A Painting Reunion; Affordable Housing On Its Way; Robberies; A Babka Birthday

Posted on April 5th, 2021 at 11:25 am by Carol Tannenhauser

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A retrospective of Alice Neel’s paintings is shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Artand many of these pictures were taken in “a large apartment on the Upper West Side filled with paintings,” wrote the New York Times, which reviewed the most interesting and common characters of the 1960s. “If your visitors noticed, she could ask to paint them.” So it was for two boys from “Uptown”. The article traces the paths of the painting and the two boys until they met 50 years later at The Met. Here’s a preview of the show.

The prestigious West Side Federation for senior and support housing in the neighborhood is close to completing one Permanently affordable mixed-use housing project on West 108th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, reported YIMBY. The building, which required the controversial demolition of two low-cost parking garages in 2018, will bring “199 units for both low-income families and seniors” and several improvements to the community, including “a new home for the Central Park Medical Unit “. and public toilets for the Anibal Aviles Playground. “

A rampage from Robberies in the neighborhood may be connected, the Post reported. In addition to phones and an e-bike, a group attacked and stole a 13-year-old’s dodger hat on Wednesday evening. “Cops believe the group of at least three male suspects were behind four more robberies in March – including a trio last week and two other incidents involving teenage victims.” WSR asked Captain Neil Zuber of the 20th Ward for more information.

Nearly 100 people came to celebrate Ruth Rosner’s 105th birthday in the Breads Bakery on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, “where she hangs out with friends every day,” according to abc7news. The cake was made of babka. “As they sang ‘Happy Birthday’, Rosner said she had to close her eyes and take in the moment in order to take in everything. She was also looking forward to singing and dancing without a mask again.” (This confirms our theory that Ponce de Leon should have sailed here!)

Tacombi, located between 78th and 79th streets in Amsterdam, is more than just tacosForbes reported. “In April 2020, Tacombi officially launched Tacombi Community Kitchen through its non-profit Tacombi Foundation. Its goal is to provide immediate food aid through healthy meals to individuals and families affected by the Covid-19 health crisis and financial crisis. At the start of the pandemic, she was handing out around 1,600 meals a week, but that number has grown to 4,000 meals a week. It serves meals in areas where mainly Spanish workers live, in the Bronx, parts of Brooklyn and Jackson Heights, Queens. “

“It’s not over until it’s over – especially not on that process-loving Upper West Side,Wrote the always lively New York Post. “Activists were against the height of 52 stories 200 Amsterdam Avenue on West 71st Street have made one final effort to get developers to chop off twenty floors of the luxury condo … Wednesday filing was not an appeal, it was an appeal to appeal before the April 1st deadline an appeal court to request hearing. “With the last 4-0 decision in favor of the developer” the chances are good “.

“In the spirit of it Time of resurrection, ”Rev. Kevin VanHook, Minister for Justice, Advocacy and Change Riverside Church, advocates in a Gotham Gazette, which is for “the passage of the Clean Slate legislation in Albany this year, which … would put an end to eternal punishment by automatically erasing the New Yorker belief history after a period of time. This is a fight rooted in human dignity and fairness. When people return home from prison or prison, they are faced with a second sentence. Employers, schools and landlords often want nothing to do with someone who has a history of convictions. They’ll quickly toss an application or résumé and accept the worst, leaving a supposedly free person chained to the past. “

Easier said, Upper West Sider Jerry Seinfeld was the first on a live stage (although behind Plexiglas) at the Gotham Comedy Club in Chelsea after the venues were allowed to reopen 33% and it was “still as fun as ever,” a fan told CBS. Not far behind will be the reopening of Standup comedy, on West 78th between Amsterdam and Broadway, where Jerry can perform in his own neighborhood. (The website says it opens Wednesday.)

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