December 26, 2016 Weather: Cloudy and rainy, with a high of 47 degrees.
Concerts, meditation and many more local events are on our calendar.
The Kleeberg Mansion on Riverside Drive between 72nd and 73rd fetched more money than expected at auction, selling for $18.5 million. But it’s still a steep discount from what the owners had initially expected. It had first gone on the market in 2012 asking $40 million.
Why have streetlights on the West side of Central Park been on for months, even during the daytime? One local spent six months trying to find out. Apparently, they run on the same wiring as the police cameras in the park, so they can’t be turned off.
Police have doubled the reward for info on the mysterious explosion that injured a tourist this summer. “Law enforcement officials continue to believe the blast may have been the result of an amateur’s experiment with homemade explosives. But they have yet to determine why the explosive was in the park or to identify a suspect or make an arrest.”
An apartment on 92nd Street has welcomed a rotating cast of female roommates for much of the past decade. “They split the bedrooms as sisters might, with twin beds separated by a shared night stand — a tradition that has been passed down with the apartment itself, as roommates, who have been mostly modern-Orthodox Jews over the years, leave to marry or attend graduate school.”
An 80-year-old woman living on 78th Street sued her landlords, claiming she was duped into leaving her apartment over the holidays.
A church on 82nd Street will get a major renovation starting next year. “Developed by CMC Development Group and Epstein Development Group, and designed by DXA studio, the plan is to renovate the 19th-century Romanesque Revival church at 140-142 West 81st Street—known as the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church—to include both residential and worship space.”
A ceremony on the UWS honored 144 homeless people who died this past year. “One after the other, the names were read and honored with the strike of a bell as the light from dozens of candles brightened the dimly lit room.”
The city will retest all school buildings for lead in the water after its prior testing regimen was criticized because officials had used a method where they flushed the taps prior to testing. “City health commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said New York has a ‘rigorous, longstanding’ water testing system but that ‘retesting drinking fountains at school will give parents additional information about the high quality of water used by their children in school.'”
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