Monday, August 21, 2023
Mostly Cloudy. High 89 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events! Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to check.
There will be a free jazz concert in Dante Park (64th and Broadway) on Wednesday, August 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Seven-string jazz guitarist Ron Jackson will perform with his acclaimed trio. Under-$5 refreshments available.
By Carol Tannenhauser
Controversy followed the release last week of the trailer for “Maestro,” the Netflix biopic about the legendary conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein, who lived in the Dakota at West 72nd Street. The film will be presented on October 2nd at the New York Film Festival in Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, led by Bernstein from 1958-1969. According to the Associated Press, the trailer revealed that Bradley Cooper, who stars in and directed the film, wears a “prominent” prosthetic nose to portray Bernstein, who was Jewish. “To some, Cooper’s nose in the trailer seemed like the kind of outsized caricature that has been a regular feature of Jewish portrayals throughout film history,” the AP wrote. “The nonprofit group Stop Antisemitism called it ‘sickening.'” Bernstein’s three children released a statement in support of Cooper, saying, “Bradley chose to use makeup to amplify his resemblance, and we’re perfectly fine with that. We’re also certain that our dad would have been fine with it as well.” “Maestro” is scheduled to arrive December 20 on Netflix and will be shown in select theaters starting November 22.
An alleged sexual predator was indicted last Tuesday for attempting to rape a woman in Riverside Park and sexually assaulting two others in June and July, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Jhonatan Cortes-Lopez, 21, was charged with attempted rape, sexual abuse, and assault. He has been remanded to Rikers Island, meaning he cannot post bail to be released at this time. Earlier this month, a suspect in another sexual assault in Riverside Park, Tachiem Noubissi Luc, 39, was indicted on charges including attempted rape, robbery, sexual abuse, and assault. A Manhattan District Attorney spokesperson told WSR that bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond and surrender of his passport. He is currently being held on Rikers Island, according to the Department of Correction. WSR covered the attacks here.
“A mother of three who was critically injured when a massive tree fell on her in Central Park six years ago has reached a $5.5 million settlement with the city and companies that cared for the tree,” Gothamist reported. “Anne Monoky was walking through the park with her three young sons on Aug. 15, 2017 when a 75-foot-tall tree suddenly fell on them near Central Park West and West 62nd Street, leaving her ‘completely immobilized,’ according to her attorneys at the time….The kids, who were a month old, 2 and 4 at the time, also suffered multiple injuries, with the 2-year-old sustaining a brain hemorrhage and a concussion.” WSR covered the accident here.
Upper West Sider and founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa was arrested after blocking the road while protesting outside the new 1,000-bed Creedmoor Psychiatric Center migrant tent facility in Queens Village last Wednesday night, according to QNS. Creedmor is run by New York State, which Sliwa was quick to point out. “This is the New York state psychiatric facility for residents of New York, for American citizens who need to be healed,” he said. “Make use of Creedmoor for what it was built to do — to help people with mental health care issues, not house illegal aliens.” Formed by Sliwa and 12 volunteers in New York City in 1979, “the [Guardian Angels] rode the subways to conduct safety patrols,” according to its website. They are still active in over 130 cities.
Artificial Intelligence made its pronouncement about the best neighborhoods in which to live in New York City, according to Breaking Latest News, and guess what’s number one? AI figured out what we all know: “Located along the western edge of Central Park, the Upper West Side is a paradise for culture lovers. It offers renowned museums, cozy cafes, and tree-lined streets, making it a family-friendly oasis in the heart of Manhattan.”
Finally, August has been found! After some organizational difficulties, we have located Mildred Alpern’s poem for August. You may remember that Mildred was working on her “Calendar Project” for the Rag — a poem and photographs for every month — when she died unexpectedly in April at the age of 91. Her son discovered that she had completed the project in advance and sent us the remaining months, but August was missing. We feared it was gone forever when, lo and behold, it resurfaced!
By Mildred Alpern
August has some sweltering days
When temperatures run high
But then a sudden thunderclap
Brings raindrops from the sky
They run in rivulets so fierce
In streets, on windshields too
Umbrellas are a common sight
As passersby fly through
The drenching wet cools off the heat
And brings a brief respite
It freshens air and bathes the flowers
With dewdrops sparkly bright
Have a great week!
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