Sparrows' Nest Disappears From Home In Traffic Light

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On Thursday, Dan Callister, a freelance photojournalist, took a photo of a sparrows' nest tucked inside a traffic light on 72nd Street just past Fifth Avenue in Central Park. On Friday he got a call from the New York Post, he told Runnin' Scared this morning, when he went to visit the light again, the nest was gone. Now, a mystery remains as to how precisely the bird habitat disappeared. Callister said he first saw a nest in that location in July of last year. The Department of Transportation is not taking credit for its removal. "DOT does have jurisdiction over traffic signals, but did not remove a bird's nest from that location," a spokesperson told the Post in a story published today. We reached out to the Parks Department for comment and have not yet heard back. (Update 11:56 a.m.: We were referred to the DOT)

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Picture Of Upper East Side Madam With Former NYPD Employee Surprises Law Enforcement

If the book of choice for Upper East Side mothers is the salacious Fifty Shades of Grey -- now with its very own New York Times feature -- perhaps the Upper East Side story that's grabbing headlines should be Fifty Shades of Gristina. Anna Gristina, that is, the 44-year-old madam who ran a brothel out of an apartment in that neighborhood, and, as we've previously noted, had some notable friends. And the story keeps developing. Now, attention is focused on Gristina's connections to law enforcement officials, after a red flag went up following a picture in Friday's New York Post of Gristina with a bodyguard who was a former NYPD second-grade detective. The man, Sylvan "Sly" Francis, also had worked in the Manhattan DA's office.

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East 69th Street Residents Think Subway Entrances Would Ruin 'Pristine Quality' Of Their Block

If you want to pick a New York neighborhood to stand for snobby elitism it's easy to turn to the Upper East Side. And though that's a broad stereotype, a new controversy is helping to reinforce it. The Times brings us the story of the residents of East 69th Street near Lexington Avenue, who are joining together to resist what they perceive to be an impending threat...subway station entrances. Um. Aren't subway entrances a fact of life in New York? As the Times explains, "a major thrust of their argument is that their blocks are simply too pretty" for what the MTA says are necessary installments for access to the station when elevators are built at the 68th Street 6 line stop.

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Billionaire's March Occupies the Upper East Side

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Yesterday at noon, protesters gathered at 59th Street and 5th Avenue (just across the street from the Plaza Hotel) for the Billionaire's March, a picket of the homes of five of New York's richest men: Rupert Murdoch, David Koch, Howard Milstein, Jamie Dimon, and John Paulson. Separate from yet in the same vein as Occupy Wall Street, the Billionaire's March protested a proposed tax cut for New York's wealthy residents. At each home, protesters would symbolically present each billionaire with a (fake!) check for five billion dollars from the "99 percent" -- five billion dollars being the number they say the rich will gain from tax cuts at the end of this year.

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MTA Accused of Being Trendy

The MTA has chosen teal or robin's egg blue (or is it more of a turquoise? Discuss) as the color of the Second Avenue subway line, which will be called the T. On a conceptual level, teal makes a lot of sense for the line that will serve the Upper East Side, given its resemblance to Tiffany box blue. It also turns out that teal is quite trendy right now, according to a fashion analytics company. But it's hard to decorate with, reports the Times:

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Upper East Side Parents Fear Tricycle Theft

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via Maria Gorshin/West Side Rag
That is a little kid's tricycle on 59th Street and 1st Avenue. It is obviously a thing of great value and distinction, an objet d'art if you will, and as such it merits being locked to a bike rack. Because people want to steal tricycles, because they're special things. And children are special. Yes, every individual child is special, particularly your child. Your child is the most special child in New York, and his/her tricycle is the most special tricycle in New York, and you have to be incredibly careful to lock it up, otherwise the hunk of plastic will surely be gone within minutes.

[West Side Rag]


85-Year-Old Woman Brutally Assaulted on Upper East Side

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In a shockingly awful Monday morning attack, "a light-skinned Hispanic man, 25 to 30 years old" snatched an 85-year-old woman, dragged her into a stairwell, sexually assaulted and robbed her on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. The crime occurred before 6 a.m. near 81st and Madison Avenue, close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The woman is in stable condition. Depraved and disgusting -- find this man: Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577. [PIX11]

Short Handyman Assaulted by Porn and Midget Jokes

Handymen in New York have the toughest jobs. We can't imagine what it's like to have to fix the sink of the crazy cat lady or repair the ceiling of those obnoxious NYU tenants. We're sure that most of the time, people don't even bother to say a simple "thanks!" So we feel extra bad for this handyman who claims that his boss bullied him on the job. Juan Pablo Pichardo, standing five feet tall (my mom's height!), says that his boss Moises Guimet discriminated against him because of his diminutive stature. Pichardo worked at a luxury building on the Upper East Side, where Guimet allegedly called Pichardo a midget and loved to smack him on the head. How rude!

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