October 26, 2015 Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 59 degrees.
A free “Celebrate Mexico Now” concert at Lincoln Center and dozens of other events are on our calendar.
This week also features several events dealing with the rezoning of PS 199, 191 and 452, including a town hall with Chancellor Carmen Farina on Wednesday. We’ll be publishing an update on that issue later today.
The 20th precinct’s community council is meeting tonight at the precinct at 7 and we hear that several residents intend to protest the street vendors that set up on the West side of Broadway between 72nd and 73rd street. One tells us: “The street vendors on Broadway closest to 72nd St. have become more and more of a public safety issue…All residents who live in the vicinity are encouraged to join the discussion.”
In case there was any confusion, the free tenants’ workshops at Fordham are this Saturday not last Saturday. Apologies if we didn’t make that clear.
West Side Rag received more than 70 emails from people who would like to write for the site. It was wonderful to see the strong interest. Sorry if it’s taken a little while to get back to everyone, but we should be writing to you shortly if you haven’t heard back.
Another lost pet: “A beautiful cat was found wandering INSIDE A BUILDING on W 86th between West End and RSD. Right now, the cat stays with the super. Can you please ask if anyone knows him (the cat 🙂 or wants him?” Let us know if he might be yours and we’ll put you in touch with the right person.
Demolition is set to begin on the former American Bible Society on 61st and Broadway. The Times David Dunlap explained the site’s history, and revealed an interesting fact: the same architects who designed the building 50 years ago will design its replacement. “Benjamin Pattou, the engineer at Howard I. Shapiro & Associates who is overseeing the demolition job, said the load-bearing walls were not likely to present much trouble. But he added that the concrete girders forming the floors, which are more than 50 feet long, would be ‘challenging to dismantle.’ Nonetheless, he said, demolition should be finished next year. But one facet of 1865 Broadway will remain. The architects of the AvalonBay tower are to be Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, replacing their own work of a half-century ago.”
What does Woody Allen think about shooting a film in Central Park these days (he’s shooting in New York again!)? He has a few complaints… “I hate this steady noise interruption. And people think doing this is easy. Central Park has maddening problems. You really need police protection. We have a park permit and we give the park a donation, but you can’t shut it down nor ban walking pedestrians. Our crew keeps them away, but bystanders sometimes get into the shot.”
An Australian rugby player was arrested for allegedly chasing two women into an Upper West Side apartment while yelling “Tonight is the night that you die!”