The “tallest building” in the neighborhood is rising fast; The baking places are rated among the best in the city; UWSer column on crime; All-star cast of comedy set to perform at Beacon Theatre; Local man killed in west side highway crash

The “tallest building” in the neighborhood is rising fast;  The baking places are rated among the best in the city;  UWSer column on crime;  All-star cast of comedy set to perform at Beacon Theatre;  Local man killed in west side highway crash

Interior view of scaffolding coming down at Beresford.

Monday, October 30, 2023
rainy. High 66 degrees.
The weather was great on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday’s rain means rain for eight straight weekends in New York City.

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The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, and Upper West Siders will find two races for judgeships on their ballots. Little is generally known about candidates who want to become judges, but The CITY’s Rachel Holliday Smith recently put together a helpful guide. You can read it here.

Upper West Side News
Written by Gus Saltonstall

What will become the tallest building on the Upper West Side is rising rapidly after years of controversy. Apartments worth tens of millions are listed for the first time at the address. The building at 50 West 66th Street will be 775 feet tall, more than 100 feet taller than Amsterdam’s 200-meter-high 668 feet.

There are currently eight listings available for the 50 West 66th Street building that will set you back between $4.6 million and $34 million, according to the New York Daily News, which reported on the building’s progress last week.

West Side Rag reported extensively on the development in 2019 and 2020, including when a state judge ruled against the developer in a lawsuit challenging the use of “mechanical voids” to help raise the proposed building to the 775-foot mark.

Construction was halted for several months during the legal battle.

“I’m less than thrilled,” Upper West Sider Lynn Kressel told the Daily News last week. The building is expected to be completed in 2024 or 2025.

You can read more about it on the Daily News website.

A pair of local bagel spots were just named among the best in the five boroughs. Eater New York recently published its list of “The Best Bagels in New York City,” and two Upper West Side joints earned spots.

Both Absolute Bagels on Broadway between West 107th and 108th Streets, and Bagel Talk on Amsterdam Avenue near the corner of West 78th Street were featured in Eater New York’s rankings.

“Absolute’s bagels are larger than average and shiny due to their boiling,” the staff at the food review and news site wrote about Absolute’s bagels. “The bright orange egg tarts are a favorite, as are everything bagels, best tossed with a salty, smoky whitefish salad for a lively flavor.”

In its Bagel Talk review, Eater New York specifically mentioned that its bagels are better than those at nearby Zabar’s, and that the restaurant recently eliminated its no-toast policy.

Let us know in the comments section if you think another bagel spot on the Upper West Side has been left out.

Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, columnist, and Upper West Sider, He wrote an article in the New York Times on October 24 titled – “Why So Many People Are Trapped in a Dark, Crime-Round Fantasy World.”

The column covers FBI crime statistics, public perception versus reality when it comes to safety, the decline in violent crime that began in the 1990s, former President Donald Trump’s approach to the issue, and how the number of murders nationwide dropped again in 2022 after seeing a rise Minor during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

“What this means is that public views about crime need not have much to do with personal experience. They may instead be shaped by the impressions people pick up from the media, whether news or social, or from politicians.” In other words, perceptions of “Crime is similar to perceptions of the economy – and perhaps more so: it does not necessarily bear much relation to reality.”

You can read Krugman’s full column on the New York Times website, and revisit his interview with West Side Rag – here.

An all-star cast of comedians will perform for a good cause at the Beacon Theater in December. “Night of Many Stars” will take place on Monday, December 11, and will also include a live auction to raise money for Next for Autism, an organization that builds programs to support adults with autism.

Comedians will include Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Rachel Bloom, Chris Rock and Stephen Colbert. Tickets are still available starting at $338.

Robert Smigel, a longtime Saturday Night Live writer/producer, started “Night of Too Many Stars” with his wife, Michelle Smigel, after struggling to find the right education for their autistic son, DeadLine reported.

The event has raised more than $30 million over the past 20 years.

A young man was killed today, Friday, in a collision on the highway in the western region. Gregory Ahrens, 55, was riding his motorcycle on the West Side Expressway near West 112th Street, when he tried to merge lanes and crashed into the back of an SUV, the New York Times reported and the NYPD confirmed.

Police said Ahrens was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside, where he was pronounced dead. The New York Times reported that he was a resident of West 75th Street. You can read more about him here.

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