Bernstein goes on the wall

New York has officially designated a Lenny landmark.

On the block where he lived.

 

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  • I think I’ve walked by the Osborne a zillion times (it’s nearly kitty corner to Carnegie Hall) and was at one time next door to the old Chock Full o’ Nuts coffee shop and their pre-made sandwiches. But I don’t think he lived there all that long. Before the Osborne he lived for a while at the old Carnegie Hall studios apartments (which were inexpensive housing adjacent to the famous hall) that was home to lots of teachers and artists until Carnegie threw them all out to turn them into luxury apartments). After that he lived in some non-descript apartment building on Park Avenue, and then at the Dakota, the building on 72nd and Central Park West known as well for its other residents – John and Yoko (he was shot in front of it) and the setting for Rosemary’s Baby.

    • First sentence should read…. “and IT was at one time next door to Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee shop.”

    • “Before the Osborne he lived for a while at the old Carnegie Hall studios apartments (which were inexpensive housing adjacent to the famous hall) that was home to lots of teachers and artists until Carnegie threw them all out to turn them into luxury apartments)”

      Wrong! Not luxury apartments, but space for their new educational wing.

      https://www.carnegiehall.org/resnick/

      • My mistake. You’re absolutely right. My brain must have been on hold while I was typing. I was only in those studios once – in 1974 when I accompanied some voice auditions for Tanglewood being held there.

    • Yes – the building where he lived is on 309 West 57th, a little west of 8th Avenue, now right above a Dunkin’ Donuts shop.. Bartok died in a hospital on the same street. No longer in existence, West Side Hospital was at 57 W. 57th Street, on the northeast corner of 57th and 6th Avenue. The building is still there, but the bottom floor is now occupied by a steak house and a Capital One Bank. Bartok also gave his last performance (of the Concerto for Two Pianos with the Philharmonic and Reiner) at Carnegie Hall, on the corner of 57th Street and 7th Avenue. This was all within three blocks on the same street.

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