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Outstanding moments from the first personal democratic debate


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With less than three weeks to the primary, the race for New York City mayor is getting heated.

That dynamic was evident last night when the eight major Democratic candidates attacked each other personally during their first personal debate.

The contenders battled over several areas of concern for New Yorkers, with crime, justice and police issues again dominating the night. Nevertheless, the face-to-face format was often more chaotic than content: deep political discussions were sometimes replaced by lively attacks.

[Read more about the standout moments and catch up on who the candidates are.]

Here are three things to know:

At one point, each of the eight candidates had the opportunity to ask an opponent a question.

Mr. Adams, the president of Brooklyn County, has been attacked four times.

Later, Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate and another senior contender, received the toughest criticism, referring to the times in Mr Adams’ career when he was the subject of an investigation.

Mr. Adams defended his integrity and challenged Mr. Yang’s lack of political experience in New York.

Mrs Garcia, the former hygiene commissioner, appears to have gained prominence in the limited surveys available. And in the run-up to the debate, it was the subject of attacks.

But when leading candidates faced harsh criticism, Ms. Garcia largely went under the radar. Your campaign framed the approach as a strategy to “stay above the fight”.

When the candidates were asked to ask another question, nobody put one to Ms. Garcia. It was only towards the end of the debate that city auditor Scott M. Stringer criticized Ms. Garcia for her role in the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Ms. Wiley, a former commentator at MSNBC, criticized her fellow candidates and ignored the moderators’ requests to meet the deadline.

Her greatest moments included sparring matches with Mr. Adams, whom she attacked for his stance on public safety. She asked why he once said he would carry a gun if he were elected mayor (he is a former police officer and is allowed to do so).

Mr Adams said there was a difference between off duty officers carrying guns and the proliferation of illegal weapons.


The Times’s Ben Sisario writes:

Last year, when the concert business was mothballed by the pandemic, small clubs and theaters warned that their very survival was in jeopardy, and dozen of venues across the country closed.

But with the return of the concerts, something is happening that seemed unthinkable just a few months ago: not only have old venues reopened, but completely new ones are emerging.

On September 30th, Brooklyn Made, a new club in Bushwick, Brooklyn, opens with two evenings with Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.

Everything about the room is planned as a deluxe and high-concept, from the Moroccan lamps that adorn the 500-person performance room to the adjoining café and roof terrace. Guest artists find an incredibly luxurious facility, including a private pool and the use of a loft apartment with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.

It’s one of the few changes to the New York concert scene following the pandemic, including the return of Irving Plaza, the pioneering rock club in Union Square, which will reopen in August after a two-year multi-million dollar renovation. The venue received a major facelift inside, with new bars, new bathrooms, and improved sight lines.

For Brooklyn Made at 428 Troutman Street, the club’s existence is an optimistic bet on the return of live music and nightlife in New York, said Anthony Makes, a longtime player in the New York concert world who is one of the directors behind the new club.

“I believe in the future,” said Makes recently on a tour of the room, where construction machinery was still buzzing, but the sunny artist’s apartment, one level higher, was an oasis of calm.

“And I think everyone will come back,” he added.

It’s Thursday – are you ready to dance?


Dear Diary:

I walked across 70th Street and West End Avenue with my 14 pound rescue dog, Ellie. A work team installed gas pipes nearby.

The pavement drilling was pretty noisy and I hesitated before crossing the street. But it seemed safe enough, and I held Ellie tight as I crossed the street.

As we approached the workers, one of them, a tall, stocky man, leaned forward to post a sign telling drivers to slow down. Ellie ran up to him and started barking.

The man jumped up, surprised and then embarrassed to be frightened by a small dog.

I started to apologize, but a man who I thought was a boss came up to me and cut him off.

“Don’t apologize,” he said. “I wanted to bark at him all week.”

– Judith Mandel Lampron


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