2019年11月14日 星期四

N.Y. Today: Republicans Losing Suburbs

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November 14, 2019

How Republicans Are Losing the Suburbs

It's Thursday.

Weather: Mix of sun and clouds, breezy and cold. The temperature, below freezing in the morning, will climb into the mid-40s by early afternoon.

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

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Representative Peter King, a Long Island Republican, announced this week that he would retire, ending his 28-year career in Congress. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The move has set off a scramble for an open seat in a suburban district where Democratic Party enrollment has soared in recent years.

That surge is part of a broader transformation in New York's suburbs, where Democrats are overtaking Republicans. Demographic and socioeconomic changes are fueling the shift, and, as my colleague Vivian Wang wrote, they mirror a nationwide trend: Historically moderate or conservative suburban voters are slowly tipping left.

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Here's how party registration has fared across some of New York's suburbs, and in the city itself, since 1996:

Long Island

Between 1996 and 2019, the number of registered Democrats in Nassau County jumped by more than 150,000, while the number of registered Republicans dropped by 30,000, according to figures from the state Board of Elections. Democrats there now outnumber Republicans 411,000 to 328,000.

In Suffolk County, the Democratic Party added more than 162,000 members, while the G.O.P. gained fewer than 18,000. Democratic voters now narrowly lead Republican voters, 366,000 to 332,000.

"For an old-timer like me, those numbers are almost incomprehensible," Lawrence Levy, the executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, told Ms. Wang, my colleague. "It is not my mother and father's suburbs, and it never will be."

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Other New York suburbs

In Westchester County, the Democratic Party has gained 123,000 voters since 1996, while the Republican Party has lost more than 20,000. In neighboring Rockland County, the Democrats gained more than 26,000 registrations, while the Republicans picked up about 6,000.

In 1996 in Orange County, there were 16,000 more Republicans than Democrats. Today, more than 89,000 voters are registered as Democrats, while 74,000 are registered as Republicans.

New York City

Democrats have outnumbered Republicans in the city for decades, and that advantage is growing.

In 1996, there were 2.5 million registered Democrats; half a million voters were registered as Republicans. Since then, the Democratic Party has gained nearly a million voters, while the number of registered Republicans has remained flat.

The Democratic Party's biggest increases have been in Brooklyn, where it gained 347,000 voters, and in Queens, where it gained 250,000.

The G.O.P.'s top gain came in Staten Island, where it has added nearly 23,000 voters since 1996. The Democratic Party gained nearly 32,000 voters.

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What we're reading

The culture of Levittown, on Long Island, is shaped by rules that were put into place when the suburb was built in 1947. [Curbed]

The New York Police Department was supposed to destroy the fingerprints of children who were charged as juvenile delinquents. It didn't. [The Intercept]

A stretch below the Gowanus Expressway has become an unofficial trailer park. [Brooklyn Paper]

Coming up today

Writers share their work at "Mouth to Mouth," an open-mic series at the Asian American Writers' Workshop in Manhattan. 7 p.m. [$5 suggested donation; R.S.V.P.]

Catch a screening of the documentary "Food Chains" and a panel discussion at 136 Lawrence Street in Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. [$5]

"She's a Rebel: A Tribute to the Girl Groups of the '50s, '60s and '70s" features popular performers in discussion at the Apollo Theater in Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]

— Melissa Guerrero

Coming up at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22: The Times is having a conversation about food, music and creativity with Questlove, the musician and culinary entrepreneur, at The Times Center in Manhattan. Questlove will discuss his upcoming book "Mixtape Potluck," in which he imagines the ultimate potluck dinner party. Tickets are $45.

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: Zagat returns to print

The Times's Florence Fabricant reports:

It's been three years since it was last published, but now that familiar maroon book is back. The 2020 Zagat survey of New York City restaurants went on sale this week.

Some things haven't changed.

The latest edition retains the same cover and pocket-size dimensions of the original. The three most popular restaurants — that is, the places named as favorites: Le Bernardin, Gramercy Tavern and Peter Luger Steak House — were also the same as in the 2017 guide.

There are changes, however, that foodies and close readers of Zagat may notice.

Majorelle displaced Asiate as No. 1 on the best décor list. Le Bernardin slipped to second place after Daniel on the best-service list.

Only 10 vegetarian and vegan restaurants were listed in the index, compared with 23 in 2017. Hangawi and Kajitsu, both vegetarian, are included in the 2020 survey, yet in what appears to be an oversight, they are not listed as vegetarian in the index.

The new guide, at 352 pages, has omitted a Best Buys category (sometimes called Bang for the Buck) because it was felt that people's views of good value varied too much. A Notable Closings category is also gone.

The book was started 40 years ago by Tim and Nina Zagat, a pair of lawyers and food lovers. They published it themselves, based on opinions of people who completed a questionnaire. In 2011, they sold it to Google for $151 million. Last year, Google sold it to The Infatuation, a restaurant rating and guides platform.

It's Thursday — bon appétit!

Metropolitan Diary: New lining

Dear Diary:

My friend Leah, who lives in Brooklyn, has a fabric handbag she loves dearly. She got it from a friend who has since died. It is handmade and beautiful, but it has gotten a lot of use and the lining needs replacing.

I belong to a quilting group on the Upper West Side. I told Leah I would ask whether anyone in the group had material that would be appropriate for a new lining, and whether they knew anyone who could do the work.

At a recent meeting of the group, Rose, a friend of one of the regular members, was there as a visitor. When I showed a picture of the handbag, she smiled.

"I think I can replace the lining," she said. "After all, I made the bag."

— Gail Otis

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