February 11, 2019 Weather: Cloudy with a high of 39 degrees.
A free Alfred Hitchcock film on Friday and more local events are on our calendar.
The explosion in a garbage truck on Friday near 90th and Amsterdam appears to have been caused by an oxygen tank that should not have been discarded with the regular garbage. “‘Upon investigation, an improperly discarded small oxygen cylinder was found in the hopper, which is believed to have caused the small explosion,’ a city Department of Sanitation spokeswoman said in a statement.”
Will you still love the Mandarin Duck when he molts? “In a few months, he’s going to trade in his technicolor dreamcoat for, basically, khakis. Those white patches around his eyes? They’ll shrink to what looks like a set of cream-colored, wire-frame glasses. The purples and greens on his head and breast? They’ll be dingy and brown. And those giant orange feathers sticking up like sails? Gone.”
Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame returned to his old school, PS 87. “The actor best known for playing “The Fonz” on the sitcom “Happy Days” also is a children’s book author and recently paid a visit to promote his latest book at his old elementary school in New York City.”
PS 452 Principal Scott Parker won a Blackboard Award for “Outstanding School”. “P.S. 452 has developed significant partnerships with the National Dance Institute, The New York Historical Society, Wellness in the Schools, The Film Society at Lincoln Center, and Salvadori Institute in an effort to broaden the scope of learning beyond classroom instruction; the visiting teaching artists work closely with teaching faculty to incorporate curriculum across the grades.”
A judge ruled against a landlord at a UWS building. “Manhattan landlord Stellar Management overcharged tenants based on unsubstantiated apartment renovation costs, a housing court judge ruled in a two-year old eviction case last month.
New Restaurant Leonti on 77th Street near Columbus got a solid review from Adam Platt at New York magazine, though they quibble with several things. “It’s not every day that you find focaccia like this in the neighborhood (Leonti is an accomplished baker who mills his own flour) or classic Italian desserts (the generous, boozy tiramisu, the chocolate budino, the smoothly delicious “marsala pot”), although veteran Italian gourmands, be warned: You won’t find much here that you haven’t seen before, and if you plan to make the long trek uptown, remember to save up your pennies, because dinner doesn’t come cheap.”
A bill looks to tax pied-a-terre apartments, like the $238 million one recently in the news. “A pied-à-terre tax would institute a yearly tax on homes worth $5 million or more, and would apply to homes that do not serve as the buyer’s primary residence.”
Plus, did anyone lose keys?
— Noemie Zysermann (@NZyse) February 10, 2019