December 27, 2021 Weather: Chance of snow, with a high of 36 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
“COVID-19 is spreading across New York City at a faster rate than at any other point during the pandemic, including the deadly first wave between March-April 2020 that brought the city to a virtual standstill,” AMNY reported. “Yet the current situation is not nearly as grave as it was then. Hospitalizations and deaths, while trending upward, are holding steadily lower, according to the latest data from the city’s Health Department. Omicron is causing numerous breakthrough infections among vaccinated New Yorkers, but the vast majority of these cases are proving to be mild because of the vaccines they previously received.”
The Covid wave led to cancellations of many performances, including performances of a holiday classic at Lincoln Center, The Nutcracker, the Times reported. “The company has worked hard to bring back the holiday favorite under difficult circumstances. It turned to a cast of dancers 12 and older — it typically casts younger, smaller children as its angels, soldiers and mice, and for its party scene — since only children of those ages were eligible for vaccinations when rehearsals began in the fall.” They hope to resume on Dec. 28.
In a rare honor for a non New Yorker, the intersection of West 95th Street and Riverside Drive will be renamed “Shimon Peres Place,” according to the Jerusalem Post. “Peres, who died in 2016, served three times as Israel’s prime minister in addition to serving as president of the country from 2007 to 2014. In 1949, he and his wife Sonia and their young daughter moved to an apartment on the corner of West 95th Street and Riverside while Peres studied at New York University and the New School.”
Wildlife is thriving in NYC, according to CNN, and it isn’t an accident. “The upsurge in wildlife is a byproduct of extensive environmental advocacy and federal legislation aimed at protecting natural habitats. The creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 along with federal legislation, like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, made huge strides for cleaning up cities like New York and controlling pollution….In 2015, [New York City’s branch of the Audubon Society] logged 4,264 birds of 55 different species in Central Park. Five years later in 2020, Central Park’s numbers increased by nearly 50% to 6,357 birds of 59 different species.”
— The Village Sun (@TheVillageSun) December 22, 2021
Check out the publications featured (above) in a mailing by local State Senator Brad Hoylman, who introduced a bill to bolster small news outlets, as explained by the Village Sun online news site.
Just pulled a drowned rat out of our toilet and am pretty sure I can finally call myself a New Yorker.
— Rachel Brosnahan (@RachelBros) December 21, 2021
Not just a New Yorker, Rachel, an Upper West Sider. Rats are us. But you gotta learn how to complain! Season 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, in which Brosnahan stars as an UWS housewife turned stand-up comic, starts on February 18th. “It’s 1960 and change is in the air. Looking to hone her act, Midge finds a gig with total creative freedom. But her commitment to her craft – and the places it takes her – creates a rift between her and the family and friends around her,” Digital Spy reported, with lots of details, including that “potential love interest Lenny Bruce will be coming back to the stand-up scene.”
Finally, there is still time to sign up for the New York Road Runner’s Midnight Run in Central Park. “With a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., this four-mile run will start at the stroke of midnight with a fireworks show to accompany the start of the race and of 2022.” Details are here.
Happy New Year! See you in 2022!