Monday, September 18, 2023
Mostly Rainy. High 72 degrees.
Summer officially turns to fall on Sept. 23.
Our calendar has lots of local events! Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to check.
Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15, and the Upper West Side’s Ballet Hispanico (167 West 89th Street) will be hosting a variety of upcoming events in celebration. You can check out their calendar HERE.
By Gus Saltonstall
An elected official who represents Morningside Heights and part of the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly must complete an anti-harassment retraining following a months-long investigation, according to a letter written by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Longtime Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell must retake a “Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation” training, reported Columbia Spectator and Patch.
While the exact reason for the investigation has not been made public, the ruling comes four months after O’Donnell told Assemblymember Catalina Cruz to “grow a pair, honey,” during a committee meeting on May 23.
O’Donnell, who has not responded to the Rag or other news organizations that have requested comment, has 60 days to complete the training. A spokesperson from O’Donnell’s office did tell Columbia Spectator that the Assemblymember is “committed to maintaining better decorum during future engagements.”
A popular Upper West Side bar has been robbed multiple times by children, who are believed to be between eight and nine years old, according to multiple reports.
Steve Wiebe, the owner of Amsterdam Ale House, told CBS News that his local watering hole has been targeted multiple times over the summer by the same three young children, along with an adult who appears to stand outside as a spotter.
“They will literally get caught by one of us robbing the place and be back the next day. They just don’t care,” Wiebe said to CBS News.
Given the children’s age, NYPD would most likely not be able to file charges.
An Upper West Side townhouse that is over 130 years old and has a 33-foot-long indoor swimming pool has hit the market for $14.9 million. Originally constructed in 1891, the townhouse on West 70th Street has six floors, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, wooden staircases, and an elevator.
The home was built by Gilbert Schellenger, who designed dozens of buildings on the Upper West Side and throughout the city. The West 70th Street townhouse is 20-feet wide and has a total of 8,500 square feet.
If you weren’t already sold, the basement is referred to as the lower spa level, which comes with the 33-foot, six-foot deep lap pool, a jacuzzi, and a steam shower. It is also an ozone pool system, meaning it doesn’t require chlorine. For those curious on what the monthly real estate tax would be on the impressive property: the answer is $7,414.
You can check out photos from the listing HERE.
As the migrant crisis continues to develop in New York City, the New York Times published a deep dive on September 14 into the “unthinkable” boom in people choosing to travel through Panama’s dangerous Darien Gap, part of the only land route from South America into the United States.
The article, ‘A Ticket to Disney’? Politicians Charge Millions to Send Migrants to U.S.’, also examines the profits made by local leaders in towns near the entrance point of the route.
So far in 2023, more than 360,000 people have crossed the jungle in the direction of the United States, already surpassing last year’s record-breaking figure of almost 250,000, the Times reported. This April, the United States, Colombia, and Panama signed an agreement to “end the illicit movement of people” through the Darien Gap.
Stopping the movement has proved more challenging than expected, though. The Times breaks down the different forces at play in the migration, the parties that benefit, and the local economies it is revitalizing in Central America.
You can read the full story HERE.
The popular hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, which includes Upper West Side native Michael Diamond (Mike D), had a street co-named after them in Lower Manhattan this past week. The Lower East Side intersection of Ludlow and Rivington is officially now co-named Beastie Boys Square.
Diamond has previously said he was raised by a “Barney Greengrass family,” referencing the iconic Upper West Side bagel shop.
In May, Diamond’s childhood home at the El Dorado building on the Upper West Side sold for $14.99 million. Other celebs to have called the building home include Alec Baldwin and Bono.
The New Yorker’s most recent online edition featured a profile on Breaking Ground, a nonprofit that develops and operates housing for the homeless, and the group that oversees operations at the recently opened West 83rd Street Safe Haven.
The article tells the story of multiple formerly homeless people that have gotten housing at a Brooklyn Breaking Ground facility and the case managers and other employees that work at the nonprofit.
“Jessica’s newly renovated studio apartment looked pristine, and its triple-paned windows replaced the din of the Manhattan Bridge subway traffic with suctioning silence,” The New Yorker writes about the Breaking Ground facility. “Like all the supportive-housing apartments in the building, it was furnished with a full-sized bed, a small table, and two chairs. There were built-in shelves and drawers in an enormous closet, and a ‘welcome box,’ containing bedding, kitchen and cleaning supplies, and toiletries.”
Formerly homeless residents began moving into the 83rd Street Safe Haven run by Breaking Ground at the beginning of August.
For those interested in how Breaking Ground runs its facilities as its new Upper West Side facility continues to fill its 108 beds, you can read the New Yorker piece HERE.
To receive WSR’s free email newsletter, click here.