By Carol Tannenhauser
March 7, 2022 Weather: Cloudy early with afternoon showers, high of 71 degrees!
Our calendar has lots of local events!
A new term has entered the lexicon. “Maskhole” turned up in a New York Post story about the potential for teasing now that masks have become optional in schools, including private schools such as Collegiate for boys on the UWS. “’The School will not tolerate any comments regarding someone’s personal decision either to wear or not wear a mask,’ said David Lourie, the head of [Collegiate] in a note to parents. ‘Please speak to your son in advance about respecting the choices of others, as no one knows another’s personal circumstances.’”
As the discussion about shelters and supportive housing heats up in the neighborhood with the revelation of a new facility coming to W. 97th Street, Patch describes the positive results such facilities can bring. The West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH) opened a combined transitional shelter/permanent affordable residence for low-income seniors on W. 108th (Columbus and Amsterdam) in November, after years of controversy. “Diane Holt’s life went from disaster to dream in just a moment when she found [her] new home, Holt, 63, told Patch. ‘It’s a new beginning on life…The place is beautiful, it is like a dream for me.'”
The other extreme is the highest man-made point on the Upper West Side: the duplex penthouse atop 200 Amsterdam, the building that never stops making “news.” This time it’s the offering of the building’s Penthouse Collection, described and displayed in YIMBY, including the premier model with its 116-foot-long, 20-foot-wide, floor-to-ceiling windows through which to view the views. According to the broker, “no luxury or expense was spared.” Click the link for details and photographs.
The UWS registered one-third of all helicopter-noise complaints last year, the Daily News reported. In the service of her district — Council Member Gale Brewer took a tour on one of the flights that have “angered her constituents for years. It hovered over, among other NYC attractions, Central Park. “I yelled out to the people with me, ‘Is anyone here from New York?’ Nobody. Just two tourists from Washington state who said they didn’t like the city’s COVID regulations….If you want to see the Statue of Liberty, just go out and take the boat,” Brewer added.
Citywide there were 25,821 helicopter noise complaints submitted to 311. 21,620 of those came from Manhattan, and 8,463 from the Upper West Side.
These complaints doubled citywide from 2020 to 2021, and went up 8 times in the Upper West Side. https://t.co/64hegXOflo
— Gale A. Brewer (@galeabrewer) March 6, 2022
Finally, the saga of the Teddy Roosevelt statue is not over. Plans to relocate it to North Dakota have hit a snag. According to Hyperallergic, the statue’s not wanted by Indigenous leaders there, either….[and] a group of more than 140 artists, scholars, and art critics have signed a petition calling on New York City to reverse its decision….[It] urges the city to consider melting down, recycling, or disposing of the monument, whose composition implies racial hierarchies, calling its planned transfer to North Dakota a ‘mistake’ that ‘only compounds the harms stemming from the statue’s racist message.’”
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