August 7, 2017 Weather: Thunderstorms, with a high of 71 degrees.
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Three residents are suing Stellar Management because of a particularly bizarre situation in their building at 50 West 97th Street. “A trio of Upper West Side residents are out of patience with a doctor [Lisa Aptaker] they claim has been stalking and tormenting them thanks to their landlord’s attempts at evicting the physician, according to a lawsuit filed Friday against the landlord… The women are seeking $221,400 in damages from Stellar for using them as ‘human bait’ to build a case against Aptaker and evict her and her mother.” Aptaker says the harassment charges are false and motivated by financial gain.
New York state officials destroyed almost two tons of ivory in Central Park last week to protest the illegal ivory trade. “Nearly two tons of ivory — from tiny, ornamental items to elaborate, engraved tusks — were loaded onto a conveyor belt and pulverized in Central Park Thursday as part of a public protest staged by New York state officials against poaching… The ceremony came three years after New York effectively banned the sale of elephant and mammoth ivory. The street value of the items destroyed, all of them seized in the state since the ban went into effect, was estimated at $8.5 million.”
A fruit stand on 96th and Broadway sometimes sells as many as 1,500 bananas a day, according to vendor Oktay Suleyman in a story about how bananas get to NYC. “This is the best spot in the city for street selling.”
Sasha Matthews, the talented local 12-year-old who draws comics to help benefit the ACLU, gets harassed by people who don’t agree with her politics. She’s able to brush it off and continue with her project to raise $10,000 for the ACLU.
Some businesses, including Town Shop on Broadway, are calling on the city to get rid of a tax on commercial rents that exceed $250,000 annually. “[T]he taxes have been onerous, and he can’t foresee a situation in which his own children would be able to afford to take over the store, as the fifth generation in line. ‘We have 38 employees,’ he said. ‘We make money to spend money.'” The mayor has been reticent to get rid of the tax.