Restored and returning Nivola horses; The Ultimate Jewish Deli Tour; What is 352?
Posted on April 4, 2022 at 6:20 a.m. by West Side Rag
By Carol Tannenhauser
April 4, 2022 Weather: Partly cloudy. 56 degree high.
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In March 2021, 18 modernist concrete sculptures known as Nivola Horses — for Italian artist Constantino Nivola who designed them in 1964 – disappeared from the Stephen Wise Towers Plaza, a NYCHA complex on West 90th and 91st Streets between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Only their dismembered hooves remained. It wasn’t vandalism, it was ignorance on the part of a landscaping contractor, and now, Curbed reports, after a ‘thorough’ restoration, ‘the horses should be relocated to a renovated plaza this fall. ….[with] new hooves and, potentially, new tails and noses too.
Last year, “in the midst of what he called ‘the blur’ of formless Covid days”, a former Wall Street Journal reporter walked from his home in Washington, D.C. to Central Park — “a hike to the Ramble,” the New Yorker called it. This year, in search of more adventure, “he’s set his sights on… crossing what he calls Central Park’s seven seas, from north to south: the Harlem Meer; the Pool, west of the North Meadow; The reservoir; the turtle pond; Lake; the Conservatoire des Eaux, with its models of sailboats; and the pond, in front of the Plaza….”
Spectator from Colombia recently did a roundup of female-owned restaurants in “MoHi.” For those behind on neighborhood nicknames, it’s “Morningside Heights” — except many of the restaurants they rated are technically on the Upper West Side, including Silver Moon Bakery, Ortomare, and Cafe du Soleil. . You’ll recognize the names of others close enough to easily expand your comfort zone, like Melba’s, Lolo’s Seafood Shack, and Massawa, New York’s Oldest African Restaurant.
When Noah Jacob decided to open a Jewish Deli in Portland, Oregon, he prepared in the best possible way, according to Eater: “[He] took his team on their dream New York trip: a five-day tour of New York’s iconic Jewish delis, bakeries and restaurants. They ate bagels and bialys at Kossars, kishke and minced liver at Katz, smoked fish at Barney Greengrass, knish at Yonah Schimmel’s. And of course, they made the obligatory trip to Zabar, wandering the aisles of the famed Upper West Side market and bakery, peering through crates of deli meats and watching gloved men slicing sable.
Renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby, have put their Manhattan home up for sale for $17.5 million, according to VIOLINIST.com. “That’s quite a steep price, but it might not be much higher than his 1714 ‘Soil’ Stradivarius, if Perlman sold his violin!” Don’t worry, the Perlmans aren’t leaving the neighborhood. “‘They raised their family here, but their kids are all grown up now and the house is just too big for two people,'” a friend told the New York Post. “’They love the Upper West Side. It’s about being close to Lincoln Center.’”
Finally, it’s official: Central Park “ranks as the most popular filming location around the world,” according to Thrillist. New research from Giggster, a site that makes it easy to book film set locations, reveals that New York’s Central Park has appeared in 352 films. This makes it the number one filming destination in the world, ahead of Bronson Canyon in Los Angeles…” And the study doesn’t even take television shows into account!
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