Weekly News Roundup – Holiday Edition

January 3rd, 2022

Design Unveiled For Upper East Side's New Ruppert Park: See It - Patch

Parks Department Unveils Concept for Ruppert Park - Tapinto

New York Businesses Ordered to Require Masks Indoors or Vaccine Proof - NY Times

Supreme Court rejects move to block New York vaccine mandate - Politico

New York City businesses react to new state masks-or-vaccinations rules: ‘Most people, they understand.’ - NY Times

NYC Poised to Ban Gas in New Buildings, Buoying Electrification - Bloomberg

A Champion of Liberal Causes in New York (Dick Gottfriend) to Retire After 52 Years - NY Times

NYCFC championship ceremony to be held at City Hall Tuesday - NY Post

JFK Airport Set To Get A Brand New, $9.5B Terminal One - Gothamist

To Win Riders Back, M.T.A. to Offer Free Rides for ‘Tap-and-Go’ Customers - NY Times

NYC Officials Pledge More Affordable Housing, New Artists Rules in SoHo Rezoning Plan - City Limits

Eric Adams picks Keechant Sewell as the first female police commissioner of the NYPD - NY Post

NYC announces 2022-23 admissions policies for middle and high schools - Chalkbeat

City Council to raise J-51 from the dead - Real Deal

Eric Adams straddles the line on Rikers closure plan - Politico

Metropolitan Opera to Require Booster Shots for Audiences as COVID Concerns Grow - Reuters

Amazon, FedEx and UPS Deliver New NYC Warehouses, Bringing a Package of Environmental Challenges - The City

NYC Releases Final Details For Private Sector Vaccine Mandate - Gothamist

De Blasio Shut Down 20 City-Run COVID Testing Facilities Ahead of Omicron Surge - The City

NYC opening more COVID testing sites amid omicron fears: de Blasio - Daily News

As Virus Cases Surge, New Yorkers Feel a Familiar Anxiety - NY Times

New York officials announce Omicron strategies, including at-home tests by mail. - NY Times

In New Maritime Freight Plan, NYC Hopes To Distribute Packages By Boat Instead Of 18-Wheelers - Gothamist

'We Are The New Flint' - NYCHA Cited Again As City's Worst Landlord - Gothamist

Announcing Majority Support, Adrienne Adams Declares Victory in City Council Speaker Race - Gotham Gazette

If They Can’t Kill Permanent “Open Restaurants,” Then Community Boards Want To Review Permits - Gothamist

New York City employees say they fear working from their offices as Covid-19 cases rise - Politico

Eric Adams Names Five Women As NYC Deputy Mayors - Gothamist

Eric Adams taps Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez to run Transportation Dept. - NY Post

It's Not Just Lines: NYC Labs Report Longer Waits For COVID Test Results Amid Omicron Crush - Gothamist

NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams names tech officer and efficiency czar - Daily News

Legal Weed Shops May Not Hit in 2022, New York. Here’s What We Know - The City

Dr. Ashwin Vasan To Become Next NYC Health Commissioner, After Leading Mental Health Clubhouse - Gothamist

NYC Hospitals Say COVID Wave Is Manageable–But Staffing Is A Concern - Gothamist

Is New York Still a ‘Tale of Two Cities’? - NY Times

Grading De Blasio: In East New York, Mayor’s First Rezoned Neighborhood, Promises Fall Short - Gothamist

Eric Adams’s First Big Task as Mayor: Reopening Schools in the New Year - NY Times

NYC’s Waterfront Plan Maps Out Next Decade for City’s Coastlines - City Limits

New private sector, indoor dining vaccine mandates in NYC take effect - NY1

New “Smart Bins” Show City’s Slow Progress On Composting Goals - Gothamist

Why New York City May Soon Be More Walkable for Blind People - NY Times

What Are The Hopes Of A Majority Women City Council? Women Members Reflect - Gothamist

Incoming DOT Commissioner Supports Residential Parking Permits - Streetsblog

Excavation Underway At 249 East 62nd Street On Manhattan’s Upper East Side - YIMBY

328 East 61st Street Completes Construction On Manhattan’s Upper East Side - YIMBY

Joan Didion, famed American essayist and novelist, has died - CNN

Trailblazing feminist author, critic and activist bell hooks has died at 69 - NPR

Is That Sniffle a Cold? Or Is It Covid? - NYTimes

‘You're Implicated’: Carrie Mae Weems Brings Multi-Work Installation To Park Avenue Armory - Gothamist

COVID-19 testing lines grow as omicron likely feeds virus spread - NY1

New York COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket To 21K In Single Day: Governor - Patch

Say Goodbye To The R-32s, Some Of The Oldest Running Subway Cars In The World - Gothamist

New Chinatown Shelter Draws Protest From Community Leaders - Gothamist

Radio City Music Hall Cancels Four Rockettes Christmas Shows - NYTimes

COVID Testing To Expand As NYC Braces for ‘Substantial’ Spike In Omicron Cases - Gothamist

Before Even Receiving a Name, Omicron Could Have Spread in New York and the Country - NY Times

Upstate New York Hospitals Are Overwhelmed as Covid Cases Surge - NY Times

Supervised injection sites have reversed 9 overdoses since opening in NYC: Mayor de Blasio - ABC7 NY

A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants and Few Rules - NY Times

How a Cream Cheese Shortage Is Affecting N.Y.C. Bagel Shops - NY Times

NYC businesses told to pay up after not accepting cash - NY Post

NYC's Program to Curb Dangerous Driving Is Underway - WNYC

De Blasio imposes sweeping vaccine requirement on New York businesses - Politico

City Hall Withheld COVID Neighborhood Death Data During NYC’s 2020 Pandemic Peak, Emails Show - The City

Rikers Report Calls 2021 ‘Most Dangerous Year’ Amid Escalating Jailhouse Violence - The City

DoorDash Employs Full-Time Workers for Fast Delivery in NYC - NBC NY

To Combat Climate Change, NYC Needs More Nature-Based Jobs: Report - City Limits

Upper East Side Group Rallies for Community Garden - Tapinto

Bosses and Workers Face N.Y.C.’s New Reality: Get Vaccinated or Else - NY Times

New Yorkers Will Get to Vote on Plans to Advance Racial Equity in the City - The City

Can David Banks lead NYC schools out of the pandemic? - City & State

As NYC kindergarten applications open, more schools try to bolster diversity - Chalkbeat

New York becomes largest city to grant vote to noncitizens - Politico

New York City, Facing Housing Crisis, Targets Owners of Illegal Airbnbs - NY Times

City Council Votes To Give CCRB Power To Self-Initiate Investigations Into Police Misconduct - Gothamist

SUNY chancellor resigns over ties to Cuomo scandal - Politico

Pedal Power: City Council Bill Might Speed Up Bike Lane Installation - Streetsblog

NYC High Schoolers to Build Green Roofs in New Parks Dept. Program - City Limits

Design Unveiled For Upper East Side's New Ruppert Park: See It - Patch

Pfizer says its booster shot can protect against Omicron - Politico

NYC’s supervised injection sites face pushback - City & State

Food prices and rent surged in November, helping fuel inflation. - NYTimes

"Overwhelming In Scale": Public Sounds Off On Penn Station Redevelopment Plans - Gothamist

East River Park construction can continue, high court rules - City & State

Lawmaker Proposes Setting Aside Cannabis Licenses For Transgender And Non-Binary Business Owners - Gothamist

New exhibit at American Museum of Natural History has quite the bite -  NY1

House committee report blasts drug pricing strategies as 'troubling' - NY1

Council could consider bill to ban most criminal record checks for housing - NY1

Grief on Campus at Columbia - Our Town

“People Are at a Breaking Point” After Transfers From Rikers - The Nation

Leftist millennial wins election as Chile’s next president - AP

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