February 13, 2017 Weather: Windy, with a high of 39 degrees.
A benefit concert for the New York Common Pantry and many more local events are on our calendar.
There’s also a Community Board meeting Monday night at 6:30 at 250 West 87th Street on landlords who “use building construction/renovation as a method to harass existing tenants.”
Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell is holding bystander intervention training with groups called Hollaback and NYC Anti-Violence Project on Feb. 21 at 6:30 at Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street.
A rookie at the firehouse near Lincoln Center is suing because of hazing that he said occurred to him. “A black FDNY rookie expecting a warm welcome at his new firehouse was instead sexually hazed and humiliated by a band of naked firefighters, according to a shocking federal discrimination lawsuit. It was the beginning of a series of horrific incidents meant to make the rookie’s life so miserable he would quit, the suit alleges. The disturbing case is now being probed by the US Department of Justice, a source close to the matter has said.”
The Manhattan Cricket Club, the bar above Burke & Wills on 79th Street is designed like a speakeasy. “The narrow upstairs space, three rooms in succession, is designed like a small apartment from the 1870s. The first room, with a small window, functions as a foyer with a wooden coat rack. The gold wallpaper, which begins along the staircase and spreads into the rooms, has a layer of flocked black velvet in a vintage-inspired pattern.”
Morningside Heights is on edge as nonprofits sell property to developers. “These days we’re feeling vulnerable and neglected in Morningside Heights, the New York neighborhood bounded by 110th Street, 125th Street, Riverside Park and Morningside Park. That is because our venerable institutions, notably Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Union Theological Seminary (UTS), in desperate need of cash, are selling their air rights to the highest bidders – namely developers seeing an unrestricted opportunity to build 30- and 40-story luxury towers in our rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. UTS is still negotiating. JTS is a done deal.”
The city will guarantee legal counsel to low-income tenants in housing court, “a major development in housing policy in a city where roughly 90 percent of tenants currently appear in court without an attorney. Speaking at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School on the Upper West Side, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the city would be devoting an extra $90 million annually to fund the new policy.”
For baseball fans, pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training. Thank goodness.