Weather: Partly sunny, with stiff wind and a high in the upper 60s.
Alternate-side parking is in effect through Wednesday, then suspended on Thursday for Solemnity of the Ascension. It is in effect on Friday and Saturday, then suspended through June 7. The city may extend the suspension past June 7 based on street cleanliness and the availability of the work force.
A ZIP code in Brooklyn has N.Y.C.’s highest death rate.
The Brooklyn ZIP code that includes the vast Starrett City subsidized-housing complex has the highest rate of coronavirus-related deaths in New York City, according to official data released on Monday.
The ZIP code, 11239, is also home to the highest percentage of people over 65 in the city, the data shows.
Seventy-six people from a population of about 12,400 there have died of the virus, or about one in every 165 residents.
Officials have been releasing data on virus cases by ZIP code for several weeks, but they had previously given only borough breakdowns for deaths.
The 11239 area, which includes parts of the Canarsie and Flatlands neighborhoods, also has one of the city’s highest infection rates: Nearly 4 percent of its residents have tested positive for the virus.
M.T.A. is challenged on pay for private cleaners.
Private cleaners hired by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to scrub down more than a dozen subway stations as part of a nightly systemwide sanitizing effort may not be getting paid as much as they should be, according to the city comptroller.
“These workers are risking their own health and that of their families to ensure that New Yorkers, especially our front-line work force, can use our transit system safely,” Mr. Stringer wrote in the letter.
Mr. Stringer was questioning whether private contractors hired for the nightly subway shutdown were being paid in line with so-called prevailing wage rules.
In New York, a sixth region, including Buffalo, will be allowed to reopen on Tuesday after meeting the state’s standards, and a seventh, around Albany, was just one requirement away. In the five upstate regions allowed to partially restart over the weekend, some retailers were allowed to provide curbside service, and drive-in movies and landscaping could resume, among other easing of restrictions.
Starting on Friday, batting cages, golf driving ranges and private tennis clubs in New Jersey can open, Gov. Philip D. Murphy said on Monday. Golfers on courses will be permitted to play in foursomes, after previously being restricted to playing in pairs, and horseback riding is also allowed.
What we’re reading
Magnolia Bakery customers will have to step through a “cleanse portal” if they want service. [New York Post]
The city health commissioner apologized for an exchange of harsh words with the Police Department. [New York Daily News]
A slot-machine-only casino upstate is the first gaming operation in New York to reopen. [NewYorkUpstate.com]
Here’s a guide to antibody testing in New York City. [Gothamist]
And finally: The Guggenheim’s tomatoes
Oh, and there’s the guy who takes care of the tomatoes.
David Litvin, an indoor crop specialist, tends the plants for the exhibition “Countryside, The Future.” He moved to New York from Tel Aviv in February, along with his wife, Stefanie, and their Dutch shepherd, Ester, with a plan to stay six months to harvest the Guggenheim tomatoes.
The museum has been closed since March 13, but Mr. Litvin still walks across Central Park every day around noon from his rental on the Upper West Side to take care of the fruit. “When you grow tomatoes on Fifth Avenue, you want to have the perfect tomatoes,” he said. “There’s no room to mess up. If I have ugly plants, I’ll hear it from the neighbors.”
The tomatoes, housed in what looks like a radioactive shipping container on the sidewalk, were on view as part of the exhibition for just three weeks before the city folded in on itself.
“This tomato-growing module couldn’t just be turned off with the lights,” said the Guggenheim curator Troy Conrad Therrien, who organized the exhibition with the architect Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal of AMO, the research arm of Mr. Koolhaas’s firm. “We brought the exhibition to the street, and the street is still accessible.”
In the context of the exhibition, these tomatoes — specifically, they’re Brioso tomatoes — are meant to reflect the potential future of agriculture.
Indeed, the tomatoes are being put to use. Every Wednesday, a City Harvest van is loaded with about 3,000 tomatoes that Mr. Litvin has snipped, still on the vine.
It’s Tuesday — stay rooted.
Metropolitan Diary: At the diner
The night my husband and I fell in love, we dressed up like animals for a themed party at House of Yes. I was a fish, and he was a cat.
Neither of us had ever cared much for dancing in clubs, but we outlasted all of our friends that night. Our first kiss was on the dance floor.
Afterward, we walked through a misty drizzle to the Williamsburg waterfront, where we watched the sunrise. The Manhattan skyline had never looked so beautiful.
We headed to Kellogg’s diner. After feasting on eggs, hash browns and waffles, we stood outside, eyes and lips locked, not wanting the night to end.
“Excuse me!” a crackly, nasal voice said.
We turned to see two older women. One had an aluminum walker and an impatient scowl. We were blocking their access to the wheelchair ramp.
We apologized and moved out of the way.
A few moments later, the second woman came back outside.
“I’m so sorry about my friend,” she said in a thick Brooklyn accent. “I told her, ‘Leave ’em alone, they’re in love!’”
— Samia Mounts
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