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.
— Eric Matisoff (@ericmatisoff) July 6, 2019
And there was a Trump supporter at the 72nd Street subway station this weekend, prompting this Tweet.
Scene from the massive pro-Trump rally on the Upper West Side! pic.twitter.com/KgIYBk3YbM
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) July 14, 2019