November 16, 2020 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 55 degrees.
Our calendar is full of local events.
A dedicated animal-rescuer saved a sick swan from Queens by taking it to the Wild Bird Fund on the UWS…by subway, and then automobile! “Two car rides later, the swan and Ms. Cordova-Rojas reached the Wild Bird Fund. Staff members there determined that it was a bit underweight; tests also found signs of lead poisoning, which can happen when swans ingest weights used on fishing lines, among other things,” the Times reported.
Forget the Mandarin Duck, the hot new Central Park bird is the Barred Owl, Forbes reports. “The Barred Owl, or, more informally, hoot owl, was spotted holding court in the Loch, an area of mid-park near 103rd Street. The Barred Owl is known for its characteristically fluffy, beautiful face, and the ringed patterns around its sunken eyes — an aesthetic feature that elicits a permanent look of, ‘I-just-heard-some-shocking-news’.”
A Black dentist on the UWS claims the NYPD accused him of breaking into his own office. “Dr. Benjamin Shirley, 41, briefly left and came back into his Upper West Side office building after throwing out the trash around midnight on March 9, when the cops allegedly approached the door shining lights inside and demanding that he identify himself, according to a $5 million notice of claim against the city and surveillance video of the incident…The cops spoke to Shirley through the intercom threatening to break into the office despite the fact he told them he was the owner, his lawyer told The Post.”
Columbia’s decision to not house most students on campus could impact the local housing market, the Columbia Spectator reports. “Landlords are excited to see Columbia students come in,” said Karen Chapple, CC ’89 and professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley. “That helps them realize that there is a replacement market there. So, a lot of them may take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to prematurely evict people and get ready for the next uptick.”
The NYPD removed barricades blocking a section of the CPW bike lane after Streetsblog asked about it. “The NYPD didn’t completely clear the area, leaving a double-row of barricades blocking part of the bike lane, but cyclists saw it as a victory.”
A protester in a Black Lives Matter protest has been charged with assaulting and robbing a dog walker who was counter-protesting during a march in October on Central Park West, the Daily News reported. “Desmond Marrero, 25, surrendered to police Thursday with his lawyer. Cops were still looking for at least two other suspects in the Oct. 24 clash on Central Park West and W. 67th St.”
Upper West Siders gave heavily to Democratic candidates in unsuccessful Senate races, the Times reported. “As it happened, three ZIP codes on the Upper West Side sent more than $1.5 million in single, itemized donations to the doomed Democratic Senate campaigns of Amy McGrath in Kentucky, who was a long shot to defeat Mitch McConnell, and Jaime Harrison, who was unlikely to overtake Lindsey Graham in South Carolina.”