December 9, 2019 Weather: Rainy, with a high of 55 degrees.
A White Christmas singalong and other local events are on our calendar!
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.”