Former Loui Loui restaurant, next to Citarella
Below, a round-up of some recent ‘what’s the deal with’ questions from 78thand2nd readers from last week, followed by the latest updates. If you have an additional piece to the puzzle – enlighten us all in the comments section.
1) 75th and 3rd – Marshall wrote in last week asking what was going on with the former Loui Loui restaurant space on 75th and 3rd: “I heard a rumor that Citarella has purchased the space and plans to open its own restaurant there… any truth to that?” That’s exactly what’s going on. An inside source says Citarella bought the entire building and plans to open a restaurant in the space formerly held by Loui Loui.
Here’s a round-up of recent questions from 78thand2nd readers about neighborhood happenings. If you’re in the know, please enlighten us all in the comments section.
1) 75th and 3rd – What’s going on with the former Loui Loui restaurant space on 75th and 3rd? Besides waging an aggressive campaign against posting bills, looks like a ‘lil construction happening. Marshall writes in “I live on 75th and 3rd and yesterday, I saw a wood facade go up around the restaurant called Loui’s, which closed a few months ago. I heard a rumor that Citarella has purchased the space and plans to open its own restaurant there… any truth to that?”
2) 73rd and 1st – Michael writes “I noticed what might be movement/preparation for something in the space the formerly occupied by the Cocktail Room (on 73rd between 1st and 2nd).” The windows have been given the once-over treatment with that “first sign of construction, don’t look in here” paper, now blocking the views inside. Is the former Cocktail Room, which closed earlier this summer, being prepped for something?
3) 78th and 2nd – 78thand2nd commenter Ace raises a question I’d love answered: “Does anyone know why the liquor store next to Bardalino has been under renovations for what seems like forever?” The spot has been closed for at least a year and a half, with no nothing happening there at all.
A round-up of answers coming later this week!
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We’re getting to close to revealing our all-inclusive, neighborhood-wide, ‘Best Bars Poll’ – but you still have time to weigh-in with your thoughts. Shoot us an email or hit the comments section here, and lets hear your picks for the UES’s best bars and worst bars, the biggest dives, hottest bartenders, worst bouncers, biggest loser hangouts, best for (fill in your favorite team) fans, best places for buy backs – and whatever else comes to mind.
We’ve been collecting opinions for a few weeks now, so here’s a little glimpse at some early favs: Blondie’s is making a strong case in the “Best Place To Watch A Game” category and, sorry American Trash, but you’re nearly an unanimous vote for “Worst Bar Ever.”
Best Bars on the Upper East Side? [78thand2nd]
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My stint hanging out as a guest blogger with New York City real estate blog Curbed ended on Friday — thanks to the Curbed guys for having me and making it a great experience.
The comments my posts received were among the week’s highlights for me — some were intelligent and interesting, some were from some seemingly disturbed folks — below are a few worth checking out:
Where’s Chou: Demo For 78th and 1st?
Bike-Path War: 91st vs. 89th
Second Avenue Subway Scene: Phase I of Phase I Complete
There are some others as well – the full list of posts I took part in is here.
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Being a big fan of the NY real estate blog Curbed I jumped at the invitation to sit in and guest blog with them for a week — and that week is here. Updates to 78thand2nd for the next 5 days will most likely consist of many links to the Curbed stories i take part in, as well as some additional, stand alone posts here.
So, as always, please hit me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any UES neighborhood tips (and for this week any REAL ESTATE or general NY tips).
And check out Curbed.
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Filming for 2008’s “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan,” starring Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Mariah Carey is scheduled for today on 3rd between 85th and 86th. Not sure what exactly is being shot (interior or exterior) but signs were posted yesterday in the area indicating they’ll be shooting until tomorrow morning.
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The city is aiming to double the amount of bike lanes from 200 miles to 400 miles in the next two years, according to this article in the NY Sun (via Gothamist). (I know – who knew we had any bike lanes?)
The bike plan calls for a path to run from Central Park to East River, and part of this route woud be installed on 91st Street, which between 2nd and 3rd is blocked off from any traffic (these bike paths look like this). The bike path plan, of course, has residents pissed.
According to the Sun:
Since it was closed to vehicles in 1978 and zoned by the city as a “play” street, the quiet block of East 91st Street between Second and Third avenues has become a private promenade for strolling Upper East Side residents, as well as children who play football and skateboard unattended in the street.
“It’s more than just a street to everyone who lives here,” a resident of 35 years, Jane Colton, said yesterday, sitting on the curb with her aging Dalmatian. “It’s what makes our neighborhood special.” The community has even banned running groups from using the street. “We like it dead here,” a community resident of 30 years, Louis DeStephano, said.
Louis, if you’re looking for a someplace that’s really dead, there’s a spot a little further north called Connecticut, and it sounds like it would be a great fit for you.
I think it’s great the 91st Street residents have been able to take a street in the middle of New York City and turn it into their own quaint little private park, built on city property — good for them. But banning running groups? No bike paths? Can the rest of us play or what?
East 91st Street Unhappy About Impending Bike Path [Gothamist]