The "Putting Faith in Number Two" Edition

Ranked Choice ballot counting, Pride remains a riot, the NYPD gets sued (again), the best burgers, Coney Island fireworks, and more

Today - Low: 77˚ High: 91˚
Humid throughout the day.

• Today's the day where the in-person voting ranked-choice voting ballots will be counted. While we won’t get a definitive answer about who will be the next mayor, we'll have a slightly better idea. (Anne Barnard, Katie Glueck, and Jeffery C. Mays for NY Times)

• Kathryn Garcia sees her path to victory as a second-ranked candidate. Thinking back to Andrew Yang and Garcia's last-moment campaigning together, I wonder if this was Yang attempting to get a job in a possible Mayor Garcia's administration. (Carmen Vintro for Gotham Gazette)

• "The park was packed and people were just hanging out and having a good time after the Queer Liberation March. Then all of a sudden we started seeing dozens of police vans circle around the park with their sirens and lights flashing, pedal to the metal." The NYPD celebrated Pride with violence, their traditional celebration of Pride. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• Photos: Pride parties and protests. (Scott Lynch for Gothamist)

• State Senator Zellnor Myrie and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the NYPD, accusing the NYPD of violating their free-speech rights of assembly and illegally detaining Senator Myrie. The defendants are Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Dermot Shea, and six individual officers and asks the judge to declare kettling illegal. (Andy Newman for NY Times)

• After the second shooting in Times Square, the NYPD will "flood" the area with officers. (Ali Watkins and Ashley Wong for NY Times)

• Photos and Videos: Bruce Springsteen's return to Broadway was protested by a flock of idiot anti-vaxxers who were protesting the proof-of-vaccine requirements for the show. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist)

• ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is undergoing some changes before it reopens. The play will no longer be in two parts and costs for the producers will be reduced, but that's just about all the information that's currently available about the changes. (Michael Paulson for NY Times)

• Trump Organization lawyers met with Manhattan prosecutors in an attempt to ward off criminal charges against the company. (William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess, and Jonah E. Bromwich for NY Times)

• 18 of the best places to visit in Washington Heights. (Devin Gannon for 6sqft)

• City jails are resuming in-person visits on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for the first time since the pandemic hit. (Daniel E. Slotnik for NY Times)

• "Now more than ever, restaurant employees must be advocates for the safety and comfort of guests as well as themselves, which sometimes requires uncomfortable conversations." 10 restaurant workers on how the pandemic changed hospitality. (Abigail Koffler for The Infatuation)

• A look into the mystery of two sinister gargoyles on the Argonaut Building on 57th. (Ephemeral New York)

• Photos: The 2021 Drag March. (Donna Aceto for Gay City News)

• Ravens are being spotted on the Upper West Side. They're no Hot Duck but they're also a rare sight in the city. (Mike Mishkin for I Love the Upper West Side)

• This Friday kicks off Coney Island's fireworks season. Fireworks will adorn the sky above the boardwalk every Friday from July 9 through September 3 on top of four more nights after Cyclones games. (Bill Pearis for BrooklynVegan)

• Real Estate Lust: A $2.75 million neo-Renaissance limestone in PLG with central air, three stories, a renovated kitchen, four beds, three and a half baths, outdoor space, and more. (Susan De Vries for Brownstoner)

• Economy Candy is planning a late-July store reopening. Orders are still available for curbside pickup or with national shipping. (Holly Louise Perry for Bowery Boogie)

• Video: Walking the entirety of Canal Street. (ActionKid on YouTube)

• Kudos to Savannah Guthrie for raising $217k for the Bowery Mission while guest-hosting Jeopardy. (EV Grieve)

• The best burgers in NYC. (Lucy Meilus, Kelly Dobkin, and Tae Yoon for Thrillist)

I haven’t mentioned this yet, but this months-long Twitter thread of photos between Bruce Schaff and Julian Seltzer has been one of my favorite things. Check it out and contribute if you’ve got some appropriate photos!