December 2008 Archives
Washington Heights churchgoers were victim to a textbook ponzi scheme this year, as revealed this week by federal prosecutors. Bryant Rodriguez allegedly robbed members of the El Camino Church out of roughly $500,000. More from NY1:
The New York City Council will honor the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In the Heights with a special Proclamation in City Hall chambers on Dec. 18.
Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilmember Miguel Martinez and Councilmember Robert Jackson will present the Proclamation to In the Heights' producer Jill Furman and composer-leading actor Lin-Manuel Miranda "for the show's success in introducing millions of people to the vibrant neighborhood and its residents situated at the top of the island of Manhattan," the producers said.
Thanks to Perry for sending this in.
Also here’s Miranda & the cast of “In The Heights” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- In October The New York Times wrote about the planned renovation. This excerpt talks a bit about how the retail space may transform.
The station now has about a dozen tenants, Mr. Francois said, including an Off-Track Betting parlor, a credit union and newsstands. Those tenants will have to move out to make way for the renovation. "We're looking to transform that into more of a Class A retail space, with national anchor tenants that can better serve the needs of the community," he said.
Does Blockbuster count as a "Class A national anchor tenant"? Ahem. Hopefully the stores being brought in reflect the community's needs so they can stay in business, unlike Blockbuster which closed this year.
"Besides the splinters, I had floor burn," Sander recalled Thursday at the gussied-up armory in Washington Heights. "I was as red as a beet. My skin looked like it had gone through a meat grinder."
This was the occupational hazard of the old rutted wooden track, now mercifully replaced by a smooth artificial surface. The old fortress at West 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue has become the Armory Track and Field Center, home to runners from the inner city, suburbs, far-off blue states and red states, and even contingents of track-mad French athletes who make a pilgrimage every year.
The armory, now beginning the 100th year since the laying of its cornerstone in December 1909, is a wonderful place, filled almost every day from November through March, with hundreds of runners, bustling with the hopefulness and energy of youth.
- This Friday, December 5th, there will be an "Owl Prowl" in Inwood Hill Park. Mike Feller is conducting the evening tour. The group will meet at 5:30pm at the flag pole located on Seaman Avenue & Isham Street. Note that despite the date for the event being listed as December 10th the walk is indeed this Friday, December 5th. UPDATE: The listing now reflects the correct date.
- The Fort Tryon Park Dog Owners Group is having a gathering Sunday morning (December 7th) to hang out and conduct some maintenance on Sir William's Dog Run. Coffee and doughnuts are provided (for you, not your dog.) This event is held the first Sunday of each month. The run is directly east of Margaret Corbin Drive and Linden Terrace near the gazebo and "The Radiator" sculpture.