December 6, 2021 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 60 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
Concerned about the Omicron variant? Council member (and incoming borough president) Mark Levine is hosting a Zoom at 5 p.m. Monday with Dr. Syra Madad, Senior Director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program Office in NYC’s public hospitals, about Omicron. Sign up here.
Last week’s deadly attacks near Columbia have shocked the community. “Two thousand people attended a memorial service at the heart of the Columbia University campus Friday evening for Davide Giri, a Ph.D candidate fatally stabbed just outside the campus gates the night before as he headed home from soccer practice,” reports the Daily News. “’I can’t comprehend this news,’ tweeted teammate Corentin Claisse. ‘Played with him at practice and we were doing so great. RIP man, I miss you.’” A second man from Italy was also stabbed, allegedly by the same suspect, shortly after Giri, only blocks away. “Roberto Malaspina, was hospitalized but is expected to survive,” according to the New York Post. “He had only been in New York for 24 hours when he was knifed.” Security will be increased in the area of the stabbings, Gothamist reported. “The NYPD is posting an increased presence after 7 p.m. in Morningside Park and the Parks Department is deploying more enforcement officers there every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, the university was adding more foot patrols along parts of Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, and dedicating more vehicle patrols to Morningside Drive and the perimeter of Morningside Park.”
New York municipal elections have become known for paltry voter turnout, but the latest election was low even by those standards. In fact, New Yorkers broke a new record for no-shows at the voting booth, according to Gothamist. “A smaller percentage of New York City voters turned out in the November 2021 general election than in any other mayoral election in nearly seven decades.” Guess which borough had the highest turnout.
It’s one thing for Riverside Park to compete with Central Park, but Chapultepec Park in Mexico City? An Australian TikToker had the temerity to call Central Park “a lame version of Chapultepec…then complained that the only food she found there was pretzels, which she said were ‘the driest thing in the world, more like cardboard than food,'” the Mexico News Daily reported. (The pretzels have been disappointing.)
Upper West Sider Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Angels in America,” wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, opening Friday, December 10th. “Spielberg first proposed the project to Kushner over breakfast in 2014 at Cafe Luxembourg, a stalwart bistro on West 70th Street,” wrote The New York Times. “‘I went home and said to [my husband], You’re not going to believe this. He’s lost his mind. He wants to do ‘West Side Story,” Kushner recalls.
A young couple candidly admits the Upper West Side is a transitional stop on their way from Gramercy to New Jersey, but they’re loving the neighborhood while they’re here, they told Brick Underground. But 51 stories at $5,000 a month? “It’s worth it,” they say. “We love going to Lincoln Center and enjoy being near Columbus Circle, which has great stores.” Wonder where they’re living?
Finally, the latest supply-chain shortage to hit the city is a stunner: “the schmear,” The New York Times reported, or, more precisely, the cream cheese base bagel shops use to make their unique version of the essential spread. “All over New York City, bagel makers say, a schmear shortage is threatening one of the most treasured local delicacies: a fresh bagel with cream cheese….Scott Goldshine, the general manager at Zabar’s, estimated on Friday that he had enough to last 10 days….Absolute Bagels has enough cream cheese to last until Thursday….”