Good morning on this still boiling Wednesday.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his Democratic rival, Cynthia Nixon, go head-to-head in a debate at Hofstra University this evening. (It will be shown at 7pm on band delays on WCBS-TV)
It will be their first and only debate.
[ Read our story about what you should see. ]
But this is not the first time that an actor or TV star is a key candidate for the post.
Jerry Springer became mayor. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a governor. Al Franken, a senator. Ronald Reagan, a president. (And then there is President Trump.)
We asked the longtime debating coach ] Aubrey Semple, program director for the New York Urban Debate League, to complain.
What advantages does it have to have a theatrical background in the political arena?
"I have to remember that the debate is performance," he said. "As spectators, we serve as spectators – we look at the debates because we want to be informed, but let's face it: we also want to be entertained."
The acting experience can help the candidates communicate so that people understand them, Mr. Semple said, calling Reagan a classic and contemporary example.
"The same with Schwarzenegger: He used his machismo attitude of" The Terminator "on issues you would not expect Arnold to talk about, such as climate change."
"Nowadays, "He added," with social media, if you're able to have a person who is recognizable and assignable and you can actually have creative ideas for problems that can really make you powerful somehow it proves. "
What are the disadvantages?
"The ability to turn the argument," said Mr. Semple. "Politicians are classically trained in the art of spinning, and if you're able to make an argument, you can do what you want, a form of truth, but if you can not handle that classic understanding of how arguments work, and as you put it in a competitive debate, that can be challenging. "
A non-traditional background could also serve as food for critics.  In the debate this evening, "you will spend a lot of time in Nixon's story and her ability to turn into a government employee, a civil servant," Mr. Semple said. "If you have a competitor in a discussion round who has a lot of arguments, but that person does not have the background to talk about, that's the first thing I'd teach my opponent."
"The Best Defense," he added, "discovers weakness and tries to turn that narrative as early as possible."
Here's what else happens:
Showers and thunderstorms in the second half of the week were supposed to cool down, but they could pass into the Labor Day weekend.
• Thousands of bees swarmed around a hot-dog stand in Times Square, attracting masses of tourists and passers-by. New York Times]
• A new battle between Cynthia Nixon and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo over the temperature of the debate hall in which they are to be debated. New York Times]
• A federal judge in Manhattan ruled that a defender in his closing argument could not raise President Trump's criticisms of co-operating witnesses. [New York Times]
• Can the temperature of an office building be sexist? [New York Times]
• The city is finally taking steps to modernize its bus routes, some dating back to the early 20th century. [New York Times]
• The house of David Fallarino, a former banker of Paul Manafort, was broken into. The thief made with briefcase and iPad. [ New York Times]
• New York City feels rather empty in August. How empty is it? [New York Times]
• Could a missing signature on the secrecy agreement of Stormy Daniels force President Trump to testify in this case? [New York Times]
• A landlord in Bedford-Stuyvesant has been charged with unlawfully evicting tenants from their homes. Bklyner]
• There were 14 major water interruptions in Hoboken over 64 days. Now they are trying to find out who is to blame. [WNYC]
• For a global view of what's happening, watch your morning meeting.
Turn Up Today
• "Songs in the Key of Art: Black Musicians by Jimmy James Greene," an exhibition of portraits of Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Jay-Z, and others by Calabar Imports at Crown Heights , Brooklyn. Midday to 7 pm [Free]
• "Jazz + Wednesdays", an American songbook concert by the Bill Wurtzel Trio, at the American Folk Art Museum on the Upper West Side. 2 pm [Free]
• Elaine Weiss, the author of "The Hour of the Woman: The Great Contest for the Election," gives a lecture in the reading room at Bryant Park in Midtown. 7:00 pm [Free]
• Film Night Outdoors: "Despicable Me 3" in Brooklyn; "The Little Mermaid" and "Bringing Baby" on Staten Island; "Coco" in Queens; "A Time Fold" in the Bronx. The times vary. [Free]
• The United States Open continues. Here is the schedule for the tournament at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Times and prices vary.
• Mets at Cubs, 2:20 pm (SNY). Yankees hosts White Sox, 7:05 pm (YES). New York Red Bulls host Houston Dynamo, 8pm
• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Labor Day.
• For more events, see The New York Times Arts & Entertainment
Bernie and the Bouncer
In 2006, I bought one Engagement ring for my wife. She got me a ticket for a sold-out concert by Paul Weller in the Irving Plaza. I took her for similar gifts.
Mr. Weller performed on three consecutive nights in January 2007. Each show was dedicated to a different part of his career. The first night, songs from the jam; the second, the Style Council; the third, his solo career.
I went to the first two shows alone (I bought a ticket for the second one). The same bouncer was there both nights, wearing a Yankees cap. I was not the only one who noticed that he still had to give away a few extra cards.
On the third night, my wife accompanied me. We watched as several people asked the bouncer for tickets. He looked irritated. She went to the pub next door.
The doorman told the people who were bothering him to leave.
"What are the Americans doing with Bernie?" I asked him. At this time, Bernie Williams seemed to be at the end of his career with the Yankees. It seemed likely that he retired or traded.
The bouncer lit up.
"The Yankees treat him better, right," he said, and then stopped. "Get your date and go to the ticket office for tickets."
Thank you Yankees fan bouncer, and thank you Bernie Williams.
– Thomas Fox