February 17, 2020 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 47 degrees.
This week’s concerts, readings and other local events are on our calendar!
On Saturday, a teenager was arrested on charges that he killed Barnard freshman Tessa Majors on December 11th in Morningside Park at 116th Street, the NY Daily News reported. “Rashaun Weaver, only 14 years old, was charged as an adult with robbery and murder…after his DNA was discovered beneath the victim’s fingernails, authorities said.” The NY Times called this “the first high-profile case under the new police commissioner, Dermot F. Shea,” who said, at a press conference, “…we are confident that we have the person in custody who stabbed her.” Weaver was the second teen to be arrested in the case. A third suspect is still at large.
We reported last week that a 53-year old man was pushed to the pavement from behind and robbed of his cellphone on 88th and Broadway, in the middle of the afternoon, sustaining facial injuries. The story prompted editor and columnist John Podhoretz, who lives four blocks from there, to write a column in the NY Post, about crime in the city. “There’s a terrific hyperlocal Web site for my Manhattan neighborhood called West Side Rag,” he began, “which tells you about restaurants that are opening and closing, controversies erupting over new construction or bike lanes and the like. But over the past year, frightening changes on the Upper West Side have given the site a new urgency as the primary source for local information on the skyrocketing crime problem.” Podhoretz has personal memories of the days when the UWS was still considered the “wild west.” “The three-decade-long crime wave that was the unalterable fact of daily life in New York City began in 1964, when I was 3 years old,” he wrote. “I was mugged four times before I was 14.” Citing bail reform and the “downgrade” of broken-windows policing as possible causes, Podhoretz concludes, “We are years away from a return to that kind of hellscape. But we’re on the road to it.”
Car owners are frustrated because a broken elevator at a garage on 107th has made their cars unreachable, CBS reports. “My car is trapped upstairs because the elevator broke,” Mike Distasio said. “It’s taking almost three weeks so far.”
Parents are upset about the timing of asbestos removal at PS 87, according to the Post. “Scores of parents at the William T. Sherman School, only blocks from the American Museum of Natural History, are livid that the Department of Education has signed off on a start date near the end of March. Construction crews will start every workday at 4 p.m., about 90 minutes after classes let out but two hours before the popular afterschool program ends.”
Are you facing the prospect of living near major construction? “Don’t get mad, get organized,” advises Marjorie Cohen (also a Rag writer), in a how-to article in Brick Underground. From defining “as of right,” to determining what might be wrong (after-hours construction, excess noise), this is a primer, offering links to key city agencies to contact if you have questions or problems. Marjorie lives near a construction site on West 93rd Street.
There’s a new exhibit, called American Perspectives, at the American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at West 65th Street.) “The artwork on display is part of the museum’s collection, highlighting the rich diversity of self-taught artists and their contributions to our society,” NY1 reported. Curated by Stacey Hollander, the exhibit runs through May 31st. The museum is always free to the public.