Posted on March 21, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. by West Side Rag
By Carol Tannenhauser
March 21, 2022 Weather: Sunny, high 60 degrees.
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It’s hard to focus on neighborhood news with descriptions and images of the horrors in Ukraine seeping in. Knowing this, we continue with heavy hearts.
Henrietta Mantooth has lived on the Upper West Side for 60 years. At 97, she still paints and exhibits her work – at MOMA in Brazil and at the Ford Foundation Gallery. His paintings were recently exhibited at the Columbus Avenue launch party for the Gold Standard Arts Festival, which celebrates older artists. “Actually, I like being old” [she] told the NY Post. “There is an excitement and a freedom in many ways. And I feel like I’m a storybook and all of this experience gives me knowledge that comes without conscious effort.
On Thursday afternoon, another 90-year-old woman was randomly punched in the back of her head as she stood outside reading a menu at Manny’s Bistro, on Columbus Avenue between 70th and 71st, according to ABC7. But the owner of the bistro, Manuel Colon, followed the attacker, calling 911 and telling him when the police arrived. The 35-year-old man was charged with one count of assault. “Victim said she felt fine [and] refused medical care.
A townhouse on Central Park West and 85th Street sold for $26 million, setting a neighborhood record for townhouses, according to the New York Post, which poked fun at the “mystery shopper” believed to be “a New York family.” What does the 10,000 square foot mansion have to offer? In addition to the “six bedrooms, high ceilings, oversized windows, two skylights, four Juliet balconies…landscaped garden and landscaped rooftop terrace overlooking Central Park…in the basement there is a ‘center 1,875 square foot wellness center with a lap pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and hydrotherapy steam shower.”
Jerry Zaks, “the famous Broadway director...whose current projects are ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,” lives in a more modest two-bedroom apartment — filled with photographs — on the Upper West Side, The New York Times reported. And he has an unusual arrangement. “When he wants to visit his girlfriend, Melissa Gooding (or her Tony Awards), he walks down two flights to what is essentially his second home.” Take a look at The Times tour and Joy Bergmann’s profile of Zaks in WSR, including her thoughts on spending the day on the UWS: “Find the behavior that will protect the possibility of a happy ending…try to stay civil while you have trucks and buses and people asking for money and people talking loudly on their cell phones, always something falling on you. You have to be vigilant.
New York Times food critic Florence Maker found her way to 67Gourmet on Columbus Avenue and 69th Street. “That well-stocked nook in the block [created by the owners of 67 Wine & Spirits] mostly sells cheeses, charcuterie, condiments and crackers — things to snack on with wine. They hired Martin Johnson, a cheese maker… to oversee the store and select products. To discover, the Swiss Moser, whose Camembert Cru Blanc flows from source for the Sauvignon Blanc. By all means, settle for Camembert!
Finally, news is falling today about the future of the Metro Theater. Stay with us for the latest reports.
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