Her most progressive campaign move yet
2018 has been a year of political surprises and scandals, but nothing has floored me more than the news I received from Gothamist a few moments ago. Aspiring New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon visited Zabar’s this morning and ordered a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese, lox, red onion, capers, and tomato. You did read that correctly. I’m very sorry.
Nixon has won the hearts, and likely, votes, of many New Yorkers in the five boroughs and around the state over the past several months. An advocate for women, people of color, and the LQBTQ community, Nixon continues to make headlines with her plans for affordable housing, preventing the deportation of families, ending mass incarceration, and single-payer healthcare. But now that the news has broken about her troubling bagel order, I worry thousands of New Yorkers may second guess the candidate's decision-making.
Cinnamon-dusted raisins and smoked fish? No, thank you. I don’t want to yuck anyone’s yum, but why, why did she have to go so far? According to a video published by Gothamist, Nixon can be heard saying “Yeah, sweet and salty, you're right" to a fellow customer. OK, that works for pretzels and chocolate, but here I’m not so sure. Actually, I’m very sure. It sounds bad.
My gentile mother has many times told the story of her first bagel breakfast with my Jewish father’s family. Upon asking if she could simply toast her bagel, she was met with shock and has been subject to jokes for years since. I honestly cannot imagine what my grandparents would have said if she’d asked them to pass the lox and capers for a cinnamon raisin bagel. Maybe they wouldn't have let my parents get married, and I wouldn't exist.
Of course, Nixon isn’t the only person to partake in this truly horrifying sandwich. In 2016, Jessica Lappin, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York told the New York Times that her kids love cinnamon raisin bagels with lox. When Extra Crispy covered this story, interviews with employees at a couple of popular Manhattan bagel shops produced the shocking fact that this order is actually not uncommon at all—and that sometimes the customers will even ask for strawberry or blueberry cream cheese to boot. I guess I’ll say at least Nixon had the decency to stick with plain.