After a few days of resting and being admired through the nursery window, I crossed the park to The Upper West Side where I’ve lived ever since.
The two towers that you see in the next picture are of The Ardsley & Eldorado; they’re two rather ritzy buildings on Central Park West. The buildings are home to some big names including Barbra Streisand.
My dad’s grocery store was just a block from the park. Over the years we had many celebrity sightings. One afternoon in the ’70’s La Barbra strolled with another woman who needed some smokes. One of our cashiers gasped; “It’s Barbra Streisand!” My father who nothing about musis said, “Who’s Barbra Streisand?” Needless to say he got a filthy look from the great lady as she turned on her heel and left.
Daddy always shot hard from the hip. William Hurt was a frequent and friendly customer for a while. He was up for his second Oscar in two years, and when I saw him I wished him best of luck. My dad peered at him over his glasses and said, “Lucky for you I didn’t do a movie this year.”