Morning Bulletin: Central Park Controversy, Blackout Questions, Philip Roth’s Typewriters

Photo by Scott Mayerowitz.

July 15, 2019 Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 87 degrees.

Free “pilates in the park” and many other local events are on our calendar.

Central Park is holding a food and music festival called the OZY Fest on July 20 and 21 that’s raising controversy because half the tickets will cost money. And the city will close the Great Lawn for as long as nine days. Usually Great Lawn concerts are free, or give away nearly all their tickets. The Central Park Conservancy apparently wasn’t happy with the decision. “In a terse statement, conservancy officials, who declined an interview request, said they had ‘dialogue’ with the city about the event and had ‘expressed our serious concerns,’ but that ‘ultimately the Parks Department granted the permit which is in its sole authority to do.'”

Con Edison has not figured out the exact cause of Saturday’s blackout, and city and state officials aren’t happy with the company. “Con Edison’s president, Timothy Cawley, said on Sunday that, because the system was nowhere near its capacity, he was certain that the root cause was not overwhelming demand for electricity. But he said it could take weeks to fully understand why the failure cascaded from a substation on West 49th Street through neighborhood after neighborhood.”

Upper West Sider Philip Roth’s possessions, including typewriters, are going up for auction.

A hawk enjoyed a playground sprinkler.

And there was a Trump supporter at the 72nd Street subway station this weekend, prompting this Tweet.

NEWS | 7 comments | permalink
    1. Ethan says:

      Where/when is the auction. I would interested in trying to acquire one of those typewriters.

      • UWS-er says:

        Click on the link in the item. It tells you everything.

      • Dmitry says:

        Not sure I’d want P. Roth’s typewriter…would at least want to wipe it down with Clorox Wipes or the like…

        (There’s an anecdote about a woman who after shaking Roth’s hand, expressed, shall we say, hygienic concerns…)

    2. robert says:

      Make fun of one brave guy that should there. But a lot of your neighbors in 2016 voted for Trump and more will again in 2020. They may not say it publicly but its there. People know he says a lot of BS but he gets things done. The economy is booming inn the industrial heartland of the country as well as in NY. People will vote based on 3 words. Jobs, Jobs and Jobs. The vast majority of people are not listening to the media anymore, I’m still waiting for the economic depression the NYT economic Nobel prize winners predicted from his first term

    3. Betsy says:

      The hawk looks like a fledgling! ‘Tis the season.

    4. B.B. says:

      ConEd does now know cause of blackout; they just cannot figure out why it happened when it shouldn’t. That is systems supposedly in place to prevent failed.

      They’d better come with answers quick; Cuomo seems to be spoiling for a fight with another state agency/ultility having already gotten the MTA in his crosshairs