Tonight, a Night at the Theater

It’s Tuesday. The costumes, the surroundings, the make-up, the props — all the pieces about it’s interesting, as the Irving Berlin track says. Broadway can be again tonight.

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Tonight is the evening: the evening the lights will lastly go down once more and the curtains will lastly go up once more. It can be the evening that the greatest Broadway reveals reopen, a 12 months and a half after the pandemic closed in on New York, they usually closed down.

The actors’ cues have been checked and double-checked, the costumes freshened up, the lights targeted and positioned. And as my colleague Michael Paulson writes, Broadway is set to rebound.

Symbolically and emotionally, tonight can be a milestone for New York. Whether it seems to be a good milestone or a not-so-good one received’t be identified for a whereas. If all goes properly — if we don’t see experiences of infections amongst first-nighters — the crowds that Broadway counts on may really feel snug taking their seats once more.

If not, New York may very well be in for what Mili Diaz, who will make her Broadway debut in “Wicked” tonight, known as “another hundred years of quarantine.”

She will play Nessarose, a.okay.a. the Wicked Witch of the East. Her debut can be a number of orders of magnitude above her first efficiency in that function in a touring manufacturing of the present. That was in Indianapolis in 2018. A Broadway debut is an unforgettable second in any actor’s profession. She used phrases like “unreal” to explain this one.

Then she talked about a second simply earlier than the gown rehearsals over the weekend.

“As soon as we heard the clapping,” she mentioned, referring to the forged, “we knew. We knew we could do this. We knew we could do theater again. We knew we could share theater with everybody and be safe.”

The viewers was energized, simply as the performers have been. Patrick Goodwin, a casting director who attended the invited gown rehearsal of “Wicked” on Sunday, wrote that the applause “was so loud that my Apple Watch gave alerts” about decibel ranges “unhealthy for sustained listening.” It’s a sound that hasn’t been heard since March 12, 2020.

For New York, there’s no enterprise like …

As Michael defined, Broadway is a main employer that has grow to be an indicator of the metropolis’s financial and emotional well-being. Broadway weathered the metropolis’s fiscal disaster of the 1970s, the cleanup of Times Square in the 1990s and the restoration after the Sept. 11 assaults. Now the producers are betting that the viewers is able to make an entrance, vaccinated and masked.

As with the reopening of colleges, that wager seems much less sure than it did in May, when the reopening date was introduced.

Still, Michael sees causes for hope. Four productions — the live performance present “Springsteen on Broadway,” the new play “Pass Over,” and the musicals “Waitress” and “Hadestown” — began performances this summer season. They served as laboratories for Broadway’s security protocols. So far, none has missed a efficiency.

Schools reopen, and the Covid-19 screening portal balks

There was noise in the metropolis’s school rooms Monday as the nation’s largest faculty district reopened for full-time, in-person lessons. There was exhilaration. There was delight (maybe extra amongst mother and father than college students). And there was chaos. As my colleague John Woods put it after taking his son Theo to the first day of third grade: “A mob scene at the schoolyard. Disorderly line. Dogs. Distracted parents. Not sure if it was just jitters, or the fact that so many were all remote last year and aren’t used to drop-off.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned Monday was “a day that was a game changer, a difference maker, a turnaround day” for the metropolis. But the web site that folks use to reply Covid-19 screening questions flunked its first huge check: It crashed as a whole lot of hundreds of individuals logged on. That led to lengthy traces at some faculties, with employees members utilizing old style paper kinds to file how every youngster was feeling.


It’s one other largely sunny September day, maybe not as summery-hot as Monday. Savor temps in the excessive 70s. They’ll climb again into the mid-80s on Wednesday.

A City Stirs

As New York begins its post-pandemic life, we discover Covid’s lasting influence on the metropolis.

The Workers: We photographed greater than 100 individuals who work in the service financial system — cleaners, cooks, retailer clerks, health trainers — who have been a part of the hardest hit industries in the metropolis.The Economy: New York’s prosperity is closely depending on patterns of labor and journey which will have been irreversibly altered.The Epicenter: The neighborhoods in Queens the place Covid hit the hardest are buzzing once more with exercise. But restoration feels distant.Dive Deeper: See all our tales about the reopening of N.Y.C.

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Down on the farm? This farm is eight tales up.

Ben Flanner was planting beets in a neat row. It was simply one other day on the farm.

Except that this farm is eight tales above the road, on the roof of a newly accomplished part of the sprawling Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan. And it has one thing that Old MacDonald didn’t have: a view of the Empire State Building.

You received’t hear an oink-oink right here or a moo-moo there — there’s no livestock. Nor is there a rattletrap tractor, as on “Green Acres.” The Javits Center farm shouldn’t be even a inexperienced acre. It’s simply shy of a full acre. And it has one thing “Green Acres” didn’t have: Soil that acquired there by means of a pipe from dump vans on the road. That was sooner than offloading carts stuffed with soil and herding them into elevators.

The farm is a signal that the Javits Center is leaving its pandemic existence behind. It housed a hospital for Covid-19 sufferers final 12 months and a vaccination middle this 12 months, till July. Now it’s as soon as once more a place for spotlit shows and thoroughly miked panelists. The Armory Show, the first main artwork truthful since the pandemic, opened final week. This week, a convention led by the onetime Trump administration adviser Anthony Scaramucci is on the schedule. The tickets price as a lot as $9,000.

As for the farm, planting had been deliberate since 2018. Alan Steel, the Javits Center’s president and chief govt who led me on a tour final week, expects the farm to ship 40,000 kilos of produce a 12 months. Flanner and colleagues from Brooklyn Grange, the city farm developer he co-founded, will put 51 crops in the floor, from arugula to zucchini, in sequence — and all of will probably be served steps away, to individuals attending capabilities at the Javits Center.

West of the farm, on one other part of the roof, is an orchard with greater than 30 apple bushes and a few pear bushes. The Javits Center workforce had picked a few apples — McIntoshes and Liberties — however warned that they may not be ripe but.

I needed somebody with extra refined style buds to style them, so I enlisted the Food columnist Melissa Clark. She mentioned the McIntosh was “pleasingly crisp in texture, with a flavor on the tart side of a Granny Smith — puckery but with just enough sweetness lacing through.”

But the Liberty “gave me a squinty-eyed pickle face immediately,” she reported, including: “I couldn’t get beyond one bite.”

What we’re studying

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Electric circus

Dear Diary:

The man I’ve now been married to for greater than 50 years and I have been nonetheless relationship at the time. We have been strolling alongside decrease Fifth Avenue on a Saturday night when a automotive pulled up.

“Where is the Electric Circus?” the individuals in the automotive yelled out.

For those that don’t know, the Electric Circus was a nightclub on St. Marks Place that was a well-liked vacation spot for the metropolis’s hippie tradition in the late 1960s.

My husband defined the place it was.

“How is it?” they requested after thanking him.

He had by no means been and in reality disdained such institutions, however he answered anyway.

“It’s great,” he mentioned. “You’ll love it.”

After they drove off, I requested him why he had mentioned that.

“They were going anyway,” he mentioned. “Why spoil it?”

— Michelle Braverman

Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read extra Metropolitan Diary right here.

Glad we may get collectively right here. See you tomorrow. — J.B.

P.S. Here’s at this time’s Mini Crossword and Spelling Bee. You can discover all our puzzles right here.

Melissa Guerrero, Jeffrey Furticella, Rick Martinez and Olivia Parker contributed to New York Today. You can attain the workforce at [email protected]

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