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The Uncertain Promises of Indoor Dining in New York City

The Uncertain Promises of Indoor Dining in New York City

A thousand years ago, on March 11th of this year, I went with a friend to Wu’s Wonton King, a Chinatown gem that since its opening, in 2016, has become famous for, somehow, everything: the glorious array of dim sum, the exquisitely tender barbecued meats, the fishes, eels, and crabs plucked live from tanks in the windows, à la minute. Normally, when I visit Wu’s, it’s with a strategically large group so that we can order all of the above and more, and then bring home whatever our groaning insides can’t fit. On this particular day, I was with just one other person, and we split an uncharacteristically austere order of steamed pork buns and a bowl of noodle soup. We were the only people in the restaurant, which could have been partly attributable to our timing—it was a Wednesday morning, too late to be breakfast but too early to count as an early lunch—but almost certainly also had to do with the encroaching coronavirus pandemic, which was just beginning to make itself known in New York.

By now, it’s hard to recall that brief window of time in New York in early March, between our unfettered pre-pandemic life and the start of public shutdowns and self-quarantining, which we have now been enduring for nearly seven months. Venues in Chinatown had been among the first to experience a decline in business, fuelled by racist fears of the virus, which was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan. But by the time Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a mandated closure of all bars and restaurants—which, after Governor Andrew Cuomo accelerated the original timeline, took effect on March 16th—the entire city was already slowing down, an anti-crescendo of public activity. After my meal at Wu’s, I hugged my friend goodbye

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Tommy Tuberville’s Financial Fumbles – The New York Times

Tommy Tuberville’s Financial Fumbles – The New York Times

Tommy Tuberville, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, is running in large measure on his experience in college football’s Southeastern Conference, known as the S.E.C., where he coached Auburn University.

But he has had experience with another S.E.C., the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other financial regulators.

A review by The New York Times found that Mr. Tuberville, who is leading Senator Doug Jones in the polls, has a history of involvement with at least three people who were later convicted of financial fraud in what were described as Ponzi schemes. Mr. Tuberville was largely seen as a victim and was never charged with a crime.

In two episodes, Mr. Tuberville lost millions of dollars. A third was more minor, when Mr. Tuberville and his wife, Suzanne, bought a home through a company created by a lawyer who was later convicted of running a real estate-related Ponzi scheme.

The Times review included a small charitable foundation created by Mr. Tuberville, finding that its tax records indicated that less than a third of its proceeds went to the veterans’ causes it was set up to advance. The foundation also had bookkeeping issues.

The review raised questions about Mr. Tuberville’s judgment and financial acumen. While he has said on the campaign trail that he hoped to serve on the “banking finance” committee — the Senate has separate, and prestigious, banking and finance committees — he has at times undercut his own qualifications. In regards to an ill-fated hedge fund venture, he once told a reporter, “I’m not smart enough to understand all the numbers.”

In a statement, Paul Shashy, Mr. Tuberville’s campaign manager, largely deflected questions about Mr. Tuberville’s financial dealings. “Doug Jones, Chuck Schumer, and other liberal, Swamp Democrats are spreading lies in an attempt to smear Coach Tuberville’s career,

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Winless New York Jets Host the Struggling Arizona Cardinals

Winless New York Jets Host the Struggling Arizona Cardinals

Now that the New York Jets know that Sunday’s Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals is still on, the matchup still represents an uphill climb back to respectability.

The Cardinals delayed their trip to the east coast for the game when they heard the report that a Jets player had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. That turned out to be a false positive, and the Cardinals boarded their flight, albeit later than originally planned.

“As now, it’s business as usual,” coach Kliff Kingsbury told Arizona media Friday after practice. “We’re heading out today and getting ready to play on Sunday until told otherwise.”

The Cardinals come into the game looking to snap a two-game losing streak. They started the season with two impressive victories, and the proverbial thought was that they were turning the corner in their own rebuilding process. 

“Whatever happens, happens,” Cardinals tackle D.J. Humphries told Arizona reporters Friday. “We still have to play a game, so we’re preparing for the game to go on Sunday. If it changes, it changes. But if not, we’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”

The Cardinals echo the Jets in the last few weeks in their players’ own criticism of practices. After the Jets lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, Bradley McDougald and Avery Williamson criticized the Jets practice techniques, although they both said they were focused on the intensity of their teammates.

Arizona had similar complaints after they lost their last two games to the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.

“Some of it has to do with focus throughout the week during practice,” tight end Dan Arnold said this week. “I think all of us know it, it’s been addressed. I think if we have a little bit more focus during the week in practice, really dive

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New York ‘At Risk’ Of Coronavirus Outbreak, Analysis Finds

New York ‘At Risk’ Of Coronavirus Outbreak, Analysis Finds

NEW YORK, NY — A little over three months ago, New York was one of just three states that was on track to contain the coronavirus, according to the nonprofit Covid Act Now, which tracks local-level coronavirus data. It was a remarkable turnaround for the state, which quickly became the world’s COVID-19 epicenter in the spring and at one point saw over 800 coronavirus-related deaths a day.

And while the number of New Yorkers dying from the disease each day has dramatically fallen into the single digits, Covid Act Now has since revised its rosy outlook and warned that New York is at risk of an outbreak, much like the majority of the country.

New York’s outlook is now worse than Maine, Washington State, California, New Mexico, Hawaii, Maryland and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The outlook comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced drastic new rules for places seeing clusters of cases. In the hardest hit areas, non-essential businesses and schools would close, and houses of worship could have no more than 10 people inside.

The state identified clusters on south shore of Nassau County on Long Island, in Rockland and Orange counties in the Hudson Valley, and in parts of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.

The state has so-called “Red Zone” focus areas in four counties where the positivity rate over the past three weeks reached 6.4 percent. The rest of the state, meanwhile, held steady at 0.91 percent. Red zone focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state’s population but account for nearly a fifth of all positive cases in the state during that three-week period.

New York remains at the second-highest level of risk behind “active or imminent outbreak,” according to Covid Act Now.

New York Coronavirus Overview

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FCB Health New York Hires Grey, Razorfish Vet Laura Mizrahi as Executive Creative Director

FCB Health New York Hires Grey, Razorfish Vet Laura Mizrahi as Executive Creative Director

FCB Health New York hired Laura Mizrahi as executive creative director.

FCB Health New York managing director Kathleen Nanda announced the news of Mizrahi’s hire yesterday.

“I am very excited to have Laura on board as executive creative director,” Nanda said in a statement. “Her extensive experience in healthcare and distinguished creative leadership will make her a valuable asset to our team, and I am confident she will transition into her new role with ease.”

Mizrahi formerly led creative for the New York office of Razorfish Health as svp, executive creative director, where she led accounts across the immunology, neurology, anti-viral and rare disease sectors.

Mizrahi spent over a decade with Grey, rising to group creative director leading the agency’s healthcare accounts. While she has worked across a number of pharmaceutical brands, Mizrahi is best known for her work on Cialis, helping the brand rise from third to the top of its category. She began her career in consumer advertising as a copywriter at Saatchi & Saatchi and then associate creative director at DMB&B.

“To say I am thrilled and honored to be joining FCB Health New York is an understatement. The outstanding work and inspired leadership made me jump at the chance to join the FCB family,” Mizrahi said in a statement. “I am greatly looking forward to working with the incredible talent across the FCB Health Network to create game-changing work for the agency, our clients and, most importantly, the healthcare providers and patients whose lives we have the potential to impact.”


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