November 15, 2021 Weather: Chance of rain, with a high of 47 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
The driver of a United States Postal Service truck who police say hit and killed a cyclist on Central Park West and West 86th Street last June has been charged with a misdemeanor count of failure to yield and a traffic summons for failure to exercise due caution, according to StreetsBlog. “’I’m happy he was charged with something, but a misdemeanor takes almost no consideration that my husband died,’ said [Jeffrey] Williamson’s widow…. “
“City Council veteran Gale Brewer is running for speaker with the promise that she’d only serve one term in the top spot if picked, the Daily News has learned. Brewer, the Manhattan borough president who was elected to an Upper West Side Council seat on Nov. 2, started meeting last week with labor leaders, local political power brokers and fellow incoming Council members to let them know of her speaker aspirations.”
What would the UWS be without a good landmark alteration altercation, with attorney Michael Hiller (who was involved in disputes about the AMNH and Lucerne) defending “mere millionaires” against a billionaire who wants to build a glass penthouse atop a prewar building on West 77th Street? According to Curbed, “Several residents [said] members of the co-op board have been too cowed by [Bill Ackman’s] wealth to stop the plan — and have been hoping CB7 and the Landmarks Commission will deny the proposal so they won’t have to.”
The Master, a 28-story Art Deco building on Riverside Drive (103rd-104th), is the subject of another Curbed story, chronicling the history of this studios-only, part-museum, part-residence, up to the present day. “When you have all these studios in one place…you wind up with a lot of loners. Some by choice…and others who have been, fatefully, destined to be alone — and not to their liking. The result is that we have a disproportionate number of screwballs around this place.”
The world’s most profitable condominium — 220 Central Park South — “is approaching $3 billion in sales,” according to The Real Deal.
Goddard Riverside’s 35th Annual Book Fair will be held in person this year on Saturday, November 20th, and Sunday, November 21st at 593 Columbus Avenue (88th and Columbus) from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. “…thousands of brand-new books donated by publishers [will be] sold at the Book Fair for 50% off, with proceeds going to support the programs at Goddard Riverside.”
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine named Muriel Rukeyser the 2021 inductee to the American Poets Corner, Harlem World reported. “Her poetry of womanhood and Jewishness celebrate difference and decry injustice….Previous inductees include Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Zora Neale Hurston, and last year’s dual honorees, Harriet Jacobs and Ralph Ellison.”
“…with all due respect, ginkgos stink,” writes Allan Ripp (whose words have graced the Rag), in the Wall Street Journal. “There is an unpleasant odor in Central Park these days—and I’m not talking about the marijuana smoke wafting everywhere. It is the offensive smell of ginkgo nuts blanketing the ground, an annual fall event….Amazingly, some chefs regard the cherry-sized nuts inside the fruit as a delicacy….The smell supposedly fades when they are cooked….”
On the subject of cooking, Here’s the Dish, our Wednesday column featuring readers’ favorite local dishes, is in need of submissions. Last week, the Rag was Dish-less (there’s a pun on dish rag in there somewhere.) The column can’t continue without reader participation. All it takes is a paragraph and a photograph! Check out prior columns here for examples, then send your favorite dish to email@example.com. It helps UWS residents and restaurants!