Decades ago, my sister Joany and I were looking for an affordable UWS apartment. The realtor took us to a building on West End Avenue in the 70s. The minute we walked into the gloomy apartment we knew it wasn’t for us. The realtor said, “I’ll leave you here to picture its potential.” Before stepping out the door, she turned back to add, “Harry Belafonte lives in the building.” Harry Belafonte! Joany was in love with him and had every one of his albums. I convinced her that even if we moved into this dreary apartment, we’d never see Harry. We rang for the elevator. It came. The door opened and — (you’re probably thinking there he was. Wrong.) We got in and when it reached the lobby, the door opened and there was Harry Belafonte. He smiled his beautiful smile and stepped aside allowing us to exit. We still didn’t take the apartment, but what a memorable D-a-a-a-a-y-O!
“…hope for Mets fans everywhere!”
I saw Jerry Seinfeld in Central Park on Saturday. I was with a group of people and said to my group as I saw him pass us – hey that’s Jerry Seinfeld! My friends were very confused, but I was able to tell that he clearly heard me. He didn’t flinch and kept walking but I was not going to miss my chance. I ran after him and told him to buy the Mets, he laughed, shook my hand and said thanks for mentioning it! There is hope for Mets fans everywhere!
— Harris Mevorah
“…are you in Grey’s Anatomy?”
When I first moved back to the UWS I’d often see Peter Jacobson walking his cockapoo. He looked familiar, and I knew his face from the TV series House and many other roles, but I wasn’t sure it was him. Around the third time I saw him walking by, I called “Excuse me, but are you in Grey’s Anatomy?” He laughed, and said “Wrong medical show.”
— David E Spiro
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