the Upper West Side by Stephen Sondheim; the wrongs of RAD; In praise of messy apartments


Posted on November 29, 2021 at 11:35 am by Carol Tannenhauser

You never know what you’ll see behind the scenes at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Photo by Judy Vann.

November 29, 2021 Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 42 degrees.

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In tribute to Stephen Sondheim, the immortal composer and lyricist who died on Friday Unexpectedly at the age of 91, The New York Times simply stated that he “first lived on the Upper West Side.” In Stephen Sondheim: A Life, biographer Meryle Secrest gives details of her decade in the neighborhood. “The San Remo apartment building on Central Park West, where Stephen Joshua Sondheim was taken in 1930 when he was six months old, has been a landmark almost since the first day it opened that same year … at the age of four years old, he was enrolled in a kindergarten. class twelve blocks south on Central Park West… .the School of Ethical Culture was the ideal solution for parents uncomfortable between a strict adherence to dogma and atheism…. he began to take piano lessons from the age of about seven, studying with a Mrs. Moss, who had a small studio on West Eighty-Fourth Street, just off Central Park West.

Federal housing program supposed to speed up repairs in the buildings of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in partnership with private managers, but board member Helen Rosenthal told NY1, it makes things worse. “Last December, Wise Towers – four NYCHA buildings with addresses on West 90th and West 91st streets between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues – was converted to a rental aid demonstration or RAD…. Shortly after the takeover of the private company… Rosenthal’s office began to receive calls regarding lack of heat, water cuts for hours, disrespect and intimidation of contractors and maintenance staff, and botched renovations.

NBC financial correspondent Stephanie Ruhle was filming a segment on small business at one of the neighborhood favorites – West Side Kids, which has been selling toys “to celebrities and ordinary people for 40 years!” owner Jenny Bergman joked. Ruehle was eclipsed by a toddler who got lost in her plan… the son of actress Amy Schumer!

“Thanksgiving!” One of the most beloved days of the year in New York “, announces famous doorless helicopter company, FLYNYON, advertising its 489 seats above Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. So begins an opinion piece by local writer Julia Vitullo-Martin on the city’s persistent noise and pollution problems from helicopters. “New York has only one way out of the helicopter mess we find ourselves in and that is through our next mayor, Eric Adams,” she wrote in the Gotham Gazette. “He has declared war on lawlessness of all kinds – and we need him to start a war against the lawless skies of New York.”

Fortunately, evictions have been rare in New York over the past year and a half, in part thanks to the moratoriums in cities, states and the federal government that have kept people in place during the pandemic, ”says The New Yorker. “But those the protections could not save Aubergine, a quaintly decrepit flophouse, lounge and community of culture enthusiasts at 546 West 113th Street. For half a century, a rotating troop of urban settlers – mostly young people, often artists or academics – have found refuge in the five-story Beaux-Arts building, which is owned by Columbia University. Rent: five hundred and forty dollars per person. Earlier this year, citing security concerns, Columbia decided to repossess the building. “

In a series on pandemic-induced shortages, The Economist, citing West Side Rag, discusses dognapping, more specifically, an incident that occurred on the UWS. “The wild demand for pandemic puppies during the lockdown resulted in such an extreme dog shortage that shelters had as many as 50 owners vying for a single puppy. Combine that with pandemic-related conditions such as high unemployment and reduced foot traffic and you have a perfect storm for napping. “

The controversial statue of Theodore Roosevelt which has been at the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History for over 80 years heading to North Dakota, 6pc reported. It will be placed in a new Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library slated to open in 2026, on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the United States. “According to the officials of the AMNH, the work to remove [the statue] will begin this fall and run for several months. A proposal from NYC Parks and the Upper West Side Museum requests two plaques with a text explaining the statue and the reasons for its removal.

Finally, a celebration of messy apartments – and the Upper West Side, by Faith Sallie, which you may know from NPR’s quiz show, “Wait, wait… don’t tell me,” as well as its journalism and podcasts. For the past 15 years, Sallie has lived “exclusively in a one and a half square mile area bordered by Central Park West and Broadway … I’m evangelical about the Upper West Side,” she told Times. As for the messy apartments: “If I was a set designer for a play and wanted to show a fun and not too fancy house and a place of joy with parents who cherish their children, what would it look like? I think it would probably look like our messy apartment.

Happy Chanukah to everyone who celebrates (no matter how you spell it)!


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