September 30, 2019 Happy Rosh Hashanah to those celebrating! Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 70 degrees.
Readings, concerts and other local events are on our calendar.
Two women working at a psychic parlor at 143 West 69th Street were arrested and pleaded guilty to larceny. But the parlor continues to operate, according to the Times. And proprietors appear to have made a lot of money. “That turned out to be the first of more than $50,000 the woman paid them over a couple of weeks. The psychics, Sue Steve, 37, and Geena Thompson, 25, gave her special instructions: When she went to the bank to withdraw the $43,941 for one payment, she was to inform the teller that it was for school, the complaint said.”
A woman fought off an attempted rapist early Sunday morning, police say. “The 32-year-old victim was entering the No. 1 train station on West 86 Street and Broadway in Manhattan around 12:30 a.m. when an unidentified man pushed her against the wall of the stairwell and fondled her genitals under her clothes, according to police.”
Gothamist calls Riverside Park the “lowkey best park in New York City…It is one of the unheralded nature-oriented treasures of the city; it’s a perfect place for long walks and exercise, it boasts spectacular river vistas, and it’s rarely overcrowded like those other more popular Manhattan parks.”
It’s been a long recovery process for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine after a devastating fire last year. “For months, crews from Maxons Restorations have been scrubbing down walls with special heavy-duty brick-shaped sponges. Construction lifts — driven right onto the slate floor of the nave — carry them up to the 125-foot-high ceiling. With no room around the high altar to maneuver such heavy machinery, scaffolding is being installed there to put soiled surfaces within arm’s reach…He hopes the cleaning of the stonework will be completed by Christmas and the cathedral will no longer look like a work site, with the organ restoration taking place next year (total cost: about $10 million).”
Historic co-ops — including the iconic Dakota on 72nd — are trying to keep up with newer condos in the amenities game. “The Dakota’s gym is filled with state-of-the-art machines for weight lifting, running, rowing, and Pilates, and its red-brick walls are decorated with accents of wood and large mirrors. It’s tucked into a corner of the unfinished basement.”
And Tony Brown spotted the poster below at 92nd and Broadway.