March 26, 2018 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 49 degrees.
A free screening of Vice Media’s #MeToo documentary and more local events this week are on our calendar.
A renowned mansion on West 71st Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West is back on the market, at a lower price. “The Upper West Side’s Milbank Mansion, once dubbed the ‘most exquisite Manhattan townhome restoration to come to market in the 21st Century’ has made its way back to the market with a couple millions shaved off its most recent $17.65 million asking price. The historic 20-foot-wide abode is now hoping to sell for $15 million.”
Residents of the Douglass Houses in the West 100’s didn’t have heat during last week’s snowstorm.
There are nearly 250,000 apartments in the city that are vacant or scarcely used — 11% of the city’s housing stock — adding to the housing crunch and helping force rents higher. They include pied-a-terres and other housing for the rich. “Early numbers from the Census Bureau’s Housing and Vacancy Survey show the unoccupied city has ballooned by 65,406 apartments since 2014, an astonishing 35% jump in size in the three years since the last survey… Oksana Mironova, a housing analyst with the Community Service Society, says that the growth of the Vacant City tends to confirm charges made by the organizing group Picture the Homeless and others that landlords are deliberately holding apartments off the market, perhaps in order to rent them out on services like Airbnb.”
During Saturday’s enormous march against gun violence, the MTA didn’t run a single extra train, and went ahead with planned work that forced C trains to skip 72nd Street, the closest station to the start of the march. “The delays were officially acknowledged beginning at 11:10 a.m. and continued for 12 hours.” Overall it was another awful weekend for the subway:
Me at 5:20am- there was a 22! min wait for a 1 train at 96th St. https://t.co/GZ2KMvsAo9
— Ashira Konigsburg (@ashirak) March 25, 2018
And it’s an important week for state politics, as lawmakers are debating the budget:
To New Yorkers who say they want to get more involved in politics, most of the important stuff happens at the state level: https://t.co/Q8VZOAhjtn
— westsiderag (@westsiderag) March 26, 2018