Ice sculpture at Winter Jam. Via Central Park Precinct.
February 3, 2020 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 52 degrees.
This week’s concerts, readings and other local events are on our calendar!
The city is offering STEM camps for the April break. Apply here.
Upper West Side Congressman Jerrold Nadler, a key manager on the House impeachment team, announced on Friday that he will miss Monday’s impeachment proceedings in order to be in New York City with his wife, Joyce Miller, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December, according to the NY Post. “She has undergone surgery and is taking further steps to address the spread of the cancer,” Nadler tweeted. “I am sorry to not be able to stay in Washington for the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial but I need to be home with my wife at this time. We have many decisions to make as a family. I have every faith in my colleagues and hope the Senate will do what is right.” Nadler said he plans to return to Washington late Monday. He and Miller were married in 1976 when she was a student at Columbia University and he was a NY State assembly member. She is the CEO of a public policy consulting firm and has worked for several government agencies. They are long-time residents of the Upper West Side. Read our in-depth profile of Nadler here.
In the turbulent wake of the Tessa Majors killing on December 11, different generations of Columbia University students have different perceptions of Morningside Park, the Columbia Spectator observed. Some alumni take a “stay out of the park at all costs” stance, while some current students say this was an isolated incident and call responses to avoid the park “racially coded.” Community members stress today’s reality. “In fact, Morningside Park has faced more crimes, notably robberies, in the first three quarters of 2019 than in the last four years.”
The city’s Fair Fares program, which has helped more than 100,000 low-income New Yorkers save 50% on subway and bus fares, is now open to all New Yorkers who meet the eligibility requirements, which are listed in TimeOut New York. “The substantial discount cuts single rides down from $2.75 to $1.38 and monthly cards down from $127 to $63.50. There is also a new pay-per-ride option in addition to weekly and monthly cards.” You can apply online.
The news cycle might have rolled along, but the anxiety remains at Fairway Market, on 74th and Broadway, the Post reported. “Although Fairway says it’s in talks to sell its five Manhattan stores to Village Supermarket — the company that operates ShopRite and Gourmet Garage — its future remains murky.” Upper West Siders are taking it hard; some are even stockpiling. “‘I feel like crying,’ says 83-year-old Henry Harris, pushing his crowded shopping cart as he stocks up on his grocery staples, such as organic sourdough bread and corn soufflé… ‘I plan to stockpile their Supreme blend Keurig-style coffee pods,’ says Lisa Sharkey. And their organic ice pops. ‘They are my go-to nighttime snack.’”
Best wishes to Joyce Miller.