Photo by Carol on West 112th street.
December 7, 2015 Weather: Mostly Sunny, with a high of 55 degrees.
Free concerts, a Malachy McCourt reading and more events on our calendar.
The City Council honored Riverside Church, at 490 Riverside Drive, on its 85th anniversary: “For more than eight decades, The Riverside Church has been a temple of social justice and a champion of peace,” said Council Member Mark Levine.
Need a free fire alarm? Make an appointment with the Red Cross.
How Donald Trump made money off the name Central Park: “The leading Republican presidential candidate first applied for a trademark to use the words ‘Central Park’ on merchandise more than two decades ago, when the park had a far less glamorous reputation than it does today. Since then, Trump has used the nonexclusive trademark to brand furniture, chandeliers, pillows and even key chains.”
Under pressure from neighbors, the Community Board denied a liquor license for a restaurant at the base of the Riverside Tower Hotel at 80 Riverside Drive (80th street) and said the State Liquor Authority has pledged it will also deny the license. A restaurant on Riverside that sells alcohol is a tough sell. “The board’s Business and Consumer Issues committee rejected the application in late November, after neighbors claimed the forthcoming eatery will fill the area with food smells, produce trash and create congestion in the quiet area.” Previously, there was a cafe in that spot.
The Times reports on the name-change at Roosevelt Hospital to Mount Sinai West, a story we broke last month. St. Luke’s on 114th will retain its name “for the time being.” “If you told a taxi driver you wanted to go to Mount Sinai West, he wouldn’t know where it was,” Helen D. Roosevelt said.
A column on the tree sellers featured in the documentary “Tree Man” made by two Upper West Siders (we wrote about it here). “At a recent screening inside a community center on the Upper West Side, the audience enthusiastically applauded François, and he answered questions. Then, the star of the film walked uptown to his van parked next to his stand of Frasier firs from North Carolina, whose prices range from $25 for a hip-high cutie to around $300 for something over 12 feet.”
A behind-the-scenes clash at the DA’s office over an Upper West Side murder trial led to a prosecutor resigning.
Why Sheldon Silver’s conviction shouldn’t raise anyone’s hopes that Albany will be less dysfunctional.