By Anthony Payero
(NEW YORK) Happy Friday(!!!), fellow New Yorkers! This is another weekend edition of the New York City Daily Roundup, the best way to catch up on local news from around the Big Apple. Today is Friday, Dec. 17, and COVID-19 continues to surge throughout the boroughs, affecting how we may be celebrating this holiday season.
On Friday, temperatures will peak at 57°F, keeping the warm weather that surfaced in the area on Thursday. Saturday will see some rain hit New York City, with temperatures returning to what is "normal" for December on Sunday, with a high of 45°F expected.
As for the news, here's what you need to know this weekend:
Broadway and surrounding live performances across the city, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, continue to be troubled by COVID-19 as shows were canceled on Friday. The Rockettes' shows set for 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday all had to be canceled due to multiple coronavirus cases.
Other shows like 'Hamilton,' 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical,' 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' and 'Ain't Too Proud,' canceled performances this week due to COVID-19 as well. As a precaution, Madison Square Garden Entertainment venues, including Radio City Music Hall, are requiring proof of vaccination for all attendees 5-year-old and up.
Despite losing seven players to COVID-19 protocols, the Brooklyn Nets picked up their fourth-straight win on Thursday by a score of 114-105 over the Philadelphia 76ers. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 34 points in the home win, picking up 11 rebounds and eight assists as well.
"It's a challenge knowing how you're going to come in to the games because a lot of these teams, they scheme for me a little different," Durant said.
The Nets return to action on Saturday when the Orlando Magic come to the Barclays Center.
As the omicron variant continues to impact the city, locals looking to prepare for Christmas celebrations are getting tested for COVID-19 — and testing sites are swamped with long lines once again.
“I’ve been going to get tested every week here for the last month and a half, two months, and it has been five-minute wait at most until this week,” said Ezra Benus, a Crown Heights resident.
“It’s just infuriating that almost two years into this pandemic it’s still so hard to get a test,” said City Councilman Mark Levine, chairman of the Committee on Health.