June 28, 2012 Weather: Sunny, High of 88 Degrees.
Added to the calendar: A free outdoor jazz concert on Saturday in Riverside Park.
The French Embassy will be showing French films in various public places over the next few weeks, including Central and Riverside Parks. Grab wine, cheese and beret.
Author Thomas Beller makes an emotional case in support of new zoning rules to prevent banks and other companies from opening large storefronts on the Upper West Side. (The full City Council is expected to vote on it today at 3. If you want to see it, go to City Hall.) “[T]he wish to be rid of all that entwining chaos and destruction, of looting, crime, dysfunction, and anarchy was so powerful that it has lead us to a new urban blight almost as bad as the old one. The dense, jungle-like chaos of growth represented by those black markers and their swirling, illegible tags covering the interior of the subway car has been replaced by the anodyne blankness of a bank branch, which is to the city’s landscape what dead air is to the radio.” (New Yorker)
The Brewster building at 21 West 86th Street sold for $98 million. (GlobeStreet)