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New York Today: New York Today: A Need for More Statues of Women

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New York Today: A Need for More Statues of Women

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The pioneering doctor S. Josephine Baker.CreditFPG/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Good morning on this sweet-but-sweaty Thursday.

This spring the City of New York took down a statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century gynecologist who had performed experimental surgeries on slave women, from its prominent place on Fifth Avenue.

When it came down, many New Yorkers — and Times readers, in particular — argued that it ought to be replaced with a statue of an important woman, arguably a key figure in the sciences given that the Sims statue had stood for so long across the street from the New York Academy of Medicine.

The issue seemed to highlight how little public art in the city is devoted to women.

Last year many celebrated the arrival of “Fearless Girl,” the statue of a ponytailed child facing off against the legendary bronze bull mounted as a testament to Wall Street resilience, because, really, what else was there? But “Fearless Girl” was put up by an investment house to promote its own diversity initiative.

It embodied the problem itself rather than any solution.

We need statues of real women, like S. Josephine Baker, the pioneering physician and public health official who was hugely influential in reducing infant mortality rates in low-income immigrant communities at the beginning of the 20th century.

The city recently reached the same conclusion, announcing that it will erect a series of monuments to women who have been important in the city’s history.

Who should they be? We are asking for your suggestions, for the women you feel have played a major part in making New York such a vital intellectual, cultural and political center.

Tell us by filling out the form below. We will feature some of the best ideas in a future column.

Here’s what else is happening:

Weather

Morning clouds will make way for afternoon sunshine, with a high around 89.

Friday’s looking iffy, but the weekend, lovely.

Wave goodbye to the heat wave.

In the News

A woman scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July, forcing the landmark to be shut down. She made the climb after protesting on Wednesday with a group who displayed a banner calling for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be abolished. [New York Times]

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The island was cleared of an estimated 4,500 tourists, and the State of Liberty climber was taken into custody several hours later.CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images

In an untold chapter of the AIDS epidemic, possibly thousands of unclaimed bodies were buried in a remote area of Hart Island. [New York Times]

A total of 346 records have been sealed thanks to a recent New York State law allowing people convicted of certain crimes to have their records removed from public view. [New York Times]

Some Asian-American leaders say the city has overlooked their community too often. The last straw was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to change the way students are admitted to the city’s elite high schools, where Asian-Americans dominate. [New York Times]

The police have released a photograph of a bag for “tropical crackers” from a bakery that was found at the scene of the July 3, 2016, explosion in Central Park, which left an 18-year-old with an amputated leg. [New York Times]

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Connor Golden, who was 18 when he was injured by an explosion in Central Park, had his leg amputated below the knee and now uses a prosthesis.CreditAndres Kudacki/Associated Press

Jump Bikes, a company recently acquired by Uber, is beginning a pilot program of dockless, electric bikes that reach speeds of 20 miles per hour. The program is running in parts of the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. [New York Times]

The police have arrested two more men and charged them in the vicious Bronx killing of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz. [New York Times]

Plane trouble left Senator Chuck Schumer unable to attend what was to be his first town hall event of 2018. He phoned in and got an earful of anger. [New York Times]

The actress Cynthia Nixon, a candidate for New York governor, is running as an education activist and a parent of public-school students. [New York Times]

Flatbush is now officially “Little Haiti.” The City Council passed the Little Haiti Cultural and Business resolution, after some resistance, last week. [Bklyner]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Lights of the George Washington Bridge

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn lead an evening of music and swing dancing, part of the Live at the Archway series under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. 6 p.m. [Free]

Midsummer Night Swing presents “Tanghetto,” an evening of new-wave electrotango dancing, in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. 6 p.m. [Prices vary; tickets here]

Piper Theatre performs “Wendy Darling & Peter Pan” outdoors at Old Stone House & Washington Park in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. [Free]

Outdoor evening yoga: Bryant Park in Midtown; Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights; Randalls Island Park in Manhattan; Hunter’s Point South Park in Queens; and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Times vary. [Free]

Outdoor movie night: “Splash” in the West Village; “The Birds” in Gramercy; “Bedtime Stories” in Kips Bay; “Jumanji” in Queens and Staten Island; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in the Bronx. Times vary. [Free]

New York Liberty at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m.

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until August 15.

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

And Finally…

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The exhibition is open through the end of October.

Look out for Stanley Kubrick around the city.

The Bronx-born director of films including “Dr. Strangelove,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange” died in 1999, but his photography is on display at thousands of city street corners as part of a project called “Summer in the City.”

The Museum of the City of New York has resurfaced some of Kubrick’s work from its archives to highlight across the boroughs on LinkNYC kiosks.

You can learn more about the images you see by visiting the museum’s exhibition, “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs.” It explores his work during his formative years in the city, when he was a New York-based photographer for Look magazine.

[Read our article on the exhibition.]

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