By Anthony Payero
(NEW YORK) Welcome back to the New York City Daily Roundup — the best way to keep track of the latest local news for the Big Apple. Today is Monday, Nov. 29, and it is the first day back to work after the Thanksgiving break. We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and took advantage of some Black Friday deals as well.
Today's weather is full of rain in the early afternoon hours, with temperatures peaking at 43°. Sunset will take place just before 4:30 p.m.
Here's what you need to know on this Monday:
Health officials have yet to detect a case of the Omicron variant in the United States, but New York officials issued a mask advisory on Monday, according to ABC 7 NY. State and city leaders report they are "closely monitoring" the new variant as they continue to push for locals to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
"The vaccine also remains one of our greatest weapons in fighting the pandemic, and this news further emphasizes the need for each of us to get vaccinated and get the booster if you're fully vaccinated," Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
The New York Giants honored former player Michael Strahan on Sunday with a jersey retirement ceremony during the halftime of their matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, which they won by a score of 13-7. Strahan, who wore 92 for the Giants, played in New York his entire career, from 1993 to 2007. It was only fitting that the Giants' defense shined as they honored their former defensive end, as they held Philadelphia to a lone touchdown.
“We knew the defense was gonna do it,’’ running back Saquon Barkley said. “We have one of the best defenses in the league.’’
Legendary musical writer Stephen Sondheim passed away on Friday at the age of 91, and was honored Sunday at Times Square. The Sondheim Theatre, located on West 43rd Street, was covered in flowers from fans and supporters over the weekend.
"The theater has lost one of its greatest geniuses and the world has lost one of its greatest and most original writers. Sadly, there is now a giant in the sky. But the brilliance of Stephen Sondheim will still be here as his legendary songs and shows will be performed for evermore," Broadway producer Cameron Mackintosh wrote in a statement.