Today is Tuesday. We’ll look at the relationship between Eric Adams, the Democratic mayoral candidate in New York City, and one of his predecessors. We’ll also look at anyone who has five reasons to hope that today’s weather forecast is wrong.
Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor, has an inner circle — five key allies — and a group of more than 20 advisers, from Mayor Bill de Blasio to former police commissioner William Bratton to civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton. .
But as my colleagues Dana Rubinstein and Jeffrey Mays have written, Adams has recently turned to one person in particular: Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor.
Praising Bloomberg’s “pragmatic approach,” Adams said during the primary, “The best New York City mayor in my lifetime is the combination of Mayor David Dinkins and Michael Bloomberg.”
Adams’ deep ties with Bloomberg have reinforced the notion that Adams himself perpetuated during the primary campaign: that he is a pragmatic, centrist Democrat eager to make New York safe, prosperous, and functional.
But turning to past mayors for guidance isn’t the norm in New York. “It is unusual and rare for a mayor to rely too heavily on a recent predecessor for advice and counseling,” said Chris McNickle, who has written books about Bloomberg and Mayor David Dinkins. “It makes all the sense in the world, and you’d think it would be hard to do that for someone to come into office, but most mayors distance themselves from their predecessors.”
Since World War II, one mayor – Robert Wagner, who served from 1954 to 1965 – has needed little advice, said Richard Lieberman, a history professor and director. La Guardia and Wagner Archives Feather LaGuardia Community College. “He was the son of the most important United States senator in New York history up to that point,” Lieberman said. “Wagner didn’t need a group to tell him how to make him mayor of New York.”
Wagner’s aides did not make the road easy for Mayor John Lindsay, who was his successor. “When we came in,” said Sid Davidoff, a special assistant to Lindsay who became a prominent attorney and lobbyist, “there was no communication, and we didn’t want much.”
It’s different from Adams’ approach: He wants to assemble a group that looks like a kitchen cabinet.
“He was trying to pick my brain and think outside the box,” said Phil Thompson, the current deputy mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, who also worked at City Hall when Dinkins was mayor. “He’s trying to figure out how a mayor can do something to make a difference in low-income communities of color.”
Evan Thijs, a spokesman for Adams, said candidate and campaign officials have spoken to de Blasio administration officials as well as officials who work for Bloomberg. “That’s just what you do, check with the people who’ve been there,” he said.
But not all mayors have. McNickel said he had asked former Mayor Edward Koch “whether he sought advice from time to time” from former Mayor Wagner, the three-term mayor whose son – known as Bobby – was deputy mayor under Koch.
The coach “smiled and said it would be a good thing to say, but it was not true,” McNichel recalled. “When I asked Bobby, he said that the ego that allows someone to be mayor isn’t something that thinks someone else has all the answers.”
Heads up, or perhaps more accurately, umbrellas up – there’s a chance of rain and thunder in the afternoon and night, with temperatures in the mid-70s during the day. They’ll be in their mid-50s tonight.
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Five pianos in Central Park and rain in the forecast
This morning Joel Bernache will play the tunes of five Steinway grand pianos. Then he would hop, as do piano tuners.
He’ll hope the midday sun doesn’t make them out of tune once they’re over. (The steel wire in the treble may be too hot to touch.)
Even more, he would hope that the prediction of “probable” showers or thunderstorms in the evening is wrong. High humidity can make the felt and leather in a piano balky. It can also ruin the pitch of the notes as it expands the wood, changing the shape of the soundboard making the notes sharper.
Five Steinway is bound for a 7 p.m. concert by 5 Brown, piano-playing siblings at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Number five runs through the program: Beethoven’s symphony number 5 is one of the pieces they will perform.
Bernache isn’t the only weather watcher. So are the Browns: the concert is to be done on WQXR-FM. If it rains before curtain time, they—along with radio audiences, but not concert-goers in the park—can go to one of the few other locations in the city, including the Steinway Factory in Queens, five pianos can be. But light rain or drizzle? The show can go on, because the piano (and the five Browns) will be under the bandshell’s arch – The only neoclassical structure in the park, which has largely Victorian architecture.
“For an outdoorsy thing like this, you’re chasing your tail all day long,” Bernache said. “If in the morning all five pianos are on stage and when I’m there, everything is fine. Then 5 Browns come in later to start rehearsals, and by then it’s 74 degrees. As the temperature rises Well, the piano strings get looser. It’ll lower the pitch on the piano. And then later the sun comes out, and it’s noon, so it’s really strong sunlight. That’s really the biggest obstacle, thermal radiation “
Tuning five pianos “is a bit difficult logically,” he said. It can also be difficult to perform outside.
Gregory Brown, the eldest of the two brothers in the group, recalled the premiere of a piece by Nico Muhly – a musician who collaborated with all Björk to St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. piece was called “edge of the world.”
Brown said a bug landed on the edge of the keys and stayed there until he had to strike that note.
Then it flew in his face.
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My wife and I went to a restaurant on Broadway on the Upper West Side. It was a beautiful late summer night, and we took a table across the street.
A bright-eyed young waitress came up to us and asked if we’d like to start off with a drink.
My wife ordered a tequila.
The waitress smiled and noted it on the device she was holding in her hand.
I ordered a screwdriver.
The waitress looked at me blankly.
There was noise on Broadway, so I repeated my request: “A screwdriver, please.”
The waitress nodded.
“Well,” she said, “but can you tell me what you need it for?”
– Ari L Goldman
Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read more Metropolitan Diary here.
Glad we could be here together. see you tomorrow. – jb
ps today is mini crossword And spelling Bee. You can find all our puzzles here.
Melissa Guerrero, Jeffrey Ferticella, Rick Martinez and Olivia Parker contributed to New York TODAY. you can reach the team [email protected].
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