By Carol Tannenhauser
March 21, 2022 Weather: Sunny, high of 60 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
It is hard to focus on neighborhood news with descriptions and images of the horrors in Ukraine seeping in. With recognition of that we continue onward, with heavy hearts.
Henrietta Mantooth has lived on the Upper West Side for 60 years. At the age of 97, she is still painting and exhibiting her work — in the MOMA in Brazil and the Ford Foundation Gallery. Her paintings were recently displayed at the kick-off party on Columbus Avenue for the Gold Standard Arts Festival — which celebrates older artists. “I actually love being old,” [she] told the NY Post. “There is an excitement and a freedom in many ways. And I feel I am a history book and all of that experience offers me a knowledge that presents itself without conscious effort.”
On Thursday afternoon, another woman in her 90s was randomly punched in the back of her head while standing outside reading a menu at Manny’s Bistro, on Columbus Avenue between 70th and 71st, according to ABC7. But bistro owner Manuel Colon followed the attacker, calling 911, and pointing him out when the police arrived. The 35-year-old man was charged with one count of assault. “The victim said she was feeling okay [and] refused medical attention.”
A townhouse on Central Park West and 85th Street sold for $26 million setting a neighborhood record for townhouses, according to the New York Post, which teased about the “mystery buyer,” reportedly “a New York family.” What does the 10,000-square-foot mansion have to offer? In addition to the “six bedrooms, high ceilings, oversize windows, two skylights, four Juliet balconies…landscaped garden and landscaped roof-deck overlooking Central Park…in the basement, there’s an 1,875-square-foot ‘wellness center’ with a lap pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and hydrotherapy steam shower.”
Jerry Zaks, “the celebrated Broadway director...whose current projects are ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ lives in a more modest — photograph-filled — two-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side, The New York Times reported. And he has an unusual arrangement. “When he wants to visit his girlfriend, Melissa Gooding (or his Tony Awards), he goes down two flights to what is essentially his second home.” Take a look at The Times’ tour and Joy Bergmann’s profile of Zaks in WSR, including his thoughts on making it through the day on the UWS: “Find the behavior that will protect the possibility of a happy ending….try to stay civilized while you’ve got trucks and buses and people asking for money and people being loud on their cell phones, always something coming at you. You gotta be alert.”
New York Times food critic Florence Fabricant found her way to 67Gourmet on Columbus Avenue and 69th Street. “This well-stocked nook up the block [created by the owners of 67 Wine & Spirits] mostly sells cheeses, charcuterie, condiments and crackers — stuff to nibble with wine. They’ve hired Martin Johnson, a cheesemonger…to oversee the store and select the goods. Worth discovering is Moser from Switzerland, whose fluent Cru Blanc Camembert begs for sauvignon blanc alongside.” By all means, satisfy the Camembert!
Finally, news is breaking today about the future of the Metro Theater. Stay with us for the latest reports.
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