Monday, October 2, 2023
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Upper West Side News
By Gus Saltonstall
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio enjoyed himself on the Upper West Side at the end of last month as he was spotted in a three-hour make-out session with a “mysterious woman” at the Empire Rooftop bar on West 63rd Street, reported the New York Post.
De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray announced their separation in July, even though they will continue to live together. A staff member at the popular Empire Hotel told the Post that de Blasio and the unidentified woman regularly visit the bar together “at least three times a week.”
For those interested, the New York Post provided a sports-like breakdown of the former mayor’s unabashed display of public affection.
A sea lion had quite the change in her daily activities on Friday. The record-setting amount of rain that fell across the five boroughs caused the plaza where the sea lion pool is located within the Central Park Zoo to flood, allowing one of the animals to swim out of her pool and “explore the area.”
The Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Central Park Zoo, released a statement on Friday about the brief escape.
“Zoo staff monitored the sea lion as she explored the area before returning to the familiar surroundings of the pool and the company of the other two sea lions,” a spokesperson wrote. “The water levels have receded and the animals are contained in their exhibit. No staff or visitors were in danger and the sea lion remained inside the zoo, never breaking the zoo’s secondary perimeter.”
More than five inches of rain fell in Central Park on Friday, including a period of more than two inches in one hour — making it the second wettest 60 minutes in Central Park in the last 80 years.
The sea lion must have had some stories to tell to her animal friends.
Upper West Side Councilmember Gale Brewer had her own unexpected Friday experience due to the historic downpour. The longtime elected official got stuck on the 2 train for hours, as first reported by Patch.
“I have been on the #2 train at the W. 96th St. station for hours and I am not alone!” Brewer wrote on X Friday afternoon. “I have plenty of work and lots of constituents to talk to. I was on my way to City Hall for a 4 p.m. bill signing with NYC Mayor but it just got canceled! I am leaving now to go to District Office. Good announcements from MTA.”
The majority of train lines were either delayed or fully suspended on Friday. People online used Brewer’s post to question the communication, or lack thereof, from Mayor Eric Adam’s office regarding the storm. Adams did not address the public until noon on Friday.
The New York City Triathlon took place on Sunday, but it did not have its usual Upper West Side route. The nearly 2,000 people that competed did not start the race in customary fashion by jumping into the Hudson River.
Due to water-quality concerns following the rain and flooding on Friday, the swimming portion of the NYC Triathlon was canceled and the athletes kicked the race off on land. The competitors began with a short run, then a 25-mile bike ride, and finished with a 6.2 mile run through Central Park.
“Everyone trains for probably a year leading up to it and it’s iconic to be in the Hudson looking over and seeing New York City passing by you, so it is a little sad,” Upper West Sider Laura Dunn told CBS News.
The West Side Rag recently wrote about two instances where senior citizens in the neighborhood were targeted by scammers pretending their children or grandchildren were in trouble, and the New York Post just chronicled how criminals are using artificial intelligence to mimic voices.
There is a new phone scam where con artists are using AI “to stimulate a desperate child begging their parent for help.” An Upper West Side mom told the New York Post that she picked up the phone to what she thought was her 14-year-old daughter crying for help about getting arrested, before the call was transferred to a “police officer” who told her that she needed to deliver $15,500 to Manhattan Central Booking. “She went to the bank to withdraw the cash and was ready to go downtown when her daughter — who was really in school taking a chemistry exam — finally picked up her phone to let her know she was safe,” the Post said.
After informing a 20th Precinct officer, a cop told her that someone who lives on the same Upper West Side block recently fell victim to the same scam.
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