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Today is Friday.
weather: A mixture of rain and snow in the morning; Later cloudy, with highs in the low 40s. Saturday: Sunny, high 40s. Sunday: Occasional snow, high in the mid 30s.
Optional side parking: Suspended today and tomorrow for snow removal.
What is the best way to show that you are a New Yorker? Maybe this is your bagel order. Or your accent. Or your resolve to avoid Times Square.
More than 30 candidates who have thrown their hats into the ring to become the city’s next mayor will inevitably face questions about their New Yorkity.
“The candidates are starting to go after each other and differentiate themselves in policy proposals and personal statements,” said my colleague Emma Fitzimnus, Bureau Chief of City Hall.
[The race to become New York City’s next mayor may be one of the most consequential political contests in a generation. Here are some of the leading candidates.]
“I think there are five front-runners among the Democrats at this point: Eric Adams, Ray McGirr, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley and Andrew Yang,” Ms. Fitzsimons said, naming them in alphabetical order.
My colleague Corey Kilgannon recently spoke with these front-runners and several other candidates about their New York pedigree, specifically asking them about their favorite city moments. He has some reactions with a portrait of our metropolitan diary artist, Agnes Lee.
You can also read all 11 responses here.
Catherine Garcia, former Sanitation Commissioner
Ms. Garcia was 14 when she and her friends decided to take the metro from Brooklyn to Manhattan to try to get into Studio 54.
“It was considered nice to go to Manhattan, and I loved to dance,” she said. She Wore “Candy Red Heels” and stood outside the club, which in 1984, was beyond its heyday, but is still highly selective.
Sean Donovan, former federal housing secretary
“When you’re hugging people you’ve never met before, you know something great has happened,” said Mr. Donovan, recalling how he was happy with a grandstand seat at Yankee Stadium Day Reggie Jackson scored three home runs to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 World Series.
Carlos Menchaca, Brooklyn City Council Member
Three years after moving from Texas to New York, Mr. Menchaka was riding the F train at his Brooklyn apartment after having some beer with friends. He Fell asleep and missed his stop. A metro employee woke him up at the end of the line at Coney Island.
Withdrawing the train, he fell asleep and missed his stop again. He Came home at dawn.
From the times
Lev Pernas, Giuliani Associate, faces new fraud charges
Did Proud Boys Help Coordinate the Capital Riot? Yes, america shows
3 male guards accused of attacks in notorious female prison
The misogynistic ‘dating coach’ who was charged in the Capital Riot
Ross Graham died at 93; Giant fighter for new york city
Want more news? See our full coverage.
Mini Crossword: Here is today’s puzzle.
What we are studying
Andrew M. to the government of New York’s restaurant industry. Want kumo Pick up dining curfew at 10 a.m. before Super Bowl weekend. [New York Post]
An anonymous note sent to some Long Island residents stated, “Take down your Christmas lights! Its Valentine’s Day !!!!!! “- but was a recipient Busy in funeral arrangements. [NBC New York]
What happened to Ample Hills Creamery, Sweet Ice Cream Company of Brooklyn? [Marker]
And finally: your virtual social weekend
Melissa Guerrero of The Times writes:
Although many exhibit spaces, museums and community centers are closed, people are finding creative ways to connect through virtual events and events. There are suggestions to maintain New York’s social life this weekend while maintaining a safe distance from others.
John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice
On Friday at 7 pm, Listen to actor Elton FitzGerald White, recite one of John Lewis’s speeches as part of Flushing Town Hall’s Black History Trilogy Series. A discussion and Q&A will follow.
.SVP for free livestream on the R event page
Corky Lee Memorial
Join La MaMa Experimental Theater Club Friday at 7 pm To honor the life of iconic photographer Corky Lee.
Register for a free livestream on the event page.
Talk of ‘Brown Baby’ book
On Noon on saturday Writers Meera Jacob and Nikesh Shukla will discuss “Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home” by Mr. Shukla’s new memoir.
Watch the livestream on .SVP or YouTube for a free event on R Zoom.
It’s Friday – embrace it.
Metropolitan Diary: Sketching
I was in danger of forgetting at least one important thing – the wallet, the phone, the keys – when I went out, but I always remembered to bring a notebook and pen along.
On the days when my headphones were behind me, I shortened my long journey to my job as a nanny on the Upper West Side by stealthily sketching my fellow train passengers.
Those who were sleeping were ideal subjects; Those who were awake would inevitably ruin the pose as soon as I found out what I was doing.
Once, a few years ago, I was on a D train when I noticed a young man snatching an older woman from him because he snore.
Having a clear idea of his profile, I took out my supplies and started attracting the artist. I felt strangely guilty, as if I was violating her invisibility as a fellow train sketcher. Still, I could not resist.
With the train pulled into 34th Street, I scrambled to finish sketching his hair while he collected his things before landing. As he exited the stage, I patted his shoulder and handed him the sketch.
There was just enough time for him to see that process: he was being touched by a stranger for embarrassed laughter as he saw his face on the page.
Then the doors closed, and we walked away.
– Leela Elias
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