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NYC Daily Roundup 02/22: 'Run for Chinatown' held on Presidents Day, Yankees to retire Paul O'Neill's '21' & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Tuesday, fellow New Yorkers! Today is Feb. 22, and it is a palindrome day — a day in which the date can be read the same way from either end!

After a mild Monday, Tuesday brings cloudy conditions and some light rain in the early afternoon hours. The high will peak at 58° in the evening after the 5:38 p.m. sunset. Expect rain through the rest of the evening until about 10 p.m.

As for the news, here's what you need to know this Tuesday, brought to you by NewsBreak's New York City Daily Roundup:

1.) Chinatown hosts run to bring awareness to violence against Asian Americans

On Presidents Day, runners banded together in Chinatown for a neighborhood run to bring awareness to the violence plaguing the Asian American community. 'Run for Chinatown' meets every Monday, and this week, took the time to honor Christina Lee — a young woman followed and fatally stabbed at her Chinatown apartment last week.

"Of course the root of it is really sad, but it's really joyful to have these people come together," runner Pam Yang said. "To make noise to be loud to take space in the streets and to feel like we're reclaiming that space a little bit so that's really beautiful."

"It breaks for Christina Yuna Lee, it breaks for Michelle Go, it breaks for all these people that have been hurts," organizer Joanne Wong said. "All the grandmas and grandpas out there that have been pushed to their deaths. It breaks my heart."

2.) Yankees to retire No. 21 in honor of Paul O'Neill

The New York Yankees announced Tuesday that they will be retiring No. 21 in honor of Paul O'Neill. He will join 22 other players who have been honored in such a way by the club, and the first since Derek Jeter's number was retired in 2017.

O'Neill played nine seasons in New York, helping the team win four World Series during his tenure while appearing in five. He retired at the end of the 2001 season, finishing his career with a batting average of .303 and 304 doubles.

The Paul O'Neill Day ceremony will take place on Aug. 21, and tickets can be purchased for the event here.

3.) COVID-19 positivity rate continues to dip across the Tri-State

New York's current positivity rate is below 2%, with 2,500 people hospitalized — the lowest hospitalization numbers since before Thanksgiving, according to ABC 7 NY.

In New Jersey, the positivity rate has fallen to just over 3%, with a 2.9% rate in Connecticut.

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