March 18, 2019 Weather: Cloudy with a high of 46 degrees.
Free concerts and readings and more local events are on our calendar.
Roderick Colvin was found guilty of murdering his wife Shele Danishefsky Covlin, 47, in December 2009 in an apartment on West 68th Street. “The verdict came after a yearslong investigation and an eight-week trial in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. Prosecutors portrayed Mr. Covlin as a heartless schemer who would stop at nothing to collect his wife’s money, who used his children as pawns in his machinations and even took steps to frame his daughter for the murder.”
A man wearing a Make America Great Again hat was kicked out of the bar Jake’s Dilemma, and the bartender was suspended. But the circumstances behind why he was kicked out are now in dispute. “The Mr. Trump supporter says it was because of his polarizing red hat, but the bar’s owner disputes the account: He says the man was drunk, loud and used an anti-Semitic slur. Since the video was posted, people outraged by the recording have flooded his bar’s phone line with threats, some of which have been violent.”
A firefighter was arrested in the neighborhood on Saturday. “Justin McGinn, 27, was arrested and charged with forcible touching on Saturday night on the Upper West Side. McGinn, an FDNY firefighter, was also off duty at the time.”
Newly opened Hudson Yards is collecting data who visit using cameras and other tools, and it’s raising some alarms. “Related says its use of technologies will make life better for those who work, live or shop in the 16 buildings planned for the $25 billion development. But the company’s decision to hold user data indefinitely, as well as its partnership with the firm behind the controversial LinkNYC kiosks, has sparked alarm among surveillance and data privacy watchdogs.”
Detective John Reilly, the only officer with a dedicated mounted patrol in Central Park, was forced to retire as he hit the mandatory retirement age of 63. His horse Trooper is also retiring after 10 years of service. “I love it,” Reilly said. “Where else can you get paid to ride a horse in Central Park?”
Students gathered at the Museum of Natural History on Friday after a march to bring attention to climate change. Some people were arrested for blocking traffic at 81st and CPW.