Morning Bulletin: Mandarin Duck’s Suspicious Disappearance, Columbia’s New Tower, PTA Power, Latke List

December 9, 2019 Weather: Rainy, with a high of 55 degrees.

Notices:
A White Christmas singalong and other local events are on our calendar!

News:
The famed Mandarin Duck of Central Park disappeared in March. Now some birdwatchers like David Barrett of the Manhattan Bird Alert Twitter account think fowl play may have been involved. “It’s vexing: how does the world’s most famous duck, one that looks distinctly different from any other native duck, just fly off and vanish?” Barrett asked rhetorically. “Maybe he was ducknapped, given his popularity?” I asked. “Yes,” Barrett said, “that is part of the ‘tragic event’ scenario!”

Columbia is planning to build a new 34-story tower on the site of a former McDonald’s on 125th. “Construction on the tower is expected to start in early 2020 and wrap up by Summer 2022, a university spokesperson said. The project should reduce demand on the local housing market, the spokesperson added. Columbia said it will steer 35 percent of contracting to local-, women- and minority-owned firms.”

Several Upper West Side PTAs raised more money than PTAs in other areas of the city, according to new stats released by the city. “At the Upper West Side’s P.S. 87, for instance, the PTA raised roughly $2.1 million, or about $2,320 per student.”

Barney Greengrass made a Grubstreet list of best spots for latkes in NYC. “Tucking into a plate of latkes in the vintage dining room at this Upper West Side temple of appetizing is the stuff of New York legend.”

NEWS | 10 comments | permalink
    1. Penny says:

      “Columbia said it will steer 35 percent of contracting to local-, women- and minority-owned firms.”

      Subtext: that means 65 percent of contracting will be done by large, white male-controlled conglomerates.

      • alex silverman says:

        “Subtext: that means 65 percent of contracting will be done by large, white male-controlled conglomerates.”

        like it or not, the VAST majority of the building services companies are either male owned or large multi-national corporations.

      • Noma says:

        Seems better than 100%?

      • Mark Moore says:

        35 percent MWBE is a lot. It might be hard to for them to find enough firms to take all that work.

    2. UWSHebrew says:

      Fischer Bros & Leslie has the tastiest latkes I’ve had in Manhattan

    3. JerryV says:

      My commiserations to David Barrett over the apparent ducknapping. I hope that they are able to speedily quack the case.

    4. Jpod says:

      Barney Greengrass has the best latkes I have ever eaten. The. Best.

    5. Oona says:

      UWS PTA’s have managed to distort Public School Education create private school conditions by generous donations – the upside. PTA’s have shame already burdened parents with a “voluntary donation” -the downside. The solution is to make all school donations anonymous to any other parent within the school.

    6. Mandarin Duck in Westchester says:

      The famed Mandarin Duck of Central Park Was spotted with three of the same in a large lake in Pelham New York near the Hutchison River Parkway through most of the spring and summer. It was in there local newspaper If you months ago.

    7. SeriousFresser says:

      Grill212 tucked away on 80th Street, makes latkes and fried-on-the-spot doughnuts on Chanuka. Sensational and the only ones with little bits of (kosher) meat in them to give deep flavor! Wow, only on the feinshmecker West Side