fri Mar 13th?N

    11. Kara says:

      The met opera is canceling all shows until March 31

    12. Richard Torres says:

      Why hasn’t the Beacon theater cancelled it’s performances? Other venues, like Lehman college have cancelled for a March. Thank you

    13. Theeldub says:

      And now the Met Opera… so sad

    14. Big Seinfeld Fan says:

      Seinfeld postponed this weekend shows at the Beacon. Hang onto your tix for new date or refund

    15. JS says:

      Thx for the info. Great reporting, carol.

    16. Rochelle says:

      The New York Historical Society has canceled a
      Bunch of their lecture programs

    17. Glen says:

      As per the latest, Governor Cuomo has banned all gatherings in excess of 500 people for the foreseeable future. The Broadway theatres have already shut down.

    18. Kathleen says:

      So glad so many people and businesses are being cautious and working to contain this virus. Thank you WSR for keeping us all informed!

    19. Louise says:

      Film at Lincoln Center has suspended all screenings and will be closing the Walter Reade and Elinor Bunin effective 5pm this evening.

    20. TomF says:

      Carnegie Hall cancelled all performances through March 31.

    21. Sheila ROSS says:

      Will the Styx 3/15/2020 show go on ???

    22. Sheila Wolk says:

      thank you for the list!! very helpful!

    23. UWSDad says:

      CEC3 has cancelled all committee meetings and they are looking into a virtual/telephonic option for the 3/18 monthly calendar meeting.

    24. Peter Borten says:

      Merkin Hall has suspended performances, I believe.

    25. RobbieTheK says:

      CMOM is closed and all classes at the AMNH, e.g., Science and Nature and Early Adventures Program are canceled.

    26. Marissa says:

      All of the Yeshiva University has moved online until after the Passover break. Tentatively resuming classes on campus on Monday, April 20. Subject to change

    27. Foot traffic says:

      Wonderful news about the flea market and Greene market shutting down and enough with this foot traffic!

    28. Jerrold Yosef Shien says:

      The Carlebach Shul, Jewish Center and K.R A. synagogues will not have sabbath services this sabbath.

    29. Evelyn Behar says:

      Pretty much all major synagogues, including…
      Jewish Center
      West Side Institutional Synagogue
      Congregation Ramat Orah
      West Side Sephardic Minyan

      …and more.

    30. Ethan says:

      And still NYC public schools remain open? Don’t get it.

      • TomF says:

        Let me help you “get it.” Closing the schools would create huge child-care dilemmas for working parents, especially single-parent families, “Staying home” is not an option for the 114,000 children in the DOE system who are homeless. Many low-income families rely on schools to feed their children breakfast and lunch.

    31. Jeff Schneider says:

      Is the Beacon Theatre part of the “ Broadway Threatres” closing? There is a real lack of information on their FB Page and Website. I see the Jerry Seinfeld did the right thing, but what about the other artists that are performing later in the month?

    32. Julie says:

      I believe that it is morally reprehensible that the Beacon Theater has NOT kept pace with the rest of Broadway or the decision to cancel all shows. This lack of action is appalling.

      • charlieandcosmo says:

        The Beacon is owned by the Madison Square Garden Company, which is run by James Dolan. His breakfast cereal is sprinkled with moral reprehension.

    33. Maria says:

      Has the Beacon cancelled performances of other shows? Specifically – Pee Wee’S Big Adventure 35th Anniversary.

    34. Mohammed Khair says:

      What about movie theaters???

    35. charlieandcosmo says:

      Central Park is still open. Go for a walk and enjoy the daffodils, crocus and hyacinth. All are coming into full bloom.

    36. Cgarles says:

      All New York public libraries will close tomorrow indefinitely.

    37. Concerned says:

      A friend who attends LSS informed me that a rabbi and family have tested positive at The Lincoln Square Synagogue however they have not closed. The school located there has closed. So much for “social distancing”.

    38. UWS Parker says:

      And despite all closures, alternate side of the street parking remains in effect!!!

    39. Marcia Kaplan says:

      NYPL branches are now closed.

      Kinespirit Riverside Pilates and Gyroronic Studio closed.
      (85th & Broadway)

      Congregation Rodeph Sholom (83rd & CPW) has cancelled all programs and is live-streaming services.

    40. Steve says:

      I did a complete circuit of Central Park on Wednesday. The entire roadway. About 6 or 7 miles. It took 2 hours and 10 minutes. Never once did I come within 6 feet of anyone except for joggers who came up behind me. Great way to safely get exercise.

    41. Mark Diller says:

      Community Board 7 has cancelled in-person meetings through the end of March. We will attempt to have a virtual meeting for our Steering Committee on Tuesday, March 17th, and will circulate dial-in or online access codes. The District Office will continue to receive calls and emails and will respond as best we can.
      Joining in the wishes for safety and solidarity.
      And recommending that while the crisis persists we remember to shop locally – our small businesses and hourly workers will be among the hardest hit by the consequences of these necessary but difficult actions.

    42. Carlos says:

      All YMCA branches, including the West Side, are closed until further notice.