By Carol Tannenhauser
February 7, 2022 Weather: A wintry mix of rain and freezing rain, high 39 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
Though an increasing number of humans are leaving urban areas for greener pastures, birds of prey, including Central Park’s bald eagle, Rover, are discovering the pleasures of city life. Rover is part of an ongoing trend of raptors moving to metropolitan areas. And it bodes well for their future. “If Rover can make it here, perhaps Bald Eagles can make it anywhere,” wrote The New York Times.
The city’s Department of Investigation is examining a string of recent fires in NYCHA buildings, including one on the UWS, The Real Deal reported. “[The] Dec. 28 fire at Wise Towers at 133 West 90th Street broke out within a trash chute, allowing smoke to spread through the building. An elevator was broken when firefighters arrived, impeding rescue efforts. Six tenants and one firefighter were injured in the fire, the Rag reported.
In the 1930s, there were over 500 Jewish appetizing stores in New York CIty. Today there are about a dozen. Three of them are on the Upper West Side. “Barney Greengrass…opened in 1909 in Harlem and moved to its current location on Amsterdam Avenue in 1929. A restaurant section was added in 1938, and a year later the store shipped an order of smoked sturgeon to President Franklin D. Roosevelt,” Untapped New York reported. Can you name two other famous appetizing stores in the neighborhood?
When it published a list of black-owned businesses within walking distance of campus, Columbia Daily Spectator included several spots on the Upper West Side, including Freda’s Caribbean & Soul Cuisine, Uptown Poké, Awash, and Bodega 88.
“Imagine being able to hit the half-pipe without leaving home. For residents of the new Upper West Side rental and condo complex Waterline Square, it’s no dream,” Thrillist reported. “The complex recently opened what it’s billing as the first skatepark inside an NYC residential building….The skatepark includes a 42-foot-long, 4-foot-high half-pipe and 10-foot-high mini ramp.”
The Shefa School, a Jewish school for students with learning disabilities is beginning construction on an UWS building that will triple the school’s size, according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “The new campus — located just a block from Central Park and Columbus Circle — will be situated in a building that has not been occupied for more than 40 years….[It] is set to be completed in the spring of 2024.”
Sincere condolences to the entire Zabar family on the passing of Lori Zabar, 67, granddaughter of Louis and Lillian Zabar, the founders of Zabar’s appetizing store. An attorney, preservationist, host extraordinaire, and author, “She spent the past five years researching and writing a book about the history of Zabar’s and the Zabar family. Zabar’s: A Family Story, with Recipes will be published on May 3, 2022. Lori’s passion and drive to complete the book was an inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting or working with her. Lori’s loss will be felt by everyone she positively influenced throughout her life and career. Zabar’s will be forever grateful to Lori.” (The New York Times)
Finally, a neighbor is seeking a [non-residential] “place to curl up with a good book” on the Upper West Side. “Fireplace and hot chocolate major bonuses!” Please put suggestions in comments.
Happy Birthday KR.