What to KnowIn another attempt to draw out more New Yorkers to get vaccinated, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the “Vax to the Movies” initiative that will bring pop-up vaccination sites to select movie theaters across the city.The latest initiative will launch this weekend.Currently, theaters fall under the “Key to NYC” vaccination mandate which calls for businesses to require proof of vaccination for a wide range of indoor activities like dining, fitness and entertainment, part of an increasing crackdown on those who remain unvaccinated.
In another attempt to draw out more New Yorkers to get vaccinated, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the “Vax to the Movies” initiative that will bring pop-up vaccination sites to select movie theaters across the city.
The latest initiative will launch this weekend, according to de Blasio.
“You can vaccinated right outside the movie theater and go in and enjoy the movie,” the mayor said, adding: “We have found this mobile sites, these pop up sites are some of the most successful things we’ve done in the vaccination effort.”
The pop-up vaccination sites will be located outside the following movie theaters:
AMC Magic Johnson Harlem (Manhattan)Regal Union Square (Manhattan)Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas (Bronx)Regal UA Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn)Regal UA Kaufman Astoria (Queens)Regal Bricktown Charlestown (Staten Island)
“Vax to the Movies” is the latest initiative rolled out by the city in hopes of enticing more individuals to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.
“You can get vaccinated, you can get the $100 incentive and you can go to the movies,” the mayor said, referring to another initiative the city rolled out late July. SInce then, New York City has been paying $100 to anyone who goes to a city-run vaccination site for their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“$100 — that will buy you a lot of popcorn so it is a great moment to get back out there and enjoy,” the mayor said.
Currently, theaters fall under the “Key to NYC” vaccination mandate which calls for businesses to require proof of vaccination for a wide range of indoor activities like dining, fitness and entertainment, part of an increasing crackdown on those who remain unvaccinated.
The requirement is a step the city has taken to curb a surge in cases caused by the delta variant. Enforcement of what is being called the “Key to NYC Pass” began Sept. 13. It is its own digital platform, separate from the state’s Excelsior Pass, though the latter will also be valid, as will paper vaccination cards.
“We know vaccination works, we know outreach works, we know all the tools – the incentives, the mandates – all the tools together work and we got something great now that goes back to how much we love going out in the city, how much we love enjoying everything the city has to offer,” he mayor said.
“Vax to the Movies,” a witty word play giving a nod to the classic 1980s sci-fi film “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was announced the same day the mayor revealed that vaccination rates increased since “Key to NYC” launched exactly a month ago.
Man’s Legs Pinned Between Cars Outside Midtown Hotel After Brake Unlocks: Police
A man suffered serious leg injuries in an incident outside a Midtown hotel Sunday after a car’s emergency brake unlocked, police say.
According to the NYPD, the man was attempting to load the trunk of a Porsche parked outside a hotel when the car behind him rolled into him.
The collision happened around 11 a.m. outside Le Meridien Hotel on West 57th Street.
Police say the car rolled into the man after its emergency brake became unlocked, crushing his legs between the two cars.
The man is expected to survive. So far, there’s no word of any criminal charges.
Anti-Vax Mandate Supporters to Rally Outside Barclays Before Nets Home Opener
The Brooklyn Nets tip off at their home opener Sunday at Barclays Center, but they’ll do so without their star point guard.
Kyrie Irving cannot play until he gets vaccinated against COVID-19, and he says he has no plans to do that. Some New Yorkers are coming to the player’s defense in an afternoon rally outside the arena.
It’s unclear how many supporters are expected to turnout for the 2 p.m. gathering, but organizers say they expect a sizeable crowd. Some of that group will include teachers who are against New York and its vaccine mandate.
Speaking on Instagram Live, Irving has said he loved basketball and isn’t going to retire.
“I am doing what’s best for me. I know the consequences here and if it means that I’m judged and demonized for that, that’s just what it is,” Irving said. “That’s the role I play, but I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just over this mandate.”
Irving would have been able to practice with the Nets and play in road games outside New York. The Nets will pay him for those but he is giving up about half of his $35 million salary by missing the home games.
The Nets decided Irving wouldn’t play or practice with the team at all until he could be a full participant. He can’t play home games because of a New York City vaccination mandate.
“Obviously we would love to have Kyrie here, we respect it. We all love Ky. But as far as us, we have a job to do,” Irving’s teammate, James Harden, has said.
About 96% of NBA players have been vaccinated, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. That means that about 20, or less than one per team on average, are not. Anyone working games in proximity to players this season, from referees to stat-crew employees, must be vaccinated by league mandate.
The Nets are championship contenders and Irving said he didn’t want to miss the opportunity he has with them. General manager Sean Marks said the team would gladly welcome Irving back under the right circumstances, and Irving made clear he was going to play again.
“No, I’m not retiring and no I’m not going and leaving this game like this,” Irving said. “There’s still so much more work to do and there still so many other (youngsters) to inspire, because I know they want to be better than me.”
The Brooklyn Nets host the Charlotte Hornets at 4 p.m.
Slain Delivery Worker Flown Home Same Day Cops Arrest Suspected NYC Park Slasher
Police say they found the suspect responsible for stabbing a Grubhub delivery worker to death last weekend, the same day the victim returned to his home country where family intend to bury him.
On Friday, officers arrested Joseph Sandoval on second-degree murder charges for the death of 52-year-old Sala Miah. The NYPD says Sandoval is the same man seen on surveillance video that shows the stabbing suspect ride out of the Lower East Side park with the victim’s e-bike.
Video released by the department last week shows the exchange between the two men. The delivery worker is sitting on a park bench around 1 a.m. on Oct. 16 when the apparent suspect strolls up and sits next to him. Police cut out the attack, but the video picks up with the attacker riding away with the victim’s bike.
The 51-year-old victim was slashed in the face and stabbed in the torso. He was found by a passerby who called 911, police say.
By the time officers arrived, the victim was in bad shape. Police say EMS transported him to Bellevue Hospital but he did not survive his injuries.
Police say the suspect fatally stabbed a 51-year-old e-bike delivery worker in a Lower East Side park around 1 a.m. Saturday. NBC New York’s Jessica Cunnington reports.
Family members say Miah moved to the city a few years ago in hopes of finding work and supporting his family back home in Bangladesh.
“I’m thinking about his family,” Miah’s brother-in-law, Muhammad Ahsan, told NBC New York shortly after the attack.
On Tuesday, dozens came out to the Bangladesh Muslim Center in Brooklyn to honor his life before his body was sent back home. Family members had planned to bury him once his body was returned to the country.
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