UWS community refrigerator switches off after nine months
A communal refrigerator on the Upper West Side was made forced to close after nine months of “increasingly hostile” complaints that a. addressed to the local host West End Church post Published on West End Fridge’s Instagram account in mid-June. Reverend William Critzman, a senior pastor in the Church, said West Side Rag that “a small but very vocal contingent of our immediate neighbors … made explicit demands” to close the refrigerator and the church’s free coffee program. “Complaints about marijuana use were among the concerns of our neighbors,” Critzman told the website.
After the shutdown was announced, commentators flooded the post with messages of support and shock. “Our neighbors are hungry and the food is wasted,” wrote one commentator. “This refrigerator feeds us all.”
Community fridges showed up across town during the pandemic to address local food insecurity in neighborhoods across NYC. The popular fridges operate on a donation system, where people can give away food and take it away as needed. But the fridges have sparked community disputes and some have struggled to keep their places in their neighborhood. A refrigerator in Mott Haven was almost closed in December after new business owners and the host site landlord announced they no longer wanted the refrigerator on their property. Refrigerators in Far Rockaway and Elmhurst were ravaged and destroyed earlier this year, inciting earlier allegations of classism and racism in the community. On the Upper West Side, the organizers of the West End Fridge are currently looking for a new host for the communal refrigerator.
In other news
– The McKittrick Hotel – site of the interactive theater production Don’t sleep anymore – has reopened its lavish rooftop bar and restaurant Gallows green in this week. From Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm to 11pm, you’ll find cocktails, frozen foods on tap, lobster rolls and burgers
– The team behind California’s three Michelin stars The restaurant at Meadowood, which was destroyed in the Glass Fire last year, has launched a series of pop-ups with restaurants across the country over the next several months as they build the next version of the establishment. First of all, they’ll be working with NYC-based Atomix on “The Restaurant at … Atomix,” a one-night-only dinner on July 3rd that is already sold out.
– The former Fat Cat party spot in Greenwich Village was restored during the pandemic and will now be reopened to the public as Cellar Dog, according to a spokesman for parent company Backal Hospitality Group. The popular live music and performance venue will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. next week.
– Chef Hong Thaimee of Thaimee Love is hosting Coconut Rice and Nua Pad Look Pak Chee on Wednesday 30th, a fried beef with coriander seeds. cards cost US $ 120 per person plus tip and tax.
– New York time out go inside Somewhere Nowhere, a chic new rooftop club in Chelsea that claims to be the tallest rooftop hotel and pool in town.
– In the last of Edy’s Grocer’s ongoing series of Pride Month pop-ups, owner is Edy Massih host Noodle maker Dan Pelosi, also known as @grossypelosi, this weekend for an Italian and Lebanese collaboration of pesto tahini pasta salads.
– Legendary restaurant crockery store Fishs Eddy open a free upstairs museum showing thousands of unsaleable pieces of vintage restaurant ware in early June.
– Always remember:
One little thing you can do to instantly improve your life is to add a pinch of ground cardamom to your coffee
– Khushbu Shah (@KhushAndOJ) June 23, 2021