January 27, 2020 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 45 degrees.
This week’s concerts, readings and other local events are on our calendar!
The 20th precinct is holding its monthly community council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at the precinct at 120 West 82nd Street, just west of Columbus Avenue. Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin will report on crime in the 20th, and answer the public’s questions.
A WSR reader found “what looks like a CZ engagement ring” in a patch of snow on Columbus Avenue, between 82nd and 83rd Streets, last Friday. “It likely fell off someone else’s hand as they were doing the same thing I was, picking up after their beloved pooch! It’s a silver setting (stamped 925 inside) with a large single round stone. The setting has…slats for lack of a better description…left and right of stone.” If you lost the ring, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll tell you how to contact the reader.
Last week’s news was dominated by two subjects near to the neighborhood’s heart: food and books. Fairway Market and Book Culture on Columbus announced their potential closings. Book Culture appears to be gone for good, but Fairway was quickly resurrected, in an altered form, with the situation still fluid. The Fairway story was widely covered, including in The New Yorker, which described the market’s “democratic energy” and place in our “common life.” “…it is hard not to feel a shrivel of the heart for the loss of a place at once so specific to its city and so open to anyone with the price of a potato in her pocket, hard not to feel a tear falling in memory of grocery carts past. The price of any one store’s passing may be higher than we know.”
Manhattan’s Community Education Council (CEC) 3, which represents lower Harlem and the Upper West Side, called for the resignation of Brooklyn CEC 22 Member Dr. Jackie Cody for using what they called a “racial slur,” amNewYork reported. In an email message advocating for the removal of the city’s Specialized High School Admission Exam, along with gifted and talented programs, Cody wrote, “To be blunt, certain whites and certain yellow folks on this list-serve continue to focus on a very narrow view…what they’re advocating for is damaging to white and yellow children as well.” President of CEC 3 Kim Watkins called Cody’s language “unacceptable in any way, shape or form.”
“The best New York City Council member of 2019 is (drumroll, please) … Helen Rosenthal!” according to City & State. Rosenthal earned the #1 ranking based on “the number of bills introduced and signed into law, attendance, and responsiveness to questions from constituents and from the media.” “I got a great team,” Rosenthal responded. “I’m lucky.”
Someone threw an orange at an M96 bus near 96th Street and Broadway on Monday afternoon, shattering the driver’s-side window and injuring the driver with flying glass, ABC reported. Police are seeking the perpetrator.
And RIP Kobe Bryant…
— Rachel Holliday Smith (@rachelholliday) January 27, 2020