For his day job, Sanjay Motwani is the president and portfolio manager at Sansar Capital Management, which is one of the largest private equity firms in Iraq. “Let’s not be dismissive,” he told the website FINalternatives, right above a photo of him in dress clothes and a bullet proof vest. “It’s a dangerous place, if you go to Baghdad you do need a security detail.”
So we don’t begrudge him a sanctuary in one of the least-Iraqi places on earth: the Upper West Side, and specifically, Trump Place. He just picked up a five-bedroom condo combination on the 20th floor of 220 Riverside Boulevard at Trump Place, paying $11.5 million for the pleasure.
A fancy new “Anti-Preschool” is opening on the Upper West Side, promising parents that “avant garde” experience that every kid who can’t say their own name surely needs.
Former “corporate” pre-school teacher Maria Dantos is opening an 11,000-square-foot space on West 96th Street at Columbus Avenue for children from 3 months to 5 years old, with decreasing Read More
Sue Sue Sudio
The Upper West Side has been seeing more than its fair share of rats lately – and they’re not the kind that can whip up gourmet meals while cracking wise in Patton Oswalt’s voice.
Last year, the Upper West Side nabbed the dubious honor of becoming the most rat-infested part of the Read More
This Upper West Side playground has become a battleground.
Some parents of P.S. 166 students have argued that the sloping cobblestoned area on the school’s adjoining playground, known as Playground 89, is a hazard for children who are likely to scamper and trip over the uneven surface, made worse by protruding edges and stones that Read More
NIMBYer than thou
The attendees of last week’s Landmarks West forum on Upper West Side development will be disappointed to learn that a new, 18-story ultra-luxury building is set to rise in their midst: the Naftali Group has acquired the Hertz garage at 206-210 West 77th Street from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, with the intention of building just shy of 100,000 square feet of condominiums.
Potential buyers, on the other hand, are so excited that they’ve been calling Naftali since before the land sale even closed.
The Naftali Group paid well over what observers were predicting for the site—in May Bob Knakal, who brokered the sale, told Crain’s that he expected the site to fetch “as much as $45 million.” But the price hit a staggering $55.5 million. Mr. Knakal told us that he was surprised at the closing price, which he attributed to the incredibly tight market for land on the Upper West Side.
Seven candidates vying to replace Gale Brewer as the Upper West Side’s voice on City Council—six Democrats and one Green Party member—gathered at the New York Society for Ethical Culture last night at the behest of Landmarks West to discuss, to quote the organizers, the overdevelopment of the neighborhood.
The moderator, Bruce Simon, started out by asking the crowd how they felt about the state of preservation on the Upper West Side—too much, too little or just right? Nobody dared raise their hand for “too much,” a few sheepishly copped to thinking it’s “just right” and the majority held up their hands for “too little.”
A hungry, hungry hawk has been terrorizing an Upper West Side Chihuahua.
Actually, it might be a falcon–but either way, one UWS resident is totally freaked out. In a note sent to West Side Rag, Asli Bilgin (who is not an accredited ornithologist), said that her 22nd floor Upper West Side apartment–and her Read More
The printed word has become a dirty word in the Upper West Side.
Two members of the local community board have launched a campaign to rid the streets of free newspapers and the boxes that carry them.
“They’re so dirty that nobody in their right mind would touch them,” an outraged Marc Glazer told Read More
When Jann and Jane Wenner split in 1995, the coupled stayed married, putting off the legal wrangling that would inevitably arise when they split their publishing empire. Mr. Wenner borrowed $7,500 from his own family and from the family of his wife to found Rolling Stone, and once it grew into an empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars and includes Men’s Journal and Us Weekly, it would be understandable if the vagaries of divorce just didn’t seem worth it.
Until, that is, 2011. Mr. Wenner had been living with his partner, Matt Nye, a former Calvin Klein model 19 years his junior with whom he’s raising three kids, and Ms. Wenner finally wanted out. (There was speculation that the divorce was finalized because Mr. Wenner and Mr. Nye wanted to formally marry each other, but despite the legalization of gay marriage in New York, that never came to pass.) There was a little acrimony in the divorce, including a lawsuit filed by Ms. Wenner’s Amagansett groundskeeper, but things seem to have gone as smoothly as a divorce can be expected to go and Jane Wenner got to keep the couple’s Upper West Side townhouse, at 37 West 70th Street.
Robert A.M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West may be the hottest building in New York, but the good fortune hasn’t crept up the western edge of the park, which still plays second fiddle to the Fifth and Park when it comes to closing prices. There are some standouts, though, and the townhouse at 247 Central Park West is most definitely among them. Whether it stands out tall enough to get its $37 million ask is another question entirely.
Built in 1887, it’s the first townhouse you encounter on Central Park West—a rare holdout to withstand two waves of rapacious early 20th century redevelopment. The first, around the turn of the century and the construction of the city’s first subway on Broadway, saw developers raze townhouses and tenements all around No. 247 and its two neighbors on the block to erect apartment houses of a dozen or so floors. During the second boom, around the time the IND Eighth Avenue Line was being built underneath Central Park West and right before the Great Depression, the pressure mounted and builders strove for even loftier heights, with buildings as tall as the 30-story El Dorado eating away at what remained of the low-slung real estate.