September 27, 2021 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 80 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
Here’s an opportunity we heard about from Borough President Gale Brewer: “Jobs are available to accompany vaccinated older adults on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side to vital appointments through social service agency Search and Care. Escorts must be vaccinated, available on weekdays, and able to assist clients into/out of a vehicle. To learn more, email email@example.com.”
The Upper West Side got shellacked (in a cultural sense) by Town and Country in a piece about the “ghoulish” side of the neighborhood. (Although they did mention WSR!) “The Upper West Side has an enduring and deserved modern reputation for shleppiness,” they wrote. “Despite its once-thriving music and art scene, its diversity, its robust gay community, for the past few decades the neighborhood has seemed almost magically immune to the forces of chic….” Even worse, they deemed the Upper West Side, “the closest Manhattan comes to suburbia….”
“People who want to live till they’re 100 need to have their heads examined,” said Brigitta Ortner, 93, the resident of a fourth-floor, walk-up apartment on the UWS since 1953. “’Old age alone is terrible, because who do I have?’” she asked City & State. “‘What would cheer me up? Seeing Mitch McConnell step down before I go, or living long enough to attend Trump’s funeral,’” she said laughing. “’Then again, if they put an elevator in this four-story building, that might make it better,” she added. “That’s not too much to ask.”
A new Guinness World Record was set in the neighborhood last week. “Kevin Fast, a 58-year-old Canadian strongman pulled a 40-foot, 33,400-pound MTA all-electric bus a remarkable 16 feet using just his upper body,” SILive reported. “The successful attempt took place on West 67th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, and was nationally televised on the morning talk show “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
After a two-year, pandemic-induced absence, author Stephen Miller came to the UWS “wondering what the city would be like given all the gloom and doom about its future,” he wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “I mainly saw people who didn’t seem lonely or depressed. I saw teenage girls in Central Park jumping over a tree branch and teenage boys skateboarding. While eating a snack from a food cart in Riverside Park, I listened to six middle-aged men playing guitars and singing country music. In the distance across the West Side Highway, joggers and cyclists traveled beside the Hudson River.”
For a fraction of the cost of some of the luxury tower penthouses being sold, Lightstone, a New York-based development firm, “picked up” a 64-unit rental building on West End Avenue (94-95), for $28.5 million. “[The building was] purchased in an off-market deal from Salamon Realty, run by members of the Einy family, which owned the building for, at least, four decades, Crain’s reported. “We’re going to give it some TLC…and renovate some of the vacant apartments,” said Mitchell Hochberg, Lightstone’s president.”
Check out a thriving UWS May-December friendship; it seems to be a trend, according to the New York Post. Even Larry David’s doing it! So is the pair we wrote about here. “‘Our society talks a lot about diversity these days — and that can include age,’ said Manhattan psychologist Dr. Chloe Carmichael. ‘Different backgrounds and experiences can enrich each other…. There’s so much to learn and appreciate intergenerationally.’”
Also check out the Glaser Gazette, a tribute to the legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser, creator of I❤️NY, who died last year. The School of Visual Arts put it out to commemorate its former faculty member.
Finally, don’t forget to describe and photograph your favorite dish from an UWS eatery for our Wednesday Here’s the Dish column. Send to westsiderag at gmail.com. You can read some past columns here.