Monday, September 25, 2023
More rain ☹️ High 60 degrees.
Summer officially turned to fall on September 23.
Our calendar has lots of local events. Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to check.
Yom Kippur, in the Hebrew Year 5784, began Sunday at sundown and ends Monday at nightfall.
The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group and Columbus Amsterdam BID will co-host an illustrated talk by architectural and urban historian Alexander Wood on Wednesday, September 27, about the technological changes that transformed construction in New York City.
By Gus Saltonstall
The local news family in New York City is a small one, and one of the very best publications serving the five boroughs could use a hand. THE CITY is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital news site that delivers daily local journalism to New Yorkers on a variety of topics, including education, the economy, transportation, housing, the environment, and public safety. It’s smart and well written and shares its content freely with other publications. The Rag often republishes stories from THE CITY relevant to the Upper West Side.
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In a bit of neighborhood pride, an Upper West Side eatery was recently named among the best restaurants in the United States by The New York Times. Last week, The Times included Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi on its annual list of the 50 best restaurants in the country.
The American-Caribbean eatery, located at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, opened roughly a year ago, and has quickly collected a list of stellar reviews and praise. The restaurant is led by Onwuachi, who has run eateries in Washington, D.C., and California, and also competed in the popular TV show “Top Chef.”
Onwuachi was previously named the “Rising Star Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Awards.
“…the menu.. pays sincere and doting attention to oxtails, egusi soup, Cosmic Brownies and other foods that don’t usually make it into expensive restaurants in New York.” The New York Times food critic, Pete Wells, wrote about the UWS eatery, stating there is…”suspicion that Tatiana is that very rare creature, an important restaurant that knows how to party.”
Good luck getting a reservation.
It might not be as exciting as spotting a rare bird or butterfly, but a special monarch did go fluttering through Central Park last week. Prince William, the heir to the British throne, went for a jog in the iconic Manhattan green space on September 19th.
William was in town to attend the Earthshot Prize Annual Innovation Summit, where he helped hand out prize money to 15 finalists honored for their environmental initiatives.
“I decided to join the hordes of New Yorkers during their morning routine,” William told the New York Post about his Central Park jog. “It was wonderful waking up in New York on a sunny morning rather than the rain we had yesterday.”
William’s New York City trip also included pulling oysters from the Hudson River and talking with the United Nations Secretary General. (Thanks to Gretchen.)
Dozens of orchestra members of the New York City Ballet took to the streets last week to rally in front of Lincoln Center for changes to their contract and healthcare. The rally, which took place Tuesday, the same day that the ballet company opened its 75th season, followed months of unsuccessful negotiations with leadership.
“Our players in the New York City Ballet orchestra need to feed their families,” Sara Cutler, a harpist who is also the president of Local 802, which represents the orchestra’s union, told Gothamist. “They need to give their families health care. That’s it!”
The musicians were furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic, from June 2020 to September 2021 — at which point they returned to an agreed-upon 15% pay cut.
The musician’s union “has chosen to launch an aggressive public relations campaign that includes many inaccurate and misleading statements,” the New York City Ballet told Gothamist.
The musicians added that, while they understood the pay cut in 2021, since then, ticket prices have gone up and patrons have returned — but their wages have remained stagnant.
Fittingly, the musicians played “For the Love of Money” by The O’Jays during Tuesday’s upper West Side protest. “After the protest wound down, the musicians headed into the theater to perform in “Jewels,” Gothamist reported.
Mayor Eric Adams was stationed outside of Gray’s Papaya last week, but the talking point wasn’t well-priced hot dogs — it was the war on rats and how it connects to trash.
Adams, along with New York City Sanitation Department Commissioner Jessica Tisch, announced a proposed rule stating that all commercial trash must be in a secure, lidded container beginning on March 1, 2024. The proposal follows an announcement earlier in the summer of an expansion of containerization rules aimed at getting black trash bags off sidewalks.
“We’ve declared that rats are Public Enemy Number One — but we’re not stopping there; we’re also going after the black trash bags that litter our streets, aiding and abetting rodents,” Adams said. Rat sightings are down 20 percent this summer compared to 2022, and down 45 percent in the city’s special Rat Mitigation Zones, according to the mayor’s office.
Gray’s Papaya was lauded for its trash control on the busy West 72nd Street corner.
Did you know that some landlords set a weight limit for prospective tenants? Luckily, though, not for the human kind. It’s big dogs that are the targets of rejection when seeking New York City rentals, as one couple found out the hard way when they and their two great danes were turned down by 27 landlords.
“Probably the most fraught setting for big dogs in city apartments is the elevator,” The New York Times reported.
“For Kathleen Klech, who lives on the Upper West Side, teaching her 120-pound cane corso, Buttercup, to sit immediately upon entering the elevator was essential for preventing unneighborly conduct.
Otherwise, “she’ll put her nose in your grocery bag and eat your steak,” Ms. Klech, 65, said. “But I’ve had dachshunds who did that, too..”
That’s it for now. For those fasting, 6:48 p.m. is sundown. To all, have a great week!
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