New York Today: New York Today: A Little Quake

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The day that New York (sort of) shook.

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Good morning on this sunny Friday.

Did you feel it?

A magnitude-4.1 earthquake struck near Dover, Del., yesterday afternoon, and the tremor reached New York City — though it was not quite a display of geological might.

“It felt like standing on a subway platform and a train comes by, and you feel the platform move — but not a lot,” said Ruby Velez, 40, of Jamaica, Queens, who felt her apartment shake three times in under a minute.

She was lying in bed in her sixth floor apartment when she felt the mattress rumble. She walked into her living room and saw her television screen swivel on its stand.

“I turned to my husband and said, ‘Hey, it’s an earthquake,’” she said. “It was a nonevent. I was impressed that my dog didn’t even wake up.”

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Still, Ms. Velez’s experience was more exciting than that of many other New Yorkers.

“Really, an earthquake?” asked Elizabeth Callahan, 23, a nanny from Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. “I was giving a baby a bath, so I think I would have felt it in the water. Now I feel left out.”

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There were no reports of earthquake-related damage, injuries, or other issues in New York City, according to Nancy Silvestri, press secretary for the city’s Emergency Management Department.

Small earthquakes are felt in New York City every few years, said Jana Pursley, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, though more damaging earthquakes only strike the Northeast’s urban corridor, which includes New York City, about twice a century. The last two severe earthquakes in New York City, she added, took place in 1737 and 1884, before the magnitudes of earthquakes were even measured.

The last time an earthquake of any note shook the city was in 2011, when a quake centered in Virginia sent thousands of New Yorkers in Midtown Manhattan scrambling into the streets.

Evan Jackson, 30, remembers panicking during the 2011 quake, when he evacuated his office building in Downtown Brooklyn and looked up at the tall buildings. “I thought, ‘I should probably get back into the building’” to avoid any falling debris, he said.

Mr. Jackson said he was “loafing” in bed yesterday when he felt it shake and saw his blinds and mirror move.

“It was pretty light,” he said, unfazed. “This time, I didn’t even get off the bed.”

Did you feel yesterday’s earthquake? Let us know in the comments.

Here’s what else is happening:

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You won’t be trembling too much today, so long as you’re wearing a coat.

A sunny day lies ahead, with a high of 53.

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Saturday and Sunday look similar: enough sun to matter, with highs that won’t stray far from 50.

Welcome to December.

In the News

An influential group’s report on the subway crisis included one recommendation that struck a nerve with riders: shutting down the system on weeknights. [New York Times]

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Shutting down the subway in the wee hours on weekdays would allow for easier repairs, the report said.

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In “About New York,” the columnist Jim Dwyer says that while politics has destroyed the subway, it also has the potential to save it. [New York Times]

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced several changes to his cabinet, losing two deputy mayors and elevating three administration officials. [New York Times]

A city Correction Department captain was arrested and charged with beating a teenage inmate at Rikers Island so badly that several of his teeth were broken. [New York Times]

A retired detective admitted on the stand that he had sex with a potential witness while investigating the disappearance of Robert Durst’s wife. [New York Times]

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Robert Durst is on trial for the murder of a longtime friend, Susan Berman.

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A 360-degree video follows the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on its 240-mile journey to the city. [New York Times]

The M.T.A. unveiled two models of the next generation of subway trains at the 34th St.-Hudson Yards station. [Daily News]

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Dunkin’ Donuts apologized to two police detectives who had been refused service at a Brooklyn location, ending a monthslong police union boycott. [New York Post]

After fleeing anti-Semitism in Russia, he found hope and a home in Washington Heights. [New York Times]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Shopping On an Empty Stomach

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Free winter weekdays begin today, offering free admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, through Feb. 28. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. [Free]

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Fireworks and skating performances, part of the Tree Lighting Skate-tacular celebration, at Bryant Park. 6 p.m. [Free]

The author Jill Tarter discusses her book, “Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence,” followed by stargazing, at Columbia University. 7 p.m. [Free]

An evening of traditional Korean music at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. 8 p.m. [$16]

Islanders host Senators, 7 p.m. (MSG+). Rangers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (MSG). Devils at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (MS+2).

Watch “The New York Times Close Up,” featuring The Times’s John Otis and other guests. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on CUNY-TV.

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Dec. 8.

Weekend travel hassles: Check subway disruptions and a list of street closings.

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The Weekend

Saturday

Wintercon, a comic and sci-fi expo, continues at the Resorts World Casino New York City in Jamaica, Queens. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. [$25]

Learn how to make a wreath at the Queens County Farm Museum in Little Neck. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. [$20]

Games, a tree lighting and St. Nick on horseback are part of the Sinterklass celebration at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Canarsie, Brooklyn. 1 to 4 p.m. [$5]

A screening of “John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppet Show with John Denver,” part of a month of holiday-themed screenings of Jim Henson programs, at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. 1 p.m. [$15]

Nets host Hawks, 3 p.m. (YES). Devils at Coyotes, 8 p.m. (MSG+).

Sunday

A selection of short films from the New York International Children’s Festival are screened at the Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn. 11 a.m. [$15]

Learn how to build an outdoor shelter at the Blue Heron Nature Center on Staten Island. 11 a.m. [Free]

Visit with Santa or take in musical performances at the Christmas in the Gardens celebration at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. Noon. [Free]

Learn about Washington Irving and the 19th-century holiday traditions in New York beginning at Colonnade Row in Greenwich Village. 5 p.m. [$35]

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Jets host Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS). Giants at Raiders , 4:25 p.m. (FOX). Knicks host Magic, 3:30 p.m. (MSG).

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts Entertainment guide.

And Finally…

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A supermoon in November 2016.

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If you find yourself outdoors on Sunday, look up: This year’s first and only supermoon will be lighting up the sky.

A regular moon becomes a supermoon when it reaches its perigee — the point along its orbit that is closest to the earth.

On Sunday, the moon could appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

This supermoon is also known as the Long Nights Moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, because it takes places close to the winter solstice, the day with the least amount of sunlight.

For an enhanced experience, check out the moon when it rises along the horizon in New York City at 4:59 p.m. on Sunday. Because of an optical illusion, it could appear even bigger and more colorful.

And if you’re in town, The Times is hosting a supermoon viewing party on Sunday for Times Insiders at Columbia University, with the science reporter Nicholas St. Fleur and the astronomer and professor David Kipping.

If you miss it, though, don’t fret. Two more supermoons will appear in January.

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