November 10, 2011 Weather: Afternoon Showers, High of 63 Degrees.
Council Member Gale Brewer tells us that movie studios feel bad that they completely disrupt our lives when they film in our neighborhood, and they call security on us when all we want to do is hug Ben Stiller. So they’ve been giving Upper West Siders free tickets for some films shot in the neighborhood. One group recently got to see Tower Heist with Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Now the Mayor’s Office has snagged some tickets to Sarah Jessica Parker’s new flick New Year’s Eve for early December. Brewer tells us: “If you are an organization or block association between West 54th Street and West 96th Street, please contact us and let us know that you want to attend, and bring people from your organization. We will need names and addresses so as to put you on the list for entry. Date in early December and theater TBA. Respond to firstname.lastname@example.org” Does a blog count as an “organization”? We will check.
Tonight is the fundraiser for West-Park Presbyterian Church, the landmarked church that has lately been used to host plays too. They need a new boiler and it costs $84,000. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. at The Belnord, Community Room, 225 West 86 Street. Checks (any amount but you must pay if you attend, or you can send in): New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004 (212) 995-5260 (mark the checks “WPPC”).
Author Quentin Rowan, an Upper West Side native, is being accused of plagiarism by his publisher Little, Brown and Company. (NY Daily News)
A new dessert shop called Chocobolo (with headquarters based in Lisbon) just opened at 2058 Broadway near 71st Street. It was formerly called “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World”. (Grubstreet)
Local residents are fed up with the noise and fights at Papasito Restaurant on Broadway and 104th Street. The owner says he has taken steps to address their concerns. (DNAinfo)
In a world where Silvio Berlusconi’s decisions now affect economies throughout the world, how the hell is our favorite Upper West Side broker supposed to know which way the housing market will go? (Malcolm Carter)