Monday, February 27, 2023
A 40 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m. Increasing clouds, with a high near 40. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advsiory in our area from 6 p.m. this evening to 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Our calendar has lots of local events! Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to look.
The Community Board 7 Health & Human Services Committee is meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. On the agenda is discussion of a Safe Haven (a type of homeless shelter) coming to 106-108 West 83rd Street. You can register for the meeting here.
By Carol Tannenhauser
As I updated Monday Bulletin, I flashed on days flying off a calendar as they did in old movies to denote the passage of time. Are we really on the verge of March? What will spring bring after this mostly mild, snowless winter? My friend wrote me that it hailed in Los Angeles last week.
Rupert Murdoch is moving to our side of town. The media mogul is buying a place in Hampshire House on Central Park South for around $30 million, according to the Wall Street Journal (which Murdoch owns). The apartment belonged to the late hedge-fund founder, Julian H. Robertson Jr., and, before him, philanthropist Alice Tully, for whom a concert hall at Lincoln Center is named. “The full-floor co-op spans about 6,500 square feet,” the Journal wrote, “and has a 38-foot-long living room with roughly 18-foot ceilings, and three arched doors that open onto a terrace overlooking Central Park.”
Murdoch will be able to see the Dakota on W. 72nd Street and Central Park West, but not one of its most famous residents, Yoko Ono. According to the New York Post, Ono is “the latest to say she’s done with New York City.” More accurately, she is ailing and “choosing to spend the rest of her life on a rural upstate New York farm that she and her late husband, John Lennon, purchased together in 1978,” according to the Daily Mail. Two weeks ago, to commemorate her 90th birthday, more than 50 artists and fans gathered at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park “to take part in ‘Morning Piece for Yoko Ono,’ a 1960s-style art happening that doubled as a celebration,” wrote The New York Times. “Many of those who showed up said they had become aware of Ms. Ono decades ago, around the time when she was newly married to John Lennon and the Beatles were breaking up.”
I had, too, but she reentered my consciousness in 2018, when she designed six mosaics for the subway station at W. 72nd Street and Central Park West. They cover the walls with 973 square feet of blue, cloud-filled sky, embedded with hopeful messages, such as “Imagine Peace” and “Dream.” The first time I saw them, I was so grateful to Ono, who had also helped create Strawberry Fields in Central Park at 72nd Street as a memorial to John Lennon, who was killed in front of the Dakota in December 1980. “She invited countries from all over the world to contribute plants as well as stones to create an international garden of peace,” wrote the Central Park Conservancy. “Ono’s idea was shaped by her own work as a conceptual artist as well as her knowledge that Lennon would not have wanted a traditional memorial in the form of a statue.”
Perceptions change with time, along with days, months, seasons, and climates. I admire Yoko Ono’s fortitude, generosity, and grace. She will always be a New Yorker and Upper West Sider to me.
See you in March.