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Tuesday in NYC: City workers begin to clear streets of homeless encampments & the latest local news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Welcome back, fellow New Yorkers! Today is Tuesday, March 29, and this is a new edition of the New York City Daily Roundup — an all-in-one article with the latest news from across the Big Apple.

On Tuesday, New York City will see partly cloudy conditions for most of the day, with temperatures peaking at 39°F. Sunset is scheduled for 7:17 p.m., as temperatures dip into the low-to-mid 30s afterward, according to Accuweather.

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

1.) City workers start removal of homeless encampments

New York City started the process of clearing the streets of city encampments across the boroughs this week. The city will target an estimated 180 encampments in the next two weeks, per ABC 7 NY.

Each site will have a 24-hour notice before the cleanup begins. In return, homeless individuals will be linked to social services for proper shelter and housing.

"It is inhumane to have people live in cardboard boxes on highways and subway tunnels on tracks on streets," Mayor Eric Adams said. "We're going to dismantle those encampments give people wraparound services, voucher their goods of knowing supplies that are removed from them, but I'm not going to have an inhumane city that allows people to live in an inhumane dangerous environment."

2.) Knicks win four in a row after at-home win over Chicago

The New York Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls by a score of 109-104 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. New York has won four in a row, with Tuesday's victory coming as four guys scored double digits, including a team-high 28 points from guard R.J. Barrett.

"The big thing is we're playing all these young guys and they're getting valuable experience, and you're never eliminated until you're eliminated," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "So I don't want a quitting spirit in our team."

"First of all, we fight, so that's not an option for us. We fight no matter what," Barrett said. "We're a very good team and we've been disappointed with how we started the season, but we're a very good team and we're pulling out these wins and we're scratching and clawing and playing very well. So when you have something like that, you try to build on it."

The Knicks will take the night off Tuesday and will host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

3.) FDA approves fourth booster shot for adults 50 and older

The Food and Drug Administration authorized a fourth COVID-19 shot for adults 50 and older across the nation, per ABC News. The shot will serve as a second booster and will be distributed to eligible adults who have gone four months after receiving the first booster.

The shots will likely be available in pharmacies as early as this week, according to ABC.

"The FDA's endorsement of a second booster dose will allow millions of Americans to build and maintain protection against SARS-CoV-2," said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna.

The virus continues to evolve, and we are currently on the verge of another potential wave driven by the BA.2 variant. Data continue to show that mRNA boosters remain the best defense against severe infection and death, and vaccines are a foundational part of our public health protection. Now, healthcare providers have the opportunity to advise higher-risk people about when and how to get boosted and build immunity in advance of future outbreaks.

Pfizer also distributed a press release, saying, "Together, these data demonstrate the public health need in the most vulnerable individuals and suggest that an additional booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine administered at least four months after the initial booster will restore antibodies to peak levels, improve protection in older people, and provide a similar safety profile to that of previous doses."

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