Jean Francois Gatorze, the 45-year-old owner of bakery La Toulousaine on Amsterdam between 106th and 107th, died last Monday of a heart attack. Photo by 102/103 Block Association. Update: his funeral is Thursday, at Church of the Ascension on 107th (Broadway-Amsterdam) at 10:00 AM.

August 8, 2016 Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 88 degrees.

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The Columbus-Amsterdam BID has a list of restaurants in and around Manhattan Valley where you can watch the Olympics.

An Upper West Side doorman
saved a would-be jumper from the George Washington Bridge. “[Julio] De Leon has worked as a doorman at the same building on West 82nd Street for 31 years….’In one second, only in a second, I just moved and grabbed like this’ — his right arm curled like a shepherd’s crook — ‘and I keep him with me,’ Mr. De Leon said. ‘He started to see reality. He was crying. I tried to calm him down.'” If you love Upper West Side doormen (who doesn’t?!), you’ll love our series about them.

A woman arrested for a Connecticut bank robbery bears a resemblance to the woman wanted in a recent attempted Chase robbery on 79th Street. “Meighan Marie McSherry once had a promising career — she was on the prestigious Hofstra Law School trial team and was quoted in a national newspaper as an expert on the law. But that ended Thursday when the 46-year-old whip-smart Upper West Side resident was busted on charges she robbed a bank in Greenwich, Conn.”

A 40-year-old man was shot early Saturday. ” First responders found the man bleeding from a gunshot wound to the neck inside the Frederick Douglass Houses on Amsterdam Ave. near W. 101st St. about 10 p.m, the NYPD said.” No description of a suspect had been released.

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R.I.P. Jean Francois. Photo via Facebook.

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    1. Sarah says:

      Damn, I hope someone is looking after McSherry’s dog (mentioned in one of the articles). Sounds like she’s alone in the world.

    2. Smh128 says:

      My condolences to Jean Francois wife, family and friends. I love this bakery and commiserated with his wife when the health dept. shut them down for a few flies. Lovely husband and wife. Good, hard working people. I am so saddened by this news.

    3. Ellrat says:

      Oh my goodness. That 19-year-old “would-be jumper” is someone’s son, and maybe someones father or brother or uncle, and no doubt someone’s friend. In the world to come, there is a special place for the brave and loving man who saved him.

    4. jerry carroll says:

      My condolences too to Jean Francois’ family. A good man and a fine shop. He will be missed.

    5. dannyboy says:

      ‘3Ms’ “was on the prestigious Hofstra Law School trial team and was quoted in a national newspaper as an expert on the law.

      Well that should come in handy.
      Good career prep.
      Clever, in fact.

    6. AWB says:

      Jean Francois was such a vibrant part of the neighborhood, and really did make the best “chocolatines” on the Upper West Side. He will be missed by many.

    7. DP says:

      Wasn’t it an attempted robbery at the 79th St. Chase? Or did she actually get away with some cash?

    8. Addie says:

      So sad to hear about Jean Francois. A very talented chef and lovely man.

    9. Liz says:

      Thank God for that wonderful doormen who save that man’s life.

    10. B.B. says:

      Forty-five is so very young to die of a heart condition. Wonder if M. Gatorze knew he had a cardiac condition and or was under medical care.

      So many who emigrate to New York from Europe are shocked at our healthcare costs (insurance, doctor visits, etc…) for what you get; in particular those from say France that have an excellent national health scheme that is very affordable.

      Running a small business isn’t easy nor cheap in New York City, and many owners often are tempted to cut back in other areas to pour money into the venture.

      C’est avec grande tristesse que nous avons appris le décès de M.Gatorze.

      Nous partageons votre peine et vous faisons part de nos sincères condoléances.