By Carol Tannenhauser
April 11, 2022
Weather: Generally clear. High of 58 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
The Bulletin photographs are a study in contrasts (in other words, we couldn’t decide). The first, by Jane Feldman, came with the deluge of cherry blossom photos we received on demand. We put up as many as we could, but they just keep coming. (Thanks!) The ever-growing thread Rag readers created is definitely worth a look. Judy Dresher’s photograph came with our request for Bulletin possibilities, sent by her husband Ben Orlove. Send your photos to email@example.com.
“Long-distance runner Oz Pearlman broke the record for most miles ever run around Central Park,” cbsny reported. “Pearlman ran 16 loops, which is about 116 miles! He set the mark late Friday night as part of a fundraiser for the people of Ukraine.” The New York Times had more details.
Speaking of Central Park, there’s a tidbit in the Wahpeton Daily News (darn pay wall!) in Wahpeton, North Dakota, proving once again that New York is the standard against which all else is measured. This story describes how “Chahinkapa Park in Wahpeton compares favorably” to Central Park. For example, “A historic carousel attracts riders of all ages in Central Park. So does the 1926 Prairie Rose Carousel, one of 150 restored antique carousels in the country in Chahinkapa Park…” and “The Beatles offered a concert in Central Park in February 1964. We are fortunate to listen to Kroshus and Krew and the Community Band outdoor concerts in Chahinkapa Park during Music in the Park.”
One more Central Park item: “New Zealand promoter Liberty Stage today announced that it is recreating one of the most famous music events in history, Simon & Garfunkel – The Concert in Central Park, according to Scoop Culture. “On the 40th Anniversary of the concert and release of the multi-platinum selling album, a group of acclaimed and award-winning New Zealand songwriters and artists will perform the music from that very special concert….arguably the first major rock event of the 1980s.”
Michael Minn is “a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois, teaching classes in geographic information systems. He also writes essays about NYC and the UWS. Here’s a link to some interesting reading. “At numerous points in her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, [urban activist] Jane Jacobs refers to Manhattan’s Upper West Side (UWS) as a “failed” neighborhood….This essay describes the history that led to the “failed” neighborhood of Jacobs’ time and the subsequent events that transformed the neighborhood into one of New York City’s most expensive residential areas.”
Finally, “Booo….. It’s back…..” wrote a reader referring to the crane at the site of the contested development at 50 West 66th Street. “After shutting down the site for over 2 1/2 years, Extell has begun preparations to resume construction. [They have] permits and can build at their own risk,” explained Chris Giordano, president of the 64-67 Streets Block Association. The risk is they’ll lose Landmark West’s zoning challenge, which was heard in the New York State Appellate Court on April 6. “You can read the reply brief from Landmark West’s lawyer here. You can read Extell’s brief here. And to review the history of Landmark West’s filings in this matter on behalf of the community click here. A decision is expected from the court within 3 to 4 weeks.”
A Ziessen Pesach and Happy Easter! And Ramadan Mubarak!