April 17, 2017 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 71 degrees.
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Neighbors are upset about noise coming from The Ribbon, the restaurant on 72nd Street near Central Park West. They asked Community Board 7 to make the restaurant shut its French doors while the restaurant is open. But the owner called them “elitist” and said he’s done enough already to dampen sound and bring a good vibe to the area. “Brokering a compromise, the CB 7 business and consumer issues committee drafted a resolution denying The Ribbon’s liquor license application unless the restaurant vowed to never open a sidewalk café, include sound absorption material in the awning it plans to mount when the scaffolding comes down, and closing its front doors at 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and at 10 p.m. on the weekends.”
Mice have infested a three-bedroom co-op on the UWS, even running across the pillows at night. Yikes! Traditional pest control hasn’t worked. The mother of the apartment owner wrote in to the Times asking: Whose responsibility is it to fix the problem? “Management must take this issue seriously, figuring out how many apartments are affected and treating them all. Your daughter should speak with her neighbors, who could collectively call for a special meeting of the board.”
Affordable housing and disappearing small businesses were the biggest topics at a town hall with Scott Stringer last week. “‘The fact [is] our small businesses are being wiped out of our communities,’ [one community member] said. ‘If you walk down any avenue of the Upper West Side, you’ll see vacancy after vacancy after vacancy.’ Stringer acknowledged the problem, especially on Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, and explained he created his Red Tape Commission specifically to understand what local businesses go through. The comptroller also drew on the experiences he had with small businesses in his days as Manhattan borough president, when he was often invited to grand openings.”
Performances will take place this week in the neighborhood to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “4th U Artivists, the New York City-based nonprofit whose mission is to help end violence against women, is behind Body of Women, a series of performances commemorating Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The April event will feature a song cycle, a monologue collection, and a new play. Body of Women will run April 22 at 7 PM and April 23 at 3 PM and 7 PM only in the 4th Universalist Society’s church on the Upper West Side.”
And there was a nasty car wreck in Riverside Park on Saturday as a car flipped over the railing of the Henry Hudson Parkway and nearly hit two bicyclists.
— pfrishauf (@pfrishauf) April 15, 2017