Morning Bulletin: The Mandarin Duck’s Secret Hideaway, Loading Zone Controversy, Lou Reed’s Typewriter

A furry fellow peeks out of the rocks in Riverside Park. Photo by Bob Stark.

December 3, 2018 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 55 degrees.

Salsa, merengue, bachata, and more local events are on our calendar.

Young Israel of the West Side at 210 West 91st Street is “looking to collect coats, hats, gloves, scarfs, sweaters, sweatshirts, pants, shirts, and any clothing that will help them to literally spread the warmth of our community.”

Central Park has the “world’s largest” menorah. “The 32-foot-tall, 4,000-pound metal structure was designed by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam. It’s had a spot in front of the Plaza Hotel since it was unveiled in 2005.”

When he’s not in Central Park, the famous Mandarin Duck hangs out in…New Jersey? “Barrett told us that, according to a local NJ Facebook group, the duck has also been to Edgewater (on October 23rd, ‘on a walkway by the Hudson River’). Following that trip, he returned to the 79th Street Boat Basin, and by October 28th was back at Central Park Pond. ”

Some street-safety advocates are upset about the city’s lack of action on adding loading zones on Central Park West and West End Avenue. “Nearly two months have passed since Manhattan Community Board 7 asked the city to repurpose some parking spots to create delivery zones at select locations along Central Park West and West End Ave. The board hasn’t heard a peep from DOT.”

Mark Ruffalo left his backpack in a taxi on the UWS and asked people on Twitter for help. After much excitement the bag was found, thank goodness.

A Metropolitan Diary item (third one down) tells the story of Lou Reed walking into local typewriter shop Osner Business Machines in 1976.

The Times writes more about the closure of Mt. Sinai West’s Birthing Center, a story we broke several months ago. “When it closes later this month, the Mount Sinai West Birthing Center will be replaced with 13 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds and 15 private postpartum rooms.”

NEWS | 6 comments | permalink
    1. Sue says:

      Love the photo!

    2. Mark Moore says:

      Those private post-partum rooms make a lot more money for Mount Sinai than a birthing center, yes sir they do.

    3. David says:

      Sorry, but West End Ave does not need “delivery zones”. When the Avenue was changed to one traffic lane in each direction, we were told that the parking lane would be wide enough to allow taxis and trucks to load and unload. Since double parking happens everywhere, what’s the problem? Trucks can park (and pay) at meters on the side streets on either side of Broadway, or wait a around for a legal parking space, like cars from NJ do when shopping in our neighborhood. Btw, there is no commercial traffic allowed on West End, so why should we give them loading zones?

    4. NYYgirl says:

      Happy duck traveller, how wonderful. And what an incredible raccoon photo!

    5. Heidi says:

      Do you have any info about the warm clothes collection the Young Israel of the West Side is doing? Do we just drop stuff off anytime or ? Thanks!