The "Go Get Your Booster Shot" Edition

Peak foliage, New Year's Eve is back in Times Square, eating in Crown Heights, Little Yemen, fake vaccine cards, and more

Today - Low: 39˚ High: 48˚
Clear throughout the day.

• Photos: Inside the Brooklyn Detention Complex, opened in 1956 on Atlantic Ave and is now awaiting demolition. (Reuven Blau with photos by Ben Fractenberg for The City)

• All adult New Yorkers are effectively eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine booster dose. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• Dozens of workers for the Department of Sanitation were suspended without pay for using fake vaccine cards after the November 1 mandate. (Grace Ashford for NY Times)

• For the first time since the start of the pandemic, more people are moving to NYC than leaving. (Brooklyn Eagle)

• The MTA will avoid service cuts and fare hikes this year thanks to the infrastructure bill. (Jen Chung and Stephen Nessen for Gothamist)

• Photo Gallery: If you were out and about this weekend you may have noticed that NYC hit peak foliage. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

• Details will be announced later today but New Year's Eve crowd in Times Square will be back this year. (Matt Troutman for Patch)

• The statue of Thomas Jefferson that will be removed from City Hall will be relocated to the New-York Historical Society on a ten-year loan. The statue will become part of an exhibition looking at the "principal contradiction of our founding ideals." (Jeffrey C. Mays and Zachary Small for NY Times)

"Several states have taken initiative to expand voting access through the implementation of same-day registration and absentee ballots. New York, despite its progressive reputation, failed to do the same."
New York Democrats failed to protect voting rights, Washing Square News Editorial Board

• The tallest point in Manhattan, Moscow on the Hudson, and the rest of the ten secrets of Hudson Heights. (Untapped New York)

• If you were in denial about the closure of Papaya Dog on 14th and First, it'll be hard to argue with boarded-up windows. (EV Grieve)

• Speaking of saying farewell, demolition prep is underway for the Pennsylvania Hotel, across the street from MSG. The demolition in January 2022 will partially pave the way for the Empire Station Complex. (Max Scott for Untapped New York)

• The Morrison Hotel Gallery will have an exhibition of Jimmy Webb's photography as a part of his estate sale, which will benefit Road Recovery, a nonprofit helping young people battle addiction. (EV Grieve)

• The city unveiled The Great Debate at The Battery over the weekend. The statue is a part of artist Hebru Brantley's Flyboy series, created as an exploration into what a superhero character of color would look like. (Lynn Lieberman for GothamToGo)

While writing today’s email, Jumaane Williams made his run for governor official.

• A trip through the Bronx's Little Yemen. (Chris Crowley for Grub Street)

• A look at the city's “Youth Coordination Officers,” which Mayor de Blasio dispatched to the city's schools after a very loud year of protests against police in schools. As we'd expect from The City, this is a thorough read which gives a full picture of the situation. (Eileen Grench with additional reporting by Suhail Bhat for The City)

An essential guide to eating in Crown Heights. (Luke Fortney, Emma Orlow, and Robert Sietsema for Eater)

Featured Pet: Jack!

Thanks to Lizzy (@pikespeake) for this photo of Jack the kitten! According to Lizzy, she found Jack “hiding behind a trash can outside my apartment back in July and took him in. He is my loving trash cat, and has proven himself NYC tough!”

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