Iman, 65, rocks denim jacket and oversized plaid shirt on coffee run in New York City

Supermodel Iman, 65, rocks denim jacket and oversized plaid shirt on masked coffee run in New York City’s Soho district

Somali beauty Iman was seen making the sidewalk her personal runway in New York City on Friday morning.

The 65-year-old supermodel, philanthropist, and widow to David Bowie looked casual cool for the coffee run in the downtown Soho area, wearing a grey denim jacket and a black-and-white oversized plaid shirt.

It’s a shirt she apparently likes, as she was seen wearing the same garment earlier in the week as well. 

It’s all in the strut: Somali supermodel Iman was seen making the sidewalk her personal runway in New York City on Friday morning

Iman wore the buttoned-down top open at the collar as she strode along.

The mother-of-two also donned flowy dark pants and blue comfortable-looking walking shoes.  

As a measure of protection against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Iman also covered her mouth and nose with a standard black surgical face mask. 

Casual cool: The model, philanthropist, and widow to David Bowie looked casual cool for the coffee run in the Soho area, wearing a grey denim jacket and a black-and-white plaid shirt

Casual cool: The model, philanthropist, and widow to David Bowie looked casual cool for the coffee run in the Soho area, wearing a grey denim jacket and a black-and-white plaid shirt

Effortless style: The mother-of-two also donned flowy dark pants and blue comfortable-looking walking shoes

Effortless style: The mother-of-two also donned flowy dark pants and blue comfortable-looking walking shoes

She wore her auburn straight hair down, and shaded her eyes with large tortoiseshell sunglasses.

The sighting came one day after the 5ft9in stunner was seen taking part in a photo shoot on the streets of the Big Apple.

The fact that Iman is still working proves she’s been modeling for more than 40 years.

Fabulous look: The sighting came one day after the 5ft9in stunner was seen taking part in a photo shoot on the streets of the Big Apple

Fabulous look: The sighting came one day after the 5ft9in stunner was seen taking part in a photo shoot on the streets of the Big Apple

For the Thursday shoot, the beauty, born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, rocked a leopard print jacket and statement reflective shades. 

She was married to rock superstar Bowie from 1992 until his death from liver cancer in January 2016, at the age of 69.

The couple shared a daughter Lexi, now 19. 

Another rad look: Iman was married to rock superstar Bowie from 1992 until his death from liver cancer in January 2016 at the age of 69; seen in another statement look earlier this week

Another rad look: Iman was married to rock superstar Bowie from 1992 until his death from liver cancer in January 2016 at the age of 69; seen in another statement look earlier this week

Previously, Iman was wed to American professional basketball player Spencer Haywood from 1977 to 1987, with whom she shares daughter Zulekha, 42.

Iman is the founder of Iman Cosmetics, which she regularly plugs with gorgeous imagery on both her personal Instagram as well as that of the company. 

A recent post saw three stunning polaroids of the model in support of a ‘#SlayAtHome’ campaign for her products including Luxury Concealing Foundation, Luxury Pressed Powder, Contour Trio, Sheer Finish Bronzing Power in ‘Afterglow’ and Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick.

Selling glamour: Iman is the founder of Iman Cosmetics, which she regularly plugs with gorgeous imagery on both her personal Instagram as well as that of the company

Selling glamour: Iman is the founder of Iman Cosmetics, which she regularly plugs with gorgeous imagery on both her personal Instagram as well as that of the company

Dentists says mask-wearing may be causing tooth decay and gum disease

Dentists declare ‘mask mouth’ a new phenomenon as they see an explsoion in patients suffering from tooth decay and gum disease after wearing face coverings

  • Two top dentists in New York City say mask-wearing makes people breathe through their nose and subsequently causes their mouth to dry out 
  • This results in a decrease of saliva in the mouth, which works to neutralize acid and prevent tooth decay and gum disease
  • ‘Gum disease will eventually lead to strokes and an increased risk of heart attacks,’ one dentist claims, saying the long-term effects can be serious
  • Doctors have largely debunked other conspiracy theories about mask-wearing, including claims they trap the coronavirus and make infection more likely 

Dentists say face coverings could be causing gum disease and tooth decay, with the number of patients presenting with oral health problems exploding since mask wearing mandates began. 

The owners of One Manhattan Dental in New York City say they have even created the nickname ‘mask mouth’ to deal with the burgeoning number of cases.  

‘We’re seeing inflammation in people’s gums that have been healthy forever, and cavities in people who have never had them before,’  Dr. Rob Raimondi  told Fox News. 

‘About 50 percent of our patients are being impacted by this, [so] we decided to name it “mask mouth” — after “meth mouth”.

While some Americans have claimed that mask-wearing exacerbates respiratory issues, less attention has been paid to problems plaguing the teeth and gums. 

‘Gum disease — or periodontal disease — will eventually lead to strokes and an increased risk of heart attacks,’ One Manhattan Dental’s Dr. Marc Sclafani states. 

Dentists say face coverings could be causing gum disease and tooth decay, with the number of patients presenting with oral health problems exploding since mask wearing mandates began (stock image)

Sclafani says most people breathe heavily through their mouths when wearing a mask, which is inadvertently causing dry mouth.    

‘The mouth breathing is causing the dry mouth, which leads to a decrease in saliva — and saliva is what fights the bacteria and cleanses your teeth. 

‘Saliva is also what neutralizes acid in the mouth and helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease,’ he told Fox News. 

The dentists told the publication that there is one positive outcome: mask-wearing has made people more attentive to their oral health. 

‘Patients are coming into us like, “Wow, my breath smells, I need a cleaning.”

‘[But] when you smell the bad breath, you either already have periodontal disease or you have a lot of bacteria that’s sitting on your tongue because of dry mouth,’ Sclafani explained. 

He urges people to drink lots of liquids, brush and floss regularly and trying breathing through their nose if they’re wearing a mask. 

Meanwhile, doctors have debunked a number of other conspiracy theories about mask wearing. 

One of the main claims on social media is that masks cause a toxic build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood, known as hypercapnia. 

This happens when someone breathes in recycled air – usually in confined spaces without ventilation – reducing oxygen and increasing CO2 levels. It causes breathlessness, headache, confusion and, in extreme cases, irregular heartbeat. 

Two top dentists told Fox News that there is one positive outcome of mask wearing mandates:  it has made people more attentive to their oral health (stock image)

One small study found nurses wearing N95s on a 12-hour shift had ‘significantly elevated’ CO2 levels and reported headaches and feeling short of breath. But these symptoms were not significant enough to be considered hypercapnia. 

The CDC says any build-up of CO2 would be unlikely in everyday use outside hospital settings, and could be avoided by simply letting some air in. 

Another claim circulating on Instagram and Facebook is that wearing a mask makes catching coronavirus more likely, because the material ‘traps’ infected droplets. 

Epidemiologist Prof Keith Neal, from the University of Nottingham in the UK, claims this is nonsensical. 

‘The mask is to stop you spreading it – you can’t infect yourself if you are already infected,’ he stated. 

Emily Ratajkowski walks dog with husband in Hamptons

Emily Ratajkowski shows off her toned tummy in a crop top after enjoying lunch with husband Sebastian and their dog in the Hamptons

They recently moved back to New York City after fleeing to her parents’ home in Los Angeles at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Emily Ratajkowski, 29, and her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard have temporarily left the city again, this time for a relaxing getaway in the Hamptons.

The model was seen on Thursday in a simple white crop top while going for a walk with her film producer spouse and their dog Colombo after having lunch together in Sag Harbor.

Relaxing walk: Emily Ratajkowski, 29, and her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard enjoyed a stroll with their dog Colombo through Long Island’s Sag Harbor on Thursday after lunch

Emily paired the low-cut white crop top with a baggy pair of olive green slacks and gray New Balance trainers with scarlet accents.

The 5ft7in beauty wore her recently darkened locks down and accessorized with gold hoop earrings and tortoiseshell sunglasses

Sebastian had on a gray–blue T-shirt with colorful floral shorts, sandals and a white 7-Eleven cap.

Both did their part to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by wearing black masks, with her favoring a minimalist design while he wore a black and purple Nike design. 

Casual: Emily paired alow-cut white crop top with baggy olive pants and gray New Balance trainers with scarlet accents. Sebastian wore a gray¿blue T-shirt with floral shorts and sandals

Casual: Emily paired alow-cut white crop top with baggy olive pants and gray New Balance trainers with scarlet accents. Sebastian wore a gray–blue T-shirt with floral shorts and sandals

Emily and Sebastian strolled with their Husky–German Shepherd mix Colombo around the seaside village, which is split between East Hampton and Southampton and is a popular spot for wealthy families to summer.

The two paused during a loving moment for a tender hug as Emily gazed out on the water.

Although the two skipped the beach on the overcast afternoon, they’ve spent plenty of time in the sun in recent days.

Loved up: The two paused during a loving moment for a tender hug as Emily gazed out on the water. Both wore masks to slow the spread of COVID-19

Loved up: The two paused during a loving moment for a tender hug as Emily gazed out on the water. Both wore masks to slow the spread of COVID-19

On Wednesday, Emily put on a busty display in a stunning cyan string bikini while working on her tan at the beach.

The two-piece bathing suit was one of her own designs from her Inamorata Woman brand, which she launched in late 2017. 

Emily explained to Vogue in 2017 that she handles most of the day-to-day work for her swim line.

‘It is self-funded. I have basically a consultant and an assistant and then it’s all me. It’s been really, really fun,’ she said.

‘I’ve been doing different things with different people, but to have complete control is really special and exciting.’

Stunner: On Wednesday, Emily put on a busty display in a stunning cyan string bikini while working on her tan at the beach

Stunner: On Wednesday, Emily put on a busty display in a stunning cyan string bikini while working on her tan at the beach

The Gone Girl actress and her husband have been back in New York City recently after traveling to LA when New York was being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.

The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention had issued an advisory on March 28 asking ‘residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.’

Despite the public health warning, the two fled the Big Apple when it was still the American epicenter of coronavirus cases in April, but returned once cases began to spike in California.

A model moment: And the leggy lady also shared this image this week where she was in one of her own designs

A model moment: And the leggy lady also shared this image this week where she was in one of her own designs

Iman, 65, models statement shades and leopard print jacket for photo shoot on streets of New York

Iman, 65, models statement shades and leopard print jacket for photo shoot on streets of New York City

She’s been modeling for more than 40 years.

And on Thursday, Iman, who celebrated her 65th birthday last month, took part in a photo shoot on the streets of New York City.

The Somali-born beauty rocked a leopard print jacket and statement reflective shades for the occasion. 

At work: She’s been modeling for more than 40 years. And on Thursday, Iman, who celebrated her 65th birthday last month, took part in a photo shoot on the streets of New York City

The widow of David Bowie wore a black blouse underneath the unfastened zipper jacket and a pair of blue jeans.

She sported a long golden blonde wig and accessorized with a gold necklace.

Iman, who was born in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in 1955, turned 65 on July 25.

To mark the occasion, she posted a stunning selfie to Instagram displaying her flawless features.

She wore a black blouse underneath a leopard print jacket with blue jeans

She sported a long crimped golden blonde wig and statement reflective shades for the occasion

Posed: She wore a black blouse underneath a leopard print jacket with blue jeans. She sported a long golden blonde wig and statement reflective shades for the occasion

Ageless beauty: The widow of rock superstar David Bowie marked turning 65 on July 25 by posting this stunning selfie to her Instagram showing off her flawless features

Ageless beauty: The widow of rock superstar David Bowie marked turning 65 on July 25 by posting this stunning selfie to her Instagram showing off her flawless features

Iman was married to rock superstar Bowie from 1992 until his death from liver cancer in January 2016 at the age of 69.

The couple shared a daughter Lexi, now 19.

In addition to her successful modeling career, Iman founded her own cosmetics company in 1994 focused on beauty products for women of color.

She is also actively involved in several charities including Save the Children, UNICEF Go – 2 – School Initiative/Somalia and Hope for Congo and this past February, she was honored at the annual amfAR New York Gala for her commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In the spotlight: The model, businesswoman, activist and philanthropist was honored at the annual amfAR New York Gala in February for her commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS

In the spotlight: The model, businesswoman, activist and philanthropist was honored at the annual amfAR New York Gala in February for her commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS

Ashley Olsen  goes business chic in a silk skirt and beige blouse after attending meetings in NYC

Ashley Olsen goes business chic in a silk skirt and beige blouse after attending meetings in NYC

She was recently nominated for two CFDA awards, alongside her twin sister Mary-Kate, for their line The Row.  

And Ashley Olsen was busy at work stopping by the fashion line’s offices in New York City for meetings on Thursday. 

The 34-year-old child star cut a sophisticated and casual look true to her paired down style in a beige silk skirt and blouse. 

Talking business: Ashley Olsen was busy at work stopping by the fashion line’s offices in New York City for meetings on Thursday 

Most of her famous face was covered in brown and white patterned bandana that she used as a face mask, amid the coronavirus pandemic, that her blonde hair was tucked into. 

She shielded her eyes in large, oversized shades as she talked on the phone. 

She carried a black alligator skin backpack/purse on her way inside, along with a plastic water bottle. 

For comfort, she opted for black leather strap slide-on sandals for her outing.  

True to style: The 34-year-old child star cut a sophisticated and casual look true to her paired down style in a beige silk skirt and blouse

True to style: The 34-year-old child star cut a sophisticated and casual look true to her paired down style in a beige silk skirt and blouse 

Accessories: She carried a black alligator skin backpack/purse on her way inside, along with a plastic water bottle

Accessories: She carried a black alligator skin backpack/purse on her way inside, along with a plastic water bottle 

The designer and Mary-Kate were just nominated for two trophies – womenswear and accessories – at the CFDA Fashion Awards, which will be announced September 14.   

The Council of Fashion Designers of America previously gave the twin tycoons five awards from the same two categories in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019.

The Cali-born New Yorker is two minutes older than Mary-Kate and they originally founded their minimalist label in their NYU college dorm way back in 2006.

‘It was very hard at the beginning,’ Ashley recalled to Vogue Australia last year.

‘And, actually, probably until the past couple of years. But we don’t really take things personally. For us, sell-throughs were the only thing we really cared about.’  

Covered: Most of her famous face was covered in brown and white patterned bandana that she used as a face mask, amid the coronavirus pandemic, that her blonde hair was tucked into

Covered: Most of her famous face was covered in brown and white patterned bandana that she used as a face mask, amid the coronavirus pandemic, that her blonde hair was tucked into 

Slip-on: For comfort, she opted for black leather strap slide-on sandals for her outing

Slip-on: For comfort, she opted for black leather strap slide-on sandals for her outing 

Talented twosome: Olsen and her fraternal twin sister Mary-Kate were just nominated for two trophies - womenswear and accessories - at the CFDA Fashion Awards, which will be announced September 14

Talented twosome: Olsen and her fraternal twin sister Mary-Kate were just nominated for two trophies – womenswear and accessories – at the CFDA Fashion Awards, which will be announced September 14

The tastemakers’ lifestyle brand Elizabeth and James – named after their younger sister and brother – partnered with Kohl’s department stores last year.

The Olsens have expertly managed to amass a combined $300M fortune since they collectively played Michelle Tanner on the ABC sitcom opposite Bob’s widower Danny Tanner from 1987-1995.

Mary-Kate ‘is doing really well’ since filing for divorce on April 17 from her 51-year-old husband of five years – French banker Olivier Sarkozy – according to ET.

The Further Global Capital Management head is the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and he has two teenage children with his first wife Charlotte.

Team: The Council of Fashion Designers of America previously gave the twin tycoons five awards from the same two categories in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 (pictured in 2019)

Team: The Council of Fashion Designers of America previously gave the twin tycoons five awards from the same two categories in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 (pictured in 2019)

It's over: Mary-Kate (R) 'is doing really well' since filing for divorce on April 17 from her 51-year-old husband of five years - French banker Olivier Sarkozy (L, pictured in 2017)

It’s over: Mary-Kate (R) ‘is doing really well’ since filing for divorce on April 17 from her 51-year-old husband of five years – French banker Olivier Sarkozy (L, pictured in 2017)

Facebook will allow employees to work remotely until June 2021

Facebook is letting its American employees work remotely through July 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to plague the country. 

The social media giant announced the news to Business Insider on Thursday, also revealing that they would also be giving workers money to pay for home office supplies. 

‘Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021,’ spokesperson Nneka Norville told the publication. 

‘In addition, we are giving employees an additional $1,000 for home office needs.’

Facebook is following in the footsteps of Google, who announced last week that they would also allow their employees to work from home until July of next year.  

According to Business Insider, Facebook ‘expects to have up to 50% of its workforce working remotely in the next five to ten years’.

Facebook is letting its American employees work remotely through July 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to plague the country. Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pictured  

Facebook announced Monday it signed a lease on the 730,000-square-foot office space in the landmark Farley building, potentially boosting employees in the city to 10,000

Facebook announced Monday it signed a lease on the 730,000-square-foot office space in the landmark Farley building, potentially boosting employees in the city to 10,000

That plan comes despite the fact Fscebook has just leased out the entirety of Manhattan’s Farley Building to use as its New York office space. 

The gigantic 730,000-square-foot space could boost the the number of Facebook employees in NYC to 10,000, according to AMNY.   

On Tuesday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio heralded the lease as an essential part of the Big Apple’s ‘economic rebirth’ following the coronavirus crisis. 

 Terms of the deal were not disclosed by Facebook Inc and the property’s majority owner, Vornado Realty Trust, and it is unclear what tax breaks or incentives the tech company will receive as a result of the expansion.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio heralded the company's investment in the city as 'part of our economic rebirth' post coronavirus shutdowns in a press conference on Tuesday

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio heralded the company’s investment in the city as ‘part of our economic rebirth’ post coronavirus shutdowns in a press conference on Tuesday

‘It will be a part of our economic rebirth,’ De Blasio said Tuesday. ‘This is the first major new lease for the post-COVID era.’ 

The deal was also welcomed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

‘Vornado’s and Facebook’s investment in New York and commitment to further putting down roots here — even in the midst of a global pandemic — is a signal to the world that our brightest days are still ahead and we are open for business,’ he said in a statement. 

‘This public-private partnership fortifies New York as an international center of innovation.’ 

Facebook agreed to lease 730,000 square feet at the 108-year-old Farley, a building that occupies a double-wide block facing Ninth Avenue across the street from Madison Square Garden, the two companies said in a statement.

The deal had been discussed for months but came as a surprise now with many employees still working from home and wealthy New Yorkers staying away from the city. 

Thousands of New York City residents fled Manhattan and Brooklyn earlier this year when the city was the COVID-19 epicenter of the world. 

Many flocked to their second homes in the Hamptons or upstate, while others rented or bought new properties, abandoning their expensive city apartments. 

On Tuesday, Gov Cuomo begged them to return if the city is to be saved from economic ruin. 

‘I talk to them literally every day. I say. “When are you coming back? I’ll buy you a drink. I’ll cook,’ he said.  

The shutdown in March had cratered NYC’s economy with small businesses struggling to recover and being forced to close despite the gradual reopening following the peak of the city’s coronavirus outbreak.   

Yet according to the New York Times, Facebook has continued to bring in more staff and now has more than 4,000 employees in its Manhattan offices, up from about 2,900 employees at the beginning of 2020.

Facebook spokeswoman Jamila Reeves said Monday that Farley will be a tech and engineering hub that will allow the company to grow teams in New York that before were located in the company’s San Francisco and Menlo Park headquarters in California.

Facebook agreed to lease 730,000 square feet at Farley, a Manhattan building that occupies a double-wide block facing Ninth Avenue across the street from Madison Square Garden

Facebook agreed to lease 730,000 square feet at Farley, a Manhattan building that occupies a double-wide block facing Ninth Avenue across the street from Madison Square Garden

The leased space in the Farley Building is expected to open in late 2021, Reeves said. 

Manhattan is Facebook’s largest operation on the East Coast, with just over 4,000 employees, more than half of whom are engineers, she added.  

‘Facebook first joined New York’s vibrant business and tech community in 2007,’ said Reeves. 

‘Since that time, we’ve continuously grown and expanded our presence throughout the city. The Farley Building will further anchor our New York footprint and create a dedicated hub for our tech and engineering teams.’

The lease at Farley building means Facebook has now acquired more than 2.2million square feet of Manhattan office space over the past year, all located between Penn Station and the Hudson River.   

Brazilian model Daiane Sodre enjoys sorbet al fresco in NYC

Victoria’s Secret model Daiane Sodre, who has been linked to A$AP Rocky, Joe Jonas and Julian Edelman, wears a bra top while enjoying sorbet

Brazilian model Daiane Sodre was seen enjoying a small dish of orange sorbet al fresco at Sant Ambroeus in New York City on Thursday.

The 27-year-old beauty was in a black bra top and matching torn leggings as she seemed to make the most of an afternoon in the Big Apple.

This comes just after the catwalk expert was linked again to 34-year-old New England Patriots football player Julian Edelman.

Sweet choice: Brazilian model Daiane Sodre was seen enjoying a small dish of orange sorbet al fresco at Sant Ambroeus in New York City on Thursday

While sitting down at a small outdoor table, the cover girl – who was baptized Daiane in honor or Diana, Princess of Wales – had her mask off and smiled at a female friend.

She seemed to have just left a workout and at one point had her hair up with a black cap on. The star added sunglasses, a cross necklace and a Gucci purse worn crossbody style.

Edelman was first linked to Sodree in 2018 when they were seen together at a beach.   

Chic on t he street: The 27-year-old beauty was in a black bra top and matching torn leggings as she seemed to make the most of an afternoon in the Big Apple

Chic on t he street: The 27-year-old beauty was in a black bra top and matching torn leggings as she seemed to make the most of an afternoon in the Big Apple

In July Edelman hit like on several black and white photos of the model on Instagram.

The images were part of the women’s challenge. 

‘Thankful to all the strong women who makes a difference in my life and all those beautiful souls, who are making this world a better world! Those who has their heart in what they do! Together we are stronger! #challengeaccepted,’ she captioned her post.

A love interest? This comes just after the catwalk expert was linked again to 34-year-old New England Patriots football player Julian Edelman; seen in 2019

A love interest? This comes just after the catwalk expert was linked again to 34-year-old New England Patriots football player Julian Edelman; seen in 2019

She likes handsome men: The leggy wonder has been linked to Joe Jonas, left, who is seen with wife Sophie Turner in January

Kendall Jenner's pal: And she has also been seen with A$AP Rocky, right

She likes handsome men: The leggy wonder has been linked to Joe Jonas, left, who is seen with wife Sophie Turner. And she has also been seen with A$AP Rocky, right

Edelman also said, ‘Linda’ which means ‘beautiful’ in Portuguese. Sodre answered ‘obrigada’ which translates to ‘thank you.’ He then added fire emojis to her bikini photos. 

The looker, who was born in Baixa Grande, has also been linked to Kendall Jenner’s pal A$AP Rocky and Sophie Turner’s husband Joe Jonas.

And he was seeing a model who was friends with Demi Lovato, TMZ stated earlier this year.

Sodre has worked with photographers like Mark Seliger, Russell James, James Macari and Dusan Reljin. Her clients includeRalph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Clinique and Avon. 

She worked on the music video No Stylist with French Montana that featured Drake.

Working: Sodre attended the casting for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in NYC

Working: Sodre attended the casting for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in NYC

Keke Palmer is set to host the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.

Keke Palmer is set to host the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards… as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the nominations

Keke Palmer is set to host the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

The 26-year-old actress has revealed she will be the host for the upcoming music awards ceremony, which will be held live on August 30 from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, as well as from various iconic locations throughout the five boroughs in New York City.

Keke announced the news on her Instagram account, where she shared a video of herself asking her iconic character True Jackson – whom she played in ‘True Jackson, VP’ from 2008 to 2011 – for style tips ahead of her hosting job.

Going for it: Keke Palmer is set to host the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). The 26-year-old actress has revealed she will be the host for the upcoming music awards ceremony, which will be held live on August 30

She wrote alongside the clip: ‘I heard y’all was tired of 2020, let’s go back to 2008.

‘Join me as I host the 2020 @vmas on August 30th on @MTV! #VMAs.’

The VMAs will feature performances from the likes of Doja Cat and J Balvin, as well as a world first performance from South Korean boy band BTS, who will be debuting their English-language single ‘Dynamite’.

BTS – made up of RM, Jin, SUGA, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook – have been nominated for awards in the Best Pop, Best K-Pop, and Best Choreography categories for their hit single ‘ON’.

Big gig: She wrote alongside the clip: 'I heard y'all was tired of 2020, let's go back to 2008. 'Join me as I host the 2020 @vmas on August 30th on @MTV! #VMAs'

Big gig: She wrote alongside the clip: ‘I heard y’all was tired of 2020, let’s go back to 2008. ‘Join me as I host the 2020 @vmas on August 30th on @MTV! #VMAs’

Two good! Palmer did a split screen where on the top she was Keke and on the bottom she was True Jackson

Two good! Palmer did a split screen where on the top she was Keke and on the bottom she was True Jackson

Elsewhere, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with nine nods each.

The 34-year-old singer and the ‘7 Rings’ hitmaker have seven joint nominations for their collaborative track, ‘Rain On Me’, which is up for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Choreography.

Gaga is also nominated for Artist of the Year, and Best Quarantine Performance, whilst Ariana will battle it out with herself in the Best Collaboration category, and has a ninth nod in the Best Music Video From Home shortlist.

Ariana has no nominations for any solo awards, as her two nods which aren’t with Gaga are for her Justin Bieber quarantine-themed collaboration, ‘Stuck with U’.

The ladies rule! Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with nine nods each. Seen in LA in 2015

The ladies rule! Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with nine nods each. Seen in LA in 2015

Jennifer Lopez brings the glam as she and fiance Alex Rodriguez tour the NY Mets’ Citi Field

They are currently leading a bid to buy the sports franchise The New York Mets.

And on Wednesday, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez  were spotted taking a tour of the Mets’ home stadium – Citi Field in Flushing – which is located in the north-central portion of the New York City borough of Queens.

The singer, 51, and the former Yankees pro baseball player, 45, were joined by his daughter Natasha Rodriguez for their VIP visit amid their bid to become an MLB team owner.

VIP: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were spotted taking a tour of the Mets’ home stadium – – Citi Field in Flushing – which is located in the north-central portion of the New York City borough of Queens on Wednesday amid their bid to become MLB owners

Jennifer looked chic in a thigh-grazing dress with embroidered flowers along the torso and sleeves.

She rocked cream colored heels with a Valentino handbag, accessorizing with a variety of gold and diamond jewelry – with sunglasses and a face mask.

Alex donned cream slacks with a blue button up shirt while toting a small coffee.

His daughter Natasha, 15, was on hand as well, and made sure to take selfie with her dad and future stepmom.

Glamour: The singer, 51, and the former Yankees pro baseball player, 45, were joined by his daughter Natasha Rodriguez for their VIP visit amid their bid to become an MLB team owner

Glamour: The singer, 51, and the former Yankees pro baseball player, 45, were joined by his daughter Natasha Rodriguez for their VIP visit amid their bid to become an MLB team owner

Arrival: Alex, Jennifer and Natasha spotted on their VIP tour of the stadium

Arrival: Alex, Jennifer and Natasha spotted on their VIP tour of the stadium

Jennifer and Alex, who were both born in New York City have reportedly put up $225 million – $300 million of their own money as part of the takeover bid for the Mets, reports The Athletic. 

BodyArmor and Vitaminwater co-founder Mike Repole, current and former NFL stars Travis Kelce, Brian Urlacher, DeMarco Murray and Joe Thomas, plus NBA stars Mason Plumlee and Bradley Beal are part of the investment group with Jennifer and Alex.  

Florida Panthers owner billionaire Vincent Viola is also on their investment team, reportedly contributing $200 million to the bid, the NY Post reported.

Jennifer hails from the Bronx, Alex from Washington Heights, Mike from Middle Village and Vincent from Brooklyn. 

It is interesting to note that Jennifer grew up as a lifelong NY Yankees fan and Alex played for the Mets’ rivals, the Yankees from 2004 until 2016 with a season long suspension for performance enhancing drugs from 2014-2015. 

They reportedly submitted an initial bid of $1.7 billion last month to the Wilpon family, who own the team, according to the NY Post.

Time for picture together: His daughter Natasha, 15, was on hand as well, and made sure to take selfie with her dad and future stepmom

Time for picture together: His daughter Natasha, 15, was on hand as well, and made sure to take selfie with her dad and future stepmom

However,  journalist Charles Gasparino tweeted that Jennifer and Alex’s reported bid is closer to the $2 billion Steve offered, and not the $1.7 billion reported by the Post, according to Nj.com.

Other bidders include the frontrunner – billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen, who offered $2 billion this time, after previously offering $2.6 billion during previous negotiations in December, according to the NY Post.

The previous deal fell through in February because Steve wanted immediate control of the team but the Wilpon’s wanted to remain with the club for five more years, according to Nj.com.

Other bidders included Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer. 

NY Post sources reported that the Mets COO Jeff Wilpon prefers to sell the team to Jennifer, Alex and their investment group, if their offer is close to the best bid by the end of the auction.

The initial bid were submitted last month, as well as their disclosure of all their investors, as well as what percentage of the team each investor would own. 

In May, Jennifer and Alex tried to buy the Mets with a bid at $1.5 billion but the Wilpon family wanted something closer to $2.5 billion, according to TMZ. 

Entrepreneurs: Jennifer and Alex, who were both born in New York City have reportedly put up $225 million - $300 million of their own money as part of the takeover bid for the Mets, reports The Athletic; pictured together June 3, 2019 at the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City

Entrepreneurs: Jennifer and Alex, who were both born in New York City have reportedly put up $225 million – $300 million of their own money as part of the takeover bid for the Mets, reports The Athletic; pictured together June 3, 2019 at the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City

Andrew Cuomo begs people to return to New York to save city

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is begging wealthy New Yorkers to return to the city to save it from economic ruin while fighting off calls from other lawmakers to raise their taxes, a move he fears could permanently drive the top 1 percent out of the city. 

Thousands of New York City residents fled Manhattan and Brooklyn earlier this year when the city was the COVID-19 epicenter of the world. 

Many flocked to their second homes in the Hamptons or upstate, while others rented or bought new properties, abandoning their expensive city apartments.

Now, six months on with no end to the national nightmare in sight, many are laying down permanent roots. While New York has overcome its battle against the virus, the rest of the country – where lockdown rules have been far more relaxed – is seeing a resurgence. 

It is preventing New York City from resuming its normal activity because Cuomo fears a second spike in cases will happen if just one person from a worse-affected state travels in and infects residents again. 

At a press conference on Monday, he said of the wealthiest residents who have long left the city: ‘I literally talk to people all day long who are in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, “You gotta come back, when are you coming back?”  

“‘We’ll go to dinner, I’ll buy you a drink. “‘Come over, I’ll cook.”

‘They’re not coming back right now. And you know what else they’re thinking? If I stay there, I pay a lower income tax because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge,’ he said. 

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A man washes a Mercedes G- Class on a deserted street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Many of New York City’s wealthiest residents left the city in March and have not returned

Retail on the UES has taken a hit along with the rest of the city. The state of NY is now staring down the barrel of a $30billion deficit over the next two years

Retail on the UES has taken a hit along with the rest of the city. The state of NY is now staring down the barrel of a $30billion deficit over the next two years 

It is not unusual for Manhattan to clear out for the month of August, when temperatures between the skyscrapers soar and send many fleeing to Long Island’s beaches or further afield. 

But this summer, with the ongoing lack of appeal in the city, the likelihood that people will come back in the fall is shrinking. 

What is making matters worse are the increasing calls from other lawmakers to boost taxes on the city’s highest earners to try to plug the $30billion deficit that was left by the pandemic. 

Cuomo said he is resisting the idea, that will send the already transient group of taxpayers running for the hills.  

‘A single per cent of New York’s population pays half of the state’s taxes and they’re the most mobile people on the globe,’ he said. 

He wants the federal government to step in with help in the final stimulus bill that is due to pass soon, and has warned that unless more financial aid is given, the country is on track for a ‘real recession’. 

‘If they don’t make this bill right, frankly, they shouldn’t pass it because it will be the last bill. 

‘If this bill does not have funding for state and local government you will see a real recession, not just in New York but across the country [by] forcing state and local governments to lay off people,’ he said. 

Crime in the Big Apple is also rising. 

While coronavirus deaths have dropped in New York City, they are not yet on the decline nationwide

While coronavirus deaths have dropped in New York City, they are not yet on the decline nationwide 

So far, there have already been more shootings in 2020 than there were by the end of the year in 2019 and there are still five months until the year’s end.

Robberies on the Upper East Side have also increased by more than 200 percent.

With a gaping deficit in the city and state’s budget, essential services like garbage collection, are suffering. 

The city’s sanitation budget was cut by $106million to try to reduce outgoings. It resulted in trash piling up all over the city.  

His comments on Monday came before Bill de Blasio, the city’s mayor, took the extraordinary step of announcing checkpoints would be going up all over the city. 

The checkpoints are in place to trace anyone who enters the city from one of the 35 lists that are on Cuomo’s mandatory quarantine list. 

They are to identify people traveling into the city from one of the 35 states on Cuomo’s mandatory quarantine list; Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.  

Meanwhile in the Hamptons, stores and restaurants are enjoying bustling trade from the well-heeled city dwellers who have fled there. Pictured, the village of Sag Harbor

Meanwhile in the Hamptons, stores and restaurants are enjoying bustling trade from the well-heeled city dwellers who have fled there. Pictured, the village of Sag Harbor 

FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES FIRST MAJOR REINVESTMENT FOR NYC

Facebook has announced the first major reinvestment in New York City real estate since the coronavirus lockdown Monday by signing a lease in the landmark Farley building.

The social media giant has leased all of the 730,000-square-foot office space at the 1912 Beaux Arts former post office in Manhattan, in a deal that marks a major expansion of the company’s business operations in the city.

According to AMNY, the move could boost the number of Facebook employees in NYC to 10,000.

It comes as much of the Big Apple’s office space lies empty with many employees still working from home and wealthy New Yorkers having fled the city.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio heralded the company’s investment in the city as ‘part of our economic rebirth’, despite smaller businesses in the Big Apple continuing to go out of businesses post-lockdown 

It’s unclear how the quarantine will be enforced beyond people answering texts every day from the department of health if they are stopped and asked for their phone numbers.   

Cuomo is furious that the president has not issued guidance for the rest of the country. 

He says that because Trump – who earlier this week responded ‘it is what it is’ when presented with the fact that thousands of Americans are still dying – remains in denial over how serious the virus is.

New York, he said, had done the work to squash the infection rate over the last six months but because no other states are doing the same, it still can’t return to its former glory. 

‘Its so frustrating that … six months later … we are still talking about this on a such a level of ignorance and denial and are still so woefully unprepared,’ he said. 

‘Facts are facts. We see the numbers going up …

‘We see experts saying, “We need to reset,” but the reset has to start at the top. 

‘We have confusion, we have chaos. I think the president has to stand up and say what he didn’t say six month ago.

‘That COVID is serious. 

‘That we can’t deny it. That it’s not political, and that it isn’t going to go away magically.

‘That the way he handled it was wrong. 

‘It has to start with the president,’ he said.

Unless there is a national plan, Cuomo said the virus will continue to bounce from state to state. 

‘You’ll see a ping-pong of this virus across the country unless you have a national strategy … Giving it back and forth to each other like family members,’ he fumed.

While Cuomo is begging New Yorkers to come back, those who have stayed in the city are outraged by his continuously harsh rules. 

An analysis of data reveals that robberies are also on the rise in other affluent New York City neighborhoods - despite the fact thefts are down citywide - which is not likely to draw residents back

An analysis of data reveals that robberies are also on the rise in other affluent New York City neighborhoods – despite the fact thefts are down citywide – which is not likely to draw residents back 

A whopping 80 percent of some commercial real estate tenants didn't pay rent in April and May which takes a huge chunk out of the city's tax revenue base. Retail has resumed but it remains unclear just how many stores have been able to reopen

A whopping 80 percent of some commercial real estate tenants didn’t pay rent in April and May which takes a huge chunk out of the city’s tax revenue base. Retail has resumed but it remains unclear just how many stores have been able to reopen 

Popular destinations among so-called 'coronavirus refugees' include Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, the Jersey Shore and southern Florida

Popular destinations among so-called ‘coronavirus refugees’ include Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, the Jersey Shore and southern Florida

Soho, Manhattan: Cardboard boxes and black trash bags line a sidewalk on Broadway and Bleecker Street on July 31

Soho, Manhattan: Cardboard boxes and black trash bags line a sidewalk on Broadway and Bleecker Street on July 31

Chelsea, Manhattan: An overflowing garbage can is pictured on W. 21st Street and 7th Avenue Friday

Chelsea, Manhattan: An overflowing garbage can is pictured on W. 21st Street and 7th Avenue Friday

Gravesend, Brooklyn: Overflowing trash waiting for pick up covers the sidewalk near 86th Street under the El train

Police appear to be turning a blind eye to a growing crowd of drug addicts shooting up in broad daylight in Manhattan's Midtown neighborhood as locals plead for someone to step in and put an end to the unsettling scenes. Pictured: One man doubles over on the ground while another holds onto a railing for support in a plaza at 34th St and 8th Ave on Thursday

Police appear to be turning a blind eye to a growing crowd of drug addicts shooting up in broad daylight in Manhattan’s Midtown neighborhood as locals plead for someone to step in and put an end to the unsettling scenes. Pictured: One man doubles over on the ground while another holds onto a railing for support in a plaza at 34th St and 8th Ave on Thursday

NYC MILLIONAIRES FLEE FOR SMALLER TOWNS

  • Nearly 420,000 New York City residents left between March 1 and May 1
  • Neighborhoods such as the Upper East Side and SoHo saw populations drop by at least 40%
  • People mostly fled to Long Island, upstate New York like the Catskills and Florida, all of which are popular summer home destinations
  • Residents who left were in neighborhoods made up of mainly whites with household incomes of more than $100,000 per year

Most of Cuomo’s lockdown strategies have been embraced, but a recent decision to force bars to sell ‘substantial’ amounts of food to customers dining outdoors has sparked outrage. 

It was prompted by a small number of the city’s bars and restaurants flouting social distancing rules to allow large crowds to gather – a clear COVID catalyst. 

Rather than single in on those specific bars, Cuomo is now forcing everyone to serve large dishes with drinks which is putting the establishments that do comply with the rules in an impossible position. 

Not all of them have kitchens, and customers – many of whom have seen their own disposable income reduced – do not want to pay for an entire meal when looking to go somewhere for a drink. 

To get around the issue, some bars started selling $1 Cuomo fries or bags of peanuts. 

Cuomo responded by telling them they had to serve more substantial amounts of food. 

There was a huge exodus of residents from New York City at the start of the pandemic which was later compounded by the chaotic riots and looting that were triggered by George Floyd’s death. 

The state’s tax base took an unprecedented beating with the sheer number of tenants who failed to pay rent on time or at all, and with almost no retail or dining occurring for the best part of three months. 

New York’s wealthy Upper East Side reports a shocking 286% increase in robberies – with armed gunmen holding up residents just feet from the homes of billionaires

New York City’s wealthiest neighborhood is grappling with a spike in armed robberies, new data reveals.   

Manhattan’s Upper East Side has seen 27 robberies over the past four weeks – a 286 percent increase when compared to the same period last year, according to the NYPD. 

Alarmingly, a significant number of those have involved locals being held up at gunpoint. 

For the entirety of 2019, the Upper East Side only reported four armed robberies. This year, 14 have already been reported. 

The figures are causing alarm in the ritzy neighborhood, where residents boast an average annual income of $322,400. 

The NYPD is pleading with members of the public to come forward with information on recent shootings in the Upper East Side

The NYPD is pleading with members of the public to come forward with information on recent shootings in the Upper East Side 

The Upper East Side is also known for its high concentration of billionaires – and some of the crimes have taken place just feet from their lavish residences. 

Last weekend, three teenagers held up man at gunpoint on the corner of East 65th St and Lexington Ave before making off with his wallet.

According to Fox New, financier Henry Kravis – who has a net worth north of $6.5 billion – lives just a ‘stone’s throw away’. 

The trio of thieves struck again a short time later on East 84th St and Fifth Ave, snatching a woman’s cell phone. Billionaires John Paulson and Glenn Dubin reside close by. 

NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea described the current crisis as 'challenging'

NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea described the current crisis as ‘challenging’ 

Cops later apprehend the teens – two aged 16 and one aged 17 – and seized a loaded gun. 

Meanwhile, an analysis of data reveals that robberies are also on the rise in other affluent New York City neighborhoods – despite the fact thefts are down citywide. 

The NYPD’s 1st Precinct – which patrols the posh SoHo and TriBeCa neighborhoods -says robberies were up 175 percent in July when compared to the same month last year. 

Meanwhile, the wealthy West Village – where stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Anderson Cooper bunk down – saw a 50 percent spike in robberies. 

Across the water in gentrified Williamsburg, Brooklyn, there was a 40 percent surge in thefts. 

Meanwhile, on Monday, the NYPD released its comprehensive crime figures for the month of July 2020, showing shootings and murders were up on the same time last year.  

Fifty-four murders were reported citywide – an increase of 20 percent. 

Burglaries soared by 21 percent, while shootings were up a staggering 17 percent in comparison with July 2019. 

NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea described the current crisis as ‘challenging’. 

The crime increase comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio cut the NYPD’s funding by more than $1 billion following weeks of anti-police protests.  

‘Amid the ongoing challenges of these times, the NYPD’s commitment to public safety never wavers,’ Shea stated on Monday

‘Our men and women officers represent the best of the policing profession and work every day alongside those they serve in an ongoing joint mission to protect life, prevent crime and build safer neighborhoods for everyone across our great city.’