Good morning, NYC!
- 🚁 Gov. Kathy Hochul has vetoed legislation aimed at ending helicopter noise pollution in NYC.
- 🏠 The city is asking faith leaders to help asylum seekers with housing.
- 🗼 The patch shows you where huge 5G towers are popping up all over the city.
But first today’s weather:
Mostly sunny and windy. High: 43 Low: 30. ☀️
Here are the five best stories in New York City today:
- Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoed a “stop the chop” law aimed at restricting helicopter traffic over New York City, saying it would run counter to federal control of the state’s airspace. Hochul has been reported to have spent over $250,000 in taxpayer dollars on their own flights. A state senator who supported the bill criticized the veto and vowed to follow up on the closure of a helipad on Manhattan’s west side. (New York City patch)
- Seventeen thousand unionized nurses in New York City’s private hospitals are considering going on strike early in the New Year as their contracts expire at the end of December. A union representative said they were concerned about their health services, workforce conditions and Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to forcibly hospitalize mentally ill New Yorkers. (NBC New York)
- The city is asking faith leaders to take in recently arrived asylum seekers from the southern border. According to an email sent to clergymen Thursday by the mayor’s office for Faith-Based and Community Partnerships. As of Thursday, 64,788 people were in the city’s main housing system, beating the 2019 record of over 61,000. (THE TOWN)
- Patch has mapped the location of 90 32-foot-tall 5G masts coming into neighborhoods across the city. The poles are part of the New York network LinkNYC and aim to close the “digital divide”. by providing free WiFi to communities that lack high-speed internet service. The city said it aims to build 2,000 towers in the coming years. Eighteen Poles recently met resistance on the Upper East Side. (New York City patch)
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Today in New York City:
- Celebrate the season with Flatiron NoMad Holiday Cheer! (12 o’clock)
- 2nd Annual Iceland Jingle Holiday Marketplace at Essex Market (12pm)
- Distribution of groceries and basic necessities for the holiday at Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace (1:00 p.m.)
- Cristina Fontanelli’s 19th edition of Christmas in Italy® — (2.30)
- Christmas Pajama Party! — Bar Marseille Rockaway (8 p.m.)
Here’s Patch’s complete guide to the weekend in New York City
From my notebook:
- Some residents of NYCHA public housing in Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side say they are not receiving heat in their apartments because a faulty boiler is leaking steam. They said they had been making requests since September to rectify the situation. (THE TOWN)
- After discovering that an FDNY firefighter would not survive an injury he sustained in a 20-foot fall during a training exercise this week, his family decided to donate his organs. Mayor Eric Adams twice called him a hero during a press conference. (New York City patch)
- A New York appeals court ruled that Yeshiva University must officially recognize an LGBTQ+ club on its campus. The university intends to appeal the decision in a higher court. (Gothamist)
- A city ban on foie gras — fattened duck or foie gras — violates state regulations as it restricts business from two upstate farms, a stage agency said. Animal rights activists say the production of the delicacy is cruel because the animals are force-fed. (AMNY)
- The owner of an Astoria pet store is speaking out against a law signed Thursday that will ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in New York City pet stores in December 2024. “We’re broke,” he told Patch. “It’s just a terrible law.” (New York City patch)
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- OY GEVALT Comedy Night: Holiday Edition (December 21)
- Posada y Parranda – A celebration of holiday traditions and community with Los Pleneros de la 21 (December 22)
- Bronx Zoo Christmas Lights (December 23)
- Kate Oh Gallery Exhibition December 23rd 3-6pm (December 23)
- Baby Shark Live!: The Christmas Show (December 30)
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