Category Archives: 86th

Commission To Look At Mayor’s Congestion Pricing Plan

A commission was assembled yesterday to study Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing, traffic-cutting proposal and present a recommendation to state and city lawmakers.  The plan includes a fee for drivers, up to $8, for driving into Manhattan below 86th Street during peak hours.

According to the New York Times:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer nominated Marc V. Shaw, a former deputy mayor under Mr. Bloomberg, as head of the 17-member commission, which must make its recommendation by Jan. 31 on whether to impose an $8 daily charge on drivers entering Manhattan below 86th Street. The charge for trucks would be $21.

The commission includes two other members appointed by the governor, who has endorsed the mayor’s proposal, three members appointed by Mayor Bloomberg and three appointed by City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, who has also supported the plan.

It would appear from those appointments that the mayor can count on a majority of commission members to back his plan. The commission was created by a law passed during a special legislative session in July as a compromise between supporters and opponents of the congestion pricing plan.

The federal government revealed last week that it would give New York $354 million if it went forward with the mayor’s congestion plan.

Members Named for Panel Studying Traffic-Cutting Plan [N.Y. Times]
Panel Established To Debate Congestion Pricing Plan [NY1]

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Upper East Side Best Bars Poll

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.”

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Best Bars on the Upper East Side? [78thand2nd]

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Window Watch: Strawberry Jam Cyborgs

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Tipster Lee sent in this pic of the window of women’s clothing store Strawberry Jam on 86th, another business shooting to corner the UES cyborg market. Yup, cyborg mannequins still creepy, and I’m pretty sure I watched these things hunt down Arnold Schwarzenegger in T3.

Have you seen a wince-inducing, bizarre, or just plain funny retail window on the UES? Let us know at 78thand2nd@gmail.com

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Thanks Curbed

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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Guest Blogging On Curbed

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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 78thand2nd@gmail.com 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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Adam Sandler On 3rd?

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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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These Guys Attacked An 81 Year Old

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There’s been a disturbing upswing in push-in muggings in the neighborhood in the past 6 months — including an incident in 78thand2nd’s building, about a month ago, when a woman was shoved into her apartment and attacked by a guy who followed her in through the front door of the building.

Helping to move the trend forward, the assholes pictured above, just last week, attacked an 81-year-old man on 86th in a push-in robbery, according to the NY Post.

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