By Anthony Payero
(NEW YORK) Welcome back to the New York City Daily Roundup! Today is Thursday, Oct. 21, and the weekend is oh so close.
As we approach the weekend, know that this will be the best weather we'll have for a while, as rain is expected most days next week. Until then, however, with a high of 73 in store for Thursday, enjoy the sunny weather while it is with us.
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After New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced all municipal city employees would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the New York City Police Department and Fire Department unions have joined together to fight the ruling. All employees are required to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 29.
"From the beginning of the de Blasio administration's haphazard vaccine rollout, we have fought to make the vaccine available to every member who chooses it, while also protecting their right to make that personal medical decision in consultation with their own doctor," PBA President Pat Lynch said. "Now that the city has moved to unilaterally impose a mandate, we will proceed with legal action to protect our members' rights."
FDNY union president Andrew Ansbro spoke on the current hardships fire houses are facing.
"It's very hard to staff the fire houses as it is," said union president Andrew Ansbro. "We will definitely be closing fire houses if the amount of people who have told me they're not going to get vaccinated get sent home. There's going to be a serious operational problem, and that's why I fear for New York City residents."
The NBA is underway and basketball is back in the Big Apple. The Knicks started the season off on the right foot after defeating division rivals the Boston Celtics by a score of 138-134 after two overtime periods.
Julius Randle and Evan Fournier made history as the first two Knicks teammates to score 30 points in a season opener.
"At the end of the day, we found a way to win a game," Randle said.
"It was crazy," Fournier said.
There's a new way to see New York City and all it has to show through the SUMMIT at One Vanderbilt. The incredible views will be available to the public on Thursday.
The observatory is accessible through all-glass elevators that carry you up 1,210 feet above the city, making it the highest vantage point in midtown Manhattan. SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is located at 45 E. 42nd Street and the entrance to the experience can be found on the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal.