Weather: Sunny and dry, with a peak in the mid-1970s.
Parking on the alternative side: Valid until July 4 (Independence Day).
Even as gloomy weather loomed over New York City, hundreds of thousands of voters cast their ballots on primary day.
The election offered the first major test of a new voting system and closed months of campaigning in several urban races. But winners won’t immediately be called out in many major contests, including the Democratic primary for mayor and the city’s comptroller race, with no candidate getting more than 50% of the vote and ranked selections lacking. still been processed.
Here’s a look at the state of the races (and you can follow all the results here):
Eric Adams is ahead. But the results are far from definitive.
In the initial tally after Tuesday’s vote, Mr Adams led among the Democratic mayoral candidates with nearly 32% of the top-choice votes. He was followed by Maya Wiley, at around 22%, and Kathryn Garcia, at over 19%.
The three remained firmly optimistic on Tuesday night. But Andrew Yang, who was in fourth place with less than 12%, conceded. “We still think we can help, but not as mayor and first lady,” he said with his wife, Evelyn, by his side.
As the priority votes are compiled, this ranking may change and the postal ballots must also be counted. It can take weeks for an official winner to be named.
The eventual winner will face in the general election on November 2 Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, who handily won the Republican primary against Fernando Mateo.
[Read about the major takeaways from Primary Day, and check out neighborhood-level results.]
Alvin Bragg is leading the Democratic race for Manhattan district attorney.
Mr. Bragg, a former federal attorney and assistant attorney general, led the Democratic primary for Manhattan district attorney, edging Tali Farhadian Weinstein by about three and a half percentage points. Its platform focused on police accountability and racial justice.
If his lead holds, Mr. Bragg would become the first black person to lead the office. If Ms. Farhadian Weinstein went ahead, she would become the first woman.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s race, which did not use the ranked choice system, included eight candidates in total.
[Looking for more information on the race? Here’s our full story.]
Other races were heading for the ranked choice tab.
In the Comptroller contest, a position that will play an important role in the city’s economic recovery, Brad Lander, who was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, led the first-choice votes. He was leading City Council speaker Corey Johnson by about nine percentage points.
The winners of many city council races were also not declared. Several incumbents had easy wins, but in most districts the current incumbent did not show up, guaranteeing at least 32 different faces.
And finally: who received the Special Tony Awards?
Julia Jacobs of The Times writes:
The Tony Awards, long delayed by the pandemic, announced the first recipients on Tuesday, including the Broadway Defense Coalition, an organization started five years ago by a group of actors and others as a tool to work to dismantle racism through drama and storytelling.
The other recipients were “David Byrne’s American Utopia”, an intricately choreographed concert by the former Talking Heads singer, and “Freestyle Love Supreme”, a mostly improvised hip-hop musical that was created, in part, by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The accolades, known as the Special Tony Awards, were presented to three recipients who Tony’s board said deserved recognition even though they didn’t fit into any of the competition’s categories, according to a press release.
The recipients were announced more than a year after the date originally scheduled for the ceremony. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony has been suspended.
The awards show – a star-studded show that will celebrate Broadway’s comeback – is now slated for CBS in September, when Broadway shows are expected to return to theaters almost in full force. Most of the rewards, however, will be handed out right before that, in a ceremony that will air only on Paramount +, ViacomCBS’s subscription streaming service.
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Metropolitan Diary: familiar view
I was on a # 1 Uptown Train. Across the aisle was a young man who looked to be in his twenties. He had long, thick and curly red hair. There was a guitar case on the floor next to him.
We looked at each other and smiled. I got off at the next stop.
About two months later I got on another uptown 1. I sat down, looked up and saw the red haired young man with his guitar case on the other side of the aisle and two seats further.
We looked at each other. His eyes widened in surprise and his face lit up with a smile.
I’m sure I looked surprised too, and I smiled too.
In two stops, he got off the train. We were both smiling.
– Deametrice Eyster
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