November 4, 2019 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 56 degrees.
Concerts, readings, and other local events are on our calendar!
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan honored filmmaker and author Crystal McCrary and Citigroup Vice Chairman Raymond J. McGuire with the Laurie M. Tisch Award last week for their commitment to the arts.
Silverstein Properties, which acquired several properties owned by Disney in the West 60s last year for $1.15 billion, is starting to sell them off. “Taconic Investment Partners and Nuveen Real Estate have partnered on the acquisition of two of the former ABC Television Studio portfolio buildings on the Upper West Side. The two just confirmed they paid $230 million for 320 West 66th Street, a 100,000 s/f property where the show Dr Oz is recorded; and at 125 West End Avenue, a nearly 500,000 s/f building originally constructed as an automobile facility. The partners plan to redevelop the properties to create top line office space.”
The new Nordstrom on 57th is huge, so huge it beguiled Carole Zabar. “Carole Zabar, whose family owns the famed Upper West Side grocery chain, also appeared unnerved by the amount of space she had to cover just to find a winter coat. ‘This is New York,’ Zabar said. ‘We don’t like acres and acres of things. We want stuff that’s curated. This is very pretty but to me, it’s a little overwhelming and big. It’s spacious, but to what end? My mind just swims.'”
Councilman Mark Levine, who represents the UWS and other areas, did not document with NYC’s Conflict of Interest Board rental income he received from a condo he owns with his wife, the Post found. COIB is also looking into the matter. A spokesman for Levine said it was an oversight and has been corrected. The Post also reported that Levine is getting a tax break he shouldn’t be getting through the condo, but his spokesman said that he’s been trying to remedy it for years and will pay any back taxes.
A group of dog owners who play in Riverside Park held a festival and fundraiser this weekend. “The Riverside Park Dog Owner Group hosted its first D.O.G. Fest Sunday, November 3rd. The fun filled day included agility training, nosework, puppy parkour, dog yoga, and lots of games. While the event is free there were classes and competions offered for a fee and proceeds from activities will go towards supporting the nearby dog run.”
“Knitting is having a moment,” led by shops like the Upper West Side’s Knitty City, which has become a gathering spot as much as a store. “The success of Knitty City, located on New York’s Upper West Side, even surprised its owner. ‘When I first opened the shop, I thought people would come in, buy their yarn, and leave. But that’s not the case,’ Chin says. ‘What people wanted to do was find a community of knitters. Feel and touch the yarn. And they want to ask people for opinions.’ The strong sense of community is why the shop continues to grow in popularity.”