An artist painted the statue of Teddy Roosevelt in front of the Museum of Natural History, which is expected to be taken down. Photo by Danny Daly.
September 13, 2021 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 83 degrees.
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Good luck to everyone on the first day of school today!
Hometown team Columbia University beat USC to win the inaugural tournament of the latest iteration of the classic TV trivia quiz show, College Bowl, Columbia Spectator reported.
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Speaking of reigning victorious, “In what has become a yearslong legal fight, 200 Amsterdam Avenue has won the most recent battle — and the war,” according to Commercial Observer. “Thanks to a recent court hearing, developer SJP Properties will maintain its 52-story perch on the Upper West Side, overcoming a judge’s former ruling to cut the development’s height…SJP has since relaunched sales, with penthouses currently in contract for $19.3 million and $17.5 million. The building is set to open for its first-ever residents in the near future.”
Two other real estate projects in the neighborhood are making “remarkable” progress, according to YIMBY. At 2330 Broadway on the corner of 85th Street, “The reinforced concrete edifice now stands topped out at 18 stories tall and will eventually open as a senior living facility….The supportive programming will specifically focus on providing memory care, while half of the units will be reserved for seniors with memory and cognitive disorders.” And, at 251 West 91st Street (Broadway), the controversial cantilevered condominum called Era is preparing for its sales launch. It will yield 57 residences, and has an outdoor pool on the roof. Click the links for photographs and renderings.
Streetsblog, which wants to “reduce dependence on private automobiles,” had a sharply critical piece on the UWS community board. Their story is headlined Will the UWS Secede From NYS? “It’s a reasonable question, given that last night, the Upper West Side’s Jekyll-and-Hyde community board considered (but ultimately quietly backed away from) voting for its transportation committee’s proposed ban on electric bikes in bike lanes, but still called for enforcement against delivery workers’ e-bikes, which are legal in bike lanes.” There’s a chart of what is legal and not.
Corey Stoll is a local actor now co-starring in the Showtime series Billions. He talks about his UWS upbringing and how his weight as a child affected the development of his craft, in the Wall Street Journal. “I grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. We first lived on 79th and Amsterdam. When I was 7, we moved to 93rd and Central Park West…. I was always a big kid who just got bigger and bigger through junior high and high school, reaching 317 pounds. My low self-esteem had a lot to do with my weight…. As a performer, it forced me to focus on character development. Because of my weight, I didn’t get the Romeo roles….”
Could there be a better segue? With Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story (based on Romeo and Juliet) coming in December, Town & Country calls it “a great time to relive the 1961 original…. It’s worth noting that the 1961 film has come under fire in recent years for whitewashing its cast. A majority of the Puerto Rican characters were played by white actors, and in 2017 (Rita) Moreno revealed that some cast members’ skin was darkened using makeup. For their part, Spielberg and (writer Tony) Kushner have made a point of correcting the original film’s errors in this area, casting Latinx actors in all of the new movie’s Puerto Rican roles.” For now, you’ll have to rent or buy the original via services like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play, or YouTube.