Monday Bulletin: Rapper’s Gift to Shelter, Sushi Chefs Will Travel, The Owl and The Crows

Photo by Stephen Harmon.

November 30, 2020 Weather: Very windy and rainy, with a high of 64 degrees.

Our calendar is full of local and virtual events.

Councilmember Helen Rosenthal and 2 nonprofits are holding a seminar on Wednesday at 6 on “Breaking Down the Basics of Non-Payment Eviction Cases“. Sign up here.

Calling all very good boys and girls! Pupper West Side welcomes humans to submit their best friends to be interviewed for our weekly column which takes a look at the Upper West Side from a pup’s perspective. Pupper West Side welcomes all dogs great and small, including those currently being fostered and available for adoption. If you are interested in being interviewed, please send us an email at westsiderag at gmail

On Thanksgiving eve, two-time Grammy-nominated rapper A$AP Rocky donated and personally delivered 120 dinners to a shelter for families experiencing homelessness on West 104th Street, where he and his mother once stayed, BET reported. Rocky said, “There was a lot of hard times in this place, but it’s not the end of the world because life is what you make it….[this] is a place that helps women get on their feet with government assistance — and before you know it, things are alright.”

Jason Haber drew an enormous socially distanced crowd for his turkey giveaway. “Haber told Storyful that 300 turkeys were handed out at Tuesday’s “Happy Family annual Thanksgiving turkey give-out.” Haber said some people arrived four hours early to make sure they secured a turkey for Thanksgiving.

“Omakase” sushi means the chef decides and describes what you eat; “homakase” sushi means he or she does so in your own home. “Jake Poznak had a feeling Ten Homakase would catch fire when he started it this past September,” The NY Post wrote. “The 28-year-old owner of Moonrise Izakaya on the Upper West Side paused his plans to open a brick-and-mortar omakase spot…. ‘People who really want to experience omakase are hibernating right now in Westchester, Connecticut and the Hamptons,’” said Poznak. “I thought, why not go a little higher-end and into people’s homes?’”

Patty Smyth, lead singer of the 1980s rock band Scandal, wife of tennis legend John McEnroe for 23 years, and part-time Upper West Sider talks in a New York Times interview about her marriage, her first solo album in 28 years, and how some things stay the same, even in a pandemic. “I’ve been watching “60 Minutes” for as long as I can remember. Sunday nights are “60 Minutes” and Chinese food. I like Red Farm. They have different kinds of dumplings and a crazy pastrami egg roll and bacon and egg fried rice. John won’t eat any of that but I will. He’s way healthier than I am.”

And finally, MiriamElder (@Miriam Elder) tweeted: New York’s hottest outdoor movie ticket is watching a bunch of crows chase an owl from tree to tree in Riverside Park (the way we live now)

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    1. Michael says:

      Absolutely love the Pupper West Side feature. Keep up the good work!

    2. Carol says:

      Opened this link to see the owl in the park.
      Nothing to see here… except people looking at trees.

    3. Kath says:

      A$AP ROCKY is just the ‘lift us up’ we need right now. What a man! He didn’t forget where he came from. More power to him and may others who are successful in the entertainment biz pay attention and follow suit.

    4. Owl Lover says:

      Chasing an owl doesn’t sound like a fun activity, certainly not for the poor owl.

    5. Christine Jaworsky says:

      I watch the crows regularly try to invade the pigeons nesting in the rooftop eave across the street from my “covid-window” where I seem to have been parked the greater part of this year.

      I used to think crows were fine, until I watched them pillage the poor pigeons’ nests time after time this spring. No more. Now I am “that” lady trying to shoo them away from my window across the street.

      As you can see it’s another slow quarantine day on the UWS. 🙂

    6. Anne Bard says:

      Great to see this excellent close-up by Stephen Harmon.
      What an unusual photo!