July 22: Where the Candidates Are Today


Native Speaker by Chang-rae LeeThe current mayoral race provides a fitting occasion to read “Native Speaker,” Chang-rae Lee’s 1995 novel of ethnicity and city politics. In it readers meet Henry Park, a son of Korean immigrants who uneasily assimilates into New York life. As a private intelligence operative, Park infiltrates the team of a popular Korean-American city councilman with bigger ambitions and a bitter grip on American culture.

The Big City Book Club will convene online to discuss the novel on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m.



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New York Today: We Made It

We survived the heat wave.

It was 97 degrees on Friday, and the city set a record for electricity use trying to keep cool. The breeze was the temperature of a human body.

It was awful. It is over.

We are pleased to say that Monday’s highs will be in mid 80s, with lows in the low 70s tonight. You can expect rain and thunderstorms, so bring an umbrella. And you might even turn off your air-conditioner.

COMING UP TODAY

• Three women’s groups endorse Scott M. Stringer for comptroller.

• In the mayor’s race, Bill de Blasio chats with voters outside Trader Joe’s in Chelsea, and Anthony D. Weiner visits a senior center in the Bronx. William C. Thompson Jr. calls for government incentives for tech start-ups. Joseph J. Lhota visits a Staten Island senior center.

• Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will compete in a white-water rafting race upstate to promote tourism in the Adirondacks. They may not be evenly matched.

NYC Restaurant Week begins.

• Colum McCann reads from his new novel “TransAtlantic” in Brooklyn Bridge Park at 7 p.m. [Free]

• There is an open-air screening of the 1951 Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn classic “The African Queen” in Bryant Park. Sunset. [Free]

• It’s “Old School Night” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series with a gaggle of rappers performing in Wingate Field, Brooklyn, at 7:30 p.m. [Free]

• And an old school Reno, Nev., showgirl masquerades as a singing nun in “Sister Act,” screening at Frederick Cabbell Park in Jamaica, Queens, 8:27 p.m. [Free]

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

IN THE NEWS

• It’s a little far from home, but Kate Middleton is in the “early stage of labor.” [New York Post]

• The High Line is a secret speedy commute. [New York Times]

• Five mayoral candidates slept over in public housing on Saturday night. [New York Times]

• Police officers catch a man accused of strangling his girlfriend, after he parks poorly. [New York Post]

• The M.T.A. is augmenting service on the M and G lines. [Daily News]

• Black and Latino leaders speak out against Raymond W. Kelly as a possible Homeland Security nominee. [Daily News]

• Mets beat the Phillies, 5-0. Yankees lost to the Red Sox, 8-7. And Alex Rodriguez’s return is delayed. [New York Times]

AND FINALLY…

On this day in 1869, the civil engineer John Augustus Roebling died. His final glory — the Brooklyn Bridge — was not yet complete. It would not open until 1883.

(Also, the lost chicken found in Prospect Park and written about here last week has a new home. In Bushwick.)


Nicole Higgins DeSmet and E.C. Gogolak contributed reporting.

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9New York Today: We Made It

Updated 8:39 a.m. | We survived the heat wave.

It was 97 degrees on Friday, and the city set a record for electricity use trying to keep cool. The breeze was the temperature of a human body.

It was awful. It is over.

We are pleased to say that Monday’s highs will be in mid 80s, with lows in the low 70s tonight. You can expect rain and thunderstorms, so bring an umbrella. And you might even turn off your air-conditioner.

TRANSIT & TRAFFIC

Mass Transit: [8:39] There are slight delays, but normal morning service has resumed on Metro-North’s Hudson Line today, after last week’s freight train derailment. The M.T.A. has put out a really interesting video of the repairs.

Subway delays on the L and northbound N and and Q trains. Click for the latest M.T.A. status.

Roads: [8:39] Upper deck is now open on the Verrazano Bridge following an earlier accident. Click for updates at CBS New York.

Alternate-side parking rules: in effect.

COMING UP TODAY

• Three women’s groups endorse Scott M. Stringer for comptroller.

• In the mayor’s race, Bill de Blasio chats with voters outside Trader Joe’s in Chelsea, and Anthony D. Weiner visits a senior center in the Bronx. William C. Thompson Jr. calls for government incentives for tech start-ups. Joseph J. Lhota visits a Staten Island senior center.

• Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will compete in a white-water rafting race upstate to promote tourism in the Adirondacks. They may not be evenly matched.

NYC Restaurant Week begins.

• The Martha Graham Dance Company performs at SummerStage in Central Park. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. [Free]

• Column McCann reads from his new novel “TransAtlantic” in Brooklyn Bridge Park at 7 p.m. [Free]

• There is an open-air screening of the 1951 Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn classic “The African Queen” in Bryant Park. Sunset. [Free]

• It’s “Old School Night” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series with a gaggle of rappers performing in Wingate Field, Brooklyn, at 7:30 p.m. [Free]

• And an old school Reno, Nev., showgirl masquerades as a singing nun in “Sister Act,” screening at Frederick Cabbell Park in Jamaica, Queens, 8:27 p.m. [Free]

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

IN THE NEWS

• It’s a little far from home, but Kate Middleton is in the “early stage of labor.” [New York Post]

• The High Line is a secret speedy commute. [New York Times]

• Five mayoral candidates slept over in public housing on Saturday night. [New York Times]

• Police catch a man accused of strangling his girlfriend, after he parks poorly. [New York Post]

• The M.T.A. is augmenting service on the M and G lines. [Daily News]

• Black and Latino leaders speak out against Raymond W. Kelly as a possible Homeland Security nominee. [Daily News]

• Mets beat the Phillies, 5-0. Yankees lost to the Red Sox, 8-7. And Alex Rodriguez’s return is delayed. [New York Times]

AND FINALLY…

On this day in 1869, the civil engineer John Augustus Roebling died. His final glory — the Brooklyn Bridge — was not yet complete. It would not open until 1883.

(Also, the lost chicken found in Prospect Park and written about here last week has a new home. In Bushwick.)


Nicole Higgins DeSmet and E.C. Gogolak contributed reporting.

We’re testing New York Today, which we put together just before dawn and update until noon.

What information would you like to see here when you wake up to help you plan your day? Tell us in the comments, send suggestions to Sarah Maslin Nir or tweet them at @nytmetro using #NYToday. Thanks!

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A Central Park Balloon Man With a Heart

Dear Diary:

At the East 59th Street entrance to Central Park, I stopped to buy a balloon sculpture for my granddaughter.

Without a posted price list, the artist created a flower, posed for a picture and presented his finished piece to a delighted child. When he asked, “Is $3 O.K.?” I gave him a five. He promised to do any repairs if it broke during the day. Who would not expect an 11-month-old to destroy it in a just a few minutes?

When we left the park a few hours later, one of the six balloons had popped. Honoring his guarantee, he carefully performed the reconstructive surgery.

No lawyers, no written contracts, no haggling — just a simple business transaction between two reasonable people on a beautiful day.


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