By Anthony Payero
(NEW YORK) Welcome back to the New York City Daily Roundup! Today is Thursday, Nov. 4, and it is a cold day in the Big Apple.
In this edition of the NYC Daily Roundup, we'll cover the latest news that follows Tuesday's election results, such as the COVID-19 vaccine being available to children, transit numbers continuing to rise across the city and where the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is coming from this year.
Today's weather will peak at 50°, but look out for a drop to the 40s this evening. No rain in sight, but plenty of sunlight for those dreading the end of daylight savings time this weekend.
As always, this is the best place to catch up on your daily news in the most concise way. Here's what you need to know this Thursday:
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children over the age of 5 in New York City. The Pfizer vaccine was made available in a pediatric dose, with nearly a quarter-million available across the five boroughs. According to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, there is a $100 incentive for children ages 5-11 when they receive the shot at a city-run site.
"The most important effects to focus on are the fact that this brings very significant benefits to our children. If we were to vaccinate every New Yorker aged five to 11, it's estimated that we would prevent over 38,000 cases of COVID-19 just in New York City."
Fair Fares — the MetroCard program made available for low-income New Yorkers saw over 250,000 citizens sign up for the program for the first time after a push for more awareness of its availability.
“There has to be much more to widen the net,” said David Jones, head of the Community Service Society, a nonprofit that advocates for low-income New Yorkers. “This should be something that a lot of people should get to use.”
“If a New Yorker can’t get to a job, to healthcare, to education, he or she doesn’t have a shot at improving their situation,” MTA Chief Janno Lieber told reporters during an Oct. 27 press conference about MetroCard deals.
While the Rockefeller Christmas Tree normally comes out of the tri-state area, this year's attraction will come from Maryland.
The tree, a 79-foot tall Norway Spruce was donated for the cause by a family from Elkton, Maryland. It will arrive in New York City on Saturday, Nov. 13. The tree lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 1.