? NYC To Lift Young Child Mask Mandate + NYPD Sued Over DNA Data

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Rise and shine, New York City! It’s Wednesday, so let’s get you started with everything you need to know going on around town today.


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A touch of afternoon rain. High: 49 Low: 41.

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  1. New York City’s mask mandate for 2 to 4 year-olds in schools will be lifted on April 4th, provided there’s no surprise uptick in COVID cases, according to Mayor Adams. Two weeks ago the mayor lifted the mandate for all students older than 5, with the city’s health officials sighting low COVID positivity rates in schools. (New York City Patch)
  2. A new lawsuit alleges that the NYPD illegally collects the DNA of criminal suspects, adding them to a secret database without their knowledge. According to video footage and first-hand accounts, people in interrogation rooms are often offered a drink or snack, not realizing that their fingerprints will subsequently be recorded, which plaintiffs argue violates state laws. (New York City Patch)
  3. The Brooklyn District Attorney is prosecuting the contractor of a patio wall, which led to the death of a five-year-old girl almost three years ago, on the charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminally-negligent homicide. The wall had been built without the reinforcements necessary under New York State law. (New York City Patch)
  4. A woman, Lauren Pazienza, accused of shoving an 87-year-old vocal coach to her death earlier this month, turned herself into police on Tuesday. The coach, Barbara Maier Gustern, was well-regarded within the city’s arts community. (New York City Patch)
  5. A mayoral executive order signed on Tuesday aims to prevent fires like the one that took 17 lives in The Bronx this January, by implementing fire-education campaigns, and increasing inspections of buildings with large numbers of reported violations, including faulty self-closing doors. (New York City Patch)

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Today in New York City:

  • Lecture: The Color Black in History and Fashion, at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S. (9 a.m.)
  • Cocktail Creation with Good Time Mixology, at MOXY NYC Chelsea (6 p.m.)
  • LIVE AT THE FILLMORE Performs Eat A Peach in it’s Entirety, at The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St. (7 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Spring has sprung in New York City. Technically the season began on Sunday, and the cherry blossoms are already blooming. (Gothamist)
  • Don’t get excited for warmer weather too soon–at least some forecasters see snow in NYC’s near future. (New York City Patch)
  • The former Hotel Wales operated for over 100 years, before being converted into luxury condos. Now, the penthouse is going for $23 million. (New York City Patch)
  • The Smorgasburg Food Festival in Prospect Park will be coming back this April-now with locations in The World Trade Center and Jersey City. (New York City Patch)

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