October 28, 2019 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees.
Concerts, readings, the pumpkin flotilla and other local events are on our calendar!
Two meetings worth watching are coming up. On Monday, the 20th precinct holds its community council meeting, and on Tuesday there’s a Community Board 7 Transportation Committee meeting about the future of curbside parking. We’ll have reporters at both.
It’s time to ban all non-essential helicopters from New York City, Rep. Jerry Nadler and other congressional reps said at a press conference on Saturday. Upper West Siders have complained about copters for years and expanding flights to the airport mean the buzz may only get more intense. But Gothamist points out that previous “attempts to get rid of commercial helicopter flights have failed one after the other. Rep. Anthony Weiner called on the TSA to ban helicopter flights over Manhattan on national security grounds in 2006. In 2016, Councilmember Margaret Chin introduced a bill that would have imposed noise limits on aircrafts, effectively banning the helicopter tourism industry by setting a standard their helicopters could not meet.” Will this one stick?
Delivery trucks have turned New York City into a drop-off station for mega-retailers and supermarkets promising fast delivery of items ordered online. It’s been helpful to some people with disabilities, but it’s also brought pollution, congestion and danger to the streets. Not to mention that small business owners say it’s devastating their shops. The Times has a long story on the issue. “The average number of daily deliveries to households in New York City tripled to more than 1.1 million shipments from 2009 to 2017, the latest year for which data was available, according to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems.”
The new owners of Fairway Market are seeking bidders for a sale. “Fairway Market is for sale again, three years after the quintessential New York City grocery emerged from bankruptcy with new owners. The company’s sponsors, which include Brigade Capital Management LP and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., have begun the formal process of seeking bidders and have received interest from potential strategic and financial buyers, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process isn’t public.”
And lastly, anyone have the same idea on Sunday?
“Let’s go to the Museum of Natural History!” said 1,000 people simultaneously. pic.twitter.com/Pu5vNu1s3f
— westsiderag (@westsiderag) October 27, 2019