Monday, November 13, 2023
Sunny. High 49 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events. Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to check.
Veterans Day took place on Saturday, November 11, but because the holiday fell on a weekend this year, some are observing it on Monday, November 13.
Goddard Riverside is hosting a winter coat drive on Thursday, November 16, at 6 p.m. The drop-off location is the Joan of Arc School at 154 West 93rd Street. The goal is to collect 1,000 new or unwanted coats, hats, and gloves for the less fortunate. For more information, you can contact Chantel Roberson at email@example.com.
Upper West Side News
By Gus Saltonstall
A spat broke out last week between actor Tony Danza and an Upper West Side resident walking her dog in the neighborhood, the New York Post reported.
“Tony Danza, stop being an a**hole,” a woman reportedly said about the “Taxi” actor after the two almost collided while she was walking her dog.
A source for the Post said that Danza and the woman were walking at one another, when he moved to avoid her dog, but the woman didn’t do enough to get out of the way and the actor had to jump to get over the dog.
Words were then exchanged, the Post reported. The article also referred to the Upper West Side as a “posh neighborhood.”
Danza has previously made Upper West Side news through multiple surprise appearances singing outside of Manny’s Bistro on Columbus Avenue near West 71st Street. You can read more about the local pooch brouhaha on the New York Post’s website — HERE.
A seven-story mansion on Riverside Drive formerly owned by a convicted fraudster just cut its asking price by $10 million, as first reported by Curbed.
The piece of real estate might still be out of most people’s price range, as the townhouse at 25 Riverside Drive, on the corner of West 75th Street, will now cost you a staggering $55 million instead of the previous $65 million, a listing shows.
The building belongs to a trust connected to the family of Dina Reis, an art dealer and socialite who pleaded guilty in 2011 to fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The recently renovated home is 12,000 square feet, with eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, 70 windows, outdoor terraces on four floors, three kitchens, six fireplaces, and an elevator to all seven floors.
Here’s a video tour of the $55 million home.
It is a bit farther uptown, but a set of monkey statues created by 20th-century urban planner Robert Moses has been removed from a playground in Riverside Park following backlash over their possibly racially motivated design, reported the Columbia Spectator.
The monkey statues, which were built within the iron trellises of the Ten Mile River Playground near West 148th Street, were removed recently by the Parks Department after Shiloh Frederick called out the design on TikTok earlier this year.
“The monkeys at Ten Mile River are painted black and have what could be interpreted as shackles around their wrists,” Frederick wrote in her post. “It’s also hard to believe that a man as intentional as Robert Moses only coincidentally put monkeys in a Harlem playground.”
The point was made that similar Moses-designed monkey statues exist at the River Run Playground near West 83rd Street on the Upper West Side, but Frederick added that they are “distinctly different,” as they are neither painted black nor had “what could be “interpreted as shackles around their wrists.”
You can read more about the removal of the monkey statues on the Columbia Spectator’s website — HERE.
Ed Park, an Upper West Sider and celebrated author, recently published his second novel through Random House. His real local claim to fame, though, is as the photographer and tipster of one of the West Side Rag’s most loved articles — “UWS Mysteries: How Did This Couch End Up In This Tree?”
The 56-word story from 2019 explained that a couch had been lodged 20 feet up in the branches of a tree on West 95th Street near Amsterdam Avenue, with no obvious explanation.
On November 2, the New York Times reviewed Park’s new novel — “Same Bed Different Dreams,” which critic Hamilton Cain glowingly began with — “the rare sophomore novel that has the wild, freewheeling ambition of a debut.”
Part of the novel takes place on the Upper West Side and he wrote the book while living in the neighborhood.
You can check out the novel for yourself — HERE.
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