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Photo by Rob Godley.
October 25, 2021 Weather: Heavy rain coming tonight and tomorrow.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
“The city has come to a chilling conclusion: No propane heaters will be permitted for outdoor dining this fall and winter,CrainsNY reported. “To warm up the news, the de Blasio’s administration is offering $5,000 grants to reimburse some restaurants for the money they will spend on new natural gas or electric-powered heaters. Only businesses with revenue less than $1 million in 2019 will qualify for the reimbursement. The city said that the move was a fire-safety measure not meant to stifle outdoor dining.”
It’s unthinkable! There’s a chance that Alice’s Tea Cup will not be run by the Fox sisters, “who grew up in the neighborhood, opened Alice’s on a whim in 2001, with the hope that the restaurant would add stability in their lives,” The New York Times reported. “And it did, for 20 years,” as it provided a portal to Wonderland — a rabbit hole — a few steps down on 73rd Street, just west of Columbus Avenue, for children and adults alike to enjoy a cup of tea, a scone, and some fairy dust. “But these days, the Fox sisters, feeling the brunt of the pandemic, have made the emotionally difficult decision that it may be time to sell the family business.”
Speaking of family businesses, Lady Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta has been running Joanne Trattoria, an Italian spot on 68th Street, just east of Columbus, for 11 years. In an interview with FoxBusiness Germanotta opines about the continuing challenges of the pandemic, including mandates — “It’s time to let people make their own decisions. Business owners are responsible and they understand” — and outdoor dining sheds — “The City looks like hell….They don’t clean the streets underneath them, so what’s living under there? It’s time to get rid of them.”
Are the UWS’s classic pre-war buildings — no matter how prestigious — uncomfortable and out of date? So says Forbes, in a piece about “a rising crop of ground-up, brand-new condominium buildings across the Upper West Side, each offering an element of modern luxury lacking in the celebrated historic buildings. It might be sustainable design, private outdoor space, in-unit elevator entry or an innovative amenity selection. The newcomers include 200 Amsterdam, ERA, 212 West 93rd Street, 212 West 72nd Street, Charlotte of the Upper West Side, and Waterline Square.
A life-sized statue of legendary photographer Diane Arbus will stand in the southeast corner of Central Park through August, 2022, Gothamist reported. “Arbus…was a New York City native who grew up on Central Park West…. and shot some of her best-known work while holding court in Central Park, including “Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, 1962“…. Arbus is only the fourth nonfictional woman to be depicted in bronze in Central Park. The other three — Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony — comprise the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument, located mid-park around 68th Street.
Regarding the community blood drive we wrote about here, organized by four local real estate brokers: we heard from one of them: “Nina Hennessey, from Collaborative THKS, following up with info on the Blood Drive. It is Monday, 10/25. There was such terrific response to this article that 20 more spots were added last week and now there are 5 left.You can still sign up through the link in the article. Thank you!!! Thank you!!!
Happy Halloween! We will publish the nine winning true ghost stories sent in by readers– each of whom will earn a (small or medium) WSR T-shirt — on October 30th. Send any entries in by Wednesday, October 27th.
Lost and Found
“My name is Amelie,” a recent email to the Rag began. “I have been an Upper West Sider for 7 years. I came from Paris, France with my family in 2015 and started a new life in New York that we adore. I lost a bracelet in September, between my home (97th and Amsterdam), my kids’ school (PS84 – 92nd and Columbus), Plantshed (87th and Columbus), and Staples (82nd and Broadway). This is a bracelet my grandmother gave me shortly before she died as a present for my new job. It is so meaningful to me. It is a golden bracelet (but brass not gold) with a sculpted knot. Thank you for anything you can do to help! Warmest regards.”
The lost bracelet.
No one has yet claimed the gold wedding ring that Max found last week. If you have information about either piece of jewelry, write to westsiderag at gmail.com
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Alice’s Tea Cup owners took 800k in Grants for each of their locations. If they sell do they have to pay those grants back? Seems only fair they’d have to.
Not totally sure of when they got them but there’s this idea in business of sunk cost. Just sayin’
Kind of funny to ask if pre-war buildings are “out of date.” Of course they are – they’re vintage.
If you want all the modern amenities, you should definitely move into a new building. Pre-war buildings are for those of us willing to exchange convenience for character. Understand what makes you happy and choose accordingly.
Great point. We have a few owners in our pre-war co-op who keep complaining that it isn’t keeping up with the brand new buildings that their friends live in, and they want to spend a fortune and destroy the character of the building to make that happen.
Several of us have politely told them that if that is what they want, move to a brand new building. We make sure to keep our building in good shape but comparing the types of buildings is apples and oranges.
What are the improvements that would destroy the character of the building?
What sorts of amenities do these folks want?
It’s not just character, it’s the amount of space you get for your money. Dollar for dollar, buying a prewar apartment will typically get you more space, a more gracious layout and higher ceilings vs buying a modern condo. I’ll take that over common amenities any day of the week.
“Time to let people make their own decisions”???
Why is the concept of public health and pandemic control so opaque for so many?
A statue of Ruth Orkin in Central Park would have been a better choice.
Um yes – has anyone seen the price of said 2 bed 2 bath in the new buildings with amenities – case in point – broadway and 92nd – over 3 million?? Yes, nice indoor lap pool, children’s stage, etc. etc. but worth that much? And judging by recent stories – who’s to say how well built they are?
Forget the asking prices. The issue is what will people pay for them?
Will the Rag follow these buildings and see what the price points are?
Condo sales are public record. Look at the NYC ACRIS database online if you are interested in sales prices.
I’m pretty sure that the new buildings don’t budge much on price.
BUying into a co-op is always about 30% less than buying a comparable condo.

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