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New Yorkers brought NYC back despite hysteria over the Delta variant

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If New York City is to be saved from COVID-19, it will be no thanks to the politicians, bureaucrats and big-business leaders who once upon a time we might have turned to for leadership. 

Instead, it will be entirely due to Big Apple residents and visitors who are loving the place with their growing presence in astounding numbers. 

Weekday subway ridership has rebounded to 2.5 million people daily, not close to the pre-COVID total of over 5 million in 2019, but a lot better than 300,000 in April 2020. 

Times Square pedestrian traffic has jumped to more than half of its 355,000 pre-pandemic level. Tourism, which peaked at 70 million in 2019 but dipped to the low 20-millions last year, is on track to hit 31 million this year and is forecast to reach 56 million in 2022. 

Meanwhile, the restaurant world’s skyrocketing trajectory is obvious to anyone out for a meal. Emboldened by the numbers of diners flocking to eateries, the Oyster Bar and The Grill are reopening soon while Le Bernardin is bringing back lunch. 

But the strongest proof of life is on the streets and the sidewalks. Though still below pre-COVID levels, the crowds are everywhere — from Times Square to Downtown Brooklyn to Flushing. They’re shopping, eating, sightseeing and enjoying the human carnival, such as the unicyclist I recently saw balancing a basketball on his head. 

You ask: How can this life-affirming spectacle exist, given the daily media blare of terror over Delta’s rapid spread, especially in under-vaccinated neighborhoods like southern Staten Island? 

How can Midtown Sixth Avenue and Downtown Brooklyn be so full of people on foot, considering that office buildings remain only 21 percent physically occupied (one of the lowest urban rates in the United States)? 

Why are so many people here when Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the other major cultural venues that were supposed to open have yet to actually do so? 

And how can people clamor to the city as fraidy-cat lawyers warn companies against bringing employees back to their desks over “liability” concerns, panicking companies out of fall return schedules? 

Let’s hazard a wild guess. Maybe ordinary New Yorkers and people who live near the five boroughs are, notwithstanding daily official declarations of Apocalypse Near, smart enough to regard Delta as an annoying speed bump on the way to full triumph over the virus. 

While this bump is not to be taken lightly, it’s one that hardly resembles the monstrous scourge that brought us to our knees in the spring of 2020 or even the less lethal, although still formidable, one that struck in last winter’s “second wave.” 

Leave it up New Yorkers, not politicians, to revive the Big Apple economy.
Leave it up New Yorkers, not politicians, to revive the Big Apple economy.
James Keivom

At the pandemic’s height in spring of last year, 801 New Yorkers perished in one day. The daily toll peaked at 93 in January 2021. Since Delta kicked in this summer, that number has been mostly in the single digits

Daily hospitalizations, which topped out at 1,600 in spring of 2020 and 420 in January, are currently below 100, nearly all of them among the unvaccinated. “Breakthrough” infections of vaccinated New Yorkers are a scant 0.33 percent, or less than a third of 1 percent, de Blasio said on Wednesday. 

New Yorkers are savvy enough to read such numbers and tune out the daily cacophony of Delta doom. They can use their eyes and ears, too. The air is silent of 24/7 ambulance wails. There are no images of COVID victims on gurneys in the street awaiting admission to overwhelmed hospital ICUs. 

The recovery runs deeper than last summer’s short-lived reprieve when infection rates were lower than today but before there were vaccines to blunt their impact. 

Times Square and other New York attractions have a magnetic pull — even in the age of COVID.
Times Square and other New York attractions have a magnetic pull — even in the age of COVID.
Stephen Yang

Our current state of grace is no thanks to de Blasio, who bumbled every faltering effort at “recovery.” No thanks to Cuomo, whose economy-, culture- and haircut-crushing lockdown last year gave New Yorkers who temporarily left town even less reason to return. No thanks to the CDC, the WHO, Dr. Fauci, or the brigade of “experts” who take cues from lockdown-loving, laptop-toting journalists determined to portray everything as worse than it is. No thanks to school unions that keep pushing off a full return to classrooms, including one teacher who appeared in New York magazine holding a sign that read, “No return until zero cases.” 

Our streets are teeming in the “dead” of humidity-soaked August without full offices or schools, because our streets, parks and ever-improving waterfronts exert a gravitational pull beyond easy logic or reason. There’s splendor in our broad avenues, mystery to shadowy side streets, and heart-lifting hope in the skyline that no crisis can negate for long. 

Many more people love it here than you’d know from hysterical stories about a pandemic-driven exodus. 

So don’t listen to the pundits. Listen to the sound of footsteps and the music in the street.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
New York DMV
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
New York DMV
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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