Monday, January 29, 2024
Cloudy. High 41 degrees.
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On Monday, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan will host, “Supermensch: Unveiling the Superhero Jewish Secrets.” The night of laughs will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and feature comedian Judy Gold.
Upper West Side News
By Gus Saltonstall
In some major birding news, Rover the bald eagle was spotted last week in Central Park for the first time in nearly two years, the New York Post reported.
Rover was seen on January 22 above the Central Park Reservoir, where he used to famously hunt seagulls and other creatures.
Welcome back to one of Central Park’s great celebrity birds! Rover the Bald Eagle was seen at the Reservoir this morning after famously hunting gulls there in January 2022 (photo). As long as some ice remains, Rover may continue visiting. 🦅 pic.twitter.com/AHqWlSRQcx
— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) January 22, 2024
The bird is easily identifiable thanks to an “R7” tag he received from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in 2018.
In 2023, experts confirmed at least four bald eagles living in the city, after none were seen for nearly a century. Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan is the most common place to find these birds.
A pair of Upper West Side sidewalk sheds recently received the dubious honor of being among the oldest pieces of scaffolding in Manhattan.
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine published a list last week of the eight oldest sidewalk sheds in the borough, and 571 West End Avenue near West 88th Street, and 2139 Broadway near West 75th Street, both earned places on the list.
The sidewalk shed outside the pre-war building at 571 West End Avenue has been up since September 2013, with Department of Building records showing significant delays in construction over the years. Recently, the property received a $6,250 fine for failing to submit an inspection report. Completion is currently projected for April 2024.
The property at 2139 Broadway is a landmarked building that saw its sidewalk shed go up in the summer of 2014. The most recent major update was a request for a 16-month extension in 2023, which stated that roughly 60 percent of the work was complete.
You can find out more — HERE.
The New York Times profiled Tania Tetlow, the first woman and layperson to lead Fordham University, which has a campus on the Upper West Side, in its 182-year history.
While Fordham’s main campus is located in the Bronx, the Jesuit school’s second campus at Lincoln Center on West 60th Street serves as a micro-community within the neighborhood.
The profile addresses the recent resignations of Claudine Gay at Harvard University and Elizabeth Magill at the University of Pennsylvania, both of whom had been president of those schools for less than two years.
“Being a university president is a tough job on a good day,” Tetlow told the New York Times. “I think we’re all feeling fragile right now. These are tough issues to navigate.”
Find out more about Tetlow — HERE.
An Upper West Side restaurant is continuing its scorching year of reviews with its inclusion among the semifinalists of the Best New Restaurant in New York State by the James Beard Awards.
Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi, which opened within Lincoln Center in 2022, was named on Wednesday as a semifinalist for the Best New Restaurant in the state.
The eatery has racked up a host of praise in its short time open, including earning a place within the New York Times 50 best restaurants in the country for 2023, Yelp’s 25 top picks in the United States, and five stars from TimeOut.
The restaurant is led by Onwuachi, who has run eateries in Washington, D.C. and California, and also competed in the popular TV show, “Top Chef.”
Onwuachi was previously named the “Rising Star Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Awards.
The only problem? It is nearly impossible to get a reservation.
Also on the Upper West Side, Chef Charles Gabriel, who heads Charles Pan-Fried Chicken, which has a location on West 72nd Street, has been named a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef in New York State.
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