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NYC Daily Roundup 11/05: FDNY, officials still discussing vaccine mandate, 'Stranger Things' hits Times Square & more

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Welcome back, fellow New Yorkers! Today is FRIDAY, Nov. 5, and the weekend is finally here! This is the New York City Daily Roundup — the best way to catch up on the latest news from the five boroughs.

There's plenty going on in the city this weekend, with the TCS New York City Marathon being the marquee event, especially after last year's edition was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. There's no rain in store for this weekend, with plenty of sunny weather for those looking to spend some time outdoors. Remember to roll back the clocks on Sunday as daylight saving time ends on Nov. 7.

Aside from the weekend weather, here's what you need to know ahead of it all this Friday:

1.) Discussions still ongoing between FDNY, city officials over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Friday marks the new deadline for city workers who have yet received their COVID-19 vaccine whether for religious or medical exemptions. The deal is only in place for nine unions, not including the FDNY and NYPD unions. The uniformed firefighters union president is seeking the reinstatement of weekly COVID-19 testing after seeing 77% of the firefighter workforce working extra hours to cover absences caused by the mandate.

"The coverage has not been as catastrophic, but members are working twice as many hours as they should be. What's going on for members, the fire house, those who have complied, they're getting crushed," said Andrew Ansbro, UFA President.

2.) 'Stranger Things' pop-up to debut in Times Square on Saturday

Just a few days after Halloween, New York City is not ready to give up the spookiness as it welcomes the "Stranger Things" pop-up shop on Saturday, Nov. 6. It is the first official store of its kind to honor the Netflix series, and there will also be one in Los Angeles. The shop will feature iconic locations from the series including Palace Arcade, Hawkins High, Starcourt Mall, Scoops Ahoy and more.  

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to let Stranger Things fans see themselves more in the show they love,” said Greg Lombardo, Head of Experiences at Netflix in a press release. “This first-ever Stranger Things store sends them right into the heart of Hawkins, in a truly immersive retail experience, totally stoked with 80’s vibes and the chance to take home a piece of their favorite show with unique merchandise that isn’t available anywhere else. But be warned, you never know when things will turn Upside Down.” 

3.) Diwali considered for addition to the NYC public school calendar

As the city celebrated Diwali — a Hindu festival of lights — on Thursday, many pushed for the holiday to be observed on the public school calendar in the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke against including the holiday for this year, but mayor-elect Eric Adams pledged to make the inclusion next year.

“The school calendar has gotten very, very full, and meritoriously so. Some really important additions were needed such as the Eid holidays and the Asian Lunar New Year holiday. But we also have a legal requirement at the State level we have to meet in terms of number of school days,” De Blasio said.

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