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The local paper for the Upper per West Side p Sid THINK YOU KNOW CENTRAL PARK? TAKE OUR NEW QUIZ < P.5 DEMOLITION ON W. 79TH DEFERRED, FOR NOW DEVELOPMENT Architects told by landmarks group to go back to the drawing board BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS The existing five-story building at 203-209 West 79th Street, left, next to the more impressive Lucerne Hotel. UPPER WEST SIDE The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission denied a developer’s application to demolish a 22unit building he recently purchased on W. 79th Street, but the developer will likely succeed in getting approval by the commission at some point to demolish the building. Anbau Enterprises bought the five-story building at 203- 209 W. 79th Street in February, and had plans to build in its place a 16-story luxury condo that includes a two-story penthouse on the top floors. According to permits filed with the DOB, Anbau’s project included 62,000-square-feet of residential housing and 5,000-squarefeet of retail space. The building was originally four separate row houses built in 1896-97 that was combined into one apartment building in the 1970s. According to the LPC, the building is classified as having a modern style façade but is not classified as a landmark. However, since it falls within the Upper West Summer In The City ALONE, AND LOVING IT, IN SUMMERTIME NEW YORK BY LORRAINE DUFFY MERKL As you read this, Manhattanites are getting ready to head out to the Hamptons for the weekend: the young New Yorkers to their shares occupied by 25 of their closest friends, the older and mortgaged to their second homes. This can be a bone of contention for some, leading to the FAQ: “Why them and not me?” But I say, “Goodbye and thank you.” With any luck, those on their way to the East End via jitney, railroad or car (or helicopter, if they live on Park, Madison or Fifth) are employed by companies with summer hours that afford them the opportunity to leave early Friday afternoon, and they likely won’t return until very late Sunday night. While those cats are away, I can play on an emptier, hence more pleasurable, Upper East Side. “Every weekend is like being on vacation,” says my husband, Neil, about our neighborhood from late May to early September. He in particular enjoys the practically vacant Carl Schurz Park, which he considers his personal reading room. I appreciate walking across the main thoroughfares – 86th, 79th, 72nd, plus up and down the avenues -- without the feeling that I’m trying to CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 Side-Central Park West Historic District, Anbau needs LPC approval before it can be demolished. Anbau retained Morris Adjmi Architects to design the 16-story building. Among the objections from Community Board 7’s Preservation Committee was the proposed building’s lack of architectural transition to the existing townhouses to the west, the complete blocking of the adjacent 12-story Lucerne Hotel’s wall to the east, the scale and bulk of the proposed building, and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 WEEK OF JULY 31 2014 WESTSIDESPIRIT.COM WestSideSpirit @WestSideSpirit In Brief COPS: ‘SPIDER-MAN’ SLUGGED OFFICER IN TIMES SQUARE A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. The NYPD said the officer assaulted Saturday - an 18-month veteran and one of about 50 officers patrolling the bustling tourist area - stepped in after Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture with, instead of the $1 tip she offered. Police said the officer told him he could only accept tips - not require payment. Bishop yelled and cursed at the officer, police said, and told him: “Mind your own (expletive) business.” Police said the officer asked for identification and, when Bishop failed to produce any, moved to arrest him. THIEVES HACK INTO 1K STUBHUB ACCOUNTS Some of the hottest tickets in town -- to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts -- went to an international ring of cyber thieves who took over more than 1,000 StubHub users’ accounts to fraudulently buy tickets and resell them, prosecutors said Wednesday. Ten people around the world have been indicted or arrested in connection with the case, which involved more than 3,500 tickets and at least $1.6 million in unauthorized purchases of sought-after seats, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said. The case comes amid growing concern about data thieves targeting consumer giants. StubHub said it was alerted to “a small number of accounts that had been illegally taken over by fraudsters” last year.

West Side Spirit July 31st, 2014

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