The photo above, by Malcolm Carter, is of a dryer fire in a fifth-floor apartment at 46 West 96th Street that was reported at 12:43 p.m. on Wednesday. A firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt hospital. The fire was out by 1:11 p.m.
January 12, 2012 Weather: Rain, High of 53 Degrees.
We’re planning to get Symphony Space events up on our calendar today (their site was down earlier this week) so you’ll have a full slate of events to check out for this weekend.
Upper West Side neighborhood activist Batya Lawton was offended (as were many people) that Lenox Hill Hospital rolled out the red carpet for Beyonce and Jay-Z, while other New Yorkers struggle to get any decent prenatal care. She’s urging folks to donate to LSA Family Health Service.
A cellphone went off during a quiet portion of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night, and it just…kept…ringing. “Nobody was owning up to it. It was surreal,” conductor Alan Gilbert told the Times. So he simply stopped the music, and waited. Eventually, a man reached casually into his pocket and the sound stopped. Meanwhile the crowd was screaming: “Thousand-dollar fine!” “Kick him out!” “Get out!” (NY Times)
Churches, including a few on the Upper West Side like West-Park Presbyterian on 86th, are becoming the home base for New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement. (Wall Street Journal)
Helen Rosenthal just let us know that she’s qualified for city matching funds in her attempt to become the next city council member for the Upper West Side, replacing Gale Brewer. She’s already raised $60,000. The election is next year, and former Community Board Chairman Mel Wymore has also announced his candidacy.