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.”
Finally, a sticker worth having!
We don’t own a car, and my kids don’t get grades, so I don’t do that “My Kid Got Honor Roll” bumper sticker stuff…BUT if I had a minivan, don’t you know this sticker my kids got would be slapped on there for all the world to see: pic.twitter.com/GrNq2Y9t31
— Faith Salie (@Faith_Salie) November 6, 2021