March 15, 2021 Weather: Clear, with a high of 39 degrees.
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Lost cat alert: “My wife and I lost our cat Thursday evening (March 11th) in Upper West Side around 92nd street. Our cat’s name is Coco, and she’s a grey Russian Blue with bright green eyes and a lightly striped tail.” See the lost poster here.
The number of applications to two Columbia University colleges spiked this year, showing a 51% increase over last, according to the school. “…the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid noted both the appeal of Columbia’s generous financial aid program and the unexpected benefit of moving to all-virtual admissions outreach, which allowed Undergraduate Admissions to connect with prospective students in more regions. Another likely influence was Columbia’s test-optional policy, announced last year due to disruptions to testing access associated with the pandemic; the policy was recently extended for 2021–22.”
After both were vaccinated, a New York grandma needed extra reassurance that it was really okay to hug her grown granddaughter, so her doctor gave her a ‘hug prescription,’ CNN reported. “We were standing in my apartment, just hugging and hugging and crying and crying for the first time in a year, which was an out-of-body experience,” the grandma said.
Another proposed tall tower in the neighborhood is tied up in court, newyorkyimby reported. Extell’s 50 W. 66th Street would rise to 775’ surpassing 200 Amsterdam as the UWS’s tallest building. But “Landmark West filed its Article 78 petition against the developers regarding the height and zoning of the edifice. The case was set to head to the New York State Supreme Court after the Board of Standards voted 2-2 on the appeal…”
Accusations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo, which have now led to calls from nearly every prominent Democrat in the state for him to resign, began with Upper West Sider and candidate for Manhattan Borough President Lindsey Boylan’s allegations of inappropriate behavior when she worked for him. “Then the floodgates opened,” New York Magazine reported, in a comprehensive look at how the Cuomo administration’s workplace culture drove out competent people and rattled young women. “Until now, none of this left a lasting mark on the governor…Cuomo was a bully, but he was our bully…Now, the venal toxicity that has buttressed his career has, at least temporarily, been exposed for what it is.”
In that vein, Cuomo’s vaccine czar, Larry Schwartz, has been calling officials to gauge their loyalty to the governor even as he’s running the vaccine operation, the Times reports. “In one case, a county executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, said that after Mr. Schwartz had discussed the governor’s political situation, he then pivoted directly to a conversation about vaccine distribution.”
The reverberations of the Central Park encounter between a black bird watcher and a white dog walker, which resulted in a false, race-based police report being filed, were felt in an upstate ice cream parlor when the owner falsely told 911 that he was being attacked by BLM protesters, the New York Post reported. Attorney General Letitia James sued him, “saying her office can now sue anyone who makes false, race-based police reports to local officials, after the state legislature last June made those types of calls illegal.”