Afternoon Bulletin: Sanders Heads to the Bronx, Gay Talese Decries Normcore and More

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for New York’s April 19th Democratic primary got underway in the South Bronx Thursday.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally on February 22, 2016 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. Sanders is campaigning in the lead up to Super Tuesday primaries on March 1 when 11 states will vote.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, will kick off his New York Democratic primary campaign Thursday with a rally in the South Bronx.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for New York’s April 19th Democratic primary gets underway at 4pm today with a star-studded rally in the South Bronx. Actress Rosario Dawson and Grammy-winning rapper Residente will likely attend the gathering, which will be held in Saint Mary’s Park on St. Ann’s Avenue according to Mr. Sanders’ campaign website. Hillary and Bill Clinton will also be campaigning in the New York area on Thursday—Mrs. Clinton will appear at SUNY Purchase in Westchester County, while it’s anticipated that Mr. Clinton will meet with four labor groups in midtown Manhattan. (NBC New York)

John Kasich stirred controversy when people caught him eating a slice of pizza with a knife and fork. The Twitterverse soon attacked the Ohio governor for his action, which took place at Gino’s in the Italian-American neighborhood Howard Beach, Queens, with one user writing, “Kasich eats pizza with a fork, do you want a person who eats pizza with a fork to be your president?.” The incident was apparently so damaging that Mr. Kasich righted his culinary wrong during a Good Morning America appearance Thursday. His excuse? The pizza was “scalding hot.” Mr. Kasich’s scandal is not the first “Pizzagate” to smear a politician’s reputation. At a Times Square Famiglia in 2011, Donald Trump made the same faux-pas, and Mayor Bill de Blasio was caught in the act at Staten Island’s Goodfellas Pizzeria in 2014. Howard Beach is just miles from where GOP opponent Mr. Trump grew up. “I don’t consider [New York] anybody’s domain, I think it’s the people domain,” Mr. Kasich told the Observer. (Observer)

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, a 19-year-old woman was blown off the roof of a building in Washington Heights while urinating in the wind, the NYPD reports. The unidentified victim, who had been drinking alcohol with a 21-year-old man allegedly fell two storeys and is in critical but stable condition at a Harlem hospital. This incident marks the second in the New York area this week where someone has been swept off a rooftop by blustery conditions. On Tuesday, a Teaneck, N.J. building manager fatally fell seven stories. Meteorologists expect winds upwards of 34 mph to continue through Thursday night. (Metro New York)

Good news for those mourning the loss of Left Bank Books: Specialty bookstore Idlewild, which sells travel books and offers foreign language courses, will be moving from the Flatiron District to the West Village, according to an email the store sent to customers. The shop also has a Brooklyn locale in Cobble Hill. Since the Flatiron lease doesn’t end until next February, patrons will be able to buy books at both Manhattan locations in the interim. The new store, at the three-way intersection of 7th Avenue South, Perry Street, and Waverly Place, will occupy “a beautiful ground-level space with two spacious classrooms and a large light-filled sales floor.” (DNAinfo)

In a Village Voice profile, journalism legend and style icon Gay Talese has decried Normcore. Mr. Talese, who relishes wearing three-piece suits―even on the subway―doesn’t understand the so-uncool-it’s-cool aesthetic.”Normcore”? I don’t know what that means. N-O-R-M?” he said. “What an interesting phrase. I do see magazines devoted to men’s fashion that is distinctly not attention-getting. How do designers profit from that, I wonder?” From a man who has never owned a pair of jeans but has “a few hundred neckties, about a hundred suits or jackets, fifty hats, a dozen pairs of custom shoes,” it’s not a surprising consensus.  (Village Voice) Afternoon Bulletin: Sanders Heads to the Bronx, Gay Talese Decries Normcore and More