Please join us on the 3rd of April for our annual Spring Egg Hunt!!!
Our Merchants are READY! Go find our SAC EGGS 2021!
In 2011, Betsy had a crazy idea to walk the entire original Manhattan Grid — from 1st Street to 155th Street. As she traversed the side streets from the East River to the Hudson, documenting her journey on her website (sideways.nyc), she had the amazing opportunity to meet the owners behind each of the small businesses. She listened to their stories and shared them on her site. The project took nearly six years to complete. At the beginning of the pandemic, Betsy made the decision to push through and self-publish Walking Manhattan Sideways - Side street businesses that have stood the test of time. The book celebrates many of the places that Betsy visited. Today, more than ever, these businesses need our love and support, as they are the true fabric of New York.
Speaking with Betsy, will be the owners of two of the wonderful businesses in our neighborhood that are featured in Walking Manhattan Sideways.
Mark and Diana Jacoby:
Longtime SAC members Diana & Mark Jacoby are dealers in fine 17th-18th & 19th century English furniture. Their business Philip Colleck, Ltd. was founded in NYC in 1938. They own and occupy the landmarked brick freestanding house with the white picket fence at 311 East 58th Street. An old photograph of the house is featured in Christopher Gray’s “Sutton Place, An Uncommon Community by the River.” Diana and Mark will discuss the history of their firm and some of their famous clients as well as the history of the house they lovingly restored.
Jim Neary: Neary's has been a staple in the community, and beyond, since it first opened on East 57th Street on St. Patrick's day in 1967. The restaurant is embodied by its Irish founder whose compassion and famous "Jimmy Neary smile" has made it the kind of place where there are "no strangers." Jimmy will share some of his wonderful stories with everyone - all the amazing people he has met over the years - and discuss what this past year has been like since he had to temporarily close.