Morning Bulletin: More on Truck Explosion, Ugly Duck is Coming, Happy Days Star Returns, Principal’s Big Award

Canine and produce at Fairway. Photo by Joeanna Sayler.

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?

NEWS | 25 comments | permalink
    1. wcsnyc says:

      Of course this is a therapy dog, right? Yet another “entitled” Upper West Sider. (P.S. Little Fifi just loooves to lick the avocados!)

    2. F. Shtopp says:

      GREAT photo by Ms. Sayler!

      Dog’s expression says it must be a big fan of DeNiro’s “Travis Bickle” character in “TaxiDriver” (“You tawkin’ ta Me?!”)

    3. warping says:

      Yes! Finally something about excuse me in french.

    4. John says:

      Those are the keys to my 20 million dollar pied-a-terre that I do not want to pay tax’s on

    5. Kenneth says:

      Trash from the NYCHA Wise Houses at 117 West 90 where the trash explosion happened is the site of a permanent pile of non-separated garbage. Apparently this NYCHA location (and perhaps at other locations) are exempt from recycling. The NYCHA employees begin bringing trash to the curb almost immediately after a DSNY pickup and people in trucks/vans continue to bring more trash to the pile overnight because it’s always there. Repeated emails and visits to CB7 has brought no action from Helen Rosenthal whose chief of staff cites lack of space and a shortage of NYCHA staff to deal with the problem. It is a permanent garbage dump.

    6. Jack M Bulmash says:

      I am not sure that I support the Pied-a-terre tax as non-residents already pay higher Realestate taxes on their property.

    7. DIANE MARDINI says:

      I think it’s outrageous that people bring their dogs into Fairway!!! I have complained to them and they do nothing. I have never been to any supermarket that allows dogs!!

      • NotImpressed says:

        Diane, perhaps you need a hobby other than worrying about things that don’t affect you at all.
        Whatever you do, don’t travel to Europe. People bring their dogs to markets and restaurants with no ill effects on human health.

      • Sid says:

        Dogs are actually much more hygienic than your average human being. Supermarket carts also carry more bacteria than public toilets.

    8. Ish Kabibble says:

      Not that I particularly care, but isn’t it illegal to bring pets into stores that serve/sell food? I have a dog, and never bring him in anywhere it is forbidden – more out of respect for ownership (they can be fined). Just curious.

      • NOT a Dog-owner says:

        Re: #7 AND #8 above:

        RELAX! The dog is NOT running loose, is NOT sniffing at food items; and is being securely held by its owner.

        Also, the cute pup is NOT engaging in the typical rudeness of so many Fairway customers, many of whom prove the correctness of Mark Twain’s (?) “The More I Know About People, the Better I Like Dogs”

      • Sean says:

        Let’s not mention the shopping carts and baskets that are never washed.

      • B.B. says:

        Yes it is:

        “The NYC Department of Health states that “Food service establishments and non-retail food processing establishments; animals prohibited. No live animal shall be kept, housed or permitted to enter into or remain in any food service establishment or non-retail food processing establishment. This section shall not apply to edible fish, crustacea, shellfish, fish in aquariums, seeing-eye dogs accompanying sightless persons, hearing or service dogs accompanying and assisting disabled persons, or patrol dogs accompanying police officers.”

        NYC Health Code §81..

        However the violation goes against the establishment, not person who brings Fido into the frozen food section. Even then an NYC DOH inspector must be the one who catches the offense and writes up the ticket. So calling NYPD on someone who has their pooch in Fairway or Duane Reade won’t do anything.

        Be this as it may the law is constantly and almost routinely ignored. Just go into any Duane Reade, RiteAid, CVS, Fairway, or any other place that sells food and despite those posted warning signs you’ll find someone with their dog.

        We had this discussion during the whole dog napping caper thread. Some people simply won’t tie Fido up outside, but need to go shopping. So they just assume their are special rules for themselves and take the pooch into store.

        You can point out all the signs and or have management speak to them until pigs fly; it won’t make a bit of difference.

      • chris woo says:

        agreed — grocery stores have enough to deal with -they shouldn’t get stuck w a ticket for this too.

      • Julia says:

        People take dogs everywhere these days. I like (not love) dogs but I don’t walk well and am used to skirting them outside–but in Duane Reade?! The one time I confronted someone about it she threatened to call the police for harassment and then said she hoped I fell!

    9. Daffy says:

      I will miss Mandarin Duck’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcast when he/she molts. Hope the colored feathers return again for another work of living art.

    10. UWSMOM says:

      Yay David Scott Parker!!!

      I remember when the school was moving and all of those annoying do not movers were nuts making his life miserable. Who has the last laugh? He does (and so do I as my child is thriving at 452). We have some great years ahead of us there as long as he’s at the forefront.

    11. Jan says:

      It’s a NYState law! No dogs in food places
      Think about it. If everybody brought in their
      Dog it would create a hygienic nightmare
      Think about itkk

    12. Papa Razzi says:

      Oh get over it. The dog is a lot cleaner than most of the patrons. Fairway in the ’70s is the combat zone for little old ladies with umbrellas and canes used as weapons if they think you have cut in front of one of the alleged ” express ” lines…. obviously made so you can ” express ” your frustration and getting out of the store with a quart of milk.

    13. Marci says:

      I’m a dog lover, but they don’t belong in supermarkets.

    14. Debbi says:

      best read is always the comments

    15. Fred Morgan says:

      Leonti; for the prices, everything should be Aplus and maybe the place should be in midtown. $18 to $30 for appetizers and $25 to $60 for mains!!! I didn’t like the small, narrow with when it was Dovetail. And that space hasn’t changed. I like spaciousness. Expensive places seem to be trending on the upper west side. Maybe Telepan should have stayed around longer.

    16. geoff says:

      Copied and pasted from several websites:

      New York State Health Code

      • §81.25 Live animals:
      No live animal shall be kept, housed or permitted to enter into or remain in any food service establishment.

      • The Food and Drug Administration’s Food Guide lays down the law: with few exceptions, live animals of any kind are not permitted on the premises of a grocery store, a restaurant or other food establishment. Animals are unsanitary, and the law protects the national food supply from contamination from dog drool, urine, feces and other material that dogs carry on their coats and paws and might leave behind on store shelves or counters.

      • It is far better to report the store to the health department rather than expect the manager to do anything about scofflaws. A manager who doesn’t confront a pet owner is avoiding trouble. If you go the route of reporting that store to the health department, the store managers might finally do the right thing.

      • Service animals are trained to do work or perform tasks for persons with disabilities. Comfort or emotional support animals are not service animals.

      • Walmart is reining in shoppers who abuse the company’s service animal policy. A Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider that the company operates under the Americans with Disabilities Act’s definition of a service animal. The ADA’s website holds that under the law, a service animal is “a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.

      The tasks performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.”
      Confusion often centers on the differences between a service animal and an emotional support animal. Although the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that all business owners, including grocery store owners, allow service dogs in their facilities, the same is not true for patrons who have emotional support animals.

    17. Mark P says:

      I don’t like dogs in stores for people and I don’t like UWSers who feel entitled to break rules, such as the dog owners who let their dogs run free in Theo Roos park (AMNH…seen it many times, I guess they are too good for the provided dog run).

      That said, it’s not clear to me that dogs are legally prohibited from grocery stores. Restaurants, absolutely, that is made clear on But I don’t think a grocery store is a food service establishment.

      So I’m open to the idea of dogs in stores but what happens when Lady or Fido decide to relieve themselves? Can an owner really prevent that from happening? Soliciting informed opinions.

      • B.B. says:

        No, they can’t and most dog owners (from what one has seen and heard from workers), don’t do anything but keep on keeping on.

        Actually witnesses a pooch raise his hind leg, spritzing things on a lower shelf at a Duane Reade. Informed worker who got the manager and neither was happy. To store’s credit everything was removed and binned; with area cleaned.

        Again there really isn’t anything an establishment covered by these health laws can do in such a situation. Yes, they can ask the owner to take pooch elsewhere, but that is just that; a request. Dog owner can ignore and or respond “go pound salt”, and that will be that. Establishment employees cannot lay hands upon neither owner nor pooch. Calling NYPD is equally useless since it is a health code violation; not their pigeon.