November 20, 2017 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 49 degrees.
A free “Baroque Festival” and more local events are on our calendar.
A Reuters investigation of lead poisoning in NYC found one area on the Upper West Side with a particularly high concentration of lead. “A tract on the well-to-do Upper West Side of Manhattan – adjacent to Riverside Park between 105th and 109th Streets – had rates similar to Flint’s even in recent years. The area features grand old buildings and multi-million dollar apartments, where renovations could put children at risk if lead safety practices aren’t followed.”
Two Kosher pizza restaurants on the UWS — Cafe Viva and Saba — symbolize the notion of “coexistence” for one former resident. “All this to say, at a time when Jews around the country are as divided as our politics, the community on the Upper West Side remains an example for what our people might look like if they could truly live together with those differences.”
The Times’ investigation from this weekend of the failure of the NYC subway system is a must-read. Warning: it may infuriate you. A couple of examples: “In one particularly egregious example, Mr. Cuomo’s administration forced the M.T.A. to send $5 million to bail out three state-run ski resorts that were struggling after a warm winter…The nearly 2,500 people who work in New York subway administration make, on average, $280,000 in salary, overtime and benefits. The average elsewhere is $115,000.”
Time to rank the landlords. Public Advocate Tish James released the latest list of the “worst ” landlords in NYC based on open violations. Brick Underground published their list of the “best” landlords.
— NYPD Central Park (@NYPDCentralPark) November 20, 2017