Monday, November 20, 2023
Partly sunny. High 45 degrees.
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Thanksgiving will take place on Thursday, November 23. It will be a busy few days for the Upper West Side, as the inflation event for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will happen on Wednesday, and the parade itself will march through the neighborhood the following day.
Upper West Side News
By Gus Saltonstall
There have been more homes sold on the Upper West Side in 2023 than any other neighborhood in New York City, according to a recent study by Property Shark.
The real estate website published a report of the “Top 50 Most Expensive NYC Neighborhoods in Q3 2023,” which also included data on home sales prices and the number of sales per community. While the Upper West Side came in as the 26th most expensive neighborhood in the city from July 1 to September 30 of this year, it led the city in a different statistic.
No New York City neighborhood has seen more home sales in the five boroughs this year than the 586 transactions that have happened on the Upper West Side. The Upper East Side was a close second at 583 home sales, and then there is a steep drop off to Chelsea’s 198 sales.
The Upper West Side and Upper East Side also had by far the most home sales in New York City in 2022.
You can check out the full study on Property Shark’s website — HERE.
Speaking of Upper West Side home sales, the owner of Chelsea Piers just listed his local townhouse, where Eleanor Roosevelt’s father once lived, for nearly $10 million, as first reported by the New York Times.
Roland Betts, along with his wife Lois Betts, listed their longtime home at 313 West 102nd Street for $9.5 million. The couple bought the home in 1972 for $150,000, according to the Times.
The single-family home has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, a balcony, gardens, a fireplace, and 5,100 square feet of interior space.
Along with his Chelsea Piers success, Betts served in the ownership group of the Texas Rangers with his Yale classmate and good friend President George W. Bush, who visited the home between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive on multiple occasions, according to the New York Times.
You can find out more about the property — HERE.
A Columbia University student filed a lawsuit last week against the nonprofit behind a truck that has appeared around campus over the past month, featuring a mobile billboard with the names and photos of students along with the caption — “Columbia’s Leading Antisemites,” as first reported by Patch.
Yusuf Hafez, 21, filed the lawsuit against Accuracy in Media, Inc., which argued that the nonprofit violated a section of New York Civil Rights law that bars corporations from using a person’s photo in advertisement without written consent.
The truck began appearing near Columbia’s 116th Street campus around the end of October and has featured multiple names and photos of students. The truck has appeared outside of other campuses across the country.
Accuracy in Media, Inc. did not respond to Patch’s request for comment.
You can read more about the lawsuit — HERE.
West Side Rag put out the call on November 12 for readers to take part in our 2nd annual Thanksgiving contest. In the following days, scores of people sent in responses on what they were most thankful for over nine different topics related to the Upper West Side.
The Rag will publish the results and announce a winner for each category in an article later this week.
On the topic of gratitude, and in a week where we reflect on the things we are grateful for, it felt like the right time to give my thanks to West Side Rag readers for an overwhelmingly supportive first two-and-a-half months in my new position at the publication.
As in any career decision, there was a certain level of anxiety attached to my move from Patch to the Rag.
That anxiety dissipated in a matter of days, though.
I’ve been a first-person witness to the West Side Rag team’s unceasing commitment to Upper West Side news, and the strength, support, and knowledge of the Rag’s readership base.
To tie it back to our Thanksgiving contest, along with the Rag team and its devoted readers, I am thankful for the Joan of Arc Park on West 93rd Street and Riverside; the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich from Zucker’s at West 73rd Street and Columbus; the basketball courts on West 98th Street and Amsterdam; the ivy-covered building on West 91st Street and West End Avenue; the Arizona iced tea and bag of chips you can still get for $1.50 from the deli at West 103rd Street and Broadway; the Riverside Church on West 122nd Street and Claremont Avenue; and much, much more.
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