Monday Dispatch: Will We Still Be Masking in 2022?

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Neither cold weather nor an airborne pandemic will keep people from lining up outside Supreme on Bowery and Spring.
Neither cold weather nor an airborne pandemic will keep people from lining up outside Supreme on Bowery and Spring.

Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN we’re likely to still be wearing masks in 2022 to protect ourselves from Covid-19 even though he believes that by the end of 2021 “we’re going to have a significant degree of normality beyond the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year.” (CNN)

Brooklyn resident Eric Norman, 29, was arrested by the FBI in Florida on Saturday, accused of being the ringleader in the armed robbery of Chanel’s SoHo location earlier this month, during which approximately $200k of merchandise was snatched off shelves in front of customers and staff. (Gothamist)

Missed having vintage clothing store Quality Mending on Prince and Elizabeth? Owner Oliver Harkness closed up shop after sixteen years there last summer due to the pandemic, but has recently reopened just a stone’s throw away at 329 Bowery in the East Village. (Bowery Boogie)

Purim starts in a few days, so here’s a list of where to celebrate in Lower Manhattan. (Downtown Alliance)

Sad news if you’re like us and loved to walk down to Chinatown and ride up New York’s longest escalator on the weekends to have dimsum for brunch at Jing Fong: they’ve announced that they will be permanently closing their massive dining room after March 7. They won’t be closing for good though, and will continue to rent their current kitchen to serve delivery, take out, and outdoor dining until they can find a new location in the neighborhood. (Eater NY)

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