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Metropolitan Diary Fans, It’s Time to Vote for Your Favorite

Good morning. It’s Tuesday. We’ll find out about your role in choosing the best Metropolitan Diary items of the year. We’ll also get details on the latest milestone in the rollout of recreational marijuana in New York State.

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New York Today always ends with Metropolitan Diary, the New York City-centric column with fans far beyond the five boroughs. But this New York Today begins with something about Metropolitan Diary because it’s time to vote on the best Diary items of the year. Ed Shanahan, who edits Metropolitan Diary, explains:

A snarky sandwich maker. An out-of-place pepper grinder. A midwife pausing midlabor. A lost soccer ball. A burial at sea.

The elements at the heart of the five items included in this year’s Best of Metropolitan Diary contest may be ordinary, but the stories they anchor capture some of the wit, quirkiness, warmth and kindness that give the column, now in its 47th year, such extraordinary staying power.

It’s the third time we’ve asking readers to vote on their favorite among the finalists, which we have chosen from the roughly 250 items that have appeared in the column in the past year. Click here to read the final five and cast your ballot. The voting will remain open until midnight on Monday. The winner will be announced in the column to be published the following Sunday.

As the editor of Metropolitan Diary, I read through several thousand submissions to arrive at the relative handful we published in 2023. I went back and re-read that handful to winnow the contest field down to about two dozen strong contenders.

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