2019年11月19日 星期二

N.Y. Today: New Yorkers Shape Trump Inquiry

What you need to know for Tuesday.

How New Yorkers Are Shaping the Trump Impeachment Inquiry

It’s Tuesday.

Weather: Early rain should give way to sunny skies by around 9 a.m. Rainbows, anyone? The high may be near 50 by the evening rush.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving).


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The impeachment inquiry into President Trump, a lifelong New Yorker until recently, has featured several New Yorkers.

Here’s how some of them have shaped the events that have unfolded so far.

Representative Elise M. Stefanik, upstate: Before last week, this third-term Republican from upstate was best known for being the youngest person elected to Congress. (That title now goes to her Democratic counterpart Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez).


Now, Ms. Stefanik is earning fame for something else. She accused the Democrat leading the inquiry, Representative Adam Schiff of California, of trying to silence her and other members of her party “simply because we are Republicans.”

As a result of Ms. Stefanik’s performance during last week’s hearings, President Trump called her “a new Republican star” on Twitter. She embraced the comment and criticized the “Radical Left” for “their sick attacks on me.”

Ms. Stefanik’s newfound celebrity has earned her hundreds of thousands of new followers on Twitter.

But Ms. Stefanik’s opponent in the 2020 race also saw a flood of support. After Friday’s hearing, the challenger, Tedra Cobb, a Democrat, announced she had raised $1 million for her campaign.


Ms. Cobb’s contributors included George T. Conway III, an outspoken critic of the president and the husband of Kellyanne Conway, Mr. Trump’s White House counselor. Other left-leaning social media luminaries supporting her are Chrissy Teigen, George Takei, Mark Hamill and Zach Braff.

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Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, Hudson Valley: He is on the committee hosting the impeachment hearings. In response to Mr. Maloney’s questioning, the former American ambassador for Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, acknowledged details of her ouster.

She was called back to Washington immediately after giving a speech that praised the work of a Ukrainian anticorruption activist who had been murdered.

Later, Mr. Maloney, a Democrat, appeared on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” and got a Republican lawmaker to agree that the State Department should release emails, call records and other evidence the committee subpoenaed.

Pool photo by Joshua Roberts/EPA, via Shutterstock

And one notable neighbor, Representative Jim Himes, Connecticut: A Democrat and one of the most senior members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is hosting the hearings, he is trying to frame how the public thinks of the proceedings.

He told MSNBC: “I know we’re having this long debate about extortion versus bribery. Bottom line, bribery is when I pay you do something corrupt. Extortion is where I threaten you into doing something corrupt. Frankly, in my opinion, it’s both.”


Explore news from New York and around the region

The Mini Crossword: Here is today’s puzzle.

What we’re reading

More than 200 people in New York State will lose their jobs when Kmart and Sears start shuttering stores. [Newsday]

Some City Council staff members want to unionize. [Politico]

The Park Slope Food Co-op is “a principled organization” but “not necessarily a purist one.” [The New Yorker]

Coming up today

Listen to a talk by Carrie Mae Weems on her contributions to “Artistic License,” an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. [$25]

The launch party for the Bowery Film Festival fall season features screenings and discounts on drinks at the Katra Lounge in Manhattan. 6 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]

Suketu Mehta discusses his latest book, “This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto,” at the New York Society Library in Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. [$15]

— Alex Traub

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.

And finally: Surviving the retail apocalypse

The journalist Paige Darrah reports:

There is, apparently, a market for all things analog. These Manhattan stores champion nostalgically tactile objects, and somehow, in a landscape of high retail rents and ruthless online competition, they thrive.

CW Pencil Enterprise, on Orchard Street: Caroline Weaver, the owner, said, “Some people are really confused by the notion that somebody in the 21st century would attempt to open a specialty shop. So they come by.”

Her patrons run the gamut: the comedian Amy Sedaris and her brother, the writer David Sedaris; high school students taking standardized tests; and musicians who need to write on sheet music (they are particularly keen on an easy-to-erase Japanese pencil designed in the 1980s).

Casey Rubber Stamps, East 111th Street: John Casey opened the store in 1979. “I’m dying,” he said in a thick Irish accent during a recent visit. It was 1 p.m., opening time for his emporium of rubber stamps. “I was at Mona’s Bar over on Avenue B with jazz musician friends till 4 a.m.”

According to Mr. Casey’s mold supplier, there are only three East Coast companies left who make stamps the old-fashioned way (with rubber). “The great thing is I’m on people’s New York bucket list,” Mr. Casey said. “People want to come and see.”

8 Bit & Up, East Third Street: Duck Hunt guns. Mario’s Picross, for Game Boy. Castlevania. Tetris Attack. The inventory, according to one manager, “is like crack.”

The store’s manager, Joe Tartaglia, said the focus on old video games was necessary. “The only thing you can do is specialize in a niche,” he explained. “Ours is selling vintage video games — we do not sell any new games. That, you can defend and dominate.”

He added, “We cater to collectors who prefer to see and touch what they are buying in person and not through a web browser.”

It’s Tuesday — go old school.

Metropolitan Diary: Express bus

Dear Diary:

I was standing at the corner of 31st Street and Sixth Avenue on the anniversary of my father’s death.

An M.T.A. bus dispatcher approached me and asked where I was going.

Up Sixth Avenue toward the fifties, I said.

Follow me, he said.

He led me to an empty bus that was idling nearby.

My driver is late, and he will drive you to your destination without any stops, the dispatcher said. And, he added, the fare is on us.

I boarded the empty bus and introduced myself to the driver. He said his name was France.

France? I said. Is that truly your name? My father was from France. Was he sending me a signal?

Off we went up Sixth Avenue, not stopping until I got off at 49th Street.

— Anna Moine

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