An artist (it appears to be Hans Honschar) has some fun with a certain city rivalry. Photo by Greg Parets.
October 19, 2015 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 53 degrees.
This week, consider checking out some of the free concerts at UWS institutions like Juilliard and the Bloomingdale School of Music. Check out a full list of dozens of events on our calendar.
Also on the calendar: the 24th precinct’s community council meeting, participatory budgeting and other events for civic-minded folks.
For people hoping to attend a town hall meeting on Oct. 28 at PS 191 with Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, we initially posted the wrong time. It starts at 5:30, not 7:30.
As seems to happen every few years, rats are proliferating on the Upper West Side. “Nora Prentice, who lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, has repeatedly complained to the city about a colony of about 200 rats in a neighborhood park. ‘It’s like the Burning Man of rats,’ she said. ‘They’re just sitting there in a lawn chair waiting for you. I don’t know what the city can do about this rat condominium. It’s really gross.” Prentice said that she avoids the area because of the rats and that complaints she filed with the city were closed after officials told her they were ‘working on the problem.'”
There was a credible bald eagle sighting in Central Park, which is pretty damn cool. “Bald eagles have made a comeback in New York over the last few decades, after a thinning of their population in the 1960s and ’70s, when the heavy use of the pesticide DDT inhibited their reproduction.” If you see the fella, take a picture and send it to us (the picture, not the eagle).
Chalkbeat put together an in-depth article on the school rezoning issue at PS 199, 191 and 452 that we’ve been covering. Several competing plans are being considered, including this interesting one: “Meanwhile, other parents have floated a third plan: pairing the two schools so that students attend one for the early grades and the other for later grades. The schools had such an arrangement decades ago, but it eventually fell apart.” The school board (CEC3) is set to vote on this a month from today.
As construction increases, construction fatalities are on the rise too.
Thomas Beller biked through Central Park with his family while thinking about the Rolling Stones and writes about it.
The New York Times confirmed the story we broke last week, about Planet Fitness signing a lease for the old Metro Theater on Broadway between 99th and 100th. “The conversations with Planet Fitness have been going on for more than a year, and a deal was signed last Friday giving Planet Fitness a 15-year lease, with a five-year option to extend…Planet Fitness said it would take care to return the building to its former glory, creating a gym that would respect the Metro’s historical details. The facade’s most striking feature is an Art Deco medallion above the marquee depicting two entwined figures holding the masks of comedy and tragedy. ‘We have worked in landmark buildings before and we really love this space,’ said Gabrielle Lawlor, the general counsel for PFNY, LLC, the franchisee that owns Planet Fitness gyms in New York City.”