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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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]
Actress Renee Zellweger has shelled out $2.2 million for a condo on 82nd [Bergproperties]
Are restaurant chains killing the authentic NY neighborhood cuisine? [NY Press]
With that question in mind, is anyone besides me still hoping for an In N Out debut in the area? [Cory H, via Eater]
Best bars on the Upper East Side? We know you have an opinion [78thand2nd poll]
Have your pet fixed…in a car [NY1]
Little drunk driving, little car chase with the cops, little crash into an Italian restaurant [NY Post]
2nd Ave Subway construction make for great fun in the East 90s [Curbed]
Sit-down with Gossip Girl creator (it’s a show debuting in the fall about privileged teenagers from the UES) [Popgurls]