August 31, 2020 Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 74 degrees.
Our calendar is full of events you can enjoy from home like Summer on the Hudson’s “Yoga Flow Online.”
Closed out of Geffen Hall and tired of virtual performances, members of the New York Philharmonic are giving surprise “street-corner concerts” for the next several weeks as part of a new initiative called the NY Phil Bandwagon, The Wall Street Journal reported. “The concerts—as many as three daily—are more like flash-mob events in that the orchestra doesn’t announce locations in advance. The idea is to avoid having too large a crowd gathering during these times when social distancing remains a concern…” NY Phil recently performed in Dante Park, which “sits almost directly opposite Geffen Hall, a point that didn’t go unnoticed by the Philharmonic musicians…”
The killer of the Upper West Side’s most beloved musician was denied parole for the 11th time this month. Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon of The Beatles on December 8, 1980, “hours after Lennon autographed an album for him,” according to the AP. “He has said previously that he feels ‘more and more shame’ every year for the crime. ‘I was too far in,’ Chapman told a parole board in 2018. ‘I do remember having the thought of, ‘Hey, you have got the album now. Look at this, he signed it, just go home.’ But there was no way I was just going to go home.’”
The Belnord, a full-block building on West 86th Street, contains a 22,000-square-foot landmarked courtyard, which was completely redone last month, Architectural Digest reported. “‘It had fallen on hard times,’” says Edmund Hollander, the landscape architect who oversaw the Belnord courtyard’s overhaul. “‘I studied horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. The interesting thing about that is you get to understand how things grow in New York City. A courtyard in a building is unlike anything you find in nature. So it’s about marrying appropriate architecture with appropriate ecology…so you don’t end up with a courtyard where half the plants are dead.”
“The New York Public Library (NYPL) has started a new initiative that invites New Yorkers to submit audio recordings of themselves or their loved ones telling personal stories about life during the era of COVID-19.” It’s called The Pandemic Diaries Project, and Manhattan BP Gale Brewer sent us word of it. They’re looking for “reflections on a number of relevant topics, including families and parenting, essential workers, life in quarantine, protests for racial justice, and much more. Interested contributors can submit their audio recording via an online form that the NYPL has set up here.
Now is the time to fix inequities in school funding, argues State Senator Robert Jackson in an op-ed in the Daily News. “The governor’s refusal to fairly fund education has forced us to return to court. A coalition of statewide education organizations, parents and students is currently preparing for trial in New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) vs. State of New York. Ironically, Attorney General Tish James, who campaigned for office as ‘the people’s lawyer,’ is not only defending the governor’s attempt to deny millions of students their constitutional rights; she has retained the same Atlanta law firm that was paid more than $8 million in legal fees to join the state’s losing cause in the CFE litigation. (Two major New York law firms are working for the NYSER plaintiffs pro bono.)”