August 23, 2021 Weather: Rainy, with a high of 80 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
NYC might have been spared the worst of Hurricane Henri, but a record rainfall soaked Central Park over the weekend. “The National Weather Service said Central Park experienced 1.94 inches of rainfall between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday — the most ever recorded in the city in a single hour since the service began tracking more than 150 years ago,” the NY Post reported.
Summer heat is inequitably distributed in NYC, according to The New York Times. “Its distribution follows other patterns of inequality, including race, income, air quality and access to air-conditioning. On a midday in early August, that disparity became glaring when The Times used an infrared thermometer to record surface temperatures on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, as well as in East Harlem and the South Bronx. On the tree-canopied block of West 94th Street near Central Park in Manhattan, the sidewalk temperature was 84. Just across town, at a treeless lot for sanitation trucks on First Avenue in East Harlem, the blacktop registered at 115 degrees, a full 31 degrees hotter…. ”
“Multiple people got sick, and one person was sent to the hospital after fumes flooded the Planetarium Post Office, said the FDNY. Around 1:03 p.m. on Thursday, 40 firefighters responded to reports of fumes coming from the Post Office at 127 West 83rd Street. The branch was quickly evacuated, and one woman was carried out on a stretcher, an eyewitness told Patch.” The fumes appear to have been caused by a gas leak in the building, a USPS worker said.
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the NYC eviction moratorium leaves some renters in a precarious spot. The Times explains the other options.
Karen was one of the most popular names for newborn girls in 1941. T magazine explores its origins and how it became “an epithet for a type of interfering, hectoring white woman, the self-appointed hall monitor unloosed on the world, so assured of her status in society that she doesn’t hesitate to summon the authorities — demanding to speak to the manager or calling the police — for the most trivial and often wholly imaginary transgressions.” One example given is “the (UWS) woman in New York City’s Central Park who, angry that a Black birder had asked her to leash her dog, raised the pitch of her voice to falsely inform a 911 operator that ‘there is a man, African American … and he is … threatening me.’”