Street Fighters Too
George Carlin, passed on in 2008—he would prefer died—but the celebrated, foul-mouthed comic will live around the corner from where he grew up in the 1940s, the 500 block of 121stStreet in Morningside Heights. After months of disagreement, Community Board 9 voted last week to rename the 400 block of 121st Street after the controversial comedian.
The vote, 25-4 with 3 abstentions, comes after months of disagreement. Perhaps fitting for a man with an album called Class Clown, Carlin is still riling up his Catholic grade school, Corpus Christi, which is attached to Corpus Christi Church on the block between Broadway and Amsterdam that was almost renamed. Rev. Raymond Rafferty, the pastor at the church, had protested naming the street where the school is located after a well-known atheist and opponent of religion.
Over the weekend Barnard College bumped New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson from her spot as 2012 commencement speaker for a better offer—the trump card in the commencement bookings game, some might say: President Barack Obama.
It’s surprised no one that President Obama had zeroed in on the Manhattan women’s college for a spring speech. Facing a slate of pro-life GOP rivals and a Congress thrown into old school culture wars over his contraception-mandating health care bill, the President has publicly allied himself with women’s interests groups.
You can almost hear the folks at the Landmarks Preservation Commission sighing.
After 15 years, the commission finally gave the residents of Morningside Heights the historic district they’ve been begging for. But now they’re unhappy that the 63-building district will be much smaller than proposed, including, well, pretty much Columbia University. The new Read More
In August 1941, four-year-old George Carlin moved with his family into an apartment at 519 West 121st Street, at the top of a hill in Morningside Heights right across the street from the back of Columbia’s Teachers College.
"Would live there 25 years," reads the timeline at GeorgeCarlin.com. "First everything occurs here: sex, Read More
Are you searching for a room and a life experience in the city this summer? If so, then this $700-per-month room in the "awesome Harlem Queer house" that we found on Craigslist might be just your thing.
"Do you like Dolly Parton and have a special place in you heart for kitsch?", the Read More
From our real estate editor, Tom Acitelli:
I went to vote this morning at PS 162 at 109th and Broadway in Morningside Heights; I had to do one of those affidavit ballots in front of someone, and the elderly woman in front of me said, “I’ve been doing this for 10 years, and I’ve Read More
A family-owned Greek pastry shop has honed in on the Morningside Heights turf of Chipolte and Pinkberry, laying claim to the considerable foot traffic of Columbia University.
On April 29, Queens-based Artopolis opened at 1090 Amsterdam Avenue between 114th and 115th streets. This is the first Manhattan outpost for Artopolis, which opened Read More