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It's Tuesday. Stick to your wallet. Today, Amazon Go Store opens in Lower Manhattan and accepts cash, the first of its kind to do so.
Weather: There is a risk of rain in the afternoon and thunderstorms in the evening. But it's May, so it gets hot at least. The temperature will start in the mid 50's and reach high in the late 70's late afternoon.
Alternative side parking : In effect until May 27 (Memorial Day).
When Uber starts selling its shares to the public for the first time on Thursday, the rising app can be worth as much as $ 91 billion. Those who already have a stake in the company can be very, very rich.
But the drivers who trust the app for income won't.
Drivers in New York and other cities have complaints about the company, and they are planning a strike tomorrow morning to raise awareness of their complaints.
How should drivers strike?
Drivers working for Uber and similar drives, such as Lift, Juno and Via, plan to log off the apps from 7 to 9 tomorrow morning. Customers will be able to sign in to the apps, but they may not find many drivers nearby.
After 9, the drivers will continue to pick up passengers.
What drives the drivers?
In short, they want better pay and working conditions.
Driver's claim was outlined in a New York Taxi Workers Alliance statement. A request is a limit to how much money drivers need to share with the apps per trip. The group also opposes what it says is Uber's arbitrary removal of drivers from the app, and effectively terminates them.
Are the drivers working for Uber?
Initially, Uber called the drivers who use their app independent "driver partners." But in 2017, State Department of Labor stated that New York's drivers were actually employees.
Haven't New York City already done anything to help motorists?
Last year, the city's legislators limited the number of licenses for rental vehicles they would dispense, capping the number of drivers who could flood the market and overload the streets.
The lawmakers also guaranteed that full-time drivers would earn at least $ 17 an hour, and that the city would provide financial and mental health resources after several for-hire drivers killed themselves.
Uber refused to comment on the strike, but pointed out the benefits it offers some drivers, including cash bonuses, gas reimbursement, and online primary school training administered by Arizona State University.
Will the protest affect my commute?
Most people in New York City take bulk shipping, but a significant number of people rely on pre-hire cars for trips to trains and coached areas. If you are one of those commuters – or if you are trying to make a trip to the airport or need to make an unexpected trip – you may want to plan ahead.
Yellow and green taxis will still be around and they use several apps, including Waave, Curb, Myle and Wapanda.
See famous arrivals at Met Gala
The theme was "Camp: Notes on Fashion." Lady Gaga came in a fuchsia dress with a huge train, but then she morphed, revealed two extra dresses and finally her underwear.
But was she the most famous of them all?
See more photographs from Met Gala red carpet .
From The Times
Ron Darling, an announcer and former bullet for Mets, announced that he has thyroid cancer. He said it was processed and that he hoped to return to work soon. Daily News]
A Staten Island newspaper is trying to identify each speed camera in the district. (The city's transportation department would not confirm locations, said the paper.) [SILive]
A producer of "Game of Thrones" confirmed to WNYC that yes it was a misplaced Starbucks coffee cup in the show's latest episode. [WNYC]
Coming up today
The Frick collection in Manhattan hosts a screening and panel discussion of "Citizen Lane", a documentary on the art collector Hugh Lane. 5 pm [$15]
Polish your summary at a workshop at the Macomb Bridge Library in Manhattan. 11 am [Free with R.S.V.P.]
Enjoy board games, networks and music at 333 Lounge's Afro-Caribbean Tuesday event in Brooklyn. 6 pm
– Ana Fota
Events can be changed so double check before you leave. For more events, see the exit lines from The Times Cultural Pages.
And finally: On the way to prison, a shop that feels like a five star hotel
Nate Schweber and The Times Corey Kilgannon report:
Michael Cohen, president's earlier personal attorney, arrived yesterday in federal prison in Otisville, NY, to start his three-year sentence on fraud charges, and a good vantage point to see him getting into the grounds was a nearby Sunoco gas station and convenience store – a stop for people coming in and leaving the facility.
"Everyone stops there, especially after they are released," said Lawrence Dressler, a former inmate in Otisville, located 75 miles northwest of New York City. "It's the first place you can go to get food or a cold drink or use in the bathroom."
Herr. Cohen did not stop at Sunoco, but other prominent prisoners and visitors have. Boxer Mike Tyson got a little change before visiting a friend, said Donna Simpson, who works in the store's deli.
When the Iowa meat-pack expert Sholom Rubashkin was released in 2017 – his 27-year prison sentence was commuted by President Trump – a video posted on YouTube, showed that some of his supporters had an impromptu dance party in the parking lot.
Other freshly filled inset heads straight in to consume a sandwich, grab cigarettes and switch to street clothes in the store's bathroom. Sometimes they also use the bathroom to be changed after being told by prison staff that their clothing is inappropriate under the visiting guidelines.
The store has a message but diverse assortment of goods: fishing reels, Dinty Moore pot, diapers, candy bars and lottery tickets.
The shop owner, Sneha Patel, said the last purchase many people make before being reported to the prison are cigarettes. They usually do not buy beer.
At the release, the long inmates are often confused by the price increases.
Herr. Dressler recalled leaving prison and entering the store. "You're wary and looking around at this food and drinking. You can't believe you're really out of jail," he said. "You can actually use the bathroom and lock the door. It feels like a five star hotel."
It's Tuesday – appreciate your local shops.
Metropolitan Diary: Familiar sound
I live in a small town in western Massachusetts. Last year a good friend of mine claimed how her daughter, a recent graduate, went out of living in Manhattan.
"I told her she will never run into someone she knows," my friend said. "It'll be full of strangers all the time."
Imagine my surprise as I go to the Upper East Side one evening this fall with a friend living in New York, I heard someone called my name. It was my friend's daughter.
– Catherine Sanderson
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