June 26, 2017 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 78 degrees.
The power went out at the Empire Hotel on 63rd Street on Friday and people at the rooftop bar reportedly had to walk down. There was smoke (but no fire), and issues with the elevators and water, guests told ABC. Power was restored on Saturday; the outage was caused by an issue in the basement.
A Central Park Conservancy volunteer wrote a letter in favor of plans to increase access to Central Park’s Belvedere Castle.
An Upper West Side cat is the city’s top foster dad, according to the ASPCA. “Over the past five years, this gray-and-white feline has helped raise 25 foster kittens, cuddling, grooming and getting them emotionally and physically ready for adoption.”
An assessment of the Joy Brown sculptures on Broadway: “The bodies, zaftig and bald, stand as high as eleven feet tall. Each weighs well over a thousand pounds. They’re like Teletubbies that grew up, chilled out, lost their headgear, and took up nude sunbathing.”
A former assistant manager at the old Rodeway Inn on 71st Street (now a La Quinta) was found guilty of rape and got 14 years to life.