The "Oh My God, He's Actually Gone" Edition

How the city voted in the primary, Cuomo's final cruel act, the wettest hour in city history, the best new Mexican restaurants, and more

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Humid throughout the day.

• Video: Watch Governor Cuomo's farewell address. (YouTube)

• Let's all say it together: Governor Hochul. (Luis Ferré-Sadurní for NY Times)

• Do you know what a governor does? What the governor of New York actually does. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• A look back at the transportation legacy of Governor Cuomo, a Robert Moses wannabe. (Benjamin Kabak for Second Ave Sagas)

• Without a megalomaniac in the governor's seat, NYC's mayor has a chance to have actual influence in Albany. (Elizabeth Kim for Gothamist)

• In one of his last acts, Governor Cuomo appears to have abandoned his dog in Albany. It's been denied by Cuomo's people, which has historically meant that a story is true. (Bess Levin for Vanity Fair)

• The New York Post can print all it wants questioning the city's mask mandate, but they have their own mask mandate in their offices. (Oliver Darcy for CNN)

• Friday night from 10 pm - 11 pm was the wettest hour in NYC history. (Adam Nichols for Patch)

• Videos: Hurricane Henri's flooding and one video of lightning hitting World Trade Center One. (Will Gleason for Time Out)

• the mayor is already talking up a sequel to the Homecoming concert. Here's a suggestion: Want until the problem is actually over. (Ben Brachfeld for amNewYork Metro)

• Interactive Map: See how the city voted in the mayoral primary. In the end, it looks like the further you were from Manhattan, the more likely you were to vote for Adams. (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)

• New York City will require every Department of Education employee — including teachers, principals, custodians, and all central office staff — to have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by Sept. 27, without the option of instead submitting to weekly testing. It's unknown what will happen to the unvaccinated workers. (Eliza Shapiro and Tracey Tully for NY Times)

• Has there been a worse idea than cruise ships returning to NYC next month? (André Wheeler for Time Out)

• Do you remember the painted cows all across NYC 21 years ago? They're back. There are 78 painted fiberglass cows across the city and in more secure places. (Julia Jacobs for NY Times)

• The Grand Central Oyster Bar will reopen on September 7. (Jen Chung for Gothamist)

17 fall restaurant openings to get excited about. (Liz Provencher for Thrillist)

• An attempt to answer the question "Why are affordable apartments so hard to build?" (Joe Lovinger for The Real Deal)

• Transferring management of NYCHA to a private company last fall was supposed to help mitigate the worst problems the developments faced. Turns out the private sector can be just as incompetent as the government. (Greg B. Smith for The City)

• Photos: Sometimes you want to look at vintage signs from the 70s that are still up in Astoria. (Ephemeral New York)

• Superiority Burger is moving into the old 24-hour Odessa Diner spot in the East Village. (André Wheeler for Time Out)

• Some of the most powerful players on Broadway have signed a pact pledging to strengthen the industry’s diversity practices as theaters reopen following the lengthy shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. This includes never assembling an all-white creative team on a production again, regardless of the subject matter. (Michael Paulson for NY Times)

• Gothamist teamed up with the NYPL to highlight items from the upcoming Treasures Exhibition. This time around: Charles Darwin's letter opened made out of his dead cat's paw. (Jen Carlson for Gothamist)

• 10 secrets of the Belt Parkway, including a hidden beach. (Noah Sheidlower for Untapped New York)

The best new Mexican restaurants. (Hannah Albertine, Max Bonem, Nikko Duren, and Carlo Mantuano for The Infatuation)

Featured Pet: Warrior!

Thanks to reader Denis for sending in this photo of his budgie Warrior, named for the Coney Island Warriors. Warrior is a rescue, but not from a shelter, but from a cage sitting on the sidewalk with a “FREE BUDGIE” sign on it. Send your pet photos to to see them featured!