Good morning on this moody-to-merry Wednesday.
Earth Day is April 22.
The sky is also sharing space today, with two weather patterns.
First up: A moody morning, an overcast afternoon and a chance of rain and thunderstorms through lunch.
The clouds should part by your late-afternoon coffee run, when you can enjoy sunshine and temperatures in the high 60s.
• The state’s new free-tuition program will mostly help students who go to college straight from high school and graduate on time. But low-income students rarely fit that mold. [New York Times]
• Absent from this year’s state budget: A raft of proposed ethics reforms. [New York Times]
• Mayor Bill de Blasio committed to the goal of replacing Rikers Island with borough-based jails, but he doesn’t want the fight as he gears up for a re-election campaign. [New York Times]
• … And on Staten Island, where he is broadly disliked, the mayor engaged in the one-on-one politics he often shies away from. [New York Times]
• The Justice Department is shutting down a commission that was examining forensic techniques that have helped falsely convict people, writes Jim Dyer in “About New York.” [New York Times]
• The sculpture of the “Charging Bull” statue is accusing the city of violating his rights by installing the “Fearless Girl” statue without his permission. [Associated Press]
• The Museum of the Moving image began a Kickstarter campaign to finally open its Jim Henson exhibit. [DNAinfo]
• The city is expanding the curbside pickup of electronic waste. [CBS]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Hey, He Tried”
• Scoreboard: Mets mangle Phillies, 14-4.
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Wednesday Briefing.
• The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit performs Shakespeare’s comedy, “Twelfth Night,” set to house, Cuban and ’90s music, at Roy Wilkins Recreation Center in Queens. 1 p.m. [Free]
• The New Yorker cartoonist and snowman expert Bob Eckstein presents “Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores” at the Mid-Manhattan Library. 6:30 p.m. [Free]
• Learn about Leaders in War from Andrew Roberts, a war studies expert from King’s College London, at the New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side. 6:30 p.m. [$44]
• Comedy show meets cooking competition in “The Food Funny” at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. 7:30 p.m. [$7]
• Looking ahead: In May and June, you can spend the night at a museum in a “sleepover for grown-ups” at the American Museum of Natural History.
• Yankees host Rays, 1:05 p.m. (YES). Rangers at Canadiens in the playoff opener, 7 p.m. (NBCS). Mets at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (SNY). Knicks host 76ers in the season finale, 8 p.m. (MSG). Nets at Bulls, 8 p.m. (YES).
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
• Subway and PATH
• Railroads: L.I.R.R., Metro-North, N.J. Transit, Amtrak
• Roads: Check traffic map or radio report on the 1s or the 8s.
• Alternate-side parking: suspended for Passover.
• Ferries: Staten Island Ferry, New York Waterway, East River Ferry
• Airports: La Guardia, J.F.K., Newark
There’s a contest to design New York City’s next “I Voted” sticker. The deadline is Friday.
Call them a fashion statement, a declaration of civic pride, or both, the stickers are a way for New Yorkers to show that we care about the future of our city, state and country. They are distributed at polling locations for local elections, including the mayoral race this November, and beyond.
Last year’s design, created in 2013 by a 10-year-old on the Upper East Side, featured red, white and blue lettering across an image of Lady Liberty.
Judges are looking for something eye-catching and original with a strong message pertaining to voting in New York City. At minimum, the design must include the text “I Voted” and fit within a circle two inches in diameter.
Read the full list of rules and guidelines here.
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