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Mayor de Blasio announced Monday on MSNBC that there will be a vaccine mandate for private sector workers throughout New York City and taking effect on Dec. 27. 

The mandate comes days after the mayor and Gov. Hochul made announcements that the Omicron varaint is in the Big Apple.

Wednesday night’s torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida snarled travel into and well beyond Thursday morning’s rush hour.

Just before 8:30 a.m., a crowd of stranded commuters was growing outside of the cordoned-off entrance to the F train subway station at 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica as people either waited for buses or consulted their phones or their friends to make alternate travel arrangements.

The Bronx man who was arrested last month for slashing a man’s face in Flushing for being gay and Latino was indicted by a Queens grand jury Aug. 24.

Ramon Castro, 55, was arraigned Tuesday on a seven-count indictment charging him with various degrees of assault as a hate crime, criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated harassment and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was ordered to return to court Nov. 22.

The 38th annual Ecuadorian Parade NYC was back in full effect last Sunday, Aug. 8, brightening up Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights even as the city copes with a political crisis in Albany and a resurgence of the coronavirus leading to new restrictions on indoor gatherings.

Outdoors it was another story. The parade began as always on Northern at the corner of 69th Street and the party went east along Northern, from the Heights into Corona.