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New York City Ready for Ranked-Choice Goats

True, there are far worse things. But losing the Running of the Goats in 2020, when it was on the verge of becoming an annual event—the first one was in 2019—was just one more blow to a dispirited New York City. So last month there was a crowd at Riverside Park to welcome back the winsome weed eaters, supplied by the Riverside Park Conservancy to stop the spread of invasive plants in certain areas of the park.

To the delight of onlookers, twenty-four goats were let into the park to graze, but only five of them—Buckles, Chalupa, Mallemar, Ms. Bo Peep, and Skittles—will be in residence through August. Now that New Yorkers have the hang of ranked-choice voting, they’re invited to go online to rank their favorite goats from first to last.

To cast a vote, visit the park’s “Ranked-Choice Goat” page at


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