Mayor Eric Adams is going, too, his press secretary said on Sunday. “While he will celebrate American fashion, he also recognizes the fraught history of the Gilded Age,” the press secretary, Fabien Levy, said by email. This was after The New York Post quoted someone it identified as a longtime friend as saying, “He’s been dying to go for years.”
The co-chairs include Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, while honorary chairs are Wintour, Tom Ford, and Adam Mosseri of Instagram, which is underwriting the party and exhibit along with Condé Nast. (As an aside, Instagram is arguably a large part of why the gala dress has gotten so exaggerated; it’s a more effective way to go viral, which is a better way for a brand and a celebrity to get attention, and thus a better marketing tool.)
Our Styles team will be live-blogging the entrances starting at 5:30, so join us to check out who shows up in what outfit in real time. And vogue.com will be streaming.
One thing to remember, if you’re taken aback by the gala in all its excess and expense (and it’s easy to be taken aback): it exists because the Costume Institute is the only curatorial department in the Met that is forced to pay for itself.
That means the Costume Institute’s expenses — for curators’ salaries, garment preservation and exhibits — do not come out of the museum’s budget, despite the fact that blockbuster exhibits such as “China Through the Looking Glass” and “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” have been among the most popular in Met history, and clearly benefit the museum. It’s the party that makes them possible.
Expect showers in the early morning, with patchy fog and steady temps in the mid-50s. Late at night, there’s a chance of showers, with temps in the low 50s.
New York City is starting a $4 million safety campaign today that is intended to induce drivers to slow down by scaring them. There are billboards and a television commercial that show a man — or a woman or a bicyclist — thrown through the air like someone who has been hit by a car.
It is part of the city’s latest effort to battle speeding, which has turned neighborhood streets into raceways.
The concern is that traffic deaths have risen to their highest level in eight years, with more drivers and passengers killed on city streets this year than last — 23, up from 13 in 2021. By contrast, pedestrian deaths have fallen to 30 this year, from 39 in 2021. In all, there were 64 traffic deaths this year through April 26, three more than in the same period last year.
The traffic deaths have reversed some of the gains of the city’s Vision Zero program, which began with a target of eliminating traffic deaths when it was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Since then, the city has won state approval to lower the speed limit on most streets to 25 m.p.h., from 30 m.p.h.; built a network of nearly 2,000 automated speed cameras; and redesigned many streets to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Mayor Eric Adams, who took office in January, has promised to expand on Vision Zero efforts. He recently pledged $904 million for traffic safety over the next five years, which will include redesigning dangerous intersections and adding more protected bike lanes and pedestrian areas. He has said police officials will also increase enforcement of traffic laws.
In addition, city officials are lobbying state lawmakers for local control of city streets, which would give them authority to set speed limits, expand red light cameras and extend hours for speed cameras in school zones to nights and weekends — when the cameras are off and speeding has soared. “The city needs to be able to control its own destiny, so that we can quickly make changes that meet the current crisis,” said Ydanis Rodriguez, the city’s transportation commissioner.
The new campaign is intended to reinforce other traffic safety efforts — and change drivers’ behavior. But Erick Guerra, an associate professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania, cautioned that there might be faster ways to slow down drivers, like installing more speed cameras.
“I think it takes a long time to change a culture of driving,” he said, “in the same way it took a long way to change a culture of smoking.”
What we’re reading
Music provided solace during the AIDS epidemic, and newly discovered cassette tapes in a Fire Island house captured two decades of parties and pain.
Gothamist joined a few contact tracers during their last day on the job as the city’s main contact-tracing program came to an end.
Fashion’s luminaries gathered at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem to remember André Leon Talley, the larger-than-life fashion editor who died in January.
I was walking by myself in Chelsea in the late 1980s. As I approached two construction workers on the sidewalk, I steeled myself for the possibility that they would start making provocative comments.
Just as I came alongside them, one called out in a loud and jolly voice.
“Those are the cutest socks!” he said.
It made my day.
— Karen Lee Schmidt
Glad we could get together here. See you tomorrow. — J.B.
Melissa Guerrero, Jeff Boda and Ed Shanahan contributed to New York Today. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
Explore Our Coverage of the Adams Administration
Mayor Eric Adams takes charge as the city confronts a surge in crime and attempts to recover from the pandemic after months of economic decline.
The Mayor’s Vision and Goals
In his first State of the City address, the mayor acknowledged the challenges the city is facing after two years of devastation from the pandemic, while also outlining a hopeful vision for the future.
Mr. Adams said he believes in second chances, citing his own arrest as a teenager. That philosophy explains his decision to hire several people with troubling pasts.
A mass subway shooting in Brooklyn that left 23 people injured has highlighted the challenges the mayor faces in his battle against crime.
Some Chinatown residents unsettled by a recent wave of anti-Asian violence pushed back against the city’s plans to build shelters in their neighborhood, worrying that the structures might lead to more disorder. One of the shelters has now been canceled.
The governing body of New York City public schools blocked the city’s proposed formula for determining how much money each school should receive — a move that may delay school budgets next year and cause the “whole system to blow up,” said the schools chancellor, David C. Banks.
Mr. Adams unveiled a plan to expand the city’s gifted and talented program for elementary students and to permanently eliminate a contentious admissions test.