August 24, 2020 Weather: Rain expected, with a high of 89 degrees.
Our calendar is full of events you can enjoy from home.
Reminder: a Community Board-led meeting about the homeless hotels is tonight — Monday, August 24.
Noted Upper West Sider Jerry Seinfeld destroyed all those “I’m-leaving-New-York” essays with a brilliant rebuttal in the Times. “Real, live, inspiring human energy exists when we coagulate together in crazy places like New York City. Feeling sorry for yourself because you can’t go to the theater for a while is not the essential element of character that made New York the brilliant diamond of activity it will one day be again. You found a place in Florida? Fine. We know the sharp focus and restless, resilient creative spirit that Florida is all about. You think Rome is going away too? London? Tokyo? The East Village?”
Has the Upper West Side become a Republican talking point? President Donald Trump and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson used it as one in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, earlier this month. “The crime and chaos in Democrat-run cities have gotten so bad that liberals are even getting out of Manhattan’s Upper West Side,” Trump and Carson wrote. “Rather than rethink their destructive policies, the left wants to make sure there is no escape. The plan is to remake the suburbs in their image so they resemble the dysfunctional cities they now govern. As usual, anyone who dares tell the truth about what the left is doing is smeared as a racist.”
Rabbis and congregants on the Upper West Side are divided about the equity and efficacy of transferring individuals experiencing homelessness from crowded shelters to private hotels to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, The Times of Israel reported. “The community response — evident in opposing Facebook groups each with thousands of members, dueling petitions, and countless calls and Zoom meetings with local politicians — touches upon several lightning rod issues, including racism, safety, privilege and the interpretation of the Jewish edict to help the poor.”
“I just want someone to fix the situation for my grandmother,” Shaquasia Harden told PIX11 News. Harden has been trying for years to get the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to repair her disabled grandmother’s bathroom in the De Hostos Apartments on West 93rd Street. “The 66-year-old grandmother uses a wheelchair and had a tracheotomy to help her breathe…Harden worries about her breathing in all the mold and dust from the bathroom. ‘I keep calling and no one comes,’” her grandmother said.
In a series about “New York institutions that have defined cool for decades,” The New York Times highlighted the Hungarian Pastry Shop on Amsterdam Avenue and 111th Street. “This little pastry shop community is emblematic of an intensely tribal New York tradition where everyone is interconnected if only by virtue of being here over the years. Some regulars share a love for the cakes, others are joined by lives that revolve around the nearby university. I know a publisher who remembers the place with fondness from her Barnard years — how she was young there, how she waited for a boyfriend, how she wrote her thesis at one of the tables.”
And, finally, something we found funny:
On West 70th St. today, a woman yelled "Eat shit!" at me and then, a few seconds after I hurried by, yelled "I thought you were someone else!" So you can drag every single one of your "New York will never be the same again" hot takes straight to the trash.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) August 18, 2020
Actually, one more thing… A few weeks ago a reader found a pebble painted with a little fellow wearing a mask. She snapped a photo and walked away, but lately she’s been pining for that pebble. Are you a pebble artist? If so, she’ll buy one from you or donate to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger in your name. You may think “it’s just a pebble,” but the heart wants what it wants. “I tried painting one, I should stick to writing,” she told us. Anyway, email us at westsiderag at gmail and we’ll put you in touch.