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NYC Daily Roundup 03/18: 9/11 Tribute Museum closing permanently, Moderna asks FDA for approval of 4th shot & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Friday, fellow New Yorkers! Today is March 18, and this is the New York City Daily Roundup — an all-in-one article with the latest news from across the five boroughs.

New York City will close out the work week with warm temperatures peaking at 70°F Friday, with partly cloudy conditions in the late afternoon. Sunset is scheduled for 7:06 p.m., as temperatures drop to the low-to-mid 60s.

As for the news, here are the top local stories this Friday:

1.) 9/11 Tribute Museum shutting down due to decline in revenue

The 9/11 Tribute Museum will be closing down soon, as the loss of business during the COVID-19 pandemic led to a drop in visitors and revenue, according to ABC 7 NY.

"My fear is that history will be lost. The next generation is not going to know what people saw," Joan Mastropaolo, 9/11 Tribute Museum board member, said.

"They're not going to be able to hear what it was like to be in this community in the early days of the recovery effort, what it was like to walk through the streets, what it was like to see the trees covered in ash," Mastropaolo said.

The museum first opened its doors in 2006, giving way to more than 500 thousand guided tours and five million visitors in its existence.

2.) Moderna looks for FDA approval of 4th vaccine dose

Moderna is looking to add a fourth vaccine to its line of anti-COVID-19 shots, as it asked the Food and Drug Administration for authorization of the fourth dose on Thursday, per PIX 11.

Earlier this week, Pfizer sought FDA approval for a fourth dose, but one that would only be available for seniors. Moderna is seeking approval for all adults to receive the fourth dose.

Moderna stated its request for the fourth shot was based on “recently published data generated in the United States and Israel following the emergence of Omicron.”

3.) Rangers lose to NY Islanders at Madison Square Garden

The New York Rangers were defeated by a score of 2-1 in a Thursday matchup against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. After a scoreless first period, a one-goal tie in the second period, the Islanders capped the game with a go-ahead goal in the third period.

“That was unbelievable goaltending on both sides in a great atmosphere," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. ”It was two teams nose-to-nose. I'm going to say it was the most fun game of the year."

“From start to finish I thought we played a great hockey game. It’s disappointing to lose 2-1,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant. “We know the Islanders are a good, talented hockey team. I thought tonight’s game was a coin toss.”

The Rangers will go on the road as they face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

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