Signatures & Mad Ave Madness


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Petition prize — Collecting petition signatures to get on the ballot is a daunting task. Rain or shine — well not rain — the mighty signature-getters stand (usually on street corners) and ask registered voters of a political party to sign to get a candidate or candidates on the ballot. Sometimes it gets to be a heady experience. And so it was for a Democrat district leader candidate on the UWS when uber-West Sider and New York’s favorite son, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, was the first to sign his petition. I’m guessing that candidate, Joshua Benjamin Kinberg, would want to save and savor the precious petition with Nadler’s signature. But if Kinberg’s in a contested primary and another candidate is seeking the same seat, he’ll need every signature. It’s always possible, of course, that a follow-up Nadler endorsement could scare off a contender. Stay tuned.

Reader readback — Some columns ago, I noted the closing of Infirmary, an UES restaurant (and bar) and the incongruity of its name for a NYC bar. Like who knew that “Infirmary” was intended to celebrate New Orleans. I took exception to the restaurant’s not celebrating, or at least making known, its New Orleans origins. Washington Heights reader Judy Hamudy pointed out that the Infirmary name probably came from the old New Orleans blues/jazz ballad, “St. James Infirmary,” made famous by Louis Armstrong. With all due respect, how many Gothamites would make that connection at a restaurant with no obvious hint of its New Orleans origin?

Another reader, Stuy-Towner Hazel Feldman, loved the Billie Ward Grace cat photo that accompanied the column about the missing cat in the Chinese zodiac. Perhaps in these proactive times a campaign may be in order to bring the cat to the calendar. Any takers?

Mad(ison) Ave madness — A 13-story building is coming to Madison Ave. between 65th and 66th Streets. Look for 19 apartments units and commercial space. And keep an eye on the northwest corner of 92nd and Madison where the half-block building at 1288-1290 stands emptied of residential apartments and commercial space. The once elegant apartment building is an eyesore. One of the businesses, a restaurant, moved around the corner and is now known as Gina’s Italian. It’s been out of the old space for at least four years. However, the name “Gina Mexicana” remains on the door at the old location. Wonder what the landlord/building owner is up to? And when it will happen.

MTA skips — News for M15 Select bus riders — you heard it here — the Select no longer stops at 72nd Street and Second Ave.. The stop after 74th or 75th St. is now 68th St. That nice lady’s voice that announces stops over the bus speaker goes silent every now and then. So unless you’re tuned in to what’s going on in MTA la la land, you would never know that the stop has been taken off the route. No more secrets.

Old time mail — Now that the blue box mailboxes that stand on the city streets are set to be redesigned, it was interesting to pass a letterbox mounted on the outside of the residential building at 333 East 68th St.. The shiny gold relic, which once probably accepted letters, is now just a reminder of time gone by. No more mail drop.





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