By Carol Tannenhauser
Monday, August 22, 2022
Rain, high 77 degrees.
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The New York Times ran a story about the quandry facing New Yorkers vacationing outside the city this August with the Democratic primaries inconveniently set for Tuesday, the 23rd. Should they come into the city to vote?
In some of the leafy villages of the Hamptons this past week, the results appeared to be mixed. Many voters said they planned to head back into the city for early voting or Primary Day.
As he lounged on a bench with an iced coffee in Southampton, one of them, John Lewin, said he’d gotten multiple phone calls from Mr. Nadler’s campaign reminding him to vote and had firm plans to return to his home on the Upper West Side on Primary Day.
“I like going physically — old school,” said Mr. Lewin, a lawyer.
He conceded the two incumbents were “probably not” that different, but Mr. Nadler had his vote. “It’s like me going to Zabar’s,” he said. “I know where everything is. That’s Jerry Nadler.”
A Vanity Fair piece focused on questions raised by the Maloney/Nadler/Patel race. When should the older generation hand the reins over to the next? And is there a statute of limitations on accomplishments?
Maloney and Nadler each have a long list of accomplishments—but many of the moments they highlight on the campaign trail, like Nadler voting against the Iraq war in 2002 and Maloney spearheading credit card reform in 2009 — are ancient history to voters under 35….the race is emblematic of the Democrats’ larger generational problem….The party’s head, President Joe Biden, is 79. Its congressional leadership is a gerontocracy: In the House, speaker Nancy Pelosi is 82; the majority leader, Steny Hoyer, is 83; and the majority whip, James Clyburn, is 82. On the Senate side, Schumer is a mere 71; his second in command, Dick Durbin, is 77. Eleven of the 12 House members over the age of 80 are Democrats.”
Finally, two non-political, purely good-news stories:
First, the Loeb Boathouse won’t be closing after all, according to the New York Post.
A mystery New York billionaire has swooped in at the eleventh hour with a $6 million offer to save the beloved Central Park Boathouse….Operator Dean Poll had said he had no choice but to close the Central Park restaurant on Oct. 17 due to skyrocketing costs. The billionaire then approached Poll with a deal to finance the renovation of the iconic property and keep it open under his current contract with the city.
Second, some exciting Rag news:
Longtime readers will remember our popular Pupper West Side column, which offered unique canine perspectives of life on the UWS. Well, we’re delighted to announce that Pupper is coming back! The column will return on a weekly basis starting Tuesday, September 6th. If you think your pup deserves a shot at neighborhood fame, we encourage you to reach out to Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for a future profile on West Side Rag.
Don’t forget to vote! You can find your polling place here. Election Day forecast: Afternoon thunderstorms, chance of rain 40%, high 84 degrees.