Monday, December 18, 2023
Rainy. High 60 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events. Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner to check.
The Winter Solstice is on Thursday, December 21, when the sun will set at 4:31 p.m. That will be the shortest day of the year. In a happy spin, though, that means the days will only grow longer from then on.
Upper West Side News
By Gus Saltonstall
A housing lottery recently opened for rent-stabilized apartments in an amenity-rich building on the Upper West Side.
The lottery is for homes in a brand-new building at 266 West 96th Street, between West End Avenue and Broadway. The building comes with a gym, outdoor terrace, children’s playroom, and spa. The window to apply for the lottery will remain open until February 16, 2024.
But what about the cost?
Eligible incomes to enter the stabilized-apartment lottery range from $40,526 to $198,250. The building has studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms available.
“These homes cater to varied needs, while sunlit interiors and premium plank flooring evoke a warm, welcoming ambiance,” reads a description for the apartments.
You can visit the link to see the specific income eligibility for each-sized apartment — HERE.
December 18 is the 25th anniversary of the premier of “You’ve Got Mail,” the beloved romantic comedy featuring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks set on the Upper West Side.
Untapped Cities recently put together a list of the different film locations that took place within the neighborhood.
The list unfortunately is made up of mostly shuttered shops, including the old Maya Schaper’s Cheese and Antiques shop near West 69th Street and Columbus Avenue, a Barney’s at the corner of Broadway and West 66th Street, the old H&H Bagels on West 80th Street, and most famously, the currently closed Cafe Lalo on West 83rd Street.
You can check out the full list for yourself — HERE.
An Upper West Side secondary-street naming took place last week to officially dub the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 94th Street, “DiDi Ford Way.” Ford spent nearly 50 years working at the River Park Nursery School, which is located on the same block.
She was the first African-American woman to teach at the school, and eventually became its director. She started working at the school in 1969, and continued to volunteer following her retirement in 2012.
Community Board 7 unanimously voted in May 2023 to approve a resolution for Ford’s secondary-street naming, and the process moved quickly from there.
“She supported and strengthened the women-run school by dedicating her life to enriching her students and the community at large with her imaginative lessons and teaching children to love each other, and to be proud and respectful of all cultures,” Councilmember Gale Brewer — who was in attendance for the ceremony — said about the longtime educator.
Here’s Barbara Litt’s piece posted in the Rag earlier this year about Ford’s legacy, and the process Litt helped lead to make the street naming happen: Who Doesn’t Remember a Favorite Teacher?
A budget watchdog for the city recently estimated that it will cost $6 billion to $7.8 billion to take care of the city’s migrants over the next two years, which is up to $4.8 billion less than what Mayor Eric Adams forecast at the end of the summer, as reported by Gothamist.
The projection was delivered by the Independent Budget Office, and differed significantly from the mayor’s estimate of $10.8 billion over the next two years to care for the influx of migrants.
The process for next year’s budget is ramping up as we head into the new year, and Adams has already announced expected cuts to libraries, schools and police. He’s emphasized that more services will have to be cut to properly handle the steady flow of migrants into the five boroughs.
Gothamist provides a breakdown of how this new estimate by the city watchdog might change the conversation. You can read it — HERE.
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