February 22, 2020

The Feud Between Trump and New York

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It’s Friday. We’re off on Monday for Presidents’ Day.

Weather: Today, expect a high in the low 30s and a biting wind, but the sun is back for the long weekend.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Presidents’ Day).


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Donald Trump’s rise to prominence was tied to his status as a lifelong New Yorker. But since his 2016 election, he has become increasingly disillusioned with the state where he made his name and with the man who leads it, Governor Cuomo.

But yesterday, President Trump met with Mr. Cuomo at the White House to discuss their latest disagreement, over a ban on New York-based applications to Trusted Traveler programs.

A statement from the Department of Homeland Security called it a “productive meeting,” but said discussions were continuing. A spokeswoman for the governor said in a statement that Mr. Trump would follow up with Mr. Cuomo next week.

The ban is just one of several topics that have put the president’s contentious relationship with New York on display.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security barred New Yorkers from joining Trusted Traveler programs — including Global Entry — which allow Americans to quickly pass through airports and borders. The change was prompted by a 2019 New York law that allowed undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.

The law also restricted immigration officials from gaining access to data collected by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

Federal officials said the lack of access to D.M.V. records would impede “efforts to keep our nation secure.” Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, accused the Trump administration of “extortion” over the Trusted Traveler ban and said the state planned to sue.

Since then, the governor has offered access to D.M.V. records of Trusted Traveler applicants on “a case-by-case basis.”

Mr. Trump severed an important tie to New York in September, when he declared himself a resident of Palm Beach, Fla. He confirmed the decision in a tweet that criticized New York’s elected officials.

“I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state,” he wrote. “Few have been treated worse.”

(The Manhattan district attorney’s office is seeking the release of eight years of Mr. Trump’s business and personal tax records — a dispute that is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.)

Chat with the director before watching “Antigone” at the Canada Now film festival at the IFC Center in Manhattan. 7 p.m. [$16]


Relative Fields in a VR Garden,” a multimedia installation, closes with an artist talk at the Queens Museum. 2 p.m. [Free]

— Alana Herlands and Melissa Guerrero

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Alyson Krueger writes:

Roses don’t seem like such a kind gesture when you think about how they are shipped to the city on cargo planes from Ecuador, or how they decompose in landfills and convert to methane gas.

So what’s a climate-conscious romantic to do?

Consider the case of Leatal Cohen, an idealistic florist and the owner of Pic and Petal. She was hired by a man who wished to propose to his girlfriend while surrounded by hundreds of flowers. Yes, it would be beautiful. But wasteful, too.

So, after the newly engaged couple’s fairy-tale moment, Ms. Cohen asked Aviva and Arielle Vogelstein, sisters and the founders of ReVased, which repurposes and resells slightly used floral arrangements, to dismantle and transport the 350 flowers to Ms. Cohen’s apartment in Brooklyn.

There, the sisters paid Ms. Cohen to help them sort through the anemone, ranunculus, delphinium, privet berry, pear flower blossom, hydrangea and garden roses as they created new arrangements. Some would be going to subscribers who receive a delivery once a month for $29. The rest would be donated to a neighborhood center in Manhattan.

The sharing economy has trickled down to the flower industry, with more companies across the city committed to either extending the temporary joy flowers bring or to reusing or composting them more responsibly.

People who receive flowers can do their part as well, said Elizabeth Balkan, director of the food waste program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Press them, repurpose them, turn them into soap,” she said. Or refuse them altogether.

It’s Friday — Happy Valentine’s Day.

Dear Diary:

The plan was to wake up and do the laundry early. It had been weeks since I had done it, and things were getting dire.

I grabbed the detergent and laundry card, piled three heavy laundry bags into a cart and wheeled it all out the front door on the way to the laundry room in my building’s basement.

I pushed the button for the elevator and waited. When it stopped at my floor, I opened the door to see a man and his young daughter with their own pile of laundry bags.

The man looked at my mound of clothing as I got onto the elevator.

“I guess me and you had the same idea,” he said.

I nodded and smiled.

When we got to the laundry room, there were only three empty washers available. The man and I looked at each other.

“How do we do this?” I asked.

“How about we flip for it using the laundry card?” he said.

“That sounds great,” I said. Then, pointing to his daughter, I added, “And how about we let her do it?”

We each chose a side of the card that would win the washers. The girl tossed the card in the air. It spun and landed on the floor with the logo facing up.

I had lost.

The girl, noticing her father’s happiness, jumped up and down.

I plopped myself down in an empty chair as the man began to fill one of the washers. I would have to wait for a while, but I was pleased with the outcome.

— Ramy Fakhr

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