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New Seatbelt Law, Big Political Donations, Saving The Strand


Posted on November 2, 2020 at 3:18 pm by West Sider


The Lincoln Center fountain. Photo by Kat.

November 2, 2020 Weather: Cold and windy, with a high of 44 degrees.

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A new expanded seatbelt law is in effect, mandating people wear belts in all seats of a vehicle regardless of age, including in the back seat of a taxi or Uber/Lyft.

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The Biden/Harris ticket has pulled in millions from Upper West Siders, the Times reports. “One Upper West Side ZIP code — 10024 — accounted for more than $8 million for Mr. Biden, and New York City in total delivered $85.6 million for him — more than he raised in every state other than California.

Customers flooded into The Strand after owner Nancy Bass Wyden said the bookstore was in a tough spot as sales have stagnated during the pandemic. In one weekend, the store recorded 25,000 orders. “Over the weekend, lines stretched around the block as people waited patiently to visit the Strand’s two locations in the East Village and Upper West Side, and at some point there were more than 200 people waiting to buy books, according to Wyden,” CNN reported.

The marathon may have been canceled but some people still did the 26.2 miles on Sunday anyway, the Times reported. “On Sunday, the day that would have been the 50th running of the New York City Marathon, many New York runners tackled the beloved route separately. Although they could not run across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, site of the customary start, they could follow the course down Fourth Avenue and Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, over the Queensboro Bridge, through Manhattan and the Bronx, and hurl their bodies over the “finish line” in Central Park.”

The New York Film Festival had record attendance this year, Indiewire reports. “Part virtual, part drive-in experience, NYFF 2020 pulled in more than 70,000 viewers across all 50 states. The festival’s revised format earlier this fall, running longer than usual from September 17 through October 11, averaged 1.5 home viewers per virtual film rental and 2.5 attendees per drive-in ticket.”

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