February 15, 2016 Weather: Snow expected, with a high of 34 degrees.
Several free concerts at Juilliard and dozens of other local events on our calendar.
Some drivers find the new configuration of Lincoln Square from 63rd to 66th streets confusing, and say it’s slowing traffic down, particularly given that a water main project has led to lanes being closed. “You used to be able to make a slight left onto Broadway if you were headed down Columbus Avenue. Now, unless you’re driving an MTA bus you’re forced to keep going south on Columbus. Continuing south on Columbus sends drivers straight into a bottleneck where construction takes up two out of four lanes.” The project is meant to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, given the 144 serious crashes in that area between 2008 and 2012.
The Taxi & Limousine Commission wants to crack down on long driving shifts to keep drivers from becoming exhausted. A driver who had reportedly been on the road for 16 hours hit and killed an 88-year-old woman on West 109th street last year.
The Wild Bird Fund on Columbus Avenue helps rescue cockfighting roosters. “The first step in rooster rehab is to establish a safe space for each bird where they are able to observe other roosters without being attacked or being able to attack.”
Like Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Lincoln Center is starting a hall of fame for artists whose names will be carved into the stones around the fountain. The first inductees were just announced. “It announced Thursday that its first class of inductees would include Louis Armstrong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Leontyne Price and Harold Prince.”
A quartet of UWS buildings was just sold to Sugar Hill Capital Partners. “Benjamin Hadar and Leonard Solomon of Upwest Co. sold the properties for $65 million, or $1,050 per square foot. Located at 471-476 Central Park West, the properties feature a total of 125 apartments, most of which are rent-regulated units. Additionally, the portfolio site allows for the development of a 92,000-square-foot structure, with an additional 30,000 square feet in air rights. Lazer Sternhall and Peter Vanderpool of Cignature Realty represented the buyer and seller in the transaction.”
The new Hawthorne Park rental development on 61st street is one of three buildings that Glenwood Management will have to make accessible to people with disabilities as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.