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Tuesday’s Headlines: Masters of the Universe Edition

12:05 AM EDT on May 26, 2020

The Stock Exchange. Photo: Petr Kratochvil

We've been writing about it for weeks, but today is the day that New York Stock Exchange traders — can we start calling them "traitors"? — return to work without public transit. Naturally, Streetsblog will be there in force to ask the Masters of the Universe how they feel about contributing to the carpocalypse that experts believe will result from a general distrusts of transit.

Obviously, this raises a lot of questions with our readers:

Another reader asked why this is even necessary (the NYSE said it wanted to ensure the health of its workers — workers who are being summoned to the office before the state has lifted its lockdown, mind you).

And Pete from Manhattan pointed out one of the major problems with barring employees from getting to Lower Manhattan via subway:

Check back later for all the fun.

In the meantime, here's our roundup of all the news from yesterday — and there was not very much of it at all!

    • The Post has finally picked up on the bike-buying surge.
    • The Tribeca Citizen has come out in favor of making Duane Street car-free.
    • A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a Harlem pedestrian. (NY Post)
    • The Washington Post takes a look at cities that are closing streets to cars to make room for pedestrians and restaurant diners during the pandemic.
    • Cities like Paris and Milan have plans to limit cars long after the pandemic ends (Smithsonian Magazine). And you don't need to speak French to know that Anne Hidalgo is eating Mayor de Blasio's lunch (via Twitter).
    • And, finally, 16-year-old Arjun Govind sent us his four-minute video of a bike tour through a devastated New York City and we thought it was so poignant that we're embedding it below. Watch and share:

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