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Title: TWA Hotel at JFK Airport adds roller skating rink
to list of throwback amenities
Summary: The TWA Hotel at JFK Airport now sports
a roller skating rink alongside its 1958 Lockheed
Constellation “Connie” airplane-turned-cocktail lounge,
and each weekend the tarmac transforms into a Roll-ARama
for guests and visitors.
Reach: 16,705 (as of 06/07/2021)
Make your choice
Aft er rolling out ranked-choice voting
in special elections in Queens and
the Bronx earlier this year, it will be
used across New York City in the
upcoming June 22 primary.
In fact, it has already had an impact
on how candidates have campaigned.
Th ere have been fewer negative attacks
on opposing candidates, as candidates
fear possibly alienating another candidate’s
It has also forced people to endorse
not only their fi rst choices for an elected
offi ce but also their second and
sometimes even third choices for the
seat. Th e nature of ranked-choice voting
has shift ed how campaigns operate.
Th e race for mayor, for example,
is expected to be extremely close —
with no one candidate probably winning
more than 25 percent of the vote
on the fi rst-choice ballot. Th e candidate
who can garner the most secondchoice
votes may come out on top.
It’s a unique race just in terms of
how candidates are having to vie for
second-choice votes as well as fi rstplace
Th e reason ranked-choice voting
was implemented was so that voters
have more of a voice in who’s elected.
Being able to rank candidates allows
for voters to have more representation.
Voters can still just vote for one candidate
if they choose to. Th is is also
known as a bullet ballot.
In the end, ranked-choice voting is a
win for voters. Th ink of a normal election
where a candidate wins with, let’s
say, 37 percent of the vote. Th at leaves
63 percent of voters unsatisfi ed.
Ranked-choice voting helps remedy
that issue, giving voters more say,
which is always a positive — and giving
a majority of New Yorkers representatives
they can call their own.
Regardless of how you vote in the
June 22 primary, if you’re eligible to
participate in it, please do so.
Voting is not a civic duty exercised
once every four years. Th e local elections
count just as much as any presidential
election — and, in many
respects, are more impactful on our
We’re electing a new slate of executives
and representatives who will
be tasked with leading the city’s post-
COVID recovery, along with tackling
all other issues we take for granted —
from public safety to school curricula,
from rezoning to trash collection,
from road repair to public transit, and
everything in between.
Make your choice, and make it
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Ranked-choice voting will be implemented in the June 22 primary elections.