Morning Bulletin: Shooting on 63rd, Crash on the Henry Hudson, Controversial Property Sold

Photo by Dave Brotsky, @davetrek.

August 12, 2019 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 88 degrees.

The Central Park film fest and many other local events are on our calendar.

Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival just released its schedule.

One man was injured Monday at 3 a.m. in a shooting at 63rd and West End Avenue. “Police say the victim was shot in the back after getting into an argument with another man. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The victim is apparently not cooperating with investigators.”

A police officer and another person were killed in a fiery crash on the Henry Hudson Parkway near 96th Street on Sunday. “The white Mercedes was heading south on the parkway, near 96th Street on the Upper West Side, just before 4 a.m. when it struck the tree and erupted in fire, according to police…Police said the victims were 24-year-old Kimberly Lajara, who was driving, and 32-year-old Oscar Monegro.”

Hank Fried, the owner of the Marrakech Hotel on Broadway and 103rd Street, has sold the property to real estate development company Toll Brothers for $44 million according to a press release sent to WSR, making it increasingly likely that the former affordable housing site will become luxury apartments. Fried’s company had been fined by the city for using the building for an “illegal hotel.” Toll Brothers did not respond to requests for comment. We last wrote about the site here.

New York’s air is getting cleaner, and fewer people are dying of pollution-related diseases. But new rules could change that momentum. “Meanwhile, the Trump administration has challenged climate scientists’ assertions about the impact of human-created emissions and rolled back various pollution controls. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency weakened regulations designed to cut coal-fueled power production in the U.S.; New York, California and other states are currently fighting an administration plan to water down vehicle fuel efficiency standards.”

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    1. stu says:

      Awful for the victims of the West Side Highway crash, but that stretch is such a problem at night. Cars use it like a racetrack. Its not the first deathly accident in that vicinity.

      • Mary says:

        I drive on the HH regularly late in the evenings and cars racing are more the norm than not, starting up on the Saw Mill and then continuing into the city.