Monday Bulletin: Double-Parking Violence; Franken vs. Gillibrand; Post-Pandemic Architecture

All smiles after the Marathon. Photo by Jeff French Segall.

November 8, 2021 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 62 degrees.

Our calendar has lots of local events!

An apparent dispute over double parking led to a hit and run on West 89th Street on Friday, ABC7ny reported. “The driver began to drive away in a white 2015 Nissan sedan but then turned around, jumped the curb and drove straight into the victim, who was standing next to his scooter — helmet on — on the sidewalk.”

Bomb threats at Columbia and other Ivy League campuses led to evacuations of several buildings on Sunday. NYPD eventually allowed people to return after sweeping the buildings.

Curtis Sliwa did not go softly into the voting booth. “The Republican [mayoral] candidate’s appearance Tuesday at Frank McCourt High School on the Upper West Side turned into a circus that featured clashes between Sliwa and poll site workers when he attempted to bring one of his pet cats to the voting booth, and wear a campaign jacket,” amny reported.

“Since moving to the Upper West Side in New York earlier this year, Al Franken has been sounding out confidantes about primarying his nemesis Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2024, multiple sources told [Politico] Playbook….Franken declined to comment by phone…. He referred us to his spokeswoman, Alexandra Fetissoff, who said ‘he has no intention of running for the Senate.’ Fetissoff followed up later with a more narrow statement from Franken. ‘Yes, I miss the Senate but I’m not going to run against Kirsten Gillibrand,’ it read.”

Amid the imposing prewar buildings that line Central Park West are three historic townhouses, and one is for sale. “There are plenty of shiny new condos on the New York City market, but those looking for a home with old bones will have a harder time of it,” the Robb Report observed. “Thankfully, one of these rare properties has just listed: a townhouse that dates back to 1887. It could be yours for $30 million.” That includes a heated indoor pool and a limestone likeness of Bethesda Fountain in the garden.

Generally thought to stretch from Broadway to CPW, 96th Street to 110th, the section of the UWS known as “Manhattan Valley” has suddenly become “fashionable,” according to a source in The New York Times. In addition to “attainabilty,” the article lists many reasons for its appeal. “I love the people in the area, the diversity. You see people of all walks of life, all colors, all religions. Everyone has an interesting story to tell,” said a man who recently bought there. By the way, Manhattan Valley is in a different City Council district from the rest of the UWS, for reasons we wrote about here.

The pandemic has changed how we live, with whom, and what homebuyers are looking for, wrote Multi-Housing News. “Units that have more social and activity spaces, such as media rooms, children’s rooms or studies, have been in high demand lately. Also, so-called “flex spaces” are particularly popular, according to Nancy Ruddy, founding principal & executive director of interior design at CetraRuddy Architects.” The Dahlia, a CetraRuddy building on West 95th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, is featured in the story as an example of “buildings of the future.”

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    1. Ian Alterman says:

      I would very much like to see Mr. Franken challenge Ms. Gillibrand. I think he would have a very good chance of beating her.

    2. moreInfo says:

      Hit & Run

      From the web link

      Police searched for the vehicle and pulled it over in front of 211 West 88th street around 7:45 p.m.

      Amauris Nunez, 35, was arrested and charged with vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident with an injury.

      Nunez has prior arrests for assault in 2014 and criminal mischief in 2010.

    3. Paul says:

      So the “double parking” story has a tape to it and it wasn’t double parking or a dispute over a parking spot. And the assailand didn’t “jump the curb.”
      It was a guy in a car sitting directly in front of a parking lot, a worker for the building telling him to move, and the moron in the car deciding to attack the worker for telling him he had to move. So he drives up the driveway (not ‘jump a curve’) and hits the worker.

      All on tape, all easily discerned, and yet misreported by WABC.

      Nice to have Al Franken back and yes!
      Run Al, Run.

    4. David Scruban says:

      Yes Al run!!!!
      And someone needs to primary the useless Schumer.

    5. paulcons says:

      Al’s got my vote, no question.

      • Tibbeth says:

        Al, you have my vote too. Al, go for it! You should definitely be in the Senate and in the seat currently held by What’s-Her-Name. Happen to know that Brooklyn loves you, too!

    6. bidenot says:

      Regardless if Al Franken runs against
      Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand or not – she
      should be defeated in the primary or
      the general election.
      A do nothing senator, who turned her
      back on the people upstate who voted
      her into the congress numerous times,
      it’s time for her to become retired.

      • Brandon says:

        I’m probably going to regret asking this, but what is it you think she did to turn her back on upstate New Yorkers?

        • care4u says:

          Not sure what bidenot means but here’s my take.
          As a congresswoman from upstate NY, Gillibrand was a conservative democrat, which in upstate means shes a conservative, period, regardless if she’s a democrat or a republican.
          She had a 85%+ approval rating from the NRA, and was very right of center on social and economical issues.
          Once she was tapped to replace HRC in the senate, and came under Schumer’s umbrella, she forgot the ones that got her into an elected office, and turned way left of center on all issues.
          In other words, thanks for supporting me before I became one of 100 (and not one of 435) but now I need the larger voting public in down state.

          • EdNY says:

            A representative represents his/her district. A senator represents the state.

            • Ken says:

              Actually, no. Senators are chosen by the people of their State to represent the COUNTRY, not the State. Of course, what was intended in this by the Founders long ago ceased to be a reality — unappreciated & misunderstood.

      • EdNY says:

        I’d rather have a do-nothing Democrat in the Senate than a Republican who could give the GOP control.

        • Peter says:

          Go ahead and take care of all the expenses associated with your do-nothing Senator. We the taxpayers can use a break.

          • JR says:

            New Yorkers pay way more tax into the federal government than they receive in benefits. So they’re paying for her–and sone GOP bozos, too

    7. Bob Lamm says:

      Whatever else anyone thinks about Senator Gillibrand, she has led a courageous fight for MANY years–still ongoing–to address the rampant sexual assault and sexual harassment in the U.S. military. This is clear in article after article. A strong majority of senators, both Democrats and Republicans, have supported her efforts. But they’ve been blocked repeatedly by some important senators of both parties who have strong ties to the worst of our military leaders.

      • Here Here!

        And I remember former Sen.Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) fighting Sen. Gillibrand, arguing that the matter should be handled WITHIN the chain of command… so Gillibrand lost her motion and nothing at all changed to encourage victims in their desperate
        struggles for justice.

        I don’t know; Missouri was going RED and maybe McCaskill felt she had to tack right… whatever; in the end she still lost her seat to a rabid trumpy.

        • Phoebe says:

          Yes, handling sex crimes within the chain of command of the military has got to be one of the cruelest jokes played on women ever.

    8. Deb says:

      I think Politico should have said that Al Franken has returned to the Upper West Side. I remember seeing him with his family strolling down Broadway.

    9. Debbie says:

      I’d happily vote for Franken. I have no
      use for Gillibrand since she targeted
      Franken over nothing.

    10. chris says:

      Great sticker AMNH!
      Secondly, I thought between 96 and 110 has been popular for years. When I lived on 110 between Broadway and Amsterdam I thought it was the center of the world. On 138 for the last 12 years and I still miss that neighborhood, still returning to the PO, Westside Market, shoemaker, etc etc.

    11. Chris says:

      Hey Sen. Gillibrand!

      Karma is a bitch.

      Run Franken run!
      You’ve got my vote.

    12. Marilyn says:

      It’s unfortunate Franken won’t run against Gilllibrand. And that from the get go it was clear she was wrong on Franken yet barely said a word about Cuomo despite his decades long reputation, and credible evidence long before the extremely readable and shocking AG report. Hypocrite & Cronyism are two words that come to mind re Gillibrand.

    13. Jane says:

      And only $30 million for an 1887 townhouse! Ya have to love NYC!
      Can I buy this with 100 friends?

    14. Pedestrian says:

      Lets Go Franken!

    15. Karen H. says:

      We believe in you, Al Franken, and we need you. Get that seat back! Set up that fund. I’m ready to donate.

    16. CZ says:

      GILLIBRAND WAS RIGHT. Al Franken violated women just like Cuomo. Stop defending this behavior just because you like him or his politics. It’s ok if he sticks his tongue down some other women’s throats (too bad, you say, not awful), but if it’s your daughter is it still ok?

      • Meh says:

        Sounds like a great winning strategy for liberals, cancel popular politicians for non political reasons. I consider myself middle left, but this sort of cancel culture is just unsustainable and I look forward to it disappearing because we either get a clue or the Democratic party just cancels itself into irrelevancy

    17. Amy Zarrow says:

      $30 million? Attainability?

      • Ben Mitchell says:

        Go Franken,go. You have my vote. I do fault you for quitting too easily. Maybe you had no choice. You are not forgotten here on the UWS.

    18. david says:

      I Manhattan Valley is so fashionable, why can’t anyone open up a movie theater here? Oh right, that guy has a Tennant who is definitely going to sign this week!!!

      WSR, can you follow up on the movie theater?