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  • Clinton

    8 fully vaccinated members of the NY Yankees currently have Covid.

  • CassieVonMontague

    To be fair, “the science” hasn’t had a great track record over the past year. It was only a few weeks ago that “the science” came around to the fact that the coronavirus was airborne.

  • ronaman

    I suppose if people want to be neurotic forever, none of us can stop you. But it is setting society back as we should all be working to move past this awful plague year. The vaccines work! If we show people through our actions that there’s no benefit to getting the vaccine — “sorry, you should be wearing a mask anyway!” — why would the on-the-fence come over to the vaccinated side? NYC has done great at masking; now, we get our reward. Mask-free existence.

  • Charles

    Maybe not quite shame… but glare. C’mon people!

  • b2c

    The CDC updated its guidance for a reason. (Though, yes, that doesn’t make it magic.) I can’t wait until stores here start dropping mask mandates — it’s going to take some pushing, because they’ll all be nervous to go first.

  • Susan O’Doherty

    And you’re certain you can tell who has been vaccinated vs who can’t because of immune or other health issues, and who is traumatized by loss of a loved one, or you don’t mind shaming those people?

  • Cranberry Beret

    OH MY, that video. They might as well say “Only preppy white people need apply”

  • CassieVonMontague

    As long as they have menus. He was the chef at Diner, where the waiters write the menu on your table. I once had the unfortunate experience of having a waiter with terrible handwriting, and my date and I spent the evening guessing the entrees.

  • Alex

    Well, we knew the vaccines weren’t 100% effective.

  • Alex

    When masks were made mandatory, did you doubt the science? Please don’t be a hypocrite.

  • Susan O’Doherty

    *(mask, not MSK)

  • Jorale-man

    Yes, I never l like gimmicks of that sort. Give me a menu I can study on the website before I arrive even!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    The goal of having a vaccinated society isn’t masklessness, or the pursuit of the “Before Time”, it’s to stop the spread of a disease. (Or, I guess, getting some free second-rate crinkle cut French fries?)

    Mask-wearing should absolutely be incorporated into our social behavior going forward, and as the numbers go down, so will the necessity for mask-wearing except when possibly contagious with something airborne.

    For me and others, 90% effectiveness and higher case numbers than we had in August isn’t satisfactory to that end yet, but if that’s a good enough set of numbers for you then that’s cool too.

  • brooklynbull

    Your photos are always appreciated – thank you!

  • Andrew Porter

    Photo by George P. Hall, from 1910.

  • Andrew Porter

    Still required: masks mandatory on all trains, buses, airplanes, etc.

    The big problem in the subways is steel dust, from the rails. Run your hand over the top of the fluorescent lights; that’s the steel dust, generated by friction from the wheels.

  • Andrew Porter

    MSK: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. MSK: not to be confused with MSG, in your food.

  • Andrew Porter

    As does Bill Maher, forced to cancel his live show last night. And he was also vaccinated.

  • Andrew Porter

    I saw him and his wife in the place over a month ago, and we had a long talk about the building. He swore me to secrecy about his plans. Good to see this come about!

  • Susan O’Doherty

    Yes, unfortunately too much family experience with cancer has caused autocorrect to assume that any word/acronym starting with M must be MSK, and when I’m undercaffeinated I sometimes don’t catch it before posting.

  • TeddyNYC

    They were referring to the PATH Christopher St. station with that worse “than some of the worst days in Beijing or Delhi” comment. I used that station once years ago when I wanted to go to Hoboken to have dinner at the Pilsener Haus & Biergarten and there was a visible haze and the air smelled different from other subway stations. I made sure I never used it again and use the WTC station that I normally use to go to Jersey City or Hoboken.

  • kizz

    Does anyone know what that loud exhaust sound is around Cranberry and Columbia Heights today? Is it the air conditional for the A/C subway line? It’s loud as hell

  • RickP

    If mask wearing is truly pointless I expect it will die out on its own as the virus subsides — and isn’t replaced by another.

    Meanwhile, people adjust at different paces.So, they mask. I have a hard time believing it will affect vaccination rates very much. “Because some people choose to mask against CDC advice, I won’t get the damn vaccine!”. Really? How many?

    Now, the custom of shaking hands … I could live without that.

  • CassieVonMontague

    It’s the exhaust system for the subway’s Cranberry Street Tunnel. Anyone notice it’s louder now? My theory is ever since they built those buildings in front of Squibb Park, the sound bounces off them and back up to the Heights.

  • kizz

    Is that a temporary thing? I’ve only ever just noticed it today. You can hear it all the way down Cranberry nearly to Henry

  • Arch Stanton

    LOL That’s exactly what they are saying.

  • Arch Stanton

    If I ever have the misfortune of ever having to ride a NYC Subway again, I will certainly wear a mask, especially during rush hour.

  • StudioBrooklyn
  • gc

    This is also first time I’ve noticed it. Pretty annoying!

  • kizz

    Yeah, I have to imagine that is related to some of the tunnel work they have recently been doing. I’ve never heard an exhaust like that before not to mention at that location