An Upper West Side contingent at the Women’s March. Photo by Cindy Stern.
October 19, 2020 Weather: Rainy, with a high of 55 degrees.
Our calendar is full of local events.
The state will start enforcing the plastic bag ban starting today, so remember to take your reusable bag.
Some good news on the education front. A round of Covid-19 testing in public schools has found relatively few cases. “Out of 15,111 staff members and students tested randomly by the school system in the first week of its testing regimen, the city has gotten back results for 10,676. There were only 18 positives: 13 staff members and five students,” the Times reports.
Another Upper West Sider — Citigroup Vice Chairman Ray McGuire — has thrown his hat in the ring in the race for mayor. He’s considered more moderate than other Democrats, the Post reports. “The Upper West Side resident, who has served on the boards of several philanthropic groups like the New York City Police Foundation and The New York Public Library, would be the city’s second black mayor. One Wall Streeter with knowledge of city politics positioned McGuire as an underdog in the race.”
Could a program like the Works Progress Administration put New York’s artists back to work? David Brand considered the idea in a piece for City Limits. “Artists, historians and even some lawmakers imagine a time where artists and builders seed the five boroughs with these sorts of transformative monuments, murals and music — and they would get paid for it, through government-funded programs that put unemployed residents back to work and shape how New Yorkers see themselves and their city.”
The building at 60 West 91st Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue) is being sold under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. “Built in 1900, this five-story, 5,780-square-foot building on the Upper West Side has nine one-bedroom apartments. It will be delivered nearly vacant, with a path to vacancy,” the Times reports.
Did you lose your parrot? “We found this bird on our terrace. It was found today at 1:15pm,” a reader tells us.