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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Quick word association: When you hear “Upper East Side” what comes to mind? “Old New York,” “snooty,” “Park Ave.,” “old money” and “Central Park” might be wedged in there somewhere, but aren’t those just the warm-ups for “bars,” “bars,” “bars,” and, well, more bars?
With that in mind, 78thand2nd is working up a master list of the best and worst bars on the Upper East Side (59th to 96th, Central Park to East River), and we’d love to hear what you think. What are the best bars, worst bars, biggest dives, ones with the hottest bartenders, the worst bouncers, shittiest bathrooms, biggest dickhead hangouts, best ones for a date, for a quick drink after work, places for (fill in your favorite team) fans, best places for buy backs – and whatever else comes to mind.
Let us know what you think! Email us at email@example.com.
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Man who fell to his death on 85th was imitating Jim Morrison. [New York Daily News]
Bloomberg pushes New York Building Congress to press Albany lawmakers for approval of his environmental plan (which includes much debated “congestion fees”). [New York Metro]
Lawsuit against Manhattan House conversion on 63rd. [therealdeal.net]
Lota of UES crime (on 93rd, 83rd, 73rd) in the past week. [New York Post]
I’m not trying to beat up on Con Ed, because it’s got to be tough to do your job when someone drives their truck into your workspace and causes two explosions, but I noticed the company posted a statement on their website, titled “Con Edison Prepares For The Heat,” which essentially seems to be preparing New Yorkers for an outage.
From Con Ed:
Con Edison will have extra crews available to respond to any service problems that may arise. Customers are urged to call 1-800-75-CONED or contact the company on its Web site at http://www.conEd.com promptly if they encounter any service difficulties. The company’s home page also provides a link to a new list of 100 energy- and money-saving tips.
So, with temperatures expected to climb into the 90s early this week, what are the chances we have another blackout?
Blackout poll is here.
Con Ed tips are here.
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This one flew under the radar.Back in late April, on Earth Day, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled 127 initiatives aimed at reducing the city’s negative impact on the environment – a key objective of the plan is to cut greenhouse emissions by 30 percent by 2030. A much publicized proposed initiative in the Bloomberg plan is to charge drivers coming into the city south of 86th street a congestion fee of $8.What hasn’t been much publicized is the plan to charge those driving OUT of the zone – including a majority of the Upper East Side – a $8 fee as well, according to the New York Times.
From the Times:
It might seem that anyone taking a car out of the congestion zone ought to be rewarded instead of penalized, but officials disagreed.
“We’re not trying to get people to leave the zone in their cars,” said Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff, who played a leading role in fashioning the plan. “Overall what we’re trying to do is get people to use their cars less.”
In seeking public support for the plan, city officials have not been emphasizing the fee that will be imposed on those driving out of the congestion pricing zone, perhaps in part because the fee would be levied on far fewer drivers than those who drive in every day.
But city officials also appear aware of the political sensitivity of the plan, and are counting on support from people residing inside the zone, who could be expected to benefit from the drop in traffic. Most opposition so far has come from the other boroughs, and the suburbs, where some residents see it as a financial burden and an elitist initiative that favors Manhattan.
The plan seems likely to go through. Approval on the state level would give New York a shot at mega-bucks — over a half billion — from the Dept of Transportation to help implement the overall plan. The Governor supports it and now the State Legislature is expected to make a decision in July.
A spokesman for the federal Department of Transportation, said it was unlikely that New York would get the money if the Legislature did not quickly approve the plan, according to the Times.
While I’m a fan of many of the parts of Bloomberg’s proposal, there’s this to consider — cars are like cigarettes with people, they can’t give them up. So, you know what’s going to happen? This will get approved. People will keep driving in and out of the city, and they’ll pay the congestion fee, and the road rage is going to sky-rocket.
So, instead of almost getting hit by a driver who’s experiencing a meltdown about once a week, I’m betting that’s going to be a daily occurence. I guess I should start wearing this when I leave the apartment:
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Apparently the mid-90s heat was too much for the electric grid to take — Curbed.com is reporting there’s a blackout on the Upper East Side right now.
From a tipster: “My wife on 84th and Lex says power is out in the whole neighborhood. ABC7 just broke news that from the South Bronx to East 13th on the East Side is experiencing sporadic outages. My doorman says that a grid blew on the UES.”
Power Outage Cuts Trains, Traffic Lights in New York City [ABC News]
Officials: 375,000 Residents Without Power In NYC [NBC News]
Curbed is running rolling updates. [Curbed.com]
Power back on after outages; Subway service affected [ABC News]
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DT-UT, pictured above, which was located at 2nd Ave. between 84th and 85th, closed on Sunday. The folkie, lounge-like, upscale coffee shop – which is rumored to be the inspiration for the Central Perk coffee hangout in the sitcom ‘Friends’ — definitely served a special niche in the neighborhood. The java stop had a unique vibe; couches and antique furniture were scattered around the shop (along with a few chandeliers), and they offered pastries, tea, beer and free wi-fi, amongst a bunch of other stuff.
Eater.com, based on a tip a few weeks back, attributes the shuttering to rent doubling after the shop’s 7-year lease expired.
And its only because after the fixed 7 year lease, the building’s landlord is doubling the rent.
People in the neighborhood seem genuinely upset. I took the above pic last night, and while i was there (all of 3 minutes) 5 – 6 people stopped to ask what happened and all were pissed off.
There’s also this gent who left his comment on tripAdvisor:
Sad…when I first moved to the City, that was a great hangout.
I broke up with my last girlfriend there. Memories.
Yeah, break-ups — good memories, good times.
The Shutter: Weekend Carnage at Nish, DTUT, Park Bistro
Comments from Yelp [Yelp.com]
And despite the delays, Figaro Pizza, on 2nd between 76th and 77th opened back up on Monday.