A yr after New York’s first Covid-19 case, Cuomo is low
Weather: In an icy gust of wind, it feels like a teenager despite a mid-30s high. Top: Lots of sun.
Alternative parking: Effective until March 28th (Passover).
Yesterday was a grim milestone: a year since the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in New York.
In the months that followed, the virus soared in New York City, which became the center of the pandemic, and residents tuned in to updates from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who praised his leadership skills and PowerPoint-style slideshows at press conferences.
A year later, however, the governor remains reluctant as he faces criticism of his government’s handling of virus-related deaths in nursing homes, as well as allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.
[A woman accused the governor of unwanted touching at a wedding reception.]
The mayor thought about the past year
Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the anniversary before giving a briefing on the city’s vaccination efforts during his press conference on Monday. Mr de Blasio said the city set a daily record on Friday with over 76,000 vaccines being administered.
Almost 2 million doses have been provided, and the city is well on its way to achieving its goal of fully vaccinating 5 million New Yorkers by June, de Blasio said.
“We still have a fight to go, but this is currently the last major fight against the coronavirus,” he said.
Over 4.5 million doses are administered across the country
Mr Cuomo, who made no public appearances on Monday, released a statement that focused on several vaccine updates.
“New Yorkers have shown their commitment to fight back COVID, and that determination is reflected in our nationwide infection rate, which has been falling every day, but we cannot let up until the war is won and New York is COVID-free. Said Mr. Cuomo in the statement.
Although there are currently 10 million citizens eligible for the vaccine, the federal government’s shipments are still limited.
The mayor criticized Mr. Cuomo but did not ask for his resignation
Mr de Blasio, a longtime rival of Mr Cuomo, pushed for an investigation into both the nursing home scandal and the sexual harassment allegations, despite not specifically calling for the governor to resign.
A team of outside investigators to investigate the harassment claims is being assembled by Letitia James, the New York attorney general.
Mr. Cuomo apologized on Sunday, saying, “I acknowledge that some of the things I have said have been misunderstood as unwanted flirtation.”
What we read
A man was arrested in the fatal stabbing of another man trying to end a fight outside a Brooklyn gambling den, police said. [New York Post]
Connecticut police were arrested an EMT accused of throwing Molotov cocktails in emergency facilities. [NBC Connecticut]
The Brooklyn townhouse by ‘Moonstruck’ is on the market. [Gothamist]
And finally: Lost Painting on the Upper West Side
Hilarie M. Sheets writes:
When a nurse who lived on the Upper West Side was searching an app for neighborhood bulletins last fall, she learned of the recent discovery of a Jacob Lawrence painting in an apartment a few blocks away. It turned out to be one of five panels long missing from the artist’s seminal 30 panel series, “Struggle: From the History of the American People,” which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just across from Central Park could be seen.
The name Jacob Lawrence rang.
She went over to take a closer look at a small figurative painting on her wall in the dining room that had hung for two decades and whose signature was barely legible. It was a present from her mother-in-law, who had a New York Times profile of Lawrence taped on her back in 1996. The nurse, who had only peeked back while dusting, learned from the app that Lawrence was a leading modernist painter of the 20th century – and one of the few black artists of his day to gain widespread recognition in the art world.
“I didn’t know I had a masterpiece,” said the owner.
[Read more about the nurse’s unlikely discovery.]
Could lightning strike twice in just two weeks? The woman told the story to her 20-year-old son, who was studying arts in college and quickly Googled the Met’s exhibit. He found a cloudy black and white photo of her painting that was used as a placeholder for panel 28. It was entitled “Immigrants from all countries: 1820 to 1840 – 115.773” and the label on the wall read: “Place unknown. ”
The nurse called the Met, but her messages did not return. On the third day, her son suggested that they just ride over on his motorcycle.
His mother recalled, “I grabbed a little kid at the information desk in the lobby and said, ‘Listen, nobody’s calling me back. I have this painting. Who do I need to speak to? ‘”
It’s Tuesday – keep looking.
Metropolitan Diary: Whip It
During my lunch break, I was walking down a relatively quiet street in Greenwich Village. I was nine months pregnant, wore an ankle-length black wool coat, and felt very much like a hippopotamus.
As I trampled across the street, I spotted a tall, thin young man on the opposite sidewalk, cracking a leather whip. I noticed that he still had a few whips at his feet.
When I got to the curb we looked at each other. He raised his hand and held the whip to me and asked if I wanted one.
“Do I look like I need one of these?” I asked.
He gave me a big smile and returned to the crack of the whip as I continued on my way.
– Robin Knight
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