April 5, 2021 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 67 degrees.
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A retrospective of Alice Neel’s paintings is showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many of those paintings were done in “a large apartment on the Upper West Side that was filled with paintings,” The New York Times wrote, where the most interesting and ordinary characters of the 1960s passed through. “If her visitors caught her eye, she might ask to paint them.” So it was for two young boys from “uptown.” The article traces the paths of the painting and the two boys, until they converged at The Met 50 years later. Here’s a preview of the show.
The neighborhood’s respected West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing is nearing completion of a mixed-use, permanent affordable housing project on West 108th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, YIMBY reported. The building, which required the controversial demolition of two low-cost parking garages in 2018, “will yield 199 units for both low-income families and seniors,” and several community improvements, including “a new home for the Central Park Medical Unit, and public restrooms for Anibal Aviles Playground.”
A spree of robberies in the neighborhood may be linked, the Post reported. In addition to phones and an e-bike, on Wednesday night, a group assaulted and stole a 13-year-old’s Dodger cap. “Cops believe that the group of at least three male suspects is behind four other robberies in March — including a trio last week and two more incidents involving teenage victims.” WSR has contacted Captain Neil Zuber of the 20th Precinct for further information.
Nearly 100 people showed up to celebrate Ruth Rosner’s 105th birthday at Breads Bakery, on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, “where she goes to hang out with friends every single day,” according to abc7news. The cake was made of babka. “As they sang ‘Happy Birthday,’ Rosner said she had to close her eyes and absorb the moment to take it all in. She says she is also looking forward to singing and dancing again with no mask on.” (This gives credence to our theory that Ponce de Leon should have sailed here!)
Tacombi, which has a spot on Amsterdam between 78th and 79th Streets, is about more than just tacos, Forbes reported. “In April 2020, Tacombi officially launched Tacombi Community Kitchen, through its non-profit Tacombi Foundation. Its goal is to ‘provide immediate food relief through wholesome meals to individuals and families hit by the Covid-19 health crisis and financial crisis’…At the outset of the pandemic, it distributed about 1,600 weekly meals, but that number has stepped up to 4,000 meals a week. It serves meals in neighborhoods where its mostly Hispanic staff lives, in the Bronx, parts of Brooklyn and Jackson Heights, Queens.”
“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over – especially not on the litigation-loving Upper West Side,” wrote the ever-ebullient New York Post. “Activists opposed to the soaring height of 52-story 200 Amsterdam Avenue at West 71st Street have made a last-ditch stab at making the developers chop twenty floors off the luxury condominium…Wednesday’s filing was not an appeal, but rather a request to file an appeal ahead of a April 1 deadline to request a Court of Appeals hearing.” With the last decision 4-0 in favor of the developer, “the odds are long,”
“In the spirit of this season of resurrection,” Rev. Kevin VanHook, the Minister of Justice, Advocacy, and Change at Riverside Church, advocates, in a Gotham Gazette op-ed, for “the passage of Clean Slate legislation in Albany this year, which would put an end to…perpetual punishment by automatically expunging New Yorkers’ conviction histories after a period of time. This is a fight that is rooted in human dignity and fairness. When people return home from jail or prison, they find themselves facing a second sentence. Employers, schools and landlords often want nothing to do with someone who has a conviction history. They will quickly toss an application or resume aside and assume the worst, leaving a supposedly free person chained to the past.”
On a lighter note, Upper West Sider Jerry Seinfeld was the first one back on a live stage (although behind plexiglass) at the Gotham Comedy Club in Chelsea, after performance venues were allowed to reopen at 33%, and he was “still as funny as ever,” a fan told CBS. Not far behind will be the reopening of Stand Up Comedy, on West 78th between Amsterdam and Broadway, where Jerry can perform in his own neighborhood. (The website says it opens Wednesday.)