August 10, 2020 Weather: Rain expected in the evening, with a high of 93 degrees.
Our calendar is full of events you can enjoy from home.
A tree branch fell on a waitress at Good Enough to Eat on Columbus and 85th Street during Tropical Storm Isaias last week. “After the storm around 4:00 or 4:30 she went out to set up the tables,” wrote owner Jeremy Wladis in an email. “A giant branch of the tree came down luckily it fell on the tents which softened the blow. Eventually it did hit her but not in the head and she did go to the hospital…The waitress is okay now.”
It’s hard to believe that it has been only 100 years this August since American women won the right to vote. It’s also unbelievable that of all the monuments of famous historical figures in Central Park, not one has been of a woman — until now. On August 26th, a 14-foot-high bronze statue of three leaders of the women’s suffragist movement — Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton — will be unveiled on a prominent spot along the Literary Walk, to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment. “‘I wanted to show women working together,’” Meredith Bergmann, the sculptor chosen from dozens of artists to create the statue, told The New York Times. “‘I kept thinking of women now, working together in some kitchen on a laptop, trying to change the world.’”
A Brooklyn farmer wants to take 14 acres of the 55-acre Great Lawn in Central Park and turn it into “a community farm that would feed under-resourced Manhattanites, many of whom are Black,” Fast Company reported. This story tells of the rise and razing of Seneca Village, a 19th-Century African-American village located between what is now West 85th and 86th Streets. “‘It would be there to pay homage to the ancestors of Seneca Village—that’s the number-one goal,’” said Amber Tamm, the farmer. Tamm said there is precedent “for converting Central Park to more essential uses: Within the first three weeks of the pandemic, after New York City shut down normal operations, field tents with 68 hospital beds went up in Central Park to support Mt. Sinai hospital as it treated COVID-19 patients. Tamm says, ‘if New York City is willing to set aside land for treating sick New Yorkers, why would it not set aside that same land for ensuring that city residents have access to good nutrition.’”