By Carol Tannenhauser
Monday, April 25, 2022, Partly cloudy. High around 61 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events! Attention is always paid to the WSR newsboy, but don’t overlook the stalwart events lady in the upper righthand corner. She holds the latest happenings in the neighborhood, updated every Monday.
The Anibal Aviles playground was selected by the Community Parks Initiative as one of ten city parks that will receive capital improvements. There will be a meeting to discuss ideas for the playground today, Monday, April 25 at 6:30pm. Register here.
Martial Simon, the 61-year-old man who pushed Upper West Sider Michelle Alyssa Go to her death in a Times Square subway station in January, “will be sent to a locked psychiatric facility indefinitely, after prosecutors agreed Tuesday not to contest a finding that he is unfit to stand trial,” The New York Times reported. Simon has been suffering from schizophrenia since his 30s, according to his sister. “The brief hearing Tuesday at a Manhattan courthouse, at which Mr. Simon did not appear, puts his criminal case into suspension, the district attorney’s office said. If he is ever fit to stand trial, the case will resume.”
A second accident occurred in the waters of Central Park on Friday when a rowboat “tipped over in the [Lake] near Bow Bridge just before 1:30 pm. ‘A man, woman and small child all fell into the water and got trapped underneath the boat,’ a witness told PIX11 News. [A] concerned onlooker jumped into the water and helped get them to safety, according to the witness, who described the man as a ‘real hero.'”
More than 150 sites will participate in this year’s Open Streets program, including 21 new stretches of car-less road (no new ones on the UWS), the Department of Transportation announced on Friday. There’s a list of all the sites taking part in the city’s 2022 program and their hours on DOT’s site. “Dozens will be operating and/or have car-free programming in place by this weekend,” DOT said. “The rest will be up and running by summertime.” WSR will cover UWS Open Streets soon.
Scientists are turning Central Park into a climate lab “to research how the park is being impacted by climate change and to find new ways to protect the environment. CBSNY‘s Chris Wragge spoke with Central Park Conservancy Director of Research and Special Projects Salmaan Khan (below) about the new project.”
Finally, New York Social Diary reminds us that tomorrow — April 26, 2022 — is the 200th birthday of “landscape visionary” Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer (with Calvert Vaux) of Central Park and many other beloved public spaces. Thankfully, they instruct us how to dress for the gala birthday celebration taking place at the Loeb Boathouse tonight. “For our what to wear moment we shopped a lovely collection of floral frocks, reminiscent of spring blooms.” So get out your frocks, and let us know how it is!
There is also a photo-essay birthday tribute to Olmstead in The NY Times. “His parks helped sustain Americans’ mental and physical health and social connections during the darkest days of the pandemic. As Covid-19 lockdowns unlaced nearly every familiar aspect of life, parks were reaffirmed as respite, an escape from quarantine.”
See you in May!
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