June 12, 2017 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 94 degrees.
The New York Philharmonic’s free concert in the park and more local events are on our calendar.
The Upper West Side’s PS 163, PS 166, PS 452, Center School and the Special Music School were all named as New York State Reward Schools, meaning they “are schools that demonstrate either high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement between certain populations of students.”
Douglas Blonsky, the longtime president of the Central Park Conservancy, is stepping down. “Over more than three decades, Mr. Blonsky helped the park become maybe even more pristine than it was when Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux began creating it out of farmland 160 years ago.”
Preservationists are concerned about plans to build an elevated walkway to Central Park’s Belvedere Castle that would create a new wall. “The conservancy says the new walkway is necessary to satisfy federal requirements for access for disabled people…Battles in historic preservation often turn on matters of materials and finishes. This one may come down to what the part of the walkway facing the Great Lawn looks like — the ‘great wall’ part, in Mr. Grunewald’s view. Christopher J. Nolan, the conservancy’s chief landscape architect, said that has not been decided, and Lane Addonizio, the conservancy’s vice president for planning and program management, said there were aspects of the plan that were still preliminary.”
Watch out, some of your neighbors may be keeping rats as pets! “They shared an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with two other people, and one of their roommates already had two cats. A dog didn’t seem feasible. So Ms. Rittinger had an idea: rats. Now they have three. ‘I’ve definitely turned into a crazy rat lady,’ Ms. Rittinger said while her rat Zelda stashed Cheerios in Mr. Cowan’s backpack and another rat, Nibbler, raced through an empty LaCroix box in her cage. ‘But I’m totally O.K. with that.'”
A tenant says that her landlord discriminated against her because she’s not Jewish: “An Upper West Side landlord routinely ignored a tenant’s pleas for repairs because she was a gentile living in a ‘Jewish building,’ a lawsuit alleges. Interior decorator Sharon Kibbee de Lobo claims she has endured decades of leaks from a terrace above her 16th floor West 79th Street pad.”