Monday, January 8, 2024
Sunny. High 43 degrees.
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For its “Smart Curbs” pilot program on the UWS, the NYC Department of Transportation will gather feedback on curb-related issues like double parking, truck deliveries, and parking availability, through public workshops held this week: Monday, January 8 – In-Person Workshop, P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson, 100 West 84th Street, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. No advance registration required; and Wednesday, January 10 – Virtual Workshop Zoom, registration required. Participants can register for the workshop at: https://bit.ly/SmartCurbsUWS, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Upper West Side News
By Gus Saltonstall
Snow officially fell in New York City this weekend. Not enough, though.
A wintery storm traveled through the Tri-state area on Saturday and Sunday, and while some parts of the state saw more than a foot of snow, the five boroughs did not.
A total of 0.2 inches of snow fell in Central Park over the weekend as of noon on Sunday. That minuscule number means the city has had less than an inch of snow since February 2022. The one-inch mark has not been broken in Central Park for 693 days, which is the longest snow drought since the statistic has been tracked.
Here are the five nearby areas that saw the most snowfall as of noon on Sunday.
- Plattekill in Ulster County, N.Y., with 14.6″
- Port Jervis in Orange County, N.Y. with 13.1″
- Wantage in Sussex County, N.J., with 13.0″
- Unionville in Orange County, N.Y. with 12.4″
- Blairstown in Warren County, N.J. with 10.5″
If you were able to snap any good photos of the flurries in the neighborhood, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper West Side Councilmember Gale Brewer spoke out last week against the incoming women’s homeless shelter at the former Calhoun School building at 160 West 74th Street.
“Big $ investment to convert historic school into homeless shelter,” Brewer wrote on X. “Should become permanent affordable housing instead. City-funded shelter more profitable to developer? Problematic & many unanswered questions.”
It is not the first time that Brewer has called for an incoming shelter to become permanent affordable housing instead. She has also said a shelter slated to open on West 59th Street in 2025 should be used for affordable housing.
Documents show that Brewer’s office was notified of the incoming West 74th Street shelter on December 14, the same day as Community Board 7, according to Patch.
Brewer’s request to the Department of Social Services for additional information about the deal that took place between Bayrock Capital, the new owner of the West 74th Street building, and the city has not received an answer, the councilmember’s office told West Side Rag.
Additionally, on December 18, the Rag reached out to the Department of Social Services asking for the contract details and the lease between the city and Bayrock Capital for the shelter. We have not received an answer in the 21 days since. At the time of the sale in the summer of 2023 between Bayrock and the Calhoun School, the investment firm said it would be converting the building into apartments.
You can read more on the latest updates regarding the West 74th Street shelter — HERE.
In some important health-related news, Mount Sinai hospitals are no longer in-network for those insured through United Healthcare, including plans offered through its Oxford brand.
That means people with United Healthcare will not receive coverage at neighborhood hospitals Mount Sinai Morningside, at 419 W 114th Street, and at Mount Sinai West, at 1000 Tenth Avenue.
The dropped coverage has to do with a contract dispute between Mount Sinai and United Healthcare. You can read a breakdown of both side’s stances and claims — HERE.
UPDATE:As pointed out by a commenter, thanks Karen, people who have Medicare Advantage through United Health will still receive coverage within the Mount Sinai network, including AARP Medicare Supplement, and United Medicare Advantage plans.
While it is not the most unique of favorites, the window of snow this weekend brought my brain to the famous James Joyce passage.
“A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves.
“It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”
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