It hasn’t happened since 1991. Back then building workers went on strike, forcing residents to sort the mail, guard the doors and operate the freight elevators. (I did the freight elevators and got pretty good at it.)
New York City has good bones. In the swivel of every moment and in the mad blur of millions of lives lived uptown and downtown, our grid sits unchanged. But global warming could change all of that. New Yorkers now face threats from climate change that will only become more common with every passing decade. With sea-levels rising around Manhattan, flooding in New York City will no longer feel like a once-in-a-lifetime memory.
It all started with John Henry Glaser. He opened Glaser’s Bake Shop in 1902 after moving to Yorkville from Germany, back when New York still had its Germantown. Over the past 116 years, Glaser’s has gone from a humble bread-making operation into a beloved neighborhood institution.
Nothing is forever, and it breaks our heart that Glaser’s will close on July 1.
Almost all the German cafes, restaurants, and beer halls in Yorkville are closed. Cafe Geiger. Rheinland Restaurant. Bavarian Inn and Bar. Cafe Hindenberg. Foresters Restaurant. Maxl’s. Bremen House. Cafe Wieneke. Once thriving businesses, now a memory.
But one German restaurant perseveres — Heidelberg Restaurant. It’s been in the same location for more than a century: 1648 2nd Avenue at 85th Street.
It’s been a little over a year since the Second Avenue subway opened. Since then, countless New Yorkers have christened the new line, maneuvering the morning rush with commuter efficiency and finally settling, chins pointed at their iPhones, into a triumphant sense that yes, there’s a new subway, and yes, my New York moment feels better.
Not a hair out of place. Not a button undone. Not a shoelace untied. A hat securely in place. Pristine white gloves. Pressed slacks. The Knickerbocker Greys.
This may not describe most boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16, but when it comes to the Knickerbocker Greys Cadet Corps, that’s how it is. And they’ll be marching Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Armory.
Police at the 19th Precinct are hot on the trail of criminals who go “mail fishing.” What is mail fishing? It’s a crime where bad people steal mail from those blue U.S. Postal Service mailboxes in search of checks. The malefactors “wash” the ink off the checks, except for the check writer’s signature. They then write in their own “pay to” names and often amounts, and cash the checks.