News 2016 New York news: Medicinal marijuana, minimum wage hike and more By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org Updated December 22, 2015 2:53 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email There's a lot to look forward to in the Big Apple next year. From New York's role in the presidential election to commercial and housing developments on the rise, New Yorkers can expect a lot of changes in the new year. Here's a taste of what's ahead in 2016. Pot history Photo Credit: iStock Qualifying New Yorkers will be able to pick up medicinal marijuana when the city's first dispensary opens next month in Union Square. Only a certain group of pre-approved patients will be able to buy the cannabis, such as those suffering from AIDS, cancer, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. The 14th Street location is one of four medical marijuana dispensaries opening in the city. Wages on the rise Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt Come Dec. 31, New York's minimum wage will rise from $8.75 an hour to $9 an hour. For fast food workers and state employees who work in the city, that pay rate will be $10.50, as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to make the minimum wage for those employees $15 an hour. Campaign season Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt Although New York City lost the bid to host the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia, it will likely be host to candidates and campaign events from both parties when New York holds its presidential primaries on April 19 and in the run-up to the general election in November. And although the mayoral election isn't until 2017, you can expect Mayor Bill de Blasio and other future candidates to move their campaigns ahead. Hudson Yards' debut Photo Credit: Bloomberg / John Taggart The first tower in the massive West Side development Hudson Yards will open in March. The 52-story 10 Hudson Yards commercial building, located at 10th Avenue and West 30th Street, will be home to several major companies, including Coach and L'Oreal. Another office tower, two mixed-use buildings, a shopping center and a park will eventually surround 10 Hudson Yards as part of the development's first phase. Downtown hub Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang Next year, the full vision of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, nearly 10 years in the making, is due to come to fruition. The $4 billion transit hub is expected to be fully operational in 2016 with the opening of the Oculus entrance, underground passageways to Liberty and Vesey streets and all of the PATH platforms and a mezzanine level. The hub's WestField World Trade Center Mall -- the largest shopping center in Manhattan at 365,000 square feet -- is also slated to debut in the spring, with some of the high-end retailers including Links of London, Banana Republic, Under Armour and Victoria's Secret. Tennis, rain or shine Photo Credit: Getty Images / Michael Heiman Rain delays at the U.S. Open will be a thing of the past, thanks to a new $500 million retractable roof over the 24,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium that will be ready ahead of the 2016 summer tournament, which begins Aug. 29. By Ivan Pereira email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.