WEEK IN REVIEW: Dead Body in Central Park, Blood Center Tower & Barry the Owl Poisoned

Archive photo of NYPD vehicle in Central Park/Upper East Site
Archive photo of NYPD vehicle in Central Park/Upper East Site

In case you missed some of the top stories this week, here’s your Upper East Side week in review:

MANHATTAN – The death of a 26-year-old man whose body was found in Central Park face-up with a rope tied around his neck is being called suspicious by police. Investigators say the gruesome discovery was made around 8:15 Wednesday morning in a meadow behind the Central Park Zoo near East Drive and the 65th Street Transverse. 

READ MORE: Dead Man Found with Rope Tied Around Neck in Suspicious Central Park Death

Worker sexually assaulted inside UES ice cream parlor/Upper East Site
Worker sexually assaulted inside UES ice cream parlor/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – “You don’t expect something like this to happen under the bright ice cream lights with the door open, even with people outside, you don’t expect that to happen,” Cortney Bond told Community Board 8 during their meeting Wednesday night. Bond is owner of ‘the UES,’ an ice cream parlor and speakeasy that was the scene of a disturbing sexual assault early Monday morning— one of her employees, a young woman who has only been on the job as hostess for a month, was the predator’s target. 

READ MORE: Ice Cream Shop Owner Shares Trauma from Sexual Assault in Store

Rendering of New York Blood Center's proposed tower/ Ennead Architects via NYC Planning
Rendering of New York Blood Center’s proposed tower/ Ennead Architects via NYC Planning

MANHATTAN – Despite strong opposition from Community Board 8, Councilmen Keith Powers and Ben Kallos, Borough President Gale Brewer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney as well as hundreds of neighbors, the controversial plan to build a more than 300 foot tall high-rise in the middle of an Upper East Side block is steamrolling ahead— reaching an important milestone in its progress on Wednesday.

READ MORE: Controversial Blood Center Tower Plan Pushes Ahead Despite Fierce Opposition

Barry the Owl
Barry the Owl in Central Park/Rhododendrites, Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

MANHATTAN – Barry, the beloved barred owl who died last month in Central Park in a collision with a truck, carried a potentially lethal level of rat poison that could have impaired her flying, a necropsy shows.

READ MORE: Barry The Owl Was Poisoned Before Central Park Truck Hit Her

UES man killed in Revel scooter accident/Daniel Valls, FNTV
UES man killed in Revel scooter accident/Daniel Valls, FNTV

MANHATTAN – An Upper East Side man is dead after a gruesome accident while riding a rented Revel scooter late last night in Midtown. 

READ MORE: Upper East Side Man Killed in Gruesome Revel Scooter Crash

Anti-vaxxers heckle Prince Harry & Meghan/SpotNews.tv for Upper East Site
Anti-vaxxers heckle Prince Harry & Meghan/SpotNews.tv for Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – In what looked and felt a lot like an official visit by a working member of the Royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter and a group of children in Harlem for a Friday afternoon reading session in the schoolyard of PS 123 to promote literacy that included hugs and heckling from anti-vaxxers.

READ MORE: Prince Harry & Meghan Heckled by Anti-Vaxxers at Harlem School

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