October 18, 2021 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 58 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
Presumptive Mayor Eric Adams broke with his predecessor in regard to the future of the gifted and talented program in NYC public schools. Lame-duck Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for eliminating it, but, Adams pointed out, “He can’t get rid of it until next year,” when he will be gone. “Asked directly whether he would eliminate the gifted program, Mr. Adams replied, ‘no I would not, I would expand the opportunities for accelerated learning,’” The New York Times reported.
The UWS has controversial statues coming and going! The Public Design Commission is voting today on a long-term loan that would bring a statue of Thomas Jefferson from the City Council’s chamber to the New-York Historical Society, on 77th Street and CPW. “The City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, whose members described the statue as ‘oppressive’ and ‘racist,’ have long wanted it taken from its pedestal and removed from the chamber.” Jefferson was a slaveholder “who believed Black people were inferior to white,” The New York Times reported. The Museum of Natural History, next door to the Historical Society, is removing a statue of Theodore Roosevelt.
Update: WABC reported that the Public Design Commission unanimously approved the relocation of the statue, but where it will go remains undecided. “The statue, which dates back to 1833, was expected to go on ‘long-term loan’ to the New-York Historical Society by the end of the year….But members of the commission disagreed over the initial plans because the New-York Historical Society charges a fee….The members agreed to find an appropriate home for the statue by the end of the year.”
Are businesses complying with NYC’s vaccination mandate for indoor dining and entertainment venues? According to the commissioner of small business services, “the city has conducted more than 31,000 inspections since enforcement of the vaccination mandate started one month ago, and has issued about 6,000 warnings,” Crain’s reported. “Most of the businesses that received warnings made the necessary changes…and that’s how we ended up with just 15 or so actual violations.”
Paul McCartney was thinking of his old partner on October 9th, which was John Lennon’s 81st birthday. Lennon was killed when he was 40 years old by a crazed fan in the entrance to his home at the Dakota on West 72nd Street in 1980.
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Paul’s tweet came in advance of an interview on BBC Radio 4, in which he definitively reveals the reason for the Beatles’ breakup. According to CNN “he tells journalist John Wilson: “John walked into the room one day and said, ‘I’m leaving the Beatles.’…I wanted it to continue. I thought we were doing some pretty good stuff — you know, ‘Abbey Road,’ ‘Let It Be,’ not bad.’” The full interview is scheduled for October 23.
“With its large community of Argentines, New York City is “a tango hub,” according to The New York Times. Not during the pandemic, but things are heating up again, thanks to the vaccine. There are “milongas” (places where people gather to dance) to be found “six or seven times a week, and the COVID infection rate is low. “For the more cautious, there are a few outdoor milongas, the best known being Central Park Tango….The weekly gathering returned in June, on Saturday afternoons in the small circle around the Shakespeare Statue.”
“They’re the fastest animals on Earth — diving for prey at well over 200 miles per hour — but on the last Tuesday afternoon in June, one of Manhattan’s youngest peregrine falcons could barely fly. Instead, she had crash-landed in an Upper West Side courtyard, hitting a glass-topped picnic table with a muffled thud and a clatter of icepick-sharp talons,” the Daily News reported. This is a fascinating read about the rescue and return to the wild of this majestic, endangered bird, by the UWS’s Wild Bird Fund.
Finally, the 18th-floor Majestic apartment of the late George Malkemus and his husband and business partner, Anthony Yurgaitis, on CPW and 72nd Street, is on the market for $25 million. Sadly, Malkemus died in September, motivating Yurgaitis to move full time to their farm in Litchefield, Connecticut. Together, “they ran the high-end shoe brand Manolo Blahnik in the United States for 37 years” — which made Mr. Yurgaitis’ words upon first seeing the apartment fitting. “The moment I stepped foot in our new home,” he said, according to The Times. “I felt absolute joy.” Take a look…
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