Monday, January 15, 2024
Partly cloudy. High 35 degrees.
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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a federal holiday that is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year. January 15 is also King’s birthday.
Local Historian Jim Mackin, along with the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group and the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District, will host a program on January 31 about notable figures who once lived in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. Those figures include Thurgood Marshall, Billie Holiday, Augustus Meyers, and more. You can find out more — HERE.
Upper West Side News
By Gus Saltonstall
A major Upper West Side shopping center is at risk of “imminent default,” according to a recent report by Crain’s New York Business.
Columbus Square, which is a collection of five apartment towers between West 97th and and 100th streets along both sides of Columbus Avenue, has had its mortgage sent to “special servicing,” a step that Crain’s describes as the “financial world’s equivalent of the intensive-care ward.”
Along with the residential component, Columbus Square also has a multitude of commercial tenants, including Whole Foods, Target, T.J. Maxx, Starbucks, Homegoods, Bareburger, and more. The three-block stretch also has three schools.
Columbus Square has a $370 million mortgage, along with a loan that matures in August, meaning that the mortgage will most likely have to be refinanced at a higher rate than its current rate, reported Crain’s. The complex is owned by real estate company MetLife and the real estate investment firm UDR.
Columbus Square has a dedicated website, where you can learn more about the complex and its history.
Those who are Crain’s subscribers can read the full article — HERE.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio might be coming to a stage near you.
In April, 2021, the ex-hizzoner was planning to do a comedy set at the Upper West Side’s Stand Up NY to help in its reopening after COVID restrictions. He ended up pulling out at the time, but now de Blasio is again debating the idea, according to a recent story from Page Six.
Dani Zoldan, the owner of Stand Up NY at 236 West 78th Street, told the Post that de Blasio is “taking the offer seriously” to perform a set at the club.
It is not the first time the former mayor has been connected to the Upper West Side in recent months.
He was spotted multiple times this past fall at the Empire Rooftop bar on West 63rd Street with a romantic date, and he also rented a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood in October, multiple publications reported at the time.
De Blasio never gave a reason why he ended up not performing the comedy set in 2021, but the routine would have opened as following, according to the Post: “A lot of you know who I am, but for those who don’t, I’m not Bill de Blasio. In fact, if this goes terribly, I’m Andrew Cuomo.”
This would be the first time that the former mayor performed a standup routine.
You can check out more about the situation — HERE.
Speaking of comedy, sadly, it’s the end of an era. Actress Joyce Randolph, who played Ed Norton’s wife, Trixie, on the classic 1950s television show, “The Honeymooners,” died “in her Upper West Side home” on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. She was 99. Randolph was the last surviving main character of the beloved comedy, which also starred Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows.
Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech in support of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968. The speech has since been dubbed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”
This is how he chose to conclude that speech.
“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life—longevity has its place.
But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.
And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land.
I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.
And so I’m happy tonight; I’m not worried about anything; I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
He was shot and killed the next day.
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