June 28, 2021 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 92 degrees.
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An Upper West Sider experienced for himself the challenges of those who deliver us our daily bread. “I knew the deliveristas were hard-working folks in a system that requires them to be fast if they have any hope of making a living…” Richard Robbins wrote in Streetsblog. “But the current conflict made me again start thinking about how economic necessity, rather than disregard for our traffic laws, drives the delivery workers’ behavior. When Manhattan Community Board 7 (he is a member) recently discussed the basic issue of delivery cyclists being denied bathroom access, I decided to sign up with DoorDash to try to better understand delivery riders’ challenges.”
The endless creativity of New Yorkers! Last week, two found an ingenious way to wish Meryl Streep a happy 72nd birthday, TimeOut reported. “NYC-based artist Adrian Wilson (@plannedalism) and Matt Duncan (@graycement) added a “p” to signs inside the Upper West Side 72nd Street subway station early Tuesday morning at 7:30am, making them read ‘72nd Streep.’”
Joseph Bolanos, a well-known UWS block association president, was at the Capitol on January 6th, but did that merit what happened to him — and his reputation — afterward? “He was raided in February by the FBI anti-terrorism task force, handcuffed, paraded and detained for three hours while his apartment was ransacked and all his devices confiscated,” according to an opinion piece in the New York Post. “Four months later, he hasn’t been charged and doesn’t have his devices back, but his neighbors are shunning him, and he’s had two strokes from the stress. ‘It’s destroyed my reputation,’ he says. ‘I’m not a violent invader … I do not condone the criminality and violence on [Jan. 6] whatsoever.’”
Residents of the Hotel Ellington, a shelter for women and children on 111th Street that is being phased out (as we first reported here), expressed frustration at the lack of information about their next move, City Limits reported. They were also hoping for better setups at future locations. “Privacy and boundaries were hard to come by in the tiny units, they agreed. Each room has its own bathroom and kitchenette, but women share bunk beds with their children, including teens.”
Fresh from a feud with school administrators about discussing pornography in health class, some parents at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory school, at 5 West 92nd Street, are now incensed because they believe “critical race theory” has been incorporated into the curriculum.” They made a video to prove it, including “an email from the school to parents announcing an ‘anti-racism’ statement, and audio of a purported interview with a ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ (DEI) coach consulted by the school. Columbia Grammar & Prep is instituting a DEI director this week over the objections of parents — and is one of the last private schools in the city to do so, one mom told the Post.”
Graphic designer Milton Glaser, an Upper West Sider, died a year ago on Saturday. “As New York reemerges from a crisis, the logo he created in 1976, another tough period for the city, is as timely as ever. Here’s a brief account of how “I ❤️ NY” came to be,” according to The New York Times.
Finally, unaware that the UWS doubles as a movie set, a visitor had an encounter when her car broke down, chronicled in Metropolitan Diary. “I decided to call a friend who could, hopefully, come and get me. I saw a green phone booth outside a bar at the corner of 78th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Picking up the receiver, I noticed that it was unusually big and heavy. This is one really old phone, I thought to myself.”