Photo by BigBobNYC in Central Park.
September 18, 2017 Weather: Cloudy with a high of 75 degrees.
Several readings and more local events are on our calendar.
The UN is in town, so be ready for midtown gridlock!
Seniors can take free tennis lessons on Fridays at the courts in Central Park and 93rd Street. Learn more here.
Hurricane Jose isn’t expected to make landfall, but could cause heavy rains and destructive waves in the area in the middle of this week.
A few design notes: We’re trying out a new headline style, instead of the previous all-caps version. And yes, West Side Rag is working on becoming more mobile-friendly, though it won’t happen immediately.
Nine-year-old Upper West Sider Tommaso Cerase died after a goal post fell on him while playing soccer with a youth group in Hell’s Kitchen on Sunday.”
An architecture firm has a strange idea for a massive wooden structure in the Central Park reservoir: “The DFA Studio has proposed what it’s calling Central Park Tower (no relation to the Extell supertall), a 712-foot structure made from prefabricated timber that would sit—here’s the kicker—in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park.” It would be a tourist attraction and apparently filter the water so it could once again be used as drinking water (we don’t get drinking water from the reservoir anymore). The design frankly looks a lot like a joint. And it will never happen.
The mom injured by a tree in Central Park said she plans to sue the city for $200 million.
Mayor de Blasio is open to signing a bill that would change New York’s cabaret laws that forbid dancing in bars, but there’s a dispute about security cameras.
Two ex-Googlers started a company called Bodega that “installs unmanned pantry boxes in apartments, offices, dorms, and gyms. It promises convenience, but also represents competition for many mom-and-pop stores.” Yes, they’re apparently expecting to put bodegas out of business. The Internet freaked out and cursed their names, dozens of publications ridiculed them, and then everyone continued buying stuff from Amazon and FreshDirect. Here’s a smart column by Harry Siegel on the hypocrisy of the backlash and a request to engage with more important issues.