February 6, 2017 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 46 degrees.
A free screening of Lincoln, a James Baldwin discussion and many more local events are on our calendar.
Want to help tourists get a feel for the neighborhood? There are seven volunteering opportunities at Hostelling International on Amsterdam Avenue.
The deadline to apply to be on the community board has been extended until Feb. 10. More here.
Meet a “yoga celebrity” at a charity event for the Harmony Power Foundation, which confronts bullying.
Two people, including an Upper West Side landlord, were fined under the new law targeting people who advertise illegal tourist rentals in apartment buildings. “[Hank] Freid, who manages the Marrakech Hotel, was hit with 12 violations [at $1,000 each] for listing SROs in the building on several booking platforms, including Booking.com, Expedia, Kayak, Hotwire, Travelocity, and Orbitz, the citations reveal…A lawyer for Freid, Ronald J. Rosenberg, called the summons a ‘misapplication of the law’ and said his client will ‘fight the violations in court, as he has successfully done in the past.'”
The city Department of Education retested lead levels at schools, this time without extensive pre-flushing. The results weren’t quite as crystal clear.
Outrage is building at state Democrats who have have joined the “Independent Democratic Conference”, which has helped throw power to the Republicans in the state senate. A Queens Democrat who switched to IDC faced stiff opposition at an event. Local State Senator Marisol Alcantara now says that opposition to IDC, and the focus on how much money IDC members get, is “racist.” ‘I think it’s like a racist statement that they are questioning the three people of color and they always bring up money,’ Alcantara said in a phone interview, pointing to reports of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions she received from the IDC.” Organizing groups like Rise & Resist are now targeting this issue.
Upper West Sider Harry Belafonte, near his 90th birthday, spoke about art, activism and the history of New York. “He has been the best-selling singer in America and a pillar in the civil rights movement. But these days, he is anxious about the movement he helped build and about his role in the new era.” (If anyone knows him, we’d love to interview him for our Why the West Side series. Email us at westsiderag at gmail dot com.)
Upper West Sider James McMullan has become a sought-after theater poster artist. “For playwrights, having Mr. McMullan, 82, spend so much time considering and visualizing their created world is like having Picasso paint their child’s portrait.”
A guy on Instagram is attempting to achieve George Costanza’s dream of pointing out nice publicly-accessible bathrooms in NYC. His handle is “pooper’s guide”.
Speaking of Seinfeld, you can now buy a tiny replica of Jerry’s apartment.
And who doesn’t love the traveling knife-sharpening guy, seen driving by in the video below?