December 20, 2021 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 37 degrees.
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The teenager accused of wielding the knife that killed Barnard student Tessa Majors in Morningside Park two years ago this month, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery, as well as to two prior robberies. Now 16, Rashaun Weaver was 14 years old at the time of the crime, but was charged as an adult. He faces 14 years to life in prison. “In a recorded conversation with his father, who was in prison, Mr. Weaver said that he stabbed Ms. Majors because ‘she was hanging on to her phone’ as the group tried to steal it,” The New York Times reported.
If you want to make a great holiday movie, you need a great set. “Your first step should be owning a Manhattan apartment. More specifically, an Upper West Side apartment, because nothing says Christmas in New York like pre-war buildings steps from Central Park or Lincoln Center.” The Real Deal allows you to act as your own location scout. “To jump-start your search, our Select Spaces team has made a list (and checked it twice) of five Upper West Side homes for sale now. Check out our choices…and live in the spirit of the holiday season all year long.”
Among the comedic “bests” of 2021 highlighted by The Times was “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” buoyed by one of the Upper West Side’s own. “No comedy that started in 2000 should still be this funny. Part of the reason for this feat is the consistently elite supporting performances, none more important than Susie Essman, who shined this year. Famous for her volcanic fury, she can do dry and understated just as well. I have not laughed louder at a television show this year than after hearing her say the word ‘caftan.'”
Simple as it sounds, one of the innovations of The Doe Fund (TDF) was lining city garbage cans with plastic bags, helping to stem the overflow of trash. The “men in blue,” as they’re called, not only fill the bags, but change and stack them for sanitation pickup. You’ve probably seen them working their way back from homelessness on Columbus Avenue, but did you know a Doe Fund truck comes every day, twice a day, to change the bags in cans on: W. 86th Street, from Central Park West to West End Avenue; W. 79th Street, from Amsterdam to West End Avenue; and W. 72nd Street, from Central Park West to West End Avenue? The Doe Fund has a new name for their workers: “firesouls.” You may be one, too. Click here to find out.
Finally, Bill de Blasio may get jeers in the West Side Rag comment section, but author Chris McNickle made a case for the outgoing mayor in an op-ed piece in the Daily News. “Despite his current unpopularity, history will remember him as a flawed but successful mayor,” McNickle wrote. One success story: “On the eve of his 2017 reelection, de Blasio announced his administration was ahead on its plan to preserve or build 200,000 affordable housing units. He upped the target to 300,000 by 2026. Despite COVID-related delays, the most ambitious affordable housing plan in New York City history is pretty much on track.”
Be nice. Santa’s watching.
Merry Christmas 🎄