Monday, October 30, 2023
Rainy. High 66 degrees.
There was gorgeous weather on Friday and Saturday, but the showers on Sunday mean it has rained for eight straight weekends in New York City.
Our calendar has lots of local events. Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to check.
The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 7th, and Upper West Siders will find two races for judgeships on their ballots. There is generally little known about the candidates who want to be judges, but Rachel Holliday Smith from THE CITY recently put together a helpful guide. You can read it — HERE.
Upper West Side News
By Gus Saltonstall
What will become the Upper West Side’s tallest building is rapidly rising after years of controversy, and apartments costing in the tens of millions are being listed for the first time at the address. The building at 50 West 66th Street will stand 775 feet tall, which is over 100 feet taller than 200 Amsterdam’s 668-foot height.
There are currently eight listings available in the 50 West 66th Street building that will cost you between $4.6 million and $34 million, according to the New York Daily News, which reported on the building’s progress last week.
West Side Rag reported extensively on the development in 2019 and 2020, including when a state judge ruled against the developer in a lawsuit challenging the use of “mechanical voids” to help lift the proposed building to the 775-foot mark.
Construction stalled for months during the legal battle.
“I’m less than thrilled,” Upper West Sider Lynn Kressel told the Daily News last week. The building is expected to be completed in 2024 or 2025.
You can read more about it on the Daily News website.
A pair of local bagel spots were just named among the top in the five boroughs. Eater New York recently published its list of “The Best Bagels in New York City,” and two Upper West Side joints earned spots.
Absolute Bagels on Broadway between West 107th and 108th streets, and Bagel Talk on Amsterdam Avenue near the corner of West 78th Street both got featured on the Eater New York ranking.
“The bagels at Absolute are larger than average and glossy from their boil,” the staff at the food review and news website wrote about Absolute Bagels. “The bright orange egg bagel is a favorite, and so is the everything bagel, best spread with the salty and smoky whitefish salad for a flavor explosion.”
In the review of Bagel Talk, Eater New York specifically mentioned its bagels were better than those at nearby Zabar’s, and that Bagel Talk had recently revoked its no-toasting policy.
Let us know in the comment section if you think a different Upper West Side bagel spot got left out.
Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, columnist, and Upper West Sider, penned a piece in The New York Times on October 24th, titled — “Why are so many people stuck in the dark, crime-ridden fantasy world.”
The column covers F.B.I. crime statistics, public perception vs. reality when it comes to safety, the fall of violent crimes that began in the 1990s, former President Donald Trump’s approach to the issue, and how the number of murders nationwide fell again in 2022 after seeing an uptick during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
“What this implies is that public views about crime needn’t have much to do with personal experience. They may instead be shaped by impressions people pick up from media, both news and social, and from politicians,” Krugman wrote while citing F.B.I. statistics from 2022 that there were 370 violent crimes for every 100,000 Americans. “In other words, perceptions about crime are like perceptions about the economy — perhaps more so: They don’t necessarily bear much relationship to reality.”
An all-star cast of comedians will perform for a good cause at the Beacon Theatre in December. “Night of Too Many Stars” will take place on Monday, December 11th, and also include a live auction to raise money for Next for Autism, an organization that builds programs to support adults with autism.
The slate of comedians will feature Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Rachel Bloom, Chris Rock, and Stephen Colbert. Tickets are still available starting at $338.
Robert Smigel, a longtime Saturday Night Live writer/producer, started “Night of Too Many Stars” with his wife, Michelle Smigel, after struggling to find appropriate education for their autistic son, reported DeadLine.
The event has raised over $30 million over the past 20 years.
An Upper West Side man was killed in a traffic collision on the West Side Highway this Friday. Gregory Ahrens, 55, was riding his motorcycle on the West Side Highway near West 112th Street, when he attempted to merge lanes and collided with the rear of a SUV, reported amNewYork and confirmed by the NYPD.
Ahrens was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He was a resident of West 75th Street, amNewYork reported. You can read more about it — HERE.
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