May 17, 2021 Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 73 degrees.
Our calendar has local and virtual events.
Monday marks the return of 24/7 subway service.
Eating out or taking out from a local favorite? Make sure they know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund — money to provide eating establishments with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss. More information and application assistance can be found through the Small Business Adminitstration or by phone (1-844-279-8898).
The decaying of Riverside Park is widespread, dangerous and daunting, writes Justin Davidson in Curbed. “You might expect Riverside Park to be a manicured standout, second only to Central Park in its lacquered gloss….Yet in what should be the pride of the Parks Department, the state of deep decay is alarming and accelerating. Flagstones lie shattered. Orange traffic cones sit in sinkholes. Century-old staircases have crumbled into rubble. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, once the gem of the Upper West Side, has been fenced off and left to gracefully decompose. A dozen or so street lights always seem to be on the blink, casting mugger-friendly stretches of darkness on winter afternoons.” The needs and potential costs of repairs are so great, Davidson writes, that Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver refers to the Master Plan compiled in 2016 as “aspirational.”
You may have seen him on Columbus Avenue around 74th Street, a young man with long red hair and a beard, sweeping in front of his possessions, lined up neatly alongside a building, beneath a scaffolding. He’s known as Ethan Freckles and he told the New York Post, “I’m a yogi and live a yogic lifestyle…” But then, the Post reported, he said of those aggravated by or unaccepting of that lifestyle, “Mostly the conflict is that I’m young, athletic, and intelligent and they are old, fat, and stupid.” Not very yogic of him…
An esteemed epidemiologist and University Professor at Columbia University, Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr directs two initiatives currently dedicated to helping vulnerable populations here and across the globe navigate the pandemic. She hasn’t missed a day at her office during the pandemic, always bringing fresh flowers, and derives solace and inspiration, she told The New York Times, from her home on the Upper West Side. “I have a beautiful view of the Hudson River, which is very soothing. I take a moment to stare out the window. To see the change of the seasons connects me to nature.”
“More of Andrew Yang’s campaign donors live outside of New York City than in it,” THE CITY reported. But when they do live in the city, they are concentrated on the Upper West Side, especially in zip code 10023. Second in contributions from the UWS was Scott Stringer, followed by Ray McGuire, both scoring high in zip code 10024. “It’s not a surprise that Yang has lots of outside money, considering he ran for the presidency, and he doesn’t necessarily have a longstanding base in New York,” said Christina Greer, a political scientist at Fordham University. “What you really need to do is make sure that that money translates into voters.”
“Stars from Broadway shows have teamed up with iconic New York eatery Tavern on the Green for ‘Broadway at Tavern,’ a special series of live concerts under the stars at the restaurant,” CNN reported. The concert series begins on May 25th at 8:30 p.m. with a one-night-only performance by “Hamilton” cast member and star of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” Ariana DeBose. The show will be followed by performances on June 8th and 9th by Broadway star Shoshana Bean, of “Wicked.” For more information and tickets, click here.
200 Amsterdam, the tall tower that achieved its height through the creative use of zoning laws, appears to be getting creative as well with apartment designations, offering “two duplex penthouses situated on the top four floors,” according to YIMBY. “Developed by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America and designed by Elkus Manfredi, the 668-foot-tall tower has a total of ten penthouses, which begin on the 41st floor and encompass eight full-floor homes in addition to the two duplexes.” How can that be? Isn’t a penthouse located on the top floor of a building? Not anymore, according to Business Insider, which says the term has “evolved.” So have asking prices. At 200 Amsterdam they are $40 million and $38 million — an extra $2 million for the top.