The "Mr. Monopoly, the New Yorker" Edition

The city's indoor vaccine mandate begins, 10 tomato dishes to fall in love with, physically impossible social distancing in schools, 15 essential bakeries, and more

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• Five ways to help Haiti after the recent earthquake. (Clifford Michel for The City)

• Immunocompromised New Yorkers can officially seek a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Only people who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can receive a third shot. (Nsikan Akpan for Gothamist)

• The indoor vaccine mandate is in effect starting this week. Vaccine proof or a negative test will be required for entrance to Governor's Ball, which is outdoors and not subject to the mandate. (Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan)

• All health care workers in the state, including staff at all hospitals, nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings, must have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine by Sept. 27. The mandate was announced by outgoing Governor Cuomo but the article notes that incoming Governor Hochul's administration was briefed on this. Expect Governor Cuomo to make a few more announcements on his way out the door, like a private business and teacher vaccine mandate, to take some heat before Hochul comes into office. (Sharon Otterman for NY Times)

• How do you social distance when it's physically impossible? No, seriously, how is it possible? We're one month away from schools opening and the Council for School Supervisors and Administrators' recent letters to the mayor and chancellor notes that a majority of NYC schools would be unable to maintain three feet of social distancing between students. (Christina Veiga for The City)

• Kathy Hochul has already stated that she intends to work collaboratively with the mayor of the city. She's even gone as far as stating she wants a Lieutenant Governor from NYC. What a wild concept, collaboration. (Joe Pantorno for amNewYork Metro)

• While the impeachment is dead, the New York State Assembly will release a report on Governor Cuomo after the investigation is complete. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní for NY Times)

• NYC Ferry has a new route that starts next week that connects Staten Island to Midtown West. The trip is slated to take 18 minutes. (Shaye Weaver for Time Out)

• Real Estate Lust: A $5.5 million Bay Ridge house with an Italian villa including a wine grotto, 4,650 square feet, six beds, 3.5 baths, tile roofs, a pool, and more. (Jenny Xie for Curbed)

• With Kathy Hochul's previous support for congestion pricing, the Times asks looks for an answer to "When Is Congestion Pricing Coming to New York City?" (Winnie Hu and Dana Rubinstein for NY Times)

• Photos: A Bed-Stuy sidewalk fashion show in front of Gizmo Honey's Lulu Vintage on Marcus Garvey Blvd. (Scott Lynch for Brooklyn Magazine)

• 10 tomato dishes that will prompt you to ask, and this is what the headline says "Are you my lover or are you a tomato?" (Hannah Albertine, Nikko Duren, and Carlo Mantuano for The Infatuation)

• The New York Comedy Festival revealed its 200+ comedian lineup with over 100 shows at the Apollo Theatre, Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. (André Wheeler for Time Out)

• The MTA is restarting its bus network redesign, starting with the Bronx this fall. Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx are expected to be overhauled this year and fully implemented by June 2022. (Kevin Duggan for amNewYork Metro)

• What to know about the upcoming R Kelly trial, which starts this week in Downtown Brooklyn. (Kathleen Culliton for Patch)

• Did you know that Mr. Monopoly was based on a New Yorker? (Ephemeral New York)

• Museum of Broadway in Times Square will open next summer after having its opening delayed from 2020. (Laura Zornosa for NY Times)

• 15 essential New York bakeries. (Daniela Galarza for Eater)

Featured Pets: Laverne and Shirley!

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