Morning Bulletin: A Rescue Dog’s Heroic Moment, Problems at Petland, Big Trader Joe’s Reactions


Photo by Ellen J. Cohen.

February 4, 2019 Weather: Sunny with a high of 54 degrees.

Notices:
A bar quiz, a meeting for adults with ADD, and more local events are on our calendar.

On Monday night, listen to a special talk on “Growing Up Poor on 105th Street”.

News:
A rescue dog may have deterred the man who tied up and robbed a family on 78th Street on Thursday from entering a different apartment in the building. “An Upper West Side dogwalker credits one of her four-legged clients with lunging between her and a home invader in an Upper West Side stairwell last week — scaring him off moments before the man broke into an apartment upstairs and terrorized a family of three. ‘That dog is big,’ the intruder told Karine Legzim, 31, as they crossed paths in the building on West 78th Street on Thursday. The foul-smelling man had begun to block her way, she alleged, but backed off at the sight of Finn, a large — and loyal — rescue dog from ­Puerto Rico.”

The man charged with the home invasion, Daniel Omolukun, was “conditionally released last August after spending more than two years behind bars for third-degree burglary.”

With Trader Joe’s ending home delivery, the Post quotes people — including a West Side Rag commenter who said “Trader Joe’s stopping delivery is an unspeakable tragedy” — about their reactions. “The decision led some to speculate that the recent rise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour made the service unaffordable. But a Trader Joe’s spokewoman said the minimum-wage increase was not related to the change and instead blamed ‘escalating service costs.'”

Petland Discounts is facing financial trouble. It’s not yet clear what will happen to the chain’s local stores. “Last month, just days after the death of its longtime owner, Petland Discounts announced that it may have to close dozens of its stores and lay off workers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to notices filed with each state’s Department of Labor.”

When someone smelled gas in an unidentified UWS building, it led to a complicated series of decisions, but luckily no explosions. “Workers are now in the painstaking process of locating leaks in a line that runs from the basement to the top floor, while other workers are reconfiguring pipes in the basement to connect with the single master meter. When the job is complete, Berger estimated the cost will be between $200,000 and $250,000, which will probably be drawn from the reserve fund and/or an assessment. That stings, yet Berger and his fellow shareholders prefer to look at the bright side.”

NEWS | 11 comments | permalink
    1. T Sato says:

      “Trader Joe’s stopping delivery is an unspeakable tragedy”. First world problems, and the reason why the UWS is so mocked

    2. UWSHebrew says:

      There is a heavy gas smell at the entrance of the condominium of 392 Central Park West. Con Ed was called and they came, but nothing was done as far as I know, and there still is the smell. I don’t live there but I go there from time to time to visit someone and I worry for the people in that building.

    3. Eric says:

      Not having your groceries delivered is rather a low bar for “unspeakable tragedies”.

    4. Mary says:

      Wouldn’t “escalating service costs” include a rise in minimum wage?

    5. Ish Kabibble says:

      I know a dog named Finn! Wonder if it’s one and the same! Either way, well done, Finn!

    6. Anon UWS says:

      And, pray tell, what are “service costs” based on if they do not include workers’ wages as part of the formula? Methinks Trader Joe’s is playing with semantics hoping no one will notice.

    7. jhminnyc says:

      The other day at Trader Joes I asked the checkout lady about the change to the no delivery policy. She too explained that with the increase in costs for delivery personnel, that they would have to pass along to customers, they thought customers who used car sharing services would find it more economical to do that.

    8. Wendy says:

      I do not care for the Trader Joe’s on 92nd and Columbus. Aisles are crowded there is not enough room for the produce section (and their produce is not as good as Mani down the block, Fairway, or other green grocers). Between unmarked aisle #s and no signs of what is contained within said aisles, and too few staff to ask for help, it’s a pain to shop there. Plus the shelves are frequently emptied. Good prices yes, but not a pleasant shopping experience. The Trader Joes in the suburbs are much better.

    9. B.B. says:

      IIRC Trader Joe’s does not run in house delivery from any of their stores; but rather depends upon third party services.

      Thus it might very well be that who ever supplies such services in NYC for TJ’s simply priced themselves out of a customer.

      https://www.today.com/food/trader-joe-s-stop-food-delivery-keep-grocery-costs-down-t148045

      https://www.supermarketnews.com/online-retail/trader-joe-s-end-grocery-deliveries-new-york-city

    10. Julia says:

      Aren’t we happy about fewer delivery trucks blocking the streets?