May 31, 2021 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 72 degrees.
Our calendar has local and virtual events.
“Like many of my neighbors on the Upper West Side I profoundly dislike and resent the tour helicopters that seem to unceasingly harass us,” begins Julia Vitullo-Martin, in an overview of the helicopter problem in Gotham Gazette. To understand the “invaders,” Vitullo-Martin took a heli tour herself. “We cut over to Central Park via the 70s…. We circled slowly and noisily above Belvedere Lake and the Great Lawn for 8-10 minutes, reversing directions twice so that everyone could get their preferred photo…. [The] most important lesson for those troubled about New York’s helicopter invasion is: Complaints make a difference, so keep up the protests.”
“I should have walked,” Councilmember Helen Rosenthal reportedly said, after an ill-fated drive to a Maya Wiley campaign event on Tuesday led to revelations that she was Zooming while driving, according to the New York Post and Streetsblog. On top of that, her car was found to have 62 violations since 2013 — mostly for parking violations. The Zooming incident is surprising, as Rosenthal is known to be an avid cyclist. “Legislating-from-the-car has become popular among New York City Council members in the pandemic — even for those who ostensibly promote alternative modes of transportation, according to photo stills of other hearings seen by The Post.”
After a quarter of a century, the trail of a cold rape case led to the Upper West Side, the Daily News reported. “A livery car driver was charged on Thursday with raping one of his passengers…in what the Queens D.A. calls the oldest sexual assault case ever prosecuted in the borough. Danny Stewart, 58, raped a restaurant worker at gunpoint in 1996, and eluded justice until his DNA was entered into a state database last year, prosecutors said. Stewart, who lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, faces first-degree rape charges.”
Legal documents have been flowing in and out of the Upper West Side apartment of Jennifer Weisselberg, former daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg, CFO of the Trump Organization. Jennifer told CBS on Thursday that she was served eviction papers, possibly, according to Business Insider, for “retribution.” Weisselberg met “with investigators for both the Manhattan district attorney and the New York State attorney general about their probes into the Trump Organization and Donald Trump.” In April, she turned over “several boxes of financial documents from her divorce….”
The highest court in the state has decided that a 150-bed, single men’s homeless shelter can be sited at 158 West 58th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, “the city’s priciest street,” the Daily News reported. “The Court of Appeals said it was not up to a judge to assess building safety and that ‘a court cannot second guess (a city agency’s) determination by granting a hearing to find additional facts or consider evidence not before the agency when it made its determination’…The new shelter is included in the city’s Department of Homeless Services’ Turning the Tide plan, a 2017 initiative that promised to reduce the use of both cluster sites and hotels while building 90 new city-run shelters.”
“New Yorkers have been finding a new or renewed love of birding: solace and joy during troubled times,” writes NYC Audubon. But the past year has also brought problems to a recognized birding paradise: Central Park. First, a white woman falsely accused a Black man of threatening her in the Ramble, and lost her job as a result. Now, she is suing to get it back, New York magazine reports. And, always, there is “Birding Bob,” who calls birds to him using controversial (and noisy) methods, shown in the following short film in The New York Times.
Finally, from June 1st through June 21st, Daily Provisions, on 78th and Amsterdam Avenue, will be selling Strawberry Fields crullers to benefit the Central Park Conservancy, according to The New York Times. “Crullers are a Daily Provisions specialty, and this one comes with matcha icing strewn with bits of tart-dried strawberry to balance the sweetness…$1 of the price [will be] donated to the Conservancy.”