June 26, 2023
Morning thunderstorms, a few may be severe; high 78 degrees
There are no Community Board 7 meetings in July or August, except for a Preservation Committee meeting on August 10.
News & Views
By Carol Tannenhauser
“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” — Benjamin Franklin, 1789
I would add to Franklin’s list of certainties: the New York Post vis-à-vis its restaurant review entitled, “Central Park Boathouse dining is back — and it’s very bad,” by Steve Cuozzo. The new operators of the Loeb Boathouse — Legends (of Yankee Stadium) — have opened a to-go, patio cafe in time for summer, while the main dining room overlooking the lake is being renovated. At this point, I’m still relieved and grateful that the Boathouse is open at all. It is an iconic symbol of Central Park and the Upper West Side, and having it close — twice in the past few years — was dispiriting when our collective spirits seemed tenuous at best. So, boo, to the Post and Cuozzo, who, granted, had an unusual experience, but didn’t need to be so snide about it: “Some of the counter crew must start their day by getting stoned at Weed World. My $12 cheeseburger had lettuce, tomato, onion slices and ‘secret sauce’ nicely layered on the potato bun. The only thing missing was the burger and the cheese — a first in my many years of reporting on restaurant fiascos. Perhaps the ghostburger was a vegan prankster’s joke. ‘Oops!’ they laughed when I returned and exchanged it for an actual cheeseburger that, while complete, was far from satisfying. The flavor-free, mystery-meat patty, if you must know, was almost as thin as the paper-thin cheese on top. Shouldn’t a cheeseburger be a no-brainer at a place like this?”
By the way, rowboat rentals are available. “Those hoping to take one of the 100 available boats for a spin on the Lake will pay $25 an hour, up from $20 last year,” the Daily News reported. “Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis, but online bookings will soon also be available through OpenTable. There is a maximum allowance of four people per boat and children under 12 have to wear life jackets.”
NY1 offered a tribute to the Beacon Theatre and overview of some past shows: “Zach Williams is a Grammy-winning artist who won two years ago for a duet with the legendary Dolly Parton. The singer and songwriter [brought] his ‘A Hundred Highways’ tour to the Beacon Theatre on Sunday [June 25]….Over the years, many greats have graced the stage, from John Mellencamp to Tom Jones, Carlos Santana to David Bromberg, and on the comedy side, Jerry Seinfeld. The Beacon Theatre opened in 1929 as a movie palace. It now features the Sphere Immersive Sound system, billed as the world’s most advanced concert audio system. Trey Anastasio of Phish broke it in during his performances there last year.”
If you think noise is just an annoyance, The New York Times writes otherwise in an article that explains how and why noise can hurt your health and shorten your life. “It is a largely unrecognized health threat that is increasing the risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attacks worldwide, including for more than 100 million Americans….Unpleasant noise enters your body through your ears, but it is relayed to the stress detection center in your brain. This area, called the amygdala, triggers a cascade of reactions in your body. If the amygdala is chronically overactivated by noise, the reactions begin to produce harmful effects.”
Finally, although the Central Park Tower, located on West 57th Street, is below our purview, it towers above us wherever we go about our daily lives. At 1,550 feet, it is the tallest residential building in the world. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like inside, a visiting Business Insider reporter provides insight: “The building is just over a mile away from the humble 300-square-foot one-bedroom apartment my partner and I rent for $3,400 per month — but it felt like an entirely different planet up in the clouds….I went up to a staged five-bedroom apartment on floor 113. On the way up, a wave of nausea hit me, and my ears popped — that’s how high off the ground we were.”
Have a great week!