July 12, 2021 Weather: Afternoon rain expected with a flash flood warning. High of 83 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events, including free outdoor pilates!
There were more than 220,000 scheduled subway trips in June. “10,600 were cancelled due to a shortage of train crews, according to internal MTA records obtained by THE CITY. “New York City Transit hadn’t scrapped that many trips in a month due to a lack of train operators or conductors since the early days of the pandemic, in March 2020, when more than 12,000 runs were eliminated as employee illness rates spiked and ridership plummeted. At the top of the heap (in June) were the A and the No. 1.”
Speaking of the early days of the pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reports that cheering for essential workers every evening at 7 persists even now on the UWS. “By the summer, the booming five-borough chorus had quieted to a few isolated soloists. Yet the nightly noisemaking is still going strong at a handful of apartment buildings clustered in a neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, with cheers still sounding at the appointed hour…At best, they say it has something to do with airing a message of hope.”
Residents of 51 West 86th Street aired a message of anger on wpix11 this week, about the scaffolding that has been on their building for the past 15 years. Local politicians, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, got involved, as did the Department of Buildings, which said. “We are currently reviewing this case to determine whether enhanced enforcement strategies, beyond additional fines, may be necessary to compel the owners to make the necessary façade repairs, which will allow them to safely remove the sidewalk shed without endangering the public.”
The dangers inherent in bicycle riding in the city do not seem to be deterring New Yorkers, who are buying bikes and bringing their old ones in for repair and servicing in record numbers, only to find no inventory and long waits, amNY reported. “At Toga Bikes on the Upper West Side, manager Hobie Estrella said the recent demand for bikes and fixes has been overwhelming. ‘A lot of people bringing their bikes out of the woodwork,” said Estrella. “A month ago we couldn’t take any work orders for repairs, there was a two-week wait — with four mechanics.”
Catherine and Michael are selling their place, the New York Post reported. That’s Zeta-Jones and Douglas, and the place “is at the Kenilworth, built in 1908 by Townsend, Steinle & Haskell, to look like a 12th-century English castle, which shares its name… It comes with lots of entertaining space, high ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, mahogany pocket doors and large rooms with stunning Central Park views.” The price is $21.5 million.
Is it time for another three-day weekend yet?