by Viviana Mazza
The historic Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, New York, was threatened with closure and the layoff of 163 employees
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NEW YORK — At a table in the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant, the protagonist and her friends in “When Harry Met Sally” discuss the dramatic lack of decent bachelors or husbands willing to truly leave their wives. “Do you know what I found in his pockets?” says Marie. “They bought a dining table. His wife went out and bought a table for $1,600.” “Where is it?”. “The point is not Alice, the point is that he will never leave her.”
Always at the Boathouse, on the pier where boats are rented to cruise the lake in Central Park, in “Sex and the City” Carrie decides after a long longing to have lunch with Mr. Big (after he promised all her friends Miranda has that she will not kiss him). They exchange an embarrassed “Hello you,” they sigh, and when he comes over to kiss her, she dodges and they both end up in the water (actress Sarah Jessica Parker cut off her foot, she badly got tetanus).
A romantic place and more (nearby Borat washes his panties in the film “Cultural learnings of America for the benefit of the glorious nation of Kazakhstan”), the only restaurant in Central Park with a direct view of the lake, the famous Loeb Boathouse thanks to films and TV series around the world but risked closing on October 17, leaving 163 employees unemployed. The tabloid New York Post appealed to the city, urging Mayor Eric Adams to cut the rent as manager Dean Poll struggled to cope with rising food and staff costs due to inflation.
Who Saved the Loeb Boathouse? The media is reporting on a mysterious billionaire who made an offer of $6 million and approached Poll to help fund the property’s renovation and keep it open as part of his current deal with the city.
As early as 1870, New Yorkers were happily spending their summer afternoons lounging on a boat ride in Central Park’s pond and admiring the first skyscrapers that sprout on the horizon. In the park, therefore, was a boathouse, a boathouse, a Victorian wooden building designed by architect Calvert Vaux in 1872. In the 20th century it was replaced by a more rustic building, now in ruins by the 1950s. Even then, benefactors got involved: the banker and philanthropist Carl Loeb and his wife Adeline.
Long Island restaurateur Dean Poll, known for saving Gallagher’s Steakhouse from closing in 2013 and taking over the Boathouse in 2000, was close to throwing in the towel. The restaurant owner must pay the city up to $1.7 million, or 7.2 percent of annual gross receipts (whichever is greater). It was closed from October 2020 to March 2021 due to the pandemic. However, this place was too precious not only for tourists, but also for New Yorkers who go there for special occasions or for weddings (as anyone who has seen it knows). sometimes in bianco »with Katherine Heigl) and for lovers of birds and butterflies who leave their comments in a book kept within
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