July 29, 2019 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 92 degrees.
There’s a free comedy show with Daily Show stars Roy Wood Jr. and Ronny Chieng, and many other local events on our calendar.
Riverside Park has a flooding problem that advocates say is endangering the train tunnel underneath. “In recent years, the park’s flooding and erosion has reached a critical point, park advocates said, because of failures in the park’s aging drainage system, which dates from the 1930s or earlier. When it rains, the stone staircase at 103rd Street turns into a waterfall. Lawns and paths are covered with mud. Unintended stream systems have developed, cutting furrows into the hillside and becoming feeders for impromptu ponds, including the largest one at 115th Street, where the pair of mallard ducks was coasting.”
People trying to navigate reduced 1 train service on the weekends now say they’re being double-charged when they use buses and trains to get to their destinations. “For instance, those riding downtown must exit the station at 137th Street and get on a free shuttle bus which drops them off at the 96th Street station where they go back underground. The problem is …’Now we gotta pay here again,’ one person said.”
Famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson will remain as director of the Hayden Planeterium following a sexual misconduct investigation by the Museum of Natural History. “‘Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage. Sometimes irreversibly,’ he wrote in a Facebook post in December that included his side of the story regarding the allegations.”
Upscale condo renovations are returning some UWS buildings to their gilded age stature — with a modern twist. “The conversion from workaday rentals has presented challenges, according to Corcoran broker Daniel Blatman, who is repping a four-bedroom apartment there on the market for $6.97 million, such as how to install central air without taking away from the building’s coveted high ceilings. Blatman’s colleague, Deanna Kory, notes that buyers are attracted to its ‘prewar elements,’ but don’t have to compromise on ‘completely modern finishes.'”
Among the hot new real estate amenities — exercise services right in the building. “Mirror and other fitness equipment with on-demand instruction may primarily be used in private homes, but the devices have been migrating to the gyms of luxury residential buildings.”
Live like an opera star. “Grammy-winning opera star Renee Fleming has put her sprawling four-bedroom Upper West Side penthouse on the market; the 3,000-square-foot co-op at 200 West 86th Street, asking $6.895 million, is a diva-worthy pad, the result of combining two large units.”
The Cathedral School at St. John the Divine has completed an expansion. “The addition includes a basement for mechanical equipment and storage space, a terrace with a new 2,700-square-foot library, and media center and a new ground floor featuring a new admissions suite, along with dining, meeting and assembly space.”