Good morning on this soppy Thursday.
A friendly reminder: Friday is the last day to register to vote in the November general election.
If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry — we’ll walk you through the process right now. Here in New York, it can take as little as five minutes.
Wait, I’m registering for which races again?
The general election on Nov. 6, where you’ll be voting for nearly all of New York’s officials including governor, attorney general, comptroller, lieutenant governor and candidates for the State Senate and Assembly. You’ll also be asked to vote for one United States Senate candidate and a candidate for the House of Representatives. Here’s a look at your ballot.
I think I’m already registered.
You can double-check here.
Oops, I’m not. So how do I do it?
You have a few options.
Online. Go to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ page and fill in your information. You’ll need your New York State driver’s license, permit or ID card. Also, your ZIP code and Social Security number. Fill in the form and click “I agree” and submit.
In person. You can register in person at a bunch of places like the D.M.V., CUNY campuses and other New York State agency offices. The board of elections has an office in each borough. You’ll need your ID.
Absentee. If you’re planning a trip out of town, you’ll need to postmark the absentee ballot application before Oct. 30. You can also request an absentee ballot if you have an illness, a disability or for other reasons.
I’ve moved recently. How do I update my address?
Just register again. (Your new registration will trigger a cancellation of the old one.)
O.K., I’m registered. So I’m good to go, right?
Yes! But a heads up: Some New Yorkers have experienced problems voting in the past. If you show up to vote and something’s wrong, you can call the Election Protection coalition at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).
I love reading your column about New York, but I live outside the state. Can you help me register, too?
Of course. In New Jersey, the deadline to register to vote is next Tuesday, Oct. 16. (Sorry, New Jerseyans, you must register by mail or in person.) In Connecticut, the deadline is Oct. 30, and you can register to vote online here. Live somewhere else? You can look up your state’s registrations rules here.
Here’s what else is happening:
We’re expecting up to three-quarters of an inch of rain today, so don’t leave home without your umbrella.
It will really start coming down after 9 a.m., when thunderstorms are predicted to roll in.
Dry outdoor spaces will feel pretty cozy: The high is 78.
In the News
• The authorities arrested the operator of the limousine company involved in the crash that killed 20 people. Nauman Hussain was charged with criminally negligent homicide. [New York Times]
• A nanny’s knife attack on three babies and two adults at a Queens maternity center last month shined a light on the underground world of “birth tourism.” [New York Times]
• A state appeals court overturned the verdict of a Hasidic man who was convicted of assaulting a black student in Brooklyn. [New York Times]
• Michael Bloomberg, gearing up for a possible 2020 presidential run, announced his return to the Democratic Party. [New York Times]
• Nate McMurray’s campaign for Congress picked up steam after his opponent, Representative Chris Collins, was indicted. [New York Times]
• Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will add a third gender category on birth certificates. [AM New York]
• The independent bookstore McNally Jackson will close its Prince Street location next year, but fear not: The owners plan to move to another spot in the neighborhood. [Bowery Boogie]
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• Get in the Halloween spirit. The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival screens films at various times and locations around Brooklyn. Through Oct. 18. [$ 16]
• Mark Bittman, a former food columnist for The Times, discusses food and labor during his lecture series at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 6 p.m. [Free]
• An exhibition of the former White House photographer Pete Souza, “Throw Shade, Then Vote,” at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. 6 to 8 p.m. [Free]
• A performance of “Duke Oldrich and Washerwoman Bozena, the True Story,” by the Czechoslovak American Marionette Theater at Jan Hus Church on the Upper East Side. 7 p.m. Through Oct. 26. [$ 10]
Jury duty is something I’ve avoided like the plague ever since I became an adult. As a full-time medical student, I postponed serving the last three times I was called.
Last week, though, I got the summons of all summonses: “previously postponed — must serve.” I knew I could no longer shirk my civic duty.
It was a beautiful August day when I went to the courthouse, and I couldn’t think of a worse way to spend it.
How wrong I was.
At noon, as we jurors were getting restless — huddling around the few electrical outlets, discarding our cups of melted iced coffee — the clerk spoke.
“Ladies and gents,” she announced, “we have a unique treat.” She motioned toward an excited-looking man. He was a prospective juror who, for some reason, had come to court with a guitar.
He took a seat. He couldn’t believe this gig, he said.
“There’s at least one person who will be annoyed by this,” he said. Several people appeared to turn up the music coming through their headphones. “I’ll buy you a coffee after.”
He began with the ultimate crowd-pleaser, “What a Wonderful World,” crooning the lyrics over the clerk’s loudspeaker.
It was hard not to smile. People looked up from their phones and closed their books.
“How about one from ‘The Music Man?’,” he asked.
He ended with Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” changed the lyrics to “It’s 9 o’clock at jury duty/waiting for something exciting to happen.” When he was done, he said it was the craziest gig of his life.
I left the courthouse loving jury duty. When I return in 2024, my expectations will certainly be set high.
— Emily Auran
It’s nearly harvest time, which in New York means an abundance of food-centric festivals are serving up feasts around town.
Here’s a selection through this weekend.
New York City Wine and Food Festival at Piers 92 and 94 in Midtown West. This giant celebration of food, wine and celebrity chefs kicks off today with a focus on female chefs including Giada De Laurentiis and Rachael Ray. More than 80 events will be held at various times through Sunday. [Prices vary]
The Museum of Pizza at the William Vale in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This immersive art exhibition (read: Instagram-friendly) celebrates pizza with pizza-inspired rooms, music, art and a cheese cave. Opens on Saturday, through Oct. 28. [$ 35]
Hester Street Fair CBD Festival on the Lower East Side. More like a spice than a food, the inspiration for this festival is CBD or cannabidiol (a cannabis compound that won’t get you high). On offer: CBD candies, oil and ice cream. Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. [Free]
New York Coffee Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Midtown. Coffee demonstrations and workshops, latte art, and as much coffee as you can drink. Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through Sunday. [$ 40]
Pickle Day at Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. Carnival games, music and vendors selling briny treats like cukes on a stick and pickle ice cream. Bring your homemade pickles and have them evaluated by a panel of judges. Noon to 5 p.m. [Free]
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