July 3, 2023
Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. High 83 degrees.
The New York City Department of Sanitation announced there will be no trash, recycling or compost collection on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, Independence Day. For questions about sanitation services and holiday schedules contact 311 or visit nyc.gov/sanitation.
By Carol Tannenhauser
Congestion pricing passed its final federal hurdle, and New York is poised to become the first city in the nation to implement a congestion pricing program “designed to collect billions of dollars to fund mass transit while discouraging drivers from jamming up Midtown Manhattan,” according to The New York Times. But how will it actually work? What will the tolls cost? Will there be exceptions and accommodations? And what about the question that’s concerning Upper West Siders: “What if people seeking to avoid tolls decide to drive as close as possible to the tolling zone, park their cars and finish their trip via public transit? Could this worsen a parking shortage at the edge of the congestion pricing zone,” namely, the Upper West Side? Answers here.
The hardest restaurant to get into these days, according to Eater food critic Robert Sietsema is…The Restaurant at Gilder. “Not aware of it?” Sietsema asks. “It perches on the second floor of the American Museum of Natural History’s new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. The cave-like entrance to the center (dubbed the ‘exploration atrium’) looks like an ancient cliff-dweller’s apartment complex with yawning windows. The restaurant is only open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so expect to dine at peak museum hours.” Read his review for more information.
Pickleball is making news again and it’s not good. First, Forbes reported that “Americans will spend between $250 million and $500 million in costs tied to pickleball injuries this year.” Who’s driving the breaks and tears and pulls and sprains? “According to one study….[t]he sport has become ‘an increasingly important cause of injury’ for seniors…” Then, there’s pickleball noise: “The incessant pop-pop-pop of the fast-growing sport has brought on a nationwide scourge of unneighborly clashes, petitions, calls to the police and lawsuits, with no solution in sight,” wrote The New York Times. “Two factors — the high pitch of a hard paddle slamming a plastic ball and the erratic, often frantic rhythm of the smacks — contribute to its uncanny ability to drive [those who live nearby] crazy.”
Finally, this last item from NPR has nothing to do with the Upper West Side, but begged to be shared: “Nassim Haddad was born laughing. ‘Everybody [is] born crying. I was born laughing. I am always laughing,’ he says. He laughed even when his restaurant al-Tannour was destroyed after the Lebanese civil war broke out in 1975. He soon began rebuilding and opened Chez Nassim, a shop serving Middle Eastern desserts like baklava, knafeh and more. The store still stands today. NPR contributor Ari Daniel is married to Haddad’s cousin.” Read “How to Laugh in the Face of Calamity” here.
Have a great week!