October 4, 2021 Weather: Rainy, with a high of 70 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
The restaurant industry recovery is “sputtering,” according to Bloomberg. Two reasons cited are “surging costs for everything from salmon to uniforms, and labor shortages…the dearth of cooks and waiters, many of whom are unwilling to come back to the industry in spite of higher wages. ‘You still can’t find people,’ said Danny Abrams, owner of Mermaid Inn restaurants in Manhattan. ‘I had an Italian restaurant, Sirenetta, on the Upper West Side. I can’t reopen because I can’t find an Italian chef, I can’t find staff.’”
“Construction continues to advance at 125 West End Avenue (65-66), a conversion of an eight-story building into a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art life sciences and research laboratory,” NYYIMBY reported. “The structure was originally completed in 1929 and was first used as an automotive facility by Chrysler Motor Company. Broadcasting company Walt Disney/ABC occupied the property since 1985 until its recent departure at the start of 2021.”
You can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. But can you display racist signs on a public sidewalk? “A hate-filled vagrant stews under scaffolding on Broadway between West 66th and 67th streets with signs that call for Jews and Chinese to burn in hell. The unidentified agitator — clad in a baseball cap, hoodie, sweats and sneakers — has been camping out at the location since the pandemic began, according to UWS tech exec John Jun, an Asian-American wounded by the spew,” he told the New York Post.
“White people being annoyingly obsessed with autumn” is a syndrome that can be traced back to the Upper West Side, says Vox. “It’s Meg Ryan fall. You know, Meg Ryan, as in the actress who stars in such iconic autumn-set films as You’ve Got Mail. The one who owns a bookshop on the Upper West Side and is very particular about ordering salads but most importantly of all, wears jaunty loose-fitting trousers and irresistibly cozy-looking turtleneck sweaters. It’s that, but a whole season: Meg Ryan fall.”
Cordell Cleare “has won the Democratic nomination to appear on the special election ballot for the 30th Senate District seat, which had recently been vacated by Brian Benjamin after he became lieutenant governor. Her nomination all but guarantees she’ll be the next state senator representing the heavily Democratic neighborhoods of Harlem, parts of the Upper East Side, and Upper West Side,” Gothamist reported.
Just one day after its reopening on Broadway, Aladdin was shut down due to positive COVID-19 tests among the cast and crew. “With dozens of new shows upcoming, it raises concerns about whether other shows could also be put in COVID jeopardy.… ‘If it does affect any other Broadway musical, ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ it would be a real shock,'” Upper West Side theatergoer Brian Snipes told cbsnews.
What is the cost of aging? Manageable, if you are healthy like Sally Dorst, 82, “a retired magazine editor who lives on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. A committed museum visitor and concertgoer, she manages personal care and household tasks on her own.” But, should she need help, The New York Times cites a study showing that “36 percent of people in their late 60s could not cover even a year of minimal care without exhausting their resources; only 22 percent could cover severe needs.”
A pre-war near the 72nd Street subway? A post-war near Central Park or Lincoln Center? Accompany a formerly suburban empty-nester on her hunt for an Upper West Side apartment, in a Times interactive feature.
Lastly, we’d like to congratulate two Upper West Siders who were married this past Sunday. In an expression of love reminiscent of a Guy de Maupassant story, the bride wrote the following to WSR.
“I know this might be an unusual request and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a wedding announcement in the Rag, but my fiance & I bonded early in our relationship over our love for the WSR and I’d love to surprise him with a little blurb on the site, if that’s something you’d be open to! Here it is:
Upper West Siders Mr. Anthony Rudy Segna and Miss Caroline Francesca Lazar [were] married October 2, 2021 by Father Ciprian Bejan at St. Mary Church in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Miss Lazar, 28, works as a staff writer at the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in English and is the daughter of Mr. Andrew Sean Lazar and Mrs. Christine Febles Lazar of Greenwich, CT.
Miss Lazar has written a series of humorous haikus at the New Yorker’s Daily Shouts about her family’s intense desire for her to find love. Between publication of the first and second installments, she met Mr. Segna.
Mr. Segna, 35, is an attorney in the Wealth Management arm of Morgan Stanley in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University and received a JD from the University of Notre Dame. He is the son of Dr. Rudy Albert Segna and Mrs. Aracelly Segna of Mahwah, New Jersey.
On their first date in Riverside Park, the couple bonded over a mutual love of the West Side Rag, the only news source that covers the stories that really matter. Like the case of the missing community garden chicken, profiles of beloved Upper West Siders like the great Theo Dixon, and those weird melons growing on the pedestrian median at 104th and Amsterdam. They would love a formal investigation of what really happened there. Mr. Segna and Miss Lazar look forward to making more happy memories together on the Upper West Side.”