Photo by Peter Quince at 72nd Street. Did anyone take his offer?
September 24, 2018 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 68 degrees.
Katie Couric at Barnes & Noble, and more local events are on our calendar.
Friendly reminder: It’s U.N. week, meaning traffic is going to be a mess throughout the city.
A homeless man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a Marine who had confronted him for being loud on the 2 train on Saturday night. The marine, Mark Lelong, got off at 110th Street and said the homeless man, Gil Green, jumped him. “Green, 29, allegedly gouged Lelong at least four times with the blade — described as “about 5 inches” long — including one strike that partially punctured his lung, before running off. Cops quickly nabbed Green, who claimed to officers that he was minding his own business snoozing on a Riverside Park bench when Lelong came along and hassled him. Green — who has at least 20 prior arrests, including one for threatening an ex-lover and her daughter in May — was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.” Lelong is expected to pull through.
Seasons, a Kosher grocery chain with a location on Amsterdam between 92nd and 93rd, has filed for bankruptcy. “Through a commitment of up to $6 million in private funding we will be able to fully stock the shelves, fulfill current vendor obligations and continue to operate normally during the restructuring period,” Mayer Gold, the CEO of Seasons, said in a statement. “With several parties already interested in investing in the company, Seasons anticipates a relatively short reorganization process and bright future as we continue to serve our neighborhoods.”
A local bemoans the “decline of the Upper West Side” in a letter to the New York Times. “As a longtime resident and a fan of the Upper West Side, I did my own count of alarming vacancies on Columbus Avenue as favorite restaurants, a bakery, small shops and their hardworking employees disappeared. The landscape has been dramatically transformed by graffiti, mountains of garbage awaiting collection and scavengers for empty bottles.”
A 100-year-old woman was removed from a court hearing about the sale of her apartment on West 66th Street. “A 100-year-old Upper West Side woman whose apartment sale was blocked after the city insisted she couldn’t act for herself had to be removed from a courtroom Monday at a hearing to determine her fate. Florence Lee was so confused and frail when she was rolled in her wheelchair into Manhattan Supreme Court for her own guardianship proceeding that the judge excused her from attending.”
Politics recently ruined a first date at a cafe on the Upper West Side. “Comedian Mike Fine took a first date to the Sunflower Café on the Upper West Side and got a personal pizza. Then things got personal when he said thought the president was doing a good job. ‘She completely shut down,’ he recalled.”
A formerly homeless woman has begun a career as a standup comic, doing a recent set at the Standup NY on the UWS. “At Standup New York Comedy Club, this #Shift Your Self performance featured a formerly homeless woman Rebecca Scott, also known as Holly Hood, as the opening act.Rebecca Scott had been homeless off and on for seven years, battling addiction and depression, serving time in prison and playing cello in the Astor Place subway station, often sleeping on a bench. But through a group called Community Access, she got a studio apartment and has written several books about her life.”
— westsiderag (@westsiderag) September 24, 2018