January 23, 2013 Weather: Partly Cloudy, High of 22 Degrees.
Junot Diaz with John Leguizamo, bar trivia and more local events today on our calendar.
There’s an interesting event put on by the Park West Neighborhood History Group next week for those interested in neighborhood history: Monday, January 28, 2013 6-8 PM, FREE presentation Children’s Aid Society/Frederick Douglass Center at 885 Columbus Avenue at 104 Street. “Frederick Douglass Houses History” Speakers will cover pre-Douglass neighborhood history, the building of Douglass Houses and re-shaping the Upper West Side, growing up in Douglass, and its future.
The full list of area Catholic Schools expected to close at the end of this school year was released by the Catholic Church yesterday. St. Gregory the Great on 90th Street, which was slated to close because of funding issues, will now stay open because it submitted a proposal “that included viable long-term plans and will remain open.” St. Agnes High School and Holy Name of Jesus elementary school, however, are both slated to close. (Archdiocese of NY)
The problem with New York apartments is that they’re not tiny enough! New designs unveiled yesterday will squeeze people into apartments that are 250 to 370 square feet. The first project will be on East 29th Street, but the tiny developments could spread elsewhere: “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg hopes [they] will be the first in a wave of tiny apartments.” It’s one solution to the escalating housing crunch. But some people aren’t impressed: “I wouldn’t keep a dog in that size room,” said one woman, indignantly. (NY Times)
Neighborhoods hit hard by Hurricane Sandy still have a long way to go, as this photo gallery shows. (Atlantic)