Monday Bulletin: Mulchfest, Landlord Watchlist, Zoo Tragedy Results in $13 Million Payout

The Mulchfest dropoff spot in Central Park at 81st Street.

December 28, 2020 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 48 degrees.

Our calendar is the place to go for local and virtual events.

When you’re ready to part with that Christmas Tree, you can make sure it has a new life — as mulch!  Bring your tree to one of the following locations from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9, or leave it outside for curbside pickup between Jan. 4 and Jan. 15 (take all the tinsel and ornaments off of course). If you bring your own bag to the Riverside Park and the Central Park/West 81st Street locations, you can fill it with free mulch to take home and nourish your plants.

For those struggling with food insecurity, the Hunter College Food Policy Center has put together a neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to resources.

Nine Upper West Side buildings made the Public Advocate’s “landlord watchlist” this year with a high number of HPD violations. See a map of the buildings here.

A couple whose daughter Gianna was killed in 2010 by a falling tree limb at the Central Park Zoo has won a $13.75 million settlement with the city, a company and two nonprofits, the Post reported. “The couple filed a $50 million claim in 2011 against the city; the Central Park Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the zoo; and Beucler Tree Experts of Tenafly, NJ, which the society had hired to do tree work. The case was settled in November, with insurance companies for the Wildlife Conservation Society on the hook for $10 million of the settlement; Beucler paying $3 million, and the city and the conservancy shelling out the remaining $750,000.”

And it turns out last week’s snowstorm registered the 13th-largest December snowfall in recorded NYC history:

NEWS | 7 comments | permalink
    1. Sharpeyed Looker says:

      Thanks a lot, Rag, for the Public Advocate’s map showing WHERE bldgs w/the most HPD violations are located. But WHICH bldgs they
      are – i.e. their addresses! – seems to stay a mystery.
      I see no further directions/options on/near this map, so only a person who already has rare ‘pinpoint’ knowledge of that precise area can know just what they’re looking at. Has a key or legend been left off the map, or out ‘beyond this link’?
      P!ease help ust with this! Thanks.
      (From a reader trained in plan’g & arch., and w/past work at e.g., Regional Plan &… HPD!)

    2. RememberingSteve says:

      Thinking of my old friend Steve Fybish who knew how much snow fell in every winter as far back as there were records. He could have cited every detail in the table above–from memory. Passed away three years ago.

    3. Kayson212 says:

      But what about the Great Blizzard of 1888, New York’s most legendary snowstorm?

      According to Britanica, snowfall in the city reached 22 inches. The Great Blizzard’s impact (400+ deaths) also had a direct effect on New York’s future infrastructure: