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De Blasio asks Trump if he’s telling New York City to ‘drop dead.’

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday continued to call on President Trump to direct desperately needed federal funding to American cities, and to criticize the president’s silence on the matter.

“How on earth do you not have an opinion on aid to American cities and states?” Mr. de Blasio said during his daily press briefing.

He compared Mr. Trump’s lack of response to the financial shortfall facing New York City in particular to President Gerald Ford’s dismissal of the city during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s.

“There was that famous Daily News cover that said Latest New York City News ‘Ford to City: Drop Dead,’” Mr. de Blasio said. “So my question is, Mr. Trump, Mr. President, are you going to save New York City or are you telling New York City to drop dead? Which one is it?”

The mayor announced last week that New York City would have to cut more than $2 billion in municipal services over the next year.



New York may have passed the high point of coronavirus infection.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday that data indicated that New York was “past the high point” of the coronavirus outbreak.

“If this trend holds, we are past the high point, and all indications at this point are that we are on a descent,” he said, adding, “We are on the other side of the plateau, and the numbers are coming down.”

The governor asked that New Yorkers remain vigilant, pointing out that 1,300 people had been hospitalized for the virus the previous day.

Trump praises Cuomo on federal-state partnership.

During a news conference on Sunday evening, President Trump thanked Mr. Cuomo, saying that their partnership had been effective, including in extending the city’s hospital capacity.

“We built a little bit more than we needed — that’s good,” the president said. “As opposed to building a little bit less — that’s not good.”

Mr. Trump also played a two-minute clip from Mr. Cuomo’s Sunday news conference in which the governor praised the coordination between federal and state governments in response to the outbreak.

And finally: New York, from artists’ windows
Antonio de Luca, Sasha Portis and Adriana Ramić write:

Windows are often described as the eyes of a building. They are a symbol of pondering, an aperture through which we can experience the world outside while remaining inside — an important feature now that millions of New Yorkers have had to move their lives indoors.

We reached out to 17 illustrators and artists sheltering in place in neighborhoods across the city and asked them to draw what they see out of their windows — to show us what it feels like to be in New York at this rare moment in time.

“For three weeks, I have not seen anything move,” Press Release Distribution Service said Yuko Shimizu, an artist in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, who drew the scene above.

Metropolitan Diary: Passing by

Dear Diary:

It was 1978, and I was walking uptown on a snow-covered part of lower First Avenue. Local merchants had shoveled a one-person-wide path in the middle of the sidewalk.

A young man and woman were walking toward me. As they got closer, we all realized we would need to do a little dance to pass one another while staying on the path.

They went single file with the woman in front. We all turned sideways to create uptown and downtown “lanes” for ourselves to the degree possible.

Just before the woman passed me, she turned back toward her companion.

“By the way,” she said, “when do you want to get married?”

— Gary Maciag

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