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Dozens of community members attended a meeting last Friday with NYPD officers to “sound off about safety concerns,” reported NY1. Residents “asked NYPD officers what they can do about public urination and intoxication among other issues. The officers said they are spread thin and can only issue violations when they witness them, which they say is more challenging since the plainclothes anti-crime unit was disbanded…The officers also emphasized the fact that the NYPD no longer oversees shelter security, as the homeless outreach team was reassigned.”
Bette Midler has written a book about Central Park’s mandarin duck. “Well, well, hello, ducky!” Vulture proclaimed. “Bette Midler announced on Thursday she’ll be publishing a children’s picture book with Random House next year about, wait for it, New York’s hot duck. Lest you’ve forgotten because we live in hell and 2018 was 74 years ago, the hot duck was a colorful mandarin duck that appeared in Central Park and captivated us all.”
A 29-year-old man was shot in what may have been an attempted robbery on 94th Street and Amsterdam Avenue early Monday, ABC reported. “The victim was shot in the hip just before 4:30 a.m. Monday. He went into a nearby deli for help He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”
One of the nation’s premier real estate brokers died of COVID-19 in April, at the age of 72. Robby Browne handled high-profile sales and stars, The New York Times reported. “But he was most at home on the Upper West Side. He loved the architecture, restaurants and proximity to Central Park, which he pedaled through daily on a 10-speed bike to his Madison Avenue office at the Corcoran Group. And above all, he cherished his apartment in the Century Condominium, at 25 Central Park West, with its large, park-facing terrace and sumptuous flower gardens. So much so, that he actually bought it twice.”