🌱 New York Eviction Moratorium Ends + Omicron Dominant In NYC

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Happy Saturday, neighbors! Let's get this day started off right. Here's everything you need to know about what's happening in New York City today.

First, today's weather:

Partly sunny and much colder. High: 20 Low: 12. A "hazardous weather outlook" has been issued.

Here are the top five stories today in New York City:

  1. New York's statewide eviction moratorium expires today, January 15th, barring a last-minute extension. There are roughly 200,000 cases open in eviction court right now, and while it's unclear how many of them are likely to result in immediate eviction proceedings, tenant groups across the state have cause for concern. If you're concerned about being evicted, the best first step is to call 311. All New York City residents, regardless of immigration status, are entitled to free legal assistance. (New York City Patch)

  2. While it took the Delta COVID variant 20 weeks to become dominant in New York City, it's taken Omicron only 5 weeks, according to a recent study. (New York City Patch)

  3. Monday will be Martin Luther King Day. This year many local and national leaders will be spending the day focused on voting rights. There will be lots of voting-related events, including "No Celebration Without Legislation" by York College's Africana Studies Center, as well as opportunities to participate in community service. (New York City Patch)

  4. After accusations of nepotism for hiring his own brother to fill a top police position, Mayor Eric Adams's response to criticism was resoundingly clear: "The reason I can do that is because I'm the mayor." (New York City Patch)

  5. Have you ever considered joining your local community board? Now's your chance, with applications open in all boroughs except The Bronx through at least mid February. Community boards are the lowest level of city government, and they play a key advisory role in local issues, ranging from liquor licenses to approving development and land use proposals. (The City)

Today in New York City:

  • Winter Walk in Inwood Hill Park - Fort Tryon Park at 218th Street/Indian Road Entrance. (9:00 AM)

  • Saturday Stories with Maria Scrivan - Society of Illustrators, online via zoom (10:30 AM)

  • COQUÍ CLUB: Celebrating Love & Friendship at El Museo Del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10029 (11:00 AM)

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Serve-A-Thon! (Ongoing, throughout the weekend)

  • Saturday Laugh Party at Grisly Pear Comedy club, 107 MacDougal St, New York, NY, 10012(6:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Jackson Heights was named New York City's "best neighborhood," narrowly beating Astoria in a competition over twitter. (New York City Patch)

  • What is a neighborhood the size of The Upper West Side was built in New York's harbor off the southern coast of Manhattan, and the G train was extended into it? That's what an economist proposed in this Times opinion essay. (NYTimes)

  • There's new resources available for New York City's small businesses, via smallbiz.nyc. - "professionally designed business logos and style guides for your small biz for FREE!" (Facebook)

  • If you live in a handful of neighborhoods across the city, you have until Monday to take part in the first round of participatory budgeting, by voting on proposals to better your community, or suggesting your own. (Facebook)

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Dashiell Allen

This article originally appeared on the New York City Patch

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