A dog contemplates whether to run or swim at the dog run in Teddy Roosevelt Park. Photo by Rachel.
May 9, 2016 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 74 degrees.
Check out free concerts, film screenings and dozens of other local events on our calendar.
Beacon Paint is holding its Nightwalk in New York again this year on Saturday night in the schoolyard at the corner of 77th street and Columbus Avenue. There will be a dogs in costume contest and a walk. Sign in starts at 7 and the walk starts at 8. It benefits Guiding Eyes for the Blind. For more info, contact Bruce Stark at Beacon at 212-787-1090 or 212-538-4050.
IRS tax scams are on the upswing again. One reader was called four times by someone claiming to tbe the IRS. Don’t believe it! The IRS will contact you by mail if there’s an issue, not by phone. Here’s more about the issue from the local precinct.
A domestic violence victim on the Upper West Side says in a federal lawsuit that she was manhandled by a local officer after attempting to get the police to protect her from an ex-boyfriend. “One of the officers, Anthony Giambra, approached and asked for ID, she told the Daily News. “He told me, ‘Get off the f—ing phone,’” Neco alleged. “I’m trying to reach for my ID, and he just took my arm and my phone fell and broke.” Giambra — whom Neco described as having the build of a football player — then threw her into the back of the car “like a rag doll” and told her she was under arrest for disorderly conduct… In addition to disorderly conduct, Neco faced charges of resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana, and was jailed for 24 hours. The case was ultimately dismissed and sealed, the lawsuit states.”
Preservationists are not big fans of the LinkNYC kiosks that have begun to be placed on the Upper West Side: “Sean Khorsandi of Landmark West! objected to adopting the citywide rule, calling saying the size of the kiosks and their existence at all is based on advertising, not providing Wi-Fi. He said it’s a case of the “tail wagging the dog.” He noted that many church’s have integrated cellular repeaters into their steeples (often to the financial benefit of the church) and that Wi-Fi devices could be integrated into existing lampposts, which would give greater height and coverage. ‘Can you hear me now?’ he asked, rhetorically.”
Get ready for more possible coyote sightings. New York state just issued a coyote advisory. “The eastern coyote, part of New York’s ecosystem since at least the 1930s, is now established throughout the state, from rural farms to suburban neighborhoods to urban settings.” Remember what happened the last time a coyote came to town. Hijinks galore!
Real estate investor Joseph Sitt bought 71 sponsor units at the Apthorp for $120 million.
What do you expect from the 20th and 24th precincts? Courtesy, professionalism, and respect are three things police officers have no understanding of. RIP Eric Garner.
Also there is no such thing as unlawful possession of Marijuana, it’s been decriminalized in New York since 1977 and you’d need multiple ounces on your person to be worthy of an arrest. Stop and Frisk was all about unlawful arrests of young people carrying small amounts of Marijuana, when they asked you to empty your pockets, they arrested you even though it was against the law to place cuffs on the individual. Good policing to most officers is to be abusive, go on Theerant if you don’t believe me. Or just talk to your local police officers, they can post photos of kids with cops on twitter all they want, we know they’re really just bullies.
After reading the linked article from The Daily News, this officer sounds like another cop in this country with a rage problem that hasn’t been dealt with by the his department.
“Giambra has been directly accused of inappropriate behavior in several other lawsuits, including false arrest and assault, the Daily News has learned. He could not immediately be reached for comment.”
I resent having my tax dollars spent on lawsuit payouts when the police department should be weeding out the problem officers. It’s guys like this who create distrust of the police.
Amy S, I’m not sure what your definition of “we” is, but not everyone shares your hyperbolically offensive portrayal of the NYPD, and specifically, the 24th and 20th Precincts.
That was an excellent response, PaulRL.
For what it’s worth, I had an encounter last year with officers from the 24th Pct and found that they demonstrated a considerable degree of courtesy, professionalism and respect.
‘Decriminalized’ yes, but possession of a small amount is still a ($100) misdemeanor, and therefore ‘unlawful’.
Technically, that is Bull Moose Dog Run, within Teddy Roosevelt Park. The flooding is a huge problem, as is the lack of attention by the city. Over 2 years ago the city “committed” to renovate the heavily used run. 2 years later, nothing has been done. It’s a health risk not only to the dogs, but for anyone that enters – particularly after many days without rain!
“It’s a health risk not only to the dogs, but for anyone that enters”
Standing-water, such as that shown in the photo, certainly is a breeding-ground for mosquitoes– all the more a concern now with the new risk of the Zika virus added to that of West Nile and any number of other diseases spread by the little buggers.
Is that what you meant?
I have to say I’m not happy with the new wifi spots.
First of all we’re already inundated with advertising. It’s impossible to be anywhere in the city without being assaulted with visual stimuli that effects the brain and doesn’t benefit anyone but the corporations making all the money from sales of whatever unnecessary “stuff” and unrealistic images of life they’re peddling. It literally makes me crazy.
I also wonder how lovely it will now be to have the sidewalks even more crowded with people’s faces in their devices, only now they may stop for who knows how long to use the wifi spots.
What a great idea. NOT.
Most valid concerns and quite refreshing to see them raised.
“assaulted with visual stimuli that effects the brain and doesn’t benefit anyone but the corporations”
Also objectifies people and hypersexualizes society.
With regard to the wifi kiosks, with more and more carriers offering unlimited LTE, I fail to see the need. I’m on T-Mobile and have unlimited everything, and would NEVER have a need to use the wifi, which is slower than TMo’s LTE. I guess if you have a minimal plan, standing or sitting near a kiosk will save you a few bucks, but at what cost? 5 years ago, this would be useful. Now, not so much.
Why so much fear of coyotes? I mean, it’s not like they can do anything really dangerous like, say, photograph children frolicking in the park…