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Editorial: It seems to us … Nixon flunks NYC bagel test; Tyson defends Musk; Falletta shines

Was it a schmear campaign?

Gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon made news in New York City when she ordered lox, capers and red onion on a cinnamon raisin bagel last weekend. That order was likely not the undoing of her campaign, but it might not have helped in the five boroughs, where they know bagels.

The website Gothamist filmed Nixon ordering that unusual combination of sweet and savory, the video took off on social media and Nixon had to defend herself.

“Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,” Nixon said.

Gothamist called the combination “disgusting” and “pungent.” Jezebel branded it “bizarre” and “unpleasant.” “Lox her up,” said a Washington Post headline.

Now that the campaign is over – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo defeated her in the Democratic primary – she is free to eat her bagels in peace. The media won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk caught plenty of flak for an appearance on a live-streamed podcast last week in which he appeared to be smoking marijuana and drinking whiskey. The astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Musk’s defense, telling a TMZ interviewer that people should “leave the man alone. Let him get high if he wants to get high.”

Tyson added that Musk is “the best thing we’ve had since Thomas Edison.” That comparison sounded a bit off, until we searched Edison’s archives. It turns out that some of his lesser-known published articles were titled, “Dude, Where’s My Lightbulb?” “Getting Mellow in Menlo Park,” and “Patent This!”

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How do you get to Macy’s? Practice.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta landed a role in a Macy’s advertising campaign that’s called “Remarkable You,” which features six women of distinction.

Falleta told The News that she enjoyed getting the Hollywood treatment while shooting the campaign in California. “The amount of makeup and hair spray that I had on those few days I think is more than I’ve worn in my entire life,” she said.

We’ll know the maestro has gone Hollywood if the BPO adds lasers to its Rachmaninoff concerts.

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