July 26, 2021 Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 89 degrees.
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“A dead man was found floating in the Harlem Meer in Central Park Saturday evening, according to police sources,” the New York Post reported. “The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.”
The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park production of Merry Wives, “which had already pushed back its opening night by nearly two weeks after its leading man was injured, announced on Friday that it would cancel its third consecutive performance after learning a production member had tested positive for the coronavirus,” according to The New York Times. Before noon the next day, The Public tweeted that Saturday’s performance was on — but the in-person standby line that had just been reinstated was off. As Shakespeare noted, “Confusion now hath made his masterpiece”! (Macbeth)
As we return to Free Shakespeare in the Park performances of MERRY WIVES today, we will not be returning to an in-person standby line as previously announced. Our text-to-standby policy is still in place & you can enter beginning at 12pm every day.
— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) July 24, 2021
With the return of Merry Wives comes the issue of tourist helicopters hovering over the open-air Delacorte Theater during performances. “…Upper West Sider Ajit Thomas called the copter clamor a ‘slap in the face,’ especially when the noise drowned out emotional remarks from the stage about finally performing in front of a live audience and thanking essential workers,” wrote the NY Post.
An Upper West Side apartment was designed around a single abstract painting, Gotham magazine explained. “The common denominator of the residence is color, as it continues to one of the children’s rooms, which features a kaleidoscopic, geometric ceiling wallpaper…. The primary bedroom is equally radiant, with rich purple tones and accents like the handblown art deco chandelier….” Note: the unwoke “master bedroom” has been supplanted by a radiant “primary bedroom.”
There was no bedroom at all in the studio apartment a couple chose to rent over a two-bedroom on the UWS, Curbed reported. “It was actually more expensive than the Upper West Side two-bedroom, which was beautiful….we just liked the space more. We’re drawn to this Polly Pocket living…. I think this is where we’re going as a society.”
“Residents on the Upper West Side have never been shy about their opposition to new developments that they believe clash with the area’s prewar sensibilities,” according to The New York Times. “The neighborhood’s latest real estate battles include three luxury condos that have prompted petitions, opposition groups and lawsuits…. The three contested buildings include: a 69-story condo at 50 West 66th Street where construction has been stalled by legal challenges since 2019; a 52-story condo at 200 Amsterdam where a judge ordered the developer last year to remove the top 20 floors, but is now slated to open at full height this summer; and a 20-story cantilevered building on 91st Street that neighbors oppose for its mass and design.” The Times covers the status of all three developments.