May 3, 2021 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees.
Our calendar has local and virtual events.
Police dismantled the tent of a couple experiencing homelessness on the median at West 86th Street and Broadway, on Wednesday, the same day it was discovered that the woman, Amber Wilson, 35, “Just weeks prior…was charged with concealing a human corpse after 19-year-old Rosalee Sanchez’s body was found wrapped in plastic in the abandoned Fulton Fish Market on March 6….Wilson was arrested and released without bail on a trio of felony charges for allegedly helping hide Sanchez’s body,” a source told the New York Post.
NYC mayoral candidates were out in force on the UWS on Saturday, offering and rescinding endorsements in the wake of sexual assault accusations against Scott Stringer. Stringer lost the nods of Congressman Adriano Espaillat and state Senator Jose Serrano, both representing parts of the UWS, as well as District 7 City Council Member Mark Levine, who is running for Manhattan borough president. Also present were Maya Wiley, and the former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia (who) introduced state Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell as her newest endorser. “Our message that we will actually have New York City’s back, that we will be in this together, has been the motto,” she said. “I view all New York City territory as Team Garcia territory,” NY1 reported.
Gotham Gazette provides an overview of the race for the District 6 City Council seat, which we’ve been chronicling with an interview series: “Although Brewer is considered the candidate to beat in this race, she has encountered stiff competition, particularly from Lind, who has amassed the most campaign contributions of the candidates and won notable endorsements from various women’s and housing groups. In fact, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, which focuses on LGBTQ and many other issues, endorsed Lind early on in the campaign, surprising many, and Brewer drew criticism when she asked for a recount, a request the club declined.”
Birdwatchers are going gaga for the cerulean warbler, CBS reports. “We have a lot of new birders because of the pandemic, and this is their therapy,” birder Ronald Lugo said.
On Thursday, the City Council passed two bills to expand the ‘Right to Counsel’ law, “which guarantees…legal representation to low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court,” according to a spokesman for Council Member Mark Levine, who sponsored the bills with Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson. The original 2017 law, also sponsored by Levine, “made New York the first jurisdiction in the country to guarantee legal representation to low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court.” It was originally a pilot program rolled out to limited zip codes. The new law “would simply amend (it) to require the City to immediately complete full implementation of the Right to Counsel law.”
The Empire State Building — which you can see from parts of the UWS and will always be the tallest building in the city to some — turned 90 years old on Saturday. “The building opened to the public on May 1, 1931, when President Herbert Hoover officially flipped the switch from the White House. It was an architectural marvel, built in one year and 45 days. The tower quickly became a cultural icon, a must-visit tourist attraction and a backdrop to countless Hollywood movies. In all, the building stands 1,454 feet tall over Midtown Manhattan between 33rd and 34th Streets at Fifth Avenue,” CBS2 reported. “It’s the undisputed landmark of the New York City skyline, and on Saturday, the mayor, along with the city, celebrated the Empire State Building’s 90th birthday, lighting up the icon that has long stood tall, strong and proud.”