Aug. 31: Where the Candidates Are Today

Planned events for the mayoral candidates, according to the campaigns and organizations they are affiliated with. Times are listed as scheduled but frequently change.

Joseph Burgess contributed reporting.

Event information is listed as provided at the time of publication. Details for many of Ms. Quinn events are not released for publication.Maps of all campaign events since April »
Events by candidate




De Blasio






John A. Catsimatidis

1 p.m.
Attends the Richmond County Fair, at Historic Richmond Town on Clarke Avenue, Staten Island.

Bill de Blasio

10:30 a.m.
Addresses the congregation of Linden Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Jamaica, Queens.

12 p.m.
Addresses the congregation of Queensboro Temple of Seventh-day Adventists Church, in Queens Village, Queens.

6 p.m.
Greets residents of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, on 16th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan. Bill de Blasio received the endorsement of Tenants PAC, an advocacy group that represents the residents of Stuvyesant Town, on July 29.

John C. Liu

10 a.m.
Begins another Saturday of five-borough campaigning by joining members of Flushing’s African-American community for their annual networking breakfast at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, in Flushing, Queens.

11 a.m.
Greets residents at North Shore Towers and Country Club, in Floral Park, Queens.

12 p.m.
Tours local businesses, stopping to shake hands at a get-out-the-vote rally, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

1 p.m.
Joins members of the Filipino American Senior Citizens Association of Queens, as they celebrate their anniversary with a dinner buffet and dance, in Woodside, Queens.

1:30 p.m.
Attempts to attract Filipino-American voters at a get-out-the-vote rally at Smokey Oval Park, in Richmond Hill, Queens.

2:30 p.m.
Drops in at the International Pentecostal City Mission’s 6th annual community health fair, in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

3:15 p.m.
Attends the 9th annual back-to-school celebration, sponsored by the social advocacy group, A Cause, a Concern, a Solution. About 650 backpacks, filled with school supplies, resources and food will be donated at the event, in Jamaica, Queens.

4 p.m.
Attends his third get-out-the-vote rally of the day, this time catering to Indonesian-American voters, in Flushing, Queens.

4:45 p.m.
Greets voters at the Myanmar Moon Festival, in Lower Manhattan.

5:45 p.m.
Attends Family Day at Tracey Towers, in the Bronx.

6:15 p.m.
Attends a reception with supporters of the longtime Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, in Foxhurst, the Bronx.

6:30 p.m.
Does another small-business tour, before heading to his fourth get-out-the-vote rally of the day, in Hillside, Queens.

7:45 p.m.
Listens to Chinese folk singers perform at an autumn concert, at the Flushing High School auditorium, Queens.

8:45 p.m.
Caps off the day at the Starfest Music Jam, which features performances by Meek Mill, French Montana, Fabolous and Funkmaster Flex, at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, Staten Island.

Joseph J. Lhota

10:15 a.m.
Spends the morning sharing breakfast with campaign volunteers on Staten Island, at his campaign headquarters on New Dorp Lane.

12 p.m.
Marches in the Breezy Point Mardi Gras Parade, beginning on Oceanside Avenue in Breezy Point, Queens. He will be joined by Councilman Eric A. Ulrich, who endorsed him in March, and former Congressman Bob Turner, who endorsed him in June.

2:30 p.m.
Attends a series of block parties in Queens, starting on Beach 126th Street in Belle Harbor. He will again be joined by Councilman Eric A. Ulrich.

Christine C. Quinn

11 a.m.
Announces her intent to create clean manufacturing jobs as part of a neighborhood-based economic development plan, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Some of Ms. Quinn’s events may not be shown because the campaign declines to release her advance schedule for publication.

William C. Thompson Jr.

10:30 a.m.
Hands out school supplies with State Senator José Peralta, who has supported Mr. Thompson’s bid for mayor since 2009, in Corona, Queens.

12 p.m.
Watches hundreds of children dance and flaunt colorful costumes from Kingston Avenue to the Brooklyn Museum grounds during the West Indian Children’s Junior Carnival, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The event will feature musical performances and a costume contest.

2 p.m.
Caravans with political club members of the Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change, including State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, and Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa, in Upper Manhattan.

3:30 p.m.
Caravans with members of the social advocacy group, Committee for Hispanic Advancement, in East Harlem.

Anthony D. Weiner

12 p.m.
Tours the River Fund’s food pantry, where volunteers have gathered to help sort a large inventory of donated backpacks and school supplies for their “Back to School Day” event, in Richmond Hill, Queens.

12:45 p.m.
Greets voters at the Ridgewood Youthmarket, on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens.

1:30 p.m.
Greets voters on Arthur Avenue and East 184th Street, in Belmont, the Bronx.

3 p.m.
Speaks at a community lunch and school supply drive hosted by Youth Leaders on the Move, an organization looking to help young people strive for higher education, at Tracey Towers in the Bronx.

3:45 p.m.
Continues his Keys to the City Tour with a news conference, where he announces a plan to trim education costs by issuing an electronic book reader to every student, outside Tracey Towers in the Bronx.

Sal F. Albanese

5 p.m.
Greets baseball fans outside MCU Park, as they file into the stadium to watch the Brooklyn Cyclones face off against the Aberdeen IronBirds, in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

6:45 p.m.
Strolls with voters past sausages, zeppoli and Italian-style octopus along the 100-vendor stretch at the 70th annual Festa di Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. The 10-day street fair, which narrowly escaped cancellation this year, will continue through the weekend.

Adolfo Carrión Jr.

10:30 a.m.
Tours small businesses and meets with local small-business owners, on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens.

12:30 p.m.
Attends the Festival de la Calle street festival, on 6th Street and Avenue D in Alphabet City.

3 p.m.
Attends a block party with the MS Houses Tenant Association, on 129th Street and Lexington Avenue, in Harlem.

Popcast: Miley Cyrus and the Summer of Smooth

Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

This week: Jon Caramanica talks with host Ben Ratliff about Miley Cyrus’s raunch intervention on this week’s MTV Video Music Awards: the good and the bad of it, the gratuitous and the necessary, and the Tumblr-y roughening of the summer of smooth.

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Jon Caramanica on Miley Cyrus and the Summer in Pop

Popcast: Miley Cyrus and the Summer of Smooth

Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

This week: Jon Caramanica talks with host Ben Ratliff about Miley Cyrus’s raunch intervention on this week’s MTV Video Music Awards: the good and the bad of it, the gratuitous and the necessary, and the Tumblr-y roughening of the summer of smooth.

Listen above, download the MP3 or subscribe in iTunes.


Jon Caramanica on Miley Cyrus and the Summer in Pop

The Week in Pictures for Aug. 30

Here is a slide show of photographs from the past week in New York City and the region. Subjects include a boat club on Newtown Creek, the race for mayor and a baby snow leopard at the Bronx Zoo,

This weekend on “The New York Times Close Up,” an inside look at the most compelling articles in the Sunday newspaper, Sam Roberts will speak with The Times’s Amy Chozik, Jodi Kantor, Matt Flegenheimer, Michael Grynbaum, Eleanor Randolph and Clyde Haberman. Tune in at 10 p.m. Saturday or 10 a.m. Sunday on NY1 News to watch.

A sampling from the City Room blog is featured daily in the main print news section of The Times. You may also read current New York headlines, like New York Metro | The New York Times on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Another Kind of Music

I was in the audience at the Abbey Theater in Dublin on June 9, 1991, when Seamus Heaney read from his new book of poems, “Seeing Things.” I know the exact date because he kindly inscribed his book for me and dated it. But I wouldn’t have forgotten that night with or without the month and year. Seamus gave a mesmerizing, witty and emotional performance, and for me it was a rare opportunity to hear the sound of his words spoken with their true accent.

Popular culture likes to house songwriters and poets under the same roof, but we are not the close family that some imagine. Poets are distant cousins at most, and labor under a distinctly different set of rules. Songwriters have melody, instrumentation and rhythm to color their work and give it power; poets accomplish it all with words.

Seamus, though, was one of those rare poets whose writing evokes music, the fiddles, pipes and penny-whistles of his Northern Irish culture and upbringing. You can hear it in “Casting and Gathering”:

Years and years ago, these sounds took sides:

On the left bank, a green silk tapered cast
Went whispering through the air, saying hush
And lush, entirely free, no matter whether
It swished above the hayfield or the river.

And later in the poem:

One sound is saying, ‘You are not worth tuppence,
But neither is anybody. Watch it! Be severe.’
The other says, ‘Go with it! Give and swerve.
You are everything you feel beside the river.’

I love this poem and return to it from time to time to hear the “hush” and “lush” of the fishermen casting their rods from opposite banks, like politicians across the Senate aisle. And I like the friendly pep talk Seamus gives himself when self-criticism is about to get the best of him.

It’s frustrating to try to capture even a glimpse of the man, his verbal virtuosity, his wit and Irish charm. Recovering from a stroke in the hospital he greeted his friend and fellow poet, Paul Muldoon, with “Hello, different strokes for different folks.”

I admire the directness and simplicity of his work, a virtue most writers aspire to but rarely achieve. Seamus and I met through our mutual friend Derek Walcott. I visited him in his home outside Dublin, and we continued our conversations at my place in Manhattan. Obviously, I’m a fan even more of the man than the poetry, though there are few poets I would rank as his equal.

Paul Simon is a singer and songwriter.

Malevich’s Burial Site Is Found, Underneath Housing Development

MOSCOW — The burial site of the Russian avant-garde artist and theorist Kazimir Malevich, in a field near Moscow, has been covered in concrete by a real estate developer to make way for luxury housing, says an enthusiast who spent years looking for the site.

Aleksandr Matveev told the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper in an interview published on August 26 that the Moscow regional culture ministry had done an about-face on plans to commemorate the artist. Last winter, a commission that included culture ministry officials visited the site and confirmed his findings on the grave, Mr. Matveev said.

“Developers have already talked to the bureaucrats who are making the decisions,” said Mr. Matveev, who heads an organization called Nemchinovka and Malevich, named after the nearby village where Malevich once lived. “They’ve already put concrete blocks on the site of the grave,” Mr. Matveev said.

Malevich, who died in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1935, his health destroyed by time in prison, had asked to be buried under an oak tree on the outskirts of Nemchinovka, a place to which he felt a special bond.

“The landscape of this place was certainly very stimulating for his well-being and for his mind,”  said Andrei Nakov, a Paris-based art historian who is the author of a four-volume monograph, “Malevich: Painting the Absolute.”

Nikolai Suetin, a friend of Malevich’s and a fellow artist, designed a white cube with a black square to mark the burial site. The memorial was destroyed during World War II.

The development company responsible for the housing complex, called Romashkovo, says there is nothing to the dispute. On Thursday, a statement was posted on the development’s Web site saying that Malevich would be honored, and that he served as inspiration for the complex, but insisting that the urn with his ashes was removed decades ago.

“Although the artist’s grave has been irrevocably lost, the residents of Romashkovo and Nemchinovka have not forgotten about the importance of these places in the history of Russian art,” the statement said. It added, “In designing the facades, the creators of the Romashkovo housing complex were inspired by Malevich’s famous paintings. They have succeeded in conveying the brevity of his sharp lines with the freedom of space and combined them with dashes of color that are pleasing to the eye.” According to the statement, Malevich will be commemorated with a monument on the grounds.

Mr. Matveev said that the developer and regional officials have cut the world off from Malevich. The Romashkovo development is in a gated community, and although the regional culture ministry said this week that there would be free access, Mr. Matveev said it’s still closed to visitors. Another nearby monument to Malevich put up in 1988 is now also on the grounds of a gated community.

At the moment, Russia is in the midst of officially promoting the artist. Malevich’s works, along with those of Wassily Kandinsky, have inspired the design for the logo of the G-20 meeting opening in St. Petersburg next week.

Low Ratings for ‘Low Winter Sun’

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has been one of the summer’s great ratings success stories, a testament to the power of binge watching and word of mouth.

But the numbers for that channel’s other Sunday drama, “Low Winter Sun,” have been a disappointment so far, and the show now looks like a missed opportunity to take advantage of the surge in viewership for “Breaking Bad.”

After “Low Winter Sun” scored decent ratings for its premiere on Aug. 11, with 2.5 million total viewers, the next episode drew only 1.5 million. The most recent episode, on Aug. 25, dropped even further, according to Nielsen, to 1.2 million. The show also finished outside that night’s Top 100 cable programs in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic and has now fallen below AMC’s other low-rated dramas.

“Hell on Wheels,” the western that AMC banished to Saturday this season and has no lead-in to speak of, had more total viewers than “Low Winter Sun” for its Aug. 24 episode, with 2 million.

Even “The Killing,” another AMC dark cop drama that was broadcast on Sundays earlier this summer, had a larger audience for its Season 3 finale on Aug. 4: 1.5 million viewers. “The Killing” has not yet been renewed for a fourth season, which does not bode well for the prospects of future seasons of “Low Winter Sun.”

Dave Chappelle Cuts Short a Stand-Up Show

Dave Chappelle in 2008.Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press Dave Chappelle in 2008.

A live appearance by Dave Chappelle can be an unpredictable affair, promising either brilliance or petulance, and audiences who saw him perform Thursday night got a little bit of both, when this one-time Comedy Central star halted his standup act in mid-performance and proceeded to run out the clock.

Mr. Chappelle, who in 2005 withdrew from his popular Comedy Central series, “Chappelle’s Show,” amid its runaway success and his concerns about how its provocative racial satire was being received, has been a headliner on the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, a national tour presented by the Web site Funny Or Die.

At Thursday’s stop at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, Conn., Mr. Chappelle performed about 10 minutes of his set when he became frustrated by audience members who were shouting at him and interrupting his routine.

In video of Mr. Chappelle’s set that was posted to YouTube, he is seen urging his fans to cease the heckling, and finally conceding defeat.

Mr. Chappelle said in the video that he messed up “when I left my show, you know why?”

“Because,” he continued, “my show only has to be 22 minutes on television. I could have went on television, I could have read the phone book for 22 minutes, and I would have got $50 million.”

Mr. Chappelle added that his live standup show was different. “Tonight my contract says 25 minutes,” he said. “And I have 3 minutes left.” When that time is up, he added: “ I’m going straight to the bank and doing a night deposit.”

As the boos and jeers persisted, Mr. Chappelle said, “You’re booing yourself,” to little avail.

As of Friday afternoon, Mr. Chappelle was still scheduled to perform 11 more shows on the Oddball festival between Friday and Sept. 22.

Lesli-ann Lewis, who reviewed Mr. Chappelle’s performance for the Web site, wrote, “Chappelle wasn’t having a meltdown. This was a Black artist shrugging the weight of White consumption, deciding when enough was enough.”

A Quiet Beauty Flying By

Tadeusz Strzelecki

Each summer, a quiet migration gets under way for North American shorebirds. Measured in sheer numbers, the volume is astounding as millions of birds collect along the Atlantic coast. What is both miraculous and unnerving is that the North Atlantic Flyway guides them directly through some of the densest population centers on earth virtually unnoticed. Except for delighted bird watchers and worried managers at local airports, most New Yorkers are unaware that outside their windows, birds are coursing along an ancient migration route.

Many New York City shorelines afford a chance to stand with your boots in the mud, surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of the birds’ journey. There is a near-divine beauty in the throngs of shorebirds wheeling, banking and flying in unison, or simply resting or feeding on a beach. Challenged by weather and hounded by predators, most of the birds have hundreds, if not thousands, of miles yet to fly to reach their overwintering grounds.

Shorebirds are a rather loosely defined group that includes familiar species like sandpipers, plovers and killdeers as well as the more exotic avocets, stilts and whimbrels. They are beautifully adapted to life along the coast, often sporting gracefully curved bills for probing in mud; long, brightly colored legs for wading in shallow water; or eye-catching wing patterns that are thought to be visual cues to stitch flocks together or confuse predators.

Generally as they pass through the city on their southbound migrations, the birds have shed their bright breeding plumage and have assumed subtler warm tans and browns. This “fall migration” is something of a misnomer. It actually begins in the sweltering heat of mid-August, and reaches its peak in September. It is more properly a postbreeding migration, the result of a successfully completed nesting cycle in the brief northern summer.

Remarkably, young birds are not schooled in migration routes. Neither were their parents, nor theirs before them. Migration is still one of the world’s great mysteries. Directions to points north and south may be hard-wired into the brains of these birds, as they follow geologic features such as shorelines or mountain ranges, invisible magnetic fields or the positions of the moon, stars and planets. This could account for birds’ steadfast dedication to certain routes and stopovers like New York City. This site fidelity may imperil the birds, as rampant development, or even natural events, can eliminate critically placed resources necessary for successful migration.

Some of New York City’s best shorebird observation sites are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Among them are the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s famous East and West Ponds, the Salt Marsh Nature Center’s Mill Basin trails, and Pelham Bay’s alternately rocky and muddy shorelines. You’ll see the birds in the air and all around you. Shorebird migrations are impressive and provocative, a must-see for urban naturalists. Best yet, they are participatory. To enjoy them, you need only stick your feet in the mud.

Book Review Podcast: Life With J. Paul Getty

Ben Wiseman

In The New York Times Book Review, Judith Newman reviews “Alone Together,” the new memoir by Teddy Getty Gaston, the fifth and final wife of the billionaire J. Paul Getty. Ms. Newman writes:

“Alone Together” is a private memoir of a public man, and a very whitewashed one. We hear about the little Donald Duck stuffed toys they exchanged, but nothing substantive about his business, his relationships with world leaders, his other wives and children, or the famous kidnapping and mutilation of his grandson and the ransom Getty bargained down before finally paying. (From about $17 million to $2.2 million — just the amount that would be tax-deductible.) Much here reflects the fond, and I suspect unreliable, memories of a lovely and loving, now 99-year-old woman. But then, perhaps we shouldn’t always read memoirs for facts; we should sometimes read them to get closer to the subject.

On this week’s podcast, Ms. Newman discusses “Alone Together”; Julie Bosman has notes from the field; Evan J. Mandery talks about “A Wild Justice,” his new book about the death penalty in the U.S.; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news. Pamela Paul is the host.