The wall of a lobby on Riverside Drive, by Valen Jones via flickr.

March 26, 2012 Weather: Sunny and Windy, High of 54 Degrees.

We have a new list of events up for this week, including a tribute to Anthony Shadid, an appearance by controversial performer Mike Daisey, a family dance event and more. Check it out!

Mel Wymore, a candidate for City Council on the Upper West Side, would be the first transgender person on the council. In fact, there are very few transgender people anywhere who have attained powerful political positions. Mel came out as a man just a few years ago after having two children. (NY Times)

Some bike rental shops in and around Central Park don’t have bells on the bikes, which are mandated by law. (NY Post)

An editorial argues that the Supreme Court should hear arguments on New York’s rent regulations after a lawsuit brought by an Upper West Side building owner. The court is now considering briefs filed by landlord James Harmon and the city and state in the case. (NY Daily News)

Maria Loi, the head chef at Loi on 70th Street, cooked for President Obama in DC last week. (NY Post)

Upper West Side resident and hedge funder Paul Singer is one of Mitt Romney’s biggest backers. (Fortune)

Residents began voting on Sunday about how to spend $1 million in city funds through a participatory budgeting process. People can continue to vote this week at Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office, 105 E. 116th St. (Columbia Spectator)

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