Tony Danza gets into a fight with a local resident; UWS mansion linked to scammer gets price cut; Robert Moses ape statues removed from Riverside Park; A local finds the novel reviewed in the New York Times

Sunset over the Hudson River from Riverside Drive. Courtesy of Elizabeth Langer.

Monday, November 13, 2023
sunny. High 49 degrees.

our calendar It has a lot of local events. Click on the link or the lady in the upper right corner to verify.

Veterans Day was held on Saturday, November 11th. But since the holiday fell on a weekend this year, some are celebrating it on Monday, November 13.

Goddard Riverside is hosting a winter coat drive On Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. The drop-off location is the Joan of Arc School at 154 West 93rd Street. The goal is to collect 1,000 new or unwanted coats, hats and gloves for less fortunate people. For more information, you can contact Chantel Roberson at

Upper West Side News
Written by Gus Saltonstall

An argument broke out last week between actor Tony Danza and an Upper West Side resident while she was walking her dog The New York Post reported on the neighborhood.

“Tony Danza, stop being such an asshole,” a woman reportedly said of the “Taxi” actor after the two almost collided while she was walking her dog.

A source told the newspaper that Danza and the woman were walking towards each other, when he moved to avoid her dog, but the woman did not do enough to get out of the way, and the actor was forced to jump to get past the dog. .

The newspaper reported that words were then exchanged. The article also referred to the Upper West Side as a “posh neighborhood.”

Danza previously made Upper West Side news with several surprise appearances singing outside Manny’s Bistro on Columbus Avenue near West 71st Street. You can read more about the local dog buzz on the New York Post website – here.

A seven-story mansion on Riverside Drive, formerly owned by a convicted fraudster, has cut its asking price by $10 first reported by Curbed.

The piece of real estate may still be out of most people’s price range, as a home at 25 Riverside Drive, on the corner of West 75th Street, will now set you back a staggering $55 million instead of the previous $65 million, the listing shows.

The building belongs to a trust linked to the family of Dina Reese, the art dealer and socialite who in 2011 pleaded guilty to fraud, according to the US Department of Justice.

The recently renovated 12,000-square-foot home has eight bedrooms, eight full and two half bathrooms, 70 windows, outdoor terraces on four floors, three kitchens, six fireplaces and an elevator to all seven floors.

Here’s a video tour of the $55 million home.

It’s a little further uptown, but a group of monkey statues created by 20th-century urban planner Robert Moses has been removed from the playground in Riverside Park After backlash over their potentially racially motivated design, the Columbia Spectator reported.

The monkey statues, which were built inside iron trellises at the Ten Mile River Playground near West 148th Street, were recently removed by the Parks Department after Shiloh Frederick announced the design on TikTok earlier this year.

“The monkeys in the Ten Mile River are painted black and have what can be interpreted as shackles around their wrists,” Frederick wrote in her post. “It’s also hard to believe that a man as intentional as Robert Moses put monkeys in Harlem’s playground by accident.”

It was noted that similar monkey statues designed by Moses are at River Run Stadium near West 83rd Street on the Upper West Side, but Frederick added that they are “visibly different,” because they were not painted black and do not contain “what could have been.” “Interpreted as shackles around their wrists.”

You can read more about removing the monkey statues on the Columbia Spectator website — here.

Ed Park, an acclaimed Upper West Sider author, recently published his second novel through Random House. However, his real local fame lies in being the photographer and guide for one of West Side Rag’s most beloved articles – “UWS Secrets: How Did This Couch End Up in This Tree?”

The 56-word story from 2019 explained that a sofa was placed 20 feet in the branches of a tree on West 95th Street near Amsterdam Avenue, with no clear explanation.

On November 2, The New York Times reviewed Park’s new novel—”Same Bed, Different Dreams,” which critic Hamilton Kane began glowingly—”the rare sophomore novel with the free, wild ambition of a debut.”

Part of the novel is set on the Upper West Side and he wrote the book while living in the neighborhood.

You can read the novel for yourself – here.

Park with his new novel.

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