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June 20, 2016 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 83 degrees.
The start of Midsummer Night Swing, the Make Music festival and many more events are on our calendar.
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The NYPD’s chief chaplain was attacked on Riverside Drive on Sunday. “Rabbi Alvin Kass was walking down Riverside Drive between West 83rd and West 84th streets when someone came up behind him and shoved him to the ground around 6:45 a.m. Kass, 80, suffered a cut to the right side of his head. He was taken to New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical for treatment, sources said.” JP Updates has more: “There were no words exchanged between the rabbi and the suspect, and Rabbi Kass was not wearing a yarmulke at the time of the incident, police sources said. He was wearing his workout apparel, the sources said.”
Jason Jones, a comedian who worked on The Daily Show, attended a meeting about relocating PS 452 (we wrote about it here) and urged parents to band together and keep the deliberations quiet. “Jones has three children with former “Daily Show” correspondent Samantha Bee. He went on to complain about what he called ‘rhetoric’ from some parents that, he thought, suggested those opposing the move are ‘terrified’ of having their school relocate to a building near a housing project. He called that characterization, ‘dishonest at best and slanderous at worst…So I urge you A, to stop talking to the press,’ he continued. ‘This is a private matter, I think, from our community. This story doesn’t exist without your quotes.'” We beg to differ. Parents should be discussing this issue openly, and particularly with dedicated local outlet West Side Rag.
The Philharmonic paid tribute to Orlando victims at one of its Central Park concerts last week, playing the “saddest music ever,” the Adagio for Strings.
Learn some of the stories behind the 4,223 benches with inscriptions in Central Park. “If you can afford it, it’s simple enough. Pay $10,000 (it began at $5,000) and you get to put a plaque on a bench, saying almost whatever you want (within limits of decorum: no cursing, no advertising), up to a suggested maximum of four lines of 30 characters each. And then it’s there forever.”
An argument on the uptown A train led to a slashing on the subway platform at Columbus Circle at 1:30 a.m. Monday morning: “a 21-year-old man was slashed in his throat. He was taken to the hospital where he is expected to survive.”
Upper West Siders love culture, and the city’s ID NYC helps them get it. “According to data from the city, at the end of 2015, people living in the 10025 ZIP code (Upper West Side) redeemed 7,949 cultural memberships — the highest amount — even though only 7,849 ID cards were issued (ID holders can get memberships at multiple institutions).”