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“Fiona Fiat” on West 75th Street. Photo by Gretchen Berger.

January 17, 2017 Weather: Rain expected, with a high of 43 degrees.

A free Cuban soul concert and many more local events are on our calendar.

A dog ran away on Tuesday morning. “At 7:15 am there was a small beige or white dog racing down the north side of 72nd Street from WEA. Several people tried to catch him but he darted off the sidewalk into 72nd Street in the middle of the block, and  a woman near the bus stop ran into the street to get him and he went back on the sidewalk and dashed across the Amsterdam/Broadway intersection and headed toward Columbus when we all lost sight of him. I’ve never seen a small dog run that fast before, it must have been terrified. I hope whoever lost him was able to locate him before he crossed CPW and into the park.” It’s not clear where the dog lives. If “Missing” signs go up, someone send an image of one to use and we’ll post it.

Local reps Jerry Nadler and Adriano Espaillat are among the lawmakers planning to boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration. “Donald Trump and the hate-filled rhetoric that plagued his election simply will continue in his administration,” Espaillat wrote on Facebook. “THIS is not Dr. King’s Dream!” Nadler spoke out (or tweeted out) after Trump criticized Rep. John Lewis over the weekend.

A soccer star got the boot from his UWS pad. “New York City Football Club captain David Villa has been booted out of his Upper West Side apartment after it was sold to Internet entrepreneur Sam Jain, the CEO of discount site, for $8.4 million.”

Citi Bikes will get laser lights that project an image of a bike at night on the ground by the end of the year. “Soon, if you see a passing projected image shaped like a bicyclist on the streets of New York, don’t be alarmed: that’s just a new Citi Bike outfitted with laserlights to give cars and pedestrians an oncoming traffic warning.”

The city had the fewest traffic deaths in its history last year, but there’s still concern about enforcement of traffic rules. Just 8% of hit and run drivers who caused injuries were caught, WNYC reports.

An interview with Alex Garcia of AG Kitchen.

Gray’s Papaya’s new midtown location is nearly open. The UWS location had been the last one standing until now.


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    1. Mark says:

      Shame on Nadler and Espaillat.
      What a slap in the face to Putin.

    2. UWSHebrew says:

      Jerry Nadler — you make me sick.

    3. Johnny says:

      On bike projection, the quite calm of the night, the muffling of light and sound is one element of UWS that I enjoy. Walking along Riverside or on a path to the Hudson. Yet there is a odd disruption of this taking place in the last few years. The speed bikers and their flashing bright lights, harsh LED street lights, private real estate spotlights buildings as if a production will run on the roof, and these all too bright adverts attached to kiosks and subway station signs blasting out bright white light of selling. Now we will have lights from the bikes and little citi bike phantom projections on the street, will they have the citibank logo on them I wonder? No regulation on these issues just let the free market run free.

      • Ish Kabibble says:

        There is a solution. Move away.

        • Johnny says:

          Nice Archie Bunker attitude simple minded and complacent don’t : America love it or leave it. New York City shut up and accept it. Not going anywhere my family and has been in NYC since 1898 from Ellis Island and have fought to reform and improve this city. Its like if someone said after Triangle Shirt waist factory fire, don’t like over crowded and dangerous work conditions in NYC move.

    4. Zulu says:

      Good for Nadler and Espaillat!

      • sg says:

        They’re fools and clearly happy to disrupt our democratic process. I hated BO since all I am to him is a funding source (and no I’m not a racist even though I’m white), but I respected the process. And no the fact that Clinton won more votes doesn’t count. You campaign to win the electoral college…and by the way without NY and CA, Trump would have won by 3M votes. I don’t think that 2 states get to dictate to the other 48.

    5. AC says:

      When Representative Lewis stated, that Trump was “not a legitimate President,” I took it as an insult to the voting process and Democracy. The people have spoken. While the electoral process might not be perfect, it’s the process we have followed for decades. Him boycotting for such reasons and the other clowns following suit, are doing a disgrace to everyone (Dems/Reps/Independents) who voted. I’m glad to see former Presidents Bush, Clinton and Carter attending. This is not about one individual or one party , , , it’s about One Country. Standing in Union shows the world that we are one. Get over the loss and move on!

      Ps: hearing the Filipino President hurling offensive insults at the President of my Country last fall was a disgrace. But how can we expect other countries to respect our President, when we Americans mock the office of the Presidency?

      • Mark says:

        The people have spoken and they said “Da” for Trump and “Nyet” for Clinton.

        • ochki says:

          Building up Putin (the short, old, botoxed dictator of a decomposing, starving country with no economy but a huge arsenal) is exactly what Putin strives for. You give him ammunition to declare himself king. That, instead of rationally work on mid-term elections.

      • allie says:

        @ AC:
        How can you expect ANYBODY to show respect to such a vile, ignorant, mean and hateful person?
        The fact that you DO respect him speaks volumes about you, and not in a good way.
        If you think the Filipino President’s comments were offensive, rest assured that he is but one of dozens of world leaders who feel the same way, except Putin, of course.
        You think John Lewis’ comment about Drumpf was insulting, but President-elect Ick calling Lewis “all talk” is just fine?
        Standing together to show the world we are one is a fine notion. If only the ass you voted for wasn’t the very person, along with House Republicans, who are working hard to tear it apart, piece by piece.
        Hope you get to keep your health insurance and NEVER get sick.

        • ochki says:

          Respect is not for candidates but for results of democratic (imperfect) election. The principle of democracy that Democrats made a big fuss about. Making a circus out of inauguration serves no purpose.
          And that is why as of a week ago I am a proud new independent/unaffiliated voter.

      • Lyri Clark says:

        AC:Sadly, you kind of missed the news that Trump actually lost by 3 million votes but they were in the wrong zipcode. Aside from that, I’m proud of those showing integrity and not supporting his hateful rhetoric. We must raise our voices against the ignorance, narcissism, and vanity that he displays. I am not proud to be an American right now. It’s dangerous to blindly support one corrupt individual-history has shown us that.
        I predict that Trump will be out of office within a year. The truth about him will be proven.

        • Woody says:

          What’s the point of harping on the fact that Clinton won the popular vote? All that means is the many more pro-Clinton voters voted in large states like California and New York. Those states still get only the same number of electors allocated to them no matter how many people voted.

          The electoral process of deciding the winner is clearly and unmistakably codified in our Constitution. You don’t get to choose which parts of the Constitution you like and ignore the rest.

        • UWSHebrew says:

          You and others like you predicted Hillary would win in a landslide. Here’s a prediction: not only will Trump be president for 4 years, he’ll be president for 8 years. The Democrats are split between center left and far left and they will nominate a far left person who will be beaten soundly by Trump. Please make Ellison DNC chair. Please nominate Cory Booker for president. Please.

        • bravo says:

          By that logic, Putin helped Clinton win popular vote.

      • JerryV says:

        AC, Why can you accept that Trump is a legitimate President when at the same time you accept Trump’s position that Obama was not a legitimate President because of Trump’s contention that Obama was not born in the United States?

        • AC says:

          A vote was taken and the results were counted. It doesn’t matter who won, it matters that people’s voices were heard (including yours) and that a Democratic Process, which our Constitution was based on, is respected. The people of this country voted. Respect the vote and results. And move on , , ,

          • Jack says:

            The Constitution gives us the right to free speech and protest. If we choose to not accept this corrupt nut job as President that’s our right. You have the right to support him.

          • Jack says:

            “It doesn’t matter who won”. Think about that statement. Let it sink in. As DT would say, “unbelievable”.

          • allie says:

            AC: You, like most other Drumpf supporters, seem to only hear what you want to hear and see what you want to see. That’s dangerous behavior in a today’s political climate.
            My fellow commenters and I do respect the vote and the results, and we are moving on. The direction in which we’re now will lead to getting him the hell out of office before he ruins the country, the democratic process and the constitution.
            Disdain and lack of respect for Drumpf does not indicate those same feelings towards the country or anything else.
            If I were you, I’d ask myself how I could support a President who, among other fine traits, supports TINKLE-Down Economics?

            • UWSHebrew says:

              @allie — by you referencing the wholly false and made up urine report, this shows how far gone and hateful you are based on emotion, and not facts. better watch your blood pressure, Donald Trump is president for the next four years, if not eight. Get used to it.

            • Independent says:

              AC: You, like most other Drumpf supporters, seem to only hear what you want to hear and see what you want to see.

              1.) If only you could see the irony in your saying that, for what you have written is actually an apt description of the blind partisans and ideologues on both sides.

              2.) Your use of “Drumpf” demonstrates great maturity and serious, in-depth thought on your part.

              Both candidates in this election were thoroughly dishonest, power-hungry, manipulative and egomaniacal. That much was manifestly apparent all along.

          • Bruce Bernstein says:

            since when do Congresspeople not have the right to boycott the inauguration?

            AC wants us to “move on”. does this mean complying with Trump and the Republicans attempt to dismantle health care, EPA, labor regulations?

          • Lisa says:

            Exactly. This extended temper tantrum is getting really tiresome.

      • 9d8b7988045e4953a882 says:

        AC, I agree. The election is over, and it is time to move on. I have never seen such sore losers as Progressives. Politics is the new religion.

        I don’t recall many Republicans boycotting Obama’s inauguration. While they were obviously not happy about his election, they put aside partisanship and showed a modest amount of respect. Not so with Progressives, who are true believers in their cause.

        The inauguration should be a non-partisan event. There is plenty of time for partisanship the rest of the year.

        • Lisa says:


        • Bruce Bernstein says:

          somehow it escapes me how the Republicans showed respect for Obama’s presidency. or maybe you forget the birther movement.

          • sg says:

            It was BO who wouldn’t work with the Republicans…remember “elections have consequences and I won”, that bipartisan daddy that BO said to Paul Ryan?

    6. ochki says:

      Term limits fo congress are absolutely, urgently needed so that an empty suit like Nadler had to work for their money.
      How about that peaceful transition thing, Mr. Nadler? What exactly do you do from 9 to 5 every day?
      Trump is the POTUS for the next 4 years. Stop being ugly stupid bags of air and behave like a government you ARE PAID TO PERFORM.

      • Christian says:

        “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” –Mitch McConnell

      • Jack says:

        He was elected under a vast amount of direct Russian involvement by his own admission to the hacking. Our representatives represent the majority of citizens in their district. The UWS was overwhelmingly Democratic for Clinton. How can defend a man like Trump? He’s anathema to sanity.

        • Independent says:

          The UWS was overwhelmingly Democratic for Clinton.

          Right, so let me ask: What does Secretary (Rodham-)Clinton– the candidate that said Upper West Siders supported in overwhelming numbers– have to say herself about accepting Trump’s Presidency? Has she given any indication that she will boycott the inauguration of our beloved, soon-to-be-President DJT?

          […]we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.

          That’s what the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State said in her speech the day after the election, in which she conceded her defeat to Donald J. Trump. A speech that she began by telling us,

          Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.

          Trump, for his part, not only was decidedly gracious and conciliatory in tone in his victory speech but has subsequently at least strongly suggested that he will not pursue the legal prosecution of Ms. (Rodham-)Clinton that he had said he would during the campaign.

          If Mr. Trump and Ms. (Rodham-)Clinton themselves can bury the hatchet– at least to a considerable degree — is it not, perhaps, time for their respective supporters to follow their lead and do likewise?

          • Mark says:

            You seem to be under the (mistaken) impression that all Democrats think alike, talk alike, and live alike.

          • Carlos says:

            You are correct – in the immediate aftermath of the election, Hillary took the high road and tried to be open minded. I believe her assumption was that once the hysteria of the election was over, Trump would calm down and show more respect for the institution of the presidency.

            But he has not. He continues to behave like a psychopathic, narcissistic child, and has surrounded himself with similar people. Though I disagree with Trump on many policy issues (don’t get me started on Obamacare and the lack of a viable alternative), it is his behavior that troubles me and many others. He is an embarrassment to this country with his impulsiveness and petulance. Show some dignity and class and rise above the fray.

        • Jen says:

          Could you elaborate on how exactly the Russians influenced our elections? Other than saying that it benefits Putin to see Donald elected.

      • Jack says:

        “Ugly stupid bags of air”. Perhaps you’ve seen or been to too many Trump rallies. Sounds just like him.

        • ochki says:

          Note that I did not insult you, made assumptions about you or tried to degrade you in any way. Note that I was talking about a politician who is as much a fair game as any other.
          You rudeness speaks for itself. By the way, I was never a Trump supporter. Sh*t slinging is your territory. Enjoy.

      • ls says:

        I am not a Trump supporter but at the same time not comfortable, for various reasons, with inauguration boycott.

        However, I would also say that IMO it is troubling to see comments such as “Stop being ugly stupid bags of air…”

        It behooves all of us adults to behave in a civil manner. That means expressing criticisms in a mature and professional manner.

        I do not agree with all of Rep. Nadler’s views, but believe him to be a diligent and hardworking representative.

    7. Jack St Mary says:

      Totally behind Jerry Nadler and the growing number of Representatives boycotting the inauguration. John Lewis and 40 more and counting.

    8. Spence says:

      Bravo for Jerry Nadler and all the others for boycotting the inauguration. We must fight this illegitimate president tooth and nail.

      • Sg says:

        How is he illegitimate…he won the electoral college (you know the rules for 200+ years)? Just because Clinton was too arrogant to campaign smartly and the DNC fell victimized to hacking. The hypocrisy of the left is rich…SOS Clinton uses a private server for government business and it is not a big deal, but when the inner machinations of the DNC get exposed that compromises the election? L

      • Zeus says:

        Nadler is a bag full of hot air.
        I know him. He knows me.
        He’s asked me at times for advice.
        I’ll give it now – for free.
        Go tomorrow and sit your behind on a chair in the podium.
        That’s what you was elected for.
        You represent the US Congress.
        Not just the folks who voted for you.
        Show some respect to the country.
        Show some respect to yourself.
        Enough with acting like children.
        The kids are out.
        The grown up are taking over.
        Grow up – or get out.

    9. Carolina Jules says:

      The results of this election are dubious… at best!! They are tainted. So, I agree, trump was not legitimately elected.

      • Zeus says:

        Wake up and smell the coffee.
        Trump was elected fair and square.
        Russia hacked the DNC, which was a good thing, being as how we found out how corrupt they were
        against Bernie, and how they were in the tank for Hillary.
        Even the democrats are not saying the Russian stole votes from HRC and gave them to Trump.
        All this talk about Trump not being legit is BS of the 1st class kind.
        It should have been Bernie. A solid and not soiled candidate.
        HRC was a lousy candidate.
        Got to look in the mirror.

    10. UWS_lifer says:

      With all due respect, nothing we can really do about Trump now. Let’s focus on these local NYC politicians.

      We have a Mayoral election coming up pretty soon…and these commissioners. Ayyyy!! Lot’s of room for improvement. Never too early to start getting involved, right?

      As they say, all politics is LOCAL.