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Scenes from the last day of the early voting

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On the last day of the early voting, the best Democratic mayoral candidates flocked across the city to hold their final campaign in front of voters before Primary Day on Tuesday.

[A swirl of activity was marked by creative politicking and deepening acrimony between Eric Adams and the rest of the field.]

Here are a few scenes from Sunday:

Kathryn Garcia, a former sanitation officer, and Andrew Yang, a former presidential candidate, appeared together in Chinatown before a campaign rally that focused on attacks against people of Asian descent. It was the second demonstration of unity between the rivals that weekend.

Mr. Yang has encouraged his supporters to mark Ms. Garcia as the second choice on the ballot papers. But despite the apparent solidarity, Ms. Garcia has not returned the favor, stating that she will not tell her supporters how to classify their ballots.

Brooklyn borough president and alleged frontrunner Eric Adams condemned gun violence by returning to a Bronx street where a masked man nearly shot and killed two young children while assaulting another man. “We have to get him,” said Mr. Adams of the shooter in a voice that rose with anger. “He must be off our streets.”

Scott M. Stringer, the city auditor, and his wife and two sons were recruiting the Lower East Side of Manhattan and stopped to speak to voters, many of whom warmly welcomed the candidate. Once a local resident asked Mr. Stringer for a photo.

“That’ll cost you a vote for first place,” joked Mr. Stringer.

Maya Wiley, a former MSNBC analyst and advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio, spent Sunday morning in two black churches in Harlem and Brooklyn. She was spotted doing hulahooping at the Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association Festival later that day.

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Would you like more news? Check out our full coverage.

The mini crossword puzzle: Here is today’s puzzle.

Eight candidates the next city inspector participated in a televised debate on Sunday morning. [Gothamist]

The construction sector of New York City remains 25,000 jobs below their pre-pandemic climax – a warning signal for the construction industry. [The City]

Service cuts on lines B, D, N, Q and R are available probably until November 2022. [Daily News]

Troy Closson of the Times writes:

Life for New Yorkers during the worst months of the pandemic was marked by loneliness and concern: tens of thousands died, thousands of stores closed, and the city’s regular pace screeched to a halt. But as vaccination rates have risen, the city’s long hibernation has begun to come to an end.

When some capacity restrictions and mask requirements were removed, neighbors greeted each other with beaming smiles for the first time in months and no longer had any trouble recognizing the person behind the mask. Family members and friends met with long-awaited hugs. Still, some parts of pandemic life – temperature controls and socially distant lunch tables – remained.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s order last week to lift almost all virus restrictions on businesses and social gatherings was one of the final steps in reopening the city. The governor said the new guidelines are a “return to life as we know it”.

For some, however, the news was only a symbolic triumph, as the most stringent restrictions had been lifted weeks ago. And the decision on whether to remove precautionary measures rests with individuals and business owners, many of whom have said the governor’s announcement would not encourage immediate change.

“We haven’t returned to normal,” said Sedonia Croom, a long-time employee at Croom Boutique Salon & Spa, a family-run business in the Crotona neighborhood of the Bronx. The store, she said, has no immediate plans to lift its face coverage or capacity guidelines.

“You still need to protect yourself and your customers,” said Ms. Croom. “You have no other choice.”

It’s Monday – start over.

Dear Diary:

As a teenager, I lived on the Hudson River near the Croton-Harmon train station. During my senior year of high school, I dropped out of classes, took the train to New York City, and used my babysitting money to go to museums.

I knew when it was all student free and discounted days, and I would bring a book from my father listing cheap and interesting restaurants where I could have lunch. I would get back to school in time to take the bus home (or at least make it look like it).

Once I went home on the train and discovered my father. (I later learned that he left work early because he was sick.)

I moved up a few cars and hid the rest of the way in the bathroom.

I never told my parents.

– Cheryl Mayrsohn

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