By Carol Tannenhauser
February 21, 2022 Weather: Generally clear, high of 47 degrees.
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A year-long, 17-member task force at the prestigious and elite private school Collegiate on W. 61st between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive produced a 413-page report meant to address the school’s “problems with racism and intolerance.” It resulted in the redesign of the school’s 400-year-old mascot, The New York Times reported. “A main objection to the mascot was that it was known to many as ‘Peg Leg Pete’ and widely believed to represent Peter Stuyvesant, the wooden-legged 17th-century Dutch leader of New Amsterdam whose legacy has come under growing criticism because of his ownership of slaves, support for slavery and antisemitic policies.” It also presented “a crude depiction of a disability.”
“An Upper West Side middle school is facing a tempest from parents after staging a play that warned that unvaccinated kids would not have friends,” the New York Post reported. “The show at MS 243 Center School on 84th Street and Columbus Avenue featured around 10 fifth-to eighth-graders swaying back and forth while belting out lyrics to the tune of ’80s hit ‘The Safety Dance,’ including: ‘It’s safe to vax/and if your friends don’t vax/ then they ain’t no friends of mine.'”…An angry parent called it “discrimination and bullying.”
Perhaps spurred by the deadly fire in the Bronx last month, “the City took action against Jacob Weinreb, the landlord of seven buildings on the UWS [with] over 200 building violations, nearly two dozen issued by the Fire Department,” The Real Deal reported. “‘At 51 West 86th Street, the owner put up scaffolding 15 years ago to fix the building’s hazardous facade, according to CBS. “But in all that time, residents said, the repairs had not been done.” Weinreb also made news in 2013, when he was sued for refusing to put both names of a gay married couple on a lease,” the Daily News added.
In another real estate lawsuit, developer Miki Naftali is suing the lone remaining tenant of a penthouse apartment at 215 West 84th Street (Amsterdam and Broadway), which Naftali bought last summer for around $70 million, planning to convert it to condominiums. He claims the tenant is refusing to leave “’for the sole purpose of delaying the project to cause financial harm’ to Naftali,” The Real Deal wrote. “The developer said the delays have cost it $25 million in lost rent and profits.” The holdout tenant has lived there since 2007, on a month-to-month lease since 2017.
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