December 16, 2019 Weather: Rainy off and on, with a high of 37 degrees.
Book readings and other local events are on our calendar!
A message from social service organization Goddard Riverside: “Goddard Riverside is facing a dessert shortage for our Christmas community meal. Your donation of cakes, pies or cookies will sweeten the holiday for your fellow New Yorkers! We gratefully accept both homemade and store bought. Sign up to donate here; dessert donations are the second item on the list.”
Riverside Park in the 80’s is in the midst of an upgrade, all thanks to an anonymous private donor. “With the support of a generous private donor of approximately $425,000, Riverside Park Conservancy on Monday will begin work on a stretch of pathway along the riverside from 83rd Street to 86th Street. The paving work will be accompanied by ongoing horticulture improvements to the surrounding landscape, including new plantings and tree work. The fencing at the tunnel will be widened and replaced, and the tunnel itself will be repainted. Additional thermoplastic bike and pedestrian symbols will increase navigability into and out of the tunnel.”
Actor Danny Aiello’s memorial service will take place in the neighborhood this week. “The service will take place at 2:30 p.m. this Thursday at The Riverside Memorial Chapel on the Upper West Side.”
A local NYCHA tenant is suing the agency. “Jennifer Calcano, a mom and resident of the Wise Towers on the Upper West Side, accused handy man Gene Thomas Mitchell of coming on way too strong over Instagram, and then, in person in her home when he came to fix a leak. In her lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, Calcano alleges that when Mitchell came to her apartment to deal with a repair issue he asked her to pull down her pants so he could see a black orchid tattoo on her butt.”
How a local fashion designer became obsessed wit brisket. “As I got employees,” Hay says, “they were like, ‘Wow, it smells like brisket in your house all the time.’ I became this weird Jewish grandma fashion designer.”
And last Wednesday, subway riders got quite a surprise when they rolled past 103rd Street and saw a subway cart in flames, with aerosol cans apparently exploding inside. No one was reported injured. “A police spokesperson said the incident happened around 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the 103rd Street station in the Manhattan Valley area. They say that three shopping carts were set on fire on the south end of the southbound 1 platform.”
This looks like something explosive was in that garbage can— regular garbage doesn’t do this‼️ The @MTA @NYCTSubway need to come clean about the investigation here!!! @PeiSzeCheng4NY @danrivoli @ClaytonGuse @danarubinstein pic.twitter.com/HEMUP0JbRL
— Progressive Action (@progressiveact) December 13, 2019
— Allison C. (@seek_satiation) December 11, 2019