New York Today: New York Today: Reflecting on Harvey, in the Northeast

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Flooding from Harvey in Victoria, Tex. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Good morning on this sunny-soggy Thursday.

Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has left at least 38 people dead and many more injured, making its second landfall yesterday and continuing to barrel through Texas and Louisiana.

The devastation more than a thousand miles away got us thinking about New York and our chances of having a hurricane.

John Homenuk, the founder of New York Metro Weather, answered our questions.

Is there a “hurricane season” in the New York area?

Hurricanes pose the greatest threat to New York City between late August and October, as history has shown.

Hurricane Irene arrived in August, Hurricane Isabel in September, and Hurricane Sandy in October — among many others.

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The main reason: The waters in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are warmest during the late summer months, and “warm water is what hurricanes feed off of,” Mr. Homenuk said.

Is New York less prone to hurricanes than other parts of the country, like Texas or Louisiana?

Yes.

Farther south — in places like Houston, New Orleans, Florida or the Caribbean — the probability of being hit by a tropical storm is much higher, Mr. Homenuk said.

The temperature of the sea is a major factor, determining how strong a storm can become. Toastier temperatures promote tropical activity, and the ocean waters are far warmer in those areas than in the Northeast.

Will we feel the effects of Harvey in New York?

Yes.

“Tropical systems impact the flow of the whole atmosphere,” Mr. Homenuk said, because even when they make landfall somewhere else, they’re often pulled up into our area.

“Moisture from the storm is going to eventually make its way up through the Mississippi Valley and then up through the Northeast.”

Labor Day weekend won’t be a washout, but we’ll see the remnants of the storm in the form of rain late Saturday into early Sunday.

Here’s what else is happening:

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In the News

Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a review of all possible “symbols of hate” in the city. [New York Times]

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would march in this year’s Columbus Day Parade, as he did in 2015, even as scrutiny has grown over the questionable pasts of historical figures like Columbus. Credit Michael Appleton for The New York Times

A lawsuit filed by a former cadet at West Point, who said she had been raped by a fellow cadet, was ordered dismissed by a federal appeals panel. [New York Times]

Tourists are visiting popular city attractions that they see on Instagram, like the pink doors of a restaurant or a candy store. [New York Times]

Municipal employees have missed more than 17,000 hours of work this year because of transit problems, according to a report by the Independent Budget Office. [NY1]

The city is installing free bike pumps at popular biking locations. [Gothamist]

Zaro’s is opening two bakeries in the Bronx. [New York Times]

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Zaro’s Family Bakery, a chain that started in the Bronx in 1927. Credit Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

At a Native American school south of Syracuse, members of the Onondaga Nation wanted one of their own as principal. In a compromise, a Native American teacher will be groomed to possibly take over. [New York Times]

What Europe’s ‘night mayors’ can teach New York. [New York Times]

If the subway system could be a force for equity and sustainability, why have politicians let it fall into disrepair? [The Nation, subscription required]

A look at the most intriguing restaurant openings, and the changing industry, in our 2017 fall restaurant preview. [New York Times]

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JaJaJa Plantas Mexicana will be part of the North 3rd Street Market. Credit Linda Xiao for The New York Times

Here’s what to look for at the Governors Island Art Fair, which opens Saturday. [New York Times]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “You Can Make It

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

The New York International Salsa Congress offers dance workshops and Latin music performances at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, through Sunday. Schedule and ticket prices vary.

The Brooklyn-based musician Helado Negro performs as part of Summer Thursdays in the sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown. 6:30 p.m. [$25]

Fish, Brew & BBQ brings exactly that (plus fishing instruction and live music) to the Audubon Center at the boathouse in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. 6 p.m. [$25]

The Live at the Archway cabaret series continues with afrobeat music, an interactive art installation and more, below the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. 6 p.m. [Free]

Mets at Reds, 12:35 p.m. (SNY). Yankees host Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (WPIX).

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Friday.

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

And Finally…

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Summer is almost over. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times

Next week, classes start for more than a million public school students in the city.

And with it, a new batch of freshmen will begin high school. For many of us, high school was a defining moment in our lives. Whether good or bad, it shaped who we are in some way.

Perhaps there are things that you wish you would have done differently.

Well, dear reader, we’d like to know: What are things that you regret doing — or not doing — while you were in high school? What would you have done differently?

Let us know by sending an email to nytoday@nytimes.com. Please include your name, age and where you live. We may include your response in a column.

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Source: New York Times

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