Top Stories of the Week: November 23 to 29

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! If you didn’t catch them, these were the biggest and most read stories we published between November 23rd and 29th.

fire upper west side 75th Street

After a building fire took place on 75th between Central Park West and Columbus, a GoFundMe campaign was launched and has since crushed its $5,000 goal – raising a whopping $8,450 in just a week!

landmark west extell development court case 50 West 66th Street

Landmark West is heading to NY Supreme Court to have it out with Extell Development over the legal height of its upcoming residential development at 50 West 66th Street. If the judge rules in Extell’s favor, the building will become the tallest on the Upper West Side.

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Cafe Frida closed

Cafe Frida, which first opened its doors at 368 Columbus (between 76th and 77th Streets) in 1998, has closed for good. But owner Cristina Castañeda has also announced that it will be replaced by a new restaurant called La Covacha. She told us that the new restaurant will serve authentic Mexican food with locally sourced ingredients, “boutique brands of Tequila and Mezcal” and “authentic street-food.”

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judge rules to move lucerne residents

Judge Debra James has ruled that the temporary homeless men who’ve resided at the Lucerne since late July will be relocated to another site downtown. We’ve shared responses from both sides, as well as a link to the full court ruling.

Barack Obama college apartment

Barack Obama’s former apartment has hit the market for $1,450,000. The prewar co-op is located at 622 West 114th Street and includes 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The former president rented the apartment with roommates in the 1980s, while he attended Columbia University.

See the top stories of the previous week here.



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