October 18, 2012 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 65 Degrees.
Events today include free concerts and readings.
Also, the Central Park Conservancy will host an opening reception for the Wild Garden, an interactive exhibit at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (mid-Park at 110thStreet), today at 6:30. The exhibit is described like this: “The exhibit is divided into subjects such as History, Features and Infrastructure. Each subject is represented by a key; when introduced to an app located on iPads at the center of the exhibition room, the keys unlock 3-D content to give visitors a unique look at the infrastructure that supports the woodlands, the stone-by-stone construction of Huddlestone Arch and other incredible details. Visitors with children can borrow Woodlands Discovery Kits to enrich their exploration of the woodlands this fall. Containing binoculars, a hand lens, flora and fauna identification guides, colored pencils and paper, these Discovery Kit backpacks are the perfect resource to help children take advantage of the woodlands’ role as a natural laboratory and learn about urban ecology and the environment.” More here.
Blind lawyer Richard Bernstein, who was struck down by a bicyclist in Central Park in August, just got out of the hospital. He’s suing the city to get them to make the park more safe for disabled people, but he said that the city has been very aggressive in fighting his attempts, calling him in his hospital room to say they aren’t willing to consider his claims. He said he isn’t asking for any compensation in the case. “This attorney for Mayor Michael Bloomberg called me Wednesday in my hospital room and told me the city was not willing to negotiate on making Central Park safe for people with disabilities,” Bernstein said of Mary O’Sullivan, an attorney for the city’s law department. The city said the encounter was mischaracterized. (Crain’s and Oakland Press)
The 79th Street Boat Basin will get a $2.5 million overhaul, but the city won’t install solar lighting, as some had wanted. (DNAinfo)
A woman who was allegedly raped by a pizza delivery boy who entered her unlocked apartment on 61st Street last month is suing the doorman, the condo board and the management company. Lax security contributed to the crime, she says. “Didn’t anyone working at the building realize that a pizza delivery had gone upstairs after midnight and that more than 25 minutes later, the delivery man had not returned to the lobby?” the victim said. (Daily News)