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The first ever Mad Monday talk outside Copenhagen will feature prominent New York chefs

The first Mad Monday event in NYC will feature several prominent chefs for a discussion of 'What we talk about when we talk about being a chef.'

A community of chefs, cooks and farmers “with an appetite for knowledge,” known as Mad, will host a community discussion; for the first time ever outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, amongst prominent folks in food culture at the Drawing Center in New York City on Monday, March 10th.

The first Mad Monday event in New York will cover “What we talk about when we talk about being a chef,” and will feature panelists Mario Batali, Gabrielle Hamilton, Riad Nasr, Lee Hanson and Bill Buford. Food writer Peter Meehan will serve as the event’s moderator. The event's original line-up included Wylie Dufresne, but he will be unable to attend.

Mad was originally founded in 2011 in Copenhagen by René Redzepi of the acclaimed Noma and the Nordic Food Lab. Mad’s annual food industry symposium brings together chefs and culinary figures from around the world, for two days of talks that are posted online, for free.

In the same spirit of open access to all those who wish to participate in the exciting world of food, all Mad Monday talks are free and open to the public. Food for the March 10th discussion will be provided by Feel Food, and beverages by Sixpoint Brewert. Sadly, all tickets for the first New York City dialogue are sold out, but the ongoing series is well worth keeping on your radar. Full audio and coverage of the discussion will be posted in the following week.

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.


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Meatballs are pretty straightforward. People just buy the meat, squish it up with their hands, ball it up, toss it in a pan and they're good to go . right? Well, actually, wrong.

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Just in time for National Meatball Day, which is Saturday, March 9, step up your meatball game with five easy — but essential — tips for the making the best meatballs you've ever tasted.


This New York City Restaurant Will Let You Dine Like &lsquoMad Men&rsquo

Enjoy your own steak dinner big enough for two while you sip on Don Draper&rsquos favorite cocktail, an Old Fashioned.

Mad Men, AMC’s smoky and glossy series about the advertising world in the 1960s, may have ended nearly three years ago, but fans still haven’t stopped praising the world of Don Draper and his friends. For those who just aren’t ready to let go of the golden era (of advertising) but can’t wait until the Mad Men restaurant opening in 2019, a Chelsea restaurant is letting you dine like Don as part of its new winter weekly series Mad Men Nights. Beginning Thursday, February 1, diners who stop by The Red Cat at 227 10th Avenue in Manhattan will get treated like Draper, swanky steak dinner and a cocktail menu stacked with several character favorites included.

The Red Cat is launching a Mad Men event amid New York’s popular winter Restaurant Week (January 22-February 9)𠄺pproximately two and a half years after AMC-sponsored its very own Mad Men Restaurant Week. Running during the series’ final season in 2015, city restaurants like Morton’s and Delmonico’s offered customers a bevy of cocktails, as well as two-course prix-fixe menus based on popular meals from the 1960s.

A somewhat toned-down but still tasty version of that citywide event, The Red Cat is inviting fans and customers into its intimate but roomy, dimly lit space where they can once again 𠇍ine like it’s 1969” by enjoying a classic “steak dinner,” which was popularized along with the seafood dinner during the 1960s. For $62 you’ll get a steak big enough for two, along with a generous helping of creamed spinach and crispy potatoes. You can top that off with a special 1960s and Man Men character-inspired cocktail or glass of wine.


New York City Schools Test Meatless Mondays

15 public schools in Brooklyn will begin offering all-vegetarian menus on Mondays next spring.

Chicken nuggets and sloppy joes may be school lunch staples, but research continues to show that too much meat consumption can be bad for both people’s health and the environment, so the city of New York has decided to take a typically progressive approach by introducing “Meatless Mondays” at 15 of the city’s public schools.

New York City isn’t alone in adopting the idea of a meat-free start to the week. The concept comes courtesy of The Monday Campaigns𠅊 group associated with The Lerner Centers for Public Health Promotion at Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities—that works to reduce the health risks and environmental impact of meat consumption. The campaign specifically targets Mondays because research “shows Monday as the day people are most primed to start and sustain a healthy new behavior.” Originally launched in 2003, Meatless Monday has also seen recent support in other places like Pittsburgh and Sacramento.

In New York, Meatless Mondays will initially launch as a pilot program in 15 public schools in Brooklyn, providing these schools “with healthy, all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday” beginning next spring, according to the mayor’s office. If this initial program proves successful, the city’s entire public school district could potentially be added in the future.

To help support the initiative, Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and their Gracie Mansion residence have all committed to going meatless on Mondays as well. 𠇌utting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger for generations to come,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. 𠇌hirlane and I are excited to participate in Meatless Mondays at home.”

Meanwhile, Sid Lerner, founder of The Monday Campaigns, was obviously excited to have the mayor of America’s largest city on board. "We&aposre thrilled that NYC schools will participate in Meatless Monday to introduce kids to delicious plant-based options that can create healthy eating habits for life,” he said.


Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Carranza, and Brooklyn Borough President Adams Announce Citywide Meatless Mondays

NEW YORK &mdash Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams today announced all New York City public schools will have &ldquoMeatless Mondays&rdquo beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The program, which was first piloted in 15 schools in Brooklyn in Spring 2018, will provide students with healthy, all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday.

&ldquoCutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,&rdquo said Mayor Bill de Blasio. &ldquoWe're expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.&rdquo

&ldquoMeatless Mondays are good for our students, communities, and the environment,&rdquo said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. &ldquoOur 1.1 million students are taking the next step towards healthier, more sustainable lives. Our students and educators are truly leaders in this movement, and I salute them!&rdquo

&ldquoI stood beside Mayor de Blasio and then-Chancellor Fariña in 2017 to announce that fifteen schools in Brooklyn were undertaking Meatless Mondays. In less than eighteen months, we can announce that Meatless Mondays has spread to more than one million children at every school across the city, putting us on the path to make our kids, communities, and planet healthier,&rdquo said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. &ldquoI am grateful to Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza, as well as our incredible parent and student advocates who have made this a reality. I could not be more energized by our progress and more ready to take on the work ahead.&rdquo

&ldquoReducing our appetite for meat is one of the single biggest ways individuals can reduce their environmental impact on our planet,&rdquo said Mark Chambers, Director of the NYC Mayor&rsquos Office of Sustainability. &ldquoMeatless Mondays will introduce hundreds of thousands of young New Yorkers to the idea that small changes in their diet can create larger changes for their health and the health of our planet.&rdquo

&ldquoMeatless Mondays gives our patients &ndash and now every Department of Education student &ndash the option of a healthier meal choice,&rdquo said Mitchell Katz, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. &ldquoI thank Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Carranza and Brooklyn Borough President Adams for championing this healthy choice and allowing our youth the opportunity to add plant-based meals to their diet.&rdquo

&ldquoCongratulations to Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Carranza, and Brooklyn Borough President Adams for the citywide implementation of Meatless Mondays in our public schools, which contributes to better food and health equity for our students,&rdquo said Director of Food Policy Barbara Turk. &ldquoMeatless Mondays is one of many positive steps the Department of Education is taking in their broader progress to provide healthy school food, which also includes their leadership in the administration-wide participation of the Good Food Purchasing Program.&rdquo

Meatless Mondays is a national movement focused on healthy, environmentally friendly meal options, and it was piloted in 15 Brooklyn schools last year in collaboration with Borough President Eric Adams, who has championed plant-based diets. This fall, the pilot was brought to schools across the City in in order to evaluate student feedback on a broader scale. Through evaluation of participation metrics&mdashwhich has remained stable&mdashand student feedback, the DOE has decided to officially bring Meatless Mondays citywide for 2019-20. The expansion will be cost-neutral, and the DOE&rsquos Office of Food and Nutrition Services will meet with students to get qualitative feedback before the menu for next fall is finalized.

Meatless Mondays builds on the City&rsquos efforts to provide free, healthy meals to all students. This initiative will be part of New York City&rsquos Free School Lunch for All, which launched in the 2017-18 school year and provides free, nutritious, healthy breakfast and lunch to all participating New York City schools. In the 2017-18 school year, more than 150 million breakfasts and lunches were served free of charge. Each summer, the DOE provides free breakfast and lunch to any New Yorker under 18 through the Summer Meals program. Since 2015, New York Thursdays have provided schools with locally sourced or produced food.

&ldquoFor those who scoff at this notion, I have some simple advice: look at the science. Look at the data. Look at the childhood obesity. Look at pre-diabetes diagnoses. Look at the fact that 65% of American kids age 12-14 shows signs of early cholesterol disease. Then, perhaps you will embrace the fact that we can't keep doing things the same way, including welcoming the idea of Meatless Mondays,&rdquo said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo.

&ldquoLearning to eat healthy food is one of the most important lessons our children can gain as part of their education and access to healthy food is an essential part of our preventative care,&rdquo said State Senator Alessandra Biaggi. &ldquoAs a vegetarian, I always appreciated having viable choices like this, for nutrition.&rdquo

&ldquoPlant-based diets are healthy and also good for the environment,&rdquo said Assembly Health Committee Chair and longtime pescatarian Richard N. Gottfried. &ldquoFrom child development to chronic disease management, diet and nutrition play a central role in health care. I commend Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza for their leadership on this issue.&rdquo

&ldquoI&rsquom excited that Meatless Mondays will officially launch at NYC public schools for the 2019-2020 school year. They&rsquoll help improve the health and wellness of our students and serve as an important way the city can address environmental sustainability,&rdquo said Council Member Brad Lander. &ldquoPS 130 has already received terrific feedback from its Meatless Mondays pilot program, and I look forward to similar results across the city. Thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio, DOE Chancellor Richard Carranza, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for advocating for Meatless Mondays for all our kids.

&ldquoWe are not taking climate change seriously unless we are talking about the astounding role animal agriculture and meat production plays in greenhouse gas emissions. Mitigating the effects of climate change means thinking outside the box and that means looking at the foods we purchase especially when it comes to what we feed our children in public schools. We&rsquove all gotta do our part to protect our planet,&rdquo said Council Member Justin Brannan. &ldquoExpanding Meatless Mondays will not only help raise awareness of reducing meat consumption but it will absolutely make a difference when it comes to the amount of carbon dioxide our city contributes to the atmosphere.&rdquo

New York City has also made strides in making cafeterias eco-friendly and sustainable, including compostable plates rather than polystyrene trays, and placing clearly labeled Recycling Stations in every cafeteria. Since the 2011-2012 school year, 761 schools now take part in the City&rsquos Organic Collection program. The DOE&rsquos Office of Sustainability supports these schools through training for students and staff on proper sorting of organic waste. Of the 761 schools, 108 are Zero Waste Schools, a partnership with the Department of Sanitation which seeks to divert all recyclable and compostable waste in five years, beginning in 2016. Since launch, 144 tons of organic compostable and recyclable waste have been diverted from landfills.

&ldquoThe Coalition for Healthy School Food has worked with the Office of Food and Nutrition Services getting plant-based main dish options on school menus since 2008, and together we introduced a vegetarian menu which is available to schools and has been adopted by four schools so far,&rdquo says Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the Coalition for Health School Food. &ldquoWe congratulate our partner - the Office of Food and Nutrition Services, the Brooklyn Borough President&rsquos Office, the Chancellor&rsquos Office, and the Mayor&rsquos Office for their forward thinking to offer meals that are healthier and also work to reduce climate change.&rdquo

"With obesity rates climbing to 1 in 5 kindergarten children in NYC, and oceans heating up 40 percent faster on average than a UN panel estimated five years ago, we are faced with a near catastrophic health and environmental crisis for future generations,&rdquo saysAndrea Strong, Founder of the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance. &ldquoBut the solution is simple&mdashif we move towards a plant-forward diet, we can fight the health crisis and reduce damage to our environment. It&rsquos noteworthy to point out that if New York City public schools swapped out a beef burger for a plant-based protein once a month, the city would emit 375,000 pounds less of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per year. I applaud the Mayor&rsquos Office, Chancellor Carranza, and BP Adams for pushing for Meatless Mondays in our schools. This promises to be just the beginning of a very significant shift in the way we feed our children.&rdquo

&ldquoMeatless Mondays are a healthy step forward for our next generation,&rdquo saysNeal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. &ldquoPlant-based meals protect students&rsquo health and teach compassion for the environment and those we share it with.&rdquo

&ldquoThe Humane Society of the United States applauds Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Education for introducing delicious plant-based meals to all public school students,&rdquo said Brian Shapiro, New York State Director for the HSUS. &ldquoMeatless Monday is popular across the country and has now become a significant part of the city&rsquos commitment to promoting healthy, sustainable foods for all students.&rdquo

"We are thrilled to see Meatless Monday expanded to every NYC school. All New York City students deserve healthy, equitable, sustainable, and culturally responsive food access and education. Making sure that all students have the same opportunities to enjoy delicious, healthy meals is a great step in that direction," saidPamela Koch, EdD, RD, Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University.

"A diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces your risk of obesity and a variety of diet-related diseases," saidCraig Willingham, Deputy Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. "Moreover, it can play a powerful role in the reduction of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Meatless Mondays is a great strategy for inspiring eaters to make healthier choices while reducing their environmental footprint."

"NYC students are ready to take action to fight climate change. Meatless Monday is giant step forward towards the 'Green New Meal,'" saidDebby Lee Cohen, Executive Director and Founder of Cafeteria Culture. "Moving away from industrial meat production to more plant based and locally grown food is a great way to reduce climate pollution and improve our health through what we eat. Healthy food equals healthy communities and healthy kids."

&ldquoOffering more plant-based options in NYC public schools is an investment in our children&rsquos health today and supports a future with a safer climate,&rdquo said NRDC Senior Attorney Margaret Brown. &ldquoMeat and other livestock products we eat are responsible for nearly 15 percent of global climate change emissions. The good news is, even small changes in our diets can have a big impact.&rdquo

"Meatless Mondays is a fundamentally sound, progressive and foundational building block designed to nourish and nurture our most precious resource on the planet - the children. HIPHOP IS GREEN stands proudly with Mayor De Blasio, Chancellor Carranza and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in full support of this life affirming and paradigm shifting initiative," saidFred (Doc) Beasley, Founder & Chapter Leader of NYC HIPHOP IS GREEN. "Introducing New York City&rsquos youth to the numerous benefits of plant based living creates a smorgasbord of positive side effects that directly impacts the health and wellness of all sentient beings as well as that of Mother Earth."

"I applaud the Mayor and Chancellor for expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools. This program will not only help children, animals, and the environment. It will also raise awareness about one of the most important and neglected issues of our time: the need to create a more healthful, ethical, and sustainable food system," saidJeff Sebo, Director of the NYU Animal Studies MA Program and co-author of Food, Animals, and the Environment.

&ldquoBy adopting Meatless Monday across the entire school system, New York City is showcasing how compassionate food choices can benefit people, animals, and the planet,&rdquo said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. &ldquoWe&rsquore thrilled to see New York join other cities across the country committed to building a healthier and more humane food system.&rdquo

"Wellness in the Schools has partnered with the NYC DOE Office of Food and Nutrition Services for 15 years to bring the alternative menu and more healthy and delicious meals to the school lunch line. We have seen many initiatives that put NYC at the forefront of school food reform, and the Meatless Monday initiative is yet another step that will not only improve the health of our NYC youth but will also set a healthy tone for our nation," said Nancy Easton, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Wellness in the Schools.

&ldquoThe announcement that Mayor de Blasio is expanding Meatless Monday to all New York City public schools marks a major milestone. Through this united effort, New York City&rsquos schools take a leadership role in getting our children on a healthier track, as well as making a positive impact on our environment,&rdquo saidSid Lerner, Founder, Meatless Monday Movement.

&ldquoMeatless Mondays is a phenomenally healthful way to start the week," saidDr. Robert Ostfeld, director of Preventive Cardiology at Montefiore Health System and associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Montefiore's cafeterias were pleased to start Meatless Mondays in 2016, and we applaud New York City for joining this pioneering initiative that will improve the health of over one million students!&rdquo

"Through Meatless Mondays, the students in New York are providing a leading example of how global action can be taken by individuals to switch to healthier and plant-based diets that can have beneficial impacts across countries and communities and for achieving climate goals. As we move towards a planet that needs to meet nutrition needs of 10 billion people by 2050, shifting to more conscious decisions about food choices that avoid meat is probably the single biggest way to reduce negative impacts on nature,&rdquo saidSatya Tripathi, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Head of UN Environment Programme New York Office.

&ldquoGood eating habits start at an early age and are a part of better, lifelong health &ndash in fact, this is the next front in preventive care,&rdquo saidDr. Ramon Tallaj, Chairman of the Board of SOMOS Community Care. "The Meatless Monday initiative is an opportunity to explore healthy alternatives for our school meals. Emphasizing whole foods including legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and reducing animal products, fried foods, refined grains, and added sugars has been proven to help improve and reverse chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and hypertension. SOMOS is committed to working with Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carranza to build healthier communities and schools, especially at a time that we are grappling with a citywide childhood obesity crisis.&rdquo

&ldquoAs a provider of nutrition and food science education through Beetbox, I am delighted to see the Meatless Monday&rsquos initiative in action. It&rsquos imperative that children understand, at an early stage, the importance of good nutrition and the connection of food to their overall health and even performance in school. It is my hope that this initiative will inspire more schools and act as a conduit for community engagement and life-long health and wellness for children,&rdquo said Shazia Choudri, CEO, Beetbox.


‘Meatless Mondays' Program Expands to NYC Public Schools

“Meatless Mondays” will expand to all New York City public schools, city officials announced Monday.

The program, which was first piloted in 15 schools in Brooklyn in spring 2018, will become a citywide initiative beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, at which point all schools will serve vegetarian menus on Mondays.

"Meatless Mondays" is a national initiative that focuses on healthy, environmentally friendly meal options. According to the city, this past fall, the pilot was brought to schools citywide in order to evaluate student feedback on a broader scale. The decision to implement "Meatless Mondays" across city schools came following an evaluation of participation metrics and student feedback.

City officials say the expansion will be cost-neutral, and the Department of Education’s Office of Food and Nutrition Services will meet with students to get qualitative feedback before the menu for fall is finalized.

“Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We're expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come.”

Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza shared similar sentiments.

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“Meatless Mondays are good for our students, communities, and the environment,” Carranza said in a statement. “Our 1.1 million students are taking the next step towards healthier, more sustainable lives.”

According to the city, "Meatless Mondays" builds on the city’s efforts to provide free, healthy meals to all students and will form part of the city’s Free School Lunch for All, which launched in the 2017-18 school year and provides free, nutritious, healthy breakfast and lunch to all participating public schools.

In the 2017-18 school year, more than 150 million breakfasts and lunches were served free of charge. Additionally, each summer, the DOE provides free breakfast and lunch to any New Yorker under 18 through the Summer Meals program, according to city officials.


New York City weekend bloodshed leaves 31 people shot, 6 killed: 'Welcome to the city of violence'

NYPD departures, retirements up 75 percent in 2020 as NYC sees 27 shootings over weekend

New York Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins says police officers are tired of working under failed leadership and being seen as the 'bad guy.'

New York City was marred by gun violence over the weekend, when 31 people were wounded in 28 shootings from Friday through Sunday, police said.

The dozens of victims were wounded from 12 a.m. Friday through end of day Sunday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said in an email to Fox News on Monday. It’s a stark difference from the same period last year, albeit at a time when the Big Apple streets were quiet amid pandemic concerns.

Fifteen people were struck by bullets in 14 shootings on Saturday alone, the NYPD said.

Meanwhile, from Thursday, April 23, 2020, to Saturday, April 25, 2020, five people were struck in four shootings citywide, police said Monday. There were six murders reported over the weekend, compared to the two reported year-over-year, police said.

The Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents more than 50,000 active and retired NYPD officers, reported that 50 New Yorkers were shot over the past week – a 257% spike from the same time last year.

As of Sunday, there had been 376 shootings with 416 victims so far this year – up 76.5% and 71.9%, respectively, compared to the same time in 2020, the NYPD said.

There have been nine more murders so far this year compared to last, police said.

In a series of tweets late Sunday, Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the union that represents active and retired NYPD sergeants, blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council for the rise in crime.

"Welcome to the city of violence," one of his tweets stated.

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She went to great lengths to plan her undercover stunt

Just 23, Bly was now one of a handful of female reporters in New York City. Determined to make her mark, she accepted an unusual — and dangerous — assignment. For years, rumors had swirled about conditions in one of the city’s most notorious places, the “insane asylum” on Blackwell’s Island. Now known as Roosevelt Island, Blackwell’s was home to a number of public institutions, including a penitentiary, a poorhouse, hospitals for infectious diseases like smallpox, and the asylum.

Bly’s editor suggested she have herself committed to the asylum for 10 days to expose the real conditions, and Bly immediately agreed. Working under an assumed name, she took a room in a boarding house and set out to prove herself insane. She wandered the halls and nearby streets, refused to sleep, ranted and yelled incoherently, and even practiced looking 𠇌razed” in her mirror.

Within days, the boarding house owners summoned the police. Bly now claimed to be a Cuban immigrant, suffering from amnesia. A perplexed judge sent Bly to Bellevue Hospital, where she got a taste of the suffering to come, as hospital inmates were forced to eat spoiled food and live in squalid conditions. When Bly was diagnosed with dementia and other psychological illnesses, she was sent by ferry to Blackwell’s Island, in the East River.


Rush hour traffic is back. Noise complaints are picking up. And it’s once again difficult to score a reservation at your favorite brunch spot.

When the pandemic emptied New York City’s streets last year, some declared it dead. But after a terrible, painful year, the city is now defying those declarations — and getting its mojo back.

More than half of adult New Yorkers have had at least one vaccine shot, and਌ovid-19 cases and hospitalizations are dropping sharply. Museums are back to 50% capacity, and movie theaters are at 33%. You can finally sit at the bar for a drink starting Monday, and subways will return to 24-hour service on May 17, Governorਊndrew Cuomo said. “Shakespeare in the Park” is coming back, albeit with an abridged schedule.

Parks and outdoor areas — safer places, of course, to congregate during an airborne pandemic — have been jammed. People are starting to take their masks off outside, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Central Park, Prospect Park and Washington Square Park have all surpassed their pre-pandemic crowd levels, according to Orbital Insight, a data company that tracks the movement of goods and people.

Even rents appear to be stabilizing, and tourists are booking their trips. Mayor਋ill de Blasio expects 80,000 city workers back in the office Mondayਊnd aims to have the city fully reopen by July 1.

“We see the comeback in full swing,” de Blasio said on Monday at a briefing. “It’s a great feeling.”

While thousands of New Yorkersਊre still suffering from the long-term health and economic effects of the pandemic, and offices are still mostly empty, in many little ways, things are returning to normal. That’s making people optimistic about the future of the city that took one of the hardest, and earliest, hits in the U.S. from the novel coronavirus.

More than 40% of all New Yorkers — and that includes children who aren’t eligible — have already gotten at least one shot, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker. After a few months when vaccination appointments were scarce and difficult to schedule, people can now just walk in to any city- or state-run site to get a shot.

fitting as hell that on my Fully Cooked Vax Night, when I set out for an impromptu celebratory dinner, I wander for an hour trying to find a table for two and every local place is full to bursting and hosts give me pitying looks but whom even cares cause new york is back baby .

— Rachel Holliday Smith (@rachelholliday) April 29, 2021

So far, it’s the fun stuff that’s coming back the fastest and strongest.

In recent months,਌hristina Hansen, 40, a New York City carriage driver, has picked up visitors fromꃊlifornia, Texas, Florida and North Carolina in a white-and-burgundy carriage pulled by herꀢ-year-old horse, King.

“There’s still less business than there was before,਋ut we are doing alright,” said Hansen, who has been a carriage driverਏor nine years. “New York is not dead. New York will never be dead.”

Tickets are nearly sold out for next week’s Frieze New York art fair, which will bring in collectors from around the country.

At neighborhood bar and restaurant Reservoir in Greenwich Village, locals will wait about 30 minutes on a weeknight to get a table. The bar and restaurant reopened in February after closing its doors for nearly a year.

“To have that place that you love come back, especially after being cooped up at the house all the time for a year straight, it has that warmth that made you love New York to begin with,” owner Joe Arongino said. 

Reservoir returned with some changes. Arongino renegotiated his rent, updated the cocktail and food menu, and raised prices. Before building his new outdoor patio space, he walked around the city to get inspiration.

His new outdoor patio, with TVs and heaters, is the biggest silver lining to come out of the pandemic, Arongino said. “It has a very European feel,” he said. “I hope they never take it away, because it brings a lot more to the city which we never had before.”

Weaning Ourselves Off Delivery

After surging last year, searches for takeout and delivery food options in New York City have slowed down

Data shows the year-over-year change in searches for takeout and delivery

Another crucial element to New York’s return will be tourism. The city expects domestic tourism to rebound by 2023 and total tourists to surpass the pre-pandemic level of 66.6 million visitors a year by 2024.

Devin Cooper, 25, of Los Angeles, booked his first-ever trip to New York as soon as his company’s guidelines allowed him to travel without quarantining. Fully vaccinated, he plans on arriving in mid May.

Even though he may not be able to enjoy some of the activities the city would traditionally offer — Broadway producers are hoping to open in September — there’s still plenty to see and do, Cooper said. He plans to go toꃎntral Park, shop on Fifth Avenue and see the Empire State Building — then play it by ear. “New York doesn’t seem dead at all,” he said. “I won’t be able to see a Broadway show this time, and I might eat outside at restaurants, but that’s a small price to pay for safety during a pandemic.”

Yet even as most of the arts, diningਊnd entertainment life that set New York apart from other cities have resumed, the future of work-culture and the fate of millions of square feet of office space remain uncertain. The subways are far from packed, though they will resume 24-hour service on May 17, NBC New York reported.ꃞ Blasio said that the return of city employees would be an “important indicator” to the private sector that it should follow suit.

Office workers will be crucial to New York City’s long-term comeback. Some are slowly making their way back to their desks. An analysis of 68 Manhattan office buildings spanning a range of sectors by Orbital Insight — which developed a way to gauge activity levels through satellites and cell phone data — showed that foot traffic by the end of March was at 34% of pre-pandemic activity.

Wall Street Remains Quiet

Cell-phone data analysis shows workers haven&apost returned in droves to the downtown headquarters of major banks

New York will allow offices to increase capacity to 75% on May 15, up from the 50% currently allowed. Unlike at restaurants and movie theaters, people aren’t begging to return. JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Tuesday said all workers would be expected back in by July, but only on a rotational basis.

Mohammad Naveed, 47, operates a਌offee cart positioned between Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s headquarters and the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. offices near Wall Street. The cart has held the permit on the corner of Murray Street and Greenwich Street for about 20 years. In other words, he can’t just move the cart somewhere else.

It used to be a prime location, and he𠆝 sell about 500 coffees a day. Now on a good day, he sells 30. “The place is empty,” Naveed said. “There’s no people at all.”

Once in a while, Naveed says, he will see some of his regular customers stop by for coffee when they happen to come into the office. Sometimes it’s every two weeks. Other times it’s once a month.

During the pandemic, storefront after storefront seemed to empty out, with retail shops closing. The sector is rebounding — faster than many others — but it’s still far behind where it once was. But between May and February, 67% of retail jobs have returned to New York state, according to the New York State comptroller’s office.

The retail figures include restaurants. With the pandemic raging in April 2020, restauranteur Keith McNally became hospitalized in London because of Covid-19. He permanently closed two of his restaurants, but re-opened Balthazar in late March.

“To me, and I believe for a number of New Yorkers, the re-opening of Balthazar symbolized the re-emergence of New York City,” McNally said in an email to Bloomberg.

Erin McDonnell had been a regular at Balthazar during the 10 years living in the city. It was her place of choice for special occasions and the perfect New York institution to bring out-of-town visitors. She booked a reservation as soon as she heard it was re-opening.

“There was a real fear that these kinds of places would disappear — and possibly forever,” McDonnell said after her lunch at Balthazar, getting teary eyed. “So when it’s brought back, of course it’s emotional.”

When she arrived for lunch, she took a seat in the wooden outdoor dining structure that takes up most of Spring Street in Soho.

“It feels normal again,” she said. She ordered the house-made pappardelle as she waited for a friend to arrive and then the pan roasted chicken breast — a second entree. “I thought you know what? We’re here, we’re celebrating, we’re going to eat, drink and be merry.”

McNally said he doesn’t਎xpect business to return to pre-pandemic levels until restaurants and bars are allowed to operate at 75% capacity — which will happen on Friday.

A look at the Manhattan rental market suggests the early stages of a recovery. The number of new active listings has declined, the number of monthly signed leases is rising, and prices appear to have bottomed out, according to data from UrbanDigs. There are still twice as many apartments available for rent in New York City compared with򠯯ore the pandemic, keeping prices low, data from StreetEasy shows.

Recovery Mode

Manhattan rental market data shows new active listings declining, monthly signed leases rising and prices bottoming out

“The rise in remote work has shifted the perspective of a lot of renters,” StreetEasy economist Nancy Wu said. “Instead of strictly searching for an apartment in Manhattan with a short commute to the office, they can afford to explore a ton of other neighborhoods in boroughs they may not have considered before because of the long subway rides.”

Renters can count onਏinding great deals for at least the next several months, Wu said.

Donovan Davis, 24, of Staten Island, had been waiting in line at the Supreme store on Bowery for about 15 minutes on Friday to check out the brand’s new spring collection and snag himself a backpack. Davis, a counselor at Wagner College, is newly vaccinated. Being cooped up at home for the past year, he says he hadn’t really felt the urge to go shopping. Until now.

“The weather is warming up,” Davis said. “I’m starting to finally get outside and do my shopping.”

New Yorkers used to take for granted how crowded the city was. Not anymore.ꃚvis says the subway isn’t as busy as it used to be. But otherwise, the city is alive and feels normal again, he says.

𠇎very time I go out, it’s mad how many people are there,” Davis said.


Houston's Pancake Princess puts popular internet recipes to the test

Erika Kwee put various Lofthouse cookie recipes to the test.

Erika Kwee is behind The Pancake Princess blog.

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Erika Kwee put various Levain cookie recipes to the test.

Erika Kwee put various gingerbread cookie recipes to the test.

Erika Kwee put various lemon poppy muffin recipes to the test.

In her single-oven duplex kitchen, it&rsquos not unusual for Erika Kwee to bake 12 different cookie recipes in a day.

Kwee is the blogger behind The Pancake Princess, where she posts the analytical results of bake-offs she conducts using a blind ranking system and the palates of real Houstonians &mdash her grateful friends and sweet-tooth acquaintances.

Earlier this year on her quest to find the recipe for the best lemon poppy seed muffins, for example, Kwee pitted against one another nine recipes, including those published by the New York Times, in the Bouchon Bakery cookbook and on the food blogs Hummingbird High and Yammie&rsquos Noshery.

To avoid variables, Kwee baked all nine versions on the same day, using consistent ingredients where possible, and had 35 tasters pick up samples to simultaneously rank treats online using a 1-to-10 scale on flavor, texture and overall appeal.

As evidenced in a detailed bar graph on her blog, the Yammie&rsquos Noshery recipe, which Kwee summarized as &ldquoa tender, close-crumbed muffin with a delightfully lemony flavor,&rdquo was victorious.

Kwee&rsquos experiment &mdash using data to determine whether one popular recipe can stand out as the ultimate crowd-pleaser &mdash began in 2017 when Kwee, a Rice University MBA and project manager at Hewlett Packard, began spending more of her evening hours baking.

&ldquoI would always look at Pinterest, and I&rsquod have a million recipes pinned,&rdquo she says. &ldquoI was constantly Googling &lsquobest chocolate chip cookie&rsquo or &lsquobest banana bread,&rsquo&rdquo and she would have trouble remembering which recipes she had already tried.

With an endless amount of beautiful imagery and recipe content available online, home cooks like her can become overwhelmed, Kwee says. So she set out to find a systematic way &ldquoto sort through some of the noise and help you make an easier, faster decision on what to make.&rdquo

Kwee, 30, has challenged commonly available recipes for banana bread, Parker House rolls, coffee cake, pecan pie, gingerbread cookies, classic yellow cake, snickerdoodles, scones and waffles &mdash amassing 43,000 followers on Instagram along with the way.

Often, the widely followed bloggers whose recipes she uses share the bake-off results, and Kwee&rsquos Instagram brushes with fame extend beyond foodies.

She recounts with shock the time a follower tipped her off that actress and musician Zooey Deschanel was following The Pancake Princess. &ldquoShe liked one of my posts, and I just died,&rdquo Kwee said.

It was Kwee&rsquos own audience that nominated her for Saveur&rsquos 2019 Blog Awards, ultimately voting her Readers&rsquo Choice in the Baking & Sweets category.

At the awards ceremony in Cincinnati, Kwee got to meet recipe-world titans including David Lebovitz and Deb Perelman, the blogger behind Smitten Kitchen.

&ldquoIt was just a dream come true to have been reading their blogs for years,&rdquo Kwee said. Talking to Perelman &ldquowas unreal because I&rsquom such a fan, and she was so nice in real life.&rdquo

Perelman says before she met Kwee at the event, she was familiar with The Pancake Princess bake-offs. &ldquoI loved what she was doing,&rdquo Perelman said. &ldquoI love that her only agenda is finding the best recipes.&rdquo

Smitten Kitchen once won a bake-off on The Pancake Princess for best zucchini bread, but, Perelman said, &ldquoI happily share her results whether I &lsquowin&rsquo or &lsquolose&rsquo because it&rsquos objectively useful to people who cook at home, and I often refer to her past bake-off favorites when a reader needs a recipe for something I don&rsquot have, or wants it made in a way I haven&rsquot.&rdquo

Over time, Kwee has become efficient through trial and error, sharing honestly with her audience if she flubs up a recipe and detailing contest methodology such as whether pans were lined, the brand of flour used and which recipes called for the batter to rest overnight.

Having once given her samplers &ldquotaster fatigue&rdquo when she tested 16 biscuit recipes &mdash &ldquoPeople just couldn&rsquot tell the difference after a certain point&rdquo &mdash she now limits contests to a max of 12 recipes.

To prepare for bake-offs, Kwee compiles a master ingredient list for a single grocery-store run, crowdsourcing muffin tins or pie pans when she doesn&rsquot have enough.

She assembles dry ingredients in advance and works off a baking schedule based on the recipes&rsquo heat requirements, sometimes borrowing her landlord&rsquos oven.

From her followers, Kwee&rsquos favorite messages are the ones from data scientists with a penchant for baking, who comb her experiments and tell her the analysis is sound.

&ldquoI&rsquom not a data whiz, so I&rsquom always flattered when people who do data as their job find my content valuable,&rdquo she said.

Wearing an apron gifted to her by chef-founded brand Hedley & Bennett, Kwee posts slick, professional videos of her process on her new YouTube channel. Recently, she showed the dense, chunky results of her bake-off using copycat recipes of Levain&rsquos dark-chocolate peanut cookies against treats she had shipped from the restaurant.

She&rsquod like to one day expand her taste-bud pool by conducting a bake-off that allows the public to sound off &mdash a larger version of the tastings she hosted at her home pre-pandemic, when 40 or so tasters would spread throughout the rooms, crowding on the floor and enthusiastically comparing notes.

For now, Kwee&rsquos pleasing Instagram posts of 12 iced-and-sprinkled cookies lined up on a pan with her neat, hand-written labels is her way of making the recipe-selecting process more streamlined. In her own way, Kwee is making more approachable the prowess of experts such as Smitten Kitchen.

&ldquoI think social media absolutely inspires us to cook more,&rdquo Perelman says. &ldquoHow many times have you been indecisive about what you wanted to cook or eat, or thought you didn&rsquot want to and an image flashed across your screen that made you say, &lsquoThat. I want that.&rsquo Me, all of the time. When it&rsquos from someone who has earned your trust, you&rsquore far more likely to take the risk of trying a new recipe, knowing that it&rsquos unlikely to flop (or) waste your time.&rdquo


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