Restaurants and gyms are suing New York City over its vaccine mandate for indoor activities

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  • Restaurants and gyms are suing New York City over its vaccine mandate for indoor activities.
  • The lawsuit hopes to overturn the mandate as being unfair to businesses.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio feels confident his mandate can withstand the legal challenge.
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Three restaurants are suing New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio over its vaccine mandate for indoor activities.

The outer-borough restaurants are hoping to overturn the mandate, arguing that it unfairly affects restaurants and excludes other indoor facilities like salons, offices, and places of worship.

The restaurants involved in the lawsuit include Deluca’s Italian Restaurant and Max’s Esca in Staten Island, and Pasticceria Rocco in Brooklyn. The Independent Restaurant Owners Association Rescue and two gyms, Evolve-33 and Staten Island Judo Jujitsu, are also plaintiffs in the complaint.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday and already has the support of several Republican elected officials, according to The New York Times, including Representative Nicole Malliotakis and City Council member Joe Borelli, who both represent Staten Island.

The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs feel the vaccine mandates are “unscientific” and “would severely impact” their “business, life-savings, and livelihood.”

The lawsuit comes weeks after de Blasio announced that workers and patrons wanting to participate in indoor activities such a gyms, restaurants, and performance venues would be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

De Blasio feels confident his executive order will withstand a legal challenge, he told the Times on Wednesday.

“I’ve had the conversation with the Law Department – tremendous confidence that we’re in a very strong legal position,” de Blasio said to The Times. “We’re in a global pandemic still. The decisions that have been taken have been taken with the leadership of our health officials who have been fighting this battle from the beginning.”

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Census: The 10 most populous US cities are led by NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago; Phoenix leapfrogs Philadelphia to claim the No. 5 spot

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A row of brownstones in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

1. New York

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The skyline of Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York City is by far the most populous city in the United States, with more than 8.8 million residents across the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

Its population increased by 7.7 percent from 2010, when the census recorded a population of roughly 8.2 million residents.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, many residents left New York for locales with less density and more affordable housing, but the out migration wasn’t enough to dent the city’s strong growth over the past decade.

2. Los Angeles

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The downtown Los Angeles skyline.

Los Angeles remained the second most populous city in the United States, with nearly 3.9 million residents, up from 3.79 million residents in 2000.

The city’s population grew by 2.8 percent between 2010 and 2020.

With over 10 million residents, Los Angeles County, which includes the city of Los Angeles and municipalities such as Santa Monica, Burbank, and Long Beach, is the most populous county in the country.

3. Chicago

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A view of the Chicago skyline.

Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States and the economic engine of the Midwest, now boasts a population of nearly 2.75 million residents, up from the roughly 2.7 million recorded in the 2010 Census.

Between 2010 and 2020, the city grew by 1.9 percent, reversing a 6.9 percent population decline from 2000 to 2010.

4. Houston

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Downtown Houston.

Houston is the largest city in Texas, with more than 2.3 million residents, according to the 2020 Census, adding a little over 200,000 residents from the last census count.

In 2010, there were nearly 2.1 million residents recorded living in this dynamic Sun Belt city.

5. Phoenix

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Phoenix was the fastest-growing big city in the United States from 2010 to 2020.

Arizona has emerged as one of the most politically-competitive states in the county, and much of the reason has to do with the explosive growth in Phoenix and its anchor, Maricopa County.

Phoenix serves as both the state capital and the seat of Maricopa, which contains roughly 61 percent of the state’s population.

During the last decade, Phoenix moved past Philadelphia to become the fifth-most populous city in the United States, with over 1.6 million residents, according to Census figures.

6. Philadelphia

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The Liberty Bell is an enduring symbol of American independence.

Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in the United States, with a key geographic location between Boston and Washington, DC.

The City of Brotherly Love may have lost its No. 5 spot to Phoenix, but it was no slouch in the growth department, boasting a population slightly above 1.6 million and a growth rate of 5.1 percent between 2010 and 2020.

7. San Antonio

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The San Antonio River Walk.

San Antonio experienced robust growth in the past decade, growing from 1.32 million residents in 2010 to 1.43 million by the end of the decade, an 8.1 percent increase.

 

 

8. San Diego

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A view of San Diego.

San Diego boasts some of the most beautiful weather in the entire country, and in the last decade, the coastal city continued to grow — from 1.3 million in 2010 to nearly 1.4 million in 2020.

 

9. Dallas

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Downtown Dallas.

Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas, in what has become a rapidly-changing Sun Belt metropolitan area.

The city’s population grew from nearly 1.2 million in 2010 to a little over 1.3 million in 2020.

10. San Jose, Calif.

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A view of Santana Row in San Jose, California.

San Jose is the anchor of the Silicon Valley and the most populous city in Northern California.

From 2010 to 2020, the city experienced a 7.1 percent population growth and now boasts a population of 1.01 million people.

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People can’t get enough of NYC, even during a pandemic

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People still want to live in New York City for its vibrancy.

  • NYC‘s population grew by 8% in the past decade, according to new Census data.
  • It’s more evidence of the city’s comeback, after being written off as slumping during the pandemic.
  • Many residents have already returned, and real estate is also rebounding.
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This just in: more proof that the 2020 narrative of a fading New York City was completely wrong.

NYC saw its population grow by 8% in the past decade, according to Census Bureau data released earlier this week. That’s equivalent to more than 629,000 people for a population of 8.8 million.

It’s positive news for a city whose obituary was written countless times last year. Formerly the US epicenter of the pandemic during the first coronavirus wave last spring, NYC watched many of its young professional transplants head back to their parents’ homes and its wealthy residents flee upstate or down south for more space. The urban flight fueled the story of a city that had lost its luster.

City officials have partially attributed the population increase to getting a better census count after the New York’s Department of City planning added 265,000 housing units that were missing from the Bureau’s list. But it’s still the latest evidence that the NYC mass exodus wasn’t quite so massive as it was made out to be.

Data from USPS released earlier found that more Manhattanites moved to Brooklyn than anywhere else between March 2020 and February 2021 – 20,000 of them, compared with 19,000 Manhattanites who moved to Florida, only 10,000 of whom plan to stay permanently.

While the number of outward migrants from the NYC metro area ticked up from 2019 to 2020 – a loss of 6.6 per 1,000 residents grew to 10.9 – those who left for the suburbs were already returning in spring, Mansion Global reported. People began their return to NYC in the third quarter of 2020, location data from Unacast found. In January and February, it said, migration to the city was growing twice as fast as it did in 2019.

The city’s real estate market, which once plummeted, has since begun to rebound. New Yorkers are upgrading to wealthier neighborhoods and fancier apartments, while there’s evidence that overseas buyers are starting to drive sales again, as are young professionals looking to buy for the first time. The number of sales in Manhattan increased by 28.7% from the last three months of 2020 to the first three of 2021, according to a Douglas Elliman report.

A Bank of America Research note from May predicted that economic reopening would further spark a domino-like return to the city, ultimately proving the mass exodus narrative more myth than reality. It noted that NYC remained a premier city for “young renters given their status as economic, financial, and cultural centers, and the pullback in rents over the past year helps affordability.”

Now, not everyone has stuck around. The same USPS data found many did move for good. But those who didn’t stay in the metro area still remained close by in the Northeast, heading out east to Long Island or as far as Philadelphia. Within traveling distance to the city, it’s likely they’ll continue to boost NYC’s economy, but through spending as visitors rather than as residents.

But Stephan D. Whitaker, an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, said that while migration did increase in many urban neighborhoods, it hasn’t been to the extent that it would fit the definition of an exodus.

As Kenneth Horn, the founder of Alchemy Properties, told Mansion Global, “Whoever wrote off New York was wrong.”

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Singapore clocked a massive $24 billion in real-estate sales in the first half of 2021 – twice as much as NYC

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Luxury condominiums at the Keppel Bay Yacht Marina in Singapore.

Singapore saw nearly $24 billion worth of real estate sales in the first half of 2021 as home prices spiked by a record 4.1%, Faris Mokhtar reported for Bloomberg. That’s twice the recorded sales in Manhattan – the biggest real-estate market in the United States’ largest city – in the same period.

During the pandemic, wealthy foreigners have continued to flock to the Southeast Asian city-state known for its low tax rates. Billionaires including investor Ray Dalio and Google’s Sergey Brin have opened family offices in Singapore in the past year.

Some of the most high-profile real-estate deals, however, have been among affluent locals. In March, the wife of a Singapore tech founder paid about $96 million for a mansion on Singapore’s ultra-exclusive Nassim Road. Last month, Grab CEO Anthony Tan paid over $29 million for a resort-style bungalow. And just last week, Singapore’s Business Times reported that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew was in talks to buy a $64 million bungalow in the affluent Queen Astrid Park area.

“Our high-end market is very resilient,” Bruce Lye, the cofounder and managing partner at Singapore Realtors Inc., told Insider this spring. “Singapore is much sought after due to our safe-haven status for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. With amendments to the Global Investor Program and benefits of setting up family offices in Singapore, we will see many more eye-popping deals being inked in the near future.”

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A mansion on Singapore’s exclusive Nassim Road.

In New York City, which saw an exodus of an estimated 400,000 people in the early days of the pandemic, housing prices plummeted in 2020. By January 2021, Manhattan home prices were 6.2% lower than the year before and Brooklyn prices were down 5.4%, according to a report from StreetEasy. The median rent fell to its lowest price since 2010.

But the market has since mounted a swift recovery. Pamela Liebman, president and CEO of The Corcoran Group, told Insider’s Natasha Solo-Lyons last month that Manhattan had its best spring season for closed sales in six years.

“A year and a half after the pandemic began, it’s safe to say that New York City has its mojo back,” Liebman said.

The two cities have had markedly different pandemic experiences. New York City, with a population of more than eight million, has recorded nearly 2.2 million COVID-19 infections and 53,750 deaths, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. Singapore, which has about 5.7 million people and has been known for its stringent lockdowns and containment measures during the pandemic, has recorded 65,836 cases and 42 deaths.

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15 of the most luxurious hotels in the United States, from a private island to a celebrity retreat

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Utah’s Amangiri has long been a destination popular among A-list celebrities.

  • Post-pandemic, there is now pent-up demand for travel, plus extra budget after a year without it.
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As a professional travel writer, I’ve been fortunate to stay at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. But like most people, the pandemic left me grounded – and wanderlusting madly.

Now that it’s possible to move about once again, and after over a year with little to no travel, we’re left with not only pent-up demand but unspent cash that we’re ready to put to good use.

If you’re ready to realize those travel dreams with a bucket list trip, but aren’t ready to cross the border, we rounded up some of the most luxurious hotels here in the U.S. These incredible five-star properties all offer an unparalleled guest experience, dreamy scenery, sumptuous amenities, impeccable service, and much more.

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These are the best luxury hotels in the U.S., sorted by price from low to high.

Peninsula Chicago

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Peninsula Chicago, located on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, has a wonderful spa.

Book Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is a famous five-star property located on the Magnificent Mile, in the heart of the city’s premier shopping district. The 339-guest room hotel features three restaurants, a rooftop lounge, and a world-class spa. 

Entry-level guest rooms face south over Superior Street and are some of the most spacious in town, with rich wood and cream leather that accents high-end furnishings. The Superior rooms are bright and airy with sophisticated decor in muted earth tones and signature blues. 

The indoor pool, located on the 19th floor, offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and the city through 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, while the sumptuous spa takes over the 19th and 20th floors.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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The Setai Miami Beach

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The pools at Setai Miami

Book The Setai Miami Beach

The Setai is one of South Beach’s most polished jewels, with an east meets west aesthetic that merges thoughtful Zen-like design inspired by purposeful Feng Shui practices with classic Miami Art Deco architecture.

The all-suite hotel is often booked by celebrities and posh-minded travelers seeking a private and pampering experience. Standard Art Deco rooms are spacious with separate sitting areas, indulgent rain showers, and deep soaking tubs in the middle of Studio and One Bedroom City Suites. A separate gleaming tower houses contemporary one, two, and three-bedroom oceanfront apartment-style suites with terraces and kitchens.

Three sleek pools are heated to varying degrees year-round, while excellent on-site dining includes a lavish Friday night show with fire dancers and acrobatic performers while guests tuck into Asian fare and cocktails. The Valmont Spa offers remarkable treatments inspired by Swiss medicine and practices. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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The Plaza New York

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New York City’s famous Plaza hotel has stood sentry for well over a century on Central Park South.

Book The Plaza New York

Eloise, the story of the glamorous little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel, is just one of many stories that contribute to the lore and reputation of one of New York City’s most famous hotels.

Since its debut more than a century ago in 1907, the Plaza Hotel has hosted just about every celebrity and dignitary you can imagine within its walls on Central Park South.

Entry-level rooms span 475 square feet, which is generous for a hotel room anywhere, but especially so in Manhattan where most standard rooms barely push 200 square feet. They also include comfortable sitting areas and a bathroom finished with inlaid stone mosaics in floral motifs. Bathroom details also include 24-carat gold plated faucets and accessories, and hand-crafted marble vanities.

The hotel features multiple restaurants, an adjacent upscale food court and market, and the lavish Guerlain spa.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk

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The Chanler is the only hotel on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.

Book The Chanler at Cliff Walk

The Chanler at Cliff Walk is pure Newport, housed in an iconic Gilded Age mansion. It’s also the only hotel to be located along Newport’s Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile oceanfront path lined with other historic mansions. It’s one of Rhode Island’s most popular attractions and staying here gives you a front-row seat and a pass from having to secure parking, which is nearly impossible during summer and other peak travel periods. 

Inside, the 19th-century mansion is over the top elegant, with 20 guest rooms and villas dripping in period style. Rich custom linens feature alongside thick drapes and regal upholstery, all inspired by the city’s heritage. Opulent chandeliers, fireplaces, and furniture round out each accommodation. Some also feature jetted tubs, ocean views, and private patios.

There are several options for upscale dining as well as a more casual cafe, plus in-room dining and spa services offered.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a posh property in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Book Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a splashy urban hotel located in the heart of Beverly Hills, at the intersection of some of the city’s poshest boulevards.

The property has 119 rooms and 51 suites with interior design by Pierre-Yves Rochon, top-end technology, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies. Guest rooms start at 537 square feet with a 110 square-foot terrace, lounge areas, espresso machines, Bluetooth-enabled speakers, and luxurious bathroom amenities.

Indulge in Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ signature restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (from three-Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten), which offers an eight-course tasting menu.

Atop the hotel is the alfresco Rooftop by JG, with 360-degree views of Los Angeles, and a rooftop pool deck that is the biggest of its kind in Beverly Hills with cabanas, a lounge area with panoramic views as well as a swimming pool and jacuzzi.

The on-site spa by La Prairie Spa offers ultra-luxurious treatments amid 5,000 square feet.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

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Wellness shines at Miraval Arizona.

Book Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Located on 400 acres outside Tucson in the shadow of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval is a world-renowned destination spa resort prioritizing wellness.

The Life in Balance Spa, which we have visited and recommend without hesitation, features a myriad of services including Ayurveda, energy work, traditional massage, and acupuncture. 

Suites are large and lavish and some come with hot tubs, walk-in showers, fireplaces, dining areas, and private patios. There are also zen touches such as a meditation pillow from an organic pillow menu, a Tibetan singing bowl, mindful coloring books, a community journal, and an essential oil diffuser, available on request. For true indulgence, the Solace Retreat is tailor-made for spa-like relaxation, with its own outdoor patio with a private hot tub, a celestial rain shower, and a lounge area with a fire pit. Other touches include an aromatherapy diffuser, fluffy cotton bathrobes, an indoor soaking tub, a sitting area, plus views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The resort is a digital, device-free space, where guests are asked to unplug at check-in and place their phones and devices in a special “sleeping bag” to center themselves.

Room rates also include a nightly credit, all meals, and more than 200 classes and activities ranging from outback hiking and biking to challenge courses. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

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Four Seasons Orlando is located in a secluded and private lakeside area within Walt Disney World Resort.

Book Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

For some travelers, the ultimate bucket-list vacation involves Disney. Make it happen in ultimate luxury with a visit to Four Seasons Orlando, located in a secluded, residential setting within Walt Disney World Resort.

This lakeside property is dotted with gardens and pools and is a haven for family members of all ages. You don’t have to be a Disney fan to love it here, but it doesn’t hurt.

Guests can access its on-site character breakfast, The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals, offered at Ravello restaurant, and take advantage of included transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A Disney Planning Center on the lobby level serves as a full-service Disney concierge to assist guests with all needs including theme park tickets, tours, and dining reservations. 

The resort is designed with specific areas that appeal to different age ranges for multigenerational travel. Teens can hang in the lazy river or water slides, or play water volleyball at The Cove section of the river. Not-yet-swimmers can splash away in the Splash Zone. The Explorer family pool is ideal for all ages, and there’s also a peaceful adults-only pool surrounded by palm trees and cabanas, as well as an 18-hole golf course, three tennis courts, and a spa.

Even the smallest room is a generous 500 square feet with a marble bath and chic furnishings in a neutral palette. While this is a Disney paradise, it definitely does not look it with the typical Mickey Mouse imagery strewn about.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Montage Laguna Beach

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Dramatic views of stunning Laguna Beach wow from the first glimpse.

Book Montage Laguna Beach

Montage Laguna Beach is situated on a bluff atop the Pacific within the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach. The craftsman-style resort offers 250 rooms (and 23 privately owned Montage Residences) on 30 acres of oceanfront real estate.

The showstopper in the massive 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage with incredible pampering treatments. There is also the destination-dining restaurant Studio Restaurant, 3 pools, direct beach access, a fine art collection, and other luxurious amenities.

Rooms start at a generous 500 square feet and come with separate sitting areas with sofas, and marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate showers.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Hotel Wailea

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Hotel Wailea’s adults-only vibe is a boon for couples, and the sweeping views exude intimacy and romance.

Book Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea is Hawaii’s only Relais & Chateaux property, a brand renowned for elegant luxury. The hotel encompasses over 15 exclusive-feeling private acres overlooking the beach, with stunning views from every vantage point.

There are 72 impressive one-bedroom suites, each with a chic residential feel and lanais facing the ocean. Tesla Model X vehicles serve as house shuttles to punctuate the air of luxury that permeates the place. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is a destination in itself, offering Chef Zach Sato’s cuisine with panoramic ocean views.

The adults-only vibe is a boon for couples, and the hotel’s sweeping views exude intimacy and romance. Though you should know that Hotel Wailea is not located directly on the beach, however, it is a very short shuttle ride away.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Castle Hot Springs

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The recently revamped Castle Hot Springs dates back to the late 1800s when it was a favorite among America’s titans of industry.

Book Castle Hot Springs

Castle Hot Springs is Arizona’s first luxury resort, originally founded in 1896 as a holistic wellness retreat. Set against the silhouette of the Bradshaw Mountains (50 miles outside of Phoenix) the resort is like an oasis in the Sonoran Desert.

The 1,100-acre property, which underwent a major overhaul prior to re-debuting in 2019, is a 34-room resort that was once the chosen wellness retreat of choice for America’s titans of industry like the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, and Astors. The property has ancient hot springs and a digital detox philosophy ideal for those seeking a mental and physical reboot.

All guest suites (think bungalows, cottages, and cabins) feature outdoor stone tubs plumbed with hot springs water. Telescopes outside lodgings allow for nighttime stargazing. 

Activities include guided hikes through the mountains, horseback riding along craggy desert trails, and tours of the one-acre greenhouse and farm, which produce more than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Three daily farm-to-table meals are included with the cost of the overnight stay.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Resort at Paws Up

The luxury cabins at The Resort at Paws Up
The Resort at Paws Up offers luxury and adventure across 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness.

Book The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up combines all-out luxury with adventure set against a 37,000-acre ranch property. Yes, you read that right: It comprises about 60 square miles of Montana wilderness.

Situated along 10 miles of the Blackfoot River, Paws Up offers more than 100 miles of designated hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and ATV trails. Its activity list includes more than 50 options for fly-fishing, cattle drives, archery, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and more. 

Accommodations come in the form of 28 luxury homes offered year-round and 36 glamping tents with seasonal availability. Each is individually decorated with a Western-chic vibe and artwork hand-selected by the owners. 

Paws Up’s owners also opened an adults-only resort, The Green O, on the 37,000-acre property. It will offer 12 luxurious freestanding glass-walled units and a central Social Haus restaurant.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

San Ysidro Ranch

The property of San Ysidro Ranch
The Kennedys honeymooned at San Ysidro Ranch, considered one of the world’s most romantic hotels.

Book San Ysidro Ranch

For a major dose of romance, consider this sprawling resort where John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned. As a result, it’s been called one of the most romantic places in the world. Guests may even book the Kennedy Cottage where the couple stayed, a two-bedroom, two-bath, 2,000-square-foot pied-a-terre.

The 500-acre San Ysidro Ranch is located in uber-chichi Montecito within the Santa Barbara region, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

There are just 38 intimate cottages, each decorated with antiques, stone fireplaces, oak floors, and come with an expansive private deck, many with indoor-outdoor rain showers, sunken hot tubs, heated floors, and private gardens. 

Work with the on-site team to create customized itineraries including sunset sailing, private yoga, sound meditation sessions, horseback riding, and wine tastings.

While the price is exceptionally high, so is the value as the rate includes meals, too. Order the $250 caviar, the $90 bone-in steak, or the $96 lobster cioppino. It is all included except alcohol.

In July 2021, the property opened a new outdoor spa patio and pool bar, as well as a new lower bar back patio deck, bocce ball court, and professional golf putting course. For an additional fee and with advanced reservations, San Ysidro Ranch guests may reserve a golf experience at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at the exclusive members-only Montecito Club.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai sprawl over the Hawaiian island of Lanai, about 10 miles from Maui as the crow flies.

Book Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai

I’m a seen-it-all luxury travel writer, but I rarely walk into a Four Seasons that doesn’t wow me. This one is especially a standout, even among the brand’s impeccable portfolio. 

The secluded 90,000-acre paradise on Lanai (not far from the island of Maui) offers a wide array of outdoor activities such as archery, private horseback rides, diving, and fishing adventures upon the resort’s private fleet. There are also luxe accommodations at the beachfront Four Seasons Resort Lanai or the sister wellness destination, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort.

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai has 213 guest rooms in an array of low-rise buildings along the coastline for a residential vibe. There are multiple outdoor restaurants, including Nobu Lanai; Four Seasons’ Kids for All Seasons kids’ club; a beach and pool with seating areas tucked among tropical gardens; luxury boutiques; and an array of included classes and events.

For more of an exclusive, adults-only vibe, the sister resort, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, is an adults-only wellness destination spread on 24 acres. The 96-room resort is anchored by a great hall and sweeping outdoor gardens meant for connecting with nature.

Sensei by Nobu offers Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s classics as well as selections that incorporate Sensei’s nutritional philosophy created in partnership with Sensei’s co-founder Dr. David Agus.

The outdoor facilities include a 24-hour fitness facility, movement studios, a yoga pavilion and outdoor yoga spaces, an 18-hole putting course, onsen baths for private relaxation, an oasis pool with lap lanes, and gardens with lush flora as well as sculpture and art. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Amangiri

The pool and exterior of Amangiri Hotel
Utah’s Amangiri has long been a destination popular among A-list celebrities.

Book Amangiri

When the Kardashians and the Real Housewives want to splash out on a domestic vacation, it’s likely at this famous Aman property in Utah. Set on 600 acres in a protected valley, Amangiri (meaning “peaceful mountain”) is known for its sweeping views over towering mesas and dramatically stratified rock facing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 

The resort is built around a stunning swimming pool defined by a jaw-dropping stone escarpment. The main pavilion houses its dining room, living room, library, gallery, private dining room, and cellar. The Desert Lounge is an open-air living room perfect for sundowners or stargazing after dark.

From the pavilion, two wings of accommodations lead into the desert. In all, there are 34 suites, many with private swimming pools and roof terraces. Suites are large, with clean lines and natural materials, reflecting the surrounding Utah desert. Think white stone floors, concrete walls, natural timbers, and blackened steel finishings. Each suite has a fireplace and an outdoor lounge area. 

New for 2021, the resort introduced the Cave Peak Stairway, an installation that rises 400 feet above the ground, for outrageous views. Thrill-seekers can climb the 120 steps — a dramatically vertical ascent with just open air below —  leading from the resort’s existing Cave Peak Via Ferrata Trail for an unforgettable panorama (and pics) from the top. 

A short hike or drive from Amangiri, Camp Sakira is a cluster of 10 canvas-topped pavilions centered around a shared lounge. Each has a private plunge pool.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the U.S.

Book Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the U.S. Located off the Florida Keys coastline, the adults-only Little Palm Island is a 4.5-acre property only accessible by boat or seaplane, for a totally remote and isolated vibe.

The island is never inhabited by more than 60 guests at any given time, though various species of birds, Key deer, and other natural wildlife keep the humans company.

Sumptuous accommodations are in thatched-roof bungalows amid secret-feeling pathways that lead to swaying hammocks and chaise lounges. Bungalows begin at 550 square feet with vaulted ceilings, ocean views, and outdoor showers or tubs.

SpaTerre offers treatments that incorporate ancient spa traditions like Balinese techniques and Thai body rituals. Outdoor activities include paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cats.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

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FAQ: Luxury hotels

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

While hotels do provide opportunities for face-to-face interactions with staff and other guests in common spaces like check-in desks, lobbies, and dining venues, experts say guests who exercise proper precautions can stay safely in hotels.

No travel is completely risk-free and we recommend following CDC current guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols at the time of travel.

What’s the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for couples?

John and Jackie Kennedy were among the famous honeymooners at San Ysidro Ranch, an iconic and historic California destination known for romance.

Another unforgettable option: As the only private island resort in the U.S., Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an ultra-romantic destination for couples. The remote, adults-only vibe makes it ideal for a honeymoon. 

What’s the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for families?

Many hotels on our list are ideal for families, but Four Seasons Orlando stands out for its incredible access to Disney: It’s situated right in Walt Disney World Resort, with transportation to theme parks and a dedicated Disney concierge — not to mention a five-acre water park on site including a lazy river.

What is the most luxurious hotel in the world? 

Dubai’s outrageously opulent Burj Al Arab has often been described as the world’s most luxurious hotel. At the time of its opening in 1999, it was touted as the first seven-star hotel on the planet.

More of the most luxurious hotels

The overwater spa at Conrad Rangali Island Maldives.
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New York real-estate giant The Durst Organization says it will fire non-union workers who fail to get a COVID-19 shot by Labor Day

Douglas Durst, chairman of The Durst Organization, wears a white shirt and black waistcoat in a corporate meeting room.
Douglas Durst is chairman of The Durst Organization

  • The Durst Organization has told about 350 staff they must get vaccinated by September 6.
  • Staff who refuse will be “separated from the company,” Crain’s New York first reported.
  • The real-estate giant will apply the rule to its non-union corporate workers.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

A New York City real estate developer has told about 350 workers that it will fire them if they don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine by Labor Day, September 6.

The Durst Organization, a $8.1 billion family-owned company, said certain staff will be exempt for “medical or religious” reasons.

It will only apply the vaccine rule to its corporate, non-union workers, and not its roughly 700 union employees, who include building service workers and cleaners, Crain’s New York first reported.

“For our corporate employees, unless they receive a medical or religious accommodation, if they are not vaccinated by Sept. 6th they will be separated from the company,” Durst spokesman Jordan Barowitz told Crain’s.

A Durst spokesperson confirmed the policy to Insider.

It is not clear whether Durst’s corporate workers will need just one or both shots of a COVID-19 vaccine under the new rule. The organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for clarification.

Barowitz told the New York Post that Durst had informed corporate employees of the new mandate in June, and that it was “driven by the wishes of the employees who want to work in a safer environment.”

Durst’s union workers – who include building service workers, cleaners, and doormen – are protected under a collective bargaining agreement, an unnamed source familiar with the matter told The Post.

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Employers have grappled with whether to implement strict vaccine mandates for employees as offices reopen. Companies can legally require their workers to get vaccinated or ban them from the office, The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said in guidance published in June.

Tech giant Facebook announced Wednesday that it would require all staff working on its US campuses to be fully jabbed. Google CEO Sundar Pichai also said in a Wednesday press release that workers returning to the office must be fully vaccinated.

New York City’s government announced Monday that it would require all city workers to get vaccinated by September 13, or to take weekly tests. The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city has increased over recent weeks, according to local government data.

Cases of the highly contagious Delta variant have surged in recent weeks across the US. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday that fully vaccinated people should wear masks in all public indoor settings in certain COVID-19 hot spots, reversing previous guidance it set in May.

Robert Durst, brother of the company’s chairman, Douglas Durst, is accused of murdering his friend, Susan Berman, in 2000, and is standing trial in Los Angeles.

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NYC offers $100 to anyone who gets their first COVID-19 vaccine shot

Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio speaks during the opening of a vaccination center for Broadway workers in Times Square on April 12, 2021 in New York City.
Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio speaks during the opening of a vaccination center for Broadway workers in Times Square on April 12, 2021 in New York City.

  • NYC is offering $100 to anyone who goes to a city-run site to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The new vaccine incentive was announced Wednesday amid increased concerns over the the Delta variant.
  • About 41% of NYC residents still haven’t gotten the shot, according to city data.
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New York City announced on Wednesday that anyone can receive $100 if they get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at any city-run vaccination clinic. The incentive begins on Friday.

The announcement of a new vaccine incentive comes amid increasing concern over the spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. The Centers for Disease Control announced yesterday that even fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in areas with “substantial or high transmission” of the virus.

According to a map from the CDC, all five of New York City’s counties have “substantial” levels of community transmission, meaning the new recommendations apply in the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that city workers must get the vacccine by September 13th or be subjected to weekly COVID-19 testing.

According to data from the Citywide Immunization Registry, 40.8% of New York City residents remain unvaccinated; 59.2% of all residents have received at least one dose.

Insider previously spoke to several top economists who proposed a similar idea — a $1,000 “vaccine stimulus” to combat vaccine hesitancy.

“If we somehow don’t get to true immunity, our economy will be operating with a huge weight on its chest,” Robert Litan, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who served in the Bill Clinton administration, told Insider in November.

Click this link to locate a vaccination site in New York City.

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Bed Bath & Beyond just reopened a truly massive 92,000-square-foot NYC store with a coffee shop – see inside

the entrance of the store
The entrance of the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

  • Bed Bath & Beyond has reopened its renovated flagship store in New York City.
  • It’s cleaner, brighter, and more modern than the traditional Bed Bath & Beyond store.
  • The 92,000-square-foot space has a SodaStream bar, cafe, interactive spaces, and a mini Casper store.
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Gone are the days of chaotic college dorm and new home shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond.

the entrance of the store
The entrance of the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

As long as you’re in New York City, that is.

a view of the store's exterior from the street
Outside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Bed Bath & Beyond has reopened its renovated flagship store in the Chelsea neighborhood near the iconic Flatiron Building, and the store is cleaner and brighter than ever before.

a sign that says "Hello Chelsea" by the entrance of teh store
Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

“We’re proud to invest here and add to New York City’s ‘return to normal’ to serve residents and visitors alike,” Mark Tritton, president and CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond, said in a press release.

A self checkout station in the store with products next to it
A self checkout station in the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Source: Bed Bath & Beyond

The two-floor store has been under renovation since December 2020, and its doors just reopened on July 22.

neatly arranged products in front of tall windows
Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

This new reopening is just one of 450 Bed Bath & Beyond stores the company plans to renovate over the next three years, a $250 million undertaking.

SodaStream's products displayed on a curving shelf
SodaStream products.

Now let’s take a closer look at the refreshed space.

a display of Our Table products
Our Table products inside the Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The new store follows the company’s goal of becoming a “digital-first, omni-always retailer.”

a sign that says "moving" we can help" above towels
Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Source: Bed Bath & Beyond

The 92,000-square-foot shop has the typical Bed Bath & Beyond offerings, like kitchen tools, decor, bathroom necessities, and bedding …

A bed with Wild Sage products.
A bed with Wild Sage products.

… all with a new, organized flair.

kitchen and cooking tools arranged neatly onshelves
Products on display inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The Chelsea location features products from both household companies and Bed Bath & Beyond’s private-label brands, which include Wild Sage and Our Table.

Wild Sage products by a sign asking customers to follow the brand on TikTok and Instagram
Wild Sage products.

But there are noticeably fewer travel-related products, which haven’t been selling well at this particular location, Lauren Thomas reported for CNBC.

the hallway towards the back of the store with blue walls
Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Source: CNBC

The space that would’ve carried travel goods is instead being used for more organization and bedding and bathroom products, which are primarily downstairs.

a mock bathroom setup
The bath section of the store.

Besides more home goods options, the store’s shelves have also been lowered to avoid “shopping paralysis,” according to the company.

the bathroom section with "dry off" and "refresh and renew" products
Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The lowered shelves allow customers to see to the other end of the massive store, creating a less cluttered shopping experience.

a sign that says "food storage" with tupperware under it
Products on display inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The aisles are also wider, while the product displays are noticeably neater.

One of the walkways in the store
Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Unlike most Bed Bath & Beyond stores, the interior is bright and clean with the help of large windows, contemporary lighting, and a cohesive design.

A display of Wild Sage products with tall windows
A display of Wild Sage products.

“We know it’s hard to shop at our stores,” Joe Hartsig, chief merchandising officer at Bed Bath & Beyond, said, according to the CNBC report.

Bed Bath & Beyond's product displays of home goods
Our Table products inside the Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Source: CNBC

“We’ve really tried to make it easier to navigate the aisles,” Hartsig continued. “The wider aisles are very clean. The presentation is very tight.”

cafe seating and lights
The cafe.

Source: CNBC

The store is also compatible with the retailer’s app’s “in-store shopping mode,” creating a cross between an in-person and digital shopping experience.

A card noting shopping through the app by bath products on display.
A card noting shopping through the app.

There’s even a “scan and buy” option that allows customers to skip the checkout lines.

a sign that says "scan and buy"
Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The section near the entry of the store is currently being used to sell college dorm goods, but the products here will change depending on the time of year.

the college section
Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City’s college section.

Source: CNBC

Feeling parched? Head to the store’s SodaStream Bubble Bar, which has SodaStream demos and inspiration for drinks.

the sodastream bar with a worker
The SodaStream bar.

But if you’d rather have some coffee, the updated Bed Bath and Beyond also has the Cafe 3B …

a full look at the cafe with seating, lights, and the bar
The cafe.

… a coffee shop that serves snacks and La Colombe coffee.

the menu of the cafe with some of the store's countertops
The cafe.

There’s also the “only interactive vacuum display in New York City,” according to Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as a well-lit health and beauty product section…

The beauty and health products on lit up shelves
The health and beauty section.

… which includes travel-friendly items.

the mini essentials bins with small products
Mini essentials bins.

But if you’re looking for bedding instead of cleaning and beauty products, head downstairs to the mini Casper store.

casper products arranged neatly on shelves
The downstairs Casper section.

This space serves as the bedding and mattress company’s “first shop-in-shop,” according to Bed Bath & Beyond.

the upstairs Casper section
Casper products inside the Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

And it’s not just Casper: The store also has Dyson and Google nest displays.

The dedicated Google Home space with products and a lit up Google logo
The dedicated Google Home space.

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Neighborhood-watch app Citizen is offering people $25 an hour to livestream crime scenes and house fires in NYC and Los Angeles

Citizen app
  • The app Citizen is hiring people to livestream crime scenes and emergencies, The NY Post reported.
  • The app gives users real-time safety updates, usually provided by volunteers.
  • These $20 an hour roles would involve interviewing witnesses and reporting “behind police tape.”
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Neighborhood-watch app Citizen is offering up to $25 an hour for people to livestream crime scenes in New York City and Los Angeles, according to a report by The New York Post.

The app, which describes itself as a “personal safety network,” sends real-time safety alerts to users, letting them know about crimes, accidents, and emergencies. Users can view reports on a map.

The incidents are based on recent 911 calls, with photos and videos uploaded by volunteers who happen to be nearby – but the app is now advertising for “field team members” on journalism job sites, The Post reported.

The work would include interviewing witnesses and police officials and reporting “behind police tape,” per the job listings.

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Third-party casting agency Flyover Entertainment posted a job listing on JournalismJobs.com Thursday looking for “field team members” who would work at an unnamed “tech company with user-generated content,” The Post reported.

Michael Yates, the owner of Flyover, wouldn’t confirm to The Post that the listing was for Citizen, saying: “I’d violate my NDA and they’d rightfully fire me.”

The Post said that the listing was removed from the website after it contacted Yates and Citizen about the vacancies, but that a Citizen spokesperson confirmed that Yates had been hired on behalf of the company, and sent The Post a link to a near-identical listing on the same site, which is still live.

“Citizen has teams in place in some of the cities where the app is available to demonstrate how the platform works, and to model responsible broadcasting practices in situations when events are unfolding in real time,” the spokeswoman said.

Field team members would earn $250 a day for 10-hour shifts in Los Angeles, and $200 a day for eight-hour shifts in New York City, per the listings.

The company didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The job listings said that the hires, who would be expected to work four or five days a week, would be “dispatched” to cover events including house fires and reports of missing children, and that they should interview police officials and witnesses on-scene wherever possible.

“You will be the app’s official on-the-ground presence, generating live content to give users real-time information on what’s going on in their city as it unfolds,” both job listings said.

The app launched in 2016 as Vigilante, but Apple booted it off its App Store after just two days for encouraging people to put themselves in harm’s way for content. It relaunched in 2017 as Citizen, and has raised $133 million from backers including Peter Thiel, Sequoia Capital, and Greycroft.

The listings added that the hires would be “behind established media lines, behind police tape,” and that they would “never” be asked to go to an “actively dangerous location.”

The app, which says it has 7 million users in more than 30 cities, now has plans to launch a private-security service that would let users deploy security teams to residences and crime scenes, Vice’s Motherboard reported in May.

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RESULTS: Eric Adams projected winner of New York City Mayor Democratic primary

From left: Shaun Donovan, Andrew Yang, Ray McGuire, Kathryn Garcia, Eric Adams, and Maya Wiley with New York City's skyline tint blue in the background.
  • Eric Adams is now projected to win the Democratic nomination for New York City Mayor.
  • New York City voters are selecting Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor.
  • New York is using ranked-choice voting for the first time, so the winner may not be known for weeks.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The latest tallies of New York City’s ranked-choice Democratic mayoral primary election show Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams narrowly leading former New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia by just 8,426 votes, 50.5% to 49.5%, with most absentee votes now counted. Given the outstanding vote and Adams’ lead, he is projected to be the winner of the primary.

The latest results include over 122,000 absentee ballots and some provisional ballots cast in-person. Out of the total 125,794 absentee ballots cast in the mayoral primary, 3,669 had problems with the signature on the outer envelope that voters will need to fix in order for their ballots to count, the city’s Board of Elections announced Tuesday.

Voters went to the polls through June 22 to pick Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor in the race to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is term-limited.

The winner of the crowded Democratic primary field will be the favorite in November’s general election, with Democrats heavily outnumbering registered Republicans across the five boroughs.

The Board of Elections released unofficial, un-ranked election results based on in-person votes only on Election Night, then ran the first ranked-choice tabulations a week later on June 29, also based on only in-person votes.

But it didn’t go off without some drama along the way: officials had to remove, recalculate, and re-release the first set of ranked-choice vote tabulations for the city’s mayoral race after a major mishap ensued when an employee in Queens accidentally included 135,000 test votes in the ranked-choice runoff results released on June 29, an embarrassment for the embattled city Board of Elections.

Several candidates, however, found themselves eliminated from contention just based on the unranked, election night results.

Shortly before 11 p.m. on the night of June 22, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang conceded in a speech in front of supporters.

“I am not going to be the next Mayor of New York City,” Yang said, sitting in fourth place.

Here are the unofficial, ranked tenth-round election results that show how the candidates stand before absentee and provisional ballots were added to the tally:

A voter receives her ballot in New York City's June 22 mayoral election
A voter receives her ballot at Frank McCourt High School, in New York, Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Why it took weeks to learn results.

While tabulating ranked-choice votes is done via software and is not particularly arduous on its own, it’s taking weeks to know the final results of the mayor’s race because of New York’s procedures for counting absentee ballots.

New York continued to allow voters to vote absentee due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and state law allows a lot of time for ballots to be accepted and mistakes with voters’ ballots to be rectified.

Absentee ballots were accepted through June 29 as long as they were postmarked by Election Day, and voters have until July 9 to fix or “cure” issues, like missing signatures on the outer envelopes of their ballots, under a new state law.

Military and overseas absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day were also accepted through July 5.

Then, ranked-choice voting comes into play. In the mayoral, borough president, and city council races, voters have the option to rank up to five candidates in order of their preference after New York City voters approved a ballot initiative to enact ranked-choice voting in 2019.

Ranked-choice voting ensures that the candidate who eventually wins does so with a majority of the vote.

Since no candidate won over 50% of the vote outright in the Democratic mayoral primary, the votes earned by the candidate who comes in last place are redistributed up to the next-best performing candidate. The process then continues up the chain until one candidate finally earns a majority of the vote.

The Board of Elections is expected to finish up final ranked-choice rounds with complete absentee and provisional results during the week of July 12.

New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams at a campaign event
Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams greets supporters during a campaign event, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York

How the campaign shaped up during the pandemic.

The primary’s early months were dominated by Zoom forums.

Nonprofit organizations, unions, and other local groups held discussions that were less debates than opportunities for the candidates to repeat their campaign promises and sharpen their messaging.

Another factor making this campaign rather unusual was the general lack of public polling, with several pollsters saying they were uncomfortable simulating ranked-choice voting with any accuracy.

By May, in-person campaign events began to heat up, and eventually the candidates were able to meet in-person for a handful of televised debates.

Yang started the race as the frontrunner, but as more polling became available in the final weeks, he began to slip into second, third, and even fourth place in some surveys.

However, Yang remained competitive throughout, and an Ipsos poll released on the eve of the primary showed him in second place behind Adams.

Adams cleaned up with labor endorsements around the city, while Yang received a first of its kind joint-endorsement from Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish community leaders. The borough president’s momentum was complicated by a scandal involving his primary residence, when a Politico investigation found Adams may have been living in either New Jersey or his office instead of a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone that he officially listed.

Garcia began to surge following her New York Times Editorial Board endorsement, and Wiley was able to capitalize on late support from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Outside of the top four, several progressive candidates failed to gain traction, most notably City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Stringer was accused by two women of sexually assaulting them in the early 2000s. He denied both allegations, but saw a mass defection of endorsements.

The latest twist in the race came in the final weekend, when Yang and Garcia campaigned together to “promote ranked-choice voting,” but not as a co-endorsement. Adams accused them of trying to prevent a person of color from becoming mayor, to which Yang replied that he’s been Asian his whole life.

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