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Meet The Former and Present Residents of Manhattan Plaza: Lisa Shreve



Emmy Award winning and Oscar nominated filmmaker Lisa Shreve has edited and produced over one hundred television documentaries, narrative films and shorts of various genres.

Lisa working at Steenbeck editing machine at ABC News in the late eighties

She has worked with such figures as Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings and Michael Bay among others.

Lisa Shreve

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film from Tisch School of the Arts where Martin Scorcese was her professor. Prior to her career in films, she acted in Off-Off Broadway theatre, worked as a still photographer and sang backup in “The Stilettos”, a seventies New York rock group.

Lisa Shreve, Elizabeth Kemp, Thomas Danaher, Mallory Danaher (birthday dinner for Eliz and Mallory around 2015 I think

She is currently a producer/editor on the independent documentary “Miracle on 42nd Street” and Associate Producer /Consulting Editor on “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words” appearing in theatres nationwide and airing on PBS in 2020. She is also embarking on a new career teaching film history and theory at the New York Film Academy.

Lisa Shreve and Elizabeth’s dog Pearl on 43rd Street in the summertime

T2C: When did you first move into Manhattan Plaza and how did you get into the building?

Lisa Shreve: I moved into the building with my roommate Mallory Jones Danaher and her young daughter Kristen in January 1978. Mallory and Kristen were accomplished actresses and I was beginning a career as a film editor. We’d been living in an unheated loft on the Bowery. There was a record-breaking blizzard on our moving day, with several feet of snow. We got into the building in the first wave because Mallory had a boyfriend who applied and insisted that she apply too. Shortly after we had all moved into the building, they broke up. I was not sorry, as I never liked the guy but he did us both a huge favor and we owe him a debt of gratitude! 

T2C: What are your fondest memories of living in the plaza? 

Lisa Shreve: I have spent many fun evenings at dinners and gatherings in friend’s apartments in the building. And I fondly recall the era when the Good and Plenty takeout and the Little Pie Company on 43rd Street had outdoor tables. I spent many nice afternoons sitting out there with friends, greeting other people as they passed by. Actually most trips out my apartment door are a pleasure – its such a good feeling to say hello to neighbors and building staff. We’re not strangers, we greet each other and chat and it’s hard to feel lonely living here!

T2C: You loved the building so much you did this documentary. How did that come about?

Lisa Shreve: Casting Directors Mary Jo Slater and Nancy Perkins both lived in the building and moved to California in the eighties. Years later in LA they came up with the idea for the film. I am a film editor/producer and Mary Jo asked me and the director Alice Elliott to work on the film. Manhattan Plaza has done so much for my life and the lives of so many others and I jumped at the chance to tell this inspiring story in a film.    

T2C: What didn’t make it into the movie that you would have liked to see.

Lisa Shreve: There’s a segment in the film about Arnold Wilkinson starting the Little Pie Company from his apartment. The segment was truncated in the interest of time and a wonderful aspect of the story was lost. When Arnold was filling pie orders for his first Thanksgiving he was overwhelmed and asked his neighbors in the 20 other apartments on his floor to let him have their keys so he could use their ovens. Arnold says, “and the amazing thing is – they ALL said yes! He set timers and ran in and out of the apartments baking the pies. It is such a beautiful Manhattan Plaza story. In what other building would you find every neighbor on your floor giving you their keys to help you succeed? 

Mallory Danaher, our friend Fran Johnson, Lisa Shreve in the Westbank Cafe circa 2007

T2C: Who did you meet in the building and who are your friends. 

Lisa Shreve: My housemates Mallory Danaher and her husband Thomas and I have a wonderful “family” home here. For many years our dear friend the actress, director and world renowned acting teacher Elizabeth Kemp and her border collie Pearl were an extension of our household and Pearl lived back and forth between our apartments.

Tribute for Elizabeth Kemp in Manhattan Plaza lobby after her death Sept. 2017

Elizabeth died suddenly of cancer in 2017, a terrible heartbreak for the Danahers and me, and Pearl died a few months later. We were really each other’s “community”. Elizabeth was very beloved by the larger Manhattan Plaza community who mourned with us and have remained a great comfort. I have other longtime friends – actors Bob Adrian, Ed Setrakian, Charles Turner, playwright Kate Grant, former ballerina Janice Herbert – and I’ve met wonderful people in the building through working on the film.

Mallory and Thomas Danaher in the Market Diner the last day before it closed after 75 years to be knocked down for a high rise. 

T2C: What have been the biggest changes to the neighborhood and your business? 

Lisa Shreve: The blighted neighborhood changed very incrementally  throughout the eighties and then blossomed in the nineties and 2000s. Living in the middle of this extraordinary turnaround has been a great life lesson. If this terrible neighborhood could change so drastically for the better, any bad situation can change!

T2C: What did living in the building allowed you to accomplish? 

Lisa Shreve: I’ve been lucky enough to succeed as a filmmaker, but freelancing means good times and not so good. I have been able to take chances and turn down boring work for more risky artistic opportunities because my rent was so reasonable compared to other NYC buildings. If I were not living here I would have had to turn down those chances and take a lot more routine work, just to make the rent. 

T2C: How did living in the building make you feel?

Lisa Shreve: I lived in a beautiful, safe apartment in a building with a “small town” atmosphere where people know and take care of each other. I have a sense of security and belonging that is hard to find in NYC.  

T2C: What would you change from your time living in Manhattan Plaza

Lisa Shreve: I am single and would prefer to have met and married a great man. But if you’re going to be single in New York, Manhattan Plaza is the place to be and I am not lonely. In fact I wouldn’t change places with anyone in the world! 

Group of colleagues nominated at the 1987 Emmy’s right after we all lost! (Lisa is on the far right)

T2C: What would you like us to know that we haven’t asked you? 

Lisa Shreve: We were fortunate to get interviews in the film with Alicia, Larry David, Sam Jackson and the other stars who came out of the building. But I wish our many, many  other success stories could have been mentioned in the film. Some are famous names like writers Tom Fontana and Tom Meehan or composer Alan Menken (8 Academy Awards) and a number of famous jazz musicians. Others are great achievers who may not be household names like Marin Alsop, the first female conductor of a major American orchestra. We have highly acclaimed  choreographers, musicians, directors, filmmakers, performers and artists of all kinds but there was no way to include everyone. I just don’t want to give the impression that the stars who were interviewed are the only big success stories to come out of Manhattan Plaza. There are too many to count!

The documentary Miracle on 42nd Street, is available on Amazon and will soon be available to stream. 

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


No Longer Is It I Love New York But We Love NYC



Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off the “We Love NYC” campaign today.

“This ‘We Love NYC’ campaign will help to capture that energy and preserve the city’s spirit by encouraging New Yorkers of every background to come together, get involved and make a positive change in their community,” Hochul said in a statement. “Listen you guys, in the 1970s things were awful here and crime was at record levels,” Hochul said.

Have they looked at the statistics? For the month of January 2023, the number of overall shooting incidents and murders in New York City stands at a 24-year high. Then there is the migrant problem and DA Alvin Braggs letting criminals run rampant.

“New York is not coming back, New York is back,” stated Adams.

Anna Uzele, who plays Francine Evans inner Broadway musical New York, New York, sang the title song at the launch.

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All You Can Eat Free Lobster At Red Lobster’s Endless Lobster Event In Times Square



Red Lobster is offering select customers an all-you-can-eat lobster  at its flagship New York City location on Tuesday, March 28.

The first ever “Endless Lobster” event will treat 150 customers to as many 1¼-pound lobsters as they can handle, as well as broccoli and one side of choice.

Red Lobster will open reservations a week in advance at 10 a.m. EST on March 21.

The event will be staggered into three windows: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with each window seating 50 guests.

Though the lobster will be free, diners will still are responsible for drinks, additional sides and of course a generous tip. By signing up for the event, guests will also “grant Red Lobster the right and license to use their names, images, and/or statements for advertising and publicity purposes,” according to fine print of the event.

Guests must eat their lobster in house and no leftovers or doggie bags.

If you get a reservation you will be given a table for two. Reservations will be non-transferrable, and diners will be required to bring their Eventbrite confirmation email to get access. Click here to get a table on March 21st.

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Food and Drink

The Brooklyn Deli Where Pastrami is Delectable



It use to be finding fabulous pastrami ($11.95), corned beef ($10.95), knishes, and cheese cake was as simple as walking down the street, then the Jewish deli’s started to disappear.
Now thanks to the Fireman Hospitality Group they are returning. Nestled inside of the old Paramount Building at 1501 Broadway, on the corner of West 43rd Street is the Brooklyn Deli.

The 130-seat restaurant features one of the tenderest pastrami sandwiches with Swiss cheese, butter pickles and Russian dressing, between slices of rye bread. You can also get this with Corned Beef and sauerkraut.

There’s also deep dish pizza’s ($7.95), a fried chicken sandwich ($9.95) and Burgers ($7.95).

Thanks to Eli Marcus and City Guide, I was invited to a concierge event to introduce this deli to the hotel community.

Eli Marcus

I tried all of the items I have mentioned plus a Potato Knish ($3.95) and Cheese Bread and everything was done to perfection. I was so into the Knish, I ate before taking a picture.

The Fireman Group also owns Brooklyn Deli at 200 West 57th Street, Brooklyn Diner at 155 West 43d Street and 212 West 57th Street, Fiorello, overlooking Lincoln Center, the Red Eye Grill at 890 7th Ave, Trattoria Dell’Arte at 900 7th Ave, Cafe Paradiso at 144 West 65th and Bond 45 at 221 West 46th.

This deli is also open for breakfast, so starting your day right is as easy as going to Times Square. This is also the perfect place for before and after theatre. Their prices are reasonable and their food will have you satisfied and content.


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