Where to see the fireworks; When Gary Barnett was a hero; Why Zabars Are Being Pursued – West Side Rag

Watercolor by Upper West Sider, Drew Kopf

By Carol Tannenhauser

Monday, July 4, 2022
Generally clear, high 87 degrees

Our calendar has lots of local events! Click on the link or on the lady in the upper right corner.

“The greatest city in the world is set for the biggest July 4th celebration in the country,” according to the Daily News. Unfortunately, it’s the East River’s turn to host Macy’s barges (the rivers alternate every year), so Upper West Siders will have to leave the neighborhood for the best in-person views – or stay home and all watch on television. Either way, The New York Times has it covered.

The City’s Free Summer Meal Program for New Yorkers 18 and under began and is available at these locations on or near the Upper West Side, Monday through Friday, breakfast 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and lunch 11:00 a.m. at 1:15 p.m.:

  • PS 149 (41 W 117 St.)
  • Wadleigh (215 W 114 St.)
  • Locke School (20 W 112 St.)
  • PS 75 (735 WEA)
  • UA Green Careers HS (145 W 84 St.)
  • PS 191 (300 W 61 St.)

Thanks to Council Member Gale Brewer for the information.

On Wednesday 6 July at 3.30 p.m., Amsterdam Nursing Home (1060 Amsterdam Avenue, between streets 113 and 114) will throw a big party for 14 residents over the age of 100. Yes, 14 centenarians in one place! There will be certificates from various UWS dignitaries, live musical entertainment, food and, of course, birthday cakes. The event is open to the public.

A Story in The New York Times by Penelope Green tells the more than century-long story of the Belnord, the Renaissance-style building, spanning a full city block from West 86th Street to Broadway, now the setting of the hit television series, “Only Murders in the Building,” created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman. Hoffman says he was inspired by the Belnord. “I knew we could create something as lofty as this incredible building. It’s a cliché to say that the building itself is a character, but I like the challenge of going a bit beyond that cliché. is it what gets us out of our apartments to meet people? How well do you know your neighbors? Do you only connect when necessary? The way we bond when we live in these spaces is what’s really interesting.

It’s also worth noting that when the Belnord slipped into disrepair, the person who saved it was controversial supertall builder Gary Barnett, then 38, who bought it in 1994 for 15 millions of dollars. “A decade later, Mr. Barnett and his company, Extell Development, would build One57, the funnel-shaped blue glass skyscraper on West 57th that was the city’s first super-tall tower, and in doing so would incur the wrath of conservatives, city planners and civic groups. But in those years he was a hero. The Belnord was his first property in Manhattan, and he would spend $100 million to shore it up.

About the buildings, The Real Deal informs us that Chabad Lubavitch, who “prayed for a resolution to his plight on the Upper West Side” “now trusts the justice system.“The religious organization is suing developer Sackman Enterprises. The problem is that Chabad bought a condominium under construction at 15-19 West 96th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue more than five years ago from Sackman to use it for “religious, educational and community purposes.” , but it is still far from finished. “The developer only recently completed the building, which means the tallest beam has been put in place,” a lawsuit filed by Chabad Lubavich reported. They want their deposit back – and more.

The Zabar family is prosecuted by Friedland Properties for being “commercially unreasonable” because they will not discuss the redevelopment of a property the two groups jointly own, across from Zabar’s store on Broadway and West 80th Street, The Real Deal reported. “The Zabars and Friedland both own a 50% interest in the multi-family building. Friedland is willing to redevelop the property, but claims in the lawsuit that Zabar vice-president Stanley Zabar “firmly refused to commit engage in meaningful discussions”.

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