By Carol Tannenhauser
February 14, 2022 Weather: Mostly clear, high of 26 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
ConEd bills surged in January and New York State Governor Kathy Hochul “urged electric company Con Edison to review their billing practices after some businesses and households saw their monthly bill increase up to 300%. ‘The changes in customer bills are mainly due to the supply cost of energy, and principally the increased cost of natural gas,’ said Philip O’Brien, assistant director of media relations at Con Edison,” amNew York reported.
The fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is premiering on Friday, February 18. Considering it’s been two years since we last saw the award-winning show about an UWS housewife-turned-stand-up-comic in the 1960s, The Forward provides a detailed recap. [Click on links to read full stories.] “Through each season, the characters on the show have slowly broken out of their manicured lives…it looks like the drama will be high. Abe and Rose are returning to the Upper West Side — via moving in with Midge, which ensures a solid quotient of Jewish nagging and chic outfits both.”
It was a shocking sight we reported last month: a heavy chain stretched across a church entrance bearing the sign “No Trespassing.” The New York Post picked up the story. “The First Baptist Church at the corner of West 79th Street and Broadway was forced to violate the cardinal rule of Christianity – forgive those who trespass against us – following violent attacks against at least five people and the constant presence over the past year of homeless men living in squalor on the steps.”
Councilmember Gale Brewer’s concern about the effect of “dark stores” on neighborhood bodegas is shared in Berlin, which saw the trend toward rapid-delivery services emerge months before NYC, The New York Times reported. “In communities where deliveries are made, some residents fear losing a sense of place. Kaja Santro, a web developer and lifelong Berliner, is concerned that delivery services like Gorillas may threaten the city’s spätkaufs, Berlin’s equivalent to bodegas, since they sell items stocked in their own warehouses, unlike regular grocery services. “If you stay in and order from Gorillas, you won’t participate in your neighborhood,” Ms. Santro said.
Fordham University has chosen Tania Tetlow, the first layperson and woman, to be its new president, Fordham News reported. ” I grew up in New Orleans, but Fordham is the reason that I exist. My parents met there as graduate students and got married, and I was born in New York,” said Tetlow, whose father was a Jesuit for 17 years before leaving the order to start a family. “Fordham loomed large in my family. It was an institution of breathtaking excellence in the most exciting city in the world.”
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park is re-opening on Friday, February 18, after being closed since March of 2020, TimeOut announced. “The iconic destination, known for hosting marionette productions based on children’s classics, will celebrate its relaunch with the presentation of an entirely new and original show, Wake Up, Daisy! The show, a modern take on Sleeping Beauty set on the Upper West Side, tells the story of Daisy, a New York City girl who lives in an apartment overlooking Central Park.”
Finally, it’s nice when something lives up to its hype, and Charles Pan-Fried Chicken does, according to Robert Sietsema in Eater, “I felt like this batch, and every previous one that I’ve tasted from [Charles] Gabriel, has demonstrated a gradual evolution in his technique, an incremental advancement in the science of chicken frying. This version featured a slightly thicker and crisper skin than before. And as I sit here, I can’t help but think I’ve just eaten the best fried chicken I’ll ever have, and am torn between rushing back for another serving, or retaining this meal in my imagination as a sort of platonic ideal of chicken.”
Happy Valentine’s Day to all who observe!
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