The "Hotel Cuomo California" Edition

Cuomo's toxic touch, a Shake Shack one day collab, a look at back to school plans, West Side Story will not return, the best restaurants on the Upper West Side, and more

Today - Low: 74˚ High: 81˚
Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day.

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• Melissa DeRosa resigned as Secretary to the Governor. DeRosa is described as Cuomo's top aide but was named in the attorney general's report as someone who took part in an alleged effort to discredit one of Cuomo's accusers and lined up women and elected officials to defend him after he was accused. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní for NY Times)

• The chairwoman of Time’s Up and the co-founder of its legal defense fund resigned after she was named as being involved in the effort to discredit one of Cuomo's alleged victims. On what planet did this person think that being in Cuomo's bunker was a good idea? (Jodi Kantor and Michael Gold for NY Times(

• The Human Rights Campaign hired a private law firm to conduct an internal investigation into HRC President Alphonso David after David was named in the attorney general's report for providing a personnel file on the accuser, worked to secretly record another accuser, and was in Cuomo's bunker to "actively consult" after the allegations. (Tat Bellamy-Walker for Gay City News)

• Why the hell were all these people helping Governor Cuomo? As it was quoted in the attorney general's report, "Everyone sort of jokes that the governor's office is like 'Hotel California.' You never really leave." (Josefa Velasquez for The City)

• Governor Cuomo hasn't resigned (yet) and state Democrats are clamoring to find who will succeed him. This isn't to say that Kathy Hochul won't become the governor after Cuomo is either removed or resigns, this is looking forward to the 2022 election. (Lisa Lerer and Katie Glueck for NY Times)

• Governor Cuomo is desperately trying to hold on to power and has been trying to cut a deal with state Democrats to find a way to stave off impeachment or resignation. No one is listening. No one wants this son of a bitch in office through the end of 2022. (Josefa Velasquez for The City)

• A bunch of i̶d̶i̶o̶t̶s̶ anti-vaxxers held a rally against the vaccine mandate outside of City Hall. Of course, there were Trump 2024 flags in the crowd. (Dean Moses for amNewYork Metro)

• Answer to your questions about New York's vaccine passport. (André Wheeler for Time Out)

• CityMD's virtual lines for Covid-19 testing are back as hours-long lines are also back for getting tested. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

• Javits Center reopened for trade shows over the weekend. (Victoria Manna for NY1)

• Congrats to the winners of the first-ever Alfresco Awards, celebrating the best outdoor dining setups and best Open Streets programs in all five boroughs. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

• Photos: Summer Streets return to Park Avenue, Fourth Avenue, and Lafayette Street. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

• "The Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience" is bringing an alcoholic Alice in Wonderland tea party to the city in September. $47 gets you a 90-minute experience, two drinks, and an "Eat Me" cake. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• West Side Story will not be returning to Broadway, unable to continue through the pandemic. (Matt Stevens for NY Times)

• You've got one day to capitalize on Shake Shack's collaboration with Slutty Vegan. The SluttyShack will be available at the Harlem Shake Shack starting at 10:30 am on Wednesday. (Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner for Time Out)

• A look at Grilled!, the new and delicious-looking vegan fast food spot in Bushwick. All it to the "To Eat" list. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

• A tribute to Barry the Barred Owl of Central Park, killed last week. (D. Bruce Yolton for Urban Hawks)

• The Gowanus rezoning could make the neighborhood more diverse according to a first-of-its-kind report from a Columbia University professor and City Council staff. (Rachel Holliday Smith for The City)

• We've got about a month until school is back in session and Mayor de Blasio has insisted that all classes will be in person. A look at the city's school reopening plan. (Eliza Shapiro for NY Times)

• A $1.9 million co-op in the East Village with a tri-level garden, two floors, and more. (Dana Schulz for 6sqft)

The best restaurants on the Upper West Side. (Hannah Albertine for The Infatuation)

Featured Pet: Esma!

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