Upper West Siders once again opened their wallets for people and places that are facing big challenges amid the pandemic.
The Emerald Inn on 72nd Street, a 77-year-old institution on the UWS, raised more than $18,000, ahead of its goal for $15,000, to construct a better outdoor dining setup so they can get through these tough cold months. So stop by and have a beer with fourth-generation owner Charlie Campbell (from 6 feet away) to celebrate.
And a GoFundMe for Pedro Aguilar, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger worker and father of 5 who was shot while delivering food last month, has raised just under $50,000. It had raised about $11,000 in the first four weeks of the fundraiser, and then about $40,000 since we published our story just five days ago. To keep the momentum going, you can donate here.
Kudos to all who have donated. Upper West Siders have raised enormous sums for people facing tough times, and for those helping out in the pandemic. Locals raised $9,000 to pay the rent of two nurses from Alabama in just a few hours after our story last year.