December 10, 2012 Weather: Light Rain/Fog, High of 59 Degrees.

A free Holiday Songbook performance, readings and concerts are on our calendar.

Transportation Alternatives is “seeking a self-motivated and energetic person to coordinate campaigns that will make the Upper West Side’s streets safer and more accessible for people to walk and ride bikes. Applicants should be familiar with current local politics, have experience in political and/or community organizing and have a strong affinity for the mission of Transportation Alternatives.” $15/hour. Learn how to apply here.

Where to donate coats for New York Cares.

An ode to some of the baked goods at Soutine, the bakery on 70th Street that just closed after 30 years. “When I think about Soutine’s occasion cakes I start to feel totally bereft.” (Serious Eats)

More on the Innovation Diploma Plus high school that could be moved out of the Upper West Side. “The move also means the school’s teen moms will lose access to day care because Brandeis is one of a few dozen locations where day care is provided for students, city officials said.” (NY Daily News)

Local Congressman Jerry Nadler wants to abolish the debt ceiling altogether. (MSNBC)

A duplex penthouse at the Park Laurel on 63rd sold for $33.5 million, the biggest sale in the city last week. “The penthouse, No. 29A, a sprawling 15-room combination of three units designed by the architect Alan Wanzenberg for a previous owner, occupies 7,738 square feet of interior space and has a 1,244-square-foot wraparound trophy terrace that faces south and captures both park and city views. There are seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, two powder rooms and a personal elevator entrance.” (NY Times)

Eater takes a closer look at Casa Pomona, the Upper West Side’s new Spanish restaurant.  “The menu features traditional Spanish tapas, grilled meats, and paella. Casa Pomona also offers “tiered tapas” for groups of four to eight, with prices ranging from $48 to $80.” (Eater)

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