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New York City has had 109 mayors. Up to now, none has been a girl.

That glass ceiling may finally shatter in this year’s election. There are three strong female candidates for the Democratic nomination and have implied that the testosterone-fueled political culture that’s the backdrop for the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo makes a powerful case for electing the citys first female mayor.

“New York’s governor is reminding us it is time to see more women in positions of power,” Kathryn Garcia, the city ’s former sanitation commissioner, said at a recent fund-raiser for her mayoral campaign. “In 2021, there’s absolutely no ideal man for the job of mayor. ”

[The women running for mayor have sharply criticized the governor. ]

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Two other women are running in the Democratic primary for mayor along with Ms. Garcia. (Another, Sara Tirschwell, is running in the Republican primary.)

The two Democrats are Maya Wiley, former adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio and former chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board; and Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive.

Ms. Wiley, the most powerful female candidate in the polls and fund-raising, has highlighted a strategy to create 100,000 jobs. Ms. Morales needs to cut $3 billion in the police budget. Ms. Garcia is focusing on improving basic services and quality of life in town.

All three have shared their stories of sexual harassment and sexism and contended they would offer a more inclusive style of leadership. People who have worked in Mr. Cuomo’s office have explained it as toxic , particularly for young ladies.

All three candidates have taken a hard line against the governor: Ms. Morales called for his impeachment, while Ms. Garcia and Ms. Wiley called on him to resign.

Overt sexism, machine politics and the challenges of raising considerable amounts of money are merely some of the barriers that prevent women from running for office in New York, political experts said.

Those issues and others bedeviled the candidacies of two women who ran unsuccessfully for mayor relatively recently, Ruth W. Messinger and Christine Quinn.

Machine politics is a system that was built by and for men, Ms. Morales told my colleague Emma G. Fitzsimmons, the City Hall bureau chief.

If Mr. Cuomo leaves office, New York State will break another glass ceiling: Kathy Hochul, his lieutenant governor, would become the first woman to lead the state.



This past year, for the first summer since 1962, no players graced the stage at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.

But on Tuesday my colleague Michael Paulson reported the Public Theater announced that it expected to resume Shakespeare in the Park, the free performances of the bard’s works that have become a beloved city tradition.

This year, the theater is planning just 1 Shakespeare in the Park production, Merry Wives, a 12-actor, intermission-free version of The Merry Wives of Windsor. ” It would have an eight-week run starting in July rather than the usual two-play season beginning in May.

According to the plans, the series, which is being adapted by Jocelyn Bioh and will be led by Saheem Ali, will be set in Harlem and envision Falstaff as an African-American wanting to romance two wed immigrants in West Africa.

“We’re really centering BIPOC stories, but we’re also bringing Black joy to the front,” Mr. Ali told me in a meeting, with the acronym for Black, Indigenous and people of color .

Things will be different this summer due to the pandemic, but exactly how remains to be seen. Audiences will be smaller — Mr. Ali stated that under current state rules, about 450 spectators would be permitted to attend each performance in the outdoor Delacorte, rather than the usual 1,800 or so.

The actors face different challenges, Mr. Ali said, and the Public will need to follow Actors’ Equity Association safety guidelines so as to stage the show.

Does that mean the actors will have to be vaccinated? Kept in a N.B.A.-style bubble? Forced to soliloquize through masks?

Mr. Ali stated that it was too soon to say for sure, but that he believed incorporating the safety regulations into the play could make the show feel more immediate.

Im looking at these constraints, and looking at them as opportunities rather than obstacles, Mr. Ali said.

It’s Thursday — take the stage.


Dear Diary:

Nothing could prepare a timid young woman from a tiny Southern town to get a move to Manhattan, but I knew two things: that I’d be a full-time student at New York University and that I had to get a job to pay my part of the rent.

On my first day of job-hunting, I put on my ivory-colored linen suit and took the subway from West 86th Street to Times Square.

About halfway there, the woman who was sitting beside me in a thick accent that I had a place on the back of my skirt.

You mustve sat in something, she said. “It looks horrible. ”

Stellar first day out, I thought.

When I got off the train, I was thinking desperately about what to do once I heard the woman yelling.

Maybe just turn it around, she cried.

My first stop was a dry cleaner. Sure, the man there said, expressionless, once I asked if he could help: Leave the skirt and pick it up tomorrow.

No, thank you, I stammered before hurrying out the door.

Deciding to take my subway mate’s guidance, I turned the skirt round so that the spot was squarely over the middle of my lap. What choice did I have? I had 20 minutes to spare and four blocks to go to get to my interview.

I was able to obscure the spot with my large bag for the rest of the day. In the end, it was a conversation starter, and I left my interview with a job offer and a small insight that would come in handy for my many experiences in the city.

— Victoria James


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