Good morning New York City! There’s a lot going on.
Porch Stomp, a free folk music and dance festival featuring more than 100 bands will take over Governor’s Island all day today. You’d be wise not to miss the Cowgirl Seahorse Stage. Find out more here.
Saturday is also the first day of early voting ahead of the June 28th primary. Learn more on Gothamist.
In the news: NYC plans on rolling out COVID vaccinations for the city’s youngest residents next week, police officers are patrolling solo, and the City Council voted to extend rent stabilization. One small programming note: there won’t be a newsletter on Monday, so look out for the NYC Daily next Tuesday.
First, today’s weather:
Partly sunny; windy, cooler. High: 68 Low: 55.
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Here are the top five stories in New York City today:
- NYC plans on offering COVID vaccines to children under five years old as soon as next week, the last age group to receive them. That’s pending final approvals from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday. Click to see the locations where they will be distributed. (New York City Patch)
- Police officers will no longer patrol the city in pairs, Mayor Adams announced on Friday. The rule that cops travel in groups of two has been in place for the past eight years, since the fatal shooting of two officers in 2014. Adams hopes the change will make the police more present across the subway system. The move was criticized by the Police Benevolent Association who charged it would “embolden people to fight cops and resist arrest.” (Gothamist)
- The city is investing $6.7 million towards programs meant to support the LGBTQ+ community. The funding will cover financial literacy for runaway homeless youth, family acceptance programs and more. This comes at the same time one Queens Council Woman, Vickie Paledino, is facing criticism from her colleagues over her continued opposition of Drag Queen Story Hour, a public library program. (New York City Patch)
- The City Council voted to extend NYC’s rent-stabilization laws, which were set to expire next month, for another two years, ruling that the city remains in a housing crisis due to its low vacancy rate. (NBC New York)
- The number of homeless people sleeping on New York City’s streets is back to pre-pandemic levels, results from an annual survey show, seeing an increase of roughly 1,000 people from 2021. The city currently has nearly enough stabilization beds to house the city’s homeless, however many say the conditions are the same or worse than remaining on the street. (amNY)
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