Monday, July 31, 2023
Generally clear. High 82 degrees.
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By Carol Tannenhauser
Last weekend, I got an email from a friend with the subject line: “WSR in a book :)”
“Just fyi,” she wrote, “I’m reading this book at the moment, ‘Feral City’, and look which fabulous publication I’m stumbling upon
I remember that story well. I had interviewed the above-mentioned “neighborhood woman” because someone tipped us off that she had moved into the city in August, 2020, at the height of the pandemic, when half-a-million other people had moved out. The “rent-stabilized” aspect of her story was a bonus — and went viral, holding the number-one-all-time-most-views spot on the WSR hit parade (230,225), until Yoko Ono moved out of The Dakota in March of 2023 (253,967).
Movement into and out of our city seems to be one way that we measure its health and allure. “Neighborhood woman” was a victory for New York, celebrating its energy and abundance of human nature.
I contacted her this past weekend — her name is Maureen Cross — as I have periodically in the years since the story, to see how her choices played out. Is she still here? How is she doing and feeling now? Here is her unedited response:
“I will never leave UWS! My quality of life is too high here to do that. This morning I went swimming in the Hudson and this afternoon I’ll walk 1 block to see Oppenheimer. This evening I’ll walk my dogs over to the updated Museum of Natural History park and run into people I know. Tomorrow I’ll go to the Farmers Market there and bring my composting. The egg lady there is fantastic as well as the apple guys.
It’s beyond beautiful here with our river and parks. Grocery stores everywhere.
My parking garage is on my street with super nice guys. I needed a new printer last week and I walked to Shine Electronics. They ordered it, delivered it and set it up for me.
I got the best haircut of my life with Nina at Excellence Barbershop recently for a very reasonable price. I got great summer clothes at Unique Boutique.
I bought a new fan at Basics Plus hardware store and they put it together for me. Emma there is the epitome of customer service. New Fed Ex on Bway took care of a recent project for me. Chase Bank always helpful and informed. Same with Staples, Zabars, Gristedes, 82nd St. Grocery. 24 Hour Fruit Stand guy so friendly. Vitamin Connection guy comes out to give my dogs treats. Post Office so convenient. Waiting for Fire Station guys to come back after their renovation. I have lived a lot of places and it is the best place for dogs. They come everywhere with me.
Excellent home day care they go to.
That’s my experience! I could not live this life anywhere else.
Don’t read the news. It makes you cynical. Except UWS rag of course.
There you go. I could go on.
Have a great week!
Thanks to Yvonne Vavra for the tip.
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