Updated, 7:56 a.m.
Good morning on this grade-A Thursday.
Yes. Recipients should plan to live and work in New York after graduation, for as many years as they received help with the tuition. If that obligation is broken, they will need to repay that year, similar to repaying a student loan, though the plan includes some flexibility and exceptions, such as personal hardship or military service.
Here’s what else is happening:
Today’s weather really makes the grade.
It’ll be mostly sunny with a gentle breeze and a high near 61. Go ahead and breathe it all in, the pollen counts are low.
Extra credit: It’s looking warm and sunny through the weekend.
• Governor Cuomo has seemed intent on expanding his appeal by pursuing initiatives aimed at the middle class. [New York Times]
• Sheila Abdus-Salaam, an associate judge on New York State’s highest court, was found dead in the Hudson River, the authorities said. [New York Times]
• A local contractor was arrested after a fire destroyed 112 apartments in Elmhurst, Queens, officials said. [New York Post]
• Riders will be able to board the Staten Island Ferry on the lower level of the terminals in September for the first time in 13 years. [Staten Island Advance]
• Did City Hall lose the 19th-century painting on which an Alexander Hamilton stamp was based? [New York Times]
• A ban on trans fats in the city and some New York counties led to fewer heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study. [Associated Press]
• A City Council member plans to introduce legislation that would require President Trump to make public his tax returns. [Daily News]
• An emergency ferry between Hoboken and Midtown initiated during last week’s train derailment will become permanent in September. [New Jersey Advance]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Looking for a Contact Lens in the Dark”
• Scoreboard: Yankees block Rays, 8-4. Rangers clobber Canadiens, 2-0, in the playoff opener. Mets edge Phillies, 5-4. Knicks skirt past 76ers, 114-113 in the season finale. Bulls overrun Nets, 112-73.
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Thursday Briefing.
• A family-friendly Easter extravaganza at Highbridge Recreation Center in Washington Heights. 1 p.m. [Free]
• A screening of the 2015 film “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream,” and a discussion with its director, at the American Jewish Historical Society near Union Square. 7 p.m. [$10, tickets here]
• Astronauts debate aquanauts in Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Space at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. 7 p.m. [$25]
• The Spin Doctors perform at Brooklyn Bowl on Wythe Avenue. 8 p.m. [$18]
• Yankees host Rays, 7:05 p.m. (YES). Mets at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. (SNY).
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
• Subway and PATH
• Railroads: L.I.R.R., Metro-North, N.J. Transit, Amtrak
• Roads: Check traffic map or radio report on the 1s or the 8s.
• Alternate-side parking: suspended for Holy Thursday.
• Ferries: Staten Island Ferry, New York Waterway, East River Ferry
• Airports: La Guardia, J.F.K., Newark
Happy birthday to the New Yorker who invented Scrabble.
Alfred Mosher Butts, born on April 13, 1899, designed the game (called Criss Cross Words in an earlier iteration) while jobless in the Great Depression. The birthplace of Scrabble was Mr. Butts’s fifth floor walk-up in Jackson Heights, Queens, where the inventor cut 100 plywood tiles by hand.
But the board game wouldn’t be picked up on a large scale until decades later, after a Macy’s executive discovered it in passing in 1952. Almost overnight, manufacturers then began churning out 6,000 Scrabble sets per week.
Mr. Butts’s brainchild became the second-highest-selling board game in United States history, after Monopoly.
“People are always asking me if I’m rich,” Mr. Butts said in the 1980s. “I used to get 2 or 3 cents for each game sold. One-third went to taxes, I gave one-third away, and the other third enabled me to have an enjoyable life.”
Mr. Butts died in 1993 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. But his memory lives on atop the 35th Avenue street sign at 81st Street in Jackson Heights. Look closely and you’ll see a small number after each letter on the sign. (Do the math and you’ll discover the street sign has a value of 14, in Scrabble-speak.)
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