Celebrities, payphones and Kosher bakers made our weekly roundup of Upper West Side news stories this week.
Bono took a spill while on a bike ride in Central Park, and had to cancel a week-long residency on the Tonight Show. No word on where exactly he fell. (NY Times)
If you have a pretty penny, you can live in the former Dakota apartment of the lovely Lauren Bacall. “The skinny: the three-bedroom, 3.5-bath has five fireplaces, and six windows that look over Central Park, one of which includes a Juliet balcony. Bacall bought it back in 1961 for a couple of tens of thousands of dollars (reports vary from between $28,000 and $48,000). She lived there ever since, in the company of bold-faced names as neighbors like Boris Karloff, Judy Holliday and Roberta Flack. And now, despite being appraised for $9M, as expected, it’s asking $26,000,000.” (Curbed)
The city will turn payphones into wi-fi hotspots with charging stations for phones. But the last three Upper West Side payphones on West End Avenue will continue to be used as phones. (Anyone know the locations of the phones? We’d love to get photos of them.) (NY Times)
New York’s youngest Kosher baker, Nechamit Rosen, works at the Kosher Marketplace on the Upper West Side. “She’s created a powerhouse bakery out of the basement of the shop, and she’s making herself known to an array of clients, she said, as ‘the one baking everything downstairs, fresh — with no preservatives!'” (The Forward)
An Upper West Side nurse has “guided more than 100 patients through similar life-ending fasts.” (Daily Beast)
Some residents don’t like the idea of a pedestrian plaza on West 97th street that we wrote about last week. “The Park West Village Tenants Association believes the plaza will mean more people, more litter and general chaos, especially if the 20-story Jewish Home Lifecare nursing home project planned for the same block is approved by the city.” (DNAinfo)
Parents of a student burned during a chemistry experiment at Beacon High School are suing the city for $27 million. (Daily News)
At MLK Jr. High, students are now allowed to bring their cell phones to school — a no-no under city policies — though they have to check them at the door. (Fox)
The nanny charged with killing two children on West 75th street two years ago said she was sorry, according to court papers. Her lawyer “has said Ortega cannot understand the case because of her injuries and because she suffers from delusions. But a judge found her fit for trial.” (Associated Press)
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