Contractors finally started pouring concrete at 80th street and Broadway, after digging a hole that appears to be 40-50 feet deep. A 20-story building is set to rise there. Thanks to Arif for the photo.
May 16, 2016 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 66 degrees.
The start of the SummerStage season and dozens of other local events are on our calendar.
Theo, a chihuahua-shiba inu mix, was stolen from outside a pizza shop on Lexington Avenue between 78th and 79th street. There’s chance he’s on the UWS, a friend of the owner said. See the flyer here.
DegreesNYC, a grassroots project to close the racial and economic gap in higher ed, is looking to hear from locals. They’re meeting at 647 Columbus Avenue from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. More here.
It’s the 5th anniversary of West Side Rag! Our little newsboy mascot has grown so much, but he’s still basically immature. We’re planning to throw an event to celebrate and meet some of our lovely readers, but probably not for several weeks.
As a national debate about transgender rights plays out around the country, a notice placed in a unnamed
Upper West Side locker room at the Gertrude Ederle Rec Center on 61st street has caused some uncomfortable moments. “Girls from a swim team in New York City’s Upper West Side are too scared to use the women’s locker room at a Parks Department swimming pool. In March, a sign appeared noting that everyone has the the right to use the restroom or locker room consistent with their ‘gender identity or gender expression.’ Around the same time, the girls, who range in age from about seven to 18, became concerned after they saw a ‘bearded individual’ in the women’s changing room. They are now using the family changing room to change in and out of their swimsuits, but it is not big enough for all 18 girls.” Mel Wymore, a former community board chairman who is transgender said that there needs to be more dialogue around this issue.“I can say from my own personal experience transitioning that it’s uncomfortable to be in a restroom where you know people are uncomfortable.”
A landlord has sealed the windows of a building on 95th street as workers fix balconies, but tenants feel suffocated after waiting since August. “The owner of the building, which is being converted to condos, says drastic measures are needed to protect tenants from dust caused by repairs to crumbling balconies. But tenants, many rent-regulated, say enough is enough. Their apartments are sealed, and dust is getting in anyway.”
Fairway’s bankruptcy should play out in an orderly fashion, with only its lenders getting hit. But the company will probably have to consider what stores to close in the longer-term. “After filing for Chapter 11 on May 2, the grocer pledged to continue paying in full all employees, suppliers and landlords. The only parties who figure to suffer big losses are Fairway’s lenders, most of whom have already have agreed to swap their debt for shares in the reorganized company…Fairway executives intend to use its sojourn in bankruptcy court to cut its $279 million debt burden in half and free up resources to invest in its business and win back the shopping carts of New Yorkers. Wish them luck.”
Co-ops, a mainstay on the UWS, are going the way of the Dodo. “Since 2000, developers have moved to create a mere 75 new co-op projects, and no more than seven total in any given year, according to a new analysis by The Real Deal…Compare that 75 number to 6,155, which is the number of new condominium plans filed over the same period.”
A local police officer is suing the city. “A cop who made headlines three years ago when she was written up for speaking Spanish at work in violation of the NYPD’s English-only policy is suing the city for violating her civil rights. Jessenia Guzman says in court papers filed Monday that her bosses in the 24th Precinct in Upper West Side have been on her case for years.”
Rosalee Grable, an Upper West Sider who fought for impoverished people to be buried with dignity at New York’s potter’s field at Hart Island, died last week and will be buried at Hart Island herself.