Todd Heisler/The New York TimesWelcome, Health Commissioner.
Updated 10:23 a.m.
Good Thursday morning. Itâs 25 degrees.
When Bill de Blasio was elected mayor, he said one of his goals was an administration that âlooks like New York Cityâ in its ethnic and gender mix.
Howâs he doing?
We examined all the de Blasio appointees we could find â” more than 60.
Most have been women â” 54 percent. And most have been members of minority groups â” 55 percent.
Under Michael Bloomberg, the holders of those offices were mostly male (52 percent) and mostly white (72 percent).
Mr. de Blasio âhas done what he said he would do,â Kate Taylor, a City Hall reporter for The Times, told us.
âItâs an administration that looks more like New York City than Bloombergâs did.â
She added, âBloomberg certainly had some women in powerful positions, but de Blasio has actually appointed a majority of women.â
Mr. de Blasioâs hires have been more than a quarter black, about 15 percent Hispanic and about 10 percent Asian.
(The city itself is mostly black, Hispanic and Asian, with non-Hispanic whites making up only about a third of the population.)
This diversity, of course, has its limits.
âThereâs lots of racial diversity,â Ms. Taylor said, âbut there is maybe not ideological diversity.â
Hereâs what else you need to know.
Cruel cold, soon to be disguised by sun.
(We narrowly escaped breaking the record-low temperature for this date: it was 20 degrees, set in 1894.)
It gets better today, though; the mercury may rise to 43 degrees.
Tomorrow looks warmer, and wet.
Subways: Check latest status.
Alternate-side parking is in effect all week.
COMING UP TODAY
- A crescent moon hangs on the horizon. Predawn. [Free, look up]
- Will he try to say something in every language? Mayor de Blasio meets with the ethnic and foreign language media at City Hall. 12:15 p.m.
- Transportation advocates call for improvements to Brooklynâs Atlantic Avenue to protect pedestrians. Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. 5:45 p.m.
- Everything you ever wanted to know about tunnel boring but were afraid to ask, at the M.T.A.âs information center on the Upper East Side. 6 p.m. [Free, R.S.V.P.]
- An Alzheimerâs prevention seminar focused on nutrition at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. 6:15 p.m. [Free]
- Peer through the ventricles of a heart-shaped sculpture to glimpse your âfour most ideal astrological mates.â Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. [Free]
- The String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs new works by young composers at Roulette in Boerum Hill. 8 p.m. [$20]
- For more events, see The New York Times Arts & Entertainment guide.
IN THE NEWS
- Osama bin Ladenâs son-in-law was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans in his role as Al Qaedaâs spokesman. [New York Times]
- The creative ways in which some state legislators economize to stretch their per diem. [New York Times]
- The City Council passed a bill granting interns the same protections as paid employees. [Daily News]
- New York State has the most segregated public schools in the nation, according to a report. [NY1]
- A look back at Citi Bikeâs first, wobbly year. [New York Times]
- Rudolph W. Giuliani broke his silence on the subject of the new mayor, admitting to âreal disagreementsâ with his policies. [CBS]
- A visually impaired guard was fired from One World Trade Center after recent trespassing incidents. [New York Post]
- A man fell face-first into a garbage chute in Yonkers and got stuck. Heâs fine. [NBC New York]
- âDirty Old New York, a.k.a. Fun Cityâ is a mash-up of films from the 1960s-1980s. [EV Grieve]
AND FINALLY â¦
Brush off your syllable-counting fingers.
For National Poetry Month, City Room is hosting the New York City Haiku Challenge.
Weâre looking for original haiku about New York City.
The poems must be on one of these topics:
Island, strangers, solitude, commute, 6 a.m., kindness.
Then the woman turned
into a tornado of
fury and brown stain.
That one, about a hot-beverage-covered stranger on the subway, comes from Times Haiku, our collection of serendipitous haiku that appear in Times stories.
Sandra E. Garcia contributed reporting.
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