Former Brooklyn Borough president Eric L. Adams was elected mayor of New York City yesterday, officially becoming the first vegan mayor of the big apple.
Adams gains the title by defeating his opponent, Republican Curtis Sliwa. In July, 61-year-old Adams won the primary election, beating former New York City Commissioner for Sanitation Kathryn Garcia, former City Hall Counsel Maya Wiley, and former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
This is not the first victory in the vegan direction this city has won: already in 2018, New York had appropriated the award of “most vegan- friendly city”, also known as “the Big Apple”. Peta, the world’s largest animal rights humanitarian organization, presented the award to New York not only for the opening of the first only vegetarian public school, but also because in the city there are around 140 quality restaurants that are meat free, excluding fast food chains that have vegetarian options.
The additional march highlighted by Dan Mathews, vice president of Peta, was represented by making this decision no longer economically unsustainable and exclusive but, on the contrary, also available at very low costs.Thanks to personalities such as former President Bill Clinton or stars like Brad Pitt or Sandra Bullock, vegetarianism has many well-known spokesmen in the United States, also allowing veganism to become more and more successful. The list is getting longer including ordinary citizens, in addition to the names of celebrities. Among them is Alan Cumming, the Scottish actor engaged on Broadway in “Cabaret”. And it was Cumming himself who presented the Peta Award to the New York City Council, which consisted of an edible replica – obviously plant-based – of the Manhattan panorama: “I’ve been vegan for a long time, for the love of animals – said Cumming -. So living and working in a city so open to veganism is wonderful”. The award was created by James Parker, a well-known chef who opened a “Veggy Art” school in the USA dedicated to plant sculptures. Parker holds courses in which he teaches how to transform a pumpkin or a watermelon into an edible masterpiece of elegance (you can see examples here). Parker has reconstructed a profile of the New York skyscrapers using zucchini, carrots, broccoli, bananas, aubergines, radicchio, pumpkins, beets.
In short, the New Yorker mayor asserts himself in a context that is anything but at odds with his lifestyle and ideals. Vegan since 2016, Adams does it primarily to combat the debilitating symptoms he experienced after diagnosing type 2 diabetes, but also to help others regain control of their health.
If that wasn’t enough, Adams published “Healthy At Last”, a book in which he describes his choice to go plantbased, talking about chronic food-related diseases and shares more than 50 vegan recipes. To further expand his message beyond New York, Adams has also appeared in several documentaries promoting this lifestyle, such as: “They Are Trying to Kill Us” which examines the intersections between diet, poverty and racism.
How happy we are with this wonderful news, who knows what will now change in New York!