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Tough walking — The block between Third and Lex on 90th Street on the north side of the street is an accident waiting to happen. The sidewalk is in the process of being repaired in some of the old four- and five-story walk-ups, starting at 165 East 90th, and ending just before the luxury high-rise on 90th and Third. The buildings have yellow plastic tape stretched from their entrances to the curb. As you try to make your way to Third Ave., there are no signs directing you on where to walk, or on how to get there. Very, very weird. It’s hard to understand how the landlord is getting away with it. There should be oversight of this kind of project once permits are granted. And time limits for completion. There sure are plenty of traffic enforcement agents writing out tickets for overtime parking on the street and on the avenue. How about the city deploying inspectors to ensure the landlord and his or her contractors are in compliance with safety and any other rules and regulations? And they should be giving out summonses for violations if they are not.

Small world — St. Agnes Library on Amsterdam Avenue in the 80s is a world made ready for the Lilliputians among us. No seating for grown-ups. Just kid-size chairs and tables. Haven’t been to other libraries lately, but if St. Agnes is a sign of what’s out there or is foretelling the future, teens and adults will have to do their reading at a Barnes & Noble. Unlike at the library, they will have to pay to take home a book but will have the option of reading while having a cup of joe at a B&N Starbucks. Not the same as the library — but sitting in a chair meant for 6-year olds is not my cup of tea — even with a good book.

Going batt(er)y — There was a time, like up to maybe two weeks ago, that you could go to a CVS or a Duane Reade to get an AA or AAA battery for TV remotes, a wireless mouse, whatever. Those days are over, gone. Now the batteries come in various sizes of AA or AAA — like AA2, AA3, AAA4. Hard to know which one to get. Unless, of course, you take heed of the old American Express commercial letting you know that “you can’t leave home without it,” “it” being the battery-operated thingamajig that has to be replaced. Yes, thingamajig — a gadget or other thing that you either don’t know or have forgotten. Count me among the forgotten who will NOT carry a TV remote or other battery challenged device when I leave home or any place else.

Chutzpah, Chicago style — Within a year of Tronc taking over the Daily News from Mort Zuckerman, the Chicago-based media print and online company cut staff and content while raising the price of the weekday and weekend papers. Weekday papers went from $1 to $1.50. Saturday to $1.50 and Sunday to $2. Seems like Tronc is miming President Ford’s sentiment — so powerfully captured by the Daily News in its 1975 headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” The venerable Daily News — however tabloid-y, and its reporters and staff — deserves better. So does its readers. So do New Yorkers.





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