It’s week 26, so we’re halfway through this year’s weeknotes!

The first Presidential debate was this week. I knew how it was going to go down, so I avoided it. Unfortunately, my intuition was correct and Trump just spewed his lies. Predictably, the hand wringing started immediately. Although, I was a little taken aback by the about of attention the NY Times gave to Biden’s performance while spilling little ink over Trump’s unchecked bullshit eruption. Heather Cox Richardson has a great write-up, as usual.

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Photo of the team USA Sail GP F50 preparing to race in New York Harbor. Lower Manhattan's skyline is in the background.
Team USA prepares to race at Sail GP in New York City.

The big event this week was Sail GP. I was lucky to get a look behind the scenes before the races on Saturday. These boats and crews are very impressive.

In other news, it’s hazy, hot & humid this week. Usually, we try to keep the A/C off until at least July. However, I couldn’t take it anymore on Saturday and flipped the switch. Might have to adjust expectations in the future. Perhaps “we try to keep the A/C off until at least June” will be the reality going forward.

Also spotted a white squirrel in Prospect Park. Apparently people have been seeing these for years in the park, but it was a first for me.


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Comparison of three MTA style, smiley-face, PSA graphics through time: 2020 asks people to wear masks, 2022 indicates that masks are optional, while 2024 shows someone behind bars for wearing a mask.
Graphic source: @luckytran

While many are still reeling from Governor Hochul’s last minute halt of congestion pricing, she has another bright idea for NYC public transit: A mask ban. Also, let us not forget when she deployed the National Guard to check bags at subway entrances when the real action is on the trains and platforms. Her actions show that she disconnected from the facts on the ground when it comes to transit. She shouldn’t be dictating transit policy for the the city.


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Screenshot of a New York Times headline "Hocheul Halts Congestion Pricing in a Stunning 11th-Hour Shift" and photo of Gov. Kathy Hochul in front of an American flag.

Just two weeks ago, the governor told attendees at the Global Economic Summit in Ireland that implementing congestion pricing was critical to “making cities more livable.”

Grace Ashford – NY Times

So, Hochul is actively working to make our city less livable. Really well done, Governor. We were so close too. I fooled myself into thinking this might actually happen. Will we need to wait another 10 or 15 years for leadership that has the political backbone to pass this legislation?

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