THE LEDE: Good morning. A critical care nurse who has treated COVID-19 patients in hard-hit New York City became the first person in the state to receive the vaccine Monday as part of campaign to inoculate front-line health care workers.
~ ONE-FIFTH OF MONTAGUE STREET STOREFRONTS EMPTY AMID COVID CRISIS: With the entire city in crisis, can Montague Street be saved? An increasing percentage of people are shopping online, and local businesses have been priced off the street for decades by soaring rents. Even some national chains on the strip have closed their doors.
~ FRONT-LINE NURSE FIRST IN NEW YORK TO GET COVID-19 VACCINE: Onlookers applauded after a doctor gave registered nurse Sandra Lindsay the injection at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens. “I feel hopeful today. Relieved,” Lindsay said after the injection. (AP)
~ CUOMO DENIES FORMER AIDE’S SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday denied a former aide’s allegations over the weekend that he sexually harassed her by making inappropriate comments about her appearance. (AP)
~ INDOOR DINING BAN IN NEW YORK CITY AS VIRUS CASES RISE: A ban on indoor dining at New York City restaurants went into effect Monday as officials try to slow the resurgence of the coronavirus. (AP)
~ EAST NY MAN CHARGED WITH SEX TRAFFICKING 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL: An East New York man has been charged with sex trafficking of a child, promoting prostitution and rape for the alleged sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
~ HOW NYC SMALL BUSINESSES GOT SHORT SHRIFT ON PPP LOANS: A little over half of New York City microbusinesses — those with fewer than 10 employees — received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, according to THE CITY’s analysis of federal data newly released under court order and U.S. Census Bureau data. (THE CITY)
~ NYC’S ‘SITUATION ROOM’ IS SUPPOSED TO RESPOND QUICKLY TO SCHOOL COVID-19 CASES. IT’S NOT WORKING, COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY.: As coronavirus cases rise throughout the city, and schools ramp up testing for students and staff, it’s crucial that the Situation Room finds its footing, two Brooklyn City Council members said Thursday. (Chalkbeat)
~ OUR WORLD IN PHOTOS: Fish, skis, vaccines and more.
MORE BROOKLYN NEWS
~ “N.Y.C. Restaurants Face Bleak Winter With No Indoor Dining” (NYT)
~ At Rethink Cafe in Clinton Hill, patrons can pay what they can for their meal. (BK Reader)
~ “Council passes bill to speed up opening of new and renovated properties” (The Real Deal)
~ READ: “She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One: Armed with a handgun, a fake ID card and disguises, Miriam Rodríguez was a one-woman detective squad, defying a system where criminal impunity often prevails.” (NYT)
~ EAT: Here are the 22 best restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NYC, including four in Brooklyn. (Eater)
~ CARTOON: Revisiting superstitions. (The Week)
~ PANDEMIC: “How Science Beat the Virus: And what it lost in the process” (The Atlantic)
⌛ ON THIS DAY: In 1962, the Eagle reported, “ALBANY (U.P.I.) — New York State should retain its 18-year-old minimum drinking age, in the opinion of nine members of a special advisory group reporting today to a legislative committee studying the controversial issue.” Click here to see what else happened on this day in history.
📔 IMPRINT: American model Taylor Hill graces the latest cover of Vogue Greece.
👑 ROYAL WATCH: “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Reportedly on Better Terms with the Royal Family.” (Marie Claire)
🏀 SPORTS: Irving ends media silence, praises Nash in first interview.
Happy birthday to Pro Football Hall of Famer Billy Shaw; former Supremes member Cindy Birdsong; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Clark; former baseball manager Jim Leyland; drumming legend Carmine Appice; former N.Y. Mets manager Art Howe; “Miami Vice” star Don Johnson; Fuzztones singer Rudi Protrudi; theater and film director Julie Taymor; “The Legend of Billie Jean” star Helen Slater; former N.Y. Knicks player David Wingate; “Star Trek: Voyager” star Garrett Wang; “Stargate SG-1” star Michael Shanks; “The O.C.” star Adam Brody; and “Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery!