MORNING BULLETIN: ROOFTOP CAGE DENIED, STUN GUN SEIZED, PARKING TICKET BONANZA

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Photo of a hawk on 94th Street by Toni Rabin.

December 5, 2016 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 49 degrees.

Notices:
Concerts, historical tours, crafts fairs and many more local events are on our calendar.

The ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) Nest program at PS 75 Emily Dickinson School has scheduled two parent tours on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 and Wednesday, January 11, 2017. These tours begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately 75 minutes followed by a Q & A with our Principal, Robert K. O’Brien. Register at ps75pta.org.

News:
Rodeph Sholom’s proposal to build a basketball cage on the roof of its building on 79th Street was denied by Community Board 7. “Residents whose apartments look out on the school’s roof, which occupies a townhouse between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, said their access to light and views of the sky would be gobbled up by the new cage…The school falls within the Central Park West Historic District, so the Landmarks Preservation Commission has the ultimate say over whether the play roof is approved.”

Local Councilman Mark Levine was one of the politicians arrested at a recent Fight For 15 minimum wage rally.

A teacher from the High School for Arts, Imagination, and Inquiry at 122 Amsterdam Avenue lost a lawsuit against the city. “A federal judge cleared New York City officials for firing a teacher out of concern that students would get riled up over her lesson on the Central Park Five – a group of black men whose wrongful conviction has been attributed to racial bias.”

Mary Beth Peil, an actress who played Jackie on The Good Wife, moved to the UWS 13 years ago and filled her place with mementos. “Somehow or other, the clutter just enhances the sense of coziness. ‘You asked what I loved — this is it,’ Ms. Peil said, taking a look around. ‘I wanted to be in an apartment that would be my last apartment in New York. One doesn’t have control, but my wish would be that I wouldn’t live anywhere else.'”

A teen was busted for bringing a stun gun to the High School of Arts and Technology.

Did you get a parking ticket on Black Friday? The city issued 35,000 of them, above the usual haul of 27,000. “Traffic agents say it’s easy to find illegally parked cars — especially on Black Friday. ‘It’s a very busy day. They [motorists] don’t pay attention the day after Thanksgiving,’ NYPD traffic agent Zahirul Islam told The Post. Islam, who worked the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift on Friday, issued 27 tickets on the Upper West Side by 2 p.m. Most of the tickets were for expired meters, or for failing to display a meter receipt on the car dashboard.”

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    1. Byrd says:

      I’m disappointed the Post missed an opportunity to call it ‘Orange Friday’ for the NYPD parking enforcement.

    2. denton says:

      Wow. They fired a teacher. Very unusual.

    3. Helen says:

      In reference to Rodeph Sholom, I don’t know how a cage can ‘gobble up’ light and a view of the sky, but I’m all for schools having these outdoor play areas.

      • EK says:

        I agree, I’m not sure how a cage can block light. I personally think that the neighbors are just annoyed that they might have to look out and see a play space instead of a rooftop. Rodeph Sholom School already has an outdoor play space that the students play basketball on that’s too small. They needs more outdoor play space and in NYC it’s a hard to find real estate without building up. I hope that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approves it regardless of the neighbors “concerns”.

        • Elizabeth M. says:

          EK. I disagree. These private schools are getting out of hand, gobbling up real estate (other schools on UWS). They don’t care about the people living next door.
          Central Park is a block away. They should check it out. There are lots of options for exercise.

          • EricaC says:

            How are private schools gobbling up other schools?

            • Elizabeth M. says:

              Erica C. I meant other schools expanding and at times doing construction they do not have permission for. That is not all.Columbia Prep blocks all of Central Park West with SUV’s picking up students. And students take over the whole sidewalk on 93rd Street and force you to walk in the street because they refuse to move. Being disabled and walking with a cane is unsafe. They practically knock you down. The sense of entitlement is really offensive.

        • JD says:

          Suggest enclosing existing outdoor play space with glass dome or translucent material to avoid blocking the light and minimize the noise from the basketball and shouting. Building this glass and translucent structure would enable students to play year-round . Also one can play half-court basketball on this outdoor space. There are also basketball courts two and a half blocks away from the school